Board Game Barrage

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Join Kellen, Neilan, Mark, and Christina for a podcast about board games, the latest hotness, and how to have fun with your friends even when you're losing.

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#209: Holiday Hits and Hot Questions
55:36

And we're back! The holiday extravaganza is over, and it's back to business as usual around here. And what better way to get back into the swing of things than with some h-h-hot questions! Before that, we catch up on our holidays apart, with tales about the games that we played with our loved ones, including The Siege of Runedar, Snakesss, and Time Bomb Evolution.

02:18 - The Siege of Runedar
08:02 - Snakesss
14:49 - Time Bomb Evolution
19:04 - Sacred Rites
24:09 - Hearts of AttrAction
30:03 - Wits & Wagers Vegas
32:18 - Colorful
35:14 - Paperback
37:33 - Ten plays of one game, or one play of ten?
40:17 - The Great Zimbabwe
44:47 - Abandoning games halfway through?
48:56 - Time's Up!
51:36 - Blood Rage
52:10 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea

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Jan 20, 2022
#208: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 10-1 (ft. Tom Brewster)
02:10:12

It's the grand finale of the event of events that is the BGB Top 50 Games of All-time! These are our ten absolute favourite games, and, fittingly, it's a bumper episode with more than one surprise. Joining us in the peanut gallery this week, it's none other than the manic imp of Shut Up & Sit Down himself, the absolute mad genius that is Tom Brewster. Buckle in, it's going to get weird.

02:36 - Kellen #10 - El Grande
04:08 - Mark #10 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
07:44 - Neilan #10 - Exit: The Game
11:08 - Christina #10 - I'm the Boss!
14:53 - Kellen #9 - Inis
18:05 - Mark #9 - The Estates
20:13 - Neilan #9 - Guards of Atlantis II
23:20 - Christina #9 - Lost Cities
28:28 - Kellen #8 - Diplomacy
31:18 - Mark #8 - Hansa Teutonica
34:02 - Neilan #8 - Pictomania
37:20 - Christina #8 - Twice as Clever!
41:07 - Kellen #7 - Dune
43:43 - Mark #7 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
45:33 - Neilan #7 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
48:14 - Christina #7 - Blood Rage
53:03 - Kellen #6 - Cosmic Encounter
55:03 - Mark #6 - Brass: Lancashire
56:56 - Neilan #6 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
1:00:06 - Christina #6 - Babylonia
1:05:31 - Kellen #5 - Troyes
1:05:31 - Christina #5 - Troyes
1:10:06 - Mark #5 - Arboretum
1:12:11 - Neilan #5 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
1:14:15 - Kellen #4 - I'm the Boss!
1:16:57 - Mark #4 - Fresh Fish
1:19:56 - Neilan #4 - Gloomhaven
1:22:25 - Christina #4 - El Grande
1:25:26 - Kellen #3 - Cthulhu Wars
1:25:26 - Christina #3 - Cthulhu Wars
1:29:37 - Mark #3 - Caylus 1303
1:31:38 - Neilan #3 - The Resistance
1:35:24 - Kellen #2 - Archipelago
1:38:02 - Mark #2 - Race for the Galaxy
1:41:12 - Neilan #2 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
1:45:45 - Christina #2 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
1:51:46 - Christina #1 - Innovation
1:51:46 - Kellen #1 - Innovation
1:57:28 - Mark #1 - Biblios
1:59:34 - Neilan #1 - A Feast for Odin

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Jan 13, 2022
#207: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 20-11 (ft. Ambie Valdés)
01:03:28

The penultimate episode of the grand series is here, it’s the BGB Top 50! As the journey approaches its end, we’re venturing into our 20th to 11th favourite games, with some support from the peanut gallery. And with thirty more board games to blitz through, who better to help us than Ambie Valdés of Board Game Blitz!

01:27 - Mark #20 - Imperial 2030
03:02 - Neilan #20 - Decrypto
04:11 - Kellen #20 - The Resistance
06:19 - Mark #19 - Ra
07:35 - Neilan #19 - Patchwork
09:15 - Kellen #19 - Ingenious
11:32 - Mark #18 - Barrage
13:41 - Neilan #18 - Rising Sun
15:24 - Kellen #18 - Time’s Up!
18:01 - Mark #17 - Pax Renaissance
19:32 - Neilan #17 - Taj Mahal
20:34 - Kellen #17 - 6 nimmt!
22:55 - Mark #16 - Archipelago
26:03 - Neilan #16 - Brass: Birmingham
28:00 - Kellen #16 - Telestrations
30:20 - Mark #15 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest
32:07 - Neilan #15 - Watson & Holmes
33:44 - Kellen #15 - Decrypto
35:53 - Mark #14 - Bus
38:01 - Neilan #14 - Codenames
39:05 - Kellen #14 - Omen: A Reign of War
41:29 - Mark #13 - Tigris & Euphrates
42:59 - Neilan #13 - Alchemists
45:00 - Kellen #13 - Glory to Rome
47:52 - Mark #12 - El Grande
50:05 - Neilan #12 - Scythe
51:41 - Kellen #12 - Hansa Teutonica
54:31 - Mark #11 - Age of Steam
56:53 - Neilan #11 - Cthulhu Wars
58:29 - Kellen #11 - Coloretto

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Jan 06, 2022
#206: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 30-21 (ft. Mike Walker)
01:15:24

What better way to send off the year than part three of the party to end all parties, the BGB Top 50! We're adding thirty more incredible games to the list, with our 30th to 21st favourite picks. This week, we have the Black Tank, Mike Walker of So Very Wrong About Games tearing apart our choices from the peanut gallery!

01:57 - Kellen #30 - Taj Mahal
03:32 - Mark #30 - Modern Art
05:48 - Neilan #30 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
09:11 - Kellen #29 - Race for the Galaxy
11:27 - Mark #29 - Francis Drake
13:02 - Neilan #29 - Gaia Project
16:33 - Kellen #28 - Krass Kariert / Dealt! / SCOUT
18:33 - Mark #28 - The Gallerist
20:37 - Neilan #28 - Twice as Clever!
22:33 - Kellen #27 - Rumble Nation
25:12 - Mark #27 - Panic on Wall Street!
27:30 - Neilan #27 - Azul
30:00 - Kellen #26 - Startups
32:49 - Mark #26 - A Question of Scruples
34:34 - Neilan #26 - Werewords
37:44 - Kellen #25 - Keyflower
40:09 - Mark #25 - Lancaster
43:23 - Neilan #25 - Spirit Island
46:33 - Kellen #24 - Smartphone Inc.
48:42 - Mark #24 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition
50:41 - Neilan #24 - The Quest for El Dorado
53:01 - Kellen #23 - Codenames
55:34 - Mark #23 - Container
57:13 - Neilan #23 - Blue Lagoon
59:24 - Kellen #22 - Babylonia
1:01:52 - Mark #22 - Pictomania
1:03:05 - Neilan #22 - Inis
1:06:11 - Kellen #21 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
1:07:57 - Mark #21 - City of the Big Shoulders
1:09:51 - Neilan #21 - The Oracle of Delphi

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Dec 30, 2021
#205: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 40-31 (ft. Monique & Naveen)
01:21:43

We're back for the second part of the year's greatest celebration, it's the top fifty! We've got thirty more incredible games to talk about this week, as we get into our games ranked 40th to 31st. This week in the peanut gallery, critiquing our picks, we're thrilled to have Monique (the Lavender tank herself) and Naveen of Before You Play!

01:29 - Neilan #40 - Coloretto
03:15 - Kellen #40 - Zendo
05:28 - Mark #40 - Ginkgopolis
07:46 - Neilan #39 - Aeon's End
10:06 - Kellen #39 - Stephenson's Rocket
12:47 - Mark #39 - Reef Encounter
16:09 - Neilan #38 - Dominion
17:49 - Kellen #38 - Genoa
19:46 - Mark #38 - Smartphone Inc.
23:22 - Neilan #37 - Archipelago
25:08 - Kellen #37 - Beyond the Sun
27:21 - Mark #37 - Maracaibo
29:54 - Neilan #36 - Innovation
32:33 - Kellen #36 - Dogs of War
34:45 - Mark #36 - Blue Lagoon
38:05 - Neilan #35 - Hansa Teutonica
39:58 - Kellen #35 - Pax Porfiriana
42:37 - Mark #35 - Genoa
44:57 - Neilan #34 - In the Year of the Dragon
47:10 - Kellen #34 - Agricola
49:42 - Mark #34 - True Colors
54:50 - Neilan #33 - The Search for Planet X
57:48 - Kellen #33 - Wizard
59:37 - Mark #33 - Glen More II: Chronicles
1:04:10 - Neilan #32 - Kemet
1:06:01 - Kellen #32 - Imperial 2030
1:08:07 - Mark #32 - Cthulhu Wars
1:11:03 - Neilan #31 - Yellow & Yangtze
1:13:41 - Kellen #31 - Fuji Flush
1:15:33 - Mark #31 - Dominant Species

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Dec 23, 2021
#204: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 50-41 (ft. Mike Dilisio)
01:24:44

It's time. The event of the year is upon us, as we begin counting down our FIFTY. FAVOURITE. GAMES. OF. ALL. TIME. We're kicking it off where you kick off all good top 50s, with our games ranked 50th to 41st favourite games. And we've also invited Mr Delicious himself, Mike DiLisio of The Dice Tower, to pick apart our choices from his lofty perch in the peanut gallery. Let's go!

03:15 - Kellen #50 - So Clover!
07:10 - Neilan #50 - Taluva
10:18 - Mark #50 - Glory to Rome
14:30 - Kellen #49 - Throne and the Grail
16:43 - Neilan #49 - Sagani
19:07 - Mark #49 - Stephenson's Rocket
22:13 - Kellen #48 - Root
25:23 - Neilan #48 - Troyes
27:35 - Mark #48 - Marvel Champions
31:14 - Kellen #47 - Splendor
33:25 - Neilan #47 - Letter Jam
35:44 - Mark #47 - Dungeon Fighter
39:05 - Kellen #46 - Brass: Lancashire
41:38 - Neilan #46 - Gùgōng
43:33 - Mark #46 - Babylonia
46:47 - Kellen #45 - Nusfjord
49:34 - Neilan #45 - Pipeline
50:49 - Mark #45 - Ricochet Robots
54:46 - Kellen #44 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
56:51 - Neilan #44 - The Great Zimbabwe
58:52 - Mark #44 - Lisboa
1:02:12 - Kellen #43 - The Game
1:04:31 - Neilan #43 - So Clover!
1:05:36 - Mark #43 - Cuba Libre
1:08:34 - Kellen #42 - Bruges
1:11:16 - Neilan #42 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
1:13:31 - Mark #42 - Rising Sun
1:16:22 - Kellen #41 - Lords of Vegas
1:18:52 - Neilan #41 - Orléans
1:20:36 - Mark #41 - Innovation

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Dec 16, 2021
#203: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
48:02

It'd be great if we could only ever play our favourites. But sometimes, perhaps more often than not, we have to put up with playing games not because we want to, but because it's the polite or kind thing to do depending on the company. This week, we're talking about games that we don't necessarily love, but for whatever reason we end up playing a lot of. Before we're held against our will, we talk about Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden, Sacred Rites, and Great Plains.

02:09 - Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden
11:53 - Sprawlopolis
14:01 - Sacred Rites
20:34 - Great Plains
25:46 - PAX Unplugged!
28:02 - Games we don't love but play a lot
29:13 - Zombicide
30:34 - Betrayal at House on the Hill
31:45 - 7 Wonders Duel
32:48 - Railroad Ink
33:24 - Karuba
34:22 - Hive
35:59 - The Mind
36:48 - Wavelength
37:44 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
38:20 - The Quacks of Quedlinburg
41:51 - Space Base
42:57 - Crokinole

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Dec 09, 2021
#202: Your Fulfilled Potential
01:01:26

Looking back on the past made us all reflective. For instance, remember 166 episodes ago when we promised to play all those games on our shelves of shame? I thought you might. We're revisiting our crimes of yesteryear, and checking in on how guilty we are. Before we audit our past selves, we talk about Warp's Edge, Carolus Magnus, and Unfathomable.

02:32 - Warp's Edge
08:09 - Carolus Magnus
16:20 - Unfathomable
27:00 - A Look Back at Our Unfulfilled Potential
27:18 - Fog of Love
28:56 - Spirit Island
30:10 - Dungeon Petz
31:55 - Mini Rails
33:19 - Pax Porfiriana
35:45 - Keyflower
36:41 - Dogs of War
37:13 - Clockwork Wars
38:38 - Anachrony
39:40 - Lisboa
40:19 - Three Kingdoms Redux
41:59 - Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game
42:51 - The Gallerist
43:40 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
44:35 - Diplomacy
45:40 - For-Ex
46:35 - Project: ELITE
47:31 - War of the Ring
49:50 - Roads & Boats
51:15 - Tammany Hall
51:28 - Fury of Dracula
51:50 - 1880: China
52:19 - Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
52:45 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game
53:07 - Crokinole
53:48 - An Infamous Traffic
54:15 - Chaos in the Old World
55:07 - Great Western Trail
55:52 - Dune
56:48 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

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Dec 02, 2021
#201: I Choose You, Ghost Turkey!
17:12

Gobble gobble, gotcha again. What better way to follow up one of our biggest episodes yet, than with one of our stupidest? Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

02:35 - Cursed Court: Pokémon Edition
04:30 - Unfathomable
05:36 - Wings of War: Deluxe Set
06:22 - Gods Loves Dinosaurs
07:12 - Wings of Glory
08:16 - Seikatsu
12:59 - Bandada
14:22 - Concordia

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Nov 24, 2021
#200: The Big 200 Spectacular
01:16:59

We did it! Two hundred episodes later and we're still here. We're so grateful to every single listener, so we wanted to turn the mics back on all of you for your favourite voicemail memories from the show. Here's to another two hundred. Before we celebrate good times, we talk about Llamaland, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, and Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition.

02:59 - Llamaland
12:03 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
18:26 - Cthulhu: Death May Die
19:36 - Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition
34:05 - BGB and SUSD at PAX Unplugged!
34:32 - Voicemail Memory Lane
34:44 - Jordan: Kingmaking
34:44 - Rising Sun
41:41 - Zeth4: The iconic duo
42:07 - Food Chain Magnate
44:26 - Donnie: Lacerda games
48:04 - Alex: Kinder Kellen
51:29 - Kevin & Camden: 139
55:00 - Sahara: Killing Concordia
55:00 - Concordia
55:47 - Curtis: Tank love
1:00:55 - Saroule: Mark's grand entrance
1:04:39 - Brent & Kirsten: Booty
1:04:39 - Don't Get Got!
1:13:26 - Nate: Summing it up

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Nov 18, 2021
#199: Amerigames and Eurotrash
01:03:21

The split between Eurogame and Ameritrash gamers is as old as it it is silly, but in the last ten years it's also become a lot more nebulous. It's less clear than ever which side of the fence games fall on, so why still use these archaic labels at all? Maybe it's time for a change. Before we heal the divide, we talk about Hostage Negotiator, Juicy Fruits, Sleeping Gods, and Witchstone.

04:25 - Hostage Negotiator
12:38 - Juicy Fruits
17:34 - Sleeping Gods
28:38 - Witchstone
35:10 - Ingenious
39:57 - PAX Unplugged & BGB Official Math Trade
40:37 - Eurogames and Ameritrash labels
45:33 - Forbidden Stars
46:35 - Kemet
46:35 - Scythe
47:44 - Eclipse
48:05 - Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition
49:15 - Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire
49:40 - Blood Rage
50:17 - Gloomhaven
54:30 - El Grande
1:00:28 - Dune

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Nov 11, 2021
#198: Making Memories
57:19

If you've ever been a board game host, then you know it's not always just about playing games, it's about creating lasting memories for everyone playing. We'd never leave that to chance though, so of course we're often going out of our way to make a board game experience memorable. Before we do the unforgettable, we talk about Khôra: Rise of an Empire, Dune: Betrayal, and Santa Maria.

02:08 - Khôra: Rise of an Empire
13:02 - Dune: Betrayal
21:17 - Santa Maria
29:17 - Official PAX Unplugged Math Trade by BGB!
31:17 - Making board game memories
32:30 - Dune
37:36 - Divinity Derby
38:10 - Ra: The Dice Game
38:39 - Warhammer 40,000: Fireteam
39:16 - Cthulhu Wars
39:37 - Coyote
41:19 - For Sale
42:20 - Codenames
43:26 - Gloomhaven
49:50 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31

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Nov 04, 2021
#197: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 401-500
54:33

It's part five of our venerable draft series, a series so loved that it's now in syndication! We're moving on to the tail end of the BGB Top 500, but the format stays the same: draft five games to build a standalone collection that's better than the others. Vote for your favourite, and you can win $50! Before we collect royalties, we talk about PARKS, Fairy Trails, Abandon All Artichokes, and So Clover!

03:39 - PARKS
11:04 - Tokaido
12:40 - Fairy Trails
16:37 - Abandon All Artichokes
20:48 - So Clover!
26:36 - BGB and SUSD at AwShux
26:58 - PAX Unplugged Math Trade
28:53 - Drafting BGG's #401-500
31:18 - Smartphone Inc.
32:09 - Pipeline
33:32 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
34:23 - Archipelago
35:37 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
36:21 - Pax Porfiriana
38:18 - Libertalia
40:29 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest
41:22 - Wavelength
42:30 - The King's Dilemma
43:50 - Hanabi
45:33 - No Thanks!
47:18 - Ingenious
48:12 - Chess
49:49 - Taj Mahal

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Oct 28, 2021
#196: Question Time with Jeremy
55:55

We love all of the emails we get from you, our lovely listeners, but without a regular mail segment, we can't often give them the attention they deserve. Well that ends right now, as we delve into the long neglected pile of mail, and answer some choice questions that have been waiting patiently for answers. Before we rustle in the mailbag, we talk about Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done, and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King.

01:42 - Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done
12:44 - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
22:48 - Ghost Turkey 2021
23:45 - Boards Alive Podcast
26:15 - Thoughts on some Gen Con Games?
26:34 - Furnace
28:23 - The Loop
29:14 - Witchstone
30:05 - Oltréé
30:39 - Origins: First Builders
31:55 - Overhyped games?
32:26 - Terraforming Mars
33:45 - Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition
34:15 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
35:05 - Lorenzo il Magnifico
36:54 - Great Western Trail
38:25 - Race for the Galaxy
40:41 - Convention plans?
41:01 - AwSHUX: BGB & Shut Up & Sit Down draft!
45:47 - Mark's Vegas gaming?
46:30 - Marvel Champions: The Card Game
51:44 - Squid Game?

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Oct 21, 2021
#195: Eric, Eric, He's Our Lang
01:00:48

We're always excited for a new Eric Lang game, which makes him an obvious candidate for the absolutely-not-called BGB DOG - our series where we deep dive into a designer's .... designography. He's made a lot of our favourite area control games, and had his hand in some games we might not have even realized. Before we bang on about this Lang mang, we talk about What's Missing?, Polynesia, and TEN.

02:41 - What's Missing?
07:50 - Polynesia
17:47 - Ten
25:10 - PAX Unplugged
25:45 - Ghost Turkey 2021
28:45 - Eric Lang
31:30 - Mystick
32:05 - Dragon Ball Z: Majin Buu Saga
33:04 - Midgard
34:54 - Chaos in the Old World
39:58 - Quarriors!
41:48 - Dice Masters
42:20 - Blood Rage
45:47 - XCOM: The Board Game
48:13 - Duelyst
49:40 - Rising Sun
50:39 - Cthulhu: Death May Die
52:19 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt
54:32 - Marvel United

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Oct 14, 2021
#194: Essen SPIEL 2021 Hype List
01:00:51

Convention season in the new world continues, and this time it's Germany's turn, with Essen SPIEL just days away from kicking off. But tanks, you say, I don't sprechen Deutsch. We've got you. We're going to highlight all the games that we think you ought to be paying attention to, no German necessary. Before we spend our Euros, we talk about Praga Caput Regni, Skulk Hollow, and Beez.

01:40 - Praga Caput Regni
11:51 - Skulk Hollow
18:17 - Beez
25:51 - Fantasy Draft Winner!
27:58 - Essen SPIEL 2021 Preview
28:32 - Dreadful Circus
30:17 - Star Fighters: Rapid Fire
32:16 - 1923 Cotton Club
34:52 - Catapult Kingdoms
36:21 - The Siege of Runedar
37:57 - Magellan: Elcano
39:59 - Squaring Circleville
41:37 - Bitoku
43:33 - What's Missing: Purple Version
47:00 - Imperial Steam
48:38 - Heuschrecken Poker
52:02 - Eriantys
53:20 - Hippocrates
54:46 - Mobile Markets: A Smartphone Inc. Game

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Oct 07, 2021
#193: Three Dimensions of Space
57:17

There is one unenviable truth of board game ownership that we're forced to contend with - they occupy space. We've each had to wrestle with this reality in different ways recently, so we offer our thoughts on the awkwardness of sharing a physical world with our board games. Before we merely exist, we talk about Riftforce, Kabuto Sumo, and Whirling Witchcraft.

02:23 - Riftforce
11:38 - Kabuto Sumo
19:41 - Whirling Witchcraft
23:25 - Bullet♥︎
23:45 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
29:37 - So Very Wrong About Games charity fundraiser
30:05 - Ghost Turkey 2021
31:49 - Board games occupying space
45:28 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
48:06 - Inis
48:47 - Scythe
49:06 - Splendor

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Sep 30, 2021
#192: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 301-400
55:45

A new list of a hundred games to draft, and it only gets harder and harder. We're each picking a standalone collection of five games in a snake draft format. And the best part is you could win $50 just by voting on your favourite collection! Before we get to clubbing, we talk about Regicide, Dice Miner, and Let's Make a Bus Route, and SCOUT!

02:06 - Regicide
08:34 - Dice Miner
16:55 - Let's Make a Bus Route
16:55 - Get on Board: New York & London
18:56 - SCOUT!
22:42 - Drafting BGG's #301-400
25:18 - Biblios
26:56 - Innovation
28:18 - Monikers
29:20 - The Great Zimbabwe
30:42 - Ginkgopolis
33:34 - For Sale
35:24 - Nusfjord
37:45 - Bunny Kingdom
39:18 - Chinatown
39:38 - Twice as Clever!
41:17 - Macao
43:03 - Lancaster
45:05 - Obsession
48:23 - Lost Cities
50:36 - Gùgōng

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Sep 23, 2021
#191: Take Off Every Zig
48:32

While one of the appeals of following a specific game designer is the comforting familiarity of what they do best, it’s also really fun to see them go off the garden path. We’re looking at games and mechanics where one of our beloved designers zigged, when they easily could’ve zagged. Before we go our own way, we talk about BiosphereThe Ratcatcher: The Solo Adventure Game, and Stephenson’s Rocket.

Timecodes:

01:46 – Biosphere
10:58 – The Ratcatcher: The Solo Adventure Game
19:10 – Stephenson’s Rocket
30:51 – Neilan’s at Gen Con!
31:42 – Designers “Zigging”
33:03 – Codenames
33:07 – Pictomania
35:25 – El Grande
35:36 – 6 nimmt!
37:25 – Blood of the Northmen
37:54 – Strasbourg
38:25 – FlowerFall
40:37 – Kitchen Rush
42:19 – Mercado de Lisboa
43:02 – Age of Steam Expansion: Portugal
46:51 – XCOM: The Board Game

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Sep 16, 2021
#190: Why Are You the Way That You Are?
49:24

One of the things we love to do, especially if we're playing a game for the first time, is analyse it while we're playing. We're sure this totally isn't annoying for those around us. In particular, we love picking apart little mechanical choices, imagining what the designer's thought process was, and wondering "why is that like that?" Before we get to speculating, we talk about Divinity Derby, Mexica, and Strasbourg.

03:28 - Divinity Derby
11:54 - Hab & Gut
13:22 - Mexica
19:06 - Strasbourg
24:35 - Taj Mahal
30:38 - Why is that mechanic like that?
33:28 - Risk
33:39 - Kemet
34:58 - Scythe
38:57 - Circadians: Chaos Order
39:57 - Tinner's Trail
41:22 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt
42:58 - Rocketmen
45:09 - The Oracle of Delphi

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Sep 09, 2021
#189: Uwe Baby
57:36

We love Uwe Rosenberg around these parts, whether it's because of our infatuation with polyominoes, the need to keep workers fed, or the strange mechanisms of animal breeding. Join us down the (cottage) garden path of his designography, and make sure to plant some vegetables along the way. Before we get agricultural, we talk about Bosk, Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story, and Glen More II: Chronicles.

