Shut Up & Sit Down

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Subscribers: 1740
Reviews: 33


 Apr 19, 2022

joel
 Mar 17, 2022
I like the attention they pay to both the design of the game (rules and mechanisms) and the game product (design/components etc) I also appreciate their focus on FUN.

alicia
 Jan 8, 2022
No to Ava

TacticalCelebrant
 Oct 1, 2021
good stuff

nice
 Sep 7, 2021
v nice

Description

The world's best board game review show.

Episode Date
Podcast #182 - The Numbers Go Up Special
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In this apparently aquatic episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom, Ava, and Matt are talking about some suspiciously dry games! And spinners. And Twister.

First up is Khora: Rise of an Empire - the ultimate spreadsheet experience! Tom then rambles about Boonlake for a moment, before Ava takes us home with Founders of Teotihuacan; the game which we essentially forgot to have a discussion about.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Timestamps:

01:54 - Khora: Rise of an Empire

20:23 - Boonlake

28:47 - Founders of Teotihuacan

May 20, 2022
Podcast #181 - Imperial Explorers
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In this themeless episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Quinns and Tom are talking about two of the driest games that they’ve ever been smitten with. First up is the Austrian Rail Simulation of Imperial Steam, followed by a dessert of semi-colonial discover-em-up The Guild of Merchant Explorers. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Timestamps:

01:32 - Imperial Steam

22:22 - The Guild of Merchant Explorers

May 13, 2022
Podcast #180 - Marauder Management
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In this marauding episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Ava have been let loose on games once again. Someone stop them.

First up, we’ve got some disclaimer-laden chats about Root’s latest Marauder expansion, followed by some hot-off-the-(im)press(ions) of Little Factory - the latest edition to the Little™Expanded Universe. We also have a brief chat about Tom’s obsession over Knotwords and other Word(le) games at the end!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Timestamps:

02:44 - Root: The Marauder Expansion

22:06 - Little Factory

32:55 - Knotwords

May 06, 2022
Podcast #179 - Small Game City
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In this meagre episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about three whole boxes with games inside of them!! First up is MAGIC BINGO, also known as Via Magica - a game of wizards and crystals that your (imaginary) family might enjoy. We then talk about the disastrous urban planning of Next Station: London, before getting thoroughly confused by Cryptid: Urban Legends.

Finally, we take a trip to the forbidden zone to chat about Square Valley - a delightful little mobile game that is… ‘Quite Boardgames’.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Timestamps:

02:46 - Via Magica

11:52 - Next Station: London

22:34 - Cryptid: Urban Legends

33:39 - Square Valley

Apr 29, 2022
Podcast #178 - Voices in the Walls
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In this semi-cooperative episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about two very unusual games! First up is Voices In My Head's handsome-man-sentencing, followed by a small course of Decorum; a passive-aggressive living simulator. We also chat a few nice words about SHUX (and the carpets within) as well as Matt’s review of the Quacks expansion.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Timestamps:

03:21 - Voices in my Head

17:10 - Decorum

30:25 - Quacks: The Alchemists

Apr 15, 2022
Podcast #177 - Asymmetrical Arguing
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In this electric episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast Tom and Quinns are going toe-to-toe in a battle for the ages, fighting the corner of the game that they like, and the other person… likes too… but less…

On this podcast we’re chatting about our lengthy first impressions of Crescent Moon and our much snappier first impressions of Bear Raid, as well as literally about 20 seconds of talking about the Mind MGMT app - so little, in fact, that I haven’t even timestamped it!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Timestamps:

02:39 - Crescent Moon

34:11 - Bear Raid

Apr 08, 2022
Podcast #176 - Illuminate the Dogs of War
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In this furious episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns, Ava, and Tom are talking about three games that couldn’t be more different. First up we’ve got a chat about Illumination - a game all about scrawling doodles in the margins of MonkBooks, before pivoting hard into playing (?) with (?) dogs in Good Puppers - a set collection game with a sinister backstory. Finally, we’re talking about our not-too-positive experience with Memoir ‘44 Flight Plan, and Quinns asks everyone a difficult question.

PS: I’m really sorry about the stings.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Timestamps:

02:15 - Illumination

14:59 - Good Puppers

25:58 - Memoir ‘44: New Flight Plan

35:52 - Quinns’ Special Debate

Apr 01, 2022
Podcast #175 - The Art Special
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In this painterly episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Ava are playing to the gallery in an ART SPECIAL! We’re talking all things Museum: Pictura and Art Decko - two games that aren’t necessarily our new favourites, but are certainly doing some interesting things with art.

Have a great weekend, everybody!


Timestamps:

02:32 - Museum: Pictura

11:56 - Art Decko

23:00 - An Art Ramble

Mar 25, 2022
Podcast #174 - The Lazy SundayCast
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In this sluggish episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Quinns are fresh off the back of two games - one a box of unison and joy; the other a lump of conflict and discontent. We’re talking about Gugong and it’s expansion - Panjun - as well as Lizard Wizard! But which is the belle of the ball, and which is the slob of the swamp? Find out… right here!

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

Mar 19, 2022
Podcast #173 - Basing Our Brains On Bitoku
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In this spiritual episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt and Tom are talking about just one game - a game that has sat alone on Tom’s ‘To-Play’ shelf like a bottle of brown sauce in a wetherspoons sauce caddy. That’s right, it’s Bitoku, a game about splodging sauce all over a beautiful forest until various bears, otters and raccoons come to lick of all the liquid from the branches and leaves: yum yum yum.

Mar 04, 2022
Podcast #172 - The Great Unmatched Showdown
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In this UNMATCHED episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns have decided to pursue the strange little feature that Quinns has been dwelling on for a while - seeking to ask and answer the question: ‘how good is all this Unmatched… really?’.

Through three ferocious bouts of slippery copyright law, our heroes put their heroes to the test in a battle of wits, strategy, and pointing out how ridiculous it is that Bloody Mary just dropkicked Bigfoot.

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

Feb 25, 2022
Podcast #171 - The Great Wall o' Wise Guys
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In this vaguely threatening episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are chatting about a ‘whole buncha guys’! Some of them are on, in, and around a big ‘ol wall in Awaken Realms’ The Great Wall; and others are skulking around the streets of Chicago in Gale Force 9’s Wise Guys! We’re also having a brief chat about all the spoilers that Matt unearthed in The Initiative - so plug up your ears at the end if you want to make sure you remain unspoiled.

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

Timestamps:
03:11 - The Great Wall

25:00 - Wise Guys

36:05 - THE INITIATIVE SPOILERCAST

Feb 18, 2022
Podcast #170 - Environments and How Not To Die In Them
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In this arid 170th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast Tom, Ava, and Quinns are chatting about a bunch of games featuring HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS. It’s like the Shut Up & Sit Down Annual Company Retreat after Quinns threw a War Sun at Ava. We’ll never be the same again.

In this podcast, the gang are saving tigers in Endangered and planting gardens in Ishtar; before settling down to a nice bit of post-apocalyptic bickering in Radlands. Enjoy!

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

Timestamps
02:21 - Endangered
14:27 - Ishtar
24:34 - Radlands

Feb 11, 2022
Podcast #169 - Welcome To... Coevorden?
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In this picturesque episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast Matt, Ava, and Tom are absolutely chomping at the bit to tell you all about three games that are all PRETTY GOOD!

We've got the scintillating urban planning of Townbuilder: Coevorden - the scintillatingy-er LUNAR planning of Welcome To The Moon and... what was the last game? I don't know if I can quite... remember...


Have a lovely weekend, folks!


Timestamps:

02:35 - Townbuilder: Coevorden

11:56 - Welcome To The Moon

26:52 - Equinox

Feb 04, 2022
Podcast #168 - The Heavy-sode Layer
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In this 3,000 pound episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt and Ava are wading into the quagmire of crunchy decisions, cold calculation and brain-burnin’. First, they’re rambling about the plains and pains of The Great Zimbabwe before letting their artistic side loose on The Gallerist. If by ‘artistic side’ you mean ability to manipulate the market value of a wonky sculpture.

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

Timestamps
01:26 – The Great Zimbabwe
18:14 – The Gallerist

Jan 29, 2022
Podcast #167 - Generic Wet Hubris
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In this panoramic episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Matt and Tom are back in action, ready to talk about a little heap of cardboard that’s been growing in the corner over the festive break; it grows a little every time you look away, and we’re hiring someone to take care of it.

On this podcast you can hear about the ever-rolling Dice Realms, the ever-sinking Atlantis Rising (2nd Edition) and the ever-expensive Q.E. A bunch of games that we’re keen on, but not… that keen on. Wahoo!

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

Timestamps:
01:51 - Dice Realms

17:01 - Atlantis Rising (2nd Edition)

30:20 - Q.E

Jan 21, 2022
Rodney & Quinns - 10 Years In Board Games!
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For this special episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, join Rodney and Quinns for a celebration of 10 years in board games! This is an audio-only version of their chat from AwSHUX 2021 - and you can find a video version of it right here. Thanks once again to Rodney for coming on to chat!

Normal podcasts will begin again next week, with Matt and Tom talking about Dice Realms, Atlantis Rising (2nd Edition) and Q.E; and a video review will be out around the middle of next week too!

Jan 14, 2022
Podcast #166 - Live From PAX Unplugged! (Part 2)
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In this admirably 166th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, we’re BACK at PAX Unplugged! Even though it was multiple weeks ago, we’ve brought the past into the present through the media of recording - which we, of course, invented. From the heady heights of Himmelsstürmer to the sandy shores of Strand Unter - the twisty time travelling of That Time You Killed Me to the dastardlly Doodle Dash… we’re talking about a lot of games! Ducks In Tow, Biblios: Quill and Parchement and Scape Goat all get to stick their respective oars in, before tying everything up in a trio of trick takers. What a treat!

We’ll be back to the normal podcast schedule very soon!

Have a lovely weekend, folks!


Timestamps:

02:19 - Himmelsstürmer

07:45 - That Time You Killed Me

12:55 - Ducks In Tow

19:41 - Strand Unter

25:01 - Scape Goat

30:45 - Doodle Dash

37:58 - Biblios: Quill & Parchment

43:35 - Cat In A Box

45:34 - R-ECO

47:26 - Wind The Film

Jan 07, 2022
Podcast #165 - Live From PAX Unplugged! (Part 1)
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In this wobbly 165th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, the whole gang beams their thoughts about games to an audience of hungry gamers at PAXU 2021! Enjoy a quippy Quinns, a meticulous Matt, an articulate Ava and a terrified Tom as they collectively ramble through no less than 5 excellent games - from the undead discos of Castle Party to the hellacious horse racing of Long Shot: The Dice Game; ‘this one really do got it all.’

This will be the last podcast of 2021, but stay tuned for early next year where we’ll be uploading the second PAXU special.

Have a lovely weekend, folks!

Timestamps:
1:50 - Castle Party
11:51 - The Great Zimbabwe
17:33 - Reef Encounters
25:31 - Big Shot
32:31 - Long Shot: The Dice Game
44:56 - 2021 Spatchtower Backer Update

