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Board Game Barrage


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    #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

    #182: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 101-200

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 69:04

    If you thought the Euro 2020 final was tense, wait until you listen to this episode. The next match in the world's most anticipated series is now here, as we continue down the BoardGameGeek top games list, drafting a collection of five games. Whose do you think is best? Vote to stand a chance to win a $50 gift card! Before we make like snakes, we talk about Chinatown, Curious Cargo, and Mercado de Lisboa. 02:14 - Chinatown 10:00 - Curious Cargo 16:44 - Mercado de Lisboa 24:45 - Drafting BGG's #101-200 28:32 - Hansa Teutonica 30:34 - Inis 31:56 - Cosmic Encounter 32:30 - Splendor 34:41 - Pandemic 37:20 - Kemet 39:37 - Ra 41:36 - Age of Steam 44:59 - Chaos in the Old World 46:15 - Dominion 47:24 - Res Arcana 50:01 - Yokohama 51:12 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong 53:44 - Vinhos Deluxe Edition 57:02 - The Resistance: Avalon Vote for your favorite draft at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/draft 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

    #181: Save Dat Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 59:13

    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. 05:11 - Summer Camp 09:55 - The Quest for El Dorado 11:06 - Dominion 12:38 - Wildlands 21:12 - Rome & Roll 33:51 - Curbing board game spending 42:00 - Carnegie 43:03 - Gizmos 49:11 - Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile 49:49 - Stationfall 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

    #180: The Rules of Investing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 56:41

    We often talk about the burden of rules, and how in some of our favourite games, they just get out of the way. But when is that burden worthwhile; what makes the price of a heavy rules overhead worth paying? Before we maximize our returns, we talk about Crash Octopus, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, Imperium: Classics, and Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile. 02:54 - Crash Octopus 08:33 - Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition 18:47 - Imperium: Classics 30:41 - Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile 40:44 - Return on rules investment 43:15 - Dune 44:17 - Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game 44:50 - Gloomhaven 45:29 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization 48:15 - Pax Renaissance 49:50 - Roads & Boats 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

    #179: Ignorance Is Bliss

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 49:11

    Sometimes it's best not to know, right? You've just played a game, and you liked it a lot, but you're not quite sure whether that faction is quite balanced, or the designers accounted for that winning strategy. Should you find out? Or is it better just to enjoy the game on its own merits? Before we disobey our thirst for knowledge, we talk about Genoa, Durian, The Search for Planet X, and Pavlov's House. 02:04 - Genoa 05:50 - Durian 10:52 - The Search for Planet X 20:57 - Pavlov's House 27:35 - Draft winners 31:30 - Pre/post-game research 33:17 - Splendor 35:30 - Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun 39:00 - Cthulhu Wars: Duel 39:46 - Chaos in the Old World 40:12 - Root 45:33 - Hallertau 46:39 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization 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

    #178: The Power of Production

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 53:27

    Because making board games is hard, it's not enough just to have some solid mechanics - the best games have a production that coheres with the design. We look at some examples of games where production considerations (or lack thereof) have helped or hurt how they play. Before we executively produce, we talk about The King is Dead: Second Edition, Equinox, and Enchanted Plumes. 01:48 - The King is Dead: Second Edition 10:15 - Colossal Arena 10:15 - Equinox 22:06 - Enchanted Plumes 32:40 - Production and design 34:33 - Bunny Kingdom 35:35 - Smartphone Inc. 36:40 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition) 37:50 - Railroad Ink 42:30 - Nidavellir 44:45 - Mountain Goats 46:26 - Red Rising 47:58 - Scythe 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

    #177: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek Top 100

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 60:53

    Mark's trying to get us all into something he calls "sports", so as a compromise, we're doing a fantasy board game draft! We're going to pick games from the BoardGameGeek Top 100, until we each have five. Then YOU get to vote on whose draft is best, for a chance to win $50! Before we play to the crowds, we talk about Azul: Summer Pavilion, Roads & Boats, Ruthless, and Cthulhu: Death May Die. 02:09 - Azul: Summer Pavilion 11:33 - Roads & Boats 22:33 - Ruthless 29:53 - Cthulhu: Death May Die 32:46 - Drafting the BGG Top 100 34:58 - Brass: Birmingham 37:03 - Gloomhaven 39:20 - Spirit Island 40:20 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition 41:22 - Scythe 43:11 - Root 43:47 - Codenames 44:56 - Concordia 46:55 - Wingspan 47:20 - El Grande 49:05 - Gaia Project 51:40 - Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition 52:28 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game 55:14 - Clank! 56:53 - A Feast for Odin Check out the campaign for Ruthless: https://www.ruthless-game.com Check out our wiki at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/wiki Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    #176: Sweet Summer Lovin'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 52:48

