Where has the year gone?! It’s almost time to start packing our bags for various family gatherings, and inevitably the most important question becomes … what games are we taking? Whether it’s specific games for specific people, or games that work in large inexperienced groups, we’re here to make your holidays merry and bright. Before we head on home, we talk about Ethnos, Street Masters, Templari, and Carnival of Monsters.
It took us almost a hundred episodes, but we finally reveal how to have fun with your friends even when you’re losing. Specifically, we’re talking about games and mechanisms that help us enjoy our losses, because let’s face it, we can’t all be winners. Before we celebrate our setbacks, we talk about Sierra West, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, and Black Angel.
Blue Tank’s back to talk take-backs, so take that to the bank. It’s bound to happen, someone makes a mistake on their turn and desperately wants a do-over – but how do you handle it? What’s fair for everyone at the table? Before we undo, we talk about Air, Land & Sea, Menara, and Seasons of Inis.
We’re joined by the Blue Tank for a quick look back at SHUX, before we dive into a discussion on games that are better than their mechanics suggest. These are games that we might describe as not very good, but somehow still give us incredible experiences that we find distinct and unique. But that makes them good, right? Before we lose all credibility, we talk about Kingdomino Duel, Panic on Wall Street!, and Blood on the Clocktower.
Shut Up & Sit Down’s very own Quintin Smith joins us live on stage at SHUX 2019! We play a rousing game of Hundreds of Horses, discuss some games from the convention, and lay out the unspoken truths of board games – opinions about the hobby we vehemently hold, even if everyone else is too afraid to say it. Before we speak truth to power, we talk about Deep Blue, Curios, Obscurio, and Vast: The Mysterious Manor.
Mark Rosewater, head designer for Magic: The Gathering, defined three player archetypes back in 2002, and we figured it’d be fun to see how we can apply them to, not just board games, but your three beloved hosts. We look into what makes a Timmy, Tammy, Johnny, Jenny, or Spike tick, and try to find some board games each might like. Before we profile ourselves, we talk about FlickFleet, Québec, and Ra.
Inspired by BoardGameGeek’s new system for classifying board game mechanisms, we give our thoughts on the changes, as well as talk about classification in general. Somehow it always leads to heated discussions, whether it’s arguing what a Civilization game even is, or why we need classification at all. I’m sure we’ll all agree in the end. Before we taxi into taxonomy, we talk about Piepmatz, Era: Medieval Age, and Cursed Court.
Hello again, Germany! Well, we don’t actually ever go to Essen, but boy do we wish we could. There are always so many games that debut at Essen SPIEL that we wish we could play or buy … and this year is no exception! We’re counting down the games we would most anticipate getting our hands on if it weren’t so goshdarn far. Before we cast our minds across the Atlantic, we also talk about Irish Gauge, Heroes of Terrinoth, and Tapestry.
No, not that game. We’re talking about the life cycles of games, how we acquire them, how we end up moving on from them. Where do we generally get our games from, and how do we typically get rid of them? Things get a little bit existential before the end. Before we, blinking, step into the sun, we also talk about Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne, 18Lilliput, and Tonari.
Look, there’s only so much time in the day, so we don’t get to play every game we ought to. But some of those missed games hurt more than others, in fact, some of them are downright shameful. This week we’re counting down the top five games we’re ashamed that we haven’t played. Before we atone, we also talk about Kobayakawa, Taj Mahal, and Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition).