We’re joined by Richard Simpson of We’re Not Wizards, who is definitely not a magician, Victorian or otherwise, to talk about the line between game design and production. Should production values be an integral part of the discussion of a game’s merits, or should we learn to separate the two? Before we get productive, we talk about Doughnut Dash, Cities, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, and L.L.A.M.A.
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There’s only so much space on our shelves, so games don’t always stick around forever, but that doesn’t always mean that we don’t like them. There are many reasons that a good game might get the boot, so let’s talk about them. We count down our top five favourite games we got rid of! Before we pay our respects, we talk about Through the Desert, Lords of Hellas, Troyes, and Watergate.
We’ve learned a thing or two about game nights and conventions over the years. The hobby has changed, and we’ve had to change with it! This episode, we talk about what’s different with how we approach large meetings of board gamers in 2020, and offer what advice we can. Before we pack our game bags, we talk about Fast Sloths, Birdie Fight, Sorcerer City, Electropolis, and Isle of Cats.
You only get one chance to play a game for the first time, but sometimes events conspire to make that debut … less than ideal. We look at some first plays that could’ve gone better, examine what contributed to them not delivering, and offer advice on how to make sure your brand new game doesn’t stumble out the gate.
It took us almost a hundred episodes, but we finally reveal how to have fun with your friends even when you’re losing. Specifically, we’re talking about games and mechanisms that help us enjoy our losses, because let’s face it, we can’t all be winners. Before we celebrate our setbacks, we talk about Sierra West, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, and Black Angel.
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 won’t find a better deal anywhere. Everyone likes to get the most out of their hard-earned cash, but what is a board game worth? Maybe it doesn’t matter what’s inside the box, maybe the real value is the friends we made along the way? Haha, just kidding, it’s totally all about the miniature...
The train’s pulling into the station and you’ve got a ticket, because this week we’re talking all about hype. Why do we get irrationally excited about games we know nothing about? How much should we listen to our overly excited inner selves? Before it’s all aboard, we also talk about Reykholt, PUSH, and Great Western Trail.
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...