    We've got a couple of quick questions from listeners that we thought made for some fun talking points. We're trying to figure out what the board game equivalent of black licorice is, and  Before rustle in the mailbag, we talk about Trekking the World, Inkling, My City, and Ruination. 01:37 - Trekking the World 11:26 - Inkling 20:08 - My City 22:31 - Ruination 33:52 - Kemet 38:55 - Black licorice games 40:42 - Archipelago 41:12 - Safranito 42:23 - Millennium Blades 43:00 - True Colors 43:38 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant 44:25 - Light summer games 45:16 - Splendor 46:13 - The Quest for El Dorado 47:23 - Race for the Galaxy 48:28 - Santa Monica 48:43 - Mountain Goats 49:40 - The Resistance 50:17 - Fuji Flush 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

    #175: Cute As a Button

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 56:17

    As longstanding experts on being cute, we thought we'd finally bring both of our fields of expertise to bear on one topic. It's a return to the classic top five list, and we're counting down the cutest goshdarn board games we can think of. Before things get kawaii, we talk about Nations, Mountain Goats, and Brew. 02:34 - Nations 11:54 - Mountain Goats 17:11 - Brew 29:01 - Top 5 cutest games 30:31 - Calico 32:41 - Seasons 34:50 - Battle Sheep 36:01 - Takenoko 37:06 - Camel Up 37:49 - Mountain Goats 38:24 - Patchwork 40:04 - Walk the Dogs 41:36 - Startups 43:15 - Echidna Shuffle 45:08 - Sushi Go! 46:59 - Yura Yura Penguin 49:02 - New York Zoo 50:15 - Poseidon’s Kingdom 52:07 - Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small 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

    #174: Live Your Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 58:39

    We played a double feature of legacy games for Cinco de Ocho Dos, which got us thinking about how our thoughts on legacy mechanics might have changed since the heady days of young Board Game Barrage. Before we open that box, we talk about Bonfire, Nidavellir, and The King's Dilemma. 02:07 - Bonfire 10:02 - Nidavellir 18:58 - The King's Dilemma 33:34 - Legacy games 34:03 - Risk Legacy 34:50 - Charterstone 40:19 - My City 47:30 - Gloomhaven 51:42 - Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 52:48 - Scythe: The Rise of Fenris 54:10 - Bunker, Battlefield, or Blown Away 54:38 - Zoned Out 55:00 - Bronze Age 55:29 - Santorini 55:45 - Mini Express Check out our new 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

    #173: Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Games

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 46:05

    We talk about so many good games on this podcast, that it might seem like there aren't enough bad games to balance it out. There's a good reason we don't often play or talk about them, but maybe every so often we ought to. Before we break bad, we talk about Scape Goat, Bunny Kingdom, Bullet♥, and Four Gardens. 02:12 - Scape Goat 08:29 - Bunny Kingdom 11:13 - Bullet♥ 13:53 - Four Gardens 20:49 - Bad games 22:01 - Trivial Pursuit 29:00 - Spicy 29:50 - Cards Against Humanity 30:55 - True Colors 32:37 - Betrayal at House on the Hill 35:11 - Money Bags 37:11 - Pucket 37:54 - Connect 4 Launchers 38:27 - Mord im Arosa 39:00 - Magical Athlete 40:34 - Panic Station 41:21 - Mascarade 41:41 - Bunker, Battlefield, or Blown Away! 42:36 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine 43:46 - Solo 44:06 - Renegade 44:42 - Horrified Check out our new 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

    #172: Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 63:46

    After last week's love-fest made us all uncomfortable, we had to get back to what do best, spirited in-fighting. To that end, we've devised three debates around the same core: is that often criticized mechanic a design problem, or a player problem? Before we pit designers against players, we talk about Red Rising, Via Magica, and Alma Mater. 00:48 - Golden Geek Awards 04:36 - Red Rising 14:21 - Rise of Augustus 14:53 - Via Magica 20:17 - Alma Mater 29:36 - Board Game Barrage Wiki! 32:26 - Design problem or player problem? 33:11 - Player elimination 36:47 - Skull 37:55 - Secret Hitler 38:29 - Food Chain Magnate 40:33 - Diplomacy 43:40 - Alpha gamers 46:34 - Spirit Island 47:00 - Pandemic 51:31 - Kingmaking 55:50 - Rising Sun 57:04 - Cthulhu Wars 57:42 - Inis Check out our new 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

