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Episode 58 – Parks & Trails

In this episode Bruce and Josh compare and contrast Parks and Trails, both by Keymaster games. They discuss the nuances of each, gameplay, components, and overall whether one replaces the other or if there are differences to justify having both. To learn more about Board Game Impact you can: Join the Patreon: Board Game ImpactLike the Facebook Page: Board Game ImpactInstagram: @boardgameimpactEmail:


Episode 57 – Twilight Imperium

In this episode Bruce uses his dozens of hours of playtime to ask Josh about his first every play of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition which included playing with the new Prophecy of the Kings Expansion. To learn more about Board Game Impact you can: Join the Patreon: Board Game ImpactLike the Facebook Page: Board Game ImpactInstagram: @boardgameimpactEmail: Twilight Imperium Links: -Learn to Play -Choose starting factions...


Episode 56 – BGG Awards

In this episode the BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Award goes to.......quite a lot of games actually. That's right Bruce and Josh share who won each of the game categories of the BGG Golden Geek Awards. Each of these came out in 2020 and were voted on throughout BGG's nomination and voting process by the BGG users. We encourage you to check out the Tabletop Alliance "Christmas In July - Buy a Game, Give a Game" experience at - To learn more about Board Game...


Episode 55 – Hello World

The time has come for the start of in-person gaming and to nominate your favorites for the Board Game Geek "Golden Geek" Awards! Now that they are vaccinated they have started to play games again with other vaccinated individuals in-person with lots more coming soon. This being the case there are some great games that have gotten to the table. Nominations for Golden Geek: Specific Games Discussed: Honey...


Episode 54 – Teaching & Learning Games

In this episode Josh brought up a discussion topic that was the focus of the entire show, how do we go about "teaching and learning games?" Given our backgrounds in education we easily could have kept talking about this but had to cut ourselves off but it was a lot of fun to have this personal conversation in an effort of sharing our perspectives and experiences. In addition, we also dive into game design choices such as intro games, recommended first plays, and campaign/legacy systems as a...


Episode 53 – Thawed Out

In this episode Bruce has finally thawed out in Texas and although he lost power several times he is thankful because board games don't require power so he was able to get in even more gaming. Together Bruce and Josh talk about what they have been playing recently as well as some of what they have backed or are excited about on Kickstarter. Enjoy! Specific Games Discussed: Root (Leder Games)Sleeping Gods (Red Raven Games)Merlin (Queen Games)Canvas (Road To Infamy) Kickstarters and coming...


Episode 52 – Dune Imperium

In this episode Bruce & Josh take a deep dive into Dune Imperium by Dire Wolf Studios. This coveted intellectual property along with the unique combination of deck building by the creators of CLANK! and worker placement make this game an interesting one to play. Listen in to this complete deep dive into our experiences for your benefit. To learn more about Board Game Impact you can: Join the Patreon: Board Game ImpactLike the Facebook Page: Board Game ImpactInstagram: @boardgameimpactEmail:...


Episode 51 – Ploys, Whispers, & Beyond

In this episode Bruce and Josh talk about several games they have been playing lately, all of which have been in the BGG hotness at respective times. Find out what we thought about them and what we they brought out in ourselves and fellow gamers! Specific Games Discussed: Tapestry + Plans & Ploys (Stonemaier)A War of Whispers (2nd Ed) (Starling Games)Dwellings of Eldervale (Breaking Games)Beyond the Sun (Rio Grande) To learn more about Board Game Impact you can: Join the Patreon: Board Game...


Episode 50 – Celebrating 50 Episodes while Making a Positive Impact

This episode is a celebration! We recorded it LIVE at the conclusion of an online game day where we raised awareness and funds for Tabletop Alliance. What better way to live up how we end every episode with "go make a positive impact on the world." Bruce and Josh are joined in the beginning by some others who participated in the game day, then there is some reflection on the day as well as the past 49 episodes, and then some excitement that is to come despite everything going on in the world...


Episode 49 – Tabletop Alliance

Let's kick 2021 off right by having a different and special episode to showcase how both Bruce and Josh are working to make a positive impact on the world, the quote they end ever episode with! In this special episode Bruce & Josh talk about Tabletop Alliance a new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization they created which works with educators and community leaders to enhance their work through the incorporation of games! Learn more about Tabletop Alliance & Donate -


Episode 48 – 2020 Holiday Wishlist

Tis the season and Bruce & Josh talk about their holiday wishlists. In addition Bruce and Josh share some reflections on 2020 to be thankful for and well wishes for the start of the new year. Specific Games Discussed: Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition (WizKids)Twilight Imperium 4th Edition: Prophecy of Kings ExpansionWarhammer 40K Battlezone Manufactorum Sanctum Administratus (Games Workshop)Memoir 44 (Days of Wonder)Animal Adventures: Dungeons & Doggies Volume 1Star Wars Unlock (Space...


