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The State of Game is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by me - a board game designer and publisher - and two published board game designers as co-hosts. The podcast has been covering board games and the industry for 7 years, and we just launched our 144th episode. We'd love to spread the love of board games to new listeners on TuneIn!

The State of Game is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by me - a board game designer and publisher - and two published board game designers as co-hosts. The podcast has been covering board games and the industry for 7 years, and we just launched our 144th episode. We'd love to spread the love of board games to new listeners on TuneIn!
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The State of Game is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by me - a board game designer and publisher - and two published board game designers as co-hosts. The podcast has been covering board games and the industry for 7 years, and we just launched our 144th episode. We'd love to spread the love of board games to new listeners on TuneIn!

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Episodes

The One About Just a Little Filler

9/27/2018
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In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC take a break from the more brainy discussions to talk all about the tapas of boardgames – fillers – and what defines them, if they carry a stigma, the difference of designing them versus longer games, and, of course, our favorites! All this, plus GrandCon, Boo-B-Q, hot wings, submarines, zombies, beer, Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, mystics, Magic, & more!

Duration:01:59:25

The One About Mutually Assured Destruction

9/5/2018
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In this episode Chris and TC are joined by special guest Matt Riddle to delve deep into global thermonuclear war, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, evolutionary metagaming and other cerebral subjects related to the mathematical analysis of Game Theory. All this, plus strange business practices, Space Base, Welcome To..., cannibalism, End of the Trail, Nyet, Through the Desert, deconstructing two-player game mechanics, Between Two Cities of Mad King Ludwig, Jaipur, Infamous, & more!

Duration:02:09:29

The One About Gen Con 2018

8/15/2018
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC recount the action, excitement, games, and spectacle from North America’s biggest gaming convention, Gen Con! All this, plus the joys of flax scutching, secret lunch spots, previews of The Artemis Project and The Stygian Society, cupcakes in a cup, Gizmos, Tower of Madness, benefits of Lucas Oil Stadium, Scarabya, the Iron Design Challenge, Lucky’s Misadventures, Jekyll & Hyde, and so much more!

Duration:02:28:16

The One About the Top 5 Games EVER

7/20/2018
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In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC share a list of the top 5 board games as submitted by listeners of the podcast and then share their own personal top 5s of all time. All this, plus tales from Dice Tower Con, Root, Carthago, Kickstarter scams, Monopoly in the 41st millennium, diet soda supertasters, Dungeons & Doggies, Caper, My Little Scythe, why Darrell compares himself to Stephen King, The Flow of History, a dip into the listener mailbag, & more!

Duration:02:36:53

The One About Origins 2018

6/29/2018
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In this episode, Chris & TC are joined by special guest Brad Smoley as they recap all the adventure, excitement, and bunches of board games played at Origins Game Fair! All this, plus the beautiful Coimbra, a sneak peek at the Target-exclusive Mega Land, some really bad party shuttle karaoke, discovering the Medium between the words butt and crater, Decrypto, Carthago, mining marl in Maastricht, John Corbett, & much more!

Duration:01:45:18

The One About the Fate of the Galaxy, Pt. 2

6/5/2018
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In this very special episode of The State of Games, five intrepid gamers set out to eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate their way across the galaxy in Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition! Join Chris as he attempts to guide his gentle peace turtles - the Xxcha Kingdom - in an attempt to defend his crown from five years ago (Episode 46) against Dan Patriss (Yin Brotherhood), Daniel Solis (Universities of Jol-Nar), Matt Wolfe (Naalu Collective), and Linus (Yssaril Tribes)!

Duration:01:46:56

The One About the Axis of Not Misrepresenting Your Product

5/23/2018
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In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC discuss what makes the perfect package with aesthetics that accurately reflect the experience you can expect inside the box. All this, plus first impressions of Rising Sun, game development at Camp Sleepy Hollow, Barker’s Row, the Carnies expansion, a new contest to win Harvest & Pioneer Days from TMG, Protospiel Atlanta, Otys, & more!

Duration:02:27:08

The One About Going Back to the Well

4/30/2018
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In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC are joined by special guest Seth Jaffee of Tasty Minstrel Games to talk reprints, rebrands, & special editions, and what sort of effect they have on the hobby market. All this, plus International Tabletop Day, the Cardboard Edison Awards, Avengers: Infinity War, things that grind our gears about perception vs. reality on Kickstarter, Arboretum, plagiarism, Magic, Orléans, Puerto Rico, Eminent Domain Origins, and more!

Duration:02:42:44

The One About Just Some Games

4/13/2018
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In this more streamlined episode Chris, Darrell, and TC decide to just talk about some games they’ve been playing, their gaming habits, and whether they get to game enough or too much. All this, plus first-hand accounts of Fireball Island gameplay, the madness of seeing A Quiet Place in the theater, plays of Captive from Graphic Novel Adventures, Star Wars: Destiny, joys of dice drafting, Feudum, Majesty: For the Realm, and, of course, camels.

