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Join Kellen, Neilan and Mark for a podcast about board games, the latest hotness, and how to have fun with your friends even when you're losing.

Board Game Barrage


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    #232: Transcontinental Mailbag Express

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 67:27

    We're spread across the world and time, so we do the thing we should never do; we put the questions to you. Yes, you! It's a mailbag episode, we're answering a trio, a trilogy, a trichopteran of your questions. Before we put in our hand and pull out a letter, we talk about Caesar!: Seize Rome in 20 Minutes!, Symphony No.9, and Arrakis: Dawn of the Fremen. 03:46 - Caesar!: Seize Rome in 20 Minutes! 11:36 - Symphony No.9 19:10 - Arrakis: Dawn of the Fremen 37:48 - Do you create game specific ambience? 43:45 - What games have you been returning to? 44:22 - The Great Zimbabwe 45:16 - Tigris & Euphrates 46:37 - Great Western Trail 47:49 - Cascadia 50:03 - Imperium: The Contention 50:24 - Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage "Game." 50:54 - What's a one sentence description of your tastes? Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #231: Why Fight When You Can Negotiate?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 55:25

    Yes, you could make the argument that every game is a negotiation game if you try hard enough, but for a lot of games it's more integral to the design. We look at games that we think integrate negotiation mechanics especially well, and ask how much is too much (or too little) when it comes to negotiation. Before we compromise, we talk about Septima, and Kremlin. 02:12 - Septima 18:09 - Kremlin 34:26 - Negotiation as a mechanic 35:51 - Catan 38:01 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant 43:23 - Inis 45:45 - Rising Sun 47:31 - Between Two Cities 49:22 - Dune 50:28 - Spartacus: A Game of Blood and Treachery 52:48 - Diplomacy Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #230: Worth the Weight

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 57:58

    While we tend to enjoy games across the whole spectrum, there's something particular about sinking your teeth into a really heavy game. But it's not always an easy prospect; conditions have to be just right. So what makes a heavy game worth it? Before things get heavy, we talk about Barony, Bausack, Whitehall Mystery, and Dead Reckoning. 02:14 - Barony 13:17 - Bausack 18:07 - Whitehall Mystery 22:59 - Dead Reckoning 32:23 - Diplomacy 34:43 - War of the Ring: Second Edition 35:15 - A Feast for Odin 38:45 - Shipyard 40:03 - Vindication 41:21 - Mage Knight Board Game 42:35 - Forbidden Stars 46:59 - Food Chain Magnate 54:09 - The Great Zimbabwe Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #229: The Positives of Being Negative

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 64:15

    There's a lot of discourse lately about the pros and cons of negative board game coverage, and so of course we thought we ought to weigh in. Is there value in negative criticism versus positive, or should there be a balance between the two? Before we take the good with the bad, we talk about Homeworlds, Ave Caesar, and Founders of Teotihuacan. 01:42 - Homeworlds 12:39 - Ave Caesar 18:03 - Founders of Teotihuacan 30:31 - Negative criticism 56:06 - Quest Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #228: Bob Is Beautiful

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 81:47

    It's easy to get lost in mechanical discussions of games, and forget to appreciate them as physical creations. There can be beauty in games, and we're here to get to the heart of it the only way we know, the one on one fight to the death that we call BGBBOB. Before we get skin deep, we talk about First Empires, Mille Fiori, and Foundations of Rome. 01:44 - First Empires 08:25 - Mille Fiori 16:41 - Foundations of Rome 32:51 - BGBBOB: Beautiful games 34:18 - Photosynthesis 35:23 - Root 39:12 - Brass: Lancashire 40:34 - Rising Sun 43:26 - Spirit Island 44:36 - The Gallerist 46:28 - Yamataï 48:00 - Azul 49:51 - Agricola 51:17 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition 53:26 - Wingspan 54:23 - Inis 56:41 - Foundations of Rome 57:33 - Startups 1:00:19 - Ark Nova Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #227: Board Games: The Sequel: Part II: Electric Boogaloo

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 57:04

    It doesn't happen as much as it does in other industries, but every so often the people at the top demand serialization. We're talking about sequels in board games, when they work, when they (super) don't, and what we'd like to see get the treatment. Before we get franchised, we talk about Next Station: London, Dawn of the Zeds (Third Edition), and Azul: Queen's Garden. 01:23 - Next Station: London 09:29 - Dawn of the Zeds (Third Edition) 21:44 - Azul: Queen's Garden 39:51 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition) 40:42 - Uwe Rosenberg Puzzle Trilogy 43:15 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan 45:13 - Brass: Birmingham 47:11 - Glen More II: Chronicles 48:21 - Empires of the Void II 48:36 - The Resistance: Avalon 49:44 - 7 Wonders Duel 50:10 - 7 Wonders: Architects 50:42 - Alchemists 52:05 - Lignum 52:27 - Francis Drake Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #226: Metapod

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 66:04

    Metagaming is all about the game that exists within (and without) the game - it's everything that's not written in the rules. Whether that's something that emerges at your table, or in the community at large, it can be a big part of the social experience, and we're all for it. Before we get meta, we talk about Rum & Pirates, Box One, Shamans, and Crescent Moon. 05:00 - Rum & Pirates 11:24 - Box One 14:58 - Shamans 22:11 - Crescent Moon  38:55 - Metagaming 44:01 - Hanabi 44:40 - The Resistance 48:04 - Root 56:35 - Blood Rage 59:02 - Keyflower Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #225: Itchy, Tasty

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 54:41

    With the middle of the year rapidly approaching, we've acquired our fair share of games that we're really itching to play. We talk about what's recently made its way into our collections that we just can't wait to get to the table. Before we break out the back scratchers, we talk about Ivanhoe, Freshwater Fly, Vindication, and Cryptid: Urban Legends. 02:23 - Ivanhoe 09:13 - Freshwater Fly 17:11 - Vindication 24:22 - Cryptid: Urban Legends 37:36 - Games we're itching to play 38:40 - Dead Reckoning 41:04 - Gloomholdin' 44:18 - Mille Fiori 46:29 - Foundations of Rome 49:57 - Innovation 51:31 - A Feast for Odin 52:17 - Biblios Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #224: Golden Geek Awards 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 74:58

