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BGB Podcast #131 – But At What Cost?

Even if the price is right, it might not be right for you. We all have different thresholds where a board game we’re interested in crosses from, “maybe I’ll wait for a sale” into “sure why not” territory, but where is that magical line? Has what we’re willing to pay for games changed over time? Before we get sticker shock, we talk about Twin Tin Bots, Ticket to Ride: New York, Whale Riders, and Dead Reckoning.

BGB Podcast #124 – Constraints You Can See

While all games have some restrictions, some games are more willing than others to let you go off the rails. For instance, some leave the economy entirely in the hands of the players, free to tank it if they please. We look at how games do (or don’t) use player constraints to deliver unique experiences. Before we rein ourselves in, we talk about Tournay, Bullet♥︎, Wonder Woman: Challenge of the Amazons, and Container.

BGB Podcast #114 – Let It Grow

Some games put their best foot forward on the first play, eager to have most players feel good right out of the box. Other games are content to take their time. This episode we’re focusing on the latter, games that we’ve only come to appreciate as we’ve given them more time and more plays. Before we grow together, we talk about Ginkgopolis, Time Chase, and Food Chain Magnate.

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 #72 – The Long and the Short of It

Time is a precious resource, so let’s not waste any; we’re talking about game length. How long should a game be? Is it worse if a game is too long or too short? We wrestle with the fourth dimension in our search for answers. Before we watch the clock, we talk about Dice Forge, Gulo Gulo, and Millennium Blades.

BGB Podcast #66 – The Only Winning Move

Strange game. Dominant strategies can ruin a game; if there’s one clear best way to win, why not use it every time? We discuss these optimal strategies, whether they’re always problematic, and how to deal with them at your game table. Before we break the game, we talk about A Feast for Odin: The...

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 #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...