Tagged: diplomacy

BGB Podcast #113 – Trust is Good, Area Control is Better

Area control is the first subject of our new recurring feature, “What we love, what we hate”, where we deep dive into a single mechanic and describe … well, exactly that! We tend to enjoy games that have you fighting over territory, but what is it that specifically gets us excited about them? And what are the downsides? Before we assume direct control, we talk about The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Stay Cool, and Mezo.

BGB Podcast #109 – Harshing My Buzz

We’re gluttons for punishment this week, because we’re talking about harshness in board games. These are the sort of games where big moves or bad mistakes can be hard to recover from. Harsh games aren’t for everyone, so when and why do we find them appealing? Before we grit our teeth, we talk about Wavelength, Genoa, Krass Kariert, and Oceans.

BGB Podcast #103 – Top 50 Games of All-Time 2019: 20-11

A new year, a new decade, a new podcast, and a new batch of games that we love talking about. It’s the fourth in our five part series of our 50 favourite board games of all-time, and appropriately, we’re kicking off 2020 by breaking into the top twenty. Synergy.

BGB Podcast #96 – The House of Bounce

Uh oh, you’re not enjoying the game you’re playing. Now what? Is it okay to excuse yourself? Maybe it’s better that you just call it rather than continue to have a bad time. This week we’re talking about scenarios where some or all of the players of a game might decide it’s better to bounce than to wallow in misery. Before we make an early exit, we talk about SEAL Team Flix, Paranormal Detectives, and I’m the Boss.

BGB Podcast #75 – Failing Forward

So, you’re coming in last. You could sigh, lean back, mutter to yourself about all the things you should’ve done better … or you could get back in there, soldier! Back on your feet! This week on the show, we discuss what’s worth fighting for in a board game, when you’re clearly not going to win. Before we lose with dignity, we talk about Murder on the Cosmic Express, TAMSK, and Diplomacy.

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 #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 #50 – Top 50 Games of All-Time 2018: 10-1

End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Steps ten to one are just another path, one that we all must take. Top ten, baby! We finally made it. And thus concludes our five part series of our favourite games of all-time. Frankly, we were changed by the experience, and will never be the same...

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...