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BGB Podcast #78 – You Gotta Get a Gimmick

Gimmicks are elements of a game that are the fundamental selling point, the core attention grabbing mechanic or experience that the game is built around. This episode, we’re breaking down gimmicks in board games, figuring out if they’re good or bad for the hobby, and talking about some of the most notable. Before we cave to flashy marketing, we also talk about Are You A Robot?, Jaws, and FUSE.

BGB Podcast #70 – Spiel des Jahres! The Games War!

Somewhere in Germany every year, a specialist team assembles to decide on the best board games … that released in Germany that year … that no one has ever heard of. Look, the Spiel des Jahres is a bit weird, and no one ever agrees about the winners, but we’re going to talk about the nominees anyway, okay? Before ze Germans get here, we also talk about Glorantha: The Gods War, and Corinth. We also recap our weekend at Strategicon Gamex 2019.

BGB Podcast #60 – Tabling the Discussion

I’ll take the sticks and stones, thanks. We’re at the table talking table talk, all the little things that get said while you’re playing a board game. Sure, there’s plenty to be said in a social deduction or negotiation game, but what about less talky games? What’s appropriate and what isn’t? Before we say...

BGB Podcast #57 – Where There’s a Will, There’s a Gateway

I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it. Gateway games are an often requested topic, but we wouldn’t be us without a big old debate about them first. Are they important? Should you be trying to convert your friends at all? Isn’t every game a gateway...

BGB Podcast #53 – Objection!

Take that! Objectivity is a nice goal, but what does it mean for board game criticism? Are there elements of board game design that we can have factual conversations about, without invoking our personal biases? We debate this in the only way we know how. Before we start shouting, we talk about Hyperspace, Gùgōng,...