Duration:01:50:47

The One About Holiday Road

12/29/2017
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC share experiences and games played at the annual Dice Hate Me Holiday get-together; Chris does a little solo casting on his #HolidayRoad about Merlin and the evolution of Stefan Feld’s games. All this, plus adult playgrounds, Santa’s Workshop, DropMix, beer, Whistle Stop, the Squatty Potty, Favelas, getting old, Waldschattenspiel, building French canals, Bruges, Macao, & more!

Duration:02:24:44

The One About Unplugging

11/29/2017
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC talk Thanksgiving, Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks, Mario Odyssey, Fury of Dracula, new publishing companies, and more, and are then joined by Lesley Louder to share favorite moments from the very first PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia. All this, plus a classic Darrell rant about scarves, Dogs, Amish pretzels, the rise & fall of Coaster Park, Claims of Gold, and Black Gold.

Duration:02:27:19

The One About Perception of Value

11/15/2017
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In this episode, Darrell returns from Essen Spiel to join Chris and TC in a lively discussion about how value is calculated (and often estimated) by publishers and consumers for games in retail, online, and on Kickstarter. All this, plus how awesome Brussels and Lufthansa can be, Doctor Who, Euro and dinosaur game design challenges, Azul, Clans of Caledonia, what’s up with Mayfair, Arkham Noir, cows, marl, how this time Darrell (doesn’t) get the finger, and more!

Duration:02:02:11

The One About Getting in the Spirit

10/22/2017
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In this episode, Chris, TC, and special guest Keith Ferguson set the Halloween mood by sharing their best spooky, creepy, or macabre retheme for totally mundane games. All this, plus Keith shares the little nightmare before his Christmas game - Santa’s Workshop - was published, the new Legend of the Five Rings, Conquest of Paradise, guerilla marketing, grave robbing, electrocution, zombie camels, & more!

Duration:02:03:46

The One About the Germans, Part Drei

10/9/2017
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In this episode, Chris, TC, and Darrell decide to continue the biyearly tradition of talk about SPIEL, the world’s biggest board game convention in Essen, Germany, including Darrell’s upcoming adventure, most anticipated con releases, and trip tips. All this, plus Whitehall Mystery, Beeeees!, an early peek at Tribes: Early Civilization, a little Nintendo talk, Legends of Sleepy Hollow, Modern Art & more!

Duration:01:54:01

The One About Trendsetting

9/26/2017
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In this episode, Chris, TC, and special guest Ben Pinchback of Fleet and Wasteland Express Delivery Service fame chat about the biggest trends in boardgaming, from the earliest days of roll and move, to the CCG days of Magic: The Gathering! All this, plus Legends of Sleepy Hollow, Liguria, Charterstone, Dragon Island, the joys of Backgammon, HeroQuest, sharks, monster trucks, reprints, and more!

Duration:02:06:59

The One About Getting Critical

9/10/2017
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC are joined by special guest, contest winner, and friend of the podcast Lee McConnell to talk about game reviews, best and worst formats, critique etiquette, game ratings systems, and the spread of positive and negative hype. All this, plus Photosynthesis, The Cousin’s War, Ginkgopolis, a spirited Darrell rant about card sleeving, camels, unicorns, werebeasts, and more!

Duration:02:31:34

The One About Gen Con 50

8/28/2017
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC recount their adventures from Indianapolis and the 50th anniversary of the biggest show of the year, Gen Con! All this, plus exhibitor woes, dirty thieves, a classic Darrell rant, going insane in Mountains of Madness, hauling nukes in Wasteland Express Delivery Service, the surreal Shark Island, Custom Heroes, Detective: City of Angels, loops in Coaster Park, & much more!

Duration:02:22:19

The One About Tactics vs. Strategy

8/7/2017
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, TC, and special guest A.J Porfirio of Van Ryder Games dig deep into the difference between strategy and tactics, their eternal symbiosis, which might be superior, and the mentality of tactical and strategic gamers. All this, plus more on Detective: City of Angels, A Dog’s Life, smelling pretty, horse racing, Argent: The Consortium, smoking pork butts, GenCon teases & more!

Duration:02:26:47

The One About the Great Egress

7/24/2017
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, TC, and Jessica have a very special announcement to make, all about a big Exit and a bittersweet goodbye. Plus, we talk about the current Spiel des Jahres winners, some crazy picks from SdJ’s past, more on Lisboa, Unreal Estate, adventures as an Uber and Lyft Driver, Terraforming Mars, Chameleon, Yspahan, Captain Sonar, Sol: Last Days of a Star, Dogs of War, Dice Forge, and much more!

Duration:02:00:36

The One About Letting Go

7/7/2017
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC jump in the WABAC Machine and podcast like it’s 2012 by revisiting the Jones Theory – a controversial method for collecting and culling games! Plus, we talk deeply about our first impressions of the gargantuan Lisboa, the Kennerspiel nominee Raiders of the North Sea, thinky Yamatai, the satisfying puzzle that is Sentient, and a classic Darrell rant about Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails!

Duration:02:13:27