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#29: Cult of the You Do You

8/16/2018
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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...

Duration:00:50:42

#28: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

8/9/2018
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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

Duration:00:37:02

#27: Gen Con 2018 Day Three

8/5/2018
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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.

Duration:00:19:39

#26: Gen Con 2018 Day Two

8/4/2018
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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!

Duration:00:17:35

#25: Gen Con 2018 Day One

8/3/2018
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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.

Duration:00:14:02

#24: Gen Con 2018 Preview

7/26/2018
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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:...

Duration:00:50:54

#23: Are You Feeling Lucky?

7/19/2018
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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 -...

Duration:00:45:16

#22: Baby's First Social Interaction

7/12/2018
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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...

Duration:00:50:47

#21: The Beautiful Game

7/5/2018
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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

Duration:00:43:47

#20: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

6/28/2018
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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...

Duration:00:49:08

#19: What Are You Made Of?

6/21/2018
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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...

Duration:00:40:40

#18: You Get What You Give

6/14/2018
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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 Asteros, The 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...

Duration:00:48:00

#17: The Best Things in Life Are $20 or Less

6/7/2018
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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 -...

Duration:00:51:54

#16: How to Win Friends & Area Control People

5/31/2018
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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 -...

Duration:00:45:52

#15: Keep Your Hands to Yourself

5/24/2018
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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...

Duration:00:39:26

#14: Do You Want to Know a Secret?

5/17/2018
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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 -...

Duration:00:48:20

#13: We're Still Right

5/10/2018
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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

Duration:00:52:57

#12: More Isn't Always Better

5/3/2018
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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 -...

Duration:00:57:59

#11: Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown

4/26/2018
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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, Pictomania, Clank! and take...

Duration:00:49:03

#10: Everyone is Wrong and We are Right

4/19/2018
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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 -...

Duration:00:44:20