    #171: A Complimentary Compilation

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 72:33

    We had so many fun ideas for this week that we couldn't settle on just one! It's always great getting topic suggestions from our listeners, but not all of them can make a full episode, so we figured we'd work through some of them here. Keep sending them in! Before we spice our lives with variety, we talk about Jekyll vs. Hyde, Seikatsu, and Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road. 01:28 - Golden Geek Awards 03:55  - AwSHUX 05:57 - Jekyll vs. Hyde 14:32 - Seikatsu 21:37  - Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road 29:54 - The first game we'll play together 31:06 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy 33:36 - My City 35:23 - The King's Dilemma 37:22  - Ruination 41:07 - Board games we appreciate but hate 41:25 - The Estates 43:28 - Captain Sonar 45:05 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective 47:20 - Cosmic Encounter 49:39 - Why we love gaming with each other Please vote for us in the Golden Geek Awards! https://boardgamebarrage.com/vote 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

    #170: Friedemann Friese Frenzy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 51:38

    We love Friedemann Friese, so much so that we're devoting a whole episode to the green-haired designer - a comprehensive look back at his contribution to the hobby, and how we've gotten on with his games over the years. If you've never played one of his games, let us help correct that. Before we give the fantastic fellow our full focus, we talk about Kubb, Pictures, and The Field of the Cloth of Gold. 03:20 - Kubb 08:20 - Pictures 16:12 - The Field of the Cloth of Gold 23:39 - Golden Geek Awards 25:24 - Board Game Barrage vs. Shut Up & Sit Down! 27:44 - Friedemann Friese 29:17 - Power Grid 36:21 - Copycat 37:11 - 504 38:43 - Fearsome Floors 39:43 - Fauna 41:22 - Friday 42:03 - Fabled Fruit 43:41 - Fast Sloths 44:27 - Fresh Fish 45:46 - Finished! 46:20 - Funny Friends Vote in the Golden Geek Awards! https://boardgamebarrage.com/vote 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

    #169: Our Most Anticipated Games of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 74:58

    We're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, and with the exciting possibility of actually being able to play games together again, we cast our minds forward to all the wonderful games yet to arrive in 2021. Did I mention it's a BGBBOB? Before we look ahead (never back), we talk about Clever Cubed, Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon, and Keyper. 02:29 - Clever Cubed 10:22 - Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon 19:16 - Keyper 26:40 - 300 by 4/11! 28:39 - Golden Geek Award Nominations 29:31 - Most Anticipated Games of 2021 31:02 - Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles 32:03 - Furnace 35:13 - Weather Machine 36:07 - Coffee Traders 38:54 - Brazil: Imperial 40:24 - Arkwright: The Card Game 42:18 - LAMA Dice 43:11 - Oathsworn: Into the Deep Wood 45:22 - Kabuto Sumo 46:31 - Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile 49:35 - Darwin's Journey 50:24 - Skyrise 53:19 - Guards of Atlantis II 53:59 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt 56:54 - Dokojong Please nominate us in the Golden Geek Awards! https://boardgamebarrage.com/vote 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

    #168: Board Games Suck with Dan Hughes from Sporadically Board

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 68:46

    Dan Hughes from Sporadically Board joins us to flip the podcast on its head. Now that we've spent a hundred and sixty seven episodes raving about board games, it's only fair that we discuss all the reasons they suck. Before we turn heel, we talk about Blackout: Hong Kong, Royal Visit, Marvel Champions: The Card Game, and Deckscape: Test Time. 03:34 - Introducing the Pigeon Blood Tank! 05:38 - Blackout: Hong Kong 10:56 - Royal Visit 14:51 - Marvel Champions: The Card Game 22:03 - Deckscape: Test Time 27:25 - Why Board Games Suck 28:50 - Gandhi: The Decolonization of British India, 1917 – 1947 30:38 - Lisboa 31:54 - A Feast for Odin 36:03 - CoraQuest 37:04 - Trial by Trolley 50:00 - Mythic Battles: Pantheon 1:02:33 - Arkham Horror: The Card Game Check out Dan's board game CoraQuest: https://www.coraquest.com Check out Dan's podcast Sporadically Board: https://www.dicetower.com/game-podcast/sporadically-board 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

