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Join Kellen, Neilan and Mark 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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#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:

1:10 - 1830
7:39 - 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