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Dec 17, 2021
Podcast #164 - Rushin' Retail
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In this industrious 164th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt and Quinns are mostly talking about two games where I (Tom, hello) rinsed them; two crusty brains pummelled into the dust by three cups of coffee and an unending desire to ‘prove myself’ in the cardboard battlegrounds of ‘board games’. Huzzah. On this podcast you can hear words about the hellacious retail disasterpiece of Brick & Mortar, the dice-chucking mayhem of Rush Out! and the nonsensical auctions of Furnace. Three games wallowing in a lot of minutes - minutes stuffed with observations, rammed with remarks and runneth(ing) over with criticismé. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps 03:37 - Brick &Mortar 25:38 - Rush Out! 42:19 - Furnace
Dec 03, 2021
Podcast #163 - The 2021 Christmas Gift Guide
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In this FESTIVE 163rd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, the whole gang’s here to talk you through all kinds of games, big and small, that they reckon you should buy for your loved ones this holiday season! A bumper list of 13 entire boardgames; there’s got to be something for everyone, even if one of them is – of course – Quacks of Quedlinburg. Fancy something we mention in this episode? Here you'll find shopping links, videos, and brief written details of every game we’ve recommended in this episode. https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/xmas-gift-guide-the-13-best/ Have a lovely weekend, folks! Tap below for full timestamps and more info! Timestamps 01:21 – Confident: The Guess A Range Party Game 05:13 – Barenpark 09:02 – Decrypto 12:23 – Galaxy Trucker 15:07 – For Sale 18:23 – Lost Cities Roll and Write 22:52 – What Next? 25:50 – Quacks of Quedlinburg 32:02 – Quest for El Dorado 35:25 – Just One 42:18 – Super Skill Pinball: Ramp It Up! 45:13 – The Fuzzies 50:35 – SHILL ZONE
Nov 26, 2021
Podcast #162 - The Dice-Head Special
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In this week’s episode, Ava is joined by Matt for a natter about two recent games - both of which feature DICE and HEADS. You can see the whole creative process unfolding! Matt has checked out the Cuphead game, and Ava is bang-on-time for Halloween with the gorgeous Die of the Dead. 1:09 - Die of the Dead 12:36 - Cuphead: Fast Rolling Dice Game
Nov 19, 2021
Podcast #161 - Brian Management
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In this mind-bendingly 161st episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns are talking about Ireland and brains! In this podcast, you can hear our thoughts about Brian Boru, and telepathically download our feelings about Mind MGMT. You might also be able to intuit our opinions on Detective: City of Angels and Kabuto Sumo… but that’s what the video reviews are for, really. Timestamps: 04:42 - Brian Boru 17:04 - Detective: City of Angels 22:10 - Kabuto Sumo 24:50 - Mind MGMT 33:53 - Mind MGMT [SPOILERS]
Nov 12, 2021
Podcast #160 - The Cyberhand Special
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In this “Truly Cyberpunk” 160th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast Tom, Ava and Matt are talking about a number of weird games played semidigital-style with the wonders of the internet and Matt’s hands! In this episode we have a sequence of little rambles about Dinosaur World, Floating Floors and echoes: The Cocktail! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 4:36 - Dinosaur World 15:43 - Floating Floors 30:32 - echoes: The Cocktail
Nov 05, 2021
Podcast #159 - Unfathomable Calendars (Live At AwSHUX October 2021!)
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In this juicy 159th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava, Tom and Quinns are living it up at AwSHUX 2021! Enjoy an appetiser of the Exit Advent Calendar, followed by a mouth-watering main of Unfathomable, before finally settling down to the biggest pile of desserts your relenting stomach can muster. That’s right, we’re going to be rambling about the six previews that we’re most excited for at this year’s AwSHUX: Winter Edition. Stick around to hear brief snippets of Picture Perfect, Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum, Brick & Mortar, Beast, Mythic Mischief and Super Team. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 05:18 - EXIT: Advent Calendar 20:37 - Unfathomable 36:00 - Preview Roundup
Oct 23, 2021
Podcast #158 - Roll 'n Bug
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In this chaotic 158th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava, Tom and Quinns are slamming bugs into walls! We’re talking about the expansive box-ticker Hadrian’s Wall alongside the entomologically-inclined wrasslin’ of Kabuto Sumo! We also have some brief chats about our recent video reviews of Descent: Legends of the Dark and Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers - two be-coloned sequels of varying quality! Apologies for some slight background noise at times in this one - all three of us had various drilling going on nearby that was hard to weasel out properly! And, as Quinns mentions at the end of this one, there won’t be a podcast for the next couple of weeks while we focus on getting prepped for AwSHUX. See you toward the end of October for a live special! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 02:16 - Hadrian’s Wall 21:24 - Kabuto Sumo 33:42 - Descent: Legends of the Dark 40:44 - Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers
Oct 08, 2021
Podcast #157 - Parking Ankhs on Ganymede
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In this numerically 157th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Tom are visiting Egypt, Ganymede and *checks notes* some parks! We’re chatting about the sandy box of miniatures and angst that is Ankh: Gods of Egypt, the love letter to parks that is Parks, and the last shuttle to Ganymede in Ganymede.
Oct 01, 2021
Podcast #156 - Spirit Tracks
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In this deliberately 156th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Matt are poring through the back-catalogue after a lovely afternoon of playing nice games together. We’re chugging along in Empyreal: Spells & Steam before literally obliterating hundreds of invaders in Spirit Island. It’s a tonal soufflé! I will not elaborate further. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 02:18 - Empyreal: Spells & Steam 19:56 - Spirit Island
Sep 24, 2021
Podcast #155 - We Built Witch City
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In this constructively 155th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns and Tom are absolutely going to build you two cities and then bury you in witches. Today we’re talking about Magnate: The First City and North Berkeley, two very different takes on the property market with at least some political undercurrents, and we’ve got Witchstone, which switches to witches. Plus a little bonus micro-chat about Tom’s recent review of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 02:39 - Magnate: The First City 17:43 - North Berkeley 27:39 - Witchstone 47:03 - The Adventures of Robin Hood
Sep 17, 2021
Podcast #154 - Mighty Morphin' Boardgames
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In this resplendent 154th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Tom are going to be talking about a whole bouquet of different games! Tune in for some thoughts on the gently charming Luna Capital, and Ava’s segment on ‘games what were one thing but are now a different thing’ - where we’ll be talking about Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition and Lost Cities: Roll and Write, as well as their respective parents. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 02:30 - Luna Capital 14:57 - Terraforming Mars 22:42 - Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition 35:33 - Lost Cities 38:43 - Lost Cities: Roll and Write
Sep 10, 2021
Podcast #153 - Sleeping Negotiators
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In this considerably 153rd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava, Tom and Quinns are talking all about stories. First Ava and Tom dive deep into the watery archipelago of Sleeping Gods, and then Tom and Quinns trade water-cooler gossip about their ridiculous times with Hostage Negotiator: Career. There’s bells and swamps and influencers and ghosts. It’s truly the podcast that has everything! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 02:43 - Sleeping Gods 25:19 - Hostage Negotiator: Career
Sep 03, 2021
Podcast #152 - Bashing The Reggies
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In this nastily 152nd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns get shonky while talking about two games against the clock! We ramble for far too long about Egizia, a game of rivers and building monuments - before then chatting about Regicide, the hot new card game that’s got everyone a-bubblin’. We also talk a tiny bit about The Crew, and Tom does a bad joke twice! Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 03:38 - Egizia 22:11 - Regicide (& a bit of The Crew!)
Aug 20, 2021
Podcast #151 - Sloth Trek: The Twelfth Generation
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In this rapidly 151st episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Quinns are climbing mountains and swinging from trees to tell you about some board games about climbing mountains and swinging from trees. Quinns introduces us to Trek 12, a game of mapping out mountains, roping numbers together and some clever envelopes. Then Ava wants to be a bit over-familiar with Fast Sloths, a game of hitch-hiking sloth racing. Timestamps: 2:04 - Trek 12 15:42 - Fast Sloths
Aug 13, 2021
Podcast #150 - A Space, A Siege, A Christmas Surprise!
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In this wobbly 150th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, a freshly-jabbed Tom and perfectly off-kilter Matt are ready to tell YOU about SOME GAMES! Matt regales us with the story of him crushing my space station in Star Scrappers: Orbital! We pretend to know all about wargames with Freedom! Tom rambles about his UKGE adventures in a smushed up-special! And before you listen to this most excellent podcast, dear listener; a fun tidbit. We were going to do a big chunky roundup of all the exciting things Tom saw at UKGE, but so much of it was sufficiently interesting or strange that we’re going to save it for future, more in-depth coverage. Stay tuned for some opinions, and some hot, hot games! Timestamps: 2:33 - Star Scrappers: Orbital 25:20 - Freedom! 32:29 - The UKGE Charcuterie Board
Aug 06, 2021
Podcast #149 - The Great Big Earthy Interview
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It's a very special episode of the SU&SD podcast! Are you gonna learn about drugs? NO. Instead, Matt talks to tabletop veteran Andrew Navaro about his career and also Earthborne Games, a fascinating new publisher with a focus on sustainability. Did you know playing cards can't be recycled?! Jilikers.
Jul 30, 2021
Podcast #148 - The Cost Of Forks
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In this industrious 148th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns and Tom are jumping into two varyingly bleak economic games. The Cost is an asbestos-mining infrastruct-em-up with a beige board and some bleak commentary, while Arkwright: The Card Game takes Arkwright’s cutlery manufacturing to a more compact place. Timestamps: 2:24 - The Cost 15:49 - Arkwright: The Card Game
Jul 23, 2021
Podcast #147 - Pursued By Pork
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In this exceedingly 147th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Tom are talking about two games that couldn’t be more different! We’re getting trapped in a ‘bullet hell’ in Level 99 Games’ Bullet <3, and Ava trapped a bunch of her friends in a kind of ‘Pork Hell’ in TEETH: Night of the Hogmen! Timestamps: 2:45 - Bullet <3 16:30 - TEETH: Night of the Hogmen
Jul 16, 2021
Podcast #146½ - Teaching Complex Games & Talking Go with In Sente
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In this emergency episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns has a terrific talk with his favourite Go YouTuber, In Sente. The pair share their favourite tips for teaching complex games to people, but eventually succumb to the temptation of just talking about Go. Did you know that it's a good game? It's a good, good game.
Jul 11, 2021
Podcast #146 - Thanks, But No Thanks
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In this mischievously 146th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns, Ava, and Tom are going back to Oxford one last time for a night of card games, libraries, gardens and gratitude. We’re looking at Atheneum, Ohanami, Similo and No Thanks! Four games with a lot of cards and not a lot in common! It’s almost entirely games we’re a bit ambivalent about! Is that exciting? I do hope so. Timestamps: 01:24 - Atheneum 11:31 - Ohanami 20:01 - Similo 28:29 - No Thanks
Jul 02, 2021
Podcast #145 - In Space, No One Can Hear You Freeze
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In this chilly 145th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Matt, Ava, and Tom are popping off into space! Do you want anything? We’ll be back in 5 minutes - but I’ve not got my keys so you’ll need to let me in thanks x First we’re getting cold with Cryo - a game left us just a little nippy. We’ll then be negotiating ourselves into oblivion with Moonrakers - a game that has less connective tissue to the bond film of the same name than you might think! Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 01:45 - Cryo 25:06 - Moonrakers
Jun 25, 2021
Podcast #144 - Oxford's Delight
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In this hungrily 144th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns, Tom and Ava are locked in a room together! A week long gathering of your verifiably rowdy hosts kicked off with three cracking reprints of lovely older games, and then we all did a podcast about them! We start with Big Daddy Kniz’s Royal Visit, move to Cornwall for Martin Wallace’s Tinner’s Trail before jumping across the pond for a steamboat race in Mississippi Queen. Due to a live record, some of the trips and erms have been impossible to excise, so expect a slightly more chaotic pod than usual. We were very excited to be playing games together. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:36 - Royal Visit 13:03 - Tinner’s Trail 26:08 - Mississippi Queen
Jun 18, 2021
Podcast #143 - The One With All The Adventures
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In this willingly 143rd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns and Tom are going on an adventure(s)! Keep your hands and feet inside the box at all times - especially as we lower the lid over the top of your head and slide you into a Kallax. It’s where we keep all the adventures. We’re going on ADVENTURE through ARNAK in The Lost Ruins of Arnak! We’re going on an ADVENTURE through TIME in The Loop! And last but not least, we’re going on a CARD GAME through FANTASY in Fantasy Realms! Timestamps: 01:19 - The Lost Ruins of Arnak 22:35 - The Loop 36:57 - Fantasy Realms
Jun 11, 2021
Podcast #142 - Oath: First Impressions
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In this frankly 142nd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Tom have been left alone again, and proceed to gush for almost an entire hour about the hottest hotgame right now: Oath! They shouldn’t let us get away with this stuff. I can only promise that we do get to ‘how to play’ in this podcast, but it made sense for us to get whimsical about the victory conditions first to frame the rest of the rules, because they’re quite special. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 06:37 - Oath-verview 23:47 - ‘The Details’
May 28, 2021
Podcast #141 - The Cosiest Podcast
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In this cuddly 141st episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, we’re taking a breather with a brew, and a couple of gentle games with cosy, cosy themes! We’re (k)notting our whats with The Whatnot Cabinet, trailing fairies in Fairy Trails, and… doing something else unusual in Herbaceous! Timestamps: 02:08 - The Whatnot Cabinet 13.02 - Fairy Trails 23.00 - Herbaceous
May 21, 2021
Podcast #140 - My Beans! My Beautiful Beans!!
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In this decadently 140th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Boardgame: The Podcast, we’re talking about a couple of hot-button-games that we’ve come over all tepid about. We’ll first guide you into the asymmetrical port of Merchants Cove, before serving up a delicious mug of mathematical coffee in… Coffee Traders! Have a lovely weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 01:54 - Merchants Cove 19:41 - Coffee Traders
May 14, 2021
Podcast #139 - The ManualCast
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In this butt-clenchingly 139th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, we’re talking all about manuals! Do not try to escape, you have been warned! Thrills abound as Matt and Ava jungle-gym their way through a forest of Adobe products, kerning, and intriguing observations - all centered around RATS: High Tea at Sea - the roll and write that we think is quite good! No need to ask for any other opinions, we are the professionals, after all. Have a lovely weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 00:00 - You cannot escape the manualzone
May 07, 2021
Podcast #138 - Live From AwSHUX 2021!
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Live and scary from AwSHUX 2021, it’s Quinns, Tom and Ava! Apologies for the incredibly unhinged energy on this one, it was powered by nerves and I’m also editing it at 1 in the morning! What a combination! We’ve got an absolutely brutal lineup of games on this one, folks. We’re talking plants, gardens and sheds in Three Sisters, we’re slapping down a bunch of little wooden towers in Medina, and we’re serving up hot hot murder on our pals in Night of the Ninja. BUT WAIT! There’s more! At the tail-end of this pod, embark on an odyssey of AwSHUX previews! Tom and Quinns will battle it out in an arena of hyperbole - armed with 26 separate previews that they’ve ruthlessly whittled into the silliest segment around! Have a lovely weekend, everybody! Tap below for full timestamps and more info! Timestamps: 02:11 - Three Sisters 15:25 - Medina 29:26 - Night of the Ninja 40:24 - A Smoky Pile of Previews
Apr 24, 2021
Podcast #137 - Nidavelladia!
