The Cardboard Jungle


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The Cardboard Jungle is a podcast all about tabletop gaming hosted by gaming friends, Anthony Racano, Paul Leoncavallo, Matthew Soares and Kevin Crowther. We hope to give our own spin on board and card games along with some input from our bullpen of contributors. Our goal is to promote the hobby and those individuals who make it up, including designers, publishers, retailers, conventions and other podcasters and bloggers. We love gaming because of all of you and we want give you your proper credit.

Episode Date
Ep89-Kicking Back

The boys are back with a big contest...and even bigger announcement...and a conversation about the good, the bad and the ugly of Kickstarter

May 28, 2018
Ep88-Our Social CONstruct

Anthony, Paul & Kevin discuss what they want to see in a gaming convention.


May 02, 2018

Anthony, Paul & Kevin discuss how they see the Seven Deadly Sins manifested in the board gaming hobby

Feb 16, 2018
Ep 86-Dont Look Back In Anger

The boys take a look back at 2017 in gaming

Jan 22, 2018
Ep85-New Kid On The Block

Anthony, Paul & Kevin give a recap and their impressions of the very first PAX Unplugged....does it have the right stuff?

Jan 22, 2018
Ep84-Making Our Mark

Anthony and Kevin discuss the new publishing company Anthony teased on Twitter, Hexagram 62 Games Studio

Dec 11, 2017
EP83-E I E I O

While Anthony's away the mice will play...farming games.


Other Games Discussed...

Bunny Kingdom (IELLO)

The Climbers (Capstone Games/Simply Complex)

Sentient (Renegade Games)


Kickstarters Discussed...

Downfall (Tasty Minstrel Games)

7th Continent (Serious Poulp)

Legends of Sleepy Hollow (Fabled Nexus)

Oct 22, 2017
EP82-Wish You Were Spiel

Anthony, Paul & Kevin reveal their Most Anticipated Games of Essen Spiel 2017


KS Spotlight: End of the Trail (Elf Creek Games)


Oct 10, 2017
Ep81-It's Not You, It's Me

Anthony, Kevin & Paul discuss what turns them off in gaming.


Games Discussed:

Fate of the Elder Gods (Fabled Nexus)

Century Gollum Edition


What's in our carts?  Find out what the guys are currently looking to purchase.


Contest for $100 GC to the FLGS of your choice


Link to fund raiser for Gina

Sep 23, 2017
Ep80-A Little Fourplay

Anthony welcomes Kevin, the newest member of the crew, in this rise from the ashes new episode of CBJP


Games discussed...

Alien Artifacts (Portal Games)

The Godfather (CMON)

Nemo's War (Victory Point Games)

Wasteland Express Delivery Service (Pandasaurus)

Founders of Gloomhaven (Cepholafair)


CBJP is a proud member of the Tasty Minstrel Games Media Network


Sep 20, 2017
EP79-Don't Call It A Comeback

Anthony and Paul discuss several games they've played and talk about their love hate relationship with reprints. 

Apr 30, 2017
Ep78-The Grand Design

The CBJP crew puts their heads together to come up with their list of 50 Favorite Designers...Easy, right?

Apr 21, 2017
Ep77-Dont Believe The Hype

Anthony & Paul talk about hype in board games and how it positively and negatively can affect people.

Mar 02, 2017
EP76-I'm So Excited

The gang takes a look at the games they are most looking forward to, make a few resolutions and some predictions for 2017.

Jan 26, 2017
Ep75-Red Rover

Anthony & Paul welcome Ignacy Trzewiczek to discuss First Martians and other things going on at Portal Games

Jan 18, 2017
Ep74-On The Edge Of 17

The boys end the year/start the year by asking each other questions on various topics...what could go wrong?

Jan 09, 2017

The boys talk about all the games they played at this years Lobster Trap (No cows were injured during the recording)

Dec 01, 2016
Ep 72-Talking Back

Anthony and Paul are back at it interjecting their opinions into topics discussed on other podcasts

Nov 19, 2016
Ep71- Enter The Dargon

Anthony welcomes back Lance Myxter the Undead Viking to the co-host seat to talk about all things Tasty Minstrel Games

Oct 25, 2016

Matt, Paul & Anthony count down their top most anticipated games of Essen Spiel 2016

Sep 29, 2016
Ep69- After The Gold Rush

Anthony & Paul recap their adventures at GenCon. Games, stories and impressions (figurative & literal) 

Sep 25, 2016
Ep68-CONtractual Obligation

You kind of HAVE TO record a GenCon preview episode, right? Here is ours...