    #167: Cleanin' Out My Closet

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 53:42

    As important as it is to talk about that which we have received, so must we mark the loss of the games whose time has passed. Board games leave our collections for many reasons, so we're going to revisit the ones that found better homes in the past year. Before we press F, we talk about Long Shot: The Dice Game, Hallertau, and Welcome to New Las Vegas. 02:43 - Long Shot: The Dice Game 09:30 - Hallertau 20:04 - Welcome to New Las Vegas 28:43 - Games We've Recently Let Go 29:34 - Res Arcana 30:20 - Seasons 31:58 - War Chest 33:04 - Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture 33:35 - Kingdom Builder 35:11 - Pendulum 37:44 - Nētā-Tanka 38:00 - Nevada City 38:33 - The Magnificent 41:05 - Ethnos 41:24 - Crokinole 42:49 - El Grande 45:00 - Imperial Struggle 45:53 - Iwari 48:41 - Through the Desert 49:25 - Lords of Hellas 50:27 - Troyes 51:11 - Watergate 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

    #166: You've Got to Iterate to Innovate

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 57:31

    Design often builds heavily on what has come before, but some designers, have made an art of iteration, taking their own beloved designs, and frequently reinventing them in new ways. We dig into this practice of extremely iterative design, and how it fits into an industry hungry for fresh ideas. Before we do it again, we talk about Dirge: The Rust Wars, Electropolis, Vinhos Deluxe Edition, Architects of the West Kingdom, and Sagani. 01:34 - Dirge: The Rust Wars 09:23 - Electropolis 10:28 - Vinhos Deluxe Edition 12:15 - Architects of the West Kingdom 21:39 - Sagani 24:55 - Nova Luna 33:06 - Iterative Games 34:44 - Azul 37:11 - The Game 41:43 - Indian Summer 42:46 - Zombicide 43:52 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan 44:33 - Babylonia 45:50 - Yellow & Yangtze 47:04 - Caylus 1303 48:18 - Brass: Birmingham 52:07 - Strat-O-Matic Baseball 53:20 - Guards of Atlantis 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

    #165: Thriving or Barely Surviving?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 58:13

    There are two good ways to create engagement in a board game: One is to let the player feel like they're achieving something constantly, the other is to keep them feeling like any wrong move could tank their game. We're dubbing this the "thriving to barely surviving" spectrum, but first, we need to figure out where some of our favourite games fit on it. Before we surthrive, we talk about Carnegie, Divvy Dice, and Underwater Cities. 03:56 - Carnegie 13:11 - Divvy Dice 20:56 - Underwater Cities 24:26 - Terraforming Mars 32:23 - The "Thriving to Barely Surviving" Spectrum 33:10 - Agricola 33:43 - A Feast for Odin 37:34 - Troyes 42:12 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization 43:03 - Scythe 43:55 - Tapestry 45:20 - In the Year of the Dragon 45:52 - Macao 46:43 - The Castles of Burgundy 47:41 - Bruges 48:02 - The Oracle of Delphi 49:00 - Splendor 49:55 - Root 51:36 - Food Chain Magnate 55:12 - The Estates 56:00 - Biblios 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

    #164: Get Uncomfortable

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 66:06

    It's getting a bit too comfortable around here. Time to put stones in our shoes, tighten our belts, and get out of our comfort zones. We talk about the times that we've found ourselves in unfamiliar or uncomfortable gaming situations, and what we learned about ourselves in the process. Before we unfluff our pillows, we talk about Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation, Reavers of Midgard, and Paleo. 02:01 - Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation 13:50 - War of the Ring: Second Edition 15:20 - Reavers of Midgard 23:37 - Paleo 31:13 - Friday 34:23 - Leaving Our Comfort Zones 35:05 - Thornwatch 37:55 - Blood Rage 41:22 - Megagames 50:33 - Twilight Struggle 54:16 - Under Falling Skies 56:17 - Fiasco 1:00:50 - War Games 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

    #163: Our Listeners' Top 20 Board Games of All Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 60:34