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In this indubitably 137th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns are producing decibels about two games that they are both a bit excited about! First off we’ll ramble about Nidavellir’s moody dwarves and chunky coins before taking a break in the wilderness of Cascadia; a land of solitary bears and salmon on the slalom. We then finish this pod off with some very brief thoughts on recent video reviews for Cubitos and Stardew Valley: The Board Game - so if you need thoughts on rolling, growing, moving, and crowing… then you’ve come to the right place on your Friday evening! What luck! Timestamps: 04:28 - Needivaleir! 21:25 - Cascadia 30:32 - Cubitos 32:57 - Stardew Valley: The Board Game
Apr 02, 2021
Podcast #136 - Beef StrogAnnov
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In this imperceptibly 136th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava, Tom and Quinns chat about two chunky pieces of cardboard chicanery about people in history going places and taking what they find. Anno 1800 and Stroganov are up for discussion and travelling in opposite directions in more ways than one. Timestamps: 02:02 - Anno 1800 17:23 - The politics of Anno 1800 27:48 - Stroganov
Mar 26, 2021
Podcast #135 - The Solo RPG Special
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In this whimsically 135th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns chat about a number of single-player pen-and-paper map-drawing/journal-making role-playing games - or ‘Solo RPGs’, for short. We’ll be digging deep into Delve, thinking back to Field Guide To Memory, and shooting upwards to be Alone Among The Stars, each game a new designer and a new direction. Have a lovely weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:05 - Delve 15:34 - Field Guide To Memory 26:13 - Alone Among The Stars
Mar 19, 2021
Podcast #134 - The Great Tollbooth In The Sky
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In this floaty 134th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Matt and Quinns peek through a collection of cumulonimbi to deliver their verdict on just one game: CloudAge! Expect a dash of opinion, some twists of chatter, and just one unexpected visitor. We’ve got it all! Have a lovely weekend, everybody!
Mar 12, 2021
Podcast #133 - Saint Carrara The Grande
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In this old-fashioned 133rd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast Tom and Ava have been left on their own, and are abusing the privilege with a personal campaign to get some wonderful, fusty old European games reprinted. Come join us on a journey across a continent! We’ll be making friends with weird faces in Saint Petersburg, stealing some surprisingly colourful bricks from The Palaces of Carrara and getting grandiose in Spain with El Grande. It’s weird for us to cover so many out of print games, but don’t worry, these are all currently available to play online through BoardGameArena or Yucata - so put your feet up for the no longer a very mystery tour, because I just told you all where we’re going, oops! Have a lovely weekend, everybody! Tap below for full timestamps and more info! Timestamps 01:39 - Saint Petersburg 14:51 - Palaces of Carrara 28:46 - El Grande
Mar 05, 2021
Podcast #132 - Dreamin' Of A Game Night
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In this mysterious 132nd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom, Quinns and Ava clamber aboard a raft of games that’s gently sailing down a river made of...dreams… Do not get into the water, the dreams are also full of plague. We’re going to be rambling about an absolute bunch of games that, when combined, would make up our perfect post-covid boardgame night. If you want to be surprised by each addition to our lists then click play! Or if there’s anything in particular you’d like to hear about, we’ve got all the games timestamped below. Have a lovely weekend, everybody! Timestamps 05:17 - El Grande 15:11 - Vampire: The Masquerade - Vendetta 17:19 - Inis and Seasons of Inis 22:50 - Ora Et Labora 29:20 - Twilight Imperium 31:59 - The Crew 36:50 - Memoir ‘44: Operation Overlord 40:08 - Cosmic Encounter
Feb 26, 2021
Podcast #131 - A Petulant Pharaoh
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In what is clearly the 131st episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Matt, Tom and Ava are going to continue recent pod-tradition and natter about just the one game, thanks. That’s right, it’s Faiyum! A game about being both in Egypt and confused! Happens to the best of us. We’re going to be chatting about how it really works, how it sort of works and how it doesn’t work in a hodgepodge chat about one of the stranger board game offerings of 2020. We had some technical difficulties with this one, so apologies if things feel a bit bumpy. It suits the game in question!
Feb 19, 2021
Podcast #130 - The Big Reiner Lovecast
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In this freshly-pressed 130th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, we’re making amends. The beefcast left the team torn in two, sundered, ruined... borked beyond repair. Now? It’s time to rekindle the fire; and what better way to do so than talk about the man that broke us. Reiner Knizia. Take a seat as Quinns and Tom natter about recent video review stars My City and Modern Art, with a little wiggly chat about The Quest For El Dorado smashed in the middle. We also take the time to make plenty of great behind-the-scenes podcasting errors, for your pleasure! Tap below for full timestamps and more info! Timestamps 01:45 - My City 17:28 - The Quest For El Dorado 27:20 - Modern Art
Feb 12, 2021
Podcast #129 - Mr Carnegie's Fun Emporium!
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In this juicy 129th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, it’s time for business, baby! Join Matt and Tom for a conversation about Carnegie where our thoughts doth runneth over. Literally. We aimed to keep this one short and sweet but then Matt got ever so excited about history - something that we like to call ‘a nerd move’, in the biz. Think of this one as the ‘one-two-punch’ of board game podcasts, if you will. A first half that basks in the utter joy of the thing, and a second where reality rears its ugly head at our barred doors. We just wanted to enjoy a game about a hard day’s work, reality! Why do you always spoil our fun?! I JUST WANTED TO CRUSH A WHOLE UNION IN PEACE!!! Have a lovely weekend! Timestamps 00:00 It’s Carnegie all the way down, my lovelies. Oh, also, this is Ava's first proper edit, out in the wild! It's so squeaky clean!
Feb 05, 2021
Podcast #128 - In The Pocket of Big Vampire
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In the unbelievably 128th podcast we spend a surprisingly long time chatting about Vampire: The Masquerade: Vendetta, a game with as much blood as it’s got colons! This pink-hued game doesn’t take a rose-tinted view of the source material, which Quinns and Matt get deep into a big nostalgia blanket for - how sweet! Eventually we might even talk about the game. We wrap up with some racist beans, and a surprising experiment with Tom’s pockets! Timestamps: 01:22 - Vampire: The Masquerade: Vendetta 34:03 - Excalibohn 42:48 - Button Shy Wallet Games Part 2
Jan 29, 2021
Podcast #127 - Dune Imperium: Matt Lees Vs The People
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In this garishly 127th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt, Tom and Ava have a meandering little chat-a-thon about Dune Imperium - a spicy hot game that at least two of the folks on the podcast aren’t all that hot for. I bet you can’t guess who. TIMESTAMPS: 01:19 - Dune Imperium 29:27 - Northwich Salt Museum 34:33 - Brief Button Shy Chat
Jan 22, 2021
Podcast #126 - Who Is Mr Uwe, and What Does He Want?
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In this frighteningly 126th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Ava and Quinns try their very own best to convince our very own Tom to play their favourite Uwes. What’s an Uwe? I thought it was a big sheep, but I’ve been wrong before. TIMESTAMPS: 03:21 - Hallertau 25:55 - Glass Road 31:55 - Nusfjord 36:19 - Le Havre 41:28 - A Feast For Odin 49:51 - Bohnanza
Jan 15, 2021
Podcast #125 - The 2020 Game Of The Year Special
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WELCOME to the 125th SU&SD GAME OF THE YEAR PODCAST! Because technically, every game is a game of the year! Why? Because it came out that year, dummy! That’s just maths!!! On this timely episode of the Shut Up and Sit Down Podcast, the four musketeers gather once again to chat about just one game that they each think deserves Game Of The Year status in 2020. Who will win? Will their game be from this year? Will they even chose a game at ALL! Answers to these questions and more can be found… right here! Have a lovely weekend!
Jan 08, 2021
Podcast #124 - Three Eurogames, One Word, and a Sticky Tongue
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On this rambling 124th episode of the Shut Up and Sit Down Podcast Ava, Tom, and Quinns chat about a couple light and silly games to brighten the mood before plunging headfirst into a big greasy barrel of eurogames. Master Word and Sticky Chameleons don’t stand a chance, guzzled up before your very ears like boardgame hors d’oeuvres. The main course? Alhambra, Merv and Beyond The Sun - each course more chunky and crunchy than the last. Get cosy and settle in for a banquet of the most enticing mechanics that boardgames have to offer... 2:08 - Master Word 13:50 - Sticky Chameleons 19:10 - Alhambra 32:49 - Merv 48:58 - Beyond The Sun
Dec 18, 2020
Podcast #123 - The All-New Family GameZone™ Special
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On this delectably 123rd episode of the Shut Up and Sit Down Podcast, join an incredibly tired Tom, Matt and Ava to discuss a smattering of games, most of which are juuuust fine. Sandwiching this podcast are twin discussions about Thurn Und Taxis and Under Falling Skies - and in between? It’s Tom’s Family GameZone, where we’ll (?) discuss (?) such riveting (?) titles as Cupcake Academy, What’s Missing?, Mr Face, Monsdrawsity, and Herd Mentality. Help! 2:16 - Thurn Und Taxis 14:57 - Cupcake Academy 23:03 - What’s Missing? 28:43 - Mr Face 33:34 - Monsdrawsity 37:34 - Herd Mentality 43:25 - Under Falling Skies
Dec 04, 2020
Podcast #122 - Marry My Migrating Metro
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On this week’s BUMPER BOX podcast we’ve got SIX entire GameBoards for you to picture in your head as we loosely describe them with words and, quite frankly, a lot of noises? This podcast is really great if you’re a young child and want to hear a bunch of cool new ways you can make sounds with your mouth. What games are we going to create frequencies about this time, I hear you ask? We’ll be chatting about the unusual themes of Zestrea, the beautiful butterflies of Mariposas, the wonders of the internet in Sumatra, and sheer, unadulterated organisation in Maglev Metro. Then, to round it all out, we have a ramble about Fleet: The Dice Game and Troyes Dice - two games with the same core that couldn’t be more different. That makes it sound like a mid 90s comedy that stars Danny DeVito and Dwayne Johnson. Does that exist? It might already exist. Timestamps 01:27 - Zestrea 09:22 - Mariposas 19:00 - Sumatra 29:41 - Maglev Metro 41:33 - Fleet: The Dice Game 52:30 - Troyes Dice
Nov 20, 2020
Podcast #121 - The Stingless Spectacular
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In this ghoulishly 121st episode of the Shut Up and Sit Down podcast, Quinns, Ava and Tom once again settle into the lavishly upholstered podchairs to scream words about boardgames into a wall. NEW YORK ZOO (04:02)! MARIA (19:38)! LITTLE TOWN (40:06)! THE KING IS DEAD (55:41)! These are all words bellowed in an order that one would assume makes them titles for games - and we will run with that assumption to save everyone the embarrassment.
Nov 06, 2020
Podcast #120 - James Bond’s Sexy Racist Kneecap.... LIVE!
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Broadcast live and silly from AwSHUX 2020, this episode sees Ava and Tom delve into Mottainai (10:11) and A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (31:32)- the two very different boxes chosen for their respective application videos. Betwixt these two discussions we ramble about the infinite flowcharts of Combat Commander (06:45) and Dominant Species (16:04), before settling on lighter fare with Legendary: A James Bond Deckbuilding Game (39:30) - a box that asks the question: ‘what if bond(s)’? We then wrap up with brief, punchy chats about putting your friends into a bind in Oriflamme (48:02), and putting your kangaroos into buns in New York Zoo (52:51).
Oct 23, 2020
Podcast #119 - The Big Reiner Beefcast
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In this venomously 119th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast Ava, Quinns and Tom gather around the podfire to burn every game they own in a ritual that can be traced hundreds of years into the past. It’s to keep it at bay. This week we politely disagree about Village Green, tut about Glasgow, and aggressively grumble about Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Crypt Hunters. Then, the gloves come fully off for an all out argie-bargie over a load of Kniz’ - Through The Desert! Blue Lagoon! Tigris & Euphrates! Yellow and Yangtze! They’re all here, and they’re all loudly shouting each other and I want to go home now please, Quinns did a swear. 01:51 - Village Green 10:43 - Glasgow 23:05 - Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Crypt Hunters 31:20 - Through The Desert & Blue Lagoon 48:42 - Tigris and Euphrates & Yellow and Yangtze
Sep 25, 2020
Podcast #118: Stuck Holding Double Badgers
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Hark! Tom, Matt and Quinns have eaten the sacred pod-beans and soon opinions will grow from their open mouths. Specifically, opinions about the board games Renature (01:41), Pictures (17:33), The Search for Planet X (34:12) and Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy (49:50), as well as some organic chat about Ride the Rails and Decrypto.
Sep 11, 2020
Podcast #117 - (Virtually) Live from the UKGE!
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In this preposterously 117th episode of the Shut Up and Sit Down podcast Quinns, Ava and Tom are going absolutely LIVE to the UK Games Expo, threatening to snarf endless pizza in Fort, crunch the numbers in 18Chesapeake, and do ‘Good Japanese Business’ in Yokohama. Then, in a secret less-than-live twist, they’ll yoko-yammer-on-about 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel for far too long. Apologies for some occasionally crunchy audio at times on this one, and have a great weekend, everybody! 0:44 - Fort 11:40 - 18Chesapeake 22:44 - Yokohama 37:14 - 5D Chess with Multiverse Time Travel
Aug 28, 2020
Podcast #116 - ...Reset to Hokey Pokey
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In this hideously 116th episode of the Shut Up and Sit Down podcast, Matt, Ava and Tom return to Undaunted: North Africa, Struggle Imperially with Imperial Struggle, and wait patiently for the moon to hit their collective eyes like the big pizza pie that is Sonora (?!?), before finally having a rambly chat about Far Away.
Aug 14, 2020
Podcast #115 - Score The Boogie Bonus
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In this undeniably 115th episode of the Shut Up and Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns resume the age-old tradition of shirtless podcasting, and talk about a slurry of games big and small. We kick off with a chat about The Deadlies (2:41), before pinging around on the tables of Super Skill Pinball 4Cade (11:45). Then, Quinns gets wistful about his foray into Fields of Arle(24:02), and we end on a highly controversial chat about Undaunted: North Africa (33:40).
Jul 31, 2020
Podcast #114 - The Ocean Grasps a Van
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It's a full house, baby! In this episode of the podcast Ava and Quinns discuss FIVE games, each and every one of which is GOOD. There's Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 (04:15), Innovation (19:36), Geometric Art (34:12), Spirit Island (41:12) and Spicy (57:35). Has that ever happened on the podcast before? We're not going back to check. That could take *minutes*.
Jul 17, 2020
Podcast #113 - The Double-Monster Solo-Roleplay Small-Box TeamBuilder 8000
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Contained therein are discussions of everything from Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion to Team3, as well as a double-bill of SPOOKY MONSTER GAMES in Hakko Onna and Anomaly. We also take a little amble through solo-RPG land, returning to the wonderful (horrible) world of Thousand Year Old Vampire, and a discussion about Artefact - a game where you can finally be what you’ve always dreamed; a clarinet.
Jul 03, 2020
Podcast #112 - Spooked in Sea, Spooked in Space
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On this week’s episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Matt, Tom & Ava sit around in a board game soup, rambling about a series of games that we’ve been playing in the darkest reaches of lockdown - and even go so far as to talk about some digital card games! The horror. Join us for a bumbling episode where we talk about everything from the raucous Forgotten Waters to the pensive and tense The Crew, as well as a quick chat about Gloomhaven and its upcoming mini-adventure Jaws of The Lion. We’ll also be talking about all the recent games we’ve been streaming - such as the delectable 1s and 0s of Slay The Spire, and the existential dread of Mothership. Last, but not least, we'll be giving some positively DANGEROUS thoughts about Wingspan, a game that everyone can agree is QUITE NICE.
Jun 19, 2020
Podcast #111 - Cramped Cats, Demonic Cricket
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Are current events getting you down? In this episode of the podcast, Ava and Quinns discuss a selection of games that might make real life seem a little cheerier. There's the threat of drowning adorable animals in Isle of Cats (02:43), the demon invasion of Planet Apocalypse (12:53), the startling cruelty of Antiquity (24:17)and the bum-punishingly long Western Empires (46:01).
Jun 05, 2020
Podcast #110 - The Death of Madeira 1000
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Quinns, Tom and Ava voyage boldly into the great boardgame unknown, this time without Matt’s assistance on the technology side of things! The result? A podcast that’s deeply flawed. Am I going to triple-check the edit to make sure the audio isn’t slipping and sliding around, crashing into itself like an ouroboros of waveforms? I’m sure you’ll be able to guess the answer to that question by just listening to it. This week, we get covered in eldritch goop while talking about Cthulhu: Death May Die, barraged by dice AND pirates in Madeira, turned into candles with a Thousand Year-Old Vampire, and utterly BAFFLED by the interlocking systems in The Defence of Procyon III! We’ll also be talking a little about the games we’ve looked at recently, and discussing that stream.