    The Golden Geek results are in for 2021, and to avoid burying the lede ... we won! We're over the moon, naturally, but we couldn't have done it without you. We celebrate by giving our takes on the rest of the awards, how we voted, and what we think about the other categories. Before we bathe in our glory, we talk about Aristocracy, Senators, and Ark Nova. 06:08 - Aristocracy 15:51 - Senators 23:58 - Ark Nova 42:15 - Golden Geek Awards 43:29 - That Time You Killed Me 43:58 - Summoner Wars (Second Edition) 44:17 - Radlands 45:30 - Sleeping Gods 46:16 - Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile 47:52 - The Crew: Mission Deep Sea 49:19 - PARKS: Nightfall 49:56 - The Adventures of Robin Hood 51:03 - 7 Wonders: Architects 52:00 - Cascadia 54:07 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt 57:12 - Gloomholdin' 01:02:31 - Red Flag Over Paris 01:03:07 - Podcast of the Year Check out the results here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2859849/16th-annual-golden-geek-winners-2021 Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #223: Ye Olden Games with Mark Bigney from So Very Wrong About Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 78:48

    It's easy to get caught up in the cult of the new, but there are so many amazing games that came out before we were even in the hobby. Mark Bigney of So Very Wrong About Games joins us to look at the games we love from yesteryear, and other older games we really ought to play. And stick around for even more special appearances after the show! Before we go back in time, we talk about Sobek: 2 Players, Phantom Leader Deluxe, and Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition. 04:30 - Sobek: 2 Players 11:59 - Phantom Leader Deluxe 27:56 - Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition 37:07 - Acquire 41:45 - Bus 45:29 - Dream Factory 49:49 - Civilization 53:15 - Advanced Civilization 1:00:52 - Quo Vadis? 1:01:43 - Ikusa 1:03:20 - Antike II 1:03:52 - Die Macher 1:05:41 - Victory in the Pacific 1:10:18 - Subbuteo Please vote for us in the Golden Geek awards! https://boardgamebarrage.com/vote Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #222: Are You the Gatekeeper?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 49:18

    There are many ways that we can accidentally contribute to gatekeeping in the hobby - pushing those who want to embrace it away. Whether it's to those outside, or even, bizarrely, to those already in, we break down the subtle (and unsubtle) ways we do it, whether or not we mean to. Before we find the keymaster, we talk about San Marco, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, and Ghosts of Christmas. 02:28 - San Marco 10:57 - Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion 20:34 - Ghosts of Christmas 32:03 - Exploding Kittens 32:18 - Catan 33:17 - Wingspan 43:02 - Codenames Please vote for us in the Golden Geek awards! https://boardgamebarrage.com/vote Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #221: P-P-P-Party Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 47:47

    It doesn't quite work the same, but what do you expect when Neilan's not present? Speaking of presents, it's Mark's birthday so the rest of the crew celebrate with a parade of (don't call them hot) questions, where they invent expansions, and save the planet. Before we get older, we talk about Time Barons, and The Key: Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land. 03:57 - Time Barons 13:37 - Hanabi Deluxe II 15:34 - The Key: Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land 28:06 - Beyond the Sun 30:57 - The Quest for El Dorado 32:38 - Biblios 33:32 - Pax Renaissance 36:54 - The Castles of Burgundy Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #220: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 501-600

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 60:57

    It's been a little while, but we're back with the next hundred games on BoadGameGeek, and we're drafting a five game collection from them. Who ended up with the best picks? Vote and you could win a $50 gift voucher! Before things get drafty, we talk about Imperium: The Contention, Wonderland's War, and Gentes. 02:19 - Imperium: The Contention 07:20 - Wonderland's War 19:23 - Gentes 33:32 - Quantum 35:31 - Kemet: Blood and Sand 37:51 - Through the Desert 39:28 - Pax Renaissance 40:45 - Blitzkrieg!: World War Two in 20 Minutes 42:45 - Pax Porfiriana 43:27 - Coloretto 45:02 - Camel Up 46:14 - Cuba Libre 47:02 - Nova Luna 48:57 - Furnace 49:59 - Imperium: Classics 51:56 - Fort 54:09 - Space Empires 4X 57:47 - Carson City Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #219: A Perfect Ten

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 45:47

    Does the perfect game exist? Probably not, but is that even the point? This week we discuss the elusive 10/10 rating, whether it makes sense to apply it, and what that means for rating games in general. Before we realize pobody's nerfect, we talk about Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage “Game.”, Manila, and Picture Perfect. 02:11 - Mind MGMT: The Psychic Espionage “Game.” 12:14 - Manila 16:55 - Camel Up 18:50 - Picture Perfect 31:05 - Tigris & Euphrates 37:58 - Ark Nova 40:17 - Wingspan Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #218: Our Listeners' Top 20 Board Games of All-Time 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 61:29

    Wow, hundreds of you sent in your favourite games, and it was absolute chaos. But we got all the data together, cleaned up the typos, and crunched the numbers via a super secret algorithm, and here we are, your favourite games of all-time! For this year, at least. Before you take the stage, we talk about Schotten Totten 2, For Science!, and The Bridges of Shangri-La. 02:17 - Schotten Totten 2 13:13 - For Science! 23:17 - The Bridges of Shangri-La 33:59 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition 35:07 - Inis 36:34 - El Grande 37:43 - Dominion 39:14 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine 39:45 - Scythe 40:29 - Terraforming Mars 41:11 - Terra Mystica 42:53 - A Feast for Odin 43:18 - Agricola 44:20 - Race for the Galaxy 44:41 - The Castles of Burgundy 45:47 - Innovation 46:55 - Gloomhaven 47:36 - Great Western Trail 48:21 - Concordia 49:58 - Root 51:07 - Hansa Teutonica 52:21 - Brass: Birmingham 53:19 - Spirit Island Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #217: We Got Rid of a Bunch of Games!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 55:18

    There is a joy as equal in receiving a game, as moving it onto another person to enjoy. Especially, if you're Mark, when there's cash involved. We reflect on the many games that got left behind recently. Before we purge, we talk about Imperial Steam, Circus Flohcati, and Dogs of War. 02:33 - Circus Flohcati 09:37 - Imperial Steam 21:22 - Dogs of War 29:33 - Camel Up: Off Season 31:01 - Ciub 31:53 - Ten 33:18 - Visitor in Blackwood Grove 33:35 - Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden 33:52 - Bosk 34:08 - Castell 35:38 - Ninja Catfoot and the Covert Action 37:07 - In a Grove 37:07 - Dokojong 40:16 - Yokohama 40:59 - Castles of Burgundy 41:20 - Oath 41:46 - Feudum 42:23 - Lords of Vegas 42:32 - Chinatown 44:20 - Scape Goat 44:42 - Bequest 45:08 - Kardashev Scale 45:38 - Beez 45:56 - Llamaland 46:51 - Kobayakawa 47:07 - Lost Cities: Roll and Write 47:15 - Rebel Knox 47:36 - Tutto! 48:02 - Time Bomb Evolution 48:28 - My City 48:28 - The King's Dilemma 49:00 - Seikatsu 49:35 - Dinner in Paris 49:43 - Ruination 50:05 -  Radlands 50:38 - Whirling Witchcraft 50:53 - Hadara 51:09 - Power Failure 51:28 - Mystic Paths 51:43 - Bazaar 55:07 - Blokus Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #216: We're Doing This Together!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 53:49