00:58 - Bosk
07:57 - Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story
12:37 - Love Letter
15:21 - Glen More II: Chronicles
24:52 - BGG 201-300 Fantasy Draft Winner
27:49 - Strategicon
29:01 - Uwe Rosenberg
29:56 - Bohnanza
33:58 - Agricola
37:19 - Le Havre
39:34 - At the Gates of Loyang
40:58 - A Feast for Odin
41:20 - Patchwork
46:45 - Caverna: The Cave Farmers
47:34 - Nova Luna
49:36 - Hallertau
53:59 - Mamma Mia!
54:28 - Nusfjord

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Sep 02, 2021
#188: Whatever It Takes
41:37

Sometimes, if you want a game bad enough, you're willing to go to absurd lengths to acquire it. Whether it's because it's out of print, or just hard to come by, we've all put more effort than we should've into finding or playing specific games. We tell our stories of just how far we've gone. Before we secure the bag, we talk about Tinner's Trail, and The Night Cage.

01:10 - Tinner's Trail
08:13 - The Night Cage
17:31 - Games you've gone out of your way for
18:39 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
23:36 - World of Warcraft: The Boardgame
27:06 - Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
27:57 - Dead of Winter
29:16 - Ugg-Tect
32:26 - HeroQuest
33:55 - Warhammer
35:38 - Watch the Skies

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Aug 26, 2021
#187: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 201-300
55:31

We're back with another fantasy draft, as we keep on moving down the BoardGameGeek top games list. If you're not familiar, we're each picking a standalone collection of five games before our picks get stolen out from under us. Want to win a $50 gift card? You've got to vote on whose collection is best! Before we get the knives out, we talk about Raiders of Scythia, and Ankh: Gods of Egypt.

02:01 - Raiders of Scythia
02:18 - Raiders of the North Sea
08:56 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt
29:09 - Drafting BGG's #201-300
32:58 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
34:52 - Flamme Rouge
36:51 - Beyond the Sun
37:59 - Cthulhu Wars
39:14 - Modern Art
39:27 - Glory to Rome
41:35 - Dune
42:49 - Imperial 2030
43:36 - The Resistance
44:35 - Arboretum
45:47 - Hive
46:47 - Glen More II: Chronicles
48:20 - Dwellings of Eldervale
49:35 - Dixit
51:23 - Burgle Bros

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Aug 19, 2021
#186: Don’t Knock It Till You Try It
45:06

We all have types of games that, for whatever reason, we steer clear of. Often all that we've been missing is a more suitable introduction to the genre, or a game that's just enough of an outlier. This week, we try to tempt you toward genres that you might have written off, with the games that may just sway you. Before we change your minds, we talk about Pocket Galapagos, Cascadia, and Bites.

01:36 - Pocket Galapagos
08:57 - Cascadia
12:53 - Bites
18:34 - Games that'll turn you around
20:19 - Battle for Rokugan
23:54 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
26:54 - Smartphone Inc.
30:53 - Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
33:23 - Santorini
35:13 - Snakesss
38:49 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne

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Aug 12, 2021
#185: The Most Important Meal of the Day
58:30

It's board games for dinner, but we're not just throwing whatever we could find on your plate. No, we've got menus. We lay out our ideas for a four course board game meal, complete with appetizer, amuse-bouche, entrée and dessert, in a fun little exercise suggested by a listener. Before we meal plan, we talk about Sequoia, The Mind Extreme, and MicroMacro: Crime City.

04:31 - Sequoia
10:07 - The Mind Extreme
13:36 - MicroMacro: Crime City
21:59 - Draft winner!
23:43 - Four course board game meals
24:12 - Christina's menu
25:26 - Happy Salmon
27:57 - Deep Sea Adventure
29:41 - The Quest for El Dorado
31:54 - True Colors
33:01 - Mark's menu
34:11 - Biblios
35:43 - The Estates
38:12 - Rising Sun
30:42 - A Fake Artist Goes to New York
41:35 - Neilan's menu
42:02 - Paku Paku
43:58 - Kitchen Rush
45:05 - A Feast for Odin
47:11 - Avenue
48:23 - Kellen's menu
48:55 - Auf Teufel komm raus
50:29 - Keyflower
51:57 - 6 nimmt!

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Aug 05, 2021
#184: Science Based Friction
01:08:16

Board game science is a delicate process, but thankfully BOB's here to help, in another BGB Battle of Board (Games)! This week, we're pitting our favourite science fiction themed games against each other. That's fifteen sci fi games, which we'll put in a fact based ordered list, ready to submit to the journal of your choice. Before we pollute space, we talk about Riverboat, Bug Council of Backyardia, and Rocketmen.

04:02 - Riverboat
10:05 - Bug Council of Backyardia
16:37 - Rocketmen
23:17 - BGBBOB: Science fiction games
24:57 - Eclipse
26:02 - Anachrony
28:18 - Quantum
29:19 - Forbidden Stars
32:03 - Beyond the Sun
32:48 - Imperial 2030
36:09 - Sol: Last Days of a Star
36:59 - Space Alert
38:55 - Dune
40:20 - Nemesis
42:34 - Gaia Project
43:35 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
45:30 - Race for the Galaxy
46:26 - Android: Netrunner
49:03 - Cosmic Encounter
1:04:28 - The final list

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Jul 29, 2021
#183: Catch a Falling Wallace ...?
59:24

Martin Wallace, titan of industry, man of steam and brass. He's made a lot of games, often involving trains, but sometimes also Cthulhu. We do a deep dive into the prolific designer's catalogue, in the next in the series that Mark (and nobody else) is calling BGB DOG. Before we put him in our pocket, we talk about Throne and the Grail, Race for the Galaxy, Dinogenics, and On Mars.

02:21 - Throne and the Grail
05:56 - Race for the Galaxy
09:19 - Lost Ruins of Arnak
11:19 - DinoGenics
18:19 - On Mars
26:44 - Martin Wallace
32:17 - Brass: Lancashire
34:29 - Brass: Birmingham
37:44 - Railways of the World
42:15 - Via Nebula
44:15 - Wildlands
45:58 - Age of Industry
46:51 - Nanty Narking
46:51 - Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
51:36 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
53:43 - Hit Z Road
54:55 - Anno 1800
56:10 - Liberté

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Jul 22, 2021
#182: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 101-200
01:09:04

If you thought the Euro 2020 final was tense, wait until you listen to this episode. The next match in the world's most anticipated series is now here, as we continue down the BoardGameGeek top games list, drafting a collection of five games. Whose do you think is best? Vote to stand a chance to win a $50 gift card! Before we make like snakes, we talk about Chinatown, Curious Cargo, and Mercado de Lisboa.

02:14 - Chinatown
10:00 - Curious Cargo
16:44 - Mercado de Lisboa
24:45 - Drafting BGG's #101-200
28:32 - Hansa Teutonica
30:34 - Inis
31:56 - Cosmic Encounter
32:30 - Splendor
34:41 - Pandemic
37:20 - Kemet
39:37 - Ra
41:36 - Age of Steam
44:59 - Chaos in the Old World
46:15 - Dominion
47:24 - Res Arcana
50:01 - Yokohama
51:12 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
53:44 - Vinhos Deluxe Edition
57:02 - The Resistance: Avalon

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Jul 15, 2021
#181: Save Dat Money
59:13

Look, we know, we don't exactly help matters, but this hobby can be expensive. So, to make up for fueling your FOMO, we're gonna lay out some of the ways that we consciously try to curb our board game spending, while still keeping up with the zeitgeist. Before we balance our budget, we talk about Summer Camp, Wildlands, and Rome & Roll.

05:11 - Summer Camp
09:55 - The Quest for El Dorado
11:06 - Dominion
12:38 - Wildlands
21:12 - Rome & Roll
33:51 - Curbing board game spending
42:00 - Carnegie
43:03 - Gizmos
49:11 - Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
49:49 - Stationfall

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Jul 08, 2021
#180: The Rules of Investing
56:41

We often talk about the burden of rules, and how in some of our favourite games, they just get out of the way. But when is that burden worthwhile; what makes the price of a heavy rules overhead worth paying? Before we maximize our returns, we talk about Crash Octopus, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, Imperium: Classics, and Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile.

02:54 - Crash Octopus
08:33 - Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition
18:47 - Imperium: Classics
30:41 - Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
40:44 - Return on rules investment
43:15 - Dune
44:17 - Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
44:50 - Gloomhaven
45:29 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
48:15 - Pax Renaissance
49:50 - Roads & Boats

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Jul 01, 2021
#179: Ignorance Is Bliss
49:11

Sometimes it's best not to know, right? You've just played a game, and you liked it a lot, but you're not quite sure whether that faction is quite balanced, or the designers accounted for that winning strategy. Should you find out? Or is it better just to enjoy the game on its own merits? Before we disobey our thirst for knowledge, we talk about Genoa, Durian, The Search for Planet X, and Pavlov's House.

02:04 - Genoa
05:50 - Durian
10:52 - The Search for Planet X
20:57 - Pavlov's House
27:35 - Draft winners
31:30 - Pre/post-game research
33:17 - Splendor
35:30 - Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun
39:00 - Cthulhu Wars: Duel
39:46 - Chaos in the Old World
40:12 - Root
45:33 - Hallertau
46:39 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

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Jun 24, 2021
#178: The Power of Production
53:27

Because making board games is hard, it's not enough just to have some solid mechanics - the best games have a production that coheres with the design. We look at some examples of games where production considerations (or lack thereof) have helped or hurt how they play. Before we executively produce, we talk about The King is Dead: Second Edition, Equinox, and Enchanted Plumes.

01:48 - The King is Dead: Second Edition
10:15 - Colossal Arena
10:15 - Equinox
22:06 - Enchanted Plumes
32:40 - Production and design
34:33 - Bunny Kingdom
35:35 - Smartphone Inc.
36:40 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
37:50 - Railroad Ink
42:30 - Nidavellir
44:45 - Mountain Goats
46:26 - Red Rising
47:58 - Scythe

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Jun 17, 2021
#177: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek Top 100
01:00:53

Mark's trying to get us all into something he calls "sports", so as a compromise, we're doing a fantasy board game draft! We're going to pick games from the BoardGameGeek Top 100, until we each have five. Then YOU get to vote on whose draft is best, for a chance to win $50! Before we play to the crowds, we talk about Azul: Summer Pavilion, Roads & Boats, Ruthless, and Cthulhu: Death May Die.

02:09 - Azul: Summer Pavilion
11:33 - Roads & Boats
22:33 - Ruthless
29:53 - Cthulhu: Death May Die
32:46 - Drafting the BGG Top 100
34:58 - Brass: Birmingham
37:03 - Gloomhaven
39:20 - Spirit Island
40:20 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition
41:22 - Scythe
43:11 - Root
43:47 - Codenames
44:56 - Concordia
46:55 - Wingspan
47:20 - El Grande
49:05 - Gaia Project
51:40 - Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition
52:28 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game
55:14 - Clank!
56:53 - A Feast for Odin

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Jun 10, 2021
#176: Sweet Summer Lovin'
52:48

We've got a couple of quick questions from listeners that we thought made for some fun talking points. We're trying to figure out what the board game equivalent of black licorice is, and  Before rustle in the mailbag, we talk about Trekking the World, Inkling, My City, and Ruination.

01:37 - Trekking the World
11:26 - Inkling
20:08 - My City
22:31 - Ruination
33:52 - Kemet
38:55 - Black licorice games
40:42 - Archipelago
41:12 - Safranito
42:23 - Millennium Blades
43:00 - True Colors
43:38 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
44:25 - Light summer games
45:16 - Splendor
46:13 - The Quest for El Dorado
47:23 - Race for the Galaxy
48:28 - Santa Monica
48:43 - Mountain Goats
49:40 - The Resistance
50:17 - Fuji Flush

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Jun 03, 2021
#175: Cute As a Button
56:17

As longstanding experts on being cute, we thought we'd finally bring both of our fields of expertise to bear on one topic. It's a return to the classic top five list, and we're counting down the cutest goshdarn board games we can think of. Before things get kawaii, we talk about Nations, Mountain Goats, and Brew.

02:34 - Nations
11:54 - Mountain Goats
17:11 - Brew
29:01 - Top 5 cutest games
30:31 - Calico
32:41 - Seasons
34:50 - Battle Sheep
36:01 - Takenoko
37:06 - Camel Up
37:49 - Mountain Goats
38:24 - Patchwork
40:04 - Walk the Dogs
41:36 - Startups
43:15 - Echidna Shuffle
45:08 - Sushi Go!
46:59 - Yura Yura Penguin
49:02 - New York Zoo
50:15 - Poseidon’s Kingdom
52:07 - Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

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May 27, 2021
#174: Live Your Legacy
58:39

We played a double feature of legacy games for Cinco de Ocho Dos, which got us thinking about how our thoughts on legacy mechanics might have changed since the heady days of young Board Game Barrage. Before we open that box, we talk about Bonfire, Nidavellir, and The King's Dilemma.

02:07 - Bonfire
10:02 - Nidavellir
18:58 - The King's Dilemma
33:34 - Legacy games
34:03 - Risk Legacy
34:50 - Charterstone
40:19 - My City
47:30 - Gloomhaven
51:42 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
52:48 - Scythe: The Rise of Fenris
54:10 - Bunker, Battlefield, or Blown Away
54:38 - Zoned Out
55:00 - Bronze Age
55:29 - Santorini
55:45 - Mini Express

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May 20, 2021
#173: Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Games
46:05

We talk about so many good games on this podcast, that it might seem like there aren't enough bad games to balance it out. There's a good reason we don't often play or talk about them, but maybe every so often we ought to. Before we break bad, we talk about Scape Goat, Bunny Kingdom, Bullet♥, and Four Gardens.

02:12 - Scape Goat
08:29 - Bunny Kingdom
11:13 - Bullet♥
13:53 - Four Gardens
20:49 - Bad games
22:01 - Trivial Pursuit
29:00 - Spicy
29:50 - Cards Against Humanity
30:55 - True Colors
32:37 - Betrayal at House on the Hill
35:11 - Money Bags
37:11 - Pucket
37:54 - Connect 4 Launchers
38:27 - Mord im Arosa
39:00 - Magical Athlete
40:34 - Panic Station
41:21 - Mascarade
41:41 - Bunker, Battlefield, or Blown Away!
42:36 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
43:46 - Solo
44:06 - Renegade
44:42 - Horrified

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May 13, 2021
#172: Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game
01:03:46

After last week's love-fest made us all uncomfortable, we had to get back to what do best, spirited in-fighting. To that end, we've devised three debates around the same core: is that often criticized mechanic a design problem, or a player problem? Before we pit designers against players, we talk about Red Rising, Via Magica, and Alma Mater.

00:48 - Golden Geek Awards
04:36 - Red Rising
14:21 - Rise of Augustus
14:53 - Via Magica
20:17 - Alma Mater
29:36 - Board Game Barrage Wiki!
32:26 - Design problem or player problem?
33:11 - Player elimination
36:47 - Skull
37:55 - Secret Hitler
38:29 - Food Chain Magnate
40:33 - Diplomacy
43:40 - Alpha gamers
46:34 - Spirit Island
47:00 - Pandemic
51:31 - Kingmaking
55:50 - Rising Sun
57:04 - Cthulhu Wars
57:42 - Inis

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May 06, 2021
#171: A Complimentary Compilation
01:12:33

We had so many fun ideas for this week that we couldn't settle on just one! It's always great getting topic suggestions from our listeners, but not all of them can make a full episode, so we figured we'd work through some of them here. Keep sending them in! Before we spice our lives with variety, we talk about Jekyll vs. Hyde, Seikatsu, and Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road.

01:28 - Golden Geek Awards
03:55  - AwSHUX
05:57 - Jekyll vs. Hyde
14:32 - Seikatsu
21:37  - Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road
29:54 - The first game we'll play together
31:06 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
33:36 - My City
35:23 - The King's Dilemma
37:22  - Ruination
41:07 - Board games we appreciate but hate
41:25 - The Estates
43:28 - Captain Sonar
45:05 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
47:20 - Cosmic Encounter
49:39 - Why we love gaming with each other

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Apr 29, 2021
#170: Friedemann Friese Frenzy
51:38

We love Friedemann Friese, so much so that we're devoting a whole episode to the green-haired designer - a comprehensive look back at his contribution to the hobby, and how we've gotten on with his games over the years. If you've never played one of his games, let us help correct that. Before we give the fantastic fellow our full focus, we talk about Kubb, Pictures, and The Field of the Cloth of Gold.

03:20 - Kubb
08:20 - Pictures
16:12 - The Field of the Cloth of Gold
23:39 - Golden Geek Awards
25:24 - Board Game Barrage vs. Shut Up & Sit Down!
27:44 - Friedemann Friese
29:17 - Power Grid
36:21 - Copycat
37:11 - 504
38:43 - Fearsome Floors
39:43 - Fauna
41:22 - Friday
42:03 - Fabled Fruit
43:41 - Fast Sloths
44:27 - Fresh Fish
45:46 - Finished!
46:20 - Funny Friends

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Apr 22, 2021
#169: Our Most Anticipated Games of 2021
01:14:58

We're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and with the exciting possibility of actually being able to play games together again, we cast our minds forward to all the wonderful games yet to arrive in 2021. Did I mention it's a BGBBOB? Before we look ahead (never back), we talk about Clever Cubed, Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon, and Keyper.

02:29 - Clever Cubed
10:22 - Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon
19:16 - Keyper
26:40 - 300 by 4/11!
28:39 - Golden Geek Award Nominations
29:31 - Most Anticipated Games of 2021
31:02 - Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles
32:03 - Furnace
35:13 - Weather Machine
36:07 - Coffee Traders
38:54 - Brazil: Imperial
40:24 - Arkwright: The Card Game
42:18 - LAMA Dice
43:11 - Oathsworn: Into the Deep Wood
45:22 - Kabuto Sumo
46:31 - Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
49:35 - Darwin's Journey
50:24 - Skyrise
53:19 - Guards of Atlantis II
53:59 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt
56:54 - Dokojong

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Apr 15, 2021
#168: Board Games Suck with Dan Hughes from Sporadically Board
01:08:46

Dan Hughes from Sporadically Board joins us to flip the podcast on its head. Now that we've spent a hundred and sixty seven episodes raving about board games, it's only fair that we discuss all the reasons they suck. Before we turn heel, we talk about Blackout: Hong Kong, Royal Visit, Marvel Champions: The Card Game, and Deckscape: Test Time.

03:34 - Introducing the Pigeon Blood Tank!
05:38 - Blackout: Hong Kong
10:56 - Royal Visit
14:51 - Marvel Champions: The Card Game
22:03 - Deckscape: Test Time
27:25 - Why Board Games Suck
28:50 - Gandhi: The Decolonization of British India, 1917 – 1947
30:38 - Lisboa
31:54 - A Feast for Odin
36:03 - CoraQuest
37:04 - Trial by Trolley
50:00 - Mythic Battles: Pantheon
1:02:33 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game

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Apr 08, 2021
#167: Cleanin' Out My Closet
53:42

As important as it is to talk about that which we have received, so must we mark the loss of the games whose time has passed. Board games leave our collections for many reasons, so we're going to revisit the ones that found better homes in the past year. Before we press F, we talk about Long Shot: The Dice Game, Hallertau, and Welcome to New Las Vegas.

02:43 - Long Shot: The Dice Game
09:30 - Hallertau
20:04 - Welcome to New Las Vegas
28:43 - Games We've Recently Let Go
29:34 - Res Arcana
30:20 - Seasons
31:58 - War Chest
33:04 - Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture
33:35 - Kingdom Builder
35:11 - Pendulum
37:44 - Nētā-Tanka
38:00 - Nevada City
38:33 - The Magnificent
41:05 - Ethnos
41:24 - Crokinole
42:49 - El Grande
45:00 - Imperial Struggle
45:53 - Iwari
48:41 - Through the Desert
49:25 - Lords of Hellas
50:27 - Troyes
51:11 - Watergate

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Apr 01, 2021
#166: You've Got to Iterate to Innovate
57:31

Design often builds heavily on what has come before, but some designers, have made an art of iteration, taking their own beloved designs, and frequently reinventing them in new ways. We dig into this practice of extremely iterative design, and how it fits into an industry hungry for fresh ideas. Before we do it again, we talk about Dirge: The Rust Wars, Electropolis, Vinhos Deluxe Edition, Architects of the West Kingdom, and Sagani.

01:34 - Dirge: The Rust Wars
09:23 - Electropolis
10:28 - Vinhos Deluxe Edition
12:15 - Architects of the West Kingdom
21:39 - Sagani
24:55 - Nova Luna
33:06 - Iterative Games
34:44 - Azul
37:11 - The Game
41:43 - Indian Summer
42:46 - Zombicide
43:52 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan
44:33 - Babylonia
45:50 - Yellow & Yangtze
47:04 - Caylus 1303
48:18 - Brass: Birmingham
52:07 - Strat-O-Matic Baseball
53:20 - Guards of Atlantis

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Mar 25, 2021
#165: Thriving or Barely Surviving?
58:13

There are two good ways to create engagement in a board game: One is to let the player feel like they're achieving something constantly, the other is to keep them feeling like any wrong move could tank their game. We're dubbing this the "thriving to barely surviving" spectrum, but first, we need to figure out where some of our favourite games fit on it. Before we surthrive, we talk about Carnegie, Divvy Dice, and Underwater Cities.

03:56 - Carnegie
13:11 - Divvy Dice
20:56 - Underwater Cities
24:26 - Terraforming Mars
32:23 - The "Thriving to Barely Surviving" Spectrum
33:10 - Agricola
33:43 - A Feast for Odin
37:34 - Troyes
42:12 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
43:03 - Scythe
43:55 - Tapestry
45:20 - In the Year of the Dragon
45:52 - Macao
46:43 - The Castles of Burgundy
47:41 - Bruges
48:02 - The Oracle of Delphi
49:00 - Splendor
49:55 - Root
51:36 - Food Chain Magnate
55:12 - The Estates
56:00 - Biblios

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Mar 18, 2021
#164: Get Uncomfortable
01:06:06

It's getting a bit too comfortable around here. Time to put stones in our shoes, tighten our belts, and get out of our comfort zones. We talk about the times that we've found ourselves in unfamiliar or uncomfortable gaming situations, and what we learned about ourselves in the process. Before we unfluff our pillows, we talk about Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation, Reavers of Midgard, and Paleo.

02:01 - Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
13:50 - War of the Ring: Second Edition
15:20 - Reavers of Midgard
23:37 - Paleo
31:13 - Friday
34:23 - Leaving Our Comfort Zones
35:05 - Thornwatch
37:55 - Blood Rage
41:22 - Megagames
50:33 - Twilight Struggle
54:16 - Under Falling Skies
56:17 - Fiasco
1:00:50 - War Games

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Mar 11, 2021
#163: Our Listeners' Top 20 Board Games of All Time
01:00:34

Wow! We asked for your top twenty lists, and boy did you deliver. We've crunched the numbers on the hundreds of submissions, and created what we think is the definitive list of BGB listeners' favourite board games. Now let us tell you how we think you did. Before we outsource our work, we talk about Santa Monica, Steam Works, and Cthulhu: Death May Die.

02:09 - Santa Monica
08:05 - Steam Works
15:25 - Cthulhu: Death May Die
24:06 - BGB Listener Top 20
27:18 - Viticulture
29:34 - Everdell
31:17 - Orléans
32:09 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition
33:20 - A Feast for Odin
34:24 - Terra Mystica
36:00 - Race for the Galaxy
37:13 - Food Chain Magnate
38:36 - Codenames
39:35 - Cosmic Encounter
40:48 - Inis
41:36 - Terraforming Mars
42:54 - Innovation
44:12 - Root
45:20 - Gloomhaven
46:30 - Great Western Trail
47:40 - Spirit Island
48:33 - Brass: Birmingham
49:19 - The Castles of Burgundy
50:25 - Concordia

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Mar 04, 2021
#162: God Does Not Play Dice
57:14

We're seeing a lot more versions of games that are X: The Dice Game or Y: The Card Game. These are (usually) simplified takes on beloved classics, but often end up changing the feel of the game dramatically. We discuss when we think this formula works, and when it really doesn't. Before we cast the die, we talk about Gods Love Dinosaurs, Nanga Parbat, and Ra: The Dice Game.

