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Reviews: 29

 Sep 7, 2021
v nice

 May 11, 2021

 Mar 1, 2021
Great listen regardless of the size of the board!

 Mar 1, 2021
magnigicent ! you ll always be europeans in my heart !

 Mar 1, 2021


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Podcast #156 - Spirit Tracks
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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?
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
SU&SD Podcast #125 - The 2020 Game Of The Year Special
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
Jan 17, 2020
Podcast #100: International Trouser Accidents
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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:
Jan 23, 2019
Podcast #89: Those Unattainable Vegetables
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Paul and Quinns are all about the *classics* in this one and only 58th ep of the SU&SD podcast. Dinosaurs! Marbles! Liar's dice! Wooden cows! There's also some chat about whether anyone will die at the upcoming SU&SD convention. If you were thinking of dying, please don't.
May 12, 2017
Podcast #57: A Purple Boss, A Spicy Path
Paul and Quinns unite to discuss board games new and old! There's I'm The Boss!, Century: Spice Road, Citadels and Fresco. There's juggling and virgin queens. And of course, no review is complete without an analysis of the inlay of the box...
Apr 28, 2017
Podcast #56: Three Tough Guys and a Yamatai
Paul, Matt and Quinns discuss some of the world's latest and greatest board games! This week that means Flamme Rouge, Mythos Tales and Yamatai. They also discuss why the Warhammer universe is like watching a raptor drown in a tar pit, and their best tips for board game conventions!
Apr 14, 2017
Podcast #55: Teenage Monstrous Roman Soldiers
Imagine you were rotating an industrial valve to let off air pressure. Now imagine the valve is cool chat, and the air pressure is all of the games Paul and Quinns have been playing. Unlock! Kingdominoes! Magic Maze! The Networks! When I Dream! We recommend two of these five games... BUT WHICH TWO?
Mar 23, 2017
Podcast #54: In A Bedroom With A Nasty Lich
Team SU&SD meet at GDC to discuss all sorts of erudite topics. Should liches be banned? Must gamers be forced to make tough decisions? And how can we put a stop to actors playing folk games ON STAGE!?
Mar 08, 2017
Podcast #53: Matt and Quinns go to the Past
The sacrifices we make for you, sweet innocent listeners. Matt and Quinns have only gone back and played 80's "classics" Space Hulk, Blood Bowl and Magic: The Gathering so you don't have to. Coincidentally, this episode has a lot more swearing that usual (all of it bleeped, at least).
Feb 18, 2017
Podcast #52: A Deception, a Dove and a Dungeon
Matt, Paul and Quinns return in 2017! What will the year hold? Board games, it seems, starting with Clank!, Dark Stories, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong and Welcome Back to the Dungeon! The boys also discuss why they didn't have any games at their weddings.
Feb 01, 2017
Podcast #51: The Pearple's Choice Awards
Paul and Quinns round off 2016 with the inaugral Pearple's Choice Awards! What will win Best Expansion? What about Best Reprint? And most importantly, with their reputation as tastemakers on the line, will they have played any of these boxes?
Dec 22, 2016
Podcast #50: Our Top 5 Games of 2016!
You know what's great? Numbers are great. For this 50th podcast (50 being one of the all-time top numbers) Paul and Quinns discuss Tyrants of the Onederdark and Spyfall 2, before discussing their top 5 games from 2016.
Dec 15, 2016
Podcast #49: A Dream Home and an Ill Moon
Paul and Quinns discuss 6 new games, 4 emails and 2 folk games in what must be their most mathematically pleasing cast ever. The pair end up recommending two games out of Dream Home, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, Cottage Garden, Aeon's End, Mythos Tales and 4 Gods. But which... ?
Nov 16, 2016
Podcast #48: Complaining in the Crystal Maze
Like a domestic Sisyphus, Paul and Quinns continue on their quest to play all of the things! This week that means Pax Pamir, the Conan miniatures game, the new Game of Thrones card game, a real-life Crystal Maze and something called "The Beast". Does that sound like a sex thing? Because it's definitely a sex thing.
Oct 19, 2016
Podcast #47: Struggling in a Vast Aquarium
Like a jaguar (car) or a jaguar (cat), our 47th ever podcast is a bona fide classic. Paul and Quinns discuss board games ranging from Vast: The Crystal Caverns, to Twilight Struggle, to Aquarium. They answer reader mails! They review a hilarious folk game. They discuss veggies and jam. It's everything you want in one mid-sized audio file.
Sep 21, 2016
Podcast #46: One Miniature Vlaada
Paul, Quinns and Eric Tonjes discuss games LIVE from Gen Con 2016! Ft. Pandemic Cthulu, the Runewars Miniatures Game and the Arkham Horror LCG. Plus, an interview with Vlaada Chvátil, who might just be the best Czech board game designer in the WHOLE WORLD.