    Waiting your turn is so 2021.  Simultaneous play is where it's at now. Fortunately, we got a chance to try A BUNCH of games featuring the mechanism at Dice Tower West! So, before we all hold hands and dive in all at once, we'll chat about Bear Raid, Loco!, Imperium: The Contention, and Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest. 04:30 Bear Raid 12:18 Loco! 18:09 Imperium: The Contention 30:37 Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest 47:20 Guards of Atlantis 48:49 Sidereal Confluence Check for the Listener Top 20 Games of All Time at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/top20 Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #215: Some Like It H-H-Hot

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 39:15

    We're on the way to Dice Tower West, so we're keeping this one easy breezy with just a hot question. How many games on your shelf do you think you could teach without looking at the rulebook? Before we turn up the heat, we talk about Yokohama, Final Girl, and Mystic Paths. 03:04 - Yokohama 11:35 - Final Girl 20:27 - Mystic Paths Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #214: Bob's Alright (For Fighting)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 85:56

    Return of the Bob! If you don't know what a BGBBOB, boy you've missed out. Twelve games enter, and, well, they all exit, but only once they've been arranged in the appropriate order via a series of one on one fights. And fights are doubly appropriate this week, because we're battling it out in search of the best combat systems. Before we wish for peace, we talk about 7 Wonders: Architects, Kokopelli, and Canopy. 03:18 - 7 Wonders: Architects 10:46 - Kokopelli 19:22 - Canopy 31:42 - Diplomacy 33:26 - Rising Sun 35:52 - Mage Knight 37:44 - Arcadia Quest 41:10 - Chaos in the Old World 42:18 - Eclipse 45:49 - Blood Rage 48:20 - Kemet 53:03 - Neuroshima Hex 57:11 - King of Tokyo 01:01:55 - Dune 01:05:17 - Inis Give us feedback: https://boardgamebarrage.com/feedback Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #213: Approach Without Caution

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 55:47

    Approachability and accessibility are incredibly important to a wide swathe of gamers, but for those experienced in the hobby, it can often get overlooked. We investigate how games can aid those both in and especially outside the hobby to be more immediately appealing. Before we have a beer with him, we talk about Shinkansen: Zero Kei, Project L, and Boonlake. 01:32 - Shinkansen: Zero Kei 11:30 - Project L 21:13 - Boonlake 42:07 - Scythe 43:22 - Troyes Give us feedback: https://boardgamebarrage.com/feedback Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #212: Two Can Play At That Game

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 47:20

    It's the triumphant return of the terrific trio - you know exactly who we mean - to talk about games where one of us would have to be left out. That's right, it's two players only at this table, and we're talking about our favourite games that fit the bill, and why we love them. Before we one-three-nine-take-two, we talk about Undaunted: Normandy, Fields of Arle, and That Time You Killed Me. 02:12 - Undaunted: Normandy 11:07 - Fields of Arle 17:27 - That Time You Killed Me 28:19 - Two player games 29:47 - Azul 30:56 - The Field of the Cloth of Gold 34:35 - Innovation 35:52 - Cthulhu Wars: Duel 36:25 - Cosmic Encounter Duel 38:40 - BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia 39:42 - Magic: The Gathering 41:10 - Race for the Galaxy 43:53 - Ginkgopolis Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #211: Our Most Anticipated Games of 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 67:42

    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. 01:56 - American Bookshop 06:42 - War of the Ring: Second Edition 22:21 - Coffee Traders 34:16 - Aegean Sea 34:35 - Hamburg 36:01 - The Guild of Merchant Explorers 37:26 - Eleven: Football Manager Board Game 39:12 - The Shivers 40:53 - Root: The Marauder Expansion 42:33 - Dungeons, Dice & Danger 42:52 - Hamburg 43:49 - Bear Raid 45:24 - Federation 47:32 - Dice Realms 48:37 - Vagrantsong 50:14 - Return to Dark Tower 51:16 - Weather Machine 53:10 - Crescent Moon 55:06 - Stationfall 57:36 - Hegemony: Lead Your Class to Victory 59:39 - Ra 1:00:53 - Distilled 1:02:40 - Endless Winter: Paleoamericans Please check out all of our guests' amazing work: Paula Deming - https://www.youtube.com/c/PaulaDeming Brain in A Jar - https://linktr.ee/brain_in_a_jar Decision Space - https://decisionspace.podbean.com Foster the Meeple - https://www.youtube.com/c/fosterthemeeple Jason / Shelf Stories - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnaZ7055IWOdm8XCJfFRDcw 1 Minute Board Games - https://www.1minuteboardgames.com Ruel - http://ruelgaviola.com Board Game Hot Takes - https://boardgamehottakes.com Mike Dilisio - https://sporadicallyboard.libsyn.com

    #210: No One Man Should Have All That Power

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 51:08

    Few things feel better than those moments in board games that make you feel powerful. Whether it's playing the perfect card, pulling off a perfectly executed turn, or splashing down that giant mini, we look at some of our favourite power plays in board games. Before we corrupt absolutely, we talk about Biblios: Quill and Parchment, Cryo, and Origins: First Builders. 03:00 - Biblios: Quill and Parchment 12:43 - Cryo 22:24 - Origins: First Builders 28:57 - Games that make you feel powerful 29:21 - Russian Railroads 30:22 - Le Havre 31:01 - A Feast for Odin 32:01 - Dominion 32:43 - Automobiles 33:49 - Cosmic Encounter 34:17 - I'm the Boss! 35:06 - Magic: The Gathering 36:35 - La Granja 38:45 - Cthulhu Wars 40:05 - Nothing Personal 41:32 - The Downfall of Pompeii 43:12 - Spirit Island 44:53 - Dominant Species 46:49 - Furnace 48:07 - Innovation Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #209: Holiday Hits and Hot Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 55:36

    And we're back! The holiday extravaganza is over, and it's back to business as usual around here. And what better way to get back into the swing of things than with some h-h-hot questions! Before that, we catch up on our holidays apart, with tales about the games that we played with our loved ones, including The Siege of Runedar, Snakesss, and Time Bomb Evolution. 02:18 - The Siege of Runedar 08:02 - Snakesss 14:49 - Time Bomb Evolution 19:04 - Sacred Rites 24:09 - Hearts of AttrAction 30:03 - Wits & Wagers Vegas 32:18 - Colorful 35:14 - Paperback 37:33 - Ten plays of one game, or one play of ten? 40:17 - The Great Zimbabwe 44:47 - Abandoning games halfway through? 48:56 - Time's Up! 51:36 - Blood Rage 52:10 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #208: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 10-1 (ft. Tom Brewster)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 130:12

    It's the grand finale of the event of events that is the BGB Top 50 Games of All-time! These are our ten absolute favourite games, and, fittingly, it's a bumper episode with more than one surprise. Joining us in the peanut gallery this week, it's none other than the manic imp of Shut Up & Sit Down himself, the absolute mad genius that is Tom Brewster. Buckle in, it's going to get weird. 02:36 - Kellen #10 - El Grande 04:08 - Mark #10 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons 07:44 - Neilan #10 - Exit: The Game 11:08 - Christina #10 - I'm the Boss! 14:53 - Kellen #9 - Inis 18:05 - Mark #9 - The Estates 20:13 - Neilan #9 - Guards of Atlantis II 23:20 - Christina #9 - Lost Cities 28:28 - Kellen #8 - Diplomacy 31:18 - Mark #8 - Hansa Teutonica 34:02 - Neilan #8 - Pictomania 37:20 - Christina #8 - Twice as Clever! 41:07 - Kellen #7 - Dune 43:43 - Mark #7 - Time's Up! Title Recall! 45:33 - Neilan #7 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar 48:14 - Christina #7 - Blood Rage 53:03 - Kellen #6 - Cosmic Encounter 55:03 - Mark #6 - Brass: Lancashire 56:56 - Neilan #6 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant 1:00:06 - Christina #6 - Babylonia 1:05:31 - Kellen #5 - Troyes 1:05:31 - Christina #5 - Troyes 1:10:06 - Mark #5 - Arboretum 1:12:11 - Neilan #5 - Time's Up! Title Recall! 1:14:15 - Kellen #4 - I'm the Boss! 1:16:57 - Mark #4 - Fresh Fish 1:19:56 - Neilan #4 - Gloomhaven 1:22:25 - Christina #4 - El Grande 1:25:26 - Kellen #3 - Cthulhu Wars 1:25:26 - Christina #3 - Cthulhu Wars 1:29:37 - Mark #3 - Caylus 1303 1:31:38 - Neilan #3 - The Resistance 1:35:24 - Kellen #2 - Archipelago 1:38:02 - Mark #2 - Race for the Galaxy 1:41:12 - Neilan #2 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization 1:45:45 - Christina #2 - Time's Up! Title Recall! 1:51:46 - Christina #1 - Innovation 1:51:46 - Kellen #1 - Innovation 1:57:28 - Mark #1 - Biblios 1:59:34 - Neilan #1 - A Feast for Odin Check out Shut Up & Sit Down: https://www.shutupandsitdown.com Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #207: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 20-11 (ft. Ambie Valdés)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 63:28

    The penultimate episode of the grand series is here, it's the BGB Top 50! As the journey approaches its end, we're venturing into our 20th to 11th favourite games, with some support from the peanut gallery. And with thirty more board games to blitz through, who better to help us than Ambie Valdés of Board Game Blitz! 01:27 - Mark #20 - Imperial 2030 03:02 - Neilan #20 - Decrypto 04:11 - Kellen #20 - The Resistance 06:19 - Mark #19 - Ra 07:35 - Neilan #19 - Patchwork 09:15 - Kellen #19 - Ingenious 11:32 - Mark #18 - Barrage 13:41 - Neilan #18 - Rising Sun 15:24 - Kellen #18 - Time's Up! 18:01 - Mark #17 - Pax Renaissance 19:32 - Neilan #17 - Taj Mahal 20:34 - Kellen #17 - 6 nimmt! 22:55 - Mark #16 - Archipelago 26:03 - Neilan #16 - Brass: Birmingham 28:00 - Kellen #16 - Telestrations 30:20 - Mark #15 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest 32:07 - Neilan #15 - Watson & Holmes 33:44 - Kellen #15 - Decrypto 35:53 - Mark #14 - Bus 38:01 - Neilan #14 - Codenames 39:05 - Kellen #14 - Omen: A Reign of War 41:29 - Mark #13 - Tigris & Euphrates 42:59 - Neilan #13 - Alchemists 45:00 - Kellen #13 - Glory to Rome 47:52 - Mark #12 - El Grande 50:05 - Neilan #12 - Scythe 51:41 - Kellen #12 - Hansa Teutonica 54:31 - Mark #11 - Age of Steam 56:53 - Neilan #11 - Cthulhu Wars 58:29 - Kellen #11 - Coloretto Check out Board Game Blitz: https://www.boardgameblitz.com Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #207: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 20-11 (ft. Ambie Valdés)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 63:28

    The penultimate episode of the grand series is here, it's the BGB Top 50! As the journey approaches its end, we're venturing into our 20th to 11th favourite games, with some support from the peanut gallery. And with thirty more board games to blitz through, who better to help us than Ambie Valdés of Board Game Blitz! 01:27 - Mark #20 - Imperial 2030 03:02 - Neilan #20 - Decrypto 04:11 - Kellen #20 - The Resistance 06:19 - Mark #19 - Ra 07:35 - Neilan #19 - Patchwork 09:15 - Kellen #19 - Ingenious 11:32 - Mark #18 - Barrage 13:41 - Neilan #18 - Rising Sun 15:24 - Kellen #18 - Time's Up! 18:01 - Mark #17 - Pax Renaissance 19:32 - Neilan #17 - Taj Mahal 20:34 - Kellen #17 - 6 nimmt! 22:55 - Mark #16 - Archipelago 26:03 - Neilan #16 - Brass: Birmingham 28:00 - Kellen #16 - Telestrations 30:20 - Mark #15 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest 32:07 - Neilan #15 - Watson & Holmes 33:44 - Kellen #15 - Decrypto 35:53 - Mark #14 - Bus 38:01 - Neilan #14 - Codenames 39:05 - Kellen #14 - Omen: A Reign of War 41:29 - Mark #13 - Tigris & Euphrates 42:59 - Neilan #13 - Alchemists 45:00 - Kellen #13 - Glory to Rome 47:52 - Mark #12 - El Grande 50:05 - Neilan #12 - Scythe 51:41 - Kellen #12 - Hansa Teutonica 54:31 - Mark #11 - Age of Steam 56:53 - Neilan #11 - Cthulhu Wars 58:29 - Kellen #11 - Coloretto Check out Board Game Blitz: https://www.boardgameblitz.com Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #206: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 30-21 (ft. Mike Walker)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 75:24

