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#157: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 20-11

We're moving into the terrible teens of the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. I learned all I know about American teenagers from TV, so I assume this is where all the sex and drugs come in. Let's get to it then, forty (roughly) more games that we simply adore. As the list goes on, they only get better and better. That is, after all, the premise.

01:46 - Kellen #29 (Correction) - A Fake Artist Goes to New York
05:01 - Kellen #20 - Ingenious
08:06 - Mark #20 - Cthulhu Wars
11:27 - Neilan #20 - Blue Lagoon
15:01 - Christina #20 - Food Chain Magnate
18:47 - Kellen #19 - Genoa
23:26 - Mark #19 - Archipelago
25:53 - Neilan #19 - Dominion
28:51 - Christina #19 - Taj Mahal
32:32  - Kellen #18 - I'm the Boss!
36:33 - Mark #18 - Tigris & Euphrates
28:55  - Neilan #18 - Taj Mahal
39:44 - Christina #18 - Mezo
45:23 - Kellen #17 - The Game
47:16 - Mark #17 - Dominant Species
49:48 - Neilan #17 - Alchemists
52:31 - Christina #17 - Babylonia
56:50 - Kellen #16 - Telestrations
59:08 - Mark #16 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest
01:00:56 - Neilan #16 - Rising Sun
01:04:59 - Christina #16 - Castles of Burgundy
01:08:30  - Kellen #15 - Decrypto
01:11:43 - Mark #15 - Barrage
01:14:26 - Neilan #15 - Exit: The Game
01:16:30 - Christina #15 - The Quest for El Dorado
01:18:05 - Kellen #14 - Omen: A Reign of War
01:20:07 - Mark #14 - Lancaster
01:21:53 - Neilan #14 - Inis
01:25:31 - Christina #14 - Hanabi
01:27:10 - Kellen #13 - Glory to Rome
01:29:43 - Mark #13 - True Colors
01:31:26 - Neilan #13 - Watson & Holmes
01:33:19 - Christina #13 - SiXeS
01:35:12 - Kellen #12 - Hansa Teutonica
01:36:33 - Mark #12 - Francis Drake
01:38:23 - Neilan #12 - Cthulhu Wars
01:39:36 - Christina #12 - Telestrations
01:39:57 - Kellen #11 - Diplomacy
01:42:19 - Mark #11 - Bus
01:43:54 - Neilan #11 - Scythe
01:45:37 - Christina #11 - Kemet

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2021-01-21
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#156: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 30-21

It's the dark middle chapter of the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. Time to call in a new director, change things up, and get subversive. Well, if there were any directors who'd still work with us. This week, we're barreling through our twenties in what we like to call reverse numerical order. Here's forty (odd) more games that we absolutely adore, and hope you will too.

02:45 - Mark #30 - Container
05:38 - Neilan #30 - Azul
05:46 - Christina #30 - Azul
08:54 - Kellen #30 - Zendo
11:42 - Mark #29 - Age of Steam
13:37 - Neilan #29 - Coloretto
15:12 - Christina #29 - Beyond the Sun
20:03 - Kellen #29 - Hanabi
22:52 - Mark #28 - Pax Renaissance
25:20 - Neilan #28 - Archipelago
28:03 - Christina #28 - Hansa Teutonica
30:02 - Kellen #28 - Krass Kariert/Dealt
32:50 - Mark #27 - Maracaibo
35:46 - Neilan #27 - Twice as Clever!
39:05 - Christina #27 - Glory to Rome
41:41 - Kellen #27 - Taj Mahal
44:49 - Mark #26 - City of the Big Shoulders
47:25 - Neilan #26 - Werewords
49:22 - Christina #26 - Modern Art
51:02 - Kellen #26 - Startups
53:19 - Mark #25 - The Great Zimbabwe
55:06 - Neilan #25 - Aeon?s End
56:21 - Christina #25 - Chaos in the Old World
59:23 - Kellen #25 - Keyflower
01:01:57 - Mark #24 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition
01:03:38 - Neilan #24 - Spirit Island
01:05:30 - Christina #24 - Rumble Nation
01:07:33 - Kellen #24 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
01:09:22 - Mark #23 - Glory to Rome
01:09:58 - Neilan #23 - The Quest for El Dorado
01:13:18 - Christina #23 - The Crew
01:14:40 - Kellen #23 - Codenames
01:15:58 - Mark #22 - Modern Art
01:16:58 - Neilan #22 - Patchwork
01:18:44 - Christina #22 - Coloretto
01:19:54 - Kellen #22 - Insider
01:20:43 - Mark #21 - Imperial 2030
01:22:58 - Neilan #21 - Decrypto
01:24:29 - Christina #21 - Lost Cities
01:29:08 - Kellen #21 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

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2021-01-14
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#155: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 40-31

Now we're getting into the thick of it, in fact some are calling it the most ambitious Part II released in any medium. It's the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time! We're in our thirties (even if we wish we weren't) and it's full speed ahead. That's forty(ish) more games, and ten spots closer to the grand finale. Now that we've got this train going, there's no stopping it.

01:06 - Neilan #40 - In the Year of the Dragon
03:19 - Christina #40 - Fuji Flush
05:39 - Kellen #40 - Rumble Nation
06:55 - Mark #40 - Pipeline
09:00 - Neilan #39 - Orléans
11:04 - Christina #39 - Cheating Moth
13:28 - Kellen #39 - Eye My Favorite Things
15:28 - Mark #39 - A Question of Scruples
17:26 - Neilan #38 - Hansa Teutonica
18:52 - Christina #38 - Carnival of Monsters
21:16 - Kellen #38 - Maskmen
22:22 - Mark #38 - Genoa
24:27 - Neilan #37 - Agricola
25:48 - Christina #37 - Ohanami
27:10 - Kellen #37 - Throne and the Grail
29:20 - Mark #37 - Ricochet Robots
31:59 - Neilan #36 - Yellow & Yangtze
34:15 - Christina #36 - Splendor
35:15 - Kellen #36 - Dogs of War
37:28 - Mark #36 - Great Western Trail
39:20 - Neilan #35 - Android: Netrunner
40:47 - Christina #35 - Dune
40:47 - Kellen #35 - Dune
43:57 - Mark #35 - Sol: Last Days of a Star
45:27 - Neilan #34 - Kemet
47:43 - Christina #34 - Startups
49:55 - Kellen #34 - Agricola
51:59 - Mark #34 - Rising Sun
54:36 - Neilan #33 - Brass: Birmingham
56:33 - Christina #33 - Anomia
59:13 - Kellen #33 - Hanabi
1:00:37 - Mark #33 - Ra
1:02:34 - Neilan #32 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
1:04:14 - Christina #32 - Fafnir
1:05:52 - Kellen #32 - Imperial 2030
1:07:48 - Mark #32 - Troyes
1:09:07 - Neilan #31 - Gaia Project
1:10:41 - Christina #31 - Biblios
1:15:04 - Kellen #31 - Fuji Flush
1:07:17 - Mark #31 - The Voyages of Marco Polo