May 22, 2020
Podcast #109 - Waterboarded By Elves
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You, at the back! Was it you that ordered a chat sandwich? Was it with ramble bread and discussion filling - extra… stream schedule? Look. I spent ages trying to make a joke about this podcast being ‘like a sandwich’ - with the strong base of classic Eurogames (Terra Mystica and Hansa Teutonica) wedged between the spicy hot filling of Root Underworld and Frosthaven. But there you see my problem; the filling is on the outside and the bread on the inside and that just ‘AINT a sandwich, chief. And then where does Mr Cabbagehead’s Garden fit in? The pieces are all there, but my brain won’t make them fit - the sandwich metaphor falls apart like a… like a… wet… sandwich. Dang it, just listen to the podcast. This week’s episode is extra chunky and was a lot of fun to edit! I Hope YOU (yes, you!) enjoy, and have a great weekend!
May 08, 2020
Podcast #108: Beatdown, Madness, Chaos in the Train
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Look, I’m really sorry that I sat on the podcast intro music but what am I supposed to do, check every seat for audio files before I sit down? I know it’s a bit crushed and quiet, but if we give it enough love and care then it’ll spring back soon enough, I’m sure - and I can always do my own version of the music for the time being… Oh the podcast is meant to be out… today? I’ll see what I can do… This podcast may contain traces of trains - perhaps more than a trace, even, as Matt and Quinns discuss both Russian Railroads and 1889: History of Shikoku Railways in the space of just one hour. I know, it’s all getting a bit exciting. Squashed between those discussions like a fun filling in a games sandwich, Tom yammers on about Calico, Pax Pamir 2e and Watergate; games that somehow all contain the same levels of tension and despair in spite of their wildly differing themes.
Apr 24, 2020
Podcast #107: The City of the Pork Shoulders
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‘Ello ‘ello ‘ello, wot’s going on ‘ere then? Looks and sounds like there are three english men crammed inside one english cupboard talking about a series of “board games” from who knows where. That’s a recipe for disease-based disaster right there. Let’s see what we’ve got in here then... City of the Big Shoulders? You’re certainly crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in here, though one of you is a bit smaller than the others. I’ve heard it’s as good an economic euro as any, though I, for one, prefer my commodity speculation games a little less beige. Last Bastion? I’ve heard that one’s a pretty dandy co-operative game, but personally I felt the fantasy redesign was a little lacking. Wait, I swear on me nan’s ghost that I saw more games in here when I first burst in. Are you hiding ‘em? What’s that on there? Is that a game on your mobile device, Mr Lees? Is it Vlaada Chvatil’s classic tableau-builder, Through The Ages? You of all people should know those is contraband, as they remind people of ‘the time before’, when they could play games with their friends around their tables spreading all their germs. Not any more. You’re going to prison, but seen as we can’t go outside, I’m locking you in your own dishwasher. It’s for the best.
Apr 10, 2020
Podcast #106: The Very First Quarantine Special
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Welcome to the loosiest, goosiest episode of the Shut Up and Sit Down podcast yet, where three adults try to have a conversation via the internet without talking over each other all of the time. Experience the mixed results contained therein, and marvel at how 5 games are thinly spread over an hour of your real lifespan like an existential marmalade made of cardboard and opinions. What games, I hear you ask? I was getting there, no need to get impatient. This week we’re going to be talking about bobbing around on an ocean of average in Flotilla, drinking some questionably garnered tea in Alubari: A Nice Cup Of Tea, and pelting druids with rocks in Cairn. Sandwiched amidst these activities one can find a brief segue through the eccentric Tokyo Game Show, and a brief visit to the ancient tabletop colossus that is The Castles of Burgundy. Also in this podcast: meandering chats about how the team is faring under quarantine, and a few brief teases of potential bread-based content.
Mar 27, 2020
Podcast #105: BIG GAMES, SMALL PODCAST
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DISCLAIMER: The thumbnail for this podcast contains more business than is actually contained in this podcast. Instead, on this short, sleepy episode, a tired old Matt and a sickly young Tom have a meandering chat about just four games. ‘That’s not enough games for my Friday night podcast-listening session!’ I hear you cry, panicked and approaching a point of crisis. Fear not, listener, as this winding little journey will take you through the staggering highs of Stockpile, the crushing lows of Big City and Orleans Stories, before a twist ending where they were all Nemesis all along. Not only that, but there are tiny little trails along the way - a tease of City of the Big Shoulders, for sir? Maybe a trickle of Little Town? It’s all here and it’s all in audio form on this very 105th Shut Up and Sit Down Podcast.
Mar 13, 2020
Podcast #104: ‘Ain’t no party like a Glenmore II: Chronicles party
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Welcome, diners, and take your seats for what will surely be a smashing dinner service at the very 104th Shut Up & Sit Down podcast. Enjoy a salty fish supper alongside Oceans, a haggis and a whisky with Glen More II: Chronicles, or a rubbery old hot-dog with Rallyman GT. All options are served with opinions from our cardboard sommelier Matt Lees, and a side of steaming hot takes from our acrylic potwash, Tom Brewster. Speaking of sides, this week’s podcast features a smorgasbord of canapes, vol au vents and other esoteric snacklets in our detour through Tom’s exclusive, invite-only Party Game Zone™. You can find us in the cordoned off area, chatting about a series of games that you could bring to a party, and smattering of games that you should bring to a party. No +1s are permitted, and BYOB(oardgames). We also have a post-dinner keynote speech about recent videos on the site - including the palpably divisive review of Bunny Kingdom. Quinns and Tom aren’t on speaking terms after that one, on account of the attempted murder. 1:30 Oceans 11:16 Rallyman GT 24:35 Stay Cool 28:24 Decrypto + Laser Drive Expansion 31:49 Good Cop, Bad Cop 37:47 Gorilla Marketing 44:55 Trophies 50:34 Glen More II: Chronicles 1:02:20 Bunny Kingdom
Feb 28, 2020
Podcast #103: Welcome to the Ketchup Age
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Look out! Podcast #103 is charging towards your fragile human body like the untameable beast of content that it well and truly is. Be shocked, as we wrangle with Clinic! Gasp in horror as we consume Irish Gauge… whole! And last but not least, be kind of bummed out as we talk about why Maracaibo is... a bit bad? This episode also features fleeting special guest appearances from Clipcut Parks, Food Chain Magnate’s latest expansion; The Ketchup Mechanism, and two games with ‘letter’s in their name. Technically all the games have letters in their name, but these ones literally have letters in their name. You’ll see what we mean. We also talk a little about recent video reviews! Well, one video review, because Quinns got so excited about the prospect of playing Azul: Summer Pavilion, that he forgot to talk about his review. It has that effect on people.
Feb 16, 2020
Podcast #102: Frankenstein’s Goat Dilemma
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In this episode of the podcast we dive back into Suburbia, explore The King’s Dilemma, and dabble with Abomination and Finger Guns at High Noon as well as plenty of others. We also have a rather lovely reading of Tactics and Tactility by Ava Fortfox, as a break from all of this ghastly pod-wrestling. 4:03 Chocolate Factory 8:51 Abomination 14:23 Finger Guns at High Noon 20:14 Goat ‘n’ Goat 25:07 Suburbia Deluxe Edition 33:49 Vindication 44:56 THE BIG QUESTION 47:28 The King’s Dilemma 59:39 Caylus 01:06:23 Tactics and Tactility 01:10:44 War of Whispers 01:18:31 Undaunted Normandy
Jan 31, 2020
Podcast #101: Donkeys Behind Enemy Lines
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Recorded live at PAX Unplugged 2019, Matt and Quinns rattle through a plethora of games! Roads & Boats, Vadoran Gardens, Slide Quest, War of the Worlds, Fantastic Factories, Paranormal Detectives, Blitzkrieg!, Ecos: First Continent, Valley of the Kings, Medium, Confident, and Bus. Also available to watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/aJT_r7WynKg
Jan 17, 2020
Podcast #100: International Trouser Accidents
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Matt and Quinns are briefly joined by Pip for an sleep-deprived natter about some interesting games. Obscurio (16:14) sounds like Wizard-Dixit with traitors, and incredibly summoned a cheer from the crowd simply for use of the word “acetate”. Tumblin’ Dice (21:05) got a little love, but probably deserves more than anyone can give it, before Matt then went on to talk about playing the award-winning RPG Mothership (24:50) - a sci-fi horror system that conveys the relatable experience of waking up after a very long time and immediately being attacked by stress. We were thrilled to find that many of those who’d managed to check it out at SHUX finally understood the hype from our review of Blood on the Clocktower (35:13) - a beautiful beast that is more than the sum of its frankly dastardly parts. Delving into Vast: the Mysterious Manor (39:58) - an asymmetrical game in which you can literally play as the mysterious manor - left us with mixed feelings about pacing but strong feelings towards skeletons, before we finally talked about food and/or animals with Yum Yum Island (45:36) and Nickelodeon Splat Attack! (50:06). Apologies for the quality of the audio in this episode - we had some issues with the room that we weren’t able to resolve. If you’d like to listen to this episode with “moving pictures”, you can also watch it on Youtube!
Oct 16, 2019
Podcast #99.9 - My Hungry, Sleepy Civilization
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In what is still definitely *not* our 100th episode, Quinns and intern Ben summon the energy to discuss their 12 hour game of Western Empires (02:32) and the byzantine challenge of Cloudspire (18:05). With these massive games discussed and dusted, there's talk of lighter stuff: Skulk Hollow (29:38), Teotihuacan: City of Gods (37:05), Yokai (43:06), Detective Club (46:57), and Combo Fighter (53:06).
Sep 25, 2019
Podcast #99¾ - Running from the Board Game Police
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In this episode, Matt, Quinns and Ben report live from a secret hideout. Matt's been breaking the rules of Gloomhaven (discussed at 26:54) while Quinns has been ignoring the laws of Bunny Kingdom: In the Sky (50:12), and the cops could bust them at any moment. The group also discuss the Undo games (02:56), Super Motherload (10:05), ShipShape (20:42), Lords of Hellas (36:20) and Cerberus(48:02).
Sep 04, 2019
Podcast #99: Sea Football
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Matt, Quinns and Ben are circling podcast #100 like talkative nerds circling a numerical drain. Quickly! Before they slip away, listen to them talk about the games We're Doomed (02:23), For Sale (10:00), Alien Frontiers (15:40), Wooly Wars (23:26), Air, Land & Sea (30:03) and Cerebria: The Inside World (40:11), as well as answer a lovely reader mail about which games have the best Endgame Energy.
Aug 15, 2019
Podcast #98: Seize My Silky Rails
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Back from Belgium's fantastic Zomerspel tabletop convention, Matt and Quinns have brains full of feelings about "board games". But *which* board games? Those would be Taverns of Tiefan Thal (01:51), Carpe Diem (13:48), Luxor (26:47), Silk (33:13) and Rail Pass (49:37). The pair also discuss some of the video reviews they've been working on, including Pipeline (1:00:58) and Too Many Bones (1:06:54).
Jul 17, 2019
Podcast #97: Meeting Your Shadow Self and Other Excitements
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In this episode of the board gaming podcast, Matt and Quinns chat about Stay Cool (02:45), Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid (09:01), Letter Jam (21:42), Welcome to Dino World (29:22), Rome and Roll (38:19) and Vampire: The Masquerade – Blood Feud (43:28). Finally, having recently discovered the joy of pencils, team SU&SD have learned about BOOKS! Specifically, the book Top 10 Games You Can Play In Your Head, By Yourself (49:35).
Jun 19, 2019
Podcast #96: Dipping With The Druids
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Just who are druids? What are they doing? And is it safe to "dip" with them? We can't be sure, but we can tell you that the following games are discussed in this podcast: Res Arcana (02:38), Dice Throne (11:50), The Insider (20:10), Three Kingdoms Redux (26:56), Isle of Skye: Druids (37:21) and Batman: Gotham City Chronicles (42:47).
May 29, 2019
Podcast #95: The Danish Crisis
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Matt and Quinns explain that they are *not* alcholics in this Fastaval special episode. Games discussed include Hansa Teutonica (02:56), Deep Blue (12:02), Auto (15:50), Flamme Rouge’s unnamed campaign expansion (24:05), That’s Not Lemonade (35:43) and Mid-Life Crisis (45:23). Then, there’s a discussion of Danish tabletop convention Fastaval, and what makes it so magical. (59:18).
May 15, 2019
Podcast #94: Seven Players, Exchanging Bananas
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Matt, Quinns and intern Kylie are here for a 7 player special, formed by Watson & Holmes (03:00), Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space (12:14), and Bourré (19:55). Afterwards, they slim down for a couple of 3 player games, namely Gùgōng (27:34) and Chinatown (38:30). Finally, they answer a quick reader mail asking what table is best for board gaming, during which the discussion gets inexplicably heated.
Apr 24, 2019
Podcast #93: Alone with the Norwegians
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For our special 93rd episode, Matt and Quinns break from tradition to talk about board games. First, the pair and respond to the furore surrounding Quinns' Blood on the Clocktower review (02:05). There's then chat about Corinth (10:08), A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians (18:36), Space Base: The Emergence of Shy Pluto (27:32), Monolith Arena (32:42) and Alone (43:52). Ooh, and that musician they're talking about at the beginning? He's "Klaus Wunderlich".
Apr 10, 2019
Podcast #92: Matt's Crap Trams
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All aboard! In this very special tram-isode, your favourite board game podcast is going on a journey. The chat vehicle stops at New Frontiers: The Race for the Galaxy Board Game, Kemet: Ta-Seti, Kemet: Seth, El Dorado and, of course, Tramways.
Mar 20, 2019
Podcast #91: The 2018 Pearple's Choice Awards!
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Matt and Quinns have a chat about Wingspan, Chronicles of Crime, Franchise and Woodlouse Chaos, before strapping on their tuxedos for the annual Pearple's Choice awards. Who will win Best Game? Best Production? Best Designer? And will SU&SD's audience finally decide that mum and dad... are bad and wrong?
Mar 06, 2019
Podcast #90: The Generation Train
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Oof! Matt and Quinns are lurching unsteadily into 2019 with a podcast overloaded with games. There's Blackout: Hong Kong (again), Just One, Sumer, Quacks of Quedlinburg, Schummel Hummel, The Thing, Pipeline and Gen 7: A Crossroads Game. After that, we're sad to report that the structural integrity of the podcast collapsed, killing everyone inside. Musical stings courtesy of Steve Davit: https://spoti.fi/2TrmNoN
Jan 23, 2019
Podcast #89: Those Unattainable Vegetables
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Matt and Quinns are joined in this episode by Microsoft Powerpoint(!) to discuss their experiences with Heaven & Ale, Reykholt, Captains of the Gulf, Trapwords and Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig. In a rare mailbag double-bagger, the pair then field two questions, one about the phrase "The Teach", the other about theoretical business ventures for SU&SD. Quinns wants to open a new telephone hotline and Matt wants funding for... well, it's not exactly clear?
Dec 05, 2018
Podcast #88: Neon Salads of Hong Kong
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Serious question: Have we ever had this many charming board games on one podcast? Has ANYONE? In this episode Matt and Quinns discuss the twin games of Cockroach Salad and Cockroach Soup, as well as Neon Gods, Men at Work, Targi, Lisboa and Blackout: Hong Kong.
Nov 07, 2018
Podcast #87: Cheese on the Clocktower
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Matt, Quinns, Paul and Pip gather beneath a stormy sky to discuss games of WIT and CHANCE. These games include Shadows: Amsterdam, The Shipwreck Arcana, Cryptid (a bit), Kung Fu Zoo, Illusion, Wavelength, High Tea Assassin, and finally, our game of the cast: Blood on the Clocktower. Finally, Matt unveils some cheese he's been sitting on for a VERY LONG TIME.
Oct 18, 2018
Podcast #86: Doctor, My Dice Are Bleeding
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Matt and Quinns kick this one off with a big, hairy discussion of Werewolf Legacy, and the state of legacy games in general. Moving on, they chat about the smooth operations of V Commandos, orchestrating fish feasts in Nusfjord, and the horrible, bleeding dice of Dice Hospital. Guns! Fish! Ambulances! This cast truly has it all.
Sep 26, 2018
Podcast #85: Do you have any Fascist Fish?
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Come! Make yourself at home in our podcast nest, where Paul and Quinns are ready to regurgitate some board game knowledge right into your beak. This episode features Gunkimono, Taj Mahal, Trade on the Tigris, GKR: Heavy Hitters, Root, and a little chat about playing games for money.
Sep 05, 2018
Podcast #84: The Post-Gen Con Blowout
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Join Paul and Quinns as they waddle forth from the future, burdened with impressions of all the new games they played at Gen Con 2018. They've got the scoop on Keyforge, Gen 7, Nyctophobia, Critical Mass, Railroad Ink and The Estates. What's more, three of those games seem like fantastic candidates for a SU&SD Recommends badge.
Aug 17, 2018
Podcast #83: The Villain's Criminal Google
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In this episode of the award-winning board game podcast, Quinns, Matt and Paul are BAD MEN. They make fun of Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, adopt some evil roles in Disney's Villainous, investigate a wallet that isn't theirs in the game of Wallet, and play a few troubling rounds of Weird Things Humans Search For.
Aug 09, 2018
Podcast #82: Welcome To My Viking Fungus
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Paul and Quinns loosened their belts for this tasty cast! The boys stuffed themselves with suburbs in Welcome To, ran a Chinese restaurant in Wok Star, poked around a forest for Fungi, barely stomached Village Attacks and gathered plenty of fresh meat in Champions of Midgard. (Then they felt a little bit sick.)
Jul 25, 2018
Podcast #81: Our Irradiated Pastries
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The boys discuss exciting new games like Reef, Newspeak, Museum and Fallout: The Board Game, before chatting about their time in the French Resistance, deciphering codes in cream puffs. Yes, really.
Jul 06, 2018
Podcast #80: Until The Sheep Goes "Berp"
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What adventures we've had! We've argued about artichokes in Destination X, drowned some sheep in Lowlands, started a war in Starship Samurai, and struggled against big data in Quantified. Truly, to be a board gamer is to live a thousand lives, each more educational than the last...
Jun 20, 2018
Podcast #79: Law, Order and the Order of Logging
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Matt, Quinns and Paul discuss the classy games of Lignum, Huns, The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr and Band Manager. But after that? This show KICKS OFF! Did Quinns throw away Matt's copy of Pandemic Legacy Season 2? It's time for a trip to the SU&SD law courts to prove him guilty or innocent.
Jun 08, 2018
Podcast #78: Paul's Good Lamp Years
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Paul and Quinns enjoy board games a great deal. BUT WHICH ONES? Well, this week they enjoyed running competing factories in Arkwright. They liked the art in the new edition of High Society. They enjoyed stacking numbers in NMBR 9. Oh, and being a brave forest witch in Broom Service. Finally, the pair take a paddle around the mailbag to answer not one, not two, but three little questions! Don't come in, the water's cold and full of jigsaw puzzles.
May 30, 2018
Podcast #77: Shipping & Deceiving
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HONK! After a long journey, the latest Shut Up & Sit Down podcast is now docking with your ears. The boys have finally played Container, an utterly ridiculous economic game that'll be enjoying a similarly ridiculous new edition very shortly. There's also chat about Decrypto, Medici, and The Brass Double- Brass: Lancashire and Brass: Birmingham.
May 04, 2018
Podcast #76: Long John's Bad Mind
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The team gathers in a haunted house in Niagara Falls, NY, to discuss the spookiest games imaginable: The Mind, Cardline Animals, Bye Bye Black Sheep, Kemet: Set, Treasure Island, Fireball Island and Bunny Kingdom. Alright, not one of those games is scary. But podcast descriptions are really difficult to write!
Apr 25, 2018
Podcast #75: Stress Testing your Tarot
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This week, Matt, Paul and Quinns reunited in a hotel! After crying for a solid five minutes straight they switched on a microphone and discussed some board games: Ethnos, Fog of Love, Azul, Barenpark, Puzzlegami, Four Empires, Star Wars: Legion and Age of Steam.
Mar 28, 2018
Podcast #74: The War of the Stuffed Sun
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Board games! They're things you can put on the table and sometimes enjoy. In this episode Matt and Quinns discuss Isle of Skye: Journeyman, Stuffed Fables, War of the Ring and Rising Sun. Also, they discuss steampunk and personal pies.
Mar 09, 2018
Podcast #73: The 2017 Pearple's Choice Awards
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Paul, Matt and Quinns discuss the 2017 Pearple's Choice Awards! It's a great opportunity to discuss the very best games of last year, including Sagrada, Gloomhaven, Azul, Twilight Imperium 4th Edition, Fog of Love and so, so much more.
Feb 23, 2018
Podcast #72: Climbing Mount London
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Matt, Paul and Quinns continue their treacherous ascent up the Shut Up & Sit Down review stack. This week, that means examining Mountaineers, The Climbers, London, the Munchkin Collectible Card Game and more!
Feb 09, 2018
Podcast #71: The Dragonholt Assault on Fake Eggs
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Matt and Paul regroup for a post-festive ramble through the wilderness of cardboard. Paul shares some thoughts on Legacy of Dragonholt and Celestia, while Matt visits the free co-op app for Imperial Assault and compares the experience to the recently-reviewed Gloomhaven, Finally, we talk a little about the shocking phenomenon of fake board games.
Jan 17, 2018
Podcast #70: Trading Shady Trees
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Matt and Quinns gather beneath a Christmas tree before cutting it down for Victory Points. Picking the pine needles out of their mouths, they discuss Photosynthesis, Sidereal Confluence and Shadespire.
Dec 21, 2017
Podcast #69: An Erotic Scottish Village
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In this instalment of the board game podcast, Matt, Paul and Quinns discuss a selection of absolute Christmas crackers. Want to hear about Charterstone, Ex Libris, Flamme Rouge: Peloton, Clans of Caledonia, Fabled Fruit (and the other Fabled games)or Clank In Space? Of course you do. Get stuck in.
Dec 09, 2017
Podcast #68: Brotherly Love and Troublesome Pies
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Matt and Quinns took to the stage at PAX Unplugged for this Very Special Phillysode! The first segment, "Card games that made us feel bad", includes chat about Capital Lux, Hanamikoji and Plums. Then there's "Eurogames that are actually quite good", featuring Pie Town and Altiplano. Finally, the boys move onto their game of the show, and possibly the year: Jacob Jaskov's Fog of Love. Surprising no-one, Matt and Quinns' first simulated relationship had chemistry but was horrible for everyone involved.
Nov 21, 2017
Podcast #67: Spanish Tiles and Surprise Rats
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Matt, Paul and Quinns discuss everything they're working on! Matt's hacking his way towards a Gloomhaven review, Paul actually quite likes Azul, and Quinns is wondering about whether to review Lisboa.
Nov 10, 2017
Podcast #66: The Post-SHUX Yingisode
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Matt, Paul and Quinns join forces to try and unpick all of the sticky games they played at SHUX 2017. Shifty-Eyed Spies, Hanamikoji, Meeple Circus, Edge of Darkness and Space Base, as well as expansions for Inis and Lords of Vegas!
Oct 27, 2017
Podcast #65: Every Dog Has His Donner
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Quinns and Paul go sprinting through the streets of Board Game City, begging for bones and pissing on everything in sight.
Sep 13, 2017
Podcast #64: Dolphins Are People Too
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Paul and Quinns meet (on the INTERNET) to discuss board games new and old. On this episode this includes Between Two Cities, World Championship Russian Roulette, Pit Crew and the first expansion for 2016 submersible smash hit Captain Sonar.
Aug 16, 2017
Podcast #63: A Bag of Glass and Cheese
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No ghosts this week! Instead, Paul and Quinns discuss the surprising pouches of Sagrada, Automobiles and Orleans, before reaching into the pouch-with-pretensions that is our mailbag.
Jul 14, 2017
Podcast #62: Bruises in Bruges
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Matt, Paul and Quinns once more eschew the new to discuss some board gaming classics: Bruges, Zombicide: Black Plague, Tigris & Euphrates and Railways of the World. There's also more Ghost Chat and a folk game sent in by a paramedic. Buckle up!
Jul 02, 2017
Podcast #61: Lazer Pizza from Mars
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Matt, Pip and Quinns have played SO MANY NEW GAMES. New York Slice, Kitchen Rush, NMBR 9, Lazer Ryderz, Four Elements and more! An all-you-can-eat Pizza Hut buffet of board games. Come along, gorge yourself and feel a bit greasy. Recorded live at the UK Games Expo, 2016.
Jun 16, 2017
Podcast #60: The Godfather's Animal Champion
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Matt, Pip and Quinns discuss all sorts of upcoming board games, from Eric Lang's The Godfather, to the bear-filled Barenpark, to the excitement of First Martians, before moving on to the MAIN EVENT: An early live-play of Champion of the Wild. Recorded live at the UK Games Expo, 2016.
Jun 16, 2017
Podcast #59: The Ghost of BoardGameGeek's Top 100
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Matt, Paul and Quinns crawl out of their writing-trenches to discuss the mammoth 20,000 word feature they wrote this week: SU&SD's take on BoardGameGeek's top 100 rated games. There's also chat about Star Wars: Destiny, Imperial 2030, Ghostbusters II (the game), ghosts (the incorporeal horrors) and Roll for the Galaxy.
Jun 01, 2017
Podcast #58: A Field of Marbles
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Here's a question for you. What contains Fields of Arle, Spoils of War, Conflict of Heroes and Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs?