    What better way to send off the year than part three of the party to end all parties, the BGB Top 50! We're adding thirty more incredible games to the list, with our 30th to 21st favourite picks. This week, we have the Black Tank, Mike Walker of So Very Wrong About Games tearing apart our choices from the peanut gallery! 01:57 - Kellen #30 - Taj Mahal 03:32 - Mark #30 - Modern Art 05:48 - Neilan #30 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong 09:11 - Kellen #29 - Race for the Galaxy 11:27 - Mark #29 - Francis Drake 13:02 - Neilan #29 - Gaia Project 16:33 - Kellen #28 - Krass Kariert / Dealt! / SCOUT 18:33 - Mark #28 - The Gallerist 20:37 - Neilan #28 - Twice as Clever! 22:33 - Kellen #27 - Rumble Nation 25:12 - Mark #27 - Panic on Wall Street! 27:30 - Neilan #27 - Azul 30:00 - Kellen #26 - Startups 32:49 - Mark #26 - A Question of Scruples 34:34 - Neilan #26 - Werewords 37:44 - Kellen #25 - Keyflower 40:09 - Mark #25 - Lancaster 43:23 - Neilan #25 - Spirit Island 46:33 - Kellen #24 - Smartphone Inc. 48:42 - Mark #24 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition 50:41 - Neilan #24 - The Quest for El Dorado 53:01 - Kellen #23 - Codenames 55:34 - Mark #23 - Container 57:13 - Neilan #23 - Blue Lagoon 59:24 - Kellen #22 - Babylonia 1:01:52 - Mark #22 - Pictomania 1:03:05 - Neilan #22 - Inis 1:06:11 - Kellen #21 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong 1:07:57 - Mark #21 - City of the Big Shoulders 1:09:51 - Neilan #21 - The Oracle of Delphi Check out So Very Wrong About Games: https://www.sowronggames.com Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #205: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 40-31 (ft. Monique & Naveen)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 81:43

    We're back for the second part of the year's greatest celebration, it's the top fifty! We've got thirty more incredible games to talk about this week, as we get into our games ranked 40th to 31st. This week in the peanut gallery, critiquing our picks, we're thrilled to have Monique (the Lavender tank herself) and Naveen of Before You Play! 01:29 - Neilan #40 - Coloretto 03:15 - Kellen #40 - Zendo 05:28 - Mark #40 - Ginkgopolis 07:46 - Neilan #39 - Aeon's End 10:06 - Kellen #39 - Stephenson's Rocket 12:47 - Mark #39 - Reef Encounter 16:09 - Neilan #38 - Dominion 17:49 - Kellen #38 - Genoa 19:46 - Mark #38 - Smartphone Inc. 23:22 - Neilan #37 - Archipelago 25:08 - Kellen #37 - Beyond the Sun 27:21 - Mark #37 - Maracaibo 29:54 - Neilan #36 - Innovation 32:33 - Kellen #36 - Dogs of War 34:45 - Mark #36 - Blue Lagoon 38:05 - Neilan #35 - Hansa Teutonica 39:58 - Kellen #35 - Pax Porfiriana 42:37 - Mark #35 - Genoa 44:57 - Neilan #34 - In the Year of the Dragon 47:10 - Kellen #34 - Agricola 49:42 - Mark #34 - True Colors 54:50 - Neilan #33 - The Search for Planet X 57:48 - Kellen #33 - Wizard 59:37 - Mark #33 - Glen More II: Chronicles 1:04:10 - Neilan #32 - Kemet 1:06:01 - Kellen #32 - Imperial 2030 1:08:07 - Mark #32 - Cthulhu Wars 1:11:03 - Neilan #31 - Yellow & Yangtze 1:13:41 - Kellen #31 - Fuji Flush 1:15:33 - Mark #31 - Dominant Species Check out Before You Play: https://www.youtube.com/c/BeforeYouPlay Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #204: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2021: 50-41 (ft. Mike Dilisio)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 84:59

    It's time. The event of the year is upon us, as we begin counting down our FIFTY. FAVOURITE. GAMES. OF. ALL. TIME. We're kicking it off where you kick off all good top 50s, with our games ranked 50th to 41st favourite games. And we've also invited Mr Delicious himself, Mike DiLisio of The Dice Tower, to pick apart our choices from his lofty perch in the peanut gallery. Let's go! 03:15 - Kellen #50 - So Clover! 07:10 - Neilan #50 - Taluva 10:18 - Mark #50 - Glory to Rome 14:30 - Kellen #49 - Throne and the Grail 16:43 - Neilan #49 - Sagani 19:07 - Mark #49 - Stephenson's Rocket 22:13 - Kellen #48 - Root 25:23 - Neilan #48 - Troyes 27:35 - Mark #48 - Marvel Champions 31:14 - Kellen #47 - Splendor 33:25 - Neilan #47 - Letter Jam 35:44 - Mark #47 - Dungeon Fighter 39:05 - Kellen #46 - Brass: Lancashire 41:38 - Neilan #46 - Gugong 43:33 - Mark #46 - Babylonia 46:47 - Kellen #45 - Nusfjord 49:34 - Neilan #45 - Pipeline 50:49 - Mark #45 - Ricochet Robots 54:46 - Kellen #44 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition) 56:51 - Neilan #44 - The Great Zimbabwe 58:52 - Mark #44 - Lisboa 01:02:12 - Kellen #43 - The Game 01:04:31 - Neilan #43 - So Clover! 01:05:36 - Mark #43 - Cuba Libre 01:08:34 - Kellen #42 - Bruges 01:11:16 - Neilan #42 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne 01:13:31 - Mark #42 - Rising Sun 01:16:22 - Kellen #41 - Lords of Vegas 01:18:52 - Neilan #41 - Orléans 01:20:36 - Mark #41 - Innovation Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #203: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 48:02

    It'd be great if we could only ever play our favourites. But sometimes, perhaps more often than not, we have to put up with playing games not because we want to, but because it's the polite or kind thing to do depending on the company. This week, we're talking about games that we don't necessarily love, but for whatever reason we end up playing a lot of. Before we're held against our will, we talk about Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden, Sacred Rites, and Great Plains. 02:09 - Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden 11:53 - Sprawlopolis 14:01 - Sacred Rites 20:34 - Great Plains 25:46 - PAX Unplugged! 28:02 - Games we don't love but play a lot 29:13 - Zombicide 30:34 - Betrayal at House on the Hill 31:45 - 7 Wonders Duel 32:48 - Railroad Ink 33:24 - Karuba 34:22 - Hive 35:59 - The Mind 36:48 - Wavelength 37:44 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf 38:20 - The Quacks of Quedlinburg 41:51 - Space Base 42:57 - Crokinole Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #202: Your Fulfilled Potential