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2021-01-07
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#154: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 50-41

It's here at last, the big event! Yes, it's the first episode of the yearly ritual we inventively call the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. And this year, for the first time, the Blue Tank, Christina is weighing in too. That's forty incredible games to kick us off! Join us in the weeks ahead as we sing the praises of our absolute favourite board games, because we're just getting started.

03:20 - Happy Salmon
04:20 - Piñata/Balloon Cup
04:56 - Bruges
05:32 - Air, Land, & Sea
06:55 - Christina #50 - Clank!
08:36 - Kellen #50 - Root
11:14 - Mark #50 - Innovation
12:58 - Neilan #50 - Modern Art
14:36 - Christina #49 - Fresh Fish
15:51 - Kellen #49 - Cursed Court
18:19 - Mark #49 - Blue Lagoon
21:02 - Neilan #49 - Sol: Last Days of a Star
22:53 - Christina #48 - Diamant/Incan Gold
25:24 - Kellen #48 - Wizard
26:49 - Mark #48 - Chaos in the Old World
28:07 - Neilan #48 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
30:06 - Christina #47 - Decrypto
32:10 - Kellen #47 - Blood Rage
33:54 - Mark #47 - Pictomania
36:56 - Neilan #47 - Nova Luna
38:56 - Christina #46 - True Colors
41:10 - Kellen #46 - Detective Club
42:48 - Mark #46/Christina #45 - Fast Sloths
45:15 - Neilan #46 - Innovation
48:18 - Kellen #45 - Nusfjord
49:30 - Mark #45 - Anomia
51:39 - Neilan #45 - Gùg?ng
53:03 - Christina #44 - Krass Kariert/Dealt
54:46 - Kellen #44 - Smartphone Inc.
56:29 - Mark #44 - Dungeon Fighter
59:44 - Neilan #44 - Letter Jam
1:01:47 - Christina #43 - Battlestar Galactica
1:04:35 - Kellen #43 - Lords of Vegas
1:05:46 - Mark #43 - Cuba Libre
1:07:28 - Neilan #43 - Panic on Wall Street!
1:09:22 - Christina #42 - Ethnos
1:10:52 - Kellen #42 - Bruges
1:12:19 - Mark #42 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
1:14:33 - Neilan #42 - The Oracle of Delphi
1:16:12 - Christina #41 - Air, Land, & Sea
1:19:00 - Kellen #41 - Splendor
1:20:15 - Mark #41 - Wyatt Earp
1:21:36 - Neilan #41 - Pipeline

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2020-12-31
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#153: Never Look Back at 2020

Heads set firmly forward, we reflect on what's been a completely wild year. Despite our complete inability to play a lot of them, board games did happen, so we take a bit of time to talk about the biggest surprises and disappointments. Finally, we cast our mind ahead to the games we're looking forward to playing in 2021. Before we try to forget, we talk about Paris, The Fox in the Forest, and Cthulhu Wars: Duel.

02:27 - Paris
12:12 - The Fox in the Forest
16:58 - Cthulhu Wars: Duel
29:14 - Reflections on 2020
36:02 - 2020's Best Surprises
36:54 - Beyond the Sun
39:47 - The Red Cathedral
41:02 - Nova Luna
43:22 - 2020's Biggest Disappointments
44:16 - Tang Garden
44:45 - Troyes Dice
45:13 - Crystal Palace
46:41 - Sanctum
48:55 - Games to Play in 2021
49:21 - My City
49:56 - Dwellings of Eldervale
51:26 - Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road
51:42 - Dominant Species: Marine
52:20 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
53:39 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt

Check out Kellen's review of Cthulhu Wars: Duel here:
https://boardgamebarrage.com/2020/12/10/cthulhu-wars-duel-a-sandy-petersen-game-review

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2020-12-17
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#152: Bob's Holiday Gift Guide

'Tis the season, and if you're me, your first thought around this time of year is, "How many people can I just buy board games for?" But not all board game gifts are created equal! No, no, no, we need to find the best. So, of course, we put BGBBOB on the case. Before we start stocking stuffings, we talk about Pandemic: Fall of Rome, and Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers.

06:07 - Pandemic: Fall of Rome
13:31 - Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers
18:18 - Rajas of the Ganges
20:23 - BGBBOB: Board Game Gifts
21:39 - SHH
23:11 - Codenames
26:38 - Just One
27:00 - The Quest for El Dorado
29:31 - Modern Art
30:21 - Werewords
33:38 - Insider
35:38 - Unmatched
38:44 - Biblios
41:19 - Illusion
46:33 - Azul
48:40 - Fast Sloths

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2020-12-10
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#151: Your Attention Please

There's so much going on in board game land all of the time that it can be hard to know where to focus your attention. So, this week, we each give an example of people, publishers, and sites that we've been keeping an eye on, that we think you might want to as well. Before we turn your gaze, we talk about New York Zoo, Targi, Throne and the Grail, and The Red Cathedral.

02:07 - New York Zoo
02:40 - Bärenpark
10:36 - Targi
14:36 - Throne and the Grail
18:47 - Imperial Struggle
20:33 - The Red Cathedral
28:13 - Things to pay attention to
28:32 - Dire Wolf Digital and Paul Dennen
33:06 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
35:11 - New Release Lists
45:00 - Kramer & Kiesling
45:52 - Riverboat
53:40 - Paris

Check out Steph Hodge's blog: https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/3802/all-meeples-rainbow

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2020-12-03
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#150: Revenge of the Ghost Turkey

Gobble gobble, you got got! We wouldn't leave you hanging when there's important work to be done. Happy Thanksgiving!