    Wow! We asked for your top twenty lists, and boy did you deliver. We've crunched the numbers on the hundreds of submissions, and created what we think is the definitive list of BGB listeners' favourite board games. Now let us tell you how we think you did. Before we outsource our work, we talk about Santa Monica, Steam Works, and Cthulhu: Death May Die. 02:09 - Santa Monica 08:05 - Steam Works 15:25 - Cthulhu: Death May Die 24:06 - BGB Listener Top 20 27:18 - Viticulture 29:34 - Everdell 31:17 - Orléans 32:09 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition 33:20 - A Feast for Odin 34:24 - Terra Mystica 36:00 - Race for the Galaxy 37:13 - Food Chain Magnate 38:36 - Codenames 39:35 - Cosmic Encounter 40:48 - Inis 41:36 - Terraforming Mars 42:54 - Innovation 44:12 - Root 45:20 - Gloomhaven 46:30 - Great Western Trail 47:40 - Spirit Island 48:33 - Brass: Birmingham 49:19 - The Castles of Burgundy 50:25 - Concordia 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

    #162: God Does Not Play Dice

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 57:14

    We're seeing a lot more versions of games that are X: The Dice Game or Y: The Card Game. These are (usually) simplified takes on beloved classics, but often end up changing the feel of the game dramatically. We discuss when we think this formula works, and when it really doesn't. Before we cast the die, we talk about Gods Love Dinosaurs, Nanga Parbat, and Ra: The Dice Game. 03:37 - Gods Love Dinosaurs 09:50 - Nanga Parbat 18:22 - Ra: The Dice Game 23:17 - Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun 24:33 - Ra 27:13 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf 28:30 - Dice and card game spinoffs 32:46 - Troyes 32:46 - Tournay 33:17 - Troyes Dice 35:44 - Biblios Dice 36:46 - Zooloretto: The Dice Game 39:10 - Camel Up Cards 41:55 - Istanbul: The Dice Game 42:54 - Roll for the Galaxy 45:55 - Azul 46:41 - Gùgōng 48:40 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine 49:33 - No Thanks 50:01 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant 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

    #161: Mechanically Bullish

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 57:53

    Sometimes all it takes is a good designer (and the right game) to take what would otherwise be a mechanic we don't like, and utilize it in a way that feels right. We take a look at some mechanics that we usually don't love, and the games that turned us around on them. Before we see things in a new light, we talk about CloudAge, Mariposas, and Faiyum. 03:04 - CloudAge 12:37 - Mariposas 18:01 - Faiyum 28:27 - Games that rescued a mechanism 28:40 - Performative Clues 29:05 - Time's Up 31:29 - On a Scale of One to T-Rex 32:19 - Action Points 32:52 - Flash Point: Fire Rescue 34:00 - Blood Rage 37:18 - Hidden Movement 37:18 - Nuns on the Run 37:45 - Specter Ops 38:35 - Scotland Yard 42:16 - Card Drafting 42:25 - Agricola 42:46 - 7 Wonders 43:53 - Paper Tales 44:25 - Inis 47:22 - Player Elimination 47:22 - Werewolf 47:40 - Shadow Hunters 48:09 - Secret Hitler 49:15 - Blood on the Clocktower 50:50 - "The Dice Game" 52:00 - For the King (and Me) 52:41 - Ra: The Dice Game 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

    160: Resolutions and Revisitations

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 49:31

    Look, when we made those resolutions in episode 105, how were we to know? The world exploded, and here we are, one year later, sheepishly looking back on the goals we set. But we're not beaten yet, we cast our minds forward (always forward, never back) and set our sights on our resolutions for 2021. Before we make promises we definitely will keep, we talk about Sprawlopolis, Bandada, and Terramara. 02:15 - Sprawlopolis 09:06 - Bandada 13:53 - Terramara 23:51 - Revisiting 2020's Resolutions 27:09 - 2021 Resolutions 31:05 - Cthulhu Wars 36:14 - Anachrony: Infinity Box 37:29 - Import/Export 38:31 - Carnegie 40:05 - Rising Sun 40:52 - Tainted Grail 44:44 - Board Game Barrage Facebook Group! 45:44 - War of the Ring: Second Edition 46:42 - Red Rising Visit our new Facebook group at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/facebook Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store Check out the Kickstarter for Bandada: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bandada/bandada Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    159: Picking Favorites

