Author: Orange Tank

BGB Podcast #60 – Tabling the Discussion

I’ll take the sticks and stones, thanks. 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...

BGB Podcast #59 – Ain’t Nothing Like It

I am inimitable, I am an original. 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 …...

BGB Podcast #58 – Game Board Confessional

I am right, I swear I’m right. I swear I knew it all along. 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...

BGB Podcast #57 – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Gateway

I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it. 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...

BGB Podcast #56 – Shelf of Shape Up or Ship Out

Move over, Marie Kondō. 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...

BGB Podcast #55 – Answerversary

A lot can happen in a year. 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...

BGB Podcast #54 – 2019: An Up and Coming Year

Don’t look back. You’re not going that way. 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...

BGB Podcast #53 – Objection!

Take that! 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,...

BGB Podcast #52 – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Theme

The crimes of fiddly worlds. 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...

BGB Podcast #51 – The Best of Times

Wait, what do you mean we’re done with the top fifty? 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...