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The Nerd Fountain

Nerd Fountain is not a first look-driven outlet, instead we are a podcast and blog that reviews and interviews designers, developers, and publishers from multiple industries to deliver both an inside perspective and a human touch from behind the closed doors that drive nerd culture. We also discuss mid-life dating, give advice, and answer emails. Shows range from The Nerd Fountain's main feed, which features specific discussion points, paired usually with a tabletop or video game review, followed by casual conversation. Other shows include Interviews and shows from the road between Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau and other collaborators.
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Mar 13, 2015

Curt, Chief Instigator, at Smirk & Dagger showed off their newest title that has yet to be released, Nevermore. The card game is pitched as a light drafting style card game in which players are buying cards from a limited pool to play against one another and destroy each other's sanity, eventually forcing an insane player to devolve into a mad raven. Or that's what I think it was. The drafting mechanic had a morels, the mushroom game, feeling too it wherein you draft from 6 cards and each card down the line is successivly more expensive. A few games actually employ this mechanic and I think it is a testimoney to it's usefulness in keeping card games fresh. 

 

The way Nevermore came to be, according to Curt, was from his love for player elimination games, but his desire to keep players activly playing the game and not frustrated by simply losing and watching the rest play. Like turning into the bomb car in Mario Kart. It's more fun to run at people and explode than sit back and watch people drive around for another hour. Plus it ends the game faster!

 

The art of Nevermore was especially impressive as you can see on the website. 

Next Curt showed me the Tower of Madness! This title I had played at Metatopia 2013. It is essentially a skyscraper with cthulu tentacles sticking out of the sides, with sticks inside the towers keeping marbles from dropping to the bottom. Each turn you draw a stick that will potentially drop a marble. These marbles have different effects such as drawing you cards, or causing you to go insane. If you go insane, you play a different type of role, you play your cards on the inverted Madness side, and are trying to destroy the world!

This game is pure awesome and I can't wait! Everyone should drop their money into this kickstarter as soon as it releases. 


Curt tells us of the next Cut Throat Caverns, which I hadn't played in some time. The latest expansion features new campagin modes, and legacy-esque elements that will carry over game to game,

I was curious about a secret project Curt had been working on, which was an interation on intamcy dice, and Curt told me a fun story about attending a scary table full of important people where an idea was needed and his was picked. You can find Curt's sexy dice game coming to your local Spencer's and other novelty sexy time weirdo mall stores. 

Thanks for listening!

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