03:37 - Gods Love Dinosaurs
09:50 - Nanga Parbat
18:22 - Ra: The Dice Game
23:17 - Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun
24:33 - Ra
27:13 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
28:30 - Dice and card game spinoffs
32:46 - Troyes
32:46 - Tournay
33:17 - Troyes Dice
35:44 - Biblios Dice
36:46 - Zooloretto: The Dice Game
39:10 - Camel Up Cards
41:55 - Istanbul: The Dice Game
42:54 - Roll for the Galaxy
45:55 - Azul
46:41 - Gùgōng
48:40 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
49:33 - No Thanks
50:01 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant

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Feb 25, 2021
#161: Mechanically Bullish
57:53

Sometimes all it takes is a good designer (and the right game) to take what would otherwise be a mechanic we don't like, and utilize it in a way that feels right. We take a look at some mechanics that we usually don't love, and the games that turned us around on them. Before we see things in a new light, we talk about CloudAge, Mariposas, and Faiyum.

03:04 - CloudAge
12:37 - Mariposas
18:01 - Faiyum
28:27 - Games that rescued a mechanism
28:40 - Performative Clues
29:05 - Time's Up
31:29 - On a Scale of One to T-Rex
32:19 - Action Points
32:52 - Flash Point: Fire Rescue
34:00 - Blood Rage
37:18 - Hidden Movement
37:18 - Nuns on the Run
37:45 - Specter Ops
38:35 - Scotland Yard
42:16 - Card Drafting
42:25 - Agricola
42:46 - 7 Wonders
43:53 - Paper Tales
44:25 - Inis
47:22 - Player Elimination
47:22 - Werewolf
47:40 - Shadow Hunters
48:09 - Secret Hitler
49:15 - Blood on the Clocktower
50:50 - "The Dice Game"
52:00 - For the King (and Me)
52:41 - Ra: The Dice Game

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Feb 18, 2021
#160: Resolutions and Revisitations
49:31

Look, when we made those resolutions in episode 105, how were we to know? The world exploded, and here we are, one year later, sheepishly looking back on the goals we set. But we're not beaten yet, we cast our minds forward (always forward, never back) and set our sights on our resolutions for 2021. Before we make promises we definitely will keep, we talk about Sprawlopolis, Bandada, and Terramara.

02:15 - Sprawlopolis
09:06 - Bandada
13:53 - Terramara
23:51 - Revisiting 2020's Resolutions
27:09 - 2021 Resolutions
31:05 - Cthulhu Wars
36:14 - Anachrony: Infinity Box
37:29 - Import/Export
38:31 - Carnegie
40:05 - Rising Sun
40:52 - Tainted Grail
44:44 - Board Game Barrage Facebook Group!
45:44 - War of the Ring: Second Edition
46:42 - Red Rising

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Feb 11, 2021
#159: Picking Favorites
47:36

We've been doing it a lot lately, so we thought we'd reflect on the ways that we evaluate our favourite games. How do you even begin to compare extremely dissimilar games, some party, some strategy? The process of making and ordering our lists is a fun challenge every year, and one we'd recommend you try too! Before we make hard choices, we talk about Medici: The Dice Game, The Gallerist, and Iberian Gauge.

02:20 - Medici: The Dice Game
09:08 - The Gallerist
14:55 - Iberian Gauge
22:26 - How We Choose Favourites
26:02 - Tigris & Euphrates
28:04 - Power Grid
28:04 - Fresh Fish
32:53 - Telestrations
34:52 - Crokinole
36:28 - The Resistance
37:58 - Nanty Narking
39:22 - The King's Dilemma
40:04 - Beyond the Sun
41:33 - Eclipse
42:18 - CoraQuest
43:52 - CloudAge
44:21 - Board Game Barrage T-Shirts!
45:22 - Listener Top 20 Submissions!

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Feb 04, 2021
#158: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 10-1
02:22:57

It's the big one! We've come at last to the grand finale of the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time ... Top. Ten. Baby. These are our absolute favourite games, forty (thirty?) all together, that we'd just about never turn down a game of. Thanks for joining us on this ride, it's been wild.

09:36 - Christina #10 - I'm the Boss!
12:34 - Kellen #10 - Cosmic Encounter
15:18 - Mark #10 - El Grande
15:36 - Neilan #10 - Codenames
18:09 - Christina #9 - Twice as Clever!
20:48 - Kellen #9 - Coloretto
23:56 - Mark #9 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
24:20 - Neilan #9 - Pictomania
28:46 - Christina #8 - Blood Rage
33:38 - Kellen #8 - The Resistance
33:50 - Mark #8 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
35:58 - Neilan #8 - Guards of Atlantis
39:14 - Christina #7 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
42:28 - Kellen #7 - Inis
50:25 - Mark #7 - Brass: Lancashire
53:44 - Neilan #7 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
55:36 - Christina #6 - Troyes
55:45 - Kellen #6 - El Grande
55:57 - Mark #6 - The Estates
59:51 - Neilan #6 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
01:05:38 - Christina #5 - Archipelago
01:06:10 - Kellen #5 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
01:06:19 - Mark #5 - Fresh Fish
01:10:24 - Neilan #5 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
01:10:36 - Christina #4 - El Grande
01:16:56 - Kellen #4 - Troyes
01:21:56 - Mark #4 - Hansa Teutonica
01:24:49 - Neilan #4 - Gloomhaven
01:29:37 - Christina #3 - Cthulhu Wars
01:29:37 - Kellen #3 - Cthulhu Wars
01:35:10 - Mark #3 - Caylus 1303
01:38:56 - Neilan #3 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
01:44:00 - Christina #2 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
01:47:55 - Kellen #2 - Archipelago
01:53:31 - Mark #2 - Arboretum
01:56:22 - Neilan #2 - The Resistance
02:03:01 - Christina #1 - Innovation
02:03:01 - Kellen #1 - Innovation
02:10:20 - Mark #1 - Biblios
02:12:54 - Neilan #1 - A Feast for Odin

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Jan 28, 2021
#157: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 20-11
01:52:35

We're moving into the terrible teens of the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. I learned all I know about American teenagers from TV, so I assume this is where all the sex and drugs come in. Let's get to it then, forty (roughly) more games that we simply adore. As the list goes on, they only get better and better. That is, after all, the premise.

01:46 - Kellen #29 (Correction) - A Fake Artist Goes to New York
05:01 - Kellen #20 - Ingenious
08:06 - Mark #20 - Cthulhu Wars
11:27 - Neilan #20 - Blue Lagoon
15:01 - Christina #20 - Food Chain Magnate
18:47 - Kellen #19 - Genoa
23:26 - Mark #19 - Archipelago
25:53 - Neilan #19 - Dominion
28:51 - Christina #19 - Taj Mahal
32:32  - Kellen #18 - I'm the Boss!
36:33 - Mark #18 - Tigris & Euphrates
28:55  - Neilan #18 - Taj Mahal
39:44 - Christina #18 - Mezo
45:23 - Kellen #17 - The Game
47:16 - Mark #17 - Dominant Species
49:48 - Neilan #17 - Alchemists
52:31 - Christina #17 - Babylonia
56:50 - Kellen #16 - Telestrations
59:08 - Mark #16 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest
01:00:56 - Neilan #16 - Rising Sun
01:04:59 - Christina #16 - Castles of Burgundy
01:08:30  - Kellen #15 - Decrypto
01:11:43 - Mark #15 - Barrage
01:14:26 - Neilan #15 - Exit: The Game
01:16:30 - Christina #15 - The Quest for El Dorado
01:18:05 - Kellen #14 - Omen: A Reign of War
01:20:07 - Mark #14 - Lancaster
01:21:53 - Neilan #14 - Inis
01:25:31 - Christina #14 - Hanabi
01:27:10 - Kellen #13 - Glory to Rome
01:29:43 - Mark #13 - True Colors
01:31:26 - Neilan #13 - Watson & Holmes
01:33:19 - Christina #13 - SiXeS
01:35:12 - Kellen #12 - Hansa Teutonica
01:36:33 - Mark #12 - Francis Drake
01:38:23 - Neilan #12 - Cthulhu Wars
01:39:36 - Christina #12 - Telestrations
01:39:57 - Kellen #11 - Diplomacy
01:42:19 - Mark #11 - Bus
01:43:54 - Neilan #11 - Scythe
01:45:37 - Christina #11 - Kemet

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Jan 21, 2021
#156: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 30-21
01:36:50

It's the dark middle chapter of the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. Time to call in a new director, change things up, and get subversive. Well, if there were any directors who'd still work with us. This week, we're barreling through our twenties in what we like to call reverse numerical order. Here's forty (odd) more games that we absolutely adore, and hope you will too.

02:45 - Mark #30 - Container
05:38 - Neilan #30 - Azul
05:46 - Christina #30 - Azul
08:54 - Kellen #30 - Zendo
11:42 - Mark #29 - Age of Steam
13:37 - Neilan #29 - Coloretto
15:12 - Christina #29 - Beyond the Sun
20:03 - Kellen #29 - Hanabi
22:52 - Mark #28 - Pax Renaissance
25:20 - Neilan #28 - Archipelago
28:03 - Christina #28 - Hansa Teutonica
30:02 - Kellen #28 - Krass Kariert/Dealt
32:50 - Mark #27 - Maracaibo
35:46 - Neilan #27 - Twice as Clever!
39:05 - Christina #27 - Glory to Rome
41:41 - Kellen #27 - Taj Mahal
44:49 - Mark #26 - City of the Big Shoulders
47:25 - Neilan #26 - Werewords
49:22 - Christina #26 - Modern Art
51:02 - Kellen #26 - Startups
53:19 - Mark #25 - The Great Zimbabwe
55:06 - Neilan #25 - Aeon’s End
56:21 - Christina #25 - Chaos in the Old World
59:23 - Kellen #25 - Keyflower
01:01:57 - Mark #24 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition
01:03:38 - Neilan #24 - Spirit Island
01:05:30 - Christina #24 - Rumble Nation
01:07:33 - Kellen #24 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
01:09:22 - Mark #23 - Glory to Rome
01:09:58 - Neilan #23 - The Quest for El Dorado
01:13:18 - Christina #23 - The Crew
01:14:40 - Kellen #23 - Codenames
01:15:58 - Mark #22 - Modern Art
01:16:58 - Neilan #22 - Patchwork
01:18:44 - Christina #22 - Coloretto
01:19:54 - Kellen #22 - Insider
01:20:43 - Mark #21 - Imperial 2030
01:22:58 - Neilan #21 - Decrypto
01:24:29 - Christina #21 - Lost Cities
01:29:08 - Kellen #21 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

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Jan 14, 2021
#155: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 40-31
01:20:43

Now we're getting into the thick of it, in fact some are calling it the most ambitious Part II released in any medium. It's the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time! We're in our thirties (even if we wish we weren't) and it's full speed ahead. That's forty(ish) more games, and ten spots closer to the grand finale. Now that we've got this train going, there's no stopping it.

01:06 - Neilan #40 - In the Year of the Dragon
03:19 - Christina #40 - Fuji Flush
05:39 - Kellen #40 - Rumble Nation
06:55 - Mark #40 - Pipeline
09:00 - Neilan #39 - Orléans
11:04 - Christina #39 - Cheating Moth
13:28 - Kellen #39 - Eye My Favorite Things
15:28 - Mark #39 - A Question of Scruples
17:26 - Neilan #38 - Hansa Teutonica
18:52 - Christina #38 - Carnival of Monsters
21:16 - Kellen #38 - Maskmen
22:22 - Mark #38 - Genoa
24:27 - Neilan #37 - Agricola
25:48 - Christina #37 - Ohanami
27:10 - Kellen #37 - Throne and the Grail
29:20 - Mark #37 - Ricochet Robots
31:59 - Neilan #36 - Yellow & Yangtze
34:15 - Christina #36 - Splendor
35:15 - Kellen #36 - Dogs of War
37:28 - Mark #36 - Great Western Trail
39:20 - Neilan #35 - Android: Netrunner
40:47 - Christina #35 - Dune
40:47 - Kellen #35 - Dune
43:57 - Mark #35 - Sol: Last Days of a Star
45:27 - Neilan #34 - Kemet
47:43 - Christina #34 - Startups
49:55 - Kellen #34 - Agricola
51:59 - Mark #34 - Rising Sun
54:36 - Neilan #33 - Brass: Birmingham
56:33 - Christina #33 - Anomia
59:13 - Kellen #33 - Hanabi
1:00:37 - Mark #33 - Ra
1:02:34 - Neilan #32 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
1:04:14 - Christina #32 - Fafnir
1:05:52 - Kellen #32 - Imperial 2030
1:07:48 - Mark #32 - Troyes
1:09:07 - Neilan #31 - Gaia Project
1:10:41 - Christina #31 - Biblios
1:15:04 - Kellen #31 - Fuji Flush
1:07:17 - Mark #31 - The Voyages of Marco Polo

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Jan 07, 2021
#154: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 50-41
01:24:37

It's here at last, the big event! Yes, it's the first episode of the yearly ritual we inventively call the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. And this year, for the first time, the Blue Tank, Christina is weighing in too. That's forty incredible games to kick us off! Join us in the weeks ahead as we sing the praises of our absolute favourite board games, because we're just getting started.

03:20 - Happy Salmon
04:20 - Piñata/Balloon Cup
04:56 - Bruges
05:32 - Air, Land, & Sea
06:55 - Christina #50 - Clank!
08:36 - Kellen #50 - Root
11:14 - Mark #50 - Innovation
12:58 - Neilan #50 - Modern Art
14:36 - Christina #49 - Fresh Fish
15:51 - Kellen #49 - Cursed Court
18:19 - Mark #49 - Blue Lagoon
21:02 - Neilan #49 - Sol: Last Days of a Star
22:53 - Christina #48 - Diamant/Incan Gold
25:24 - Kellen #48 - Wizard
26:49 - Mark #48 - Chaos in the Old World
28:07 - Neilan #48 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
30:06 - Christina #47 - Decrypto
32:10 - Kellen #47 - Blood Rage
33:54 - Mark #47 - Pictomania
36:56 - Neilan #47 - Nova Luna
38:56 - Christina #46 - True Colors
41:10 - Kellen #46 - Detective Club
42:48 - Mark #46/Christina #45 - Fast Sloths
45:15 - Neilan #46 - Innovation
48:18 - Kellen #45 - Nusfjord
49:30 - Mark #45 - Anomia
51:39 - Neilan #45 - Gùgōng
53:03 - Christina #44 - Krass Kariert/Dealt
54:46 - Kellen #44 - Smartphone Inc.
56:29 - Mark #44 - Dungeon Fighter
59:44 - Neilan #44 - Letter Jam
1:01:47 - Christina #43 - Battlestar Galactica
1:04:35 - Kellen #43 - Lords of Vegas
1:05:46 - Mark #43 - Cuba Libre
1:07:28 - Neilan #43 - Panic on Wall Street!
1:09:22 - Christina #42 - Ethnos
1:10:52 - Kellen #42 - Bruges
1:12:19 - Mark #42 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
1:14:33 - Neilan #42 - The Oracle of Delphi
1:16:12 - Christina #41 - Air, Land, & Sea
1:19:00 - Kellen #41 - Splendor
1:20:15 - Mark #41 - Wyatt Earp
1:21:36 - Neilan #41 - Pipeline

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Dec 31, 2020
#153: Never Look Back at 2020
58:41

Heads set firmly forward, we reflect on what's been a completely wild year. Despite our complete inability to play a lot of them, board games did happen, so we take a bit of time to talk about the biggest surprises and disappointments. Finally, we cast our mind ahead to the games we're looking forward to playing in 2021. Before we try to forget, we talk about Paris, The Fox in the Forest, and Cthulhu Wars: Duel.

02:27 - Paris
12:12 - The Fox in the Forest
16:58 - Cthulhu Wars: Duel
29:14 - Reflections on 2020
36:02 - 2020's Best Surprises
36:54 - Beyond the Sun
39:47 - The Red Cathedral
41:02 - Nova Luna
43:22 - 2020's Biggest Disappointments
44:16 - Tang Garden
44:45 - Troyes Dice
45:13 - Crystal Palace
46:41 - Sanctum
48:55 - Games to Play in 2021
49:21 - My City
49:56 - Dwellings of Eldervale
51:26 - Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road
51:42 - Dominant Species: Marine
52:20 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
53:39 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt

Check out Kellen's review of Cthulhu Wars: Duel here:
https://boardgamebarrage.com/2020/12/10/cthulhu-wars-duel-a-sandy-petersen-game-review

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Dec 17, 2020
#152: Bob's Holiday Gift Guide
01:06:07

'Tis the season, and if you're me, your first thought around this time of year is, "How many people can I just buy board games for?" But not all board game gifts are created equal! No, no, no, we need to find the best. So, of course, we put BGBBOB on the case. Before we start stocking stuffings, we talk about Pandemic: Fall of Rome, and Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers.

06:07 - Pandemic: Fall of Rome
13:31 - Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers
18:18 - Rajas of the Ganges
20:23 - BGBBOB: Board Game Gifts
21:39 - SHH
23:11 - Codenames
26:38 - Just One
27:00 - The Quest for El Dorado
29:31 - Modern Art
30:21 - Werewords
33:38 - Insider
35:38 - Unmatched
38:44 - Biblios
41:19 - Illusion
46:33 - Azul
48:40 - Fast Sloths

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Dec 10, 2020
#151: Your Attention Please
56:07

There's so much going on in board game land all of the time that it can be hard to know where to focus your attention. So, this week, we each give an example of people, publishers, and sites that we've been keeping an eye on, that we think you might want to as well. Before we turn your gaze, we talk about New York Zoo, Targi, Throne and the Grail, and The Red Cathedral.

02:07 - New York Zoo
02:40 - Bärenpark
10:36 - Targi
14:36 - Throne and the Grail
18:47 - Imperial Struggle
20:33 - The Red Cathedral
28:13 - Things to pay attention to
28:32 - Dire Wolf Digital and Paul Dennen
33:06 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
35:11 - New Release Lists
45:00 - Kramer & Kiesling
45:52 - Riverboat
53:40 - Paris

Check out Steph Hodge's blog: https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/3802/all-meeples-rainbow

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Dec 03, 2020
#150: Revenge of the Ghost Turkey
25:38

Gobble gobble, you got got! We wouldn't leave you hanging when there's important work to be done. Happy Thanksgiving!

02:54 - Marco Pollo: Sultry Poultry Edition
04:01 - Startups
05:33 - New York Zoo
06:49 - Hang on Harvey
09:27 - Fast Sloths
11:43 - ICECOOL
13:47 - Root: The Underworld Expansion
15:21 - Mariposas
16:25 - Fafnir
17:52 - Pokémon Trading Card Game
20:19 - Loopin' Louie
21:55 - Biblios

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Nov 26, 2020
#149: Have You No Shame?
52:17

Boy, what a year it's been for accumulating games that we can't play. The shelf of shame, the collection of games we own that are yet to see a single play, has been steadily growing, and it's about time we pruned it. We check in on the games most deserving of that first play. Before we take a walk of shame, we talk about Sonora, Troyes Dice, Macao, Quantum, and Rurik: Dawn of Kiev.

01:49 - Sonora
04:17 - Troyes Dice
07:14 - Macao
08:22 - The Castles of Burgundy
09:41 - Quantum
16:30 - Rurik: Dawn of Kiev
30:55 - Shelf of Shame update
40:12 - Star Wars: Rebellion
40:59 - Maracaibo
42:04 - Stock hold'em
45:25 - Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia
47:10 - Antike II

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Nov 19, 2020
#148: Your Comfort Zone
01:14:14

Put on your thick socks, wrap yourself in a blanket, and get comfortable with us in front of the fire. We're using our patent pending formula (aka BGBBOB) to find the best heart warming comfort games. Twelve board games enter, and ... twelve leave, but arranged in the scientifically correct order. Before we get comfortable, we talk about The Castles of Tuscany, Cooper Island, and SCOUT!

02:41 - The Castles of Tuscany
12:32 - Cooper Island
20:02 - SCOUT!
31:02 - Dominion
32:12 - Lost Cities
36:16 - Patchwork
36:42 - Telestrations
38:50 - Wizard
40:06 - The Game
43:09 - Coloretto
44:05 - San Juan
45:43 - Scrabble
47:52 - Sushi Go!
52:25 - Biblios
55:11 - Splendor

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Nov 12, 2020
#147: The Great Compromise
58:03

At least in some things, you've got to give a little to get a little, but what would you give to get what you want? We're coming up with our big board game compromises, the things we'd happily trade away to fix some of our biggest frustrations.  Before we deal with the devil, we talk about Lost Ruins of Arnak, Ohanami, and Beyond the Sun.

01:49 - Lost Ruins of Arnak
02:39 - Dune: Imperium
13:47 - Ohanami
13:47 - The Game
21:53 - Beyond the Sun
22:42 - Innovation
27:52 - Through the Ages
38:38 - Board Game Compromises
39:22 - Cthulhu Wars (aka Squares vs. Circles vs. Triangles)
42:49 - Kemet
46:14 - A Feast for Odin
48:14 - Brass: Lancashire
48:14 - Brass: Birmingham
48:47 - Nemesis
49:20 - Biblios

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Nov 05, 2020
#146: Essen SPIEL 2020 Hype List
01:04:31

Essen SPIEL is the latest of the conventions in 2020 to go digital, which is convenient for us, because we weren't about to fly to Germany any time soon. We perused the upcoming games that were showcased as part of the event, and picked our favourites to talk about. It's a top 5! Before we virtually convene, we talk about Babylonia, Veiled Fate, and Dune: Imperium.

02:29 - Babylonia
15:09 - Veiled Fate
25:37 - Dune: Imperium
35:35 - Essen SPIEL 2020 Review
37:58 - Paris
40:05 - Paleo
41:32 - Beez
43:06 - Venice
45:11 - Clever hoch Drei
46:44 - Coyote
48:33 - The Red Cathedral
50:05 - Master Word
51:56 - Troyes Dice
53:05 - Faiyum
54:32 - CloudAge
55:55 - Krazy Pix
57:34 - Anno 1800
59:52 - Polynesia
01:01:10 - Beyond the Sun

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Oct 29, 2020
#145: Zero to One Hundred: $100 Collection Triple Triumph
57:23

We weren't going to let Kellen have the last word on what makes the perfect $100 collection, so the 139 squad is here to finish it out. Forgot the premise? You've lost all your board games, and only have $100 to rebuild it; what do you buy first? Before we make every penny count, we talk about Cosmic Encounter Duel, Hundreds of Horses, Billionaire Banshee, and Floor Plan.

03:45 - Cosmic Encounter Duel
11:53 - Hundreds of Horses
14:21 - Billionaire Banshee
17:50 - Floor Plan
23:08 - Mark's $100 Collection
23:53 - Biblios
24:40 - Arboretum
25:49 - The Crew: Quest for Planet Nine
26:34 - Race for the Galaxy
27:31 - The Estates
28:30 - Are You A Robot?
30:37 - Christina's $100 Collection
31:14 - Innovation
32:28 - Coloretto
33:24 - SiXeS
34:31 - Hanabi
36:00 - Troyes
39:54 - Neilan's $100 Collection
40:35 - Blue Lagoon
41:59 - Twice as Clever!
43:17 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
44:43 - The Resistance: Avalon

Check out our $100 Collection Geeklist, and add your own:
https://bit.ly/37vKztK

Mark & Kellen playing Hundreds of Horses at AwSHUX:
https://bit.ly/3ocjeCS

Christina & Neilan playing Billionaire Banshee at AwSHUX:
https://bit.ly/3klA002

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Oct 22, 2020
#144: Zero to One Hundred: Red Tank’s $100 Collection
54:59

It's an awful notion, but bear with me. What if you lost your entire board game collection, and had to rebuild it from scratch? Here's the catch, you only have one hundred dollars. We try to predict what the Red Tank would do, before he talks us through what makes the cut, and why. Before we rebuild, we talk about 5211, Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan, and Cóatl.

03:10 - 5211
10:35 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan
10:35 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
21:13 - Cóatl
26:15 - Sagrada
26:47 - Reef
29:37 - Ghost Turkey Registration
30:43 - Board Game Barrage Merch!
31:33 - Zero to One Hundred: Red Edition
36:16 - Azul
36:16 - Splendor
37:02 - Codenames
38:58 - Innovation
41:06 - Dune
44:32 - Hansa Teutonica: Big Box
46:17 - Telestrations
47:50 - Oink Games

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Oct 15, 2020
#143: Pace Yourself
01:06:58

Slow and steady might win the race, but it doesn't make for an exciting board game. Pacing is a vital component of most entertainment mediums that doesn't often get applied to board games, so we're going to climb and climb and climb and climb ... and then rapidly descend down the roller-coaster of emotion that makes for some of our favourite games. Before we set the pace, we talk about Bus, The Game: Quick & Easy, and Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun.

