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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 #51 – The Best of Times

Wait, what do you mean we’re done with the top fifty? We throw back to our very first episode, with our biggest surprises and disappointments of the year gone by. 2018 was a year of highs and lows, but sometimes you just don’t see them coming. The difference between expectation and the final product...

BGB Podcast #49 – Top 50 Games of All-Time 2018: 20-11

Everything is going to be fine in the end. If it’s not, it’s just steps twenty to eleven. The end is nigh! If you squint just right you can see it from here. We’re almost done counting down our favourite fifty games of all time, so join us in the penultimate part of our...

BGB Podcast #44 – Red Letter Episode

They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but we’ll show ’em. It’s your time to shine! We field questions from you, our adoring fans, in our first ever Q&A episode. You sent us the important topical issues you’ve been yearning for our take on, and takes ye shall receive. Before we...

BGB Podcast #43 – My Triumphs, My Mistakes

All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. We’re getting introspective this week, weighing up the mistakes we’ve made in our collections, and reflecting on our earlier selves. Would you reset your board game collection? What games might you not buy if you had to do it all over...

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...

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...

BGB Podcast #23 – Are You Feeling Lucky?

Alea iacta est. Or, as the poet Robert Van Winkle translated from the original Latin, dice dice baby. Luck is an element of almost every board game there is, but it’s still a major point of contention. Whether it’s the roll of dice, or the draw of a card, randomness can make or break...

BGB Podcast #16 – How to Win Friends & Area Control People

Lenin famously said, “Trust is good, control is better.” Lennon famously said, “I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob”. In a way, they’re both right. We wrap up the mechanics trilogy with Kalen’s pick, area control. Maybe it’s because we were all raised on Risk, but there’s something universal about seeing a map of...

Rising Sun Review

Even though Rising Sun is releasing into retail this week, we’ve had our grubby mitts on it for a while thanks to CMON’s phenomenally successful Kickstarter campaign. But maybe you’re seeing it on store shelves for the first time. So naturally, you came to your favourite source for board game opinions, and opinions ye...