02:54 - Marco Pollo: Sultry Poultry Edition
04:01 - Startups
05:33 - New York Zoo
06:49 - Hang on Harvey
09:27 - Fast Sloths
11:43 - ICECOOL
13:47 - Root: The Underworld Expansion
15:21 - Mariposas
16:25 - Fafnir
17:52 - Pokémon Trading Card Game
20:19 - Loopin' Louie
21:55 - Biblios

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2020-11-26
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#149: Have You No Shame?

Boy, what a year it's been for accumulating games that we can't play. The shelf of shame, the collection of games we own that are yet to see a single play, has been steadily growing, and it's about time we pruned it. We check in on the games most deserving of that first play. Before we take a walk of shame, we talk about Sonora, Troyes Dice, Macao, Quantum, and Rurik: Dawn of Kiev.

01:49 - Sonora
04:17 - Troyes Dice
07:14 - Macao
08:22 - The Castles of Burgundy
09:41 - Quantum
16:30 - Rurik: Dawn of Kiev
30:55 - Shelf of Shame update
40:12 - Star Wars: Rebellion
40:59 - Maracaibo
42:04 - Stock hold'em
45:25 - Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia
47:10 - Antike II

https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

2020-11-19
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#148: Your Comfort Zone

Put on your thick socks, wrap yourself in a blanket, and get comfortable with us in front of the fire. We're using our patent pending formula (aka BGBBOB) to find the best heart warming comfort games. Twelve board games enter, and ... twelve leave, but arranged in the scientifically correct order. Before we get comfortable, we talk about The Castles of Tuscany, Cooper Island, and SCOUT!

02:41 - The Castles of Tuscany
12:32 - Cooper Island
20:02 - SCOUT!
31:02 - Dominion
32:12 - Lost Cities
36:16 - Patchwork
36:42 - Telestrations
38:50 - Wizard
40:06 - The Game
43:09 - Coloretto
44:05 - San Juan
45:43 - Scrabble
47:52 - Sushi Go!
52:25 - Biblios
55:11 - Splendor

https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

2020-11-12
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#147: The Great Compromise

At least in some things, you've got to give a little to get a little, but what would you give to get what you want? We're coming up with our big board game compromises, the things we'd happily trade away to fix some of our biggest frustrations.  Before we deal with the devil, we talk about Lost Ruins of Arnak, Ohanami, and Beyond the Sun.

01:49 - Lost Ruins of Arnak
02:39 - Dune: Imperium
13:47 - Ohanami
13:47 - The Game
21:53 - Beyond the Sun
22:42 - Innovation
27:52 - Through the Ages
38:38 - Board Game Compromises
39:22 - Cthulhu Wars (aka Squares vs. Circles vs. Triangles)
42:49 - Kemet
46:14 - A Feast for Odin
48:14 - Brass: Lancashire
48:14 - Brass: Birmingham
48:47 - Nemesis
49:20 - Biblios

https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

2020-11-05
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#146: Essen SPIEL 2020 Hype List

Essen SPIEL is the latest of the conventions in 2020 to go digital, which is convenient for us, because we weren't about to fly to Germany any time soon. We perused the upcoming games that were showcased as part of the event, and picked our favourites to talk about. It's a top 5! Before we virtually convene, we talk about Babylonia, Veiled Fate, and Dune: Imperium.

02:29 - Babylonia
15:09 - Veiled Fate
25:37 - Dune: Imperium
35:35 - Essen SPIEL 2020 Review
37:58 - Paris
40:05 - Paleo
41:32 - Beez
43:06 - Venice
45:11 - Clever hoch Drei
46:44 - Coyote
48:33 - The Red Cathedral
50:05 - Master Word
51:56 - Troyes Dice
53:05 - Faiyum
54:32 - CloudAge
55:55 - Krazy Pix
57:34 - Anno 1800
59:52 - Polynesia
01:01:10 - Beyond the Sun

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2020-10-29
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#145: Zero to One Hundred: $100 Collection Triple Triumph

We weren't going to let Kellen have the last word on what makes the perfect $100 collection, so the 139 squad is here to finish it out. Forgot the premise? You've lost all your board games, and only have $100 to rebuild it; what do you buy first? Before we make every penny count, we talk about Cosmic Encounter Duel, Hundreds of Horses, Billionaire Banshee, and Floor Plan.

03:45 - Cosmic Encounter Duel
11:53 - Hundreds of Horses
14:21 - Billionaire Banshee
17:50 - Floor Plan
23:08 - Mark's $100 Collection
23:53 - Biblios
24:40 - Arboretum
25:49 - The Crew: Quest for Planet Nine
26:34 - Race for the Galaxy
27:31 - The Estates
28:30 - Are You A Robot?
30:37 - Christina's $100 Collection
31:14 - Innovation
32:28 - Coloretto
33:24 - SiXeS
34:31 - Hanabi
36:00 - Troyes
39:54 - Neilan's $100 Collection
40:35 - Blue Lagoon
41:59 - Twice as Clever!
43:17 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
44:43 - The Resistance: Avalon

Check out our $100 Collection Geeklist, and add your own:
https://bit.ly/37vKztK

Mark & Kellen playing Hundreds of Horses at AwSHUX:
https://bit.ly/3ocjeCS

Christina & Neilan playing Billionaire Banshee at AwSHUX:
https://bit.ly/3klA002

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2020-10-22
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#144: Zero to One Hundred: Red Tank?s $100 Collection

It's an awful notion, but bare with me. What if you lost your entire board game collection, and had to rebuild it from scratch? Here's the catch, you only have one hundred dollars. We try to predict what the Red Tank would do, before he talks us through what makes the cut, and why. Before we rebuild, we talk about 5211, Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan, and Cóatl.

03:10 - 5211
10:35 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan
10:35 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
21:13 - Cóatl
26:15 - Sagrada
26:47 - Reef
29:37 - Ghost Turkey Registration
30:43 - Board Game Barrage Merch!
31:33 - Zero to One Hundred: Red Edition
36:16 - Azul
36:16 - Splendor
37:02 - Codenames
38:58 - Innovation
41:06 - Dune
44:32 - Hansa Teutonica: Big Box
46:17 - Telestrations
47:50 - Oink Games

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2020-10-15
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#143: Pace Yourself

Slow and steady might win the race, but it doesn't make for an exciting board game. Pacing is a vital component of most entertainment mediums that doesn't often get applied to board games, so we're going to climb and climb and climb and climb ... and then rapidly descend down the roller-coaster of emotion that makes for some of our favourite games. Before we set the pace, we talk about Bus, The Game: Quick & Easy, and Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun.

02:27 - Bus
21:40 - The Game: Quick & Easy
28:34 - Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun
41:50 - Teotihuacan
45:45 - Pacing in Board Games
50:53 - Fast Sloths
52:20 - The Estates
53:39 - Taj Mahal
54:03 - Kemet
54:29 - Rising Sun
55:22 - Food Chain Magnate
55:46 - Archipelago
57:47 - Escape Plan
58:39 - Troyes
1:01:28 - Splendor
1:01:58 - Dogs of War
1:01:58 - Cursed Court
1:03:07 - Time's Up
1:04:08 - The Voyages of Marco Polo

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2020-10-08
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#142: Play Me a Memory

Blessed are the forgetful, because they don't have to play memory games? After all, games with a strong memory component often get a bad rap in the hobby. We look at some of the reasons why very few games want to test your memory, and just to be otherwise, we discuss some of our favourite games that do. Before we walk our mind palaces, we talk about Fort, Under Falling Skies, and Tellstones: King's Gambit.

01:47 - Fort
10:15 - Under Falling Skies
17:56 - Tellstones: King's Gambit
29:37 - Ghost Turkey 2020
32:52 - Memory as a Game Mechanic
38:43 - Carnival of Monsters
39:38 - Inis
42:01 - El Grande
45:51 - Modern Art
47:50 - Tigris & Euphrates
48:43 - Time's Up!
51:09 - Cthulhu Wars
53:08 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
56:03 - Aeon's End
57:24 - Dune

Check out Optimal Play's Tellstones playthrough:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3x7oZRfCs0

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2020-10-01
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#141: Expectations Great and Small

We often build up the idea of what a game will be before we play it, whether for bad or good, and the reality of the game itself might deliver something we weren't expecting. We take a look at what often leads to our expectations being shattered, and mention some of the games that most defied them. Before we expect the unexpected, we talk about SH?BU, Pan Am, and Planet Unknown.

02:35 - SH?BU
08:55 - Pan Am
17:58 - Planet Unknown
25:46 - BGB Perpetual Math Trade
27:02 - Board Game Expectations
27:37 - Terra Mystica
28:14 - Brass: Birmingham
32:56 - Macao
36:02 - Railroad Rivals
36:26 - Ragusa
37:02 - Sanctum
38:33 - Unmatched
40:38 - The 7th Continent
47:07 - Stamps
47:41 - Square on Sale
48:33 - Glory to Rome

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2020-09-24
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#140: All About Auctions

We return to our much loved feature from 2018, all about our favourite mechanics. This week, a mere two years later: auctions! We look at the good and bad sides of auction mechanics, and discuss our favourite games that feature them. Before we inflate the bid, we talk about Fleet: The Dice Game, Iwari, and Modern Art.

04:57 - Fleet: The Dice Game
11:02 - Welcome to Dino World
13:47 - Iwari
21:53 - Modern Art
33:10 - Auction Board Games
36:25 - Archipelago
38:18 - Biblios
39:03 - Watson & Holmes
39:51 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
40:35 - Power Grid
42:06 - Santiago
43:26 - Genoa
44:23 - Square on Sale
45:49 - Taj Mahal
51:29 - The Estates
51:29 - Container
53:05 - No Thanks!
54:32 - Bausack
55:06 - Fresh Fish

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2020-09-17
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#139: Bugbear Brawl

It's an unprecedented trio of hosts, but we're no less heated about our biggest board game bugbears. In fact, we're so upset about these little annoyances, that we couldn't help but order them in a list for your amusement ... BGBBOB style. Before we get bugged by bears, we talk about Calico, Telestrations: Upside Drawn, and Pendulum.

01:42 - Calico
09:05 - Telestrations: Upside Drawn
13:14 - Pendulum
25:17 - BGBBOB: Board Game Bugbears
28:54 - Merchants & Marauders
32:03 - Archipelago
32:53 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
40:26 - Broom Service
42:50 - Race for the Galaxy
46:19 - Power Grid
49:25 - Decrypto

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2020-09-10
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#138: Life's Lessons Learned

It would be hard for us to be as invested in this hobby as we are, if we didn't think there was something important underlying it. We share some of the lessons we have learned from board gaming, and some of the ways in which it has genuinely changed our lives. We also talk about Tyrants of the Underdark, The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples, and Nemo's War.

02:28 - Tyrants of the Underdark
08:00 - The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples
14:48 - Nemo's War (Second Edition)

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2020-09-03
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#137: Past Its Prime

Some games are built to last, and no, we're not just talking about the ... R-word. For others, the high highs of early games must give way to the dawning realization that all is not well. We look at reasons we might end up moving past games we once held in high regard. Before we overstay our welcome, we talk about Sandstone, Ctrl, The Fox in the Forest Duet, and Unmatched.

02:41 - Sandstone
11:09 - Ctrl
14:12 - The Fox in the Forest Duet
18:42 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
19:54 - Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One
24:16 - Dice Throne
32:27 - Games Getting Worse with Time
38:50 - Innovation
39:47 - Mysterium
40:20 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
41:18 - Camel Up
43:05 - Shadow Hunters
43:38 - Container
45:52 - Five Tribes
47:32 - Mark's Menagerie Mixup
48:20 - Dungeon Fighter
48:20 - Tumblin-Dice
48:20 - Coconuts

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2020-08-27
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#136: H-h-h-hot Hot Hot

Hot days call for hot questions! To counter the California heat wave, we get breezy with a round of hot questions. We take a long hard look at games we love, but don't play, and give our takes on the theme to end all themes. Before we get heated, we talk about Ctrl, New York Zoo, and Renature.

01:40 - Ctrl
07:06 - New York Zoo
15:24 - Renature
18:23 - Blue Lagoon
26:11 - OLWLG Math Trade
28:01 - Hot Questions!
28:17 - Can you have a favourite game you don't play anymore?
30:14 - The Resistance
32:36 - Cosmic Encounter
37:19 - What's the theme to end all themes?
39:52 - Sabotage

Thanks to Guanye for sending us the Jixia Academy pronunciation clip.

Watch us play New York Zoo and Renature:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4qab78TtUw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihutcOJmCwc

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2020-08-20
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#135: Social Climbing

It's a Social Deduction BGBBOB! For those that don't know what that means, it's a Board Game Barrage Battle of (the) Board...games, where we pit all of the best social deduction games against each other in a fight to the DEATH! Or at least, a fight to be on our definitive ranked list. Before we release our social butterflies, we talk about Gemblo, and Quest.