02:27 - Bus
21:40 - The Game: Quick & Easy
28:34 - Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun
41:50 - Teotihuacan
45:45 - Pacing in Board Games
50:53 - Fast Sloths
52:20 - The Estates
53:39 - Taj Mahal
54:03 - Kemet
54:29 - Rising Sun
55:22 - Food Chain Magnate
55:46 - Archipelago
57:47 - Escape Plan
58:39 - Troyes
1:01:28 - Splendor
1:01:58 - Dogs of War
1:01:58 - Cursed Court
1:03:07 - Time's Up
1:04:08 - The Voyages of Marco Polo

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Oct 08, 2020
#142: Play Me a Memory
01:03:07

Blessed are the forgetful, because they don't have to play memory games? After all, games with a strong memory component often get a bad rap in the hobby. We look at some of the reasons why very few games want to test your memory, and just to be otherwise, we discuss some of our favourite games that do. Before we walk our mind palaces, we talk about Fort, Under Falling Skies, and Tellstones: King's Gambit.

01:47 - Fort
10:15 - Under Falling Skies
17:56 - Tellstones: King's Gambit
29:37 - Ghost Turkey 2020
32:52 - Memory as a Game Mechanic
38:43 - Carnival of Monsters
39:38 - Inis
42:01 - El Grande
45:51 - Modern Art
47:50 - Tigris & Euphrates
48:43 - Time's Up!
51:09 - Cthulhu Wars
53:08 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
56:03 - Aeon's End
57:24 - Dune

Check out Optimal Play's Tellstones playthrough:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3x7oZRfCs0

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Oct 01, 2020
#141: Expectations Great and Small
56:17

We often build up the idea of what a game will be before we play it, whether for bad or good, and the reality of the game itself might deliver something we weren't expecting. We take a look at what often leads to our expectations being shattered, and mention some of the games that most defied them. Before we expect the unexpected, we talk about SHŌBU, Pan Am, and Planet Unknown.

02:35 - SHŌBU
08:55 - Pan Am
17:58 - Planet Unknown
25:46 - BGB Perpetual Math Trade
27:02 - Board Game Expectations
27:37 - Terra Mystica
28:14 - Brass: Birmingham
32:56 - Macao
36:02 - Railroad Rivals
36:26 - Ragusa
37:02 - Sanctum
38:33 - Unmatched
40:38 - The 7th Continent
47:07 - Stamps
47:41 - Square on Sale
48:33 - Glory to Rome

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Sep 24, 2020
#140: All About Auctions
01:00:31

We return to our much loved feature from 2018, all about our favourite mechanics. This week, a mere two years later: auctions! We look at the good and bad sides of auction mechanics, and discuss our favourite games that feature them. Before we inflate the bid, we talk about Fleet: The Dice Game, Iwari, and Modern Art.

04:57 - Fleet: The Dice Game
11:02 - Welcome to Dino World
13:47 - Iwari
21:53 - Modern Art
33:10 - Auction Board Games
36:25 - Archipelago
38:18 - Biblios
39:03 - Watson & Holmes
39:51 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
40:35 - Power Grid
42:06 - Santiago
43:26 - Genoa
44:23 - Square on Sale
45:49 - Taj Mahal
51:29 - The Estates
51:29 - Container
53:05 - No Thanks!
54:32 - Bausack
55:06 - Fresh Fish

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Sep 17, 2020
#139: Bugbear Brawl
01:03:56

It's an unprecedented trio of hosts, but we're no less heated about our biggest board game bugbears. In fact, we're so upset about these little annoyances, that we couldn't help but order them in a list for your amusement ... BGBBOB style. Before we get bugged by bears, we talk about Calico, Telestrations: Upside Drawn, and Pendulum.

01:42 - Calico
09:05 - Telestrations: Upside Drawn
13:14 - Pendulum
25:17 - BGBBOB: Board Game Bugbears
28:54 - Merchants & Marauders
32:03 - Archipelago
32:53 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
40:26 - Broom Service
42:50 - Race for the Galaxy
46:19 - Power Grid
49:25 - Decrypto

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Sep 10, 2020
#138: Life's Lessons Learned
52:25

It would be hard for us to be as invested in this hobby as we are, if we didn't think there was something important underlying it. We share some of the lessons we have learned from board gaming, and some of the ways in which it has genuinely changed our lives. We also talk about Tyrants of the Underdark, The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples, and Nemo's War.

02:28 - Tyrants of the Underdark
08:00 - The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples
14:48 - Nemo's War (Second Edition)

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Sep 03, 2020
#137: Past Its Prime
54:59

Some games are built to last, and no, we're not just talking about the ... R-word. For others, the high highs of early games must give way to the dawning realization that all is not well. We look at reasons we might end up moving past games we once held in high regard. Before we overstay our welcome, we talk about Sandstone, Ctrl, The Fox in the Forest Duet, and Unmatched.

02:41 - Sandstone
11:09 - Ctrl
14:12 - The Fox in the Forest Duet
18:42 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
19:54 - Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One
24:16 - Dice Throne
32:27 - Games Getting Worse with Time
38:50 - Innovation
39:47 - Mysterium
40:20 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
41:18 - Camel Up
43:05 - Shadow Hunters
43:38 - Container
45:52 - Five Tribes
47:32 - Mark's Menagerie Mixup
48:20 - Dungeon Fighter
48:20 - Tumblin-Dice
48:20 - Coconuts

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Aug 27, 2020
#136: H-h-h-hot Hot Hot
45:18

Hot days call for hot questions! To counter the California heat wave, we get breezy with a round of hot questions. We take a long hard look at games we love, but don't play, and give our takes on the theme to end all themes. Before we get heated, we talk about Ctrl, New York Zoo, and Renature.

01:40 - Ctrl
07:06 - New York Zoo
15:24 - Renature
18:23 - Blue Lagoon
26:11 - OLWLG Math Trade
28:01 - Hot Questions!
28:17 - Can you have a favourite game you don't play anymore?
30:14 - The Resistance
32:36 - Cosmic Encounter
37:19 - What's the theme to end all themes?
39:52 - Sabotage

Thanks to Guanye for sending us the Jixia Academy pronunciation clip.

Watch us play New York Zoo and Renature:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4qab78TtUw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihutcOJmCwc

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Aug 20, 2020
#135: Social Climbing
01:04:35

It's a Social Deduction BGBBOB! For those that don't know what that means, it's a Board Game Barrage Battle of (the) Board...games, where we pit all of the best social deduction games against each other in a fight to the DEATH! Or at least, a fight to be on our definitive ranked list. Before we release our social butterflies, we talk about Gemblo, and Quest.

02:54 - Gemblo
07:16 - Quest
15:46 - Camp Capstone
17:33 - BGBBOB: Social Deduction Games
20:11 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
22:06 - Timebomb/Don't Mess with Cthulhu
26:48 - Two Rooms and a Boom
28:02 - Detective Club
30:27 - A Fake Artist Goes to New York
32:01 - Insider/Werewords
35:01 - The Resistance/Avalon
35:35 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
39:05 - Spyfall
43:26 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
45:33 - Shadow Hunters
48:26 - Saboteur
1:01:12 - The Final List

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Aug 13, 2020
#134: CHAOS!
55:27

Some board games (and board game podcasts) thrive on chaos, which absolutely isn't the same thing as randomness. All of this has happened for a reason, it's just ... hard to tell what those reasons are exactly. Before we blame the butterfly, we talk about Path of Light and Shadow, Jixia Academy, and Chaos in the Old World.

00:47 - Chaos in board games
03:44 - Innovation
05:54 - Guards of Atlantis
07:21 - 6 nimmt!
11:06 - Path of Light and Shadow
21:30 - Chaotic board games
21:42 - Broom Service
23:05 - Wiz-War
26:33 - Space Alert
28:49 - Jixia Academy/Hanamikoji
34:34 - Chaos closing thoughts
35:05 - Cosmic Encounter
35:52 - Mission: Red Planet
37:12 - Colt Express
38:02 - Libertalia
40:26 - Scythe
41:59 - Chaos in the Old World
43:50 - Cthulhu Wars

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Aug 06, 2020
#133: Light It Up
45:43

Things got a bit heavy last week, so let's take things down a notch by exploring the other end of the scale. Light games are just as important for a board game collection, after all. We discuss what light games offer that heavier games don't, and mention some of our recent favourites. Before we lighten the mood, we talk about Reef, Clans of Caledonia, and Tutankhamun.

02:34 - Reef
09:18 - Clans of Caledonia
15:00 - Tutankhamun
22:01 - Light Games
23:48 - Werewolf
25:37 - Vast: The Crystal Caverns
26:28 - Ingenious
27:21 - The Quest for El Dorado
30:40 - Twice As Clever
33:24 - Dice Fishing: Roll and Catch
36:11 - Cacti
37:35 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
38:04 - Deep Sea Adventure
38:49 - Flamme Rouge

"Complexity bias in BGG" by Dinesh Vatvani:
https://dvatvani.github.io/BGG-Analysis-Part-2.html

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Jul 30, 2020
#132: Heavy Duty with Monique from Before You Play
01:08:01

Monique from Before You Play is with us to get heavy. We're discussing the allure of heavy games, and who better to talk us through them than a Vital Lacerda fan who loves to not just play them, but teach them? We dig into why we enjoy the occasional heavy game, and why you should too! Before we play, we talk about DURIAN, Animal Kingdoms, and Brass: Birmingham.

02:01 - Introducing the Lavender Tank!
10:03 - DURIAN
16:25 - Animal Kingdoms
23:40 - Brass: Birmingham
31:45 - Heavy Board Games
42:13 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
43:46 - A Feast for Odin
46:02 - 18XX
47:42 - On Mars
52:07 - Escape Plan
54:49 - Lisboa
55:32 - Vinhos Deluxe Edition
56:38 - Archipelago
1:04:04 - Scythe

Check out Before You Play at:
https://www.youtube.com/BeforeYouPlay

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Jul 23, 2020
#131: But At What Cost?
58:01

Even if the price is right, it might not be right for you. We all have different thresholds where a board game we're interested in crosses from, "maybe I'll wait for a sale" into "sure why not" territory, but where is that magical line? Has what we're willing to pay for games changed over time? Before we get sticker shock, we talk about Twin Tin Bots, Ticket to Ride: New York, Whale Riders, and Dead Reckoning.

02:20 - Twin Tin Bots
07:37 - Ticket to Ride: New York
14:36 - Whale Riders
22:55 - Dead Reckoning
39:30 - Teotihuacan: City of Gods
41:38 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan
45:30 - Food Chain Magnate
48:15 - An Infamous Traffic
48:57 - This Guilty Land
49:33 - Oink Games
50:17 - DURIAN

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Jul 16, 2020
#130: And the Award Goes To ...
53:51

It's award season when we say it is, so we're looking back at the Golden Geek Awards, The Dice Tower Awards, and the Spiel des Jahres nominees. We offer our thoughts on their picks, and how wrong they are. I mean, Wingspan winning "Best Four-Wheel Drive SUV" just seems a bit much. We also talk about Battlestar Galactica, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Paladins of the West Kingdom, and The Boss.

01:56 - Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
08:09 - Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
12:45 - Nusfjord
14:01 - Paladins of the West Kingdom
19:48 - The Boss
25:03 - Board Game Awards 2019
25:13 - Golden Geek Awards
26:10 - Through The Ages: New Leaders and Wonders
27:35 - Dune
28:35 - Wingspan
29:40 - Marvel Champions: The Card Game
30:55 - The Crew: Quest for Planet Nine
33:01 - PARKS
34:30 - Tapestry
35:08 - Spiel des Jahres Nominees
36:16 - Plumber Pants
38:30 - The King's Dilemma
40:10 - My City
40:38 - Pictures
41:27 - The Dice Tower Awards
42:30 - Detective: City of Angels
43:37 - Slide Quest
47:22 - Letter Jam

Check out Kellen playing Battlestar Galactica over at Optimal Play:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/662734157

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Jul 09, 2020
#129: Fight for Your Right to Party
01:06:18

BGBBOB, party edition! For those not keeping up, that's BGB Best of Board Games, which is definitely not the final name (but also maybe is) for our recurring feature where we duel rank games into an incontestable ordered list. This week we confer, fight, and bargain our way to the best fifteen party games. Before we spike the punch, we also talk about Twice As Clever, Wavelength, and 6 nimmt!

01:38 - Twice As Clever
05:17 - Wavelength
05:58 - 6 nimmt!
10:43 - BGBBOB: Party Games
12:28 - True Colors
13:17 - Anomia
16:27 - The Resistance
17:13 - Scruples
20:52 - Balderdash
22:10 - Krazy Wordz
24:38 - Happy Salmon
25:53 - Telestrations
28:17 - Pictomania
28:52 - Codenames
30:33 - Time's Up!
32:30 - Wavelength
35:06 - SiXeS
36:03 - Panic on Wall Street!
38:48 - Detective Club
1:00:48 - The Final List

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Jul 02, 2020
#128: The Means of Production with Richard Simpson
01:07:15

We're joined by Richard Simpson of We're Not Wizards, who is definitely not a magician, Victorian or otherwise, to talk about the line between game design and production. Should production values be an integral part of the discussion of a game's merits, or should we learn to separate the two? Before we get productive, we talk about Doughnut Dash, Cities, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, and L.L.A.M.A.

07:25 - Doughnut Dash
17:10 - Cities
21:37 - Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
31:01 - L.L.A.M.A
35:25 - The Power of Production
35:34 - The Quacks of Quedlinburg
41:35 - The Last of Us Part II
47:15 - GKR: Heavy Hitters
49:24 - Cthulhu Wars
53:33 - Warhammer 40k
55:03 - Castles of Burgundy
55:29 - Container
56:10 - Tang Garden
58:09 - Krazy Wordz
59:23 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant

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Jun 25, 2020
#127: No Stupid Questions
57:51

We asked for your questions, and you provided! Some of you used Instagram, some of you used voicemail, but however you reached out, your voice was heard. We chose only a few to answer (quality notwithstanding), but we'd love to keep doing this, so keep sending them in! Before we corral your correspondence, we talk about Gloomhaven, Terra Mystica, Bloom Town, and Starlink.

03:25 - Gloomhaven
06:44 - Terra Mystica
09:03 - Bloom Town
18:16 - Starlink
27:20 - Listener Questions!
33:35 - Cyclades, Inis & Kemet
41:28 - Hive

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Jun 18, 2020
#126: So Very Wrong About Games
56:30

I know this is going to come as a shock, but sometimes we get things wrong. As we've worked our way through the hobby, we've discovered that some positions we once held, aren't ones we still do. So it's time to revisit our past transgressions and come clean. Before we admit our mistakes, we talk about Tang Garden, Fast Forward: FORTRESS, and Race for the Galaxy.

02:45 - Tang Garden
14:12 - Fast Forward: FORTRESS
21:04 - Race for the Galaxy
30:51 - Board Game Barrage Math Trade: Part II!
34:15 - When We Were So Very Wrong About Games
51:06 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31

A big tip of the cap to our friends at So Very Wrong About Games.  Listen to their podcast if you aren't already!!

Special thanks goes to What Does It Eat? for hopefully not being upset that we borrowed a snippet of their most excellent song F.O.S. before our theme.  You can find them at whatdoesiteat.com.

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Jun 11, 2020
#125: REwrite the Stars
45:52

Once loved board games will often circle back into the limelight with reprints, but we're also starting to see a lot more get remasters and remakes too. We take a look at this trend, and discuss some re-imaginings our favourite board games, whether it's a full on new version, or just a new coat of paint. Before we re-re-re-repeat, we talk about Cities: Skylines, Colorful, and Maharaja.

03:29 - Cities: Skylines
08:25 - Colorful
15:36 - Maharaja
25:36 - REmasters, REemakes and REimaginings
29:13 - Brass: Lancashire and Brass: Birmingham
31:04 - Kemet
32:53 - Caylus and Caylus 1303
34:31 - Terra Mystica and Gaia Project
36:22 - Through the Ages and Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
37:22 - Dune
40:30 - The REsistance

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Jun 04, 2020
#124: Constraints You Can See
57:52

While all games have some restrictions, some games are more willing than others to let you go off the rails. For instance, some leave the economy entirely in the hands of the players, free to tank it if they please. We look at how games do (or don't) use player constraints to deliver unique experiences. Before we rein ourselves in, we talk about Tournay, Bullet♥︎, Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Amazons, and Container.

01:46 - Tournay
01:57 - Troyes
07:10 - Bullet♥︎
10:44 - Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Amazons
17:15 - Container
28:30 - Games with and without constraints
28:51 - Food Chain Magnate
31:14 - Sidereal Confluence : Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
39:24 - Power Grid
40:01 - Flamme Rouge
42:25 - Startups and Zogen
43:02 - Diamant
43:28 - Crokinole
45:56 - Tigris and Euphrates
49:15 - The Estates

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May 28, 2020
#123: Filler Up
01:01:15

Sometimes you have a little gap of time between larger, heavier games, and what you need is a palate cleanser, which brings us to the realm of games we lovingly call "fillers". We kick off the very first Ranked Duel Battle of the Boards (definitely not the final title) by ranking our favourite filler games! Before we pass the time, we talk about Aerion, Ingenious, The One Hundred Torii, and Taluva.

04:49 - Aerion
09:54 - Ingenious
10:56 - The One Hundred Torii
14:07 - Taluva
22:02 - Call for voicemail!
22:50 - Ranking our favourite fillers
30:08 - Coloretto
30:24 - Istanbul
31:11 - Shards of Infinity
31:45 - Arboretum
32:14 - Biblios
32:14 - No Thanks!
33:14 - Splendor
33:24 - For Sale
35:08 - Startups
35:30 - Blue Lagoon
37:33 - Zany Penguins
37:45 - The Game
39:09 - 6 nimmt!
39:38 - Twice As Clever
40:49 - Karuba

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May 21, 2020
#122: Strongest Starter
58:37

When you're playing a game for the first time, and barely know what you're even doing, how do you even begin to strategize? That's what we're asking ourselves this week, as we explore some of our approaches to first plays, how we evaluate the game space, and well, win. Before we push levers, we talk about Orléans: Invasion, Zoned Out, Santorini, and Mini Express.

02:03 - Orléans: Invasion
09:48 - Zoned Out
16:42 - Bronze Age
17:54 - Santorini
23:28 - Mini Express
32:40 - How We Approach First Games
37:53 - Troyes
38:47 - 7 Wonders
45:26 - Kemet
48:06 - Barrage
50:05 - No Thanks!
51:13 - Ra

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May 14, 2020
#121: FANTASTIC Four with Mike Walker from So Very Wrong About Games
57:52

Mike Walker from So Very Wrong About Games joins us to talk about games that we add to our collection, not for ourselves, but (gasp) for others. Sometimes you do what you have to placate your so-called friends, and their awful taste. Before we begrudgingly acquire games, we talk about The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Solo, Renegade, and Horrified.

00:15 - A New Tank Appears!
03:53 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
06:15 - Innovation
07:54 - Nemesis
12:21 - Castles of Burgundy
12:50 - Trieste
14:03 - Watergate
15:20 - Watergate Retheme? (Patent Pending, TM, etc...)
17:51 - Solo
20:47 - Renegade
26:48 - Horrified
34:55 - Catering Games to Your Game Group
40:17 - Ankh

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May 07, 2020
#120: Light on the Horizon
40:48

We all need something to look forward to, so this episode we're eagerly anticipating all the good things in the world of board gaming that are yet to come in 2020. Some of it might be a ways off, but where's the harm in getting the hype train rolling early? Before we cast our eyes ahead, we talk about Splendor, Qwirkle, Bronze Age, and Guards of Atlantis II.

02:40 - Lost Cities
02:53 - Coloretto
03:39 - Splendor
05:03 - Bugs in the Kitchen
06:29 - Qwirkle
10:47 - Bronze Age
14:24 - Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA
25:40 - Things We're Excited for in 2020
31:52 - Ankh

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Apr 30, 2020
#119: The Seven Week Itch
57:34

Look, digital gaming is great and all, but there are some games that either don't lend themselves well to the format, or aren't available. Whatever the reason, there are lots of games that we're itching to play once the world returns to normal. It's a top five countdown! Before our heart grows fonder, we talk about Exit: The Game - Sunken Treasure, Pandemic: Rapid Response, and Stockpile.

05:27 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
06:45 - Exit: The Game - Sunken Treasure
08:39 - Roll for Adventure
10:18 - Pandemic: Rapid Response
14:01 - Stockpile
22:59 - Games We're Itching to Play
25:00 - Awkward Guests
26:25 - Nusfjord
28:22 - Flotilla
29:32 - Kemet
31:13 - Insider: Black
33:16 - 1889
34:35 - Maracaibo
35:39 - Pipeline
37:00 - Brass: Birmingham
37:58 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
40:07 - Special Tank Appearance!
44:01 - Dune
45:09 - Cooper Island
46:21 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
48:08 - Square on Sale
48:58- The Crew

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Apr 23, 2020
#118: Of the Utmost Importance
56:46

What could be a more important topic than importance itself? This week, we're talking about the most important board games of the last decade, and what it even means for a board game to be worthy of the label. To us, at least. Before being earnest, we talk about Prêt-à-Porter, Riff Raff, Adventure Games: The Dungeon, and Innovation: Echoes of the Past.

03:09 - Prêt-à-Porter
09:59 - Riff Raff
16:20 - Scythe
19:16 - Adventure Games: The Dungeon
28:13 - Innovation: Echoes of the Past
30:46 - Important Games of the Last Decade
36:40 - Pandemic Legacy
40:13 - Kemet
41:35 - Chaos in the Old World
43:20 - Zombicide
45:02 - Codenames
47:45 - Splendor
50:31 - Scythe
53:57 - TIME Stories and Escape Room Games

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Apr 16, 2020
#117: All Decked Out
56:45

It's time for another "What we love, what we hate", and this time we're looking at deck builders! Its been twelve years since Dominion blew things up, and since then you don't have to look very far to see a game that uses the mechanic. We look at the highs and lows of deck building as a mechanic, and discuss some of our favourite games that use it. We also talk about Bruxelles 1897, Elysium, and Can't Stop.

01:07 - Golden Geek Award Nominations
03:46 - Bruxelles 1897
11:31 - Elysium
18:16 - Coffee Roaster
18:55 - Adventure Games: The Dungeon
19:23 - Hansa Teutonica 
25:22 - Can't Stop
31:00 - What I Love, What I Hate about Deck Building
33:07 - Star Realms
34:32 - Clank!
35:05 - Dominion
35:50 - Sorcerer City
38:36 - Vikings Gone Wild
41:41 - Great Western Trail
42:20 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
47:04 - The Quest for El Dorado
47:29 - Aeon's End
48:54 - Automobiles
49:58 - The North
50:15 - SPQF/Fort
51:33 - Friday

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Apr 09, 2020
#116: The Cyber Reloaded
50:20

To make it through quarantine, we take another look at digital games in a time when it might just be our only option. We've got to get our board game fill somehow! We investigate how our relationship to the electronic side of the hobby has changed, and give our recommendations for the many options. Before we plug in, we talk about Remember Our Trip, Castell, and Caylus 1303.

01:58 - Remember Our Trip
08:16 - Castell
14:45 - Pipeline
15:44 - Caylus 1303
18:40 - Caylus
26:18 - Voicemail from Isla
28:57 - Digital games in quarantine
37:30 - Cthulhu Wars
38:12 - Bärenpark
42:29 - BGB Digital Game Night!

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Apr 02, 2020
#115: Gone But Not Forgotten
58:42

There's only so much space on our shelves, so games don't always stick around forever, but that doesn't always mean that we don't like them. There are many reasons that a good game might get the boot, so let's talk about them. We count down our top five favourite games we got rid of! Before we pay our respects, we talk about Through the Desert, Lords of Hellas, Troyes, and Watergate.