That's right! The answer is "A fistfight over an archaeological dig site in Northern Germany." But another valid answer would be the 58th ever SU&SD podcast, wherein Paul and Quinns discuss all of these games. What's more, Quinns reveals the results of his months-long experiment using the BG Stats app.

After all of that excitement the boys relax by dipping into the mailbag for a question on why board games seem to be getting more expensive, and close the podcast by talking about the noble art of marble racing. Enjoy, everybody!

(Thanks to BGG User Steph Hodge for this podcast's header image!)

Spoils of War, Fields of Arle, Conflict of Heroes, Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal, marbles

May 12, 2017
Podcast #57: A Purple Boss, A Spicy Path
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Quickly, man the battlements! The podcastle is under attack from deadly waves of silence. Secure the chat parapets, and brace the gates of opinion!

In episode 57 of our award-winning podcast Quinns offers thoughts on I'm the Boss!, the first Sid Sackson game that this site has ever covered, while Paul takes a look at the new edition of Citadels, the first game to ever appear on SU&SD. Quinns has also played an advance copy of the much-hyped Century: Spice Road, while Paul rounds off this week's Fresco review by talking about that game's expansions.

There's combat juggling in the folk game section and the boys chat about why Virgin Queen was Quinns' lowest point, but perhaps the biggest surprise comes during our mailbag segment. We've received a reader mail that's made us question our entire attitude towards not just box inlays, but board games in general. Listen in horror as one listener's expensive opinion spreads across the very fabric of SU&SD, like a spilled glass of wine.

Century: Spice Road, century, I’m the Boss!, fresco, Citadels

Apr 28, 2017
Podcast #56: Three Tough Guys and a Yamatai
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The stakes have never been higher! In this, the one and only 56th episode of the SU&SD podcast, renowned street warriors Matt, Paul and Quinns take a break from their usual areas of discussion (inner-city brawls, knife fights, how to stare down a local tough from sixty yards) to chat about board games, of all things!