02:54 - Gemblo
07:16 - Quest
15:46 - Camp Capstone
17:33 - BGBBOB: Social Deduction Games
20:11 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
22:06 - Timebomb/Don't Mess with Cthulhu
26:48 - Two Rooms and a Boom
28:02 - Detective Club
30:27 - A Fake Artist Goes to New York
32:01 - Insider/Werewords
35:01 - The Resistance/Avalon
35:35 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
39:05 - Spyfall
43:26 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
45:33 - Shadow Hunters
48:26 - Saboteur
1:01:12 - The Final List

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2020-08-13
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#134: CHAOS!

Some board games (and board game podcasts) thrive on chaos, which absolutely isn't the same thing as randomness. All of this has happened for a reason, it's just ... hard to tell what those reasons are exactly. Before we blame the butterfly, we talk about Path of Light and Shadow, Jixia Academy, and Chaos in the Old World.

00:47 - Chaos in board games
03:44 - Innovation
05:54 - Guards of Atlantis
07:21 - 6 nimmt!
11:06 - Path of Light and Shadow
21:30 - Chaotic board games
21:42 - Broom Service
23:05 - Wiz-War
26:33 - Space Alert
28:49 - Jixia Academy/Hanamikoji
34:34 - Chaos closing thoughts
35:05 - Cosmic Encounter
35:52 - Mission: Red Planet
37:12 - Colt Express
38:02 - Libertalia
40:26 - Scythe
41:59 - Chaos in the Old World
43:50 - Cthulhu Wars

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2020-08-06
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#133: Light It Up

Things got a bit heavy last week, so let's take things down a notch by exploring the other end of the scale. Light games are just as important for a board game collection, after all. We discuss what light games offer that heavier games don't, and mention some of our recent favourites. Before we lighten the mood, we talk about Reef, Clans of Caledonia, and Tutankhamun.

02:34 - Reef
09:18 - Clans of Caledonia
15:00 - Tutankhamun
22:01 - Light Games
23:48 - Werewolf
25:37 - Vast: The Crystal Caverns
26:28 - Ingenious
27:21 - The Quest for El Dorado
30:40 - Twice As Clever
33:24 - Dice Fishing: Roll and Catch
36:11 - Cacti
37:35 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
38:04 - Deep Sea Adventure
38:49 - Flamme Rouge

"Complexity bias in BGG" by Dinesh Vatvani:
https://dvatvani.github.io/BGG-Analysis-Part-2.html

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2020-07-30
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#132: Heavy Duty with Monique from Before You Play

Monique from Before You Play is with us to get heavy. We're discussing the allure of heavy games, and who better to talk us through them than a Vital Lacerda fan who loves to not just play them, but teach them? We dig into why we enjoy the occasional heavy game, and why you should too! Before we play, we talk about DURIAN, Animal Kingdoms, and Brass: Birmingham.

02:01 - Introducing the Lavender Tank!
10:03 - DURIAN
16:25 - Animal Kingdoms
23:40 - Brass: Birmingham
31:45 - Heavy Board Games
42:13 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
43:46 - A Feast for Odin
46:02 - 18XX
47:42 - On Mars
52:07 - Escape Plan
54:49 - Lisboa
55:32 - Vinhos Deluxe Edition
56:38 - Archipelago
1:04:04 - Scythe

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https://www.youtube.com/BeforeYouPlay

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2020-07-23
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#131: But At What Cost?

Even if the price is right, it might not be right for you. We all have different thresholds where a board game we're interested in crosses from, "maybe I'll wait for a sale" into "sure why not" territory, but where is that magical line? Has what we're willing to pay for games changed over time? Before we get sticker shock, we talk about Twin Tin Bots, Ticket to Ride: New York, Whale Riders, and Dead Reckoning.

02:20 - Twin Tin Bots
07:37 - Ticket to Ride: New York
14:36 - Whale Riders
22:55 - Dead Reckoning
39:30 - Teotihuacan: City of Gods
41:38 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan
45:30 - Food Chain Magnate
48:15 - An Infamous Traffic
48:57 - This Guilty Land
49:33 - Oink Games
50:17 - DURIAN

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2020-07-16
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#130: And the Award Goes To ...

It's award season when we say it is, so we're looking back at the Golden Geek Awards, The Dice Tower Awards, and the Spiel des Jahres nominees. We offer our thoughts on their picks, and how wrong they are. I mean, Wingspan winning "Best Four-Wheel Drive SUV" just seems a bit much. We also talk about Battlestar Galactica, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Paladins of the West Kingdom, and The Boss.

01:56 - Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
08:09 - Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
12:45 - Nusfjord
14:01 - Paladins of the West Kingdom
19:48 - The Boss
25:03 - Board Game Awards 2019
25:13 - Golden Geek Awards
26:10 - Through The Ages: New Leaders and Wonders
27:35 - Dune
28:35 - Wingspan
29:40 - Marvel Champions: The Card Game
30:55 - The Crew: Quest for Planet Nine
33:01 - PARKS
34:30 - Tapestry
35:08 - Spiel des Jahres Nominees
36:16 - Plumber Pants
38:30 - The King's Dilemma
40:10 - My City
40:38 - Pictures
41:27 - The Dice Tower Awards
42:30 - Detective: City of Angels
43:37 - Slide Quest
47:22 - Letter Jam

Check out Kellen playing Battlestar Galactica over at Optimal Play:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/662734157

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2020-07-09
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#129: Fight for Your Right to Party

BGBBOB, party edition! For those not keeping up, that's BGB Best of Board Games, which is definitely not the final name (but also maybe is) for our recurring feature where we duel rank games into an incontestable ordered list. This week we confer, fight, and bargain our way to the best fifteen party games. Before we spike the punch, we also talk about Twice As Clever, Wavelength, and 6 nimmt!

01:38 - Twice As Clever
05:17 - Wavelength
05:58 - 6 nimmt!
10:43 - BGBBOB: Party Games
12:28 - True Colors
13:17 - Anomia
16:27 - The Resistance
17:13 - Scruples
20:52 - Balderdash
22:10 - Krazy Wordz
24:38 - Happy Salmon
25:53 - Telestrations
28:17 - Pictomania
28:52 - Codenames
30:33 - Time's Up!
32:30 - Wavelength
35:06 - SiXeS
36:03 - Panic on Wall Street!
38:48 - Detective Club
1:00:48 - The Final List

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2020-07-02
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#128: The Means of Production with Richard Simpson

We're joined by Richard Simpson of We're Not Wizards, who is definitely not a magician, Victorian or otherwise, to talk about the line between game design and production. Should production values be an integral part of the discussion of a game's merits, or should we learn to separate the two? Before we get productive, we talk about Doughnut Dash, Cities, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, and L.L.A.M.A.