01:48 - Through the Desert
07:51 - Lords of Hellas
13:13 - Troyes
20:45 - Black Angel
22:01 - Watergate
29:12 - The best games we got rid of
29:45 - Yamataï
31:07 - Power Grid
32:37 - Indian Summer
34:23 - CrossTalk
35:20 - Agricola
36:27 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
38:22 - Dominion
39:50 - Terraforming Mars
40:47 - Forbidden Stars
43:10 - Glorantha: The Gods War (A Sandy Petersen Game!)
44:23 - Spirit Island
46:00 - Mage Knight
47:35 - Arcadia Quest
49:34 - Gloomhaven
51:03 - Terra Mystica

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Mar 26, 2020
#114: Let It Grow
47:14

Some games put their best foot forward on the first play, eager to have most players feel good right out of the box. Other games are content to take their time. This episode we're focusing on the latter, games that we've only come to appreciate as we've given them more time and more plays. Before we grow together, we talk about Ginkgopolis, Time Chase, and Food Chain Magnate.

01:31 - Ginkgopolis
08:46 - Time Chase
15:22 - Food Chain Magnate
26:58 - Games that grow on you
30:35 - Brass: Lancashire
31:28 - Agricola
32:24 - Biblios
33:57 - Wits & Wagers
35:13 - Bohnanza
36:35 - Tigris & Euphrates
37:07 - Yellow & Yangtze
38:08 - Nova Luna
41:17 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
41:53 - 18xx
43:31 - Just One

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Mar 19, 2020
#113: Trust is Good, Area Control is Better
55:06

Area control is the first subject of our new recurring feature, "What we love, what we hate", where we deep dive into a single mechanic and describe ... well, exactly that! We tend to enjoy games that have you fighting over territory, but what is it that specifically gets us excited about them? And what are the downsides? Before we assume direct control, we talk about The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Stay Cool, and Mezo.

02:00 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
09:03 - Hanabi
11:55 - Trickerion
13:55 - Stay Cool
19:39 - Linkee
22:10 - Mezo
34:24 - Rising Sun
36:30 - Scythe
39:30 - Inis
40:45 - Mezo
42:24 - Cthulhu Wars ... sorry Mr. Cthulhu
45:10 - Dominant Species
45:30 - Tigris & Euphrates
45:40 - Twilight Struggle
46:00 - Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
46:30 - Risk
46:56 - Inis
48:38 - Diplomacy

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Mar 12, 2020
#112: We Played a Bunch of Games!
52:20

Let me set the scene: It's a late night at a hotel in Nevada, we're sprawled on the floor around a microphone, and we're flexing our tired hands after three days spent playing so many board games. Coming at you from Dice Tower West, we report on what we've been up to, and all the games we played. Before we're leaving Las Vegas, we talk about Don't Get Got!, Kemet, Master of Respect, and Nova Luna.

03:54 - Don't Get Got!
19:44 - Kemet
25:23 - Master of Respect
30:50 - Rumble Nation
35:07 - A War of Whispers
36:05 - Hearts of AttrAction
42:10 - Nova Luna

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Mar 05, 2020
#111: Conventional Wisdom
47:27

We've learned a thing or two about game nights and conventions over the years. The hobby has changed, and we've had to change with it! This episode, we talk about what's different with how we approach large meetings of board gamers in 2020, and offer what advice we can. Before we pack our game bags, we talk about Fast Sloths, Birdie Fight, Sorcerer City, Electropolis, and Isle of Cats.

01:44 - Fast Sloths
10:05 - Birdie Fight/Songbirds
11:03 - Sorcerer City
11:44 - Electropolis
18:07 - Isle of Cats
20:04 - Terraforming Mars
26:12 - Game Night and Convention Lessons
39:20 - Don't Get Got!
40:43 - Antike II
41:11 - 1920 Wall Street
42:08 - TOKYO TSUKIJI MARKET

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Feb 27, 2020
#110: One Small Thing
54:29

Sometimes a game is hitting all the right notes, and you want to recommend it wholeheartedly ... but there's just one tiny blemish you can't overlook. It's not enough to make a great game bad, but, man, just imagine if it someone had fixed that. This week we're looking at games that almost nail it. Before we smooth the last crease, we talk about Chaosmos, Subtext, On a Scale of One to T-Rex, and Empyreal: Spells & Steam.

01:26 - Krass Kariert
03:22 - Chaosmos
11:40 - On a Scale of One to T-Rex
16:52 - Subtext
20:58 - Empyreal: Spells & Steam
29:46 - Games with One Small Issue
31:44 - Kemet
36:06 - Root
37:28 - Cthulhu Wars
39:39 - Gloomhaven
42:14 - Decrypto
43:35 - Azul
44:53 - Point Salad
45:32 - Concordia


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Feb 20, 2020
#109: Harshing My Buzz
47:14

We're gluttons for punishment this week, because we're talking about harshness in board games. These are the sort of games where big moves or bad mistakes can be hard to recover from. Harsh games aren't for everyone, so when and why do we find them appealing? Before we grit our teeth, we talk about Wavelength, Genoa, Krass Kariert, and Oceans.

01:02 - Wavelength
05:39 - Genoa
07:30 - Krass Kariert
14:55 - Oceans
23:48 - Harshness in Games
24:24 - Biblios
24:48 - Arboretum
25:52 - Seasons
27:36 - The Estates
28:54 - Troyes
30:02 - Agricola
31:32 - A Feast For Odin
33:23 - Tigris and Euphrates
33:43 - Yellow and Yangtze
36:10 - Diplomacy
39:53 - Medici

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Feb 13, 2020
#108: We Have to Go Back
57:59

We're reflecting on the past this episode, looking back at the things we said - never wise, by the way. The games of 2019 had a lot of promise, but how young and dumb they seem to our aged eyes. Where are they now? Join us as we cast our minds back to last decade, to reflect on the games we were excited for so many months ago.

02:11 - XCOM: The Board Game
06:41 - Living Planet
13:55 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
14:47 - Heaven & Ale
18:06 - Mystic Market
19:49 - Essen 2019 Look Back
21:11 - The Magnificent
21:52 - Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula
23:47 - Welkin
24:08 - Rush M.D.
24:22 - Terramara
24:36 - Deep Blue
25:08 - Rome & Roll
25:21 - Paranormal Detectives
25:59 - Offshore
26:13 - Maracaibo
27:19 - Glen More II: Chronicles
27:40 - Kakerlaken Sushi
27:52 - Perserverance: Castaway Chronicles
29:24 - Crystal Palace
29:38 - Babylonia
30:08 - Gen Con 2019 Look Back
30:28 - Conflicting Legends
31:12 - Watergate
31:28 - Welcome to Dino World
32:47 - Tonari
34:21 - Time Chase
34:47 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
36:01 - SHOBU
36:46 - Barrage
37:12 - In the Hall of the Mountain King
37:45 - Seasons of Inis
38:19 - Pipeline
38:42 - Sanctum
39:45 - Black Angel
40:52 - City of the Big Shoulders
41:31 - MegaCity: Oceania
42:22 - Most Anticipated Games of 2019 Look Back
42:40 - TOKYO TSUKIJI MARKET
43:34 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
44:33 - Glorantha: The Gods War (A Sandy Petersen Game!)
46:17 - Pipeline
46:25 - Sabotage
47:39 - Living Planet
48:10 - Barrage
48:22 - Escape Plan
49:08 - Res Arcana
50:11 - On Mars
50:37 - ELO Darkness
51:26 - Black Angel
51:36 - City of the Big Shoulders
51:53 - Warpgate
52:37 - Mezo
53:41 - Best and Worst Guesses of 2019

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Feb 06, 2020
#107: Get It Right the First Time
54:40

You only get one chance to play a game for the first time, but sometimes events conspire to make that debut ... less than ideal. We look at some first plays that could've gone better, examine what contributed to them not delivering, and offer advice on how to make sure your brand new game doesn't stumble out the gate.

02:34 - Rumble Nation
10:16 - Neuroshima Hex
12:07 - Macao
14:05 - In the Year of the Dragon
21:24 - It's a Wonderful World
23:46 - Carnival of Monsters
25:51 - 7 Wonders
26:12 - Terraforming Mars
30:28 - Better First Plays
31:00 - Brass: Birmingham
35:18 - Dominion
37:01 - Race for the Galaxy
38:21 - Empyreal: Spells & Steam
42:53 - Endeavor
46:31 - Dixit
49:12 - Awkward Guests

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Jan 30, 2020
#106: Popcorn Time with Mike DiLisio
01:06:48

Mike DiLisio (of The Dice Tower, and Sporadically Board) makes his BGB podcast debut as the Fandango Tank! Mike's trying to sell us on popcorn games. These are games that may or may not be ... critically sound, but nevertheless provide fun experiences that we find ourselves returning to. But why wouldn't we just play something more substantive instead? We investigate.

00:16 - Mike DiLisio, the Fandango Tank!
07:10 - Fresh Fish
14:23 - Sanctum
23:59 - In the Hall of the Mountain King
31:44 - Popcorn Games
35:42 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
37:15 - Dragoon
40:24 - Cthulhu Wars
47:40 - Zombicide: Black Plague
51:39 - Meeple Circus
52:45 - The Quacks of Quedlinburg
53:16 - XCOM: The Board Game
53:56 - Magical Athlete
54:19 - Nanty Narking
55:02 - Wiz-War
56:55 - Mission: Red Planet
57:16 - Arcadia Quest

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Jan 23, 2020
#105: Resolutions and Revelations
52:51

We're in a post top-fifty world, and it's about time we take this whole 2020 thing seriously. No more looking back, we've got to start looking to the year ahead, and what better way than making promises to ourselves that we're totally going to keep. It's board game resolutions time!

01:33 - Deep Sea Adventure
05:13 - Point Salad
08:48 - Sushi Go!
10:37 - Atelier: The Painter's Studio
14:52 - We're Doomed!
15:22 - The Menace Among Us
16:04 - Wavelength
23:25 - Board Game Resolutions for 2020
24:36 - Neilan's Resolution
26:45 - Fury of Dracula
31:46 - Mark's Resolution
36:17 - Kellen's Resolution
41:48 - The Contest 2020
46:11 - Sanctum
46:40 - BGB Meetups

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Jan 16, 2020
#104: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2019: 10-1
01:29:05

Here it is, the episode you've all been waiting for, the grand finale, the culmination of five weeks of episodes. These are our top ten favourite board games of all-time, games that we absolutely adore, and would happily play at a moment's notice. Heck, we'd even play the games on each others' lists ... on, you know, birthdays and special occasions. That's how good they are.

08:41 – Mark #10 – The Estates
11:29 – Neilan #10 – Pictomania
13:46 – Kellen #10 – Coloretto
15:23 – Mark #9 – The Voyages of Marco Polo
17:39 – Neilan #9 – Guards of Atlantis
22:26 – Kellen #9 – Inis
25:26 – Mark #8 – Time's Up!
26:33 – Neilan #8 – Scythe
30:04 – Kellen #8 – The Resistance
32:17 – Mark #7 – Brass: Birmingham
34:24 – Neilan #7 – Times Up!
35:54 – Kellen #7 – Troyes
37:59 – Mark #6 & Kellen #6 – El Grande
40:28 – Neilan #6 – Through The Ages: A New Story of Civilization
44:25 – Mark #5 – 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
46:34 – Neilan #5 – Codenames
49:44 – Kellen #5 – Time's Up!
51:17 – Mark #4 – Francis Drake
53:39 – Neilan #4 – Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
57:20 – Kellen #4 – Cosmic Encounter
1:00:50 – Mark #3 – Hansa Teutonica
1:04:00 – Neilan #3 – A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians
1:06:43 – Kellen #3 – Cthulhu Wars
1:09:18 – Mark #2 – Arboretum
1:11:31 – Neilan #2 – Gloomhaven
1:15:16 – Kellen #2 – Archipelago
1:18:31 – Mark #1 – Biblios
1:21:39 – Neilan #1 – The Resistance
1:23:29 – Kellen #1 – Innovation

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Jan 09, 2020
#103: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2019: 20-11
01:10:26

A new year, a new decade, a new podcast, and a new batch of games that we love talking about. It's the fourth in our five part series of our 50 favourite board games of all-time, and appropriately, we're kicking off 2020 by breaking into the top twenty. Synergy.

01:01 - Neilan #20 - Blue Lagoon
03:14 - Kellen #20 - Startups
04:33 - Mark #20 - Imperial 2030
06:00 - Neilan #19 - Taj Mahal
07:41 - Kellen #19 - Genoa
09:09 - Mark #19 - Dominant Species
11:31 - Neilan #18 - Alchemists
13:28 - Kellen #18 - I'm The Boss
15:06 - Mark #18 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest
16:53 - Neilan #17 - Exit: The Game
19:20 - Kellen #17 - Zendo
21:42 - Mark #17 - Cuba Libre
23:51 - Neilan #16 - Watson & Holmes
26:46 - Kellen #16 - Telestrations
28:29 - Mark #16 - Pax Renaissance
30:13 - Neilan #15 - Rising Sun
33:32 - Kellen #15 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
35:23 - Mark #15 - Cthulhu Wars
38:34 - Neilan #14 - Dominion
40:19 - Kellen #14 - Omen: A Reign of War
42:11 - Mark #14 - Caylus
45:01 - Neilan #13 - Inis
47:15 - Kellen #13 - Glory to Rome
50:04 - Mark #13 - True Colors
52:36 - Neilan #12 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
54:49 - Kellen #12 - Codenames
56:01 - Mark #12 - Tigris & Euphrates
59:53 - Neilan #11 - Cthulhu Wars
1:01:30 - Kellen #11 - Diplomacy
1:03:47 - Mark #11 - Archipelago

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Jan 01, 2020
#102: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2019: 30-21
01:05:13

It's the season of giving, so our gift to you is more of our favourite board games of all-time! We're only just halfway, so get comfortable in front of the fire, grab an eggnog, and join us for thirty more incredible games. Oh, you got us something too? Ah. Socks. Thanks.

01:45 - Kellen #30 - Splendor
04:38 - Mark #30 - Sol: Last Days of a Star
07:22 - Neilan #30 - Azul
08:54 - Kellen #29 - A Fake Artist Goes to New York
11:06 - Mark #29 - Great Western Trail
12:47 - Neilan #29 - The Quest for El Dorado
14:29 - Kellen #28 - Cockroach Poker
15:50 - Mark #28 - Genoa
17:27 - Neilan #28 - Coloretto
18:36 - Kellen #27 - Hanabi
20:07 - Mark #27 - Le Havre
22:57 - Neilan #27 - El Grande
24:24 - Kellen #26 - Dogs of War
25:40 - Mark #26 - Ra
27:43 - Neilan #26 - Android: Netrunner
30:12 - Kellen #25 - Keyflower
32:16 - Mark #25 - Pictomania
33:53 - Neilan #25 - Decrypto
36:01 - Kellen #24 - A Study in Emerald (second edition)
38:15 - Mark #24 - Rising Sun
40:15 - Neilan #24 - Spirit Island
42:12 - Kellen #23 - Hansa Teutonica
43:46 - Mark #23 - Modern Art
46:32 - Neilan #23 - Patchwork
47:27 - Kellen #22 - Insider
49:15 - Mark #22 - Glory to Rome
50:46 - Neilan #22 - Archipelago
52:47 - Kellen #21 - Decrypto
54:23 - Mark #21 - Lancaster
57:19 - Neilan #21 - Aeon's End

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Dec 25, 2019
#101: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2019: 40-31
01:00:29

We're shifting up a gear, the stakes are higher, it's all to play for, and a whole host of other cliches, in the second of our five part series on the top fifty games of all time. Thirty(ish) more incredible board games coming at you, and we're not even halfway done yet.

03:36 - Mark #40 - Blue Lagoon
05:58 - Neilan #40 - Panic on Wall Street!
07:01 - Kellen #40 - Dune
08:36 - Mark #39 - Shipyard
10:30 - Neilan #39 - Kemet
11:37 - Kellen #39 - For Sale
13:21 - Mark #38 - Pipeline
14:19 - Neilan #38 - The Estates
16:04 - Kellen #38 - Crokinole
17:32 - Mark #37 - Bruges
18:41 - Neilan #37 - Alhambra
20:53 - Kellen #37 - Lords of Vegas
22:41 - Mark #36 - Zany Penguins
24:25 - Neilan #36 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
26:06 - Kellen #36 - Blood Rage
27:52 - Mark #35 - Scruples
31:06 - Neilan #35 - Pipeline
32:47 - Kellen #35 - Sixes
35:05 - Mark #34 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
36:24 - Neilan #34 - Agricola
36:41 - Kellen #34 - Agricola
39:22 - Mark #33 - The Great Zimbabwe
42:30 - Neilan #33 - Orléans
43:47 - Kellen #33 - Taj Mahal
47:09 - Mark #32 - Age of Steam
48:42 - Neilan #32 - Werewords
52:08 - Kellen #32 - Imperial 2030
54:05 - Mark #31 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
56:13 - Neilan #31 - Gaia Project
57:39 - Kellen #31 - Fuji Flush

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Dec 18, 2019
#100: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2019: 50-41
01:07:26

We made it! The big one-oh-oh. That's a thing people say, right? We're starting a five episodes series, working our way down each of our top fifty games of all time. We'll discuss what might make a game move up or down our list, celebrate the highs that the hobby has to offer, and talk about a heck of a lot of amazing board games. Buckle up!

08:17 – Neilan #50 – Twice As Clever
09:32 – Kellen #50 – Maskmen
11:28 – Mark #50 – Codenames
12:56 – Neilan #49 – Air, Land & Sea
16:03 – Kellen #49 – Wizard
17:50 – Mark #49 – Carson City
18:59 – Neilan #48 – Innovation
20:27 – Kellen #48 – Ingenious
21:07 – Mark #48 – Wyatt Earp
23:52 – Neilan #47 – The Oracle of Delphi
24:56 – Kellen #47 – Detective Club
27:13 – Mark #47 – City of the Big Shoulders
29:46 – Neilan #46 – Anomia
31:13 – Kellen #46 – Cursed Court
34:24 – Mark #46 – Kemet
35:50 – Neilan #45 – In the Year of the Dragon
37:19 – Kellen #45 – The Game
39:11 – Mark #45 – Panic on Wall Street!
40:51 – Neilan #44 – Dead of the Winter: The Long Night
42:24 – Kellen #44 – No Thanks!
44:42 – Mark #44 – Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
47:19 – Neilan #43 – Grand Austria Hotel
48:57 – Kellen #43 – Diamant/Incan Gold
50:52 – Mark #43 – Innovation
52:58 – Neilan #42 – Letter Jam
55:26 – Kellen #42 – Bruges
56:10 – Mark #42 – Concordia
58:03 – Neilan #41 – Sol: Last Days of a Star
1:01:01 – Kellen #41 – Piñata/Balloon Cup
1:02:19 – Mark #41 – Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant

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Dec 12, 2019
#99: Sore Today, Strong Tomorrow
01:02:09

It's getting close now, can you feel it? Or are you just feeling sore from the game you just lost? We're talking sore losers and sore winners: people who are hard to be around when they lose or win a game. What can you do to avoid being that person, and what games bring out the worst in us? Before we fight our feelings, we talk about Paris: New Eden, Glory to Rome, and No Swap No Pay.

03:35 - Pipeline
06:29 - Paris: New Eden
14:54 - Glory to Rome
20:36 - Mottainai
22:48 - Innovation
24:14 - No Swap No Pay
32:09 - Sore Winners and Losers
37:00 - The Resistance
41:50 - Cthulhu Wars
42:54 - Cosmic Encounter
45:46 - Detective Club
46:13 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
48:16 - Archipelago

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Dec 05, 2019
#98: Thanks, Ghost Turkey!
23:57

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! We're showing our thanks with a surprise podcast about ... well, maybe we'll just let the episode speak for itself. Gobble gobble.

03:23 - ICECOOL
04:46 - Meeple Circus
06:11 - Root
06:42 - Sheriff of Nottingham
07:47 - Fauna
08:22 - Piepmatz
09:07 - Evolution: Flight
09:56 - Gulo Gulo
11:29 - Zany Penguins
12:07 - Funky Chicken
13:56 - Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn
14:51 - Rook
16:19 - Chess
17:36 - Biblios
19:53 - Scythe

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Nov 28, 2019
#97: Eleven Herbs and Biases
52:16

We've all got them, whether we'll care to admit it or not, quirks and and biases that might be irrational, but nevertheless affect our judgement of the games we play. This week we're looking at a few of the little things that might weigh a game in or out of our favour, even if they don't necessarily make much sense. Before we exercise extreme prejudice, we talk about Flamme Rouge, The North, and Ragusa.

02:03 - Cursed Court
02:39 - Flamme Rouge
09:28 - The North
15:43 - Ragusa
24:08 - Board Game Biases
25:51 - Vindication
26:08 - Suburbia: Collector's Edition
30:39 - Anachrony
32:15 - Scythe
33:26 - Magical Athlete
36:16 - Pipeline
41:02 - Adrenaline
41:28 - Fog of Love
43:23 - The Battle at Kemble's Cascade
45:05 - Pandemic

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Nov 21, 2019
#96: The House of Bounce
55:50

Uh oh, you're not enjoying the game you're playing. Now what? Is it okay to excuse yourself? Maybe it's better that you just call it rather than continue to have a bad time. This week we're talking about scenarios where some or all of the players of a game might decide it's better to bounce than to wallow in misery. Before we make an early exit, we talk about SEAL Team Flix, Paranormal Detectives, and I'm the Boss.

01:21 - SEAL Team Flix
10:32 - Paranormal Detectives
18:53 - Mysterium
21:37 - Crokinole
22:12 - Cursed Court
23:27 - I'm the Boss!
31:50 - Bouncing off Games
33:49 - Menara
36:37 - Cosmic Encounter
38:45 - The Great Zimbabwe
39:40 - Megacity: Oceania
40:25 - Founders of Gloomhaven
43:52 - Diplomacy
45:22 - Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge
46:08 - Merlin
47:00 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
48:54 - LLAMA
49:33 - Nemesis

Nov 14, 2019
#95: Holiday Hits
56:23

Where has the year gone?! It's almost time to start packing our bags for various family gatherings, and inevitably the most important question becomes ... what games are we taking? Whether it's specific games for specific people, or games that work in large inexperienced groups, we're here to make your holidays merry and bright. Before we head on home, we talk about Ethnos, Street Masters, Templari, and Carnival of Monsters.

03:02 - Ethnos
08:12 - Street Masters
11:39 - Sentinels of the Multiverse
14:08 - Templari
17:14 - Carnival of Monsters
25:21 - Top Five Games for the Holidays
29:16 - Werewords
30:20 - Letter Jam
30:20 - SHH
31:21 - Ingenious
32:53 - Sushi Go!
34:39 - Fast Forward: FORTRESS
36:01 - Cartographers
37:14 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
38:14 - Cryptid
39:36 - Cursed Court
40:43 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
42:16 - Coloretto
43:54 - Hanabi Deluxe II
44:56 - Just One
46:46 - Air, Land & Sea
47:51 - Res Arcana
49:13 - Codenames
51:05 - WINK
52:16 - Medium

Nov 07, 2019
#94: Even When You're Losing
52:29

It took us almost a hundred episodes, but we finally reveal how to have fun with your friends even when you're losing. Specifically, we're talking about games and mechanisms that help us enjoy our losses, because let's face it, we can't all be winners. Before we celebrate our setbacks, we talk about Sierra West, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, and Black Angel.


01:37 - Sierra West
11:17 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
20:17 - Black Angel
24:02 - Troyes
27:18 - Solenia
35:30 - Q.E.
35:43 - Ponzi Scheme
35:59 - Biblios
38:52 - Aeon's End: War Eternal
40:59 - Ghost Stories
43:56 - Agricola
44:37 - Terraforming Mars
46:31 - Lords of Vegas
47:00 - Diamant/Incan Gold
48:20 - Twice as Clever

Oct 31, 2019
#93: Tap Tap, No Take-Backs
59:31

Blue Tank's back to talk take-backs, so take that to the bank. It's bound to happen, someone makes a mistake on their turn and desperately wants a do-over - but how do you handle it? It's a delicate balance of making sure everyone at the table is having a good time, and not slowing the game down. So what's fair? Before we undo, we talk about Air, Land & Sea, Menara, and Seasons of Inis.

02:57 - Air, Land & Sea
03:03 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
08:43 - Hanamikoji
10:59 - Menara
22:09 - Riff Raff
23:08 - Inis
23:08 - Seasons of Inis
53:31 - Dominant Species

Oct 24, 2019
#92: Chasing the MacGuffin
56:48

We're joined by the Blue Tank for a quick look back at SHUX, before we dive into a discussion on games that are better than their mechanics suggest. These are games that we might describe as not very good, but somehow still give us incredible experiences that we find distinct and unique. But that makes them good, right? Before we lose all credibility, we talk about Kingdomino Duel, Panic on Wall Street!, and Blood on the Clocktower.