Jul 29, 2016
Ep67-Two Cents

Anthony & Paul weigh in on some topics discussed on other podcasts

Jul 26, 2016
Ep66-In Through The Out Door

The boys talk about what makes games enter and leave their game collections

Jun 01, 2016
Ep65-Faves of Fifteen

It's that time again...time for us to pick our favorite game from the previous year. Did your favorite make the list?

Mar 30, 2016
Ep64-Podcast Podcast

When Anthony & Paul aren't recording their own podcast, they are listening to someone else's. Come hear them talk about which ones they like and why.

Mar 16, 2016
Ep 63-DefCon

The boys are back from TotalCon and talk about what does and doesn't make a great convention experience.

Mar 04, 2016
Ep62-Any Questions

Rather than ask the audience for questions, the CBJ guys decide to ask each other some questions and hilarity ensues

Feb 16, 2016
Ep61-Suck It Up, Buttercup!

With GenCon housing day being a disappointment for so many, Anthony & Paul discuss whether GenCon has outgrown Indianapolis or not.

Feb 01, 2016
Ep 60-Crystal Balls

Anthony & Paul talk about last years predictions and make some new ones for 2016

Jan 26, 2016
Ep59-Advent of Gaming Part 2

The flurry of games continues in Part 2 of this final episode for 2015. Happy New Year everyone!

Jan 01, 2016
Ep58-Advent Of Gaming Part 1

The boys bring 2015 to an end with a flurry of games in part 1 of this special year end episode. 

Dec 29, 2015
Ep57-$#*! Gamers Say

The boys let loose on some things they hear from the gaming community that quite frankly drive them crazy. Straight jackets not included.

Dec 01, 2015
Ep56-Game Eat Game

It's time for the annual wishlist of new games being released at Essen and the gang is excited. And soon poorer.

Oct 07, 2015
Ep55- Back In Black

The boys are back in town w/ a recap of their GenCon 2015 experience and a look back at Essen 2014

Oct 06, 2015
Ep 53-Mrs Garrett and the Infinite Sadness

Anthony & Matt talk about disappointments in gaming and wait for Mrs G to bring them cookies and cocoa to cheer them up.

Jun 24, 2015
KIck Me 003-Commissioned

Anthony chats with Patrick & Katherine Lysaght of Chara Games about their co-op game Commissioned

Jun 24, 2015
Kick Me 002-Dark Dealings

Anthony chats with Bryan Fischer of Nevermore Games about their latest offering on Kickstarter, Dark Dealings

Jun 23, 2015
Ep 1-Come Out And Play w/ Rolling Dice & Taking Names

Anthony hangs out and shoots the breeze with fellow podcasters Marty and Tony from Rolling Dice & Taking Names

May 15, 2015
Kick Me 001-Wombat Rescue

In this first episode of Kick Me, Anthony sits down with Matt Wolfe to talk about his game Wombat Rescue which launches on Kickstarter 5/15 from Eagle Gryphon Games

May 15, 2015
Ep52-Take A Chance

The boys discuss expanding your gaming repitoire beyond your comfort zone

Mar 19, 2015
Ep51-TotalCon 2015

Anthony, Matt & Paul run through all of the great games they got to play at TotalCon a couple weeks back.

Mar 04, 2015
Ep50- Keep It Together

The boys get organized and discuss how they sort, store and transport their games.


Games discussed on the show

-Room 25: Season 2

-La Isla

-One Zero One


- Zombicide:Rue Morgue

-Puerto Rico

-Epic Dice:Tower Defense



-Villain Tactics

...and more


Jan 28, 2015
Ep49- Late To The Party

Took awhile to get this out but the boys are back to discuss predictions for 2015.

Matt gives his faves of 2014 list...Anthony amends his a little.


Games discussed include...

-Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge

-Imperial Assault


-Dino Race

...and more



Jan 26, 2015
Ep48-Schnitzel with Noodles

Anthony & Paul talk about their favorite games of 2014 & their 2015 resolutions.

Dec 24, 2014
Ep47- Go Stuff Yourself

Anthony & Paul talk about the good things that come in small packages in know the stuff that makes perfect stocking stuffers.

Dec 11, 2014
Ep46- Caught In A Trap

Anthony & Paul recap all of the games they got to play at Lobster Trap plus a new Sheriff of Nottingham contest (ends 11/30) 

Nov 26, 2014
Ep45-Frozen-Let It Go!

The CBJ crew talks about dealing with players with Analysis Paralysis & those who take games too seriously. Do you want to play a boardgame? Yes..but maybe not with you ;)

Oct 29, 2014
Ep44-Meister Oktober

The boys are jealous of everyone going to Essen Spiel but they take the time to talk about some of the games they are most excited about coming out at the fair this year.