Quinns has played new Days of Wonder beautypiece Yamatai, the group chat some more about the excellent Flamme Rouge, and inspired by Paul's Mythos Tales review there's a discussion on the future of mystery-solving games. We also answer the question on everyone's lips: Is Lego crap? Finally, we answer a reader mail about how to get the most out of a convention. Basically just make sure you have a friend to drag you out of the fight if you get knocked unconscious.

In other words, we're going mad. How many more episodes of this can we possibly do?

The answer: AS MANY AS IT TAKES.

Yamatai, flamme rouge, Mythos Tales, Lego

Apr 14, 2017
Podcast #55: Teenage Monstrous Roman Soldiers
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You guys love podcasts! We literally know how to do them! With episode #55 of the SU&SD podcast we're committing to getting these bad babies out twice a month. If you like what you hear please do share it among your friends!

So what's in this one? Ooh, only Quinns discussing the electrifying yet accessible escape rooms of Unlock! (which has a free demo available online), the insanity of Magic Maze (which also has a free print-n-play version) and the challenging slumbers of When I Dream, while Paul outlines his pathetic enjoyment of Kingdomino and his struggling TV station in The Networks.

We close with Quinns talking about Snakes & Ladders after discovering an astonishing article on its history, and finish with a Christian folk game that leaves the pair even more speechless than usual. Let's just say that teenagers should never be given power, but especially not iron age judicial power. Enjoy, everybody!

Kingdomino, The Networks, Unlock!, Magic Maze, When I Dream

Mar 23, 2017
Podcast #54: In A Bedroom With A Nasty Lich
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In this temporarily-educated instalment of the SU&SD podcast, Matt, Pip and Paul gathered at a hotel during the 2017 Game Developer's Conference. Their mission? To discuss the hot questions of the day.

Should liches be banned? Are humans secretly terrible at games? Why can't I have my raven back? When is an asteroid frustrating? Should SU&SD be on Pinterest? And most importantly, why do the world's best board game designers think the future is great for players?

We also reach into the mailbag to answer a question on trivia games, and discuss some deeply unprofessional games that are played by actors, on stage.

Commenters, what do you think? Should trivia games continue their slow death, or should we be huffing and puffing into their lungs like someone who kind of remembers CPR (but not really)?

Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition), Dungeons & Dragons, Trivial Pursuit, butt tag


Mar 08, 2017
Podcast #53: Matt and Quinns go to the Past
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Like the plot of every time-travel movie ever, Matt and Quinns have officially gone too far into the past and may never be the same again.

In this unusually raunchy edition of the acclaimed SU&SD podcast the pair discuss/complain about some titans of the 80's and 90's- Space Hulk, Blood Bowl and Magic: The Gathering. Meanwhile, Paul offers much more sedate comments on Scythe and Santorini.

Finally, the group discuss some folk games sent in by an anthropologist... which are played by monkeys. Join us for the critical analysis of Magic, but stick around for our description "Hair In Mouth Game".

Have you played any games from your childhood recently? And were they rubbish?

Scythe, Santorini, Magic: The Gathering, Blood Bowl, Space Hulk

Feb 18, 2017
Podcast #52: A Deception, a Dove and a Dungeon
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Get your pod-plates ready! We're serving up another steaming hot pot of chat.

Matt, Paul and Quinns discuss deck-building burgle box that is Clank!, they return once again to the irritatingly more-ish Black Stories, Quinns chats a bit about Deception: Murder in Hong Kong and they discuss the standalone expansion for Welcome to the Dungeon.

We hope you left room for seconds, because there's also a reader mail that asks what games Matt and Quinns organised at their respective weddings last year, and we unseal the Pandora's Box of folk games played by school teachers. Maybe don't eat that last bit, it's profoundly poisonous.

Clank!, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, Welcome to the Dungeon, Black Stories

Feb 01, 2017
Podcast #51: The Pearple's Choice Awards
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We don't want to tell you how to live your life but you might want to put on a tie or a string of pearls or BOTH before listening to this very classy podcast.

The results of the inaugural Pearple's Choice Awards are in and noteworthy hosts Paul Dean and Quintin Smith discuss the games that won Best Expansion of 2016, Best Reprint and (of course) Best Game. They chat about some old classics they've played over the festive season, like City of Remnants and Galaxy Trucker. Finally, they want to tell you about a folk game that's come all the way from Peru.

2016 has been a spectacular year for board games and once again, next year looks even more exciting. This can't be sustainable. Or can it?

Galaxy Trucker, Galaxy Trucker: Anniversary Edition, City of Remnants, Ra, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan, Evolution, Colt Express, Colt Express: Horses & Stagecoach, Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition), Inis, Captain Sonar, Scythe

Dec 22, 2016
Podcast #50: Our Top 5 Games of 2016!
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Hold onto your listicles, Paul and Quinns are celebrating the 50th ever Shut Up & Sit Down podcast (by recording a podcast (they are unimaginative)) and we want you to join us!

In this tawdry tornado of numerology the site's aged founders discuss Spyfall 2, Tyrants of the Underdark and the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game (which has numbers in it) before dropping their respective top 5 board games of 2016. We'll warn you now, make sure you're sitting down when you hear Quinns' number one.

If anyone can't bear the wait until podcast #51, here are the winners of the Pearple's Choice Awards.

Enjoy, everybody!

Spyfall, Spyfall 2, tyrants of the underdark, Final Fantasy Trading Card Game, Inis, Mechs Vs. Minions, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Captain Sonar, Go Cuckoo, Junk Art, Conan, Food Chain Magnate, A Feast for Odin

Dec 15, 2016
Podcast #49: A Dream Home and an Ill Moon
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In what's surely our most mathematically pleasing podcast ever, today Paul and Quinns discuss 6 games (2 of which they'd recommend) before answering 4 emails and examining 2 folk games. What's next in this sequence? Why, your enjoyment of course!

Games discussed in this cast include the bucolic visions of Dream Home and Cottage Garden. We've got two spritely deck-building games, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and Aeon's End. We've also got two interesting spins on existing classics, 4 Gods being a wild interpretation of Carcassonne, and Mythos Tales as a Lovecraftian sequel to Consulting Detective.

Enjoy, everybody. And credit to Peter Dringautzki for the podcast image, with his beautiful photo of Cottage Garden!

Dream Home, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, Cottage Garden, Aeon’s End, Mythos Tales, 4 Gods

Nov 16, 2016
Podcast #48: Complaining in the Crystal Maze
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Like a domestic Sisyphus, Paul and Quinns continue on their quest to play all of the things! Quick, listen to this podcast before their boulder of relevancy rolls back down the side of Mount Internet.

This month games discussed include Pax Pamir! Conan! Game of Thrones: Hand of the King! A Touch of Evil! And litttle Schotten Totten! Of course we've got our usual special features in the form of listener mail and the Folk Game of the Month, but there's even more besides. Always keen to go the extra mile for the podcast, Quinns visited a real-life Crystal Maze and Paul had sex with a beast.

What new game have you been enjoying recently? It doesn't have to be a new release, just new to you. Let us know!

The Beast, Conan, A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King, Pax Pamir, Schotten Totten, A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game

Oct 19, 2016
Podcast #47: Struggling in a Vast Aquarium
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Like a Jaguar (the car) or a jaguar (the cat), our 47th ever podcast is an absolute classic.

Paul and Quinns discuss board games ranging from Vast: The Crystal Caverns, to Twilight Struggle, to Aquarium and The Dragon & Flagon. They answer reader mails! They review three idiotic folk games. They discuss their love of vegetables and their problems with jam. It's everything you want in a single, mid-sized audio file.

Do you agree with Paul and Quinns on these folk games? Do you own a real-life Aquarium? Have you eaten World War 2 jam? Let us know in the comments!

Vast: The Crystal Caverns, Twilight Struggle, Aquarium, crossing, The Dragon & Flagon

Sep 21, 2016
Podcast #46: One Miniature Vlaada
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Oh dear! After a metaphorical explosion of our recording equipment at Gen Con '16, this is all we could salvage from our two live shows. Please don your protective masks and take turns passing the blasted husk around.

The first 30 minutes of this ash-smelling podcast feature Paul, Quinns and our miniatures columnist Eric Tonjes discussing some highlights from the show, including the Runewars Miniatures Game, Pandemic: Reign of CthuluArkham Horror: The Card Game, Conan and the real-time tile laying game of 4 Gods. Exciting, right? Not as exciting as the second half, friends! Paul and Quinns were able to snag an interview with a little designer by the name of Vlaada Chvátil.

But this doesn't have to be a disaster-cast. Did you go to Gen Con, or have some otherwise transcendant board gaming in the last few weeks? Why not leave us a comment telling us all about it!

Runewars: The Miniatures Game, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Conan, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, Codenames, 4 Gods

Aug 24, 2016
Podcast #45: A Nebulous Boneyard
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Oh god, it's too much. Asmodee has announced a new edition of Citadels - the first game SU&SD ever reviewed - and Quinns has a hangover that's lasted all day. Is our end near?!

Not yet, it's not. In this episode Quinns proves he's young by playing the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Happy Pigs and Via Nebula, while Paul proves he's not by playing Meuterer, Mission: Red Planet and the profoundly apt Great Dinosaur Rush. We receive correspondence from our Antarctic SU&SD fan, and end with an interview with a proper board game veteran: Dr. Reiner Knizia. Also there is this vine of a man eating a banana.

Thanks to BGG user Hexanauta for our podcast image of Via Nebula!

Pokémon Trading Card Game, Happy Pigs, Via Nebula, Meuterer, Mission: Red Planet, The Great Dinosaur Rush

Aug 02, 2016
Podcast #44: Mausoleums of Birmingham
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Hot diggity and a lack of dignity! It's the second podcast we recorded live at the 2016 UK Games Expo. This time we offer definitive feels on Spiel des Jahres-nominated games Karuba and Imhotep, as well as chatting about Beyond Baker Street, Yeti, Coup: Rebellion G54 and a game jam winner called Lantern. We also ask an important question: Have you started building your mausoleum?

Beyond Baker Street, Karuba, Imhotep, Coup: Rebellion G54, Yeti, Lantern

Jul 13, 2016
Podcast #43: Deciding Where The Bullets Go
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Long and spicy like a hot dog, the 43rd EVER SU&SD podcast is HERE! Quickly, consume the whole thing before it starts disintegrating and leaking board game mustard into your lap.

In this cast Matt, Paul, Pip and Quinns met up with 300 fans in a sweaty room at the UK Games Expo to discuss what they'd been playing. That meant The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, Ice Cool, Treasure Hunter, the Horses & Stagecoach expansion for Colt Express, Codenames: Pictures, Czech Games' new game Adrenaline and more besides! Finally, we end with an electrifying game of Question Wood Toy Folds High. Can Matt fix his losing streak?

If you'd prefer to watch this podcast as a video (and to be fair, the bit where the audience boos Quinns is priceless), you can do so right here. But the comments are separate on each post, so CHOOSE WISELY. Are you team podcast, or team video?

The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, Ice Cool, Treasure Hunter, Deep Sea Adventure, Colt Express, Codenames: Pictures, Adrenaline

Jun 29, 2016
Podcast #42: Fairytale in North Korea
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Strap on your jackboots! It's time for a veritable military parade of a podcast, impressive and pacy but nonetheless going on for slightly too long.

Games covered include A Feast to Die For, Quadropolis, Fairy Tale, Pandemic: Contagion and Dear Leader, as well as the long-awaited second half of our spoiler-filled Pandemic Legacy chat! Don't worry about that particular minefield. It's very clearly signposted at the end of the podcast. Following a startlingly unprofessional link from Paul, we eventually manage to produce a folk game and some fan mail, too.

Enjoy, everybody!

(This podcast image comes courtesy of BGG user Punkin312!)

Quadropolis, Fairytale, Pandemic: Contagion, Dear Leader, Pandemic Legacy

Jun 15, 2016
Podcast #41: Misery, farkles and Soren Johnson
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Psst! Down here! Climb into this cramped cave of chat with us. There's room for one more person.

In what could well be our most feature-filled podcast ever, Matt, Paul and Quinns discuss Torchbearer, Merchant of Venus, Dragon FarkleThe Red Dragon Inn and the concept of playing board games in virtual reality, before getting down to (yet another) peculiarly erotic folk game.

But wait! There's more! Quinns snagged video game designer Soren Johnson of Offworld Trading Company to discuss civilisation-building and trading board games. Enjoy, everybody.

Torchbearer, Merchant of Venus (2nd Edition), Drinking at the Red Dragon Inn, Dragon Farkle

Jun 01, 2016
Podcast #40: Reiner Knizia's Relationship Simulator
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Matt, Paul and Quinns have met once again to create a board gaming Voltron! Albeit one with three hearts and no brain.

Games discussed in this prestigious 40th episode include And Then We Held Hands, Ra,Through the Ages, FUSE and A Fake Artist Goes to New York. If you're looking for the Tuesday Knight Games podcast featuring Matt, you'll find it right here.

We also chat about board game boxes and sustainability and end with a lovely interview with Plaid Hat's lead designer and lead art director Isaac Vega, who wants to tell us all about the new standalone expansion for Dead of Winter: The Long Night. In case you missed our review of Dead of Winter, you'll find that here!

…and then we held hands., Ra, Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, FUSE, A Fake Artist Goes to New York, Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

Apr 20, 2016
Podcast #39: Dancin', Brawlin' and Burglin'
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Paul, Matt and guest star Jonathan Ying come to us LIVE from GDC 2016 discuss the hottest new board games! And by "hottest" we mean "weirdest" (and by "new" we mean "old").

Designer Tim Fowers stopped by our lounge to demo his games to us, the sneaktacular co-op Burgle Bros and deck-building word-builder Paperback. Fantasy Flight designer and friend of the show Mr. Ying showed us Brawl, a real-time card game that just this month enjoyed a reprint. There's also Dancing Eggs, which we inflicted on GDC like a horrible rubber virus.

Burgle Bros., Paperback, Brawl, Dancing Eggs

Mar 23, 2016
Podcast #38: 504 Ways to Eat Paper
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Welcome back to the podcastle! Not to be outdone after listener Alex Cannon contributed a jingle for last episode, Matt's made yet another jingle. Ready your body! Lube up your ears. It's got a harmony. You've been warned.

As for games, we chat about Liar’s Dice, Arboretum, the new editions of Archaeology, and Elevenses: The Card Game of Morning Tea AND new releases 504 and Power Grid: The Stock Companies. Plus our folk game of the month, of course. It's not just Friedemann Friese who can pack a whole lot of nonsense into a small package.