02:22 - SHUX
06:27 - Kingdomino Duel
11:29 - Panic on Wall Street!
18:52 - Blood on the Clocktower
23:48 - The Resistance: Avalon
36:57 - Experiences that transcend mechanics
38:02 - Fuji Flush
38:58 - Happy Salmon
39:40 - True Colors
39:40 - A Question of Scruples
40:32 - Zombicide: Black Plague
41:26 - Hundreds of Horses
49:30 - Loopin' Louie

Oct 17, 2019
#91: SHUX 2019 Live with Quintin Smith
52:58

Shut Up & Sit Down's very own Quintin Smith joins us live on stage at SHUX 2019! We play a rousing game of Hundreds of Horses, discuss some games from the convention, and lay out the unspoken truths of board games - opinions about the hobby we vehemently hold, even if everyone else is too afraid to say it. Before we speak truth to power, we talk about Deep Blue, Curios, Obscurio, and Vast: The Mysterious Manor.

02:51 - Hundreds of Horses
08:05 - Deep Blue
11:44 - Curios
16:03 - Obscurio
20:55 - Vast: The Mysterious Manor
28:07 - Unspoken Truths of Board Games
29:05 - Neilan: Theme and storytelling
32:22 - Flamme Rouge
33:40 - Too Many Bones
34:16 - Kellen: The decline of interactivity
36:40 - Troyes
37:47 - Hansa Teutonica
38:26 - Agricola
38:26 - A Feast for Odin
39:10 - Mark: Playing to win
41:48 - Inis
45:20 - Twilight Imperium
47:55 - Quinns: Reading flavor text
50:03 - Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
50:58 - Scythe

Oct 10, 2019
#90: Timmy, Jenny, Spike
49:33

Mark Rosewater, head designer for Magic: The Gathering, defined three player archetypes back in 2002, and we figured it'd be fun to see how we can apply them to, not just board games, but your three beloved hosts. We look into what makes a Timmy, Tammy, Johnny, Jenny, or Spike tick, and try to find some board games each might like. Before we profile ourselves, we talk about FlickFleet, Québec, and Ra.

02:13 - FlickFleet
06:19 - Québec
09:10 - El Grande
10:29 - Tapestry
15:00 - Ra
21:56 - Magic: the Gathering Player Archetypes
31:08 - Gùgōng
40:27 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
40:55 - Rising Sun
41:19 - Crokinole
41:47 - Dominion
42:47 - Terraforming Mars
43:15 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
43:50 - Cosmic Encounter
44:47 - Dune
45:31 - Glory to Rome

Oct 03, 2019
#89: Classified Information
01:02:12

Inspired by BoardGameGeek's new system for classifying board game mechanisms, we give our thoughts on the changes, as well as talk about classification in general. Somehow it always leads to heated discussions, whether it's arguing what a Civilization game even is, or why we need classification at all. I'm sure we'll all agree in the end. Before we taxi into taxonomy, we talk about Piepmatz, Era: Medieval Age, and Cursed Court.

02:45 - Piepmatz
05:05 - Arboretum
08:42 - Irish Gauge
10:38 - Era: Medieval Age
19:00 - Cursed Court
29:43 - Board Game Classification
36:53 - Codenames
51:35 - Tapestry
52:12 - Civilization
53:10 - Scythe
56:55 - Great Western Trail
58:30 - 18Lilliput

Sep 26, 2019
#88: Essen SPIEL 2019 Preview
59:13

Hello, again, Germany! Well, we don't actually ever go to Essen, but boy do we wish we could. There are always so many games that debut at Essen SPIEL that we wish we could play or buy ... and this year is no exception! We're counting down the games we would most anticipate getting our hands on if it weren't so goshdarn far. Before we cross the Atlantic, we also talk about Irish Gauge, Heroes of Terrinoth, and Tapestry.

01:00 - Irish Gauge
08:33 - Heroes of Terrinoth
16:21 - Tapestry
37:50 - The games we want from Essen SPIEL 2019
38:15 - Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula
39:27 - The Magnificent
40:22 - Welkin
41:46 - Terramara
43:10 - Rush M.D.
44:09 - Deep Blue
44:54 - Paranormal Detectives
46:04 - Rome & Roll
47:07 - Offshore
48:42 - Glen More II: Chronicles
49:38 - Maracaibo
50:33 - Kakerlaken Sushi
51:52 - Crystal Palace
53:29 - Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles
55:12 - Babylonia

Sep 19, 2019
#87: The Game of Life
57:51

No, not that game. We're talking about the life cycles of games, how we acquire them, how we end up moving on from them. Where do we generally get our games from, and how do we typically get rid of them? Things get a little bit existential before the end. Before we, blinking, step into the sun, we also talk about Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne18Lilliput, and Tonari.

01:38 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
10:06 - 18Lilliput
15:25 - City of the Big Shoulders
19:56 - Tonari
28:11 - The life cycle of games
29:05 - Exit: The Game
29:30 - Charterstone
35:06 - Piepmatz
35:50 - Nyctophobia
40:40 - Rising Sun
42:52 - Irish Gauge
44:17 - The Resistance: Avalon
45:07 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Sep 12, 2019
#86: Shame! Shame! Shame!
59:22

Look, there's only so much time in the day, so we don't get to play every game we ought to. But some of those missed games hurt more than others, in fact, some of them are downright shameful. This week we're counting down the top five games we're ashamed that we haven't played. Before we atone, we also talk about Kobayakawa, Taj Mahal, and Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition).

02:07 - Nine Tiles Panic
03:36 - Kobayakawa
07:38 - Taj Mahal
17:47 - Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition)
33:53 - Games we're ashamed we haven't played
34:29 - Modern Art
36:18 - Kremlin
37:44 - Nothing Personal
38:12 - Ra
39:32 - Caverna: The Cave Farmers
40:50 - Macao
41:57 - Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
43:37 - Terraforming Mars
45:04 - Indonesia
46:26 - Dungeon Lords
46:26 - Dungeon Petz
47:43 - Seafarers of Catan
47:43 - Catan: Cities & Knights
49:16 - Antike II
49:51 - Trickerion: Masters of Illusion
51:48 - Cyclades
53:37 - Amun Re

Sep 05, 2019
#85: Episode Too: Attack of the Adjectives
01:07:51

Kellen's back, which some might say is too many hosts - apt, because we're an episode of extremes today. We're talking about games that are too simple, too complicated, too short, or too long, that might otherwise have been among our favourites. Before we venture outside the Goldilocks zone, we talk about Q.E., Cartographers, and City of the Big Shoulders.

02:58 - Q.E.
11:52 - Cartographers
19:36 - City of the Big Shoulders
37:25 - Games that are too long
38:36 - Citadels
38:51 - Alien Frontiers
39:04 - Cubist
40:41 - Dead of Winter
41:18 - Robo Rally
41:52 - Skull
43:19 - Mage Knight
43:52 - Forbidden Stars
45:17 - Twilight Imperium
45:51 - Las Vegas
46:17 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
46:55 - Games that are too short
46:59 - Above and Below
47:53 - Clank!
48:15 - Oink Games
49:37 - Agricola
50:15 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
51:05 - Games that are too complicated
51:19 - Burano
53:12 - Keyflower
53:39 - Nemesis
54:03 - Altiplano
54:37 - Escape Plan
55:07 - Skull King
56:36 - Games that are too simple
56:42 - Kingdomino
58:00 - Ethnos
1:02:41 - Bärenpark
1:03:30 - Betrayal at House on the Hill
1:04:56 - 3 Wishes
1:05:30 - Mint Works

Aug 29, 2019
#84: Best With Two
48:57

Kellen graces us with his absence, which means it's time for Mark and Neilan to start talking numbers. Specifically, player numbers. We're talking about optimal player counts for games, whether games ever mean what they recommend on the box, and how well they scale. Before we count to ten, we talk about Vindication, Royal Palace, Throw Throw Burrito, and Pipeline.

05:40 – Vindication
12:05 – Royal Palace
17:28 – Throw Throw Burrito
21:37 – Pipeline 
29:48 – Optimal Player Counts
31:51 – Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
32:50 – Caverna: The Cave Farmers
33:13 – Alien Frontiers
34:19 – Dead of Winter
37:13 – Throw Throw Burrito
38:20 – The Resistance
39:17 – Inis
39:45 – Rising Sun
40:09 – Maria
43:48 – Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant

Aug 22, 2019
#83: Dexterous Laboratory
01:06:18

We're running components through our fingers this week, because we're ranking our favourite games that require dexterity. Whether it's flicking, stacking, or balancing, dexterity games tend to offer a respite from brain burning crunchiness, and a chance to exercise actual muscles. Before our hands tremble, we talk about The Wizard Always Wins, Genoa, and Paku Paku.

01:29 - The Wizard Always Wins
06:36 - Genoa
13:55 - Paku Paku
17:53 - Listener Mail
21:59 - Our Favourite Dexterity Games
22:53 - Riff Raff
25:14 - Flick 'em Up!: Dead of Winter
27:25 - Bugs in the Kitchen
29:31 - Junk Art
31:46 - KLASK
35:44 - Hamsterrolle
37:28 - Animal Upon Animal
38:56 - Meeple Circus
42:18 - Drop It
44:57 - PitchCar
46:42 - Safranito
51:47 - Puzzle Dungeon Fighter
56:08 - Crokinole

Aug 15, 2019
#82: Tales from the Tables
45:52

We just flew in from Indianapolis, and boy are our arms tired! From carrying all these games. But, more than the games, it's the people you meet that make the memories, so we're recovering from a very long weekend at Gen Con by telling some of our favourite little stories from the floor. Before we revisit our weekend, we talk about Tuki, God of War: The Card Game, and Wits & Wagers Vegas.

01:03 - Tuki
05:41 - God of War: The Card Game
16:34 - Wits & Wagers Vegas
24:08 - Letter Jam
25:09 - Catch the Moon
27:17 - Wooly Whammoth
31:02 - Click Clack Lumberjack
32:14 - Foodies
42:26 - Seasons of Inis
42:48 - City of the Big Shoulders
43:20 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne

Aug 08, 2019
#81: Gen Con 2019 Day Three
20:30

Our trilogy of Gen Con podcasts concludes with one final foray between the sheets! Join us on the floor of room [redacted] for the last time, with our thoughts from day three. We talk about Sanctum, Potemkin Empire, MegaCity: Oceania, and Aegean Sea.

Aug 04, 2019
#80: Gen Con 2019 Day Two
20:36

Day two is over, but we're just getting started, because it's all about those Gen Con nights. We're up way too late, yet again, to give you the scoops from the floor. We talk about Finger Guns at High Noon, In Front of the Elevators, Realm of Sand, City of the Big Shoulders, and Medium.

Aug 03, 2019
#79: Gen Con 2019 Day One
19:02

Gen Con! It's time yet again for freezer pants, gourmet coffee and going between the sheets. Join us for our quick day one impressions from the floor, and I mean that quite literally. We talk about Gravity Superstar, Wakanda Forever, Mechanica, Mister Face, Nine Tiles Panic, Visitor in Blackwood Grove, and Letter Jam.

Aug 02, 2019
#78: You Gotta Get a Gimmick
46:46

Gimmicks are elements of a game that are the fundamental selling point, the core attention grabbing mechanic or experience that the game is built around. This episode, we're breaking down gimmicks in board games, figuring out if they're good or bad for the hobby, and talking about some of the most notable. Before we cave to flashy marketing, we also talk about Are You A Robot?, Jaws, and FUSE.

01:17 - Bärenpark
03:12 - Keyforge: Age of Ascension
05:25 - Are You A Robot?
09:46 - Wingspan
10:37 - Jaws
13:55 - FUSE
18:34 - I don't even know
20:23 - Games with Gimmicks
22:27 - The Adventurers
23:22 - Niagara
24:31 - Shogun
24:31 - Wallenstein
24:59 - Amerigo
25:41 - Mord im Arosa
28:14 - Camel Up
29:18 - Sheriff of Nottingham
30:34 - Via Appia
31:33 - Dice Forge
32:39 - Alchemists
33:13 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
34:38 - Council of 4
35:11 - Mouse Trap
36:13 - Star Trek: The Next Generation - Interactive VCR Board Game - A Klingon Challenge
38:23 - The VCR Quarterback Game
42:01 - Hanabi
42:39 - Planet

Jul 25, 2019
#77: What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You
59:45

This week we're talking about hidden trackable information. That is, information about the game state that could be remembered or recorded, but the game design (usually) assumes that players haven't. Is it okay to memorize or divulge this information? Before we take notes, we also talk about Papà Paolo, Oceanos, and Pax Pamir (Second Edition).

02:10 - Papà Paolo
07:25 - Oceanos
13:32 - Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
26:06 - Bonus episode!
26:30 - Hidden Trackable Information
42:13 - The Resistance
43:59 - Tigris & Euphrates
47:38 - El Grande
48:11 - I'm The Boss!
50:01 - Through the Ages
54:44 - Guards of Atlantis
56:20 - Survive: Escape from Atlantis!

Jul 18, 2019
#76: Gen Con 2019 Preview
50:27

Gen Con 2019 is mere weeks away, and I bet you don't even know what games are going to be there. Fear not, we've got you covered! We're counting down our most anticipated games of the show, having meticulously studied BGG's preview list, and looked at all the pretty pictures. Before we plan our trip, we talk about Cryptid, Two Rooms and a Boom, and Planet.

03:25 - Cryptid
09:05 - Tobago
10:04 - Psychiatrist
11:59 - Two Rooms and a Boom
16:50 - Planet
24:35 - Gen Con 2019 Preview
26:46 - Watergate
28:27 - Welcome to Dino World
30:01 - Conflicting Legends
31:11 - Time Chase
31:53 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
33:14 - Tonari
34:52 - Barrage
36:25 - In the Hall of the Mountain King
38:05 - SHŌBU
39:30 - Pipeline
40:35 - Sanctum
41:31 - Seasons of Inis
43:10 - City of the Big Shoulders
43:56 - MegaCity: Oceania
45:59 - Black Angel

Jul 11, 2019
#75: Failing Forward
57:15

So, you're coming in last. You could sigh, lean back, mutter to yourself about all the things you should've done better ... or you could get back in there, soldier! Back on your feet! This week on the show, we discuss what's worth fighting for in a board game, when you're clearly not going to win. Before we lose with dignity, we talk about Murder on the Cosmic Express, TAMSK, and Diplomacy.

02:52 - Patreon!
10:33 - Murder on the Cosmic Express
18:22 - TAMSK
23:09 - Diplomacy
40:04 - What to do when you're losing
41:22 - El Grande
49:54 - Archipelago

Jul 04, 2019
#74: Story Time with Paula Deming
58:30

Special guest Paula Deming joins us this week to tell board game stories! We think back to especially funny times we had playing a board game, that were only made possible by the game itself. Before we spin yarns, we talk about Evolution: Climate, Terrible Monster, Sweet Nose, and Dice Throne: Season One.

00:15 - Paula Deming, the Orchid Tank!
07:35 - Claustrophobia 1643
09:10 - Evolution: Climate
13:38 - Terrible Monster
17:21 - Sweet Nose
22:21 - Dice Throne: Season One
29:10 - Paula's Story
29:22 - Modern Art
36:01 - Mark's Story
37:05 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
41:15 - Kellen's Story
41:40 - Lifeboat
46:44 - Neilan's Story
46:57 - Dark Moon

Jun 27, 2019
#73: Dictionary Attack
59:01

You don't need no education, but you're getting one anyway. This week we're going to be explaining the meaning of some common but unclear board game words, for we are nothing if not your humble servants. Before we define our terms, we talk about The Shipwreck Arcana, Kingdom Death: Monster, and Vinhos Deluxe Edition.

01:29 - The Shipwreck Arcana
09:05 - Kingdom Death: Monster
19:28 - Vinhos Deluxe Edition
28:13 - Board Game Terminology
28:44 - "Crunchy"
34:40 - "Fiddly"
36:38 - Agricola
37:24 - "Degenerate" vs "Broken"
38:41 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
39:05 - Archipelago
40:13 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
40:46 - Dune
41:56 - Glorantha: The Gods War
43:35 - "Eurogame" vs "Ameritrash"
46:15 - El Grande
48:35 - Scythe
54:07 - Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire

Jun 20, 2019
#72: The Long and the Short of It
42:53

Time is a precious resource, so let's not waste any; we're talking about game length. How long should a game be? Is it worse if a game is too long or too short? We wrestle with the fourth dimension in our search for answers. Before we watch the clock, we talk about Dice Forge, Gulo Gulo, and Millennium Blades.

01:28 - Dice Forge
06:53 - Gulo Gulo
10:53 - Millennium Blades
19:41 - Game Length
23:42 - Dominant Species
25:53 - New Angeles
27:05 - Formula D
27:37 - Robo Rally
28:35 - King of Tokyo
29:05 - Citadels
30:21 - Five Tribes
32:07 - Agricola
34:30 - Indian Summer
35:10 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
35:52 - Above and Below
36:53 - Archipelago
38:09 - Food Chain Magnate

Jun 13, 2019
#71: A Hate-Love Relationship
54:46

There's nothing sweeter than the softening of a heart, that precious feeling when all of the things you thought you'd dislike, suddenly become endearing. We're counting down our favourite games that we thought we were going to hate, but ended up loving. Before we go full tsundere, we talk about Indian Summer, Richard the Lionheart, and X nimmt!

01:55 - Indian Summer
09:26 - Richard the Lionheart
15:53 - X nimmt!
23:37 - Games we thought we'd hate
24:55 - Shadow Hunters
27:12 - Walnut Grove
28:52 - Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
31:34 - Great Western Trail
32:35 - Blood Rage
33:47 - Formula D
35:32 - Zendo
36:48 - Hansa Teutonica
38:18 - In the Year of the Dragon
39:47 - Majesty: For the Realm
41:21 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
42:25 - Chicken Caesar
44:27 - Yokohama
46:18 - Caylus
49:54 - Blue Lagoon

Jun 06, 2019
#70: Spiel des Jahres! The Games War!
54:08

Somewhere in Germany every year, a specialist team assembles to decide on the best board games ... that released in Germany that year ... that no one has ever heard of. Look, the Spiel des Jahres is a bit weird, and no one ever agrees about the winners, but we're going to talk about the nominees anyway, okay? Before ze Germans get here, we also talk about Glorantha: The Gods War, and Corinth. We also recap our weekend at Strategicon Gamex 2019.

02:05 - Glorantha: The Gods War
11:28 - Cthulhu Wars
20:06 - Corinth
27:27 - Strategicon Gamex 2019
28:52 - Now Boarding
32:25 - Spiel des Jahres
33:40 - Just One
34:44 - Werewords
36:05 - LAMA
38:46 - Who wins the Spiel des Jahres?
41:47 - Wingspan
42:35 - Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
43:42 - Carpe Diem
44:39 - Who wins the Kennerspiel?

May 30, 2019
#69: Bang for Your Buck
55:49

Everyone likes to get the most out of their hard-earned cash, but what is a board game worth? Maybe it doesn't matter what's inside the box, maybe the real value is the friends we made along the way? Haha, just kidding, it's totally all about the miniature total. Before we count components, we also talk about Aerion, OverbookedDinosaur Island, and Lancaster.

03:15 - Aerion
05:40 - Overbooked
11:36 - Dinosaur Island
25:08 - Lancaster
34:37 - Value for money
36:50 - A Feast for Odin
38:16 - Scythe
41:09 - Escape Plan
41:36 - Gloomhaven
41:54 - Mechs vs. Minions
42:55 - Terraforming Mars

May 23, 2019
#68: A Mailbag of Biblical Proportions
45:18

Letters! You love writing them, and we love reading them! This week, we look at portable and licensed games, why reviewers love social games, and give advice for your first board game convention. Before we break out the letter opener, we also talk about Fool!, Aerion, and Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar.

01:03 - Fool!
05:38 - Aerion
13:06 - Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar
22:24 - Listener Questions
22:48 - Best portable games?
23:29 - Oink Games
23:54 - Sprawlopolis
24:07 - SHH
25:01 - No Thanks!
25:10 - Skull
25:51 - Illusion
26:22 - Are reviewers biased towards more social games?
28:48 - Blood on the Clocktower
32:15 - Cosmic Encounter
33:08 - Convention tips?
34:52 - Nyctophobia
37:47 - Best licensed game?
38:02 - Dune
38:22 - XCOM: The Board Game
38:34 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
39:01 - Play new games or replay old ones?
39:37 - Why does Neilan have the best voice?
41:05 - ?!?!

May 16, 2019
#67: Shelf Life
49:03

We're well into May, so it's about time we did some spring cleaning. We talk about the games that have recently left our collection, and why it was their time to go. It's not always an easy thing, but I'm sure they're being loved by someone else on a farm upstate. Before we out with the old, we talk about Space Base: The Emergence of Shy PlutoHyperborea, and Clockwork Wars.

02:28 - Space Base: The Emergence of Shy Pluto
09:03 - Hyperborea
20:06 - Clockwork Wars
30:51 - Games that have left our collections
31:03 - Lowlands
34:12 - Key to the City: London
36:33 - Raptor
38:27 - Magic Maze
40:41 - Chinatown
43:32 - Yamataï
44:51 - Things we're looking forward to

May 09, 2019
#66: The Only Winning Move
53:35

Dominant strategies can ruin a game; if there's one clear best way to win, why not use it every time? We discuss these optimal strategies, whether they're always problematic, and how to deal with them at your game table. Before we break the game, we talk about A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians, Lost Cities: Rivals, and Second Chance.

03:16 - PUSH
04:53 - A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians
12:30 - Lost Cities: Rivals
18:12 - Second Chance
26:31 - Dominant Strategies
27:17 - A Feast for Odin
27:57 - A Few Acres of Snow
28:16 - Blood Rage
30:48 - Magic: The Gathering
32:45 - London
34:19 - Great Western Trail
36:39 - Chess
38:18 - Cthulhu Wars
43:36 - Food Chain Magnate
45:22 - Dominion
46:30 - Battle for Rokugan
46:51 - Kemet
48:53 - Ticket to Ride

May 02, 2019
#65: Board Games and Chill
55:13

Slow down. Why're you always in such a rush? Kick off your shoes, join us on the couch and enjoy a nice, tall, refreshing ... board game. We're counting down our five favourite relaxing games, the ones we're drawn to at the end of a long game night. Before we slip into something more comfortable, we also talk about Heaven & Ale, Men At Work, and Yellow & Yangtze.

01:59 - Heaven & Ale
08:30 - Men At Work
14:08 - Yellow & Yangtze
18:18 - Tigris & Euphrates
24:50 - Our Favourite Relaxing Games
26:32 - Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
27:49 - Bärenpark
29:22 - Illusion
30:42 - Dixit
32:34 - Telestrations
34:35 - Crokinole
37:09 - Cottage Garden
38:34 - Karuba
39:54 - Rise of Augustus
41:19 - Between Two Cities
43:58 - Welcome To ...
45:00 - Red7
46:58 - Notre Dame
48:47 - Patchwork
50:15 - Camel Up

Apr 25, 2019
#64: Are Games Even Fun?
54:06

We're being serious. Are board games a base line level of fun that we ought to take for granted? We're all together, we're all playing a game, that's better than doing nothing, right? It couldn't possibly be that simple with us. Before we arithmetise entertainment, we also talk about Tiny Towns, Zendo, and Escape Plan.

01:41 - Tiny Towns
07:23 - Zendo
13:24 - Escape Plan
29:52 - Are games fun no matter what?
38:05 - Horse Fever
38:39 - Dominant Species
39:35 - Loopin' Louie
44:46 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf

Apr 18, 2019
#63: Hype Men
51:02

The train's pulling into the station and you've got a ticket, because this week we're talking all about hype. Why do we get irrationally excited about games we know nothing about? How much should we listen to our overly excited inner selves? Before it's all aboard, we also talk about Reykholt, PUSH, and Great Western Trail.

01:51 - Reykholt
10:13 - PUSH
14:54 - Great Western Trail
30:50 - Hype and anti-hype
32:41 - Res Arcana
33:45 - The 7th Continent
35:32 - El Grande
38:29 - Gloomhaven
38:57 - Brass: Birmingham
40:09 - Blood on the Clocktower
42:43 - Terraforming Mars

Apr 11, 2019
#62: A Melange of Games to Play Again
01:00:19

It's all well and good playing the newest, hottest games, but that doesn't stop us wanting to go back to some of the old goodies. We're counting down our top five games we want to revisit, to enjoy once more as we did in our youth. Relatively speaking. Before we get all wistful, we also talk about Eye My Favourite Things, On Tour, and Dune.