Oct 09, 2014
Episode 42-Topical Storm

With Matt away, Anthony invites friends Lance Myxter & Chaz Marler over to guest host. Format be damned!!

Sep 18, 2014

Anthony chats at the fence with designer Kevin Wilson about his work with Fantasy Flight & his upcoming games

Sep 03, 2014
Bonus-What's The Buzz?

Anthony chats with Sean Brown of Mr B Games about Steampunk Fantasy Alien Pirate Cowboys...or something like that.

Aug 31, 2014

Anthony welcomes back Scott "Tox" Morris to discuss Sheriff of Nottingham, Firefly Dice Game & GenCon

Aug 30, 2014
Bonus-Phil It Up

Anthony sits down with Phillip duBarry to discuss games, Kickstarter and breaking commandments 

Aug 29, 2014
Ep41-Vini Vidi Lusi

Matt & Anthony are joined by gaming friend Keith Collins to discuss their experience at GenCon 2014

Aug 27, 2014
Bonus-Funding Nemo

Anthony sits down with Mike Friesen of Lamp Light Games to discuss their new KS for Nautilus Industries as well as their upcoming release Space Junk

Aug 08, 2014
Ep40-GenCon Preview

Anthony & Matt discuss their most anticipated games from this years GenCon

Aug 06, 2014
Ep39-You Oughta Be In Cardboard

Anthony & Matt are joined by Ricky Perez from Let's Level Up to discuss making games out of other media sources & vice versa.

Jul 22, 2014
Episode 38-Prose and Cons

Anthony & Paul welcome author, blogger & photographer Scott King to the 3rd chair to talk boardgames & give convention tips.

Jun 26, 2014
BONUS-Winter Is Coming

Anthony sits down with Jonathan Gilmour & Isaac Vega, the designers of the much anticipated game Dead of Winter from Plaid Hat Games.

Jun 20, 2014
SPECIAL-Whose Turn Is It Anyway?

Take a sneak peek at the new Cardboard Studios podcast hosted by Robin Lees. WTIIA takes a fresh improvisational look at the boardgaming hobby as a cast of revolving panelists discuss various games and topics. Follow them on Twitter @WhosePodcast and subscribe to their feed so you don't miss out on any of their episodes. Their first full episode is also available here

Jun 10, 2014
Ep37-It's Not What You Think!

Anthony, Paul & Matt talk about games that aren't very appealing at first glance but are fantastic and vice versa.

Jun 05, 2014

The boys celebrate their 2 year anniversary as a podcast the only way they know how.

May 10, 2014
Ep35-Breaking The Rules

Matt & Anthony talk about the good, the bad & the ugly when it comes to game rulebooks

May 05, 2014
Bonus-Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie & Chevee Dodd

Anthony sits down with Chevee Dodd to discuss his games, graphic design and things to do with your wood.

May 04, 2014
Bonus-And There You Have It!!

Anthony chats with board game reviewer Ryan Metzler from The Dice Tower about reviewing games, his position at Northstar Games and more.

Apr 25, 2014
Episode 34-Look Ma! Top of the World!!

Anthony, Matt & Paul answer the one question they get asked the most...What are your Top 10 games?

Apr 15, 2014
Episode 33-Why So Serious?

Matt & Anthony talk about what gaming is all about. FUN! Hear about some of the games they like to play just for the laughs.

Apr 03, 2014
Bonus-Fantastic Mr Fox

Anthony sits down over a cup of tea with Michael Fox to discuss the many hats he wears in the boardgame hobby.

Apr 03, 2014
Bonus-High on Wine & Wood

Anthony & Matt are joined by Matthias Nagy from What's Your Game? to discuss various topics about game design, production & promotion in both US & European markets

Mar 24, 2014
Episode 32-I Got Time For That!

Anthony & Matt talk about game length and its effect on depth, gameplay, enjoyment and replayability. 

Mar 22, 2014
Bonus- New Mage In Town

Anthony sits down with Scott Morris (AKA Tox) to discuss his new role with Arcane Wonders as well as the future of Mage Wars, Crits Happen & where Jimmy Hoffa is buried...ok not so much the last one.

Mar 14, 2014
Episode 31- Mass Confusion

Matt & Anthony recap their long list of games played at TotalCon

Mar 08, 2014
Episode 30-Two By Two

Anthony & Matt have to work as a duo again in Paul's absence and decide its a great time to discuss their favorite 2 player games. They answer some more listener's questions and welcome the folks from Board With Life to the show to discuss their show & KS project.

Feb 13, 2014
Episode 29: Tell Me A Story

The Cardboard Jungle boys start off 2014 with a discussion of how a game's back story adds to the gaming experience.

Jan 25, 2014