07:25 - Doughnut Dash
17:10 - Cities
21:37 - Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
31:01 - L.L.A.M.A
35:25 - The Power of Production
35:34 - The Quacks of Quedlinburg
41:35 - The Last of Us II
47:15 - GKR: Heavy Hitters
49:24 - Cthulhu Wars
53:33 - Warhammer 40k
55:03 - Castles of Burgundy
55:29 - Container
56:10 - Tang Garden
58:09 - Krazy Wordz
59:23 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant

Check out We're Not Wizards at:
https://werenotwizards.podbean.com

Check out Kellen on We're Not Wizards Here: https://werenotwizards.podbean.com/e/boardgamebarrage/

Check out Neilan on We're Not Wizards Here: https://werenotwizards.podbean.com/e/neilan/

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2020-06-25
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#127: No Stupid Questions

We asked for your questions, and you provided! Some of you used Instagram, some of you used voicemail, but however you reached out, your voice was heard. We chose only a few to answer (quality notwithstanding), but we'd love to keep doing this, so keep sending them in! Before we corral your correspondence, we talk about Gloomhaven, Terra Mystica, Bloom Town, and Starlink.

03:25 - Gloomhaven
06:44 - Terra Mystica
09:03 - Bloom Town
18:16 - Starlink
27:20 - Listener Questions!
33:35 - Cyclades, Inis & Kemet
41:28 - Hive

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2020-06-18
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#126: So Very Wrong About Games

I know this is going to come as a shock, but sometimes we get things wrong. As we've worked our way through the hobby, we've discovered that some positions we once held, aren't ones we still do. So it's time to revisit our past transgressions and come clean. Before we admit our mistakes, we talk about Tang Garden, Fast Forward: FORTRESS, and Race for the Galaxy.

02:45 - Tang Garden
14:12 - Fast Forward: FORTRESS
21:04 - Race for the Galaxy
30:51 - Board Game Barrage Math Trade: Part II!
34:15 - When We Were So Very Wrong About Games
51:06 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31

A big tip of the cap to our friends at So Very Wrong About Games.  Listen to their podcast if you aren't already!!

Special thanks goes to What Does It Eat? for hopefully not being upset that we borrowed a snippet of their most excellent song F.O.S. before our theme.  You can find them at whatdoesiteat.com.

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2020-06-11
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#125: REwrite the Stars

Once loved board games will often circle back into the limelight with reprints, but we're also starting to see a lot more get remasters and remakes too. We take a look at this trend, and discuss some re-imaginings our favourite board games, whether it's a full on new version, or just a new coat of paint. Before we re-re-re-repeat, we talk about Cities: Skylines, Colorful, and Maharaja.

03:29 - Cities: Skylines
08:25 - Colorful
15:36 - Maharaja
25:36 - REmasters, REemakes and REimaginings
29:13 - Brass: Lancashire and Brass: Birmingham
31:04 - Kemet
32:53 - Caylus and Caylus 1303
34:31 - Terra Mystica and Gaia Project
36:22 - Through the Ages and Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
37:22 - Dune
40:30 - The REsistance

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2020-06-04
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#124: Constraints You Can See

While all games have some restrictions, some games are more willing than others to let you go off the rails. For instance, some leave the economy entirely in the hands of the players, free to tank it if they please. We look at how games do (or don't) use player constraints to deliver unique experiences. Before we rein ourselves in, we talk about Tournay, Bullet??, Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Amazons, and Container.

01:46 - Tournay
01:57 - Troyes
07:10 - Bullet??
10:44 - Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Amazons
17:15 - Container
28:30 - Games with and without constraints
28:51 - Food Chain Magnate
31:14 - Sidereal Confluence : Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant
39:24 - Power Grid
40:01 - Flamme Rouge
42:25 - Startups and Zogen
43:02 - Diamant
43:28 - Crokinole
45:56 - Tigris and Euphrates
49:15 - The Estates

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2020-05-28
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#123: Filler Up

Sometimes you have a little gap of time between larger, heavier games, and what you need is a palate cleanser, which brings us to the realm of games we lovingly call "fillers". We kick off the very first Ranked Duel Battle of the Boards (definitely not the final title) by ranking our favourite filler games! Before we pass the time, we talk about Aerion, Ingenious, The One Hundred Torii, and Taluva.

04:49 - Aerion
09:54 - Ingenious
10:56 - The One Hundred Torii
14:07 - Taluva
22:02 - Call for voicemail!
22:50 - Ranking our favourite fillers
30:08 - Coloretto
30:24 - Istanbul
31:11 - Shards of Infinity
31:45 - Arboretum
32:14 - Biblios
32:14 - No Thanks!
33:14 - Splendor
33:24 - For Sale
35:08 - Startups
35:30 - Blue Lagoon
37:33 - Zany Penguins
37:45 - The Game
39:09 - 6 nimmt!
39:38 - Twice As Clever
40:49 - Karuba

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2020-05-21
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#122: Strongest Starter

When you're playing a game for the first time, and barely know what you're even doing, how do you even begin to strategize? That's what we're asking ourselves this week, as we explore some of our approaches to first plays, how we evaluate the game space, and well, win. Before we push levers, we talk about Orléans: Invasion, Zoned Out, Santorini, and Mini Express.

02:03 - Orléans: Invasion
09:48 - Zoned Out
16:42 - Bronze Age
17:54 - Santorini
23:28 - Mini Express
32:40 - How We Approach First Games
37:53 - Troyes
38:47 - 7 Wonders
45:26 - Kemet
48:06 - Barrage
50:05 - No Thanks!
51:13 - Ra

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2020-05-14
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#121: FANTASTIC Four with Mike Walker from So Very Wrong About Games

Mike Walker from So Very Wrong About Games joins us to talk about games that we add to our collection, not for ourselves, but (gasp) for others. Sometimes you do what you have to placate your so-called friends, and their awful taste. Before we begrudgingly acquire games, we talk about The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Solo, Renegade, and Horrified.