01:12 - Eye My Favourite Things
06:18 - On Tour
12:28 - Dune
18:40 - Cosmic Encounter
24:44 - Rex: Final Days of an Empire
26:10 - Root
31:55 - Games We Want to Play More
33:00 - Libertalia
34:19 - Ricochet Robots
37:01 - XCOM: The Board Game
39:09 - Ascending Empires
40:16 - Automobiles
42:22 - Kitchen Rush
43:52 - Two Rooms and a Boom
46:17 - Tribune: Primus Inter Pares
48:00 - Seasons
49:53 - Yokohama
50:56 - SpaceCorp
52:50 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
54:19 - Root
55:34 - Container
56:36 - Lords of Hellas

Apr 04, 2019
#61: Beware of the Cyber
51:11

Electronic board games! What will they think of next?! There's been a trend of more and more board games being translated into web and mobile apps, so join us as we make the jump to cyberspace. Before we plug in, we also talk about Heul doch! Mau Mau, Architects of the West Kingdom, and revisit Nusfjord.

01:19 - Heul doch! Mau Mau
05:19 - Architects of the West Kingdom
10:55 - A Feast for Odin
13:44 - Nusfjord
26:26 - Digital Board Games
27:20 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
28:05 - Onirim
29:28 - Concordia
30:56 - Dixit
32:49 - Innovation
33:29 - Ortus Regni
36:41 - The Resistance

Mar 28, 2019
#60: Tabling the Discussion
50:14

We're at the table talking table talk, all the little things that get said while you're playing a board game. Sure, there's plenty to be said in a social deduction or negotiation game, but what about less talky games? What's appropriate and what isn't? Before we say something we regret, we also talk about Everdell, Concordia Venus, and Project: ELITE.

03:58 - Everdell
08:34 - Wingspan
12:07 - Concordia Venus
21:27 - Project: ELITE
25:56 - Escape: The Curse of the Temple
31:13 - Table Talk
37:01 - Codenames

Mar 21, 2019
#59: Ain't Nothing Like It
57:10

Some games offer an experience so unique, so unlike anything else, that you can't help but take notice. It might be a bold thematic setting, or a set of mechanics that you've never seen before. This week, we're counting down our favourite games that do something ... a little bit different. Before we stand out from the crowd, we also talk about Looting London, and Chimera.

01:05 - Looting London
04:17 - Chimera
09:45 - Unique Thematic Experiences
12:12 - Food Chain Magnate
16:11 - Space Cadets: Dice Duel
18:38 - Long Shot
21:23 - Dungeons & Dragons: Rock Paper Wizard
23:16 - Dead of Winter
26:42 - Pit
28:38 - Millennium Blades
33:11 - Alchemists
36:33 - Chaosmos
40:07 - Ponzi Scheme
42:24 - Space Hulk
45:39 - Adrenaline
47:37 - Diplomacy
51:06 - Sol: Last Days of a Star
53:22 - Captain Sonar

Mar 14, 2019
#58: Game Board Confessional
45:16

Time to 'fess up. We're admitting to all the transgressions we've made in the world of board gaming. We're not proud of it, but there are a lot of games we haven't played that we should have. There are Kickstarters we've overspent on, and some we regret backing. And what would a good confessional be without owning up to our guilty pleasures? Before we ask forgiveness, we also talk about Excape, Race for the Galaxy, and Biblios Dice.

01:30 - Excape
07:57 - Race for the Galaxy
13:49 - Biblios Dice
20:02 - Board Game Confessions
21:50 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
23:44 - Eclipse
25:31 - Terraforming Mars
29:08 - The 7th Continent
29:42 - Statecraft
30:30 - Tiny Epic Quest
31:42 - Glorantha: The Gods War
32:21 - Rising Sun
34:17 - Zombicide
34:42 - Betrayal at House on the Hill
34:55 - True Colors
35:45 - Hundreds of Horses
39:43 - Through the Ages
40:09 - Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team

Mar 07, 2019
#57: Where There's a Will, There's a Gateway
55:46

Gateway games are an often requested topic, but we wouldn't be us without a big old debate about them first. Are they important? Should you be trying to convert your friends at all? Isn't every game a gateway game if you just talk slowly enough? Before we raise the portcullis, we also talk about Targi, and Catan

01:25 - Targi
07:19 - Catan
09:35 - Gateway games
17:11 - Forbidden Island
18:38 - Codenames
19:01 - Sushi Go!
22:23 - A Fake Artist Goes to New York
24:56 - Bärenpark
27:47 - Biblios
32:16 - Splendor
35:31 - The Quest for El Dorado
38:12 - Blue Lagoon
41:05 - Dominion
43:57 - Wingspan
47:32 - Converting non-gamers?

Feb 28, 2019
#56: Shelf of Shape Up or Ship Out
52:26

It's always sad to see a game go. But sometimes it's just time to move on, to let it be free, to let someone else enjoy its esoteric rules and quirky components. Games leave our collections for many reasons, so let's take a look at some of them. Before we spark joy, we talk about Big Dig, Trains, and The River.

01:18 - Big Dig
05:00 - Trains
09:30 - The Quest for El Dorado
10:17 - The River
19:51 - Why Games Leave our Collections
27:40 - Through The Ages
27:40 - Mage Knight
29:02 - Founders of Gloomhaven
33:49 - Capital Lux
35:25 - Rapid Fire Send-offs

Feb 21, 2019
#55: Answerversary
42:06

One year, baby! We did it. It's our first anniversary, and we're celebrating by ... putting out an episode of the podcast. We got a couple of reader questions that we thought would be especially pertinent for this occasion, as we look back on the impact Board Game Barrage has had on us. Before we pop the champagne, we talk about The Quacks of Quedlinburg, Forum Trajanum, and Narabi.

04:37 - The Quacks of Quedlinburg
08:57 - Forum Trajanum
15:08 - Narabi
21:00 - How has Board Game Barrage impacted us?
32:08 - Do review copies make us less impartial?
33:45 - Hyperspace
35:24 - Shouldn't Mark be the Red Tank?
39:08 - Guest reviews!

Feb 14, 2019
#54: 2019: An Up and Coming Year
54:27

2019 is well underway, but with so many amazing games on the horizon, it's hard to know what to look out for. Fear not, listener, that's what we're here for. Join us as we count down our most anticipated games of the year. Before we cast our eyes ahead, we talk about New Frontiers: The Race for the Galaxy Board Game, and Hansa Teutonica.

02:33 - New Frontiers: The Race for the Galaxy Board Game
09:25 - Hansa Teutonica
18:13 - Most Anticipated Games of 2019
18:59 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
22:09 - Glorantha: The Gods War
25:28 - TOKYO TSUKIJI MARKET
28:27 - Sabotage
31:04 - Living Planet
33:26 - Pipeline
36:20 - Escape Plan
38:04 - Res Arcana
39:36 - Barrage
41:03 - ELO Darkness
44:02 - Black Angel
45:18 - On Mars
46:43 - Warpgate
48:54 - Mezo
51:07 - City of the Big Shoulders

Feb 07, 2019
#53: Objection!
53:52

Objectivity is a nice goal, but what does it mean for board game criticism? Are there elements of board game design that we can have factual conversations about, without invoking our personal biases? We debate this in the only way we know how. Before we start shouting, we talk about Hyperspace, Gùgōng, and Wingspan.

02:30 - Hyperspace
08:52 - Gùgōng
14:43 - ZhanGuo
17:35 - Last Will
18:06 - Wingspan
21:37 - Innovation
26:26 - Critical Objectivity
26:58 - Nemesis
28:01 - Zombicide
32:01 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
43:04 - Monopoly
43:55 - Formula D
44:42 - Magical Athlete
46:18 - Diplomacy

Jan 31, 2019
#52: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Theme
42:42

Sometimes you're not looking to win or lose, you're looking for an experience. A lot of games promise to deliver thematic gameplay, but what does that mean for the mechanics? Does it have to be one without the other? Before we set the mood, we talk about Nusfjord, Paper Tales, and Nemesis.

03:25 - Nusfjord
09:43 - Paper Tales
15:25 - Nemesis
25:34 - Thematic Games We Like
26:08 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
29:58 - Nothing Personal
31:16 - Gloomhaven
31:35 - Android: Netrunner
32:05 - Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
33:19 - Captain Sonar
36:45 - The Resistance
37:48 - The Grizzled
39:19 - Dune

Jan 24, 2019
#51: The Best of Times
42:49

We throw back to our very first episode, with our biggest surprises and disappointments of the year gone by. 2018 was a year of highs and lows, but sometimes you just don't see them coming. The difference between expectation and the final product is what this week's episode is all about. Before we gaze back wistfully, we talk about AkrotiriBlue Moon City, and This Guilty Land.

01:56 - Akrotiri
05:09 - Innovation
05:27 - Blue Moon City
10:31 - This Guilty Land
16:37 - 2018’s Biggest Disappointments
16:57 - Rising Sun
21:29 - The 7th Continent
25:31 - Merlin
32:07 - 2018’s Best Surprises
32:21 - Space Base
34:31 - Decrypto
37:18 - Lords of Hellas

Jan 17, 2019
#50: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2018: 10-1
01:30:39

Top ten, baby! We finally made it. And thus concludes our five part series of our favourite games of all-time. Frankly, we were changed by the experience, and will never be the same again. We hope you were too.

01:35 - Kalen #10 - Coloretto
03:30 - Mark #10 - True Colors
06:15 - Neilan #10 - Dominion
09:28 - Kalen #9 - Diplomacy
12:45 - Mark #9 - ??? (32:02)
13:10 - Neilan #9 - Guards of Atlantis
16:32 - Kalen #8 - ??? (01:24:54)
16:43 - Mark #8 - Brass: Birmingham
20:27 - Neilan #8 - Scythe
25:32 - Kalen #7 - Troyes
28:07 - Mark #7 - Cuba Libre
31:54 - Neilan #7 - ??? (32:02)
32:02 - Kalen #6 - Time's Up!
35:23 - Mark #6 - ??? (01:07:00)
35:29 - Neilan #6 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
38:57 - Kalen #5 - El Grande
38:57 - Mark #5 - El Grande
42:56 - Neilan #5 - A Feast for Odin
46:09 - Kalen #4 - Cthulhu Wars
50:47 - Mark #4 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
53:55 - Neilan #4 - Codenames
56:19 - Kalen #3 - Cosmic Encounter
59:47 - Mark #3 - Francis Drake
01:04:17 - Neilan #3 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
01:07:00 - Kalen #2 - Archipelago
01:11:35 - Mark #2 - Arboretum
01:15:15 - Neilan #2 - Gloomhaven
01:19:37 - Kalen #1 - Innovation
01:23:16 - Mark #1 - Biblios
01:24:54 - Neilan #1 - The Resistance

Jan 10, 2019
#49: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2018: 20-11
01:05:49

The end is nigh! If you squint just right you can see it from here. We're almost done counting down our favourite fifty games of all time, so join us in the penultimate part of our five part series.

01:20 - Mark #20 - Caverna
03:18 - Neilan #20 - Archipelago
05:49 - Kalen #20 - Fuji Flush
07:43 - Mark #19 - Troyes
09:22 - Neilan #19 - Aeon's End: War Eternal
12:38 - Kalen #19 - Genoa
14:29 - Mark #18 - Cthulhu Wars
15:40 - Neilan #18 - Alchemists
18:38 - Kalen #18 - No Thanks!
20:09 - Mark #17 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest
22:09 - Neilan #17 - Inis
25:27 - Kalen #17 - Telestrations
27:05 - Mark #16 - Dominant Species
31:19 - Neilan #16 - Exit: The Game
34:20 - Kalen #16 - Inis
35:34 - Mark #15 - Imperial 2030
37:22 - Neilan #15 - Watson & Holmes
40:03 - Kalen #15 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
41:11 - Mark #14 - Tigris & Euphrates
43:15 - Neilan #14 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
45:26 - Kalen #14 - Omen: A Reign of War
46:46 - Mark #13 - Caylus
49:58 - Neilan #13 - Cthulhu Wars
51:15 - Kalen #13 - Dogs of War
53:03 - Mark #12 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
55:57 - Neilan #12 - Pictomania
57:38 - Kalen #12 - Codenames
58:00 - Mark #11 - Rising Sun
58:00 - Neilan #11 - Rising Sun
01:02:04 - Kalen #11 - I'm the Boss!

Jan 03, 2019
#48: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2018: 30-21
01:04:44

Okay, we're past the middle. It's all downhill from here, but the good sort of downhill. We're counting down our fifty favourite board games, in part three of what the world is calling our most ambitious endeavour yet! Well, we're calling it that.

01:01 - Neilan #30 - Grand Austria Hotel
02:35 - Kalen #30 - Startups
04:20 - Mark #30 - Pax Renaissance
06:37 - Neilan #29 - Azul
08:57 - Kalen #29 - Imperial 2030
10:37 - Mark #29 - Kemet
11:52 - Neilan #28 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
14:26 - Kalen #28 - A Fake Artist Goes to New York
16:06 - Mark #28 - Castles of Burgundy
18:51 - Neilan #27 - Coloretto
20:53 - Kalen #27 - Hanabi
22:53 - Mark #27 - Blue Lagoon
24:36 - Neilan #26 - Spirit Island
27:03 - Kalen #26 - Cockroach Poker
28:50 - Mark #26 - Age of Steam
30:53 - Neilan #25 - Blue Lagoon
32:10 - Kalen #25 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
34:40 - Mark #25 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
38:11 - Neilan #24 - Alhambra
41:16 - Kalen #24 - Insider
43:16 - Mark #24 - The Great Zimbabwe
47:03 - Neilan #23 - Patchwork
49:24 - Kalen #23 - Splendor
50:11 - Mark #23 - Orléans
51:19 - Neilan #22 - Taj Mahal
52:16 - Kalen #22 - Decrypto
53:33 - Mark #22 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
57:02 - Neilan #21 - Android: Netrunner
01:00:09 - Kalen #21 - Glory to Rome
01:00:09 - Mark #21 - Glory to Rome

Dec 27, 2018
#47: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2018: 40-31
01:02:45

Ten down, forty to go ... It's part two of our all-time top fifty lists! What surprises await us in this, the second installment of our historic feature?! Find out with us as we celebrate some fantastic board games!

Kalen #40 – For Sale
Mark #40 – Guards of Atlantis: Tabletop MOBA
Neilan #40 – Hanamikoji
Kalen #39 – Bruges
Mark #39 – A Feast for Odin
Neilan #39 – In the Year of the Dragon
Kalen #38 – Crokinole
Mark #38 – Sol: Last Days of a Star
Neilan #38 – Kemet
Kalen #37 – Taj Mahal
Mark #37 – Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
Neilan #37 – Codenames: Duet
Kalen #36 – Piñata
Mark #36 – A Question of Scruples
Neilan #36 – Dead of Winter
Kalen #35 – SiXeS
Mark #35 – Modern Art
Neilan #35 – Agricola
Kalen #34 – Lords of Vegas
Mark #34 – Decrypto
Neilan #34 – Decrypto
Kalen #33 – Wiz-War
Mark #33 – Terra Mystica
Neilan #33 – Sol: Last Days of a Star
Kalen #32 – SHH
Mark #32 – Le Havre
Neilan #32 – Orléans
Kalen #31 – Keyflower
Mark #31 – Codenames
Neilan #31 – Gaia Project

Dec 20, 2018
#46: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2018: 50-41
01:01:24

We're counting down to our 50th episode, and what better way than to give our definitive lists of our 50 favourite games of all time?! You've been asking for it, so we've only gone and done it. Brace yourselves, we're just getting started.

01:11 - Mark #50 - Dungeon Fighter
02:51 - Neilan #50 - Werewords
04:36 - Kalen #50 - Agricola
06:28 - Mark #49 - Chronicles of Crime
08:07 - Neilan #49 - Biblios
09:28 - Kalen #49 - Concept
10:55 - Mark #48 - Pictomania
13:02 - Neilan #48 - Mage Knight Board Game
14:54 - Kalen #48 - Hanamikoji
16:27 - Mark #47 - Kanban
17:28 - Neilan #47 - Splendor
19:26 - Kalen #47 - Ingenious
20:40 - Mark #46 - Samurai
22:55 - Neilan #46 - Clank!
25:09 - Kalen #46 - Evolution
27:54 - Mark #45 - ZhanGuo
29:23 - Neilan #45 - Innovation
31:39 - Kalen #45 - Mysterium
33:02 - Mark #44 - Ra
34:21 - Neilan #44 - Puerto Rico
36:48 - Kalen #44 - New Angeles
38:58 - Mark #43 - Wyatt Earp
41:29 - Neilan #43 - The Oracle of Delphi
42:18 - Kalen #43 - The Game
46:23 - Mark #42 - Blood Rage
50:04 - Neilan #42 - Anomia
52:00 - Kalen #42 - Lifeboat
53:51 - Mark #41 - Tzolk'in
55:39 - Neilan #41 - Panic on Wall Street!
57:56 - Kalen #41 - Diamant/Incan Gold

Dec 13, 2018
#45: Green Letter Episode?
45:54

It's question time again! After last week's massive success, we couldn't resist the urge to have you, loyal listener, once more do all the work for us. Before we turn the microphones around, we also talk about Brass: Birmingham, Exodus: Paris Nouveau, and Werewords.

01:52 - Brass: Birmingham
05:48 - Exodus: Paris Nouveau
09:55 - Werewords
15:30 - Listener Questions
15:39 - Should I play the classics?
15:39 - Catan
15:39 - Carcassonne
20:21 - What solo games do you like?
21:08 - Coffee Roaster
21:35 - Scythe
21:45 - A Feast for Odin
21:53 - One Deck Dungeon
22:18 - Teotihuacan: City of Gods
23:35 - Onirim
24:50 - Hot Trivia Question
26:02 - Reviewing games after one play?
36:13 - Cry Havoc
37:49 - More convention showings?
39:32 - How do you pick game night games?
42:40 - YouTube?

Dec 06, 2018
#44: Red Letter Episode
46:13

It's your time to shine! We field questions from you, our adoring fans, in our first ever Q&A episode. You sent us the important topical issues you've been yearning for our take on, and takes ye shall receive. Before we line up in front of the mic, we also talk about Blokus, Brass: Lancashire, and Teotihucan: City of Gods.

01:42 - Blokus
06:16 - Brass: Lancashire
12:40 - Teotihuacan: City of Gods
19:20 - World Chess Championship
21:51 - Listener Questions
22:10 - Does Kalen hate co-ops?
22:50 - Pandemic
23:24 - Spirit Island
24:23 - Has Kalen played more Spirit Island?
28:16 - Best "bang for your buck" board games?
32:10 - Castles of Burgundy
32:47 - Azul
33:15 - Splendor
33:46 - Taj Mahal
34:40 - Cthulhu Wars
37:27 - Archipelago
39:11 - How are you still friends?
41:23 - Rising Sun
44:36 - Giveaway! (Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra)

Nov 29, 2018
#43: My Triumphs, My Mistakes
56:21

We're getting introspective this week, weighing up the mistakes we've made in our collections, and reflecting on our earlier selves. Would you reset your board game collection? What games might you not buy if you had to do it all over again? Before we turn back time, we also talk about Between Two Castles Of Mad King Ludwig, Claustrophobia, and KeyForge: Call of the Archons.

01:39 - Between Two Castles Of Mad King Ludwig
06:17 - Claustrophobia
10:43 - KeyForge: Call of the Archons
21:12 - Resetting your Collection
21:50 - Innovation
22:22 - Patchwork
23:50 - Skull
25:53 - Forbidden Stars
28:10 - Through The Ages: A New Story of Civilization
28:55 - Cosmic Encounter
32:05 - Fury of Dracula
33:57 - Rising Sun
34:22 - Blood Rage
35:52 - Cthulhu Wars
54:28 - Giveaway! (Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra)

Nov 22, 2018
#42: We've Been Co-opted
55:40

Not everything has to be a competition, because this week we're talking about cooperation. I know, it's weird, in some games, you're not actually trying to beat the other players! We're counting down our favourite co-op games, "favourite" of course being a relative term in Kalen's case. Before we put our heads together, we also talk about SSH, Just One, and Hamsterrolle.

01:44 - SHH
04:39 - Just One
07:53 - Hamsterrolle
11:32 - Chess
14:12 - Our Favourite Cooperative Games
15:27 - Codenames Duet
17:44 - The Grizzled
19:15 - Kitchen Rush
21:40 - Aeon's End: War Eternal
23:46 - Burgle Bros
25:04 - Chronicles of Crime
29:57 - Exit: The Game
33:30 - Mysterium
35:49 - Dungeon Fighter
38:53 - Spirit Island
42:04 - The Game
43:18 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
45:21 - Gloomhaven
50:44 - Hanabi
52:16 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

Nov 15, 2018
#41: The First Cut Is the Deepest
59:48

There's no love like your first love, and this week we're talking about our early board game crushes. These are the games that first got us into the hobby, that made us want to shout our love for board games to all who'd care to hear. Before we walk down memory lane, we also talk about Key to the City: London, Empires, and Guards of Atlantis.

03:31 - Key to the City: London
09:14 - Empires
15:48 - Guards of Atlantis
29:49 - Our First Board Game Crushes
30:34 - Connect Four
31:33 - Scrabble
32:43 - Acquire
33:22 - Hang On Harvey
34:31 - Risk
36:49 - True Colors
39:08 - Dominion
41:52 - Space Hulk
43:27 - WarCraft: The Board Game
44:16 - The Resistance
46:32 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
47:09 - Alhambra
48:10 - Biblios
49:06 - Cosmic Encounter
50:22 - Genoa
51:25 - Through The Ages

Nov 08, 2018
#40: Bling It On
55:33

We're doing some upgrades this episode, because we're talking about improving and enhancing the board games we already own through accessories, new components, and fancy inserts. Before we sleeve our cards, we also talk about KeyflowerThe Palaces of Carrara, Welcome To...'s Halloween Expansion, and That's Not Lemonade!

01:41 - Keyflower
08:46 - The Palaces of Carrara
12:17 - Welcome To ... Halloween Expansion
15:22 - That's Not Lemonade!
18:50 - Component Upgrades
27:56 - Gloomhaven
33:59 - Archipelago
34:33 - Dominant Species
45:32 - Scythe

Nov 01, 2018
#39: Essen SPIEL 2018 Preview
49:13

Essen SPIEL 2018! Okay, we're not technically at Essen SPIEL, but we've got that Essen FEEL. We're each counting down the five games that we most wish we were in Germany to play this weekend. Before we hand over our Euros, we talk about SPQF, Le Havre, and Scythe: The Rise of Fenris.

02:09 - SPQF
07:17 - Le Havre
12:31 - Scythe: The Rise of Fenris
17:06 - Essen Preview
17:49 - Magnastorm
19:11 - Futuropia
20:27 - Big Shot
22:41 - Gùgōng
24:21 - Shadows: Amsterdam
26:41 - Smartphone Inc.
28:03 - Alone
29:40 - Solenia
30:44 - Tsukiji
31:51 - Teotihuacan: City of Gods
33:26 - Pax Transhumanity
34:53 - Rebel Nox
36:09 - Warpgate
38:35 - Forum Trajanum
39:34 - 1906 San Francisco
44:43 - Scythe: The Rise of Fenris (SPOILERS!)

Oct 25, 2018
#38: Six Things I Hate About You
59:39

Board game dealbreakers, we all have them, and they're enough to dissuade us from buying or even playing some otherwise great games. This week, we go around the table and talk about two things each that put us off in board games. Before we start looking elsewhere, we talk about Illusion, and Food Chain Magnate.

02:16 - Illusion
04:46 - Food Chain Magnate
18:05 - Too Many Steps for Simple Tasks
18:35 - 1st & Goal
19:42 - Blood Bowl
21:04 - Baseball Highlights: 2045
21:36 - Automobiles
23:04 - Too Many Variants
23:35 - Agricola
26:26 - Mezo
27:33 - Battlestar Galactica
31:20 - Production Hampering Immersion
32:17 - Rising Sun
33:03 - The Great Zimbabwe
33:52 - Leonardo da Vinci
36:13 - Zombicide
37:20 - Sidereal Confluence
38:16 - Punishing the Leader
38:27 - Power Grid
39:35 - Gravwell
41:14 - Flamme Rouge
41:35 - Suburbia
43:03 - Point Salads
44:18 - Agricola
44:45 - Village
48:10 - Blue Lagoon
52:50 - Roleplaying and Improv
53:27 - Fog of Love
53:58 - Thornwatch
56:22 - Tales of the Arabian Nights

Oct 18, 2018
#37: Origin Story
51:58

How do you meet other board game enthusiasts? Just loving and owning board games isn't enough if you don't have anyone to play them with! It's not always easy to turn your friends into board gamers, so what are your other options? Well, sit back, as we cast our minds far, far back into the past, when the Board Game Barrage trio was just three separate unos. This is where it all began. Before we gather round the campfire, we talk about Crypt, Fool's Gold, and War Chest.

