Smash Up Playthrough with BriAnne Friesen

Episode 7 of This Podcast Is… Uncalled For

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Smash Up, designed by Paul Peterson and published by Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) is Mike’s favorite tabletop game. In it, players take two different factions – each represented by a 20 card deck – shuffle them together, and fight over bases. The factions tend to be referenced to geek culture – including but not limited to bronies, Star Trek, martial arts, and Cthulhu.

The cover of the Smash Up base game, depicting the original 8 factions: Aliens, Dinosaurs, Ninja, Pirates, Robots, Tricksters, Wizards, and Zombies.

Not only is this Mike’s favorite game, he is a playtester for the game. No, there will be no spoilers for upcoming developments as Mike (and all playtesters, actually) is under a non-disclosure agreement.

Today, you will hear Mike explain, in as good a detail as he possibly can, how the game plays. Then, we’ll hear an actual game (again: not a playtest) being played between Mike and fellow playtester BriAnne Friesen.

Mike played with Samurai and Minions of Cthulhu, while BriAnne played with Clerics and Ghosts. You’ll have to listen for the final score.

Apologies for the excessive background noise. This was recorded during our regular Thursday night game nights at Tabletop Game and Hobby. Yes, they do get as busy as you will hear.

Our starting setup
BriAnne Friesen at the start of the game
As Eric Cartman would say: “Hey Cthulhu! ‘Sup?”

To see Smash Up played, we are recommending the episode from Wil Wheaton’s TableTop where they play it (base game only):

Fun fact: While not in this particular game, Geeks (based on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel that hosts TableTop) are Mike’s favorite faction and feature Wil Wheaton as a minion (Mike’s favorite card in the entire game). In fact, with the Minions of Cthulhu, Geeks were one of the first factions Mike ever played with (and lost).




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