00:15 - A New Tank Appears!
03:53 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
06:15 - Innovation
07:54 - Nemesis
12:21 - Castles of Burgundy
12:50 - Trieste
14:03 - Watergate
15:20 - Watergate Retheme? (Patent Pending, TM, etc...)
17:51 - Solo
20:47 - Renegade
26:48 - Horrified
34:55 - Catering Games to Your Game Group
40:17 - Ankh

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2020-05-07
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#120: Light on the Horizon

We all need something to look forward to, so this episode we're eagerly anticipating all the good things in the world of board gaming that are yet to come in 2020. Some of it might be a ways off, but where's the harm in getting the hype train rolling early? Before we cast our eyes ahead, we talk about Splendor, Qwirkle, Bronze Age, and Guards of Atlantis II.

02:40 - Lost Cities
02:53 - Coloretto
03:39 - Splendor
05:03 - Bugs in the Kitchen
06:29 - Qwirkle
10:47 - Bronze Age
14:24 - Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA
25:40 - Things We're Excited for in 2020
31:52 - Ankh

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2020-04-30
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#119: The Seven Week Itch

Look, digital gaming is great and all, but there are some games that either don't lend themselves well to the format, or aren't available. Whatever the reason, there are lots of games that we're itching to play once the world returns to normal. It's a top five countdown! Before our heart grows fonder, we talk about Exit: The Game - Sunken Treasure, Pandemic: Rapid Response, and Stockpile.

05:27 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
06:45 - Exit: The Game - Sunken Treasure
08:39 - Roll for Adventure
10:18 - Pandemic: Rapid Response
14:01 - Stockpile
22:59 - Games We're Itching to Play
25:00 - Awkward Guests
26:25 - Nusfjord
28:22 - Flotilla
29:32 - Kemet
31:13 - Insider: Black
33:16 - 1889
34:35 - Maracaibo
35:39 - Pipeline
37:00 - Brass: Birmingham
37:58 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition
40:07 - Special Tank Appearance!
44:01 - Dune
45:09 - Cooper Island
46:21 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
48:08 - Square on Sale
48:58- The Crew

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2020-04-23
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#118: Of the Utmost Importance

What could be a more important topic than importance itself? This week, we're talking about the most important board games of the last decade, and what it even means for a board game to be worthy of the label. To us, at least. Before being earnest, we talk about Prêt-à-Porter, Riff Raff, Adventure Games: The Dungeon, and Innovation: Echoes of the Past.

03:09 - Prêt-à-Porter
09:59 - Riff Raff
16:20 - Scythe
19:16 - Adventure Games: The Dungeon
28:13 - Innovation: Echoes of the Past
30:46 - Important Games of the Last Decade
36:40 - Pandemic Legacy
40:13 - Kemet
41:35 - Chaos in the Old World
43:20 - Zombicide
45:02 - Codenames
47:45 - Splendor
50:31 - Scythe
53:57 - TIME Stories and Escape Room Games

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2020-04-16
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#117: All Decked Out

It's time for another "What we love, what we hate", and this time we're looking at deck builders! Its been twelve years since Dominion blew things up, and since then you don't have to look very far to see a game that uses the mechanic. We look at the highs and lows of deck building as a mechanic, and discuss some of our favourite games that use it. We also talk about Bruxelles 1897, Elysium, and Can't Stop.

01:07 - Golden Geek Award Nominations
03:46 - Bruxelles 1897
11:31 - Elysium
18:16 - Coffee Roaster
18:55 - Adventure Games: The Dungeon
19:23 - Hansa Teutonica 
25:22 - Can't Stop
31:00 - What I Love, What I Hate about Deck Building
33:07 - Star Realms
34:32 - Clank!
35:05 - Dominion
35:50 - Sorcerer City
38:36 - Vikings Gone Wild
41:41 - Great Western Trail
42:20 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition)
47:04 - The Quest for El Dorado
47:29 - Aeon's End
48:54 - Automobiles
49:58 - The North
50:15 - SPQF/Fort
51:33 - Friday

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2020-04-09
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#116: The Cyber Reloaded

To make it through quarantine, we take another look at digital games in a time when it might just be our only option. We've got to get our board game fill somehow! We investigate how our relationship to the electronic side of the hobby has changed, and give our recommendations for the many options. Before we plug in, we talk about Remember Our Trip, Castell, and Caylus 1303.

01:58 - Remember Our Trip
08:16 - Castell
14:45 - Pipeline
15:44 - Caylus 1303
18:40 - Caylus
26:18 - Voicemail from Isla
28:57 - Digital games in quarantine
37:30 - Cthulhu Wars
38:12 - Bärenpark
42:29 - BGB Digital Game Night!

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2020-04-02
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#115: Gone But Not Forgotten

There's only so much space on our shelves, so games don't always stick around forever, but that doesn't always mean that we don't like them. There are many reasons that a good game might get the boot, so let's talk about them. We count down our top five favourite games we got rid of! Before we pay our respects, we talk about Through the Desert, Lords of Hellas, Troyes, and Watergate.

01:48 - Through the Desert
07:51 - Lords of Hellas
13:13 - Troyes
20:45 - Black Angel
22:01 - Watergate
29:12 - The best games we got rid of
29:45 - Yamataï
31:07 - Power Grid
32:37 - Indian Summer
34:23 - CrossTalk
35:20 - Agricola
36:27 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
38:22 - Dominion
39:50 - Terraforming Mars
40:47 - Forbidden Stars
43:10 - Glorantha: The Gods War (A Sandy Petersen Game!)
44:23 - Spirit Island
46:00 - Mage Knight
47:35 - Arcadia Quest
49:34 - Gloomhaven
51:03 - Terra Mystica

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2020-03-26
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#114: Let It Grow

Some games put their best foot forward on the first play, eager to have most players feel good right out of the box. Other games are content to take their time. This episode we're focusing on the latter, games that we've only come to appreciate as we've given them more time and more plays. Before we grow together, we talk about Ginkgopolis, Time Chase, and Food Chain Magnate.