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 61:26

    Looking back on the past made us all reflective. For instance, remember 166 episodes ago when we promised to play all those games on our shelves of shame? I thought you might. We're revisiting our crimes of yesteryear, and checking in on how guilty we are. Before we audit our past selves, we talk about Warp's Edge, Carolus Magnus, and Unfathomable. 02:32 - Warp's Edge 08:09  - Carolus Magnus 16:20 - Unfathomable 27:00 - A Look Back at Our Unfulfilled Potential 27:18 - Fog of Love 28:56 - Spirit Island 30:10 - Dungeon Petz 31:55 - Mini Rails 33:19 - Pax Porfiriana 35:45  - Keyflower 36:41  - Dogs of War 37:13 - Clockwork Wars 38:38 - Anachrony 39:40 - Lisboa 40:19 - Three Kingdoms Redux 41:59 - Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game 42:51 - The Gallerist 43:40 - The Voyages of Marco Polo 44:35 - Diplomacy 45:40 - For-Ex 46:35 - Project: ELITE 47:31 - War of the Ring 49:50 - Roads & Boats 51:15 - Tammany Hall 51:28 - Fury of Dracula 51:50 - 1880: China 52:19 - Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery 52:45 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game 53:07 - Crokinole 53:48 - An Infamous Traffic 54:15 - Chaos in the Old World 55:07 - Great Western Trail 55:52 - Dune 56:48 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #201: I Choose You, Ghost Turkey!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 17:12

    Gobble gobble, gotcha again. What better way to follow up one of our biggest episodes yet, than with one of our stupidest? Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 02:35 - Cursed Court: Pokémon Edition 04:30 - Unfathomable 05:36 - Wings of War: Deluxe Set 06:22 - Gods Loves Dinosaurs 07:12 - Wings of Glory 08:16 - Seikatsu 12:59 - Bandada 14:22 - Concordia Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #200: The Big 200 Spectacular

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 76:59

    We did it! Two hundred episodes later and we're still here. We're so grateful to every single listener, so we wanted to turn the mics back on all of you for your favourite voicemail memories from the show. Here's to another two hundred. Before we celebrate good times, we talk about Llamaland, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, and Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition. 02:59 - Llamaland 12:03 - Mansions of Madness: Second Edition 18:26 - Cthulhu: Death May Die 19:36 - Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition 34:05 - BGB and SUSD at PAX Unplugged! 34:32 - Voicemail Memory Lane 34:44 - Jordan: Kingmaking 34:44 - Rising Sun 41:41 - Zeth4: The iconic duo 42:07 - Food Chain Magnate 44:26 - Donnie: Lacerda games 48:04 - Alex: Kinder Kellen 51:29 - Kevin & Camden: 139 55:00 - Sahara: Killing Concordia 55:00 - Concordia 55:47 - Curtis: Tank love 1:00:55 - Saroule: Mark's grand entrance 1:04:39 - Brent & Kirsten: Booty 1:04:39 - Don't Get Got! 1:13:26 - Nate: Summing it up Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #199: Amerigames and Eurotrash

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 63:21

    The split between Eurogame and Ameritrash gamers is as old as it it is silly, but in the last ten years it's also become a lot more nebulous. It's less clear than ever which side of the fence games fall on, so why still use these archaic labels at all? Maybe it's time for a change. Before we heal the divide, we talk about Hostage Negotiator, Juicy Fruits, Sleeping Gods, and Witchstone. 04:25 - Hostage Negotiator 12:38 - Juicy Fruits 17:34 - Sleeping Gods 28:38 - Witchstone 35:10 - Ingenious 39:57 - PAX Unplugged & BGB Official Math Trade 40:37 - Eurogames and Ameritrash labels 45:33 - Forbidden Stars 46:35 - Kemet 46:35 - Scythe 47:44 - Eclipse 48:05 - Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition 49:15 - Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire 49:40 - Blood Rage 50:17 - Gloomhaven 54:30 - El Grande 1:00:28 - Dune Send us a voicemail for Episode 200: https://boardgamebarrage.com/voicemail The PAX Unplugged & BGB official math trade: https://boardgamebarrage.com/paxtrade Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #198: Making Memories

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 57:19

    If you've ever been a board game host, then you know it's not always just about playing games, it's about creating lasting memories for everyone playing. We'd never leave that to chance though, so of course we're often going out of our way to make a board game experience memorable. Before we do the unforgettable, we talk about Khôra: Rise of an Empire, Dune: Betrayal, and Santa Maria. 02:08 - Khôra: Rise of an Empire 13:02 - Dune: Betrayal 21:17 - Santa Maria 29:17 - Official PAX Unplugged Math Trade by BGB! 31:17 - Making board game memories 32:30 - Dune 37:36 - Divinity Derby 38:10 - Ra: The Dice Game 38:39 - Warhammer 40,000: Fireteam 39:16 - Cthulhu Wars 39:37 - Coyote 41:19 - For Sale 42:20 - Codenames 43:26 - Gloomhaven 49:50 - The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 The PAX Unplugged & BGB official math trade: https://boardgamebarrage.com/paxtrade Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #197: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 401-500

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 54:33

    It's part five of our venerable draft series, a series so loved that it's now in syndication! We're moving on to the tail end of the BGB Top 500, but the format stays the same: draft five games to build a standalone collection that's better than the others. Vote for your favourite, and you can win $50! Before we collect royalties, we talk about PARKS, Fairy Trails, Abandon All Artichokes, and So Clover! 03:39 - PARKS 11:04 - Tokaido 12:40 - Fairy Trails 16:37 - Abandon All Artichokes 20:48 - So Clover! 26:36 - BGB and SUSD at AwShux 26:58 - PAX Unplugged Math Trade 28:53 - Drafting BGG's #301-400 31:18 - Smartphone Inc. 32:09 - Pipeline 33:32 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant 34:23 - Archipelago 35:37 - Time's Up! Title Recall! 36:21 - Pax Porfiriana 38:18 - Libertalia 40:29 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest 41:22 - Wavelength 42:30 - The King's Dilemma 43:50 - Hanabi 45:33 - No Thanks! 47:18 - Ingenious 48:12 - Chess 49:49 - Taj Mahal Check out our draft with Shut Up & Sit Down at AwSHUX: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1185759979?t=04h09m50s Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #196: Question Time with Jeremy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 55:55

