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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 Unplugging, Again

12/7/2018
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In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC recount all the fun, food, and fanfare at the 2nd annual PAX Unplugged gaming convention in Philadelphia, PA. All this, plus first plays of Keyforge, how TC broke Keyforge, Medium news, the final arrival of Fireball Island, the great cheesesteak debate, VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game goes digital, security theater, dim sum, Defenders of Champion City, Up N Over, & more!

Duration:01:40:08

The One About Played Out Games

11/16/2018
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In this jam-packed episode Chris, Darrell, and TC make up for lost time (almost a month since the last episode!) by talking about those modern classics that are influential but are just plain played out and don’t hit the table anymore. All this, plus the bleeding edge of Essen Hotness like Blackout: Hong Kong, Underwater Cities, and Carpe Diem, unfortunate Keyforge deck names, listener shoutouts, Newton, more game theory, & more!

Duration:01:16:31

The One About The Doctor's Advice

10/16/2018
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In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC decide to break down a couple of nuggets of wisdom from the good Dr. Reiner Knizia about American vs. German game consumerism and the genesis of game design in regards to what first sparks the flame: theme or mechanics. All this, plus CMON’s business practices, Camp Launius, whether Arkham Horror 3.0 should replace AH 2.0, gunslinging, sleuthing, coin-bagging, ass-kicking, and so much more!

Duration:01:30:37

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 Unpub 8

3/30/2018
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In yet another extended episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC share experiences from the 8th annual Unpublished Games Festival in Baltimore, Maryland! Hear tales of lost programs, playtests of My Father’s Work, Maastricht, Homebrewers, and Those Meddling Kids, diversity and etiquette, TC signing a game, and Shark Tank. Plus, game news about Van Ryder’s Graphic Novel Adventures, Restoration’s Fireball Island tour, new tiles for Azul & more!

Duration:02:40:59

The One About the Pros and Woes of Cons

3/8/2018
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In this extended episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC share experiences from one of their favorite gaming conventions, PrezCon, and then discuss what makes a con great, what they hate, and play a little Marry, Fling, Kill. All this, plus straight talk about Gen Con housing, 7th Continent, trading & negotiating in the Elysian Quadrant, fishing in Nusfjord, Fireball Island news, Charterstone, totally breaking an Unlock, the ION Award, Smile, Carnies & more!

Duration:03:18:52

The One About Expanding Your World

2/20/2018
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC revisit the topic of board game expansions – whether they’re necessary, which game lines have jumped the shark, and which are absolute essentials. All this, plus more one hour wonder action in Welcome to Centerville & Pioneers, vehicular Matchbox car mayhem, busting Cthulhu in Arkham Horror, secret designer beach weekend, Time Barons, Psycho Raiders, Powerships, and other weirdness!

Duration:02:08:34

The One About One-Hour Wonders

1/31/2018
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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about those wondrous gems that hit a super sweet spot in about an hour, and some of the magic behind their designs. All this, plus the Louder d20 challenge, fun at Camp Launius, Chronicles of Crime and lots of dead cats, a giveaway contest for the Endeavor reprint, what really grinds our gears, Otys, Nautilus Traps, Fog of Love, Maastricht, camels, and so much more!

Duration:02:12:10

The One About the Best Games of 2017

1/16/2018
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In this special episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC look back on the year that was and share their awards for favorite games published last year - and even some discoveries that came out before 2017! All this, plus Ethan Louder’s choice for Family Game of the Year, lots of space things, dinosaurs, horse racing, thieves, Fireball Island, Bob Ross, The Thing, Battle for Rokugan, Downforce, samurais, board game counterfeiting, Calimala, and more!

Duration:01:54:17

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