01:31 - Ginkgopolis
08:46 - Time Chase
15:22 - Food Chain Magnate
26:58 - Games that grow on you
30:35 - Brass: Lancashire
31:28 - Agricola
32:24 - Biblios
33:57 - Wits & Wagers
35:13 - Bohnanza
36:35 - Tigris & Euphrates
37:07 - Yellow & Yangtze
38:08 - Nova Luna
41:17 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
41:53 - 18xx
43:31 - Just One

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2020-03-19
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#113: Trust is Good, Area Control is Better

Area control is the first subject of our new recurring feature, "What we love, what we hate", where we deep dive into a single mechanic and describe ... well, exactly that! We tend to enjoy games that have you fighting over territory, but what is it that specifically gets us excited about them? And what are the downsides? Before we assume direct control, we talk about The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Stay Cool, and Mezo.

02:00 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
09:03 - Hanabi
11:55 - Trickerion
13:55 - Stay Cool
19:39 - Linkee
22:10 - Mezo
34:24 - Rising Sun
36:30 - Scythe
39:30 - Inis
40:45 - Mezo
42:24 - Cthulhu Wars ... sorry Mr. Cthulhu
45:10 - Dominant Species
45:30 - Tigris & Euphrates
45:40 - Twilight Struggle
46:00 - Pax Pamir (Second Edition)
46:30 - Risk
46:56 - Inis
48:38 - Diplomacy

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2020-03-12
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#112: We Played a Bunch of Games!

Let me set the scene: It's a late night at a hotel in Nevada, we're sprawled on the floor around a microphone, and we're flexing our tired hands after three days spent playing so many board games. Coming at you from Dice Tower West, we report on what we've been up to, and all the games we played. Before we're leaving Las Vegas, we talk about Don't Get Got!, Kemet, Master of Respect, and Nova Luna.

03:54 - Don't Get Got!
19:44 - Kemet
25:23 - Master of Respect
30:50 - Rumble Nation
35:07 - A War of Whispers
36:05 - Hearts of AttrAction
42:10 - Nova Luna

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2020-03-05
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#111: Conventional Wisdom

We've learned a thing or two about game nights and conventions over the years. The hobby has changed, and we've had to change with it! This episode, we talk about what's different with how we approach large meetings of board gamers in 2020, and offer what advice we can. Before we pack our game bags, we talk about Fast Sloths, Birdie Fight, Sorcerer City, Electropolis, and Isle of Cats.

01:44 - Fast Sloths
10:05 - Birdie Fight/Songbirds
11:03 - Sorcerer City
11:44 - Electropolis
18:07 - Isle of Cats
20:04 - Terraforming Mars
26:12 - Game Night and Convention Lessons
39:20 - Don't Get Got!
40:43 - Antike II
41:11 - 1920 Wall Street
42:08 - TOKYO TSUKIJI MARKET

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2020-02-27
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#110: One Small Thing

Apologies for those who previously downloaded this file and didn't hear any audio.  As some already guessed, Mark found a "great" trade involving our audio equipment for a rare copy of Biblios, but we thankfully were able to get it called off.

Sometimes a game is hitting all the right notes, and you want to recommend it wholeheartedly ... but there's just one tiny blemish you can't overlook. It's not enough to make a great game bad, but, man, just imagine if it someone had fixed that. This week we're looking at games that almost nail it. Before we smooth the last crease, we talk about Chaosmos, Subtext, On a Scale of One to T-Rex, and Empyreal: Spells & Steam.

01:26 - Krass Kariert
03:22 - Chaosmos
11:40 - On a Scale of One to T-Rex
16:52 - Subtext
20:58 - Empyreal: Spells & Steam
29:46 - Games with One Small Issue
31:44 - Kemet
36:06 - Root
37:28 - Cthulhu Wars
39:39 - Gloomhaven
42:14 - Decrypto
43:35 - Azul
44:53 - Point Salad
45:32 - Concordia


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2020-02-20
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#109: Harshing My Buzz

We're gluttons for punishment this week, because we're talking about harshness in board games. These are the sort of games where big moves or bad mistakes can be hard to recover from. Harsh games aren't for everyone, so when and why do we find them appealing? Before we grit our teeth, we talk about Wavelength, Genoa, Krass Kariert, and Oceans.

01:02 - Wavelength
05:39 - Genoa
07:30 - Krass Kariert
14:55 - Oceans
23:48 - Harshness in Games
24:24 - Biblios
24:48 - Arboretum
25:52 - Seasons
27:36 - The Estates
28:54 - Troyes
30:02 - Agricola
31:32 - A Feast For Odin
33:23 - Tigris and Euphrates
33:43 - Yellow and Yangtze
36:10 - Diplomacy
39:53 - Medici

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2020-02-13
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#108: We Have to Go Back

We're reflecting on the past this episode, looking back at the things we said - never wise, by the way. The games of 2019 had a lot of promise, but how young and dumb they seem to our aged eyes. Where are they now? Join us as we cast our minds back to last decade, to reflect on the games we were excited for so many months ago.

02:11 - XCOM: The Board Game
06:41 - Living Planet
13:55 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
14:47 - Heaven & Ale
18:06 - Mystic Market
19:49 - Essen 2019 Look Back
21:11 - The Magnificent
21:52 - Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula
23:47 - Welkin
24:08 - Rush M.D.
24:22 - Terramara
24:36 - Deep Blue
25:08 - Rome & Roll
25:21 - Paranormal Detectives
25:59 - Offshore
26:13 - Maracaibo
27:19 - Glen More II: Chronicles
27:40 - Kakerlaken Sushi
27:52 - Perserverance: Castaway Chronicles
29:24 - Crystal Palace
29:38 - Babylonia
30:08 - Gen Con 2019 Look Back
30:28 - Conflicting Legends
31:12 - Watergate
31:28 - Welcome to Dino World
32:47 - Tonari
34:21 - Time Chase
34:47 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne
36:01 - SHOBU
36:46 - Barrage
37:12 - In the Hall of the Mountain King
37:45 - Seasons of Inis
38:19 - Pipeline
38:42 - Sanctum
39:45 - Black Angel
40:52 - City of the Big Shoulders
41:31 - MegaCity: Oceania
42:22 - Most Anticipated Games of 2019 Look Back
42:40 - TOKYO TSUKIJI MARKET
43:34 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
44:33 - Glorantha: The Gods War (A Sandy Petersen Game!)
46:17 - Pipeline
46:25 - Sabotage
47:39 - Living Planet
48:10 - Barrage
48:22 - Escape Plan
49:08 - Res Arcana
50:11 - On Mars
50:37 - ELO Darkness
51:26 - Black Angel
51:36 - City of the Big Shoulders
51:53 - Warpgate
52:37 - Mezo
53:41 - Best and Worst Guesses of 2019

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2020-02-06
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