The State of Games, Episode 36 – The One About the Stronghold

From time to time on the podcast we like to just sit down and talk to some of our favorite people in the gaming industry. We’re lucky to have not only met one of our favorites, Stephen Buonocore, but we’ve also gamed, imbibed and worked side-by-side with him. As it turns, out we had a lot to talk about with him this time around, so we decided to break the episode down into a listed timeline of important talking points for your listening convenience. Enjoy!

Timeline of podcast:

– Intro

– Discussion with Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games

7:04 GenCon and Essen

11:22 Huge growth of the company, keys to success

15:34 Expanding past American style games to Euros; Milestones

20:00 CO2, going hippy

24:08 Crude: The Oil Game

30:14 Why Stronghold doesn’t use Kickstarter

40:15 Revolver Expansions

43:15 Crazy Creatures of Dr. Gloom and Little Devils, casual card games

47:08 Article 27: The UN Security Council Game, social gaming

53:41 Core Worlds: Galactic Orders and Space Cadets


The State of Games

1:03 Discussion with Darrell Louder of a weekend playing 23 games, including thoughts on Defenders of the Realm, D-Day Dice, Rumble in the House, The Speicherstadt, Mystery Express, the Kickstarter projects Viticulture and Jungle Ascent, and, of course, Compounded.


Links to important things mentioned on the podcast:

VivaJava pre-orders for direct delivery

Limited Essen pre-orders for VivaJava and Carnival from LocWorks



VivaJava: The Coffee Game (The shipment is here! Get your pre-orders in!)

Carnival (It’s here, and ready for you to enjoy!)


And, finally:

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5 Responses to “The State of Games, Episode 36 – The One About the Stronghold”
  1. Matthew Riddle says:

    interesting KS discussion

  2. dicehateme says:

    Matt- Wasn’t it? What’s your take?

  3. Paul Owen says:

    I have to agree with Stephen Buonocore that Kickstarter isn’t an appropriate funding mechanism for projects by a well-established publishing house. I believe that a business with capital should invest in its own line, not crowd-source and put the risk and inconvenience on its customer base. But, you know, that’s just my opinion.

    Terrific show, guys. (And thanks a lot for practically *doubling* my list of love-to-have games on my wishlist. And Yspahan is already a must-have.)

  4. Craig says:

    What game is it you are recommending at the end? EASTBON? Can’t make out what you are saying. Thanks.

  5. dicehateme says:

    Craig – It’s Yspahan. You’re definitely not the first one to ask about my Southern pronunciation. Enjoy!

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