Episode #42: Worker Placement Games

Episode #42: Worker Placement Games

Episode #42: Worker Placement Games

In this episode Sarah and Cathy talk about Worker Placement games; Frank tells us about playing Viticulture solo, and Cathy interviews Katie Aidley from Katie’s Game Corner.

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Cathy Ford - Host & Producer



Cathy Ford Sarah Reed
Game Reviews: 

Cathy and Sarah share what they have been playing lately. The links in the game names go to that game’s listing on BoardGame Geek.com, RPGGeek.com, or VideoGameGeek.com. If the item listed below is not on one of these three sites, it goes to a different site where you can find out more.

 Reviewer  Game Title  Designer  Publisher  Year  OTP Rating
Cathy Munchkin Marvel Andrew Wolf
Steve Jackson Games 2016 2
Sarah Dice Forge Régis Bonnessée Asmodee 2017 5
Cathy Machi Koro
(2 player)
(with two expansions)
Masao Suganuma IDW Games & Pandasaurus Games 2012

multi-player = 4

two player = 3

Sarah Pursuit of Happiness Adrian Abela and David Chircop Artipia Games & Stronghold Games 2015 4.5
Cathy Blue Line Hockey  Frederick A. Herschler  3M  1968  4

Rating scale of 1-5We have started referring to and rating games by a rating scale. Here is how we are using this scale:

5 = Buy this! Buy this now!
4 = A good solid game!
3 = Decent with some bugs.
2 = Has great potential as kindling!
1 = Give me back the time I spent playing it!

Frank Vicari
Frank Vicari
Contributor Segment: Backpacks & Blisters Review by Frank Vicari

Frank gives us a review of Viticulture from Stonemaier Games.
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier & Alan Stone
Publisher: Stonemaier Games
Year Published: 2013
OTP Rating: 4

Viticulture board & components
Viticulture board & components
Hot Topic: Worker Placement Games
with Cathy Ford & Sarah Reed

Cathy Ford - Host & Producer



Cathy Ford Sarah Reed

Definition: (BGG) This mechanism requires players to draft individual actions from a set that is available to all players. Players generally draft actions one-at-a-time and in turn order. If the game is structured in rounds, then all actions are usually refreshed so that they become available again for drafting. There is usually(*) a limit on the number of times a single action may be drafted in the same way for the same price. Once that limit is reached, an action can no longer be taken until a subsequent round or until the action space is no longer occupied by another player. As such, not all actions can be taken by all players in a given round, and action ‘blocking’ occurs.

Actions are commonly drafted by the placement of game pieces or tokens on the selected actions. Each player usually has a limited number of pieces with which to participate in the process. Some games achieve the same effect in reverse: the turn begins with action spaces filled by markers, which are claimed by players for some cost.

Sarah and Cathy discuss their perspectives on worker placement games and share a few of their favorites including:

 Reviewer  Game Title  Designer  Publisher  Year  OTP Rating
Sarah Lords of Waterdeep  Peter Lee &
Rodney Thompson
 Wizards of the Coast  2012  4.5
Cathy Yedo  Thomas Vande Ginste & Wolf Plancke  IDW Games & Pandasaurus Games  2012  4
Sarah  Manhattan Project Energy Empire  Tom Jolly & Luke Laurie  Minion Games  2016  4
Cathy  Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia  Jamey Stegmaier & Alan Stone  Stonemaier Games  2013  4

Honorable MentionsHonorable Mentions

What are your favorite Worker Placement Games and Why? Join the discussion in our Guild #2600.

Katie Aidley
Katie Aidley
The Interview: Katie Aidley of Katie’s Game Corner

Cathy talks with Katie Aidley who is the author of her own game review blog called Katie’s Game Corner where her focus is on Euro games, 18xx games, and war games.

You can connect with Katie in the following ways:


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One thought on “Episode #42: Worker Placement Games

  1. I wanted to take a moment and thank you for this great episode. I believe this was my first listen to your podcast, and what drew me to it was hearing about Katie being a guest on the show. I’ve fallen in love with her blog and its focus, and so I was really excited to hear her getting interviewed.

    I didn’t realize I would end up enjoying the entire show. My wife’s favorite mechanic is Worker Placement, so I knew there’d be some comfort going into the show on that count. I’m really hoping to play Euphoria at some point, and there are a few others I definitely need to check out that you discussed. I was glad to hear Argent: The Consortium mentioned, as that is one of my favorites. If I had to pick three Worker Placement games that I enjoy the most right now, they would be:

    1) Viticulture: Essential Edition
    2) Argent: The Consortium
    3) Haspelknecht: The Story of Early Coal Mining

    I’ve subscribed to your podcast and look forward to following along with more great episodes in the future. I’m glad you featured a written content creator, as they tend to get overshadowed at times by the video and podcast reviewers. I’m not sure why!

    Reviewer of Board Games for 1 and 2-Players


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