    We love all of the emails we get from you, our lovely listeners, but without a regular mail segment, we can't often give them the attention they deserve. Well that ends right now, as we delve into the long neglected pile of mail, and answer some choice questions that have been waiting patiently for answers. Before we rustle in the mailbag, we talk about Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done, and World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King. 01:42 - Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done 12:44 - World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 22:48 - Ghost Turkey 2021 23:45 - Boards Alive Podcast 26:15 - Thoughts on some Gen Con Games? 26:34 - Furnace 28:23 - The Loop 29:14 - Witchstone 30:05 - Oltréé 30:39 - Origins: First Builders 31:55 - Overhyped games? 32:26 - Terraforming Mars 33:45 - Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition 34:15 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective 35:05 - Lorenzo il Magnifico 36:54 - Great Western Trail 38:25 - Race for the Galaxy 40:41 - Convention plans? 41:01 - AwSHUX: BGB & Shut Up & Sit Down draft! 45:47 - Mark's Vegas gaming? 46:30 - Marvel Champions: The Card Game 51:44 - Squid Game? Check out Neilan on the Boards Alive podcast: https://boardsalivepodcast.com/2021/10/17 Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #195: Eric, Eric, He's Our Lang

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 60:48

    We're always excited for a new Eric Lang game, which makes him an obvious candidate for the absolutely-not-called BGB DOG - our series where we deep dive into a designer's .... designography. He's made a lot of our favourite area control games, and had his hand in some games we might not have even realized. Before we bang on about this Lang mang, we talk about What's Missing?, Polynesia, and TEN. 02:41 - What's Missing? 07:50 - Polynesia 17:47 - Ten 25:10 - PAX Unplugged 25:45 - Ghost Turkey 2021 28:45 - Eric Lang 31:30 - Mystick 32:05 - Dragon Ball Z: Majin Buu Saga 33:04 - Midgard 34:54 - Chaos in the Old World 39:58 - Quarriors! 41:48 - Dice Masters 42:20 - Blood Rage 45:47 - XCOM: The Board Game 48:13 - Duelyst 49:40 - Rising Sun 50:39 - Cthulhu: Death May Die 52:19 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt 54:32 - Marvel United Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #194: Essen SPIEL 2021 Hype List

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 60:51

    Convention season in the new world continues, and this time it's Germany's turn, with Essen SPIEL just days away from kicking off. But tanks, you say, I don't sprechen Deutsch. We've got you. We're going to highlight all the games that we think you ought to be paying attention to, no German necessary. Before we spend our Euros, we talk about Praga Caput Regni, Skulk Hollow, and Beez. 01:40 - Praga Caput Regni 11:51 - Skulk Hollow 18:17 - Beez 25:51 - Fantasy Draft Winner! 27:58 - Essen SPIEL 2021 Preview 28:32 - Dreadful Circus 30:17 - Star Fighters: Rapid Fire 32:16 - 1923 Cotton Club 34:52 - Catapult Kingdoms 36:21 - The Siege of Runedar 37:57 - Magellan: Elcano 39:59 - Squaring Circleville 41:37 - Bitoku 43:33 - What's Missing: Purple Version 47:00 - Imperial Steam 48:38 - Heuschrecken Poker 52:02 - Eriantys 53:20 - Hippocrates 54:46 - Mobile Markets: A Smartphone Inc. Game Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #193: Three Dimensions of Space

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 57:17

    There is one unenviable truth of board game ownership that we're forced to contend with - they occupy space. We've each had to wrestle with this reality in different ways recently, so we offer our thoughts on the awkwardness of sharing a physical world with our board games. Before we merely exist, we talk about Riftforce, Kabuto Sumo, and Whirling Witchcraft. 02:23 - Riftforce 11:38 - Kabuto Sumo 19:41 - Whirling Witchcraft 23:25 - Bullet♥︎ 23:45 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne 29:37 - So Very Wrong About Games charity fundraiser 30:05 - Ghost Turkey 2021 31:49 - Board games occupying space 45:28 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 48:06 - Inis 48:47 - Scythe 49:06 - Splendor Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #192: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 301-400

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 55:45

    A new list of a hundred games to draft, and it only gets harder and harder. We're each picking a standalone collection of five games in a snake draft format. And the best part is you could win $50 just by voting on your favourite collection! Before we get to clubbing, we talk about Regicide, Dice Miner, and Let's Make a Bus Route, and SCOUT! 02:06 - Regicide 08:34 - Dice Miner 16:55 - Let's Make a Bus Route 16:55 - Get on Board: New York & London 18:56 - SCOUT! 22:42 - Drafting BGG's #301-400 25:18 - Biblios 26:56 - Innovation 28:18 - Monikers 29:20 - The Great Zimbabwe 30:42 - Ginkgopolis 33:34 - For Sale 35:24 - Nusfjord 37:45 - Bunny Kingdom 39:18 - Chinatown 39:38 - Twice as Clever! 41:17 - Macao 43:03 - Lancaster 45:05 - Obsession 48:23 - Lost Cities 50:36 - Gùgōng See Badgers from Mars' statement on TGG Games: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2723017/badgers-mars-and-tgg-games Check out Mark playing Dice Miner on GameNight! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CouxIvYzh-s Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #191: Take Off Every Zig

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 48:32

    While one of the appeals of following a specific game designer is the comforting familiarity of what they do best, it's also really fun to see them go off the garden path. We're looking at games and mechanics where one of our beloved designers zigged, when they easily could've zagged. Before we go our own way, we talk about Biosphere, The Ratcatcher: The Solo Adventure Game, and Stephenson's Rocket. Timecodes: 01:46 – Biosphere 10:58 – The Ratcatcher: The Solo Adventure Game 19:10 – Stephenson's Rocket 30:51 – Neilan's at Gen Con! 31:42 – Designers “Zigging” 33:03 – Codenames 33:07 – Pictomania 35:25 – El Grande 35:36 – 6 nimmt! 37:25 – Blood of the Northmen 37:54 – Strasbourg 38:25 – FlowerFall 40:37 – Kitchen Rush 42:19 – Mercado de Lisboa 43:02 – Age of Steam Expansion: Portugal 46:51 – XCOM: The Board Game Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #190: Why Are You the Way That You Are?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 49:24

    One of the things we love to do, especially if we're playing a game for the first time, is analyse it while we're playing. We're sure this totally isn't annoying for those around us. In particular, we love picking apart little mechanical choices, imagining what the designer's thought process was, and wondering "why is that like that?" Before we get to speculating, we talk about Divinity Derby, Mexica, and Strasbourg. 03:28 - Divinity Derby 11:54 - Hab & Gut 13:22 - Mexica 19:06 - Strasbourg 24:35 - Taj Mahal 30:38 - Why is that mechanic like that? 33:28 - Risk 33:39 - Kemet 34:58 - Scythe 38:57 - Circadians: Chaos Order 39:57 - Tinner's Trail 41:22 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt 42:58 - Rocketmen 45:09 - The Oracle of Delphi Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #189: Uwe Baby