Liar’s Dice, Arboretum, Archaeology: The New Expedition, Elevenses, 504, Power Grid: The Stock Companies, Power Grid

Feb 17, 2016
Podcast #37: The Fun Stick Game
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Matt, Quinns and Paul return for 2016! New games discussed include Billionaire Banshee, Flick 'em Up and Marrying Mr. Darcy. Old games discussed include Tikal andPictomania. Million year-old games discussed include The Fun Stick Game.

Most importantly of all, our jingle roster has grown! Huge thanks to SU&SD fan Alex Cannon for sending in a folksy sting for Folk Game of the Month.

Perhaps we should make a quick round of Billionaire Banshee a regular feature too... ?

Billionaire Banshee, Flick ’em Up!, Marrying Mr. Darcy, Tikal, Pictomania

Jan 13, 2016
Podcast #36: Art Vs. Knives
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Hey kids! It's the SU&SD podcast, the perfect background noise when polishing, sharpening or simply admiring a knife.

Paul's back from BoardGameGeek Con with stories to tell! Quinns joins him for a discussion of the pleasing heft of The Gallerist, the 2nd edition of Stronghold, the mixed-up genres of Above and Below, and the gentle joy of Porta Nigra. There's also Walk the Dogs, which sounds rubbish.

Finally, the two discuss an email they received all about classic knife games. Is there anything cooler than a knife trick? You decide!

This podcast brought to you by the United Kingdom Knife Lobby.

The Gallerist, Stronghold, Above and Below, Porta Nigra, Walk the Dogs

Dec 02, 2015
Podcast #35: Rebellion in an Airport
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Oh god. Sit down. The new podcast is out, and we've peaked. We'll never have a lineup like this again.

Last week we enjoyed exclusive access to scalding-hot 2016 Fantasy Flight epic Star Wars: Rebellion, and on this podcast we want to tell you all about the fun we had with it. But that's not all! We also discuss our time with the wonderful new edition of Fury of Dracula, return to Star Wars: Armada and Quinns has sat down with Jeff Cannata of the DLC Podcast for a (well signposted) spoiler-ridden chat about Pandemic Legacy.

That's more amazing board games than is wholly decent. But you deserve it.

Star Wars: Rebellion, Fury of Dracula (Third Edition), Star Wars: Armada, Pandemic Legacy

Nov 12, 2015
Podcast #34: The Great Antarctic Experiment
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In what could be our most exciting reader mail ever, Quinns has helped a marine biologist pick some board games to take to the above Antarctic research station for 18 months. Tune in next year to hear how those games fared against penguins, boredom and the deadliest winters on planet Earth.

But that's not all! Join Paul and Quinns as they walk the tightrope of talking about Pandemic Legacy without spoiling a darn thing. Listen as they discuss other Game of the Year candidates Codenames and Mysterium. Laugh as they chat about the most dangerous games they played as kids, and moan with delight as they describe yet another perversely erotic folk game.

Pandemic Legacy, Codenames, Mysterium

Oct 22, 2015
Podcast #33: Paints, Knocks and Christian Peterson
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Market research tells us that the median SU&SD reader is, at a given moment, most likely to be thatching their mead hall. How boring! You'd best pop our 33rd ever podcast on in the background.

Matt and Quinns are desperate to talk about their crippling Infinity habit, while Paul's been playing the beloved game of Battlecon. We've got a quick interview with Fantasy Flight CEO Christian Petersen where he answers such lovely questions as "What happens to board games that don't sell" and "What is the most stressful thing about your job". And we receive an email from Brooklyn-based SU&SD fan Nate Kushner titled The Sad Room.

The fun never stops! The thatching shouldn't either, though. Chop chop.

Infinity, BattleCON

Sep 16, 2015
Podcast #32: Gasoline, Quiche and King Eric Lang
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My god! 32 podcasts in and we're finally approaching "professional".

Paul, Matt and Quinns discuss the bold new Game of Thrones card game and think back on classic lie-athon Battlestar Galactica, before clearing the floor for an interview with veteran designer Eric Lang (Quarriors, XCOM: The Board Game, Chaos in the Old World). We close with a quick trip to the SU&SD mailbag and an impromptu game show(!).

We've done it, ladies and gents. It's all downhill from here.

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game, Battlestar Galactica, Quarriors!, XCOM: The Board Game, Chaos in the Old World

Sep 02, 2015
Podcast #31: Return of the Gen-Cast
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(This podcast is also available as a video.)

Last year team SU&SD hustled 300 people into a dingy Gen Con annex to record a live podcast. It was incredible. So this year we did it again!

After a shaky start where Matt, Quinns and Pip realise their audience is only there to hear about their hotel, the board game chat begins in earnest. We discuss the croquet mallets of T.I.M.E. Stories, the wandering chicken nuggets of Evolution and waste disposal in The Bloody Inn. Then it's time for QUESTION STACK 'N FALL! Which is different from Question Jenga by about £8.

T.I.M.E Stories, Evolution, The Bloody Inn

Aug 07, 2015
Podcast #30: An Opera of Toys
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You ever eat Nerd Rope? Just an endlessly long, glutinous tongue, speckled with sour little gobbets?

That's basically the 30th ever SU&SD podcast. On this lengthy journey of no less than one hour and one minute, we discuss the absence of bitterness in the magnificent Forbidden Stars. We chat about the sheer joy of Funemployed (alas, we're still waiting on the European release), and the sweet coloured pebbles of Trajan. The Saturday morning cartoon-looking reimagining of Catacombs has reached us, too, complete with a wooden jelly cube! And of course, Spyfall snuck into the mix.

WARNING: Your RDA of SU&SD podcasts is 0.2 a day.

Forbidden Stars, Funemployed, Trajan, Catacombs, Spyfall

Jul 09, 2015
Podcast #29: Nightmares at the Hilton
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Now Quinns is back from the UK Games Expo, we slid a microphone under the door of the con-tamination chamber to record a new podcast!

Paul's got questions about the sublime Welcome to the Dungeon, the prototype of Vlaada's Codenames and Quinns' performance at the UK Netrunner Nationals. But that's not all! Quinns is starved for company and wants to know about the games Paul's been playing: For the Crown and 7 Ronin, which both sound great. There's also some discussion of Knightmare Chess, mostly along the lines of "Why haven't we reviewed it yet?"

For curious international listeners, here's a clip of the UK's Knightmare game show. Enjoy that one.

Now if you'll excuse us, we're off to burn the mic.

Welcome to the Dungeon, Codenames, Android: Netrunner, For the Crown, 7 Ronin, Knightmare Chess

Jun 03, 2015
Podcast #28: Imperial Smog
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Sometimes Team SU&SD can be compared to a marching band, except instead of playing musical instruments we make awful mistakes, and instead of moving forward we stay in the same place forever.

Not today, though! Today, in podcast #28, we prove our competence. Paul discusses overcoming Panamax's awful manual to discover the fabulous game within, while Matt and Quinns discuss the great time they had leading civilizations in both Nations and Imperial Settlers. Finally, we discuss Paul's new, potent sex power in the game of Apocalypse World.

Don't worry. This can't last... can it?

Panamax, Nations, Imperial Settlers, Apocalypse World

Apr 30, 2015
Podcast #27: Japanese Ghost Welfare
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STOP! This is the police. You're under arrest for being in possession of 27th Shut up & Sit Down podcast. I'm afraid it's very illegal indeed.

First there was that scaremongering at the beginning about ghosts in Mysterium. Then they openly discussed how they were underqualified for their work as politicians in the recent Megagame, detectives in Consulting Detective and alchemists in Alchemists.

Then there was Quinns' segment on the most morally questionable games in all of the board game geek database, and they finished the whole affair with a folk game about pre-teen nudity!

Oi! Come back! Don't make me run!

Mysterium, Megagame, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, Alchemists

Apr 08, 2015
Podcast #26: Mostly Books and Wookies
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Matt, Quinns and Paul re-unite in a stuffy room to discuss all the marvelous games they've seen on their travels around North America, the forgotten continent.

We get off to a civilized start with Bring Your Own Book and the delicate negotiation of Dragon's Gold, followed by total regression into childhood and the beautiful miniatures and deadly turbolasers of Imperial Assault.

Finally, Matt's heard rumours of a folk game that's all about ruining things. But that's all they are... rumours...

Bring Your Own Book, Dragon’s Gold, Star Wars: Imperial Assault

Mar 25, 2015
Paul's Greatest Gaming Memory
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Paul: Here's the story of how I bunked off school to play a board game and how that board game changed my life.

Saying that immediately makes me excited to tell it.

Mar 25, 2015
Brendan's Rooky Errors: A Story of Chess
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After discovering everything he was taught about chess to be wrong, Brendan goes on a quest to learn the game properly, in this special feature on the ancient pastime.
Mar 25, 2015
Podcast #25: Stop! Let's Banana
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First things first, huge thanks to Vitaliy Zavadskyy for gifting our podcast with some magical intro and outro themes. The UK finally has a second radio show to be proud of after the BBC World Service.

In this episode Paul's been hard at work testing Spyfall, Panamax and The Witcher Adventure Game as well as continuing to plumb the depths of the new edition of D&D.

Meanwhile, Matt and Quinns do their best to get in his way. Quinns wants everybody to play his new on-air banana game and Matt needs to talk about corpses, churches and bushes.

This episode's folk game is Pretty Darn Quick.

Spyfall, Panamax, The Witcher Adventure Game, Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition)

Feb 04, 2015
Podcast #24: On Poor Quality Property
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Oho! What's this? Board gaming's most excitable hour of chatter is back, as Matt and Quinns discuss everything they played and saw over the New Year, including a visit to London's first board game cafe. After that, this one's all about crap houses.

The boys discuss the terrible property investments they made in Last Will and the Getting Sacked expansion, Matt makes fun of Quintin's horrible estate in
Castles of Mad King Ludwig, before finally the boys discuss how being tall makes it harder to build pagodas in Pagoda.

Finally the boys talk about Dead Body, a game sent in by reader Joe Faustine that would work best in a real-life spooky house.

Last Will, Last Will: Getting Sacked, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Pagoda, Dead Body

Jan 14, 2015
Quinns' Favourite Drinking Games
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Quinns spent his youth as a "Keeper of Drinking Games". Whenever him and his friends were boozing as kids, in those empty kitchens or under trees, he'd lay the games out. He wants to share a few with the world now, before he dies.

A written transcript is available here, and Brendan's essay on craic is here.

Dec 05, 2014
Podcast #23: The Christmas CarolCast
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For our 23rd podcast Paul and Quinns discuss board games past, present and future.

That sounds more hifalutin than it probably is. We begin by discussing the consenting tentacle sex of Consentacle, and how our next live podcast will be an excuse to review Cat on Yer Head. We fret about Prophecy, chat about Tammany Hall, ponder Istanbul and gossip about Warhammer 40,000: Conquest, a game of war, war and more war. And don't forget Shadows in the Woods! It almost slipped us by.

Post-podcast we played Iron & Ale, by the way, and had a fantastic time. There are just 6 days left on that Kickstarter, so look sharp!

Consentacle, Cat On Yer Head, Prophecy, Tammany Hall, Istanbul, Warhammer 40000: Conquest, Shadows in the Woods, Iron & Ale

Nov 13, 2014
Sean Bean Quest
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Last month Grant Howitt Kickstarted a silly RPG called Goblin Quest. A game where players take the role of a steady stream of goblins trying to compete banal tasks, but mostly just dying along the way.

This week Grant sent us a preview of one of the variants in the back of the book, titled "Sean Bean Quest". The less you know about this the better. Just hit play and enjoy Matt, Paul and Quinns approaching never-before-seen levels of silliness.

Oct 30, 2014
Podcast #22: The Octobercast
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Halloween is upon us! That wonderful time of the year where bumps are forcibly inserted into the night, and we can bookend our podcast with creaky door sound effects.

In this horrifying installment we discuss the gore-flecked teenagers of Zombie 15', the forbidden pouches of Sheriff of Nottingham, the... uh... terrifying suburbs and sidewalks of Subdivision, before finally giving up and chatting about the new edition of D&D, indie RPG Dog Eat Dog and Paul's trip to FiraxiCon.

Listen... IF YOU DARE.

Zombie 15′, Sheriff of Nottingham, Subdivision, Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition), Dog Eat Dog

Oct 16, 2014
Podcast #21: The Cardcast
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Our very 21st podcast is a magical journey into the realm of card games. We start in our Lifeboat, fall into Bruno Cathala's undersea Abyss, and wash up in the exotic Eastern home of Samurai Spirit, Panda Poker and Seiji Kanai's Say Bye to the Villains.

Matt, Quinns and Paul have played all of these games, but that's not the best part. It turns out we can't agree about a single one of them.

Abyss, Samurai Spirit, Lifeboat, Say Bye to the Villains, Pandánte

Aug 27, 2014
Podcast #20: The Livecast
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At Gen Con 2014 we hosted a special, live podcast for 300 of our closest fans. It was unbelievable. If you were there, thank you.

If you weren't there, contained within is us yammering about the new XCOM board game, Ca$h 'n Guns and one huge game of Two Rooms and a Boom, before running two games of our own! True (or False) Dungeon and Question Jenga. It's more madness than you can shake a sedative at.

Aug 20, 2014
Amazing Star Wars Adventures! Part 3
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Yes, we're still playing the Star Wars: Edge of Empire roleplaying game! No, our intrepid gang of sob stories and space-wastrels hasn't been arrested yet.

In session #3 the gang stretch their luck to the very limits by attempting a heist at the height of a terrible electric storm. And... oh, no. Are they really pretending to be musicians as a cover story? With no knowledge of music, and no musical paraphernalia at all?

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Role-Playing Games

Aug 12, 2014
Leigh's Month as an Assassin
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For the month of June 2014, Leigh played a deadly femme fatale in a month long watergun assassination game. This is her story of stalking her prey, shivering in bushes and battling the most dangerous enemy of all. GUILT.

A companion podcast where Leigh, Paul and Quinns review the game itself is just over here, and a written transcript is available here.