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 47:36

    We've been doing it a lot lately, so we thought we'd reflect on the ways that we evaluate our favourite games. How do you even begin to compare extremely dissimilar games, some party, some strategy? The process of making and ordering our lists is a fun challenge every year, and one we'd recommend you try too! Before we make hard choices, we talk about Medici: The Dice Game, The Gallerist, and Iberian Gauge. 02:20 - Medici: The Dice Game 09:08 - The Gallerist 14:55 - Iberian Gauge 22:26 - How We Choose Favourites 26:02 - Tigris & Euphrates 28:04 - Power Grid 28:04 - Fresh Fish 32:53 - Telestrations 34:52 - Crokinole 36:28 - The Resistance 37:58 - Nanty Narking 39:22 - The King's Dilemma 40:04 - Beyond the Sun 41:33 - Eclipse 42:18 - CoraQuest 43:52 - CloudAge 44:21 - Board Game Barrage T-Shirts! 45:22 - Listener Top 20 Submissions! Submit your top 20 games at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/top20 Get a Board Game Barrage T-shirt at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/store Check out the Kickstarter for CoraQuest: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cabbagedan/coraquest Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    #158: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 10-1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 142:57

    It's the big one! We've come at last to the grand finale of the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time ... Top. Ten. Baby. These are our absolute favourite games, forty (thirty?) all together, that we'd just about never turn down a game of. Thanks for joining us on this ride, it's been wild. 09:36 - Christina #10 - I'm the Boss! 12:34 - Kellen #10 - Cosmic Encounter 15:18 - Mark #10 - El Grande 15:36 - Neilan #10 - Codenames 18:09 - Christina #9 - Twice as Clever! 20:48 - Kellen #9 - Coloretto 23:56 - Mark #9 - Time's Up! Title Recall! 24:20 - Neilan #9 - Pictomania 28:46 - Christina #8 - Blood Rage 33:38 - Kellen #8 - The Resistance 33:50 - Mark #8 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons 35:58 - Neilan #8 - Guards of Atlantis 39:14 - Christina #7 - The Voyages of Marco Polo 42:28 - Kellen #7 - Inis 50:25 - Mark #7 - Brass: Lancashire 53:44 - Neilan #7 - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar 55:36 - Christina #6 - Troyes 55:45 - Kellen #6 - El Grande 55:57 - Mark #6 - The Estates 59:51 - Neilan #6 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant 01:05:38 - Christina #5 - Archipelago 01:06:10 - Kellen #5 - Time's Up! Title Recall! 01:06:19 - Mark #5 - Fresh Fish 01:10:24 - Neilan #5 - Time's Up! Title Recall! 01:10:36 - Christina #4 - El Grande 01:16:56 - Kellen #4 - Troyes 01:21:56 - Mark #4 - Hansa Teutonica 01:24:49 - Neilan #4 - Gloomhaven 01:29:37 - Christina #3 - Cthulhu Wars 01:29:37 - Kellen #3 - Cthulhu Wars 01:35:10 - Mark #3 - Caylus 1303 01:38:56 - Neilan #3 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization 01:44:00 - Christina #2 - Time's Up! Title Recall! 01:47:55 - Kellen #2 - Archipelago 01:53:31 - Mark #2 - Arboretum 01:56:22 - Neilan #2 - The Resistance 02:03:01 - Christina #1 - Innovation 02:03:01 - Kellen #1 - Innovation 02:10:20 - Mark #1 - Biblios 02:12:54 - Neilan #1 - A Feast for Odin https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    #157: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 20-11

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 112:35

    We're moving into the terrible teens of the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. I learned all I know about American teenagers from TV, so I assume this is where all the sex and drugs come in. Let's get to it then, forty (roughly) more games that we simply adore. As the list goes on, they only get better and better. That is, after all, the premise. 01:46 - Kellen #29 (Correction) - A Fake Artist Goes to New York 05:01 - Kellen #20 - Ingenious 08:06 - Mark #20 - Cthulhu Wars 11:27 - Neilan #20 - Blue Lagoon 15:01 - Christina #20 - Food Chain Magnate 18:47 - Kellen #19 - Genoa 23:26 - Mark #19 - Archipelago 25:53 - Neilan #19 - Dominion 28:51 - Christina #19 - Taj Mahal 32:32  - Kellen #18 - I'm the Boss! 36:33 - Mark #18 - Tigris & Euphrates 28:55  - Neilan #18 - Taj Mahal 39:44 - Christina #18 - Mezo 45:23 - Kellen #17 - The Game 47:16 - Mark #17 - Dominant Species 49:48 - Neilan #17 - Alchemists 52:31 - Christina #17 - Babylonia 56:50 - Kellen #16 - Telestrations 59:08 - Mark #16 - 1846: The Race for the Midwest 01:00:56 - Neilan #16 - Rising Sun 01:04:59 - Christina #16 - Castles of Burgundy 01:08:30  - Kellen #15 - Decrypto 01:11:43 - Mark #15 - Barrage 01:14:26 - Neilan #15 - Exit: The Game 01:16:30 - Christina #15 - The Quest for El Dorado 01:18:05 - Kellen #14 - Omen: A Reign of War 01:20:07 - Mark #14 - Lancaster 01:21:53 - Neilan #14 - Inis 01:25:31 - Christina #14 - Hanabi 01:27:10 - Kellen #13 - Glory to Rome 01:29:43 - Mark #13 - True Colors 01:31:26 - Neilan #13 - Watson & Holmes 01:33:19 - Christina #13 - SiXeS 01:35:12 - Kellen #12 - Hansa Teutonica 01:36:33 - Mark #12 - Francis Drake 01:38:23 - Neilan #12 - Cthulhu Wars 01:39:36 - Christina #12 - Telestrations 01:39:57 - Kellen #11 - Diplomacy 01:42:19 - Mark #11 - Bus 01:43:54 - Neilan #11 - Scythe 01:45:37 - Christina #11 - Kemet https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    #156: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 30-21

