Space Cats Peace Turtles
Space Cats Peace Turtles
Matt Martens and Hunter Donaldson
An unofficial podcast for fans of Twilight Imperium and other strategy board games. Each episode is a humorous analysis of mechanics and strategies for new and experienced players alike!
167: Prophecy of Kings and the Future
It’s bookkeeping day! We’ve got some upcoming tournaments that we wanted to talk about. But that’s not all! With copies of Prophecy of Kings officially out in the wild, we wanted to talk about what we anticipate as players and and as content creators in the Twilight Imperium scene. We talk show goals as well as personal goals for a post-expansion era of SCPT.    Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/
Nov 30
1 hr 7 min
166: 100% Definitive Official Base Game SCPT Power Ranking List_Final_FinalFINAL_v3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.xlsx
It feels like forever since we let this show get weird, y’know? Well, today is a weird one. Copies of Prophecy of Kings are shipping to many people this week, which means it’s time to put the final nail in base game’s coffin by assigning every faction a rank! We’re done with subjective tier lists, it’s time to give you the meat you’ve always craved. We took all 17 base game factions and definitively determined the exact order of power. There’s a lot of exact and perfect science in this episode, so I hope your mind can handle it...   Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com   To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/
Nov 23
1 hr 33 min
165: Root - Learning the Lizard Cult
With all that messy Twilight Imperium business behind us, we can return to the real work. And it is WORK. This week, we have a guide for “the worst faction” in Root, The Lizard Cult. Despite their setbacks, they’re incredibly fun, and hopefully we can help you unlock their potential. Just give us a chance!   12:07 - Abilities 15:24 - Setup 22:39 - Birdsong 29:33 - Daylight 37:50 - Evening 41:55 - Opening Ideas 47:59 - Crafty Corner 1:07:25 - Pitfalls 1:11:25 - Where we find our victory   Music by Brian Kupillas. Find more at wanderinglake.bandcamp.com   To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/
Nov 17
1 hr 28 min
164: Farewell TI4 Base Game with Dane Beltrami
As part of our 24 hour Extra Life livestream, we recorded this episode LIVE with surprise guest Dane Beltrami. It has a looser structure than you might be used to, but we say goodbye to things we will and won’t miss from a TI4 that lacks Prophecy of Kings, and talk a bit about the things we’re most excited for. The audio is a little bit rough in this one, apologies!   Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/ For more info about Twilight Imperium: Prophecy of Kings, be sure to visit https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/
Nov 10
1 hr 4 min
163: Arborec Strategy Guide
It’s the last time that finishing the 17th of a thing will mean we are done with that project. It’s been a project over a year in the making, but today marks the end of our base game faction Strategy Guides. And to wrap things up, we have a faction that required some time. And if we hadn’t had an expansion so closely on the horizon, we may have let it bake a little while longer. But even a little while longer in the over wouldn’t have made these plants any better, and so perhaps it is as it should be. This guide is not hopeful, but it is honest, and the truth is that Arborec is a very bad faction, and it’s going to take some serious work and some serious luck to find success. So, let’s talk about how best to make that happen (or not, man. I can only do so much!). 11:44- Overview40:03 - Problems50:15 - Round One Strategy Cards1:08:16 - Tech Paths1:26:53 - Trading/Meta1:31:40 - Mid-Game1:33:40 - Late Game  1:43:39 - Nekro Virus Errata 1:51:41 - Arborec and Barony of Letnev Commanders and Objective: Improve Infrastructure.   Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/
Nov 5
2 hr 1 min
162: Fireside Chats with TgWelch
Be careful. Two chill bros chill out hard in this eppy, and totally wax spiritual, man. They get straight up lifted and...this is Matt, and I haven't really done any drugs and don't know what I'm doing. Anyways, here's a great chat between Alec and TgWelch. Please enjoy it.   8:45 - Hacan Commander: Gila the Silvertongue
Nov 3
1 hr 7 min
161: Nekro Virus Strategy Guide
It’s spooky season, and that means we get to talk about one of the spookiest factions out there: the Nekro Virus. What once was seen as aggressive, bloodthirsty killing machines are now a deal-oriented accountant wearing brass knuckles. Nekro is a good faction, but only if you dig a bit into the math and strategy that lies under the surface. So let’s dive in!   6:31 - Abilities and Starting Units/Tech 16:12 - First Round Strategy Cards 37:20 - Problems 39:55 - Tech Paths 50:57 - Trading and Meta 1:03:6 - Mid-Game 1:06:37 - Late Game   1:14:41 - Ghosts of Creuss Strategy Guide Errata   1:23:18 - System: Jeol Ir/Accoen and Nekro Virus Hero: Polymorphic Algorithm   Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com   To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/
Oct 27
1 hr 28 min
160: Ghosts of Creuss Strategy Guide
We’re nearing the end of these base game Strategy Guides. Five years after the release of 3rd Edition, FFG released the Shards of the Throne expansion and included three new factions. Among those was what would quickly become one of the most beloved factions of the entire game, the Ghosts of Creuss. The Ghosts are so cool and interesting, they are TI4 designer Dane Beltrami’s favorite faction. Anyways...here’s a guide we threw together. We think it’s pretty good.   4:05 - Abilities and Starting Units/Tech 16:30 - First Round Strategy Cards 42:13 - Problems 45:08 - Tech Paths 57:30 - Trading and Meta 1:08:50 - Mid-Game 1:15:11 - Late Game   1:22:07 - Muaat Strategy Guide Errata   1:35:38 - Agenda: Nexus Sovereignty and Vuil’Raith Cabal Agent: The Stillness of Stars   Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com   To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/
Oct 20
1 hr 42 min
159: Embers of Muaat Strategy Guide
Do you even understand what this episode cost? Hunter has gone back into the oven to further explore the strategies of the Embers of Muaat, and he’s a harder, colder man because of it. He may be forever changed, but at least we’ll finally know whether Red Tech or Blue Tech is better. You have to listen to this one, because it physically hurt Hunter to make.   8:15 - Abilities and Starting Units/Tech 23:13 - Problems 27:40 - First Round Strategy Cards 43:16 - Tech Paths 52:06 - Trading and Meta 58:30 - Mid-Game 1:00:36 - Late Game   1:10:49 - Muaat Agent: Umbat and Tech: AI Development Algorithm   Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/
Oct 13
1 hr 18 min
158: Rules Quiz Extravaganza
This month the Galactic Council foisted upon us a episode so daunting, we had to enlist help from our own private Rules Judge, Milty! Milty is known in the community as the master of all rules, and there is no better person to host our newest game show: Rules Quiz Extravaganza!   1:35:26 -  Explore: Expedition and Sardakk N'orr Mech: Valkyrie Exoskeleton   Music provided by Ben Prunty. Find more at benpruntymusic.com or benprunty.bandcamp.com To learn more about our Discord, Twitter, Patreon, Merch, and more, visit https://spacecatspeaceturtles.com/
Oct 8
1 hr 41 min
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