Aug 06, 2014
Podcast #19: The Watercast
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In June, Paul, Leigh and Quinns took part in a month-long, city-wide, entirely ludicrous watergun assassination game. In podcast #19 they cast off their disguises, holster their leaky weapons and assemble for the official SU&SD review.

A downloadable .pdf of Killer by Steve Jackson is available right here, the official Streetwars site is here and Leigh's AMAZING story of her time as a murderess is just over here.

Aug 06, 2014
Amazing Star Wars Adventures! Part 2
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It's part 2 of our entirely amazing Star Wars adventures! In this session our team of heroes arrive at a space station, kill an orc (kind of), succeed at crime (mostly) and (almost) begin working as a team. I'm calling it now. There is no way this ends well.

If you missed part 1 we should stress that we haven't retreated into a child-like fantasy world and are in fact playing the new Star Wars RPG. Newcomers will definitely want to check out part 1 where our story begins.

The dramatic caper of the Crap Plastic Artifact will conclude next week!

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Role-Playing Games

Jul 29, 2014
Podcast #18: The Turbocast
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Podcast #18, "The Turbocast", has been sighted in the Earth's atmosphere!

Not to be confused with podcast #17, the Megacast, the Turbocast sees Team SU&SD compressing 60 minutes of board game chatter into a super-dense 30 minutes. We recommended you pop your ears before listening so the change in pressure doesn't cause your head to collapse like an egg.

The games that underwent this revolutionary treatment were Trains and Stations, Lords of Vegas, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective and Valley of the Kings. Finally, we provide the world's fastest, worst and most decisive Agony Aunt service. Enjoy, everybody!

Trains and Stations, Lords of Vegas, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, Valley of the Kings

Jul 22, 2014
Brendan's Correct Way to Scratch
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Have you ever considered the humble scratchcard? Brendan would like you to. There's a ceremony involved, you see. Like a papery King Canute, you must take joy in coaxing a tide of wealth forward, and agonise in watching it retreat. Within the scratchcard, perhaps, is all of life.

A written transcript is available here.

Jul 10, 2014
Amazing Star Wars Adventures: The Prologue
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And now for something a little different.

We want to provide an exhaustive review of the new Star Wars: Edge of Empire Roleplaying Game, which means we're going to have to spend lots of evenings being crap in space. So why not let you guys in on it? Presenting... SU&SD's Amazing Star Wars Adventures!

Starring Leigh Alexander as Beetle, wannabe bounty hunter! Quinns as ZB-33, her jury-rigged protocol droid! And Matt Lees as Fuse, a grumpy fish with lots of bombs. Our first session was mostly character creation and puzzling over rules so we're calling this instalment a "prologue", but it features a very dramatic moment where we successfully open a door. Enjoy, everybody!

Jun 12, 2014
Podcast #17: The Megacast
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Hopefully by now you've all enjoyed the majestic clusterbump that is our video report of Watch the Skies. This was a "Megagame" that featured dozens of players posing as world leaders, scientists and dastardly aliens, in something like a model U.N. turned up to 11 until the tables start exploding.

While videos of Matt accidentally declaring war on outer space are all well and good, we also promised a podcast where we'd discuss the design of the thing. And here it is! More than an hour of anecdotes, observations and creative disagreements, and one enormous shout out to Anne, who kept the nation of Japan supplied with tea and sandwiches for fifteen years, which is quite a feat. Enjoy, everybody!

May 27, 2014
Podcast #16: On the Death of Bothans
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Fwssh-pop! A new Shut Up & Sit Down podcast has dropped out of hyperspace, its hull slick with enthusiasm, and its bulbous cargo bays heaving with games. In this episode Paul and Quinns are joined by Mike, Reference Pear's personal assistant, to discuss the ludicrous architecture of Ugg-Tect, shapely card game Pairs, the somewhat astonishing Monikers, as well as a sneak preview of this week's Lewis & Clark review.

From there, the podcast slingshots along the Kessel run to arrive at a lengthy discussion of Fantasy Flight's new Star Wars RPG, answers a few of your questions, and leaves as quickly as it came, accompanied by the musical stylings of Mr. Jesse James.

But your memories... they'll last a lifetime. They'll also need to be disinfected, so please mail them to us in a self-addressed envelope.

Ugg-Tect, Pairs, Monikers, Lewis & Clark, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

May 14, 2014
Podcast #15: Fleeing the City
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Oh my goodness it's a PODCAST! Rarest of all the pods.

Gather round and hear Quinns and Paul talk of the giggly Jamaica, the confusing Rivals for Catan, the tricksy
Great Fire of London 1666, the long-awaited
Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts and lots more.

But that's not all! Paul's back from GDC and is full of tales of daring-do, like the time he chased Warren Spector into a toilet and made him buy a copy of Quantum. And of course, we answer your choicest questions. Enjoy, everybody! Oh, and thanks muchly to SU&SD fan Jesse James for providing us with a lovely musical sting.

The Rivals for Catan, The Great Fire of London 1666, Race for the Galaxy, Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts, Quantum

Apr 09, 2014
Podcast #14: That Heart-Restarting Moment
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The Shut Up & Sit Down podcast has been sighted again! Quickly, catch it before it disappears back into the Thames in search of tasty nutrients.

Ah, it's a fine specimen this time! Paul and Quinns discuss Richard Garfield classic RoboRally, they're playing Rex again, they've found time for Time 'n' Space, given a blood test to Blood Bound and were briefly riveted by Rivet Wars.

Ah, look! Between the gills! It's also got a lengthy segment where Paul and Quinns discuss the books of board gaming, including The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky, Playing at the World by Jon Peterson and The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks.

Enjoy, everybody!

RoboRally, Rex: Final Days of an Empire, Time ‘n’ Space, Blood Bound, Rivet Wars: Eastern Front

Mar 05, 2014
Podcast #13: The Tale of Elfblow Whistleknife
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It's the very first ever podcast of 2014, and we're celebrating with never before seen audio quality! Not that you can see sound. Unless you're a bat! Do any bats listen to the podcast? We just don't know.

If they WERE listening, they'd hear Paul and Quinns are talking about new year's resolutions, and all the games they played over the holiday season! Games like the deeply hyped Yedo, the deeply excellent Timeline, the deeply deep Power Grid, the deeply creepy One Night Werewolf, and the deeply recent New Amsterdam. Finally, we descend to the deepest pits of nerdery, because our Game of the Month is none other than Dungeons & Dragons. Enjoy, everybody!

Yedo, Timeline, Power Grid, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, New Amsterdam, Dungeons & Dragons (5th Edition)

Jan 15, 2014
Podcast #12: Quinns' Holiday Crush
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Our very TWELFTH podcast has arrived! Twelfth doesn't look like a proper word, does it? Twelfth. What are all those consonants doing? It sounds like a Lovecraft monster.

So: Quinns is back from Board Game Geek con, and he's fit to BURST with news of Nordic LARP, sinister physical games and a board game designer who's inexplicably gorgeous in person. Following this vital draining, the boys spend far too much time on the best question you guys have ever sent in, discuss venerable releases One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Coup and Dungeon Fighter, preview the distant Dead of Winter and get in a terrible fight regarding the mad mansions of Mansions of Madness. Enjoy, everyone!

One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Coup, Dungeon Fighter, Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game, Mansions of Madness

Dec 05, 2013
Podcast #11: All Your Broken Monsters
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That's right, babies! You asked for more regular podcasts on your subscriber questionnaires, and we're doing exactly that. The system works! Ignore that clattering and keening coming from our servers. Right now, in this moment, the system works.

Packed into podcast #11 are discussions of Freedom: The Underground Railroad, Keyflower, Space Cadets, Rattus and Cosmic Encounter. We discuss whether Trains has made Dominion redundant, answer a bushel of questions on the subject of imbalance in games, AND devote an entire, loving segment to the board game we've played more than any other- Descent: Journeys into the Dark.

What's your favourite broken monster, readers?

Freedom: The Underground Railroad, Keyflower, Space Cadets, Rattus, Cosmic Encounter, Trains, Dominion, Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)

Nov 13, 2013
Podcast #10: Pirates & Politics
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What's this? A scant three weeks since the last SU&SD podcast, a new one has slipped into the world like a newborn babe: Dirty, noisy, desperate for attention and a little bit intimidating.

We've got so, so much chatter in this one. We've got new releases like Dread Curse, Cube Quest and Legends of Andor. We confirm whether
Seasons has displaced 7 Wonders. We even discuss games so new you can't even BUY them yet, which is a first for us: Space Cadets: Dice Duel, Nothing Personal and Two Rooms and a Boom. All of this discourse clocks in at a marathon 90 minutes. Fitting, because we talk about the Olympics, too.

Oh, and finally: Regular listeners might detect an attempt to make our podcast marginally less shambolic. And they're be right.

Dread Curse, Cube Quest, Legends of Andor, Seasons, 7 Wonders, Space Cadets: Dice Duel, Nothing Personal, Two Rooms and a Boom

Oct 29, 2013
Podcast #09: Reigning Supreme
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The NINTH EVER Shut Up  & Sit Down podcast has arrived like a beautiful steam train! It’s  impressive, quite long and harnesses only rudimentary technology.

Several  days after recording it, we’ve arbitrarily decided that this one has  the theme of reigning! We’ve got detailed impressions of new, absurdly tricky card game Reignaissance Man, we discuss the problem with ruling imaginary nations, and we discuss the games we’d banish from our kingdoms if we could. We’re so classy that we’ve even managed to coax the fabulous Leigh Alexander back as a special guest! It’s as if she never left.

Renaissance Man

Oct 09, 2013
Podcast #08: Pointy Masks & Huge Beetles
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The SU&SD podcast has once again arrived like a great big board gaming burrito: Fiery, fresh and surprisingly dense*.

In our eighth instalment Paul and Quinns are joined by Matt Lees as they thoroughly deconstruct Egypt simulator Kemet, senile dementia simulator Mascarade, and Police Precinct! Which simulates literally no policemen or women who have ever existed.

They also find the time to quiz Paul about Risk Legacy, bully Quinns about Cube Quest and take on the tricky subject of wargaming, before diving headfirst into this month’s mailbag.

*Rejected adjectives for this analogy: Lukewarm, creamy, gassy.

Kemet, Mascarade, Police Precinct, Risk Legacy, Cube Quest

Aug 07, 2013
Podcast #07: Lucky Podcast Number Seven ft. Leigh Alexander
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Paul: Yes, yes,  we have a seventh podcast for you, for all of you, even you there, at  the back. Please form an orderly queue here and pick up your free copy.

In  this podcast we bounce from topic to topic like kangaroos on  trampolines in an earthquake, touching on the glorious Galaxy Trucker,  the wicked Revolver 2, the svelte Netrunner and the august Augustus. We  also slip a slimy tentacle into our mailbag and see which of your  questions adhere best to our mucus-coated membranes, answering queries  on topics from Cosmic Encounter to Mice & Mystics.*

We also  invite special guest Leigh Alexander on, to talk about why indie RPGs  are so interesting and how we ended up roleplaying an inappropriate,  awkward and surprisingly supernatural sexual encounter.** Is there any  other podcast like this anywhere out there? You already know the answer  to that.

*NB: Our answer to the Mice & Mystics question is really disappointing. Sorry about that. Sorry.

**Apologies in advance to Sting.

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Jun 18, 2013
Podcast #06: The Very Sixth SU&SD Podcast
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Oh, no. Having survived month one of the new site, the boys are trying to make their podcast more professional. The result? A regular feature they can’t decide on, musical stings they’re wielding like cattle prods, and a special guest!  Of Brendan.

On the plus side, we’re serving up HOT CHATTER about so many new titles! Lords of Waterdeep, Tokaido, City of Remnants, The New Science, Police Precinct, Kingdoms, Netrunner (again), Relic (again), and A La Carte! Which is a cooking game for children from 20 years ago. Sorry.

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Apr 30, 2013
Podcast #05: The Fifth SU&SD Podcast
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In this VERY SERIOUS podcastery from renowned “Men of letters” Paul and Quinns, we answer the questions that some people, somewhere, might want answered. Are board games cool? When is it about American-style boardgames? We also wonder if there’s a The Matrix board game but there isn’t.

On the way we  discuss all sorts of hot releases, including Relic, Talisman, Netrunner, Labyrinth, Last Night on Earth and even PERUDO! Because reasons.

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Apr 12, 2013
Podcast #03: The “Very Third” Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast
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Paul: As well as bouncing between topics like a pinball between flippers, this is an important podcast for us for two reasons. First, we’re announcing an exciting thing and second, we’re also asking you, our audience, an important question about a decision we’re thinking of making. But we won’t make it without consulting you first.

Does that sound  dramatic? Hopefully it’s whetted your appetite and stimulated your curiosity gland, but BE WARNED - mostly we just talk about games again.

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Mar 26, 2013
Podcast #04: The Fourth Ever SU&SD Podcast
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Quinns: The technology behind podcasts is beyond us, as stars are beyond the humble antelope. I’ll tell you what, though! Paul and I can totally put a mic on a table and shout at it for 60 minutes. Poor mic. Hit play!

That is, if you’d like to hear us talk about The Resistance: Avalon, Libertalia, the X-Wing Miniatures Game and so much more! So many games! You couldn’t even carry them all at once!

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Mar 26, 2013
Podcast #02: The Second Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast
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Paul: Yep, that’s right, your eyes do not deceive you and nor do your ears. Shut Up & Sit Down is back and tightly, trimly encoded into a 64kbps  podcast, streamlined for your pleasure. Just like your lunch break, it’s almost but not quite an hour long, far too fattening and ultimately nothing more than the briefest respite from the black and tentacled horrors of reality.

In this second podcast, between sips of tea, we talk about two particularly wicked games that we hold nothing but hatred for. That’s right, hatred! Can you guess which they are?

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Mar 26, 2013
Podcast #01: The First Ever Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast
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Paul:  What is this?! Why, it’s the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast! At last, you can enjoy SU&SD while shelling crabs, or during an exceptionally banal bout of lovemaking.

As our chat bubbles (and meanders) like a mountain stream, we touch on some of our viewer responses, beautiful hexagons, a dream about plants, some of our recent experiences with  birds and so many games! Topics of discussion include Mage Knight, Race for the Galaxy and the deliciously devious Shadow Hunters.

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Mar 26, 2013