Aug 24, 2016
Podcast #45: A Nebulous Boneyard
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.
Aug 02, 2016
Podcast #44: Mausoleums of Birmingham
It's the second podcast we recorded live at the 2016 UK Games Expo. This time we offer definitive feels on Spiel des Jahres-nominted 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?
Jul 13, 2016
Podcast #43: Deciding Where The Bullets Go
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?
Jun 29, 2016
Podcast #42: Fairytale in North Korea
Strap on your jackboots! It's time for a veritable military parade of a podcast, proceeding at an impressive pace but nonetheless going on for slightly too long. Games covered include Dear Leader, A Feast to Die For, Quadropolis, Fairytale and Pandemic: Contagion, 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 cast. (This episode's thumbnail art is courtesy of BGG user Punkin 312.)
Jun 15, 2016
Podcast #41: Misery, farkles and Soren Johnson
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 Farkle and Drinking at the Red Dragon Inn, 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.
Jun 01, 2016
Podcast #40: Reiner Knizia's Relationship Simulator
Matt, Paul and Quinns meet once again to create a board gaming Voltron, and he wants to talk TO YOU! Games discussed in this episode include And Then We Held Hands, Ra, Through the Ages, FUSE and A Fake Artist Goes to New York. We also chat about board game boxes and sustainability, and end with a lovely interview with Plaid Hat's Isaac Vega.
Apr 20, 2016
Podcast #39: Dancin', Brawlin' and Burglin'
Paul, Matt and guest star Jonathan Ying discuss the hottest new board games! And by "hottest" we mean "weirdest" (and by "new" we mean "old"). But trust us. It's a good time. Dancing Eggs has to be seen to be believed.
Mar 23, 2016
Podcast #38: 504 Ways to Eat Paper
Matt, Paul and Quinns discuss games new and old. Elevenses! 504! Liar's Dice! Archaeology! It's not just Friedemann Friese who can pack a lot of nonsense into a tiny package.
Feb 17, 2016
Podcast #37: The Fun Stick Game
Matt, Quinns and Paul return for 2016! New games discussed incldue Billionaire Banshee, Flick 'em Up and Marrying Mr. Darcy. Million year-old games discussed include The Fun Stick Game.
Jan 13, 2016
Podcast #36: Art Vs. Knives
Paul's back from Board Game Geek Con, and wants to talk about everything he played! Also, Quinns gets excited about knives
Dec 02, 2015
Podcast #35: Rebellion in an Airport
This week Paul, Matt and Quinns are to be found in a Minneapolis airport Chili's. But don't worry! We won't let the glitz and glamour of our new, international lifestyle change us. Some amazing games this week, though. Star Wars: Rebellion! Fury of Dracula! Pandemic Legacy! And even Win, Lose, Banana.
Nov 12, 2015
Podcast #34: The Great Antarctic Experiment
Paul and Quinns and embarking on a great scientific venture! Also, they manage some spoiler-free chat about Pandemic Legacy. What a delicate cast!
Oct 22, 2015
Podcast #33: Paints, Knocks and Christian Peterson
Matt and Quinns are desperate to talk about Infinity, while Paul's been playing Battlecon. Also, a wild CEO appears!
Sep 16, 2015
Podcast #32: Gasoline, Quiche and King Eric Lang
Matt, Paul and Quinns talk Game of Thrones, fires, disease, quiche, and are rudely interrupted from this vital business by an interview with designer Eric Lang.
Sep 02, 2015
Podcast #31: Return of the Gen-Cast
Matt, Quinns and Pip do their best to discuss T.I.M.E. Stories, Evolution and The Bloody Inn in front of a VERY frisky audience.
Aug 07, 2015
Podcast #30: An Opera of Toys
Team SU&SD discuss the magic of Funemployed, Forbidden Stars and Spyfall, all while Quinns is tripping bowls.
Jul 09, 2015
Podcast #29: Nightmares at the Hilton
Quinns has been to the UK games expo, and Paul's been delving into some 2 player releases. Two plotlines at once! Can you keep up?
Jun 03, 2015
Podcast #28: Imperial Smog
What grown-up games we've got this week! Paul, Quinns and Matt discuss the beautiful Imperial Settlers, the grand old game of Nations, get a bit shipsy with Panamax and discuss Paul's sex power in Apocalypse World.
Apr 30, 2015
Podcast #27: Japanese Ghost Welfare
Alternative podcast title: The One That Gets Us Banned From Soundcloud. Paul, Matt and Quinns discuss being dodgy alchemists in Alchemists, bad politicians in their recent Megagame, and Quinns has raided BoardGameGeek for the most disturbing games in its database.
Apr 08, 2015
Podcast #26: Mostly Books and Wookies
Paul, Matt and Quinns are reunited in the same room! Books, wookies, moles, ghosts, occasional flatulence. They've got it all.
Mar 25, 2015
Paul's Greatest Gaming Memory
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Mar 25, 2015
Brendan's Rooky Errors: A Story of Chess
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
