We’re seeing a lot more versions of games that are X: The Dice Game or Y: The Card Game. These are (usually) simplified takes on beloved classics, but often end up changing the feel of the game dramatically. We discuss when we think this formula works, and when it really doesn’t. Before we cast the die, we talk about Gods Love Dinosaurs, Nanga Parbat, and Ra: The Dice Game.
Sometimes all it takes is a good designer (and the right game) to take what would otherwise be a mechanic we don’t like, and utilize it in a way that feels right. We take a look at some mechanics that we usually don’t love, and the games that turned us around on them. Before we see things in a new light, we talk about CloudAge, Mariposas, and Faiyum.
Now we’re getting into the thick of it, in fact some are calling it the most ambitious Part II released in any medium. It’s the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time! We’re in our thirties (even if we wish we weren’t) and it’s full speed ahead. That’s forty(ish) more games, and ten spots closer to the grand finale. Now that we’ve got this train going, there’s no stopping it.
When you’re playing a game for the first time, and barely know what you’re even doing, how do you even begin to strategize? That’s what we’re asking ourselves this week, as we explore some of our approaches to first plays, how we evaluate the game space, and well, win. Before we push levers, we talk about Orléans: Invasion, Zoned Out, Santorini, and Mini Express.
It’s the season of giving, so our gift to you is more of our favourite board games of all-time! We’re only just halfway, so get comfortable in front of the fire, grab an eggnog, and join us for thirty more incredible games. Oh, you got us something too? Ah. Socks. Thanks.
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.
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).
You know what they say, a journey of a thousand miles, starts with steps fifty through forty-one. We’re counting down to our 50th episode, and what better way than to give our definitive lists of our fifty favourite games of all time?! You’ve been asking for it, so we’ve only gone and done it....