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 57:36

    We love Uwe Rosenberg around these parts, whether it's because of our infatuation with polyominoes, the need to keep workers fed, or the strange mechanisms of animal breeding. Join us down the (cottage) garden path of his designography, and make sure to plant some vegetables along the way. Before we get agricultural, we talk about Bosk, Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story, and Glen More II: Chronicles. 00:58 - Bosk 07:57 - Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story 12:37 - Love Letter 15:21 - Glen More II: Chronicles 24:52 - BGG 201-300 Fantasy Draft Winner 27:49 - Strategicon 29:01 - Uwe Rosenberg 29:56 - Bohnanza 33:58 - Agricola 37:19 - Le Havre 39:34 - At the Gates of Loyang 40:58 - A Feast for Odin 41:20 - Patchwork 46:45 - Caverna: The Cave Farmers 47:34 - Nova Luna 49:36 - Hallertau 53:59 - Mamma Mia! 54:28 - Nusfjord Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #188: Whatever It Takes

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 41:37

    Sometimes, if you want a game bad enough, you're willing to go to absurd lengths to acquire it. Whether it's because it's out of print, or just hard to come by, we've all put more effort than we should've into finding or playing specific games. We tell our stories of just how far we've gone. Before we secure the bag, we talk about Tinner's Trail, and The Night Cage. 01:10 - Tinner's Trail 08:13 - The Night Cage 17:31 - Games you've gone out of your way for 18:39 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective 23:36 - World of Warcraft: The Boardgame 27:06 - Discworld: Ankh-Morpork 27:57 - Dead of Winter 29:16 - Ugg-Tect 32:26 - HeroQuest 33:55 - Warhammer 35:38 - Watch the Skies Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #187: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 201-300

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 55:31

    We're back with another fantasy draft, as we keep on moving down the BoardGameGeek top games list. If you're not familiar, we're each picking a standalone collection of five games before our picks get stolen out from under us. Want to win a $50 gift card? You've got to vote on whose collection is best! Before we get the knives out, we talk about Raiders of Scythia, and Ankh: Gods of Egypt. 02:01 - Raiders of Scythia 02:18 - Raiders of the North Sea 08:56 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt 29:09 - Drafting BGG's #201-300 32:58 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons 34:52 - Flamme Rouge 36:51 - Beyond the Sun 37:59 - Cthulhu Wars 39:14 - Modern Art 39:27 - Glory to Rome 41:35 - Dune 42:49 - Imperial 2030 43:36 - The Resistance 44:35 - Arboretum 45:47 - Hive 46:47 - Glen More II: Chronicles 48:20 - Dwellings of Eldervale 49:35 - Dixit 51:23 - Burgle Bros Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #186: Don't Knock It Till You Try It

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 45:06

    We all have types of games that, for whatever reason, we steer clear of. Often all that we've been missing is a more suitable introduction to the genre, or a game that's just enough of an outlier. This week, we try to tempt you toward genres that you might have written off, with the games that may just sway you. Before we change your minds, we talk about Pocket Galapagos, Cascadia, and Bites. 01:36 - Pocket Galapagos 08:57 - Cascadia 12:53 - Bites 18:34 - Games that'll turn you around 20:19 - Battle for Rokugan 23:54 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine 26:54 - Smartphone Inc. 30:53 - Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends 33:23 - Santorini 35:13 - Snakesss 38:49 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #185: The Most Important Meal of the Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 58:30

    It's board games for dinner, but we're not just throwing whatever we could find on your plate. No, we've got menus. We lay out our ideas for a four course board game meal, complete with appetizer, amuse-bouche, entrée and dessert, in a fun little exercise suggested by a listener. Before we meal plan, we talk about Sequoia, The Mind Extreme, and MicroMacro: Crime City. 04:31 - Sequoia 10:07 - The Mind Extreme 13:36 - MicroMacro: Crime City 21:59 - Draft winner! 23:43 - Four course board game meals 24:12 - Christina's menu 25:26 - Happy Salmon 27:57 - Deep Sea Adventure 29:41 - The Quest for El Dorado 31:54 - True Colors 33:01 - Mark's menu 34:11 - Biblios 35:43 - The Estates 38:12 - Rising Sun 30:42 - A Fake Artist Goes to New York 41:35 - Neilan's menu 42:02 - Paku Paku 43:58 - Kitchen Rush 45:05 - A Feast for Odin 47:11 - Avenue 48:23 - Kellen's menu 48:55 - Auf Teufel komm raus 50:29 - Keyflower 51:57 - 6 nimmt! Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #184: Science Based Friction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 68:16

    Board game science is a delicate process, but thankfully BOB's here to help, in another BGB Battle of Board (Games)! This week, we're pitting our favourite science fiction themed games against each other. That's fifteen sci fi games, which we'll put in a fact based ordered list, ready to submit to the journal of your choice. Before we pollute space, we talk about Riverboat, Bug Council of Backyardia, and Rocketmen. 04:02 - Riverboat 10:05 - Bug Council of Backyardia 16:37 - Rocketmen 23:17 - BGBBOB: Science fiction games 24:57 - Eclipse 26:02 - Anachrony 28:18 - Quantum 29:19 - Forbidden Stars 32:03 - Beyond the Sun 32:48 - Imperial 2030 36:09 - Sol: Last Days of a Star 36:59 - Space Alert 38:55 - Dune 40:20 - Nemesis 42:34 - Gaia Project 43:35 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant 45:30 - Race for the Galaxy 46:26 - Android: Netrunner 49:03 - Cosmic Encounter 1:04:28 - The final list Keep an eye on Bug Council of Backyardia's Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/engrogames/bug-council-of-backyardia Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

    #183: Catch a Falling Wallace ...?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 59:24

    Martin Wallace, titan of industry, man of steam and brass. He's made a lot of games, often involving trains, but sometimes also Cthulhu. We do a deep dive into the prolific designer's catalogue, in the next in the series that Mark (and nobody else) is calling BGB DOG. Before we put him in our pocket, we talk about Throne and the Grail, Race for the Galaxy, Dinogenics, and On Mars. 02:21 - Throne and the Grail 05:56 - Race for the Galaxy 09:19 - Lost Ruins of Arnak 11:19 - DinoGenics 18:19 - On Mars 26:44 - Martin Wallace 32:17 - Brass: Lancashire 34:29 - Brass: Birmingham 37:44 - Railways of the World 42:15 - Via Nebula 44:15 - Wildlands 45:58 - Age of Industry 46:51 - Nanty Narking 46:51 - Discworld: Ankh-Morpork 51:36 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition) 53:43 - Hit Z Road 54:55 - Anno 1800 56:10 - Liberté Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord Join our Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store

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