Paul's been hard at work testing the Witcher board game, Panamax and Spyfall! Quinns tries to derail him with a trip to Board Game Geek.
Feb 04, 2015
Podcast #24: On Poor Quality Property
Matt and Quinns discuss the terrible houses (and terrible messes) they've made in Last Will, Pagoda and Castles of Mad King Ludwig.
Jan 14, 2015
Quinns' Favourite Drinking Games
Quinns recounts his well-spent youth as a keeper of drinking games.
Dec 05, 2014
Podcast #23: The Christmas CarolCast
Paul and Quinns extend their sexy Christmas tentacles over games past, present and future.
Nov 13, 2014
Sean Bean Quest
Shut Up & Sit Down play a pen & paper roleplaying where they all control Sean Bean. To this day, we still don't know how this happened.
Oct 30, 2014
Podcast #22: The Octobercast
It's almost Halloween, so Paul and Quinns discuss such spooky games as Zombie 15', Dog Eat Dog and - er - Subdivision.
Oct 16, 2014
Podcast #21: The Cardcast
Paul, Matt and Quinns have played new releases Abyss, Samurai Spirit, Say Bye to the Villains and Pandante! Except they can't agree about a single one of them. Oh dear.
Aug 27, 2014
Podcast #20: The Livecast
At Gen Con 2014 we hosted a live podcast for 300 of our closest friends! Enclicken to hear us get excited about the new XCOM board game, True Dungeon and Question Jenga.
Aug 20, 2014
Amazing Star Wars Adventures! Part 3
Our doomed posse of space-cowboys attempt their very first heist. Guess how that goes!
Aug 12, 2014
Leigh's Month as an Assassin
In the second of our spoken word articles, Leigh Alexander talks us through the month she spent as a femme fatale watergun assassin.
Aug 06, 2014
Podcast #19: The Watercast
Paul, Leigh and Quinns took part in a one month, one hit-one kill watergun assassination game. We present their exhaustive, exhausted review.
Aug 06, 2014
Amazing Star Wars Adventures! Part 2
The adventures of Fuse (Matt Lees), Beetle (Leigh Alexander) and ZB-33 (Quintin Smith) continue! Although "adventures" might be a strong word.
Jul 29, 2014
Podcast #18: The Turbocast
It's our eighteenth ever podcast! A rushed one this time, as Quinns, Paul, Matt and Brendan do their best to review five games in time for an Emergency Agony Aunt Segment.
Jul 22, 2014
Brendan's Correct Way to Scratch
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Jul 10, 2014
Amazing Star Wars Adventures: The Prologue
Our diary of fancy new role-playing game Star Wars: Edge of Empire begins! Starring Leigh Alexander, Matt Lees and Quintin Smith being bossed around by Paul Dean.
Jun 12, 2014
Podcast #17: The Megacast
The sweet boys of Shut Up & Sit Down discuss the Megagame they attended. What's a Megagame? Drop everything you're doing and watch this ruddy video immediately:
May 27, 2014
Podcast #16: On the Death of Bothans
It's an erudite week for team SU&SD, as their gaming reduces them to hitting one another with clubs, failing to cross mountains and not yet understanding the Star Wars RPG.
May 14, 2014
Podcast #15: Fleeing the City
The world's most hyperbolic board game podcast returns, with a trip report from Game Developers Conference '14!
Apr 09, 2014
Podcast #14: That Heart-Restarting Moment
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Mar 05, 2014
Podcast #13: The Tale of Elfblow Whistleknife
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Jan 15, 2014
Podcast #12: Quinns' Holiday Crush
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 Werewolf and The Coup, and get in a terrible fight regarding the mad mansions of Mansions of Madness.
Dec 05, 2013
Podcast #11: All Your Broken Monsters
The tender boys of SU&SD discuss the tricky subject of (im)balance in board games, discuss more new games than you could stagger under and lavish some love on Descent: Journeys into the Dark.
Nov 13, 2013
Podcast #10: Pirates & Politics
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Oct 29, 2013
Podcast #09: Reigning Supreme
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Oct 09, 2013
Podcast #08: Pointy Masks & Huge Beetles
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Aug 07, 2013
Podcast #07: Introducing the Mailbag
Say HELLO to the very seventh Shut Up & Sit Down podcast. Don't actually say hello it can't hear you.
Jun 18, 2013
Podcast #06
The very sixth Shut Up & Sit Down podcast!
Apr 30, 2013
Podcast #05
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Apr 12, 2013
Podcast #02
Shut Up & Sit Down offers the world's best board game reviews. The podcast is where they temporarily forget how that works.
Mar 26, 2013
Podcast #01
Shut Up & Sit Down offers the world's best board game reviews. The podcast is where they temporarily forget how that works.
Mar 26, 2013
Podcast #03
Shut Up & Sit Down offers the world's best board game reviews. The podcast is where they temporarily forget how that works.
Mar 26, 2013
Podcast #04
Shut Up & Sit Down offers the world's best board game reviews. The podcast is where they temporarily forget how that works.
Mar 26, 2013