Uh oh, is that thunder? That must mean it’s time for a lightning round – we’re scooping up all the lovely questions and suggestions that just aren’t big enough for the main event, and stuffing them in the blender. This week, it’s public spaces, warning labels, gaming tips, and PAX Unplugged. Before we put fingers on buzzers, we talk about Gift of Tulips, Five Three Five, and Anunnaki: Dawn of the Gods.
Are board games stuck? Not to be dramatic or anything, but it does seem like we keep circling the same ideas over and over again, right? We speculate on where we think the hobby is headed, and whether or not it needs a shake up. Before we plateau, we talk about Orchard, Hadrian’s Wall, Terracotta Army, and Santiago.
A little prune, a little embellish, a nip, a tuck, and a flourish, and we can get this thing just how we like it. We’re looking at all the little things that we’d like to see more of, all the things we’d like to see less of in the world of board games. Before we giveth and taketh away, we talk about First in Flight, Tramways, and Wandering Towers.
A solid end game trigger can be such an overlooked part of the design of a game. The conventional wisdom for most things is to start strong and finish strong, so we look at some of our favourite ways that games can end. Before we reach the end of the road, we talk about Robot Quest Arena, Mr. President: The American Presidency, 2001-2020, and Expeditions.
We’re veering into the dark roads of board game classification, but this time with a goal in mind – how to best highlight games that feature strong interaction. Shouldn’t BoardGameGeek have a scale for that somewhere? And while we’re at it, BGG … Before we put our thoughts in the suggestion box, we talk about Guatemala Café, and Ride the Rails.
We (well some of us) made it back from Vegas, and what happened there didn’t stay there – we’re reporting in from Dice Tower West 2023, a fun week of friends, casinos, and all you can eat sushi. To everyone we met, thank you for saying hey! We also played a lot of hot games, including Heat: Pedal to the Metal, and Stationfall.
New year, new games, and we’re really in it now. We look ahead to the year ahead, and all the games that we’re most excited to get our hands on … but we couldn’t do it without just a little bit of help from our friends. Before we consult our many crystal balls, we talk about American Bookshop, War of the Ring: Second Edition, and Coffee Traders.
Look, we know, we don’t exactly help matters, but this hobby can be expensive. So, to make up for fueling your FOMO, we’re gonna lay out some of the ways that we consciously try to curb our board game spending, while still keeping up with the zeitgeist. Before we balance our budget, we talk about Summer Camp, Wildlands, and Rome & Roll.