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 96:50

    It's the dark middle chapter of the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. Time to call in a new director, change things up, and get subversive. Well, if there were any directors who'd still work with us. This week, we're barreling through our twenties in what we like to call reverse numerical order. Here's forty (odd) more games that we absolutely adore, and hope you will too. 02:45 - Mark #30 - Container 05:38 - Neilan #30 - Azul 05:46 - Christina #30 - Azul 08:54 - Kellen #30 - Zendo 11:42 - Mark #29 - Age of Steam 13:37 - Neilan #29 - Coloretto 15:12 - Christina #29 - Beyond the Sun 20:03 - Kellen #29 - Hanabi 22:52 - Mark #28 - Pax Renaissance 25:20 - Neilan #28 - Archipelago 28:03 - Christina #28 - Hansa Teutonica 30:02 - Kellen #28 - Krass Kariert/Dealt 32:50 - Mark #27 - Maracaibo 35:46 - Neilan #27 - Twice as Clever! 39:05 - Christina #27 - Glory to Rome 41:41 - Kellen #27 - Taj Mahal 44:49 - Mark #26 - City of the Big Shoulders 47:25 - Neilan #26 - Werewords 49:22 - Christina #26 - Modern Art 51:02 - Kellen #26 - Startups 53:19 - Mark #25 - The Great Zimbabwe 55:06 - Neilan #25 - Aeon's End 56:21 - Christina #25 - Chaos in the Old World 59:23 - Kellen #25 - Keyflower 01:01:57 - Mark #24 - Pax Pamir: Second Edition 01:03:38 - Neilan #24 - Spirit Island 01:05:30 - Christina #24 - Rumble Nation 01:07:33 - Kellen #24 - A Study in Emerald (Second Edition) 01:09:22 - Mark #23 - Glory to Rome 01:09:58 - Neilan #23 - The Quest for El Dorado 01:13:18 - Christina #23 - The Crew 01:14:40 - Kellen #23 - Codenames 01:15:58 - Mark #22 - Modern Art 01:16:58 - Neilan #22 - Patchwork 01:18:44 - Christina #22 - Coloretto 01:19:54 - Kellen #22 - Insider 01:20:43 - Mark #21 - Imperial 2030 01:22:58 - Neilan #21 - Decrypto 01:24:29 - Christina #21 - Lost Cities 01:29:08 - Kellen #21 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    #155: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 40-31

