Category: Podcast

BGB Podcast #64 – Are Games Even Fun?

We probably should have asked this a while ago. We’re being serious. Are board games a base line level of fun that we ought to take for granted? We’re all together, we’re all playing a game, that’s better than doing nothing, right? It couldn’t possibly be that simple with us. Before we arithmetise entertainment,...

BGB Podcast #63 – Hype Men

The train’s pulling into the station and you’ve got a ticket, because this week we’re talking all about hype. Why do we get irrationally excited about games we know nothing about? How much should we listen to our overly excited inner selves? Before it’s all aboard, we also talk about Reykholt, PUSH, and Great Western Trail.

BGB Podcast #62 – A Melange of Games to Play Again

It’s all well and good playing the newest, hottest games, but that doesn’t stop us wanting to go back to some of the old goodies. We’re counting down our top five games we want to revisit, to enjoy once more as we did in our youth. Relatively speaking. Before we get all wistful, we also talk about Eye My Favourite Things, On Tour, and Dune.

BGB Podcast #61 – Beware of the Cyber

Let’s get digital. Electronic board games! What will they think of next?! There’s been a trend of more and more board games being translated into web and mobile apps, so join us as we make the jump to cyberspace. Before we plug in, we also talk about Heul doch! Mau Mau, Architects of the West...

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...