Category: Podcast

BGB Podcast #22 – Baby’s First Social Interaction

Look, you just do your thing, and I’ll do mine, okay? 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. Before we parallel play, we also...

BGB Podcast #21 – The Beautiful Game

IT’S COMING HOME! UP ENGLAND, RAH RAH RAH! Ahem. Sorry. World Cup fever sweeps the podcast, as we consider the analogies between board gaming and sport. Are players required to be competitive? How important is sportsmanship? What’s the time and place for aggressive play? Did Mark really wear his soccer kit to record this...

BGB Podcast #20 – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

BGB listener Michael is definitely not a daft punk, because he suggested this week’s topic, about games that replace other games. That’s right, it’s another countdown episode! Every so often you play a game that does everything another one does, but maybe just a little bit better. Well, you could keep them both, but...

BGB Podcast #19 – What Are You Made Of?

Some board games, like Azul, look good enough to eat. But you shouldn’t do this. You should not put board game pieces in your mouth. Don’t ask me why I know that. What would a board game be without components? Just rules and a box, I guess. Think about it. No wait, I guess...

BGB Podcast #18 – You Get What You Give

What you put in is what you get out. BGB listener Aaron put in a great idea for a podcast topic, and what he gets out of it is … well that’s for him to determine. I’m sure we’ve all been in a situation where, as the newcomer to a game, we get crushed...

BGB Podcast #17 – The Best Things in Life Are $20 or Less

$20 can’t buy you love, but it can buy you Love Letter. And we sure do love the letter that BGB listener Layne sent us to inspire this week’s topic! What games can you get for $20? Quite a few really good ones, it turns out. While the allure of big box games with...

BGB Podcast #16 – How to Win Friends & Area Control People

Lenin famously said, “Trust is good, control is better.” Lennon famously said, “I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob”. In a way, they’re both right. We wrap up the mechanics trilogy with Kalen’s pick, area control. Maybe it’s because we were all raised on Risk, but there’s something universal about seeing a map of...

BGB Podcast #15 – Keep Your Hands to Yourself

Welcome to week two of what I’m affectionately calling, “three weeks of podcasts in which we each talk about our favourite board game mechanics”. This week it’s Mark’s pick, hand management. Few things are better than seeing a world of possibilities laid out before you, and finding the perfect way to navigate them for...

BGB Podcast #14 – Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Do you promise not to tell? You might not have been able to tell after last week, but it turns out … some games … are good. We kick off three weeks of our favourite mechanics in board games with Neilan’s pick, hidden information. Sometimes a game is injected with a lot of intrigue...

BGB Podcast #13 – We’re Still Right

When you’re right, you’re right, and when you’re right as often as we are, why not let the world know? This week, we return to BoardGameGeek’s top list, but we’re flipping it on its head. Literally. Its actual head. That’s right, we’re talking about much loved games that we don’t much love. You’d think...