Episode 47 – Pandemic Aquisitions

In this episode Bruce & Josh crash through 14 different games/expansions that they have acquired during the Pandemic up to that point while talking through some considerations around managing impulses and seeking true satisfaction rather than short term joy. Specific Games Discussed: Pendulum (Stonemaier Games)Tapestry + Plans & Ploys Expansion (Stonemaier Games)Azul: Summer Pavilion (Next Move)StartUps (Oink Games)Blitzkrieg (Plastic Soldier Company)Tekhenu (Board & Dice)Memoir '44 Easter...


Episode 46 – Sunk Cost Fallacy in Gaming

This episode is something new for Bruce & Josh as it is conversation around a singular topic and its interactions within the gaming experience. This episode is all a researched conversation about the sunk cost fallacy which refers to people having a greater tendency to continue an endeavor once an investment in time, effort, or money has been made (Arkes & Blumer, 1985). Inspired by Bruce's recent videos on the YouTube page and a recent play of For Sale by Josh in which he felt the pressure...


Episode 45 – Dune Imperium Pre-Order & Aesthetic Value

In this episode Bruce was inspired by the design of the Dune Imperium pre-order and conversation from the epistemology video/podcast episode to shed more light on aspects of aesthetic value. This premiered first on the Board Game Impact YouTube page, but the content transfers well to the audio format. The reason for this different kind of episode is because of the life happenings that occurred for Bruce which he discusses at the intro, and thanks you for understanding. We hope you get...


Episode 44 – Bias and Board Game Reviewers

This episode is a little different, as Bruce will share there has been some life things that popped up which threw off recording schedule. This being said, Bruce was able to make some new content and post it to the Board Game Impact YouTube Channel. In this episode Bruce shares what has been going on, the inspiration for the video, and the introduces the audio of the video content which has been very popular on the YouTube Channel. This is not the norm for the channel, but Bruce felt this is...


Episode 43 – The Importance of Context

In this episode Bruce & Josh dig into the different contexts of gaming and how those experiences can shape the way we view or get to interact with games as media creators in order to shed light on how different contexts you game in can influence your experiences in the hobby. In particular they talk about gaming at home, at a Meetup/Pub/Cafe, online, and at conventions. If you want to watch the video Bruce did about game reviewers having different perspectives on the same game, check out...


Episode 42 – Don’t Panic

In this GEEKtastic episode Bruce and Josh talk about games they have been playing and dabble in their reflections on BoardGameArena. Then in the latter half of the episode dig into the Geeky books they have been reading lately in honor of this being episode 42, which for the unknown listeners out there is the meaning of life according to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Stay tuned and thanks for all the Fish! Specific Games Discussed: Yokohama (Tasty Minstrel Games)Super Skill Pinball 4...


Episode 41 – Pendulum Impressions, Root Digital, & Dominations

In this episode Bruce and Josh are back at gaming after saying thank you for your kind support during their Extra Life fundraiser benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals COVID-19 Relief Fund. In this episode they talk through two games and then ended up doing a fairly deep dive into Pendulum, the latest game from Stonemaier Games. Games Discussed: Dominations: Road to Civilization (Holy Grail Games)Root digital adaptation (Leder Games & Dire Wolf Studios)Pendulum (Stonemaier Games)...


Episode 40 – 10 Hours of Gaming LIVE for Extra Life

Thank you thank you thank you! This episode is different than the rest in that it was recorded live while being streamed over Facebook and YouTube to cap off our 10 hours of gaming content for Extra Life's Tabletop Appreciation Weekend benefitting Children's Miracle Network, Children's Hospital COVID-19 Relief Fund! During the stream we were able to raise $895 to help such a great cause. If you want to learn more about Extra Life, join our team, and donate click here:...


Episode 39 – Looking Forward to _________

In this episode Bruce and Josh are excited to share games they are looking forward to. This includes games they have purchased, games coming out, games back on kickstarter, and the like. This is in an effort to share some things that you too may look forward to amongst all the different times we are living in. Specific Games Discussed: Perseverance by Mindclash GamesWarhammer 40k 9th Edition by Games WorkshopPendulum by Stonemaier GamesSleeping Gods by Red Raven GamesRaccoon Tycoon & the Fat...