Author: Orange Tank

BGB Podcast #42 – We’ve Been Co-opted

Stop, collaborate, and listen. 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...

BGB Podcast #41 – The First Cut Is the Deepest

If Euros be the food of love, play on. 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...

BGB Podcast #40 – Bling It On

Enhance! 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 Keyflower, The Palaces of Carrara, Welcome To…‘s Halloween Expansion, and That’s Not Lemonade! If you don’t want to miss...

BGB Podcast #39 – Essen SPIEL 2018 Preview

It’s a Deutsche Mark episode. 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...

BGB Podcast #38 – Six Things I Hate About You

Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. 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...

BGB Podcast #37 – Origin Story

Now this is the story all about how our lives got flipped, turned upside down. 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...

BGB Podcast #36 – Your Unfulfilled Potential

Why play today what you can put off until tomorrow? 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...

BGB Podcast #35 – The Power of Balance

What immortal hand or eye, could frame thy fearful asymmetry? 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...

BGB Podcast #34 – You Know the Rules and So Do I

I just want to tell you how I’m feeling. 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...

BGB Podcast #33 – You Can’t Win ‘Em All

You can’t always win when you want, but if you lose sometimes, you might find, your win rate recedes. 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...