01:01 - Crypt
03:22 - Coloretto
05:17 - Fool's Gold
08:23 - War Chest
13:47 - Meeting Board Gamers
26:23 - Skull
40:40 - Twilight Imperium

Oct 11, 2018
#36: Your Unfulfilled Potential
47:43

What’s your white whale? The one game you’ve been itching to get to the table for ages, but for whatever reason, just never have? Well, call me Ishmael, ’cause we’re counting down not just one, not five, but ten games each that we haven’t played, but really want to. Maybe this’ll be the kick in the pants we need … but probably not. Before we dust off our shelves of shame, we talk about CIV: Carta Impera VictoriaRaxxon, and Scythe: The Rise of Fenris.

01:36 - Carta Impera Victoria
04:49 - Raxxon
09:28 - Scythe: The Rise of Fenris
15:18 - Games we Want to Play
16:56 - Fog of Love
17:38 - Spirit Island
18:47 - Dungeon Petz
20:16 - Mini Rails
20:45 - Pax Porfiriana
21:42 - Keyflower
23:12 - Dogs of War
24:09 - Clockwork Wars
24:37 - Anachrony
25:24 - Lisboa
26:17 - Three Kingdoms Redux
26:59 - Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game
27:55 - ?!!?
28:50 - The Gallerist
29:36 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
30:13 - Diplomacy
30:58 - For-Ex
31:46 - Project: ELITE
32:40 - War of the Ring
33:23 - Roads & Boats
34:12 - Tammany Hall
35:04 - Fury of Dracula
35:51 - 1880: China
36:45 - Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery
37:41 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game
38:36 - Crokinole
39:32 - An Infamous Traffic
40:38 - Chaos in the Old World
42:11 - Great Western Trail
43:06 - Dune
44:40 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Oct 04, 2018
#35: The Power of Balance
56:30

Asymmetry is a powerful tool for game design, if done right. There's a lot of replayability right out of the box, and finding a playstyle that works for you can be very satisfying. But this dark alchemy has a darker byproduct: imbalance. When so much is different between each player, how do you ensure that things stay fair? Before we nerf plz, we discuss Container, and more Root.

01:40 - Container
12:28 - Root
18:08 - Scoreboard Update
20:04 - Balancing Asymmetry
26:49 - Vast: The Crystal Caverns
27:26 - Cosmic Encounter
30:05 - Scythe
30:55 - Terra Mystica
33:20 - Cry Havoc
40:08 - Cthulhu Wars
44:14 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
45:27 - Rising Sun
47:55 - Sidereal Confluence
49:57 - Diplomacy

Sep 27, 2018
#34: You Know the Rules and So Do I
52:53

Board game rules, unlike other rules, were not made to be broken. They're to be strictly adhered to, trust me, this is going to be totally fun, there's just a few more things to go over and then we can start. Sometimes remembering and teaching rules can feel like a burden, so where's the line? Before we explain the turn structure, we discuss Dairyman, Riff Raff, and Lords of Hellas.

03:30 - Dairyman
07:12 - Blue Lagoon
09:00 - Riff Raff
10:49 - Lords of Hellas
20:24 - Board Game Rules
25:57 - Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team
32:38 - Gloomhaven
37:40 - Mage Knight
39:52 - Root
42:26 - Decrypto

Sep 20, 2018
#33: You Can't Win 'Em All
56:31

Look, sometimes we lose games. I know. It's weird. It's hard to talk about, to be frank, but it's important to realize that your heroes can have flaws. So, this week, we're counting down our top five games we're bad at! Before we admit defeat, we also discuss Yogi, Orléans, and Blue Lagoon.

01:38 - Yogi
05:25 - Orléans
11:56 - Blue Lagoon
18:28 - Good games we're bad at
20:26 - Santorini
23:50 - Spyfall
26:30 - Captain Sonar
27:45 - Avenue
30:01 - Incan Gold
31:31 - Deep Sea Adventure
32:54 - Splendor
34:38 - Glüx
35:49 - Pictomania
37:12 - Archipelago
39:11 - The Oracle of Delphi
41:45 - I'm The Boss
44:33 - Android: Netrunner
46:35 - Kanban
48:30 - Tigris & Euphrates

Sep 13, 2018
#32: Are We Having Fun Yet?
59:30

In this week's fun episode, we talk gaming etiquette, or the unspoken rules that surface when you're playing a board game. They often have nothing to do with the game itself, but what's appropriate? Should you deliberately help and hinder others at the table? Before we let the Wookiee win, we also discuss Let's Make a Bus Route, Sailing Toward Osiris, Fleet, and Founders of Gloomhaven.

01:45 - Let's Make a Bus Route
06:06 - Sailing Toward Osiris
10:10 - Fleet
15:30 - Founders of Gloomhaven
33:57 - Gaming Etiquette
39:25 - Puerto Rico
40:17 - The Resistance
41:02 - Root
42:04 - Archipelago
54:40 - Scythe

Sep 06, 2018
#31: Logged and Loaded
50:51

Just when you thought we couldn't get nerdier, this episode is all about logging plays and collecting statistics on your games. It turns out it's actually a pretty fun way to look back on your gaming history. We also discuss Fast Forward: FORTRESS, The Captain Is Dead, and Schummel Hummel.

02:38 - Fast Forward: FORTRESS
06:57 - The Captain Is Dead
12:57 - Schummel Hummel (Cheating Bumblebee)
16:22 - Logging Games

Aug 30, 2018
#30: Party Party Party
59:41

We're staying up all night to count down our favourite party games! You know the feeling. Everyone's at your place, no one's talking, it's a little bit awkward ... but then you break out some of these fifteen amazing party games, and suddenly everyone's back in, talking, laughing and shouting until the early hours. We also talk about JamSumoIsle of Trains, and Root.

02:24 - JamSumo
04:05 - Isle of Trains
06:17 - Root
17:43 - Party Game Countdown
19:10 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
22:59 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
25:08 - Cockroach Poker
27:20 - Krazy Wordz
29:26 - Pit
32:02 - Fuji Flush
33:32 - Pictomania
36:04 - Anomia
39:20 - Balderdash
41:41 - Codenames
43:03 - A Question of Scruples
44:56 - Time's Up: Title Recall
47:43 - The Resistance
51:22 - True Colors
53:32 - Telestrations

Aug 23, 2018
#29: Cult of the You Do You
56:43

Shiny and new! Everyone online is talking about the latest, greatest thing, and you can't help but feel that you're missing out. How important is it to keep up with the cult of the new? We also talk about Cthulhu Wars, World Championship Russian Roulette, Kubb, and Word Slam.

01:38 - Cthulhu Wars
04:56 - World Championship Russian Roulette
07:47 - Kubb
09:35 - Word Slam
14:53 - The Cult of the New
32:25 - Alien Artifacts
33:25 - Patchwork
34:32 - Space Base
34:45 - Glorantha: The Gods War
46:14 - Chess
48:31 - Secret Hitler
49:39 - El Grande
50:19 - Codenames

Aug 16, 2018
#28: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching
40:55

In the wake of Gen Con, we return home invigorated about just how grand and diverse the hobby is. We celebrate the games that we might not otherwise have thought to play, and encourage you to do the same! We also talk about Lift it!, The Estates, and Cat Lady.

01:57 - Gen Con Final Thoughts
09:30 - Lift it!
13:00 - The Estates
20:42 - Cat Lady
22:47 - The Breadth of Gaming
24:27 - Sushi Go
26:45 - Zombicide: Black Plague

Aug 09, 2018
#27: Gen Con 2018 Day Three
25:08

Day three of Gen Con is over, and that's a wrap for our coverage from Indianapolis! Enjoy our final thoughts from the show floor (at least for this week), while we trudge back to the west coast with as many games as we can carry. We talk about Istanbul: The Dice Game, Wendake, One Week Ultimate Werewolf, Show & Tile, Coimbra, and Trade on the Tigris.

Aug 05, 2018
#26: Gen Con 2018 Day Two
20:33

We're halfway through Gen Con, and we wrap up day two of the show with our thoughts from the floors and tables and beds (?!) of Indianapolis. We talk about Crusader Kings, Scarabya, Petrichor, Zogan, Flotsam Fight, Welcome To..., and Dice Fishing: Roll and Catch!

Aug 04, 2018
#25: Gen Con 2018 Day One
17:58

Gen Con! It's here at last, and we run through our quick impressions of the first day of the show. We talk about Exodus: Paris Nouveau, Reef, Nyctophobia, and Illusion.

Aug 03, 2018
#24: Gen Con 2018 Preview
56:35

Gen Con 2018 is almost upon us, and we're counting down the games we're most excited to check out! We also talk about Vikings, and Navegador.

01:43 - Spiel des Jahres
03:10 - Vikings
07:45 - Navegador
10:15 - Gen Con 2018 Preview
13:50 - Piepmatz
16:13 - Welcome To ...
19:01 - Dice Fishing: Roll and Catch
20:26 - Ultimate Werewolf Legacy
23:18 - Coimbra
25:24 - Lost Cities: Rivals
27:19 - Pikoko
29:29 - Wendake
31:30 - Nyctophobia
34:03 - Yellow & Yangtze
36:27 - Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
39:07 - Gizmos
41:03 - Newton
44:23 - Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team
52:30 - Teotihuacan: City of Gods
53:26 - Hyperspace

Jul 26, 2018
#23: Are You Feeling Lucky?
50:02

Luck is an element of almost every board game there is, but it's still a major point of contention. Whether it's the roll of dice, or the draw of a card, randomness can make or break a game. We also talk about Lowlands, Bilder, In the Year of the Dragon, and revisit Space Base.

00:54 - Lowlands
07:32 - Bilder
11:03 - In the Year of the Dragon
16:14 - Space Base
20:12 - Luck in Games
23:40 - Cthulhu Wars
31:24 - Guards of Atlantis
36:06 - Lords of Vegas
42:42 - Rising Sun
43:33 - Diamant

Jul 19, 2018
#22: Baby's First Social Interaction
56:24

Multiplayer Solitaire doesn't have to be a bad thing! Sometimes we're just not always looking for high interaction, high conflict games, and that's okay. We break down some games with low interaction, and what makes them great. We also talk about Joraku, Impulse, and Wyatt Earp.

01:36 - Joraku
06:25 - Impulse
16:34 - Wyatt Earp
19:29 - BGB on Twitch!
21:18 - Low Interaction Games
28:32 - The Godfather: Corleone's Empire
29:31 - Karuba/NMBR 9
34:05 - Agricola
38:55 - Cooperative Games
41:33 - Azul
46:15 - Castles of Mad King Ludwig

Jul 12, 2018
#21: The Beautiful Game
50:41

World Cup fever sweeps the podcast, as we consider the analogies between board gaming and sport. We also talk about Harvest, Caylus, Exit: The Game, and Trajan.

2:07 - Harvest
4:27 - Caylus
9:45 - Exit: The Game
13:39 - Trajan
14:48 - Board Games and Sport
19:45 - Balderdash
26:52 - Rising Sun
29:24 - Archipelago
33:24 - Care Bear Eurogame
36:22 - Diplomacy

Jul 05, 2018
#20: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
57:19

We're counting down games that replace other games in our collections! We also talk about Chimera Station.

01:31 - Chimera Station
05:16 - Games That Replaced Others
06:49 - Queendomino
08:28 - San Juan
09:56 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
13:55 - Space Base
16:36 - Cthulhu Wars
17:52 - Android: Netrunner
21:01 - Azul
23:49 - Cockroach Poker
25:56 - Watson & Holmes
29:31 - Pictomania
33:15 - Splendor
36:59 - A Feast for Odin
42:22 - Alchemists
44:45 - What Replaces Biblios?
45:44 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
50:48 - Aeon's End: War Eternal

Jun 28, 2018
#19: What Are You Made Of?
47:14

What would a board game be without components? Just rules and a box, I guess. Before we pick up our pieces, we talk about Wildcatters, Bärenpark, Chimera, Star Cartel, and Council of 4.

01:20 - Wildcatters
06:33 - Bärenpark
09:00 - Chimera
11:50 - Star Cartel
14:42 - Council of 4
20:38 - Components and Production
23:55 - Archipelago
27:02 - Splendor
27:52 - El Grande
29:03 - Cthulhu Wars
30:12 - Scythe
31:55 - Terraforming Mars
33:58 - Zombicide
34:56 - Twilight Imperium
38:47 - Viticulture

Jun 21, 2018
#18: You Get What You Give
55:35

Skill and experience should be important parts of determining the winner of a game, but what about new players? Accessibility is important too, so, where's the balance? We also talk about High Society, Rising 5: Runes of AsterosThe Tea Dragon Society Card Game, and Inkognito.

03:42 - High Society
07:16 - For Sale
08:20 - Rising 5: Runes of Asteros
12:17 - The Tea Dragon Society Card Game
14:36 - Inkognito
19:17 - Rewarding Experience versus Accessibility
20:53 - Food Chain Magnate
23:40 - Chess
28:27 - Power Grid
32:38 - Arboretum
33:45 - Through the Ages
39:35 - Innovation
41:37 - Guards of Atlantis

Jun 14, 2018
#17: The Best Things in Life Are $20 or Less
59:46

What games can you get for $20? Quite a few really good ones, it turns out. We also discuss Scythe, Watson & Holmes, and Mansions of Madness: Second Edition.

01:34 - Scythe
10:44 - Watson & Holmes
13:06 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
15:25 - The Best Games Under $20
17:12 - For Sale
19:56 - The Resistance
21:55 - Oink Games
24:29 - The Grizzled
26:41 - Krazy Wordz
28:50 - Time's Up! Title Recall!
30:50 - Sushi Go!
35:18 - Hanabi
37:53 - Innovation
41:19 - Patchwork
43:25 - Notre Dame
46:29 - Coloretto
49:37 - Decrypto
53:00 - Biblios
54:35 - Codenames

Jun 07, 2018
#16: How to Win Friends & Area Control People
52:02

We wrap up the mechanics trilogy with Kalen's pick, area control. We also talk about Herbaceous Sprouts, Fae, Explorers of the North Sea, Wiz-War, and Imperial 2030.

02:40 - Herbaceous Sprouts
04:53 - Herbaceous
06:08 - Fae
08:54 - Explorers of the North Sea
10:30 - Wiz-War
15:01 - Imperial 2030
19:40 - Area Control
25:32 - Blood Rage, Rising Sun
27:20 - Risk
28:10 - Kemet, Inis
32:10 - Hanamikoji, Battle Line
35:05 - Eclipse
35:30 - Twilight Struggle, Cuba Libre
37:18 - Notre Dame
37:52 - Scythe
41:14 - Ethnos
42:34 - Tigris & Euphrates
42:52 - Glüx
43:45 - Diplomacy

May 31, 2018
#15: Keep Your Hands to Yourself
46:52

Week two of our favourite mechanics in board games is Mark's pick, hand management. We also talk about Ascending Empires, Funky Chicken, Felicity: The Cat in the Sack, and New Corp Order.

01:47 - Ascending Empires
05:41 - Funky Chicken
07:14 - Felicity: The Cat in the Sack
08:25 - New Corp Order
11:34 - Hand Management
12:57 - Terraforming Mars
13:44 - Dominion
14:44 - Candyland
15:25 - Scrabble
19:33 - Gloomhaven
20:40 - Biblios
22:00 - Taj Mahal
23:17 - Biblios Again
25:17 - Red 7
26:15 - Arboretum
27:09 - Twilight Struggle
28:32 - Cuba Libre
30:47 - Glory to Rome
31:59 - Wiz-War
33:24 - Cosmic Encounter
34:35 - Bohnanza
36:19 - Hanabi
36:57 - Mage Knight

May 24, 2018
#14: Do You Want to Know a Secret?
48:21

We kick off three weeks of our favourite mechanics in board games with Neilan's pick, hidden information. We also talk about Omen: Fires in the East, Gaia Project, and Pioneer Days.

01:30 - Omen: Fires in the East
03:39 - Gaia Project
05:43 - Pioneer Days
09:59 - Drop It
11:21 - Hidden Information
13:31 - Archipelago
19:32 - Dead of Winter
23:04 - I'm The Boss
23:48 - El Grande
27:56 - Discworld: Ankh Morpork
30:21 - Hanabi
38:58 - Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
39:59 - Chaosmos
41:55 - New Angeles
43:21 - Lifeboat

May 17, 2018
#13: We're Still Right
59:56

We return to BGG's top list, but we're flipping it on its head. That's right, we're talking about much loved games that we don't much love. We're also giving away a copy of Drop It!

01:05 - Drop It
04:53 - Cosmic Encounter
09:59 - Above and Below
12:56 - T.I.M.E Stories
16:36 - Lewis & Clark
18:29 - Five Tribes
20:12 - Inis
23:56 - 7 Wonders
27:06 - Viticulture
33:07 - Mechs vs. Minions
37:05 - Robinson Crusoe
39:42 - Scythe
50:10 - Terraforming Mars
52:43 - Blood Rage

May 10, 2018
#12: More Isn't Always Better
58:00

This week, we explain and expound our experiences with expansions. Improvements, tweaks, variability: the benefits are clear, but what does tacking more onto a game mean for all your players? Is it always a good thing? How much is too much? Before we get there, we discuss Altiplano, Omen: A Reign of War, Felicity: The Cat in the Sack, and A Feast for Odin.

Timecodes:

01:41 - Omen: A Reign of War
09:39 - Altiplano
18:58 - A Feast for Odin
28:11 - Felicity: The Cat in the Sack
30:56 - Expansions

May 03, 2018
#11: Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown
54:39

Why is everything so heavy? Well, we all played Dominant Species together, and so we're in a heavy sort of mood. There's a very vocal subset of the community that'll insist a game isn't worth playing unless it's mechanics are punching above a certain weight. But, surely there's room in a collection for the light games, the easy games, the so-called gateway games? We hash it out, but before we get into Dominant Species and games of its ilk, we revisit Codenames, PictomaniaClank! and take a first look at The 7th Continent.

Timecodes:

01:37 - Codenames
02:28 - Clank!
08:52 - Pictomania
12:27 - Dominant Species
28:20 - The 7th Continent
37:37 - Heavy Games

Apr 26, 2018
#10: Everyone is Wrong and We are Right
52:31

Did you know that sometimes the internet is wrong? Thankfully we're here to tell you what's up, and right the wrongs that BoardGameGeek hath wrought. You see, there are some games in their database that are just ranked way too low for how good they are. So, to fix these injustices, we each count down our top five games that BoardGameGeek got wrong, and we got right. Skip the timecodes if you don't want spoilers!

Timecodes:

00:46 - Azul Contest
01:13 - Games That BGG Got Wrong
02:16 - Safranito
05:13 - Sixes
07:56 - Anomia
10:11 - Quo Vadis?
13:27 - Fuji Flush
15:56 - Watson & Holmes
20:52 - Ugg-Tect
23:49 - Piñata
26:41 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
31:30 - True Colors
35:13 - CrossTalk
38:20 - Panic on Wall Street!
41:01 - Scruples
44:14 - I'm the Boss!
48:46 - Guards of Atlantis

Apr 19, 2018
#9: PhD in Legacy
57:54

Legacy. What is a legacy? It's podcasting in a studio you don't get to see. And now that I've drawn in all the Hamilton fans, let's talk about board games! Specifically, board games that have campaigns or legacy components. Is it a gimmicky trend, or does it add something meaningful to an experience? We also talk about Alchemists, Inis, and Through The Desert ... and on top of all that, we have a special announcement!

Timecodes:

00:18 - Contest!
02:24 - Alchemists
11:04 - Inis
20:25 - Through The Desert
27:18 - Campaign and Legacy Games
52:15 - The 7th Continent
52:58 - The Flow of History
54:32 - Omen: A Reign of War

Apr 12, 2018
#8: Just Deserts
55:04

Trapped on a desert island and forced to bring only five board games? We've all been there. And we're going back. To the island. The board game island. It's a question as old as time itself, a favourite philosophical discussion of great minds immemorial; if you had to pare your collection down to just five board games, to play for a very long time, which would they be? Avert your eyes from the timecodes if you want to listen unspoiled, but let's just say that you might be able to guess one or two.

Timecodes:

02:25 - Cthulhu Wars
04:29 - A Feast for Odin
07:31 - Cuba Libre
10:19 - Spirit Island
14:12 - Age of Steam
16:21 - Troyes
19:21 - Codenames
23:00 - Arboretum
27:51 - Cosmic Encounter
32:34 - Gloomhaven
36:44 - Innovation
38:50 - The Resistance
42:40 - Biblios

Apr 05, 2018
#7: Kicking and Screaming
58:01

Kickstarters. Can't live with 'em, can't rampantly overspend on incomplete unorthodox game designs without 'em. They're clearly a major force in the board game hobby, but are they a force for good, or for evil? Before we wrestle with that, we talk about the games we've been playing, namely, Imperius, A Tale of Pirates, and Heroes of Land, Air & Sea.

Timecodes:

01:23 - A Tale of Pirates
07:39 - Imperius
16:33 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
32:15 - Kickstarter
51:13 - Looking Ahead
52:44 - Fan Mail!

Mar 28, 2018
#6: Today's Theme: Pronunciation
49:02

Our feature topic this week is theme. How important is the theme of a board game to you? Does it affect your enjoyment of a game? What games best utilize their theme to put a neat little bow on their mechanics? We talk about all this (and more!!!) after a quick look at our week in games, which includes Tash Kalar, Krazy Wordz, Kanban, and The Mind.

Timecodes:

01:04 - Tash Kalar
02:32 - Krazy Wordz
08:38 - Kanban
17:56 - The Mind
24:00 - Theme
30:30 - Gloomhaven
40:44 - Lords of Vegas
41:47 - Android: Netrunner
42:45 - COIN Series
43:50 - Ponzi Scheme

Mar 22, 2018
#5: It's Good To Be Kingmaker
52:45

Kingmaking is our feature topic this week. If you can't win, what's your responsibility as a good player? It's a complex, divisive topic, but then, we're complex, divisive people. We also talk about Wyatt Earp, Coffee Roaster, and El Grande.

Timecodes:

01:24 - Wyatt Earp
08:15 - Coffee Roaster
13:47 - El Grande
19:16 - Kingmaking

Mar 16, 2018
#4: Buy Buy Buy
47:00

How many board games do you need? If you're Mark, you need them all. Before we get there though, we also talk about what we've been playing, namely, John Company, Coffee Roaster, Adrenaline and Innovation.

Topics discussed:

01:03 - John Company
08:40 - Coffee Roaster
09:42 - Adrenaline
14:30 - Innovation
22:10 - Collection Size

Mar 08, 2018
#3: Double Dragonfly
52:34

Rising Sun! Everyone's talking about it, and so must we. It's our feature topic this week, but first, a brief look at what else we've been playing: Spirit Island, Hardback and Decrypto. We close the show with a look ahead to what we're hoping to play.

Games discussed:

00:58 - Spirit Island
07:51 - Hardback
15:45 - Decrypto
20:20 - Rising Sun

Feb 28, 2018
#2: Catching Trains and Mathing Trades
45:20

We talk about what we've been playing (1830, Archipelago and Gaia Project), we dive deep into math trading for board games, and close out with what we're looking forward to in the weeks ahead.

Games and topics discussed:

01:10 - 1830
07:39 - Archipelago
14:04 - Gaia Project
20:34 - Math Trading
42:09 - Guards of Atlantis

Feb 22, 2018
#1: I'm Not Upset, I'm Just Disappointed
33:07

We each talk about a game we liked from 2017, a game that let us down, and what we're looking forward to in 2018, including When I Dream, Gloomhaven, Charterstone, Battle For Rokugan, and more.

Games discussed:

01:55 – When I Dream
04:16 – Charterstone
07:38 – Bob Ross: Art of Chill
09:45 – Battle for Rokugan
14:45 – Gloomhaven
18:01 – The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
21:27 – Tiny Epic Quest
24:01 – Sagrada
27:11 – Photosynthesis

Feb 15, 2018