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 80:43

    Now we're getting into the thick of it, in fact some are calling it the most ambitious Part II released in any medium. It's the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time! We're in our thirties (even if we wish we weren't) and it's full speed ahead. That's forty(ish) more games, and ten spots closer to the grand finale. Now that we've got this train going, there's no stopping it. 01:06 - Neilan #40 - In the Year of the Dragon 03:19 - Christina #40 - Fuji Flush 05:39 - Kellen #40 - Rumble Nation 06:55 - Mark #40 - Pipeline 09:00 - Neilan #39 - Orléans 11:04 - Christina #39 - Cheating Moth 13:28 - Kellen #39 - Eye My Favorite Things 15:28 - Mark #39 - A Question of Scruples 17:26 - Neilan #38 - Hansa Teutonica 18:52 - Christina #38 - Carnival of Monsters 21:16 - Kellen #38 - Maskmen 22:22 - Mark #38 - Genoa 24:27 - Neilan #37 - Agricola 25:48 - Christina #37 - Ohanami 27:10 - Kellen #37 - Throne and the Grail 29:20 - Mark #37 - Ricochet Robots 31:59 - Neilan #36 - Yellow & Yangtze 34:15 - Christina #36 - Splendor 35:15 - Kellen #36 - Dogs of War 37:28 - Mark #36 - Great Western Trail 39:20 - Neilan #35 - Android: Netrunner 40:47 - Christina #35 - Dune 40:47 - Kellen #35 - Dune 43:57 - Mark #35 - Sol: Last Days of a Star 45:27 - Neilan #34 - Kemet 47:43 - Christina #34 - Startups 49:55 - Kellen #34 - Agricola 51:59 - Mark #34 - Rising Sun 54:36 - Neilan #33 - Brass: Birmingham 56:33 - Christina #33 - Anomia 59:13 - Kellen #33 - Hanabi 1:00:37 - Mark #33 - Ra 1:02:34 - Neilan #32 - Deception: Murder in Hong Kong 1:04:14 - Christina #32 - Fafnir 1:05:52 - Kellen #32 - Imperial 2030 1:07:48 - Mark #32 - Troyes 1:09:07 - Neilan #31 - Gaia Project 1:10:41 - Christina #31 - Biblios 1:15:04 - Kellen #31 - Fuji Flush 1:07:17 - Mark #31 - The Voyages of Marco Polo https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    #154: Top 50 Games of All-Time 2020: 50-41

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 84:37

    It's here at last, the big event! Yes, it's the first episode of the yearly ritual we inventively call the Board Game Barrage Top 50 Games of All Time. And this year, for the first time, the Blue Tank, Christina is weighing in too. That's forty incredible games to kick us off! Join us in the weeks ahead as we sing the praises of our absolute favourite board games, because we're just getting started. 03:20 - Happy Salmon 04:20 - Piñata/Balloon Cup 04:56 - Bruges 05:32 - Air, Land, & Sea 06:55 - Christina #50 - Clank! 08:36 - Kellen #50 - Root 11:14 - Mark #50 - Innovation 12:58 - Neilan #50 - Modern Art 14:36 - Christina #49 - Fresh Fish 15:51 - Kellen #49 - Cursed Court 18:19 - Mark #49 - Blue Lagoon 21:02 - Neilan #49 - Sol: Last Days of a Star 22:53 - Christina #48 - Diamant/Incan Gold 25:24 - Kellen #48 - Wizard 26:49 - Mark #48 - Chaos in the Old World 28:07 - Neilan #48 - Eternal: Chronicles of the Throne 30:06 - Christina #47 - Decrypto 32:10 - Kellen #47 - Blood Rage 33:54 - Mark #47 - Pictomania 36:56 - Neilan #47 - Nova Luna 38:56 - Christina #46 - True Colors 41:10 - Kellen #46 - Detective Club 42:48 - Mark #46/Christina #45 - Fast Sloths 45:15 - Neilan #46 - Innovation 48:18 - Kellen #45 - Nusfjord 49:30 - Mark #45 - Anomia 51:39 - Neilan #45 - Gùgōng 53:03 - Christina #44 - Krass Kariert/Dealt 54:46 - Kellen #44 - Smartphone Inc. 56:29 - Mark #44 - Dungeon Fighter 59:44 - Neilan #44 - Letter Jam 1:01:47 - Christina #43 - Battlestar Galactica 1:04:35 - Kellen #43 - Lords of Vegas 1:05:46 - Mark #43 - Cuba Libre 1:07:28 - Neilan #43 - Panic on Wall Street! 1:09:22 - Christina #42 - Ethnos 1:10:52 - Kellen #42 - Bruges 1:12:19 - Mark #42 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine 1:14:33 - Neilan #42 - The Oracle of Delphi 1:16:12 - Christina #41 - Air, Land, & Sea 1:19:00 - Kellen #41 - Splendor 1:20:15 - Mark #41 - Wyatt Earp 1:21:36 - Neilan #41 - Pipeline https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    #153: Never Look Back at 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 58:41

    Heads set firmly forward, we reflect on what's been a completely wild year. Despite our complete inability to play a lot of them, board games did happen, so we take a bit of time to talk about the biggest surprises and disappointments. Finally, we cast our mind ahead to the games we're looking forward to playing in 2021. Before we try to forget, we talk about Paris, The Fox in the Forest, and Cthulhu Wars: Duel. 02:27 - Paris 12:12 - The Fox in the Forest 16:58 - Cthulhu Wars: Duel 29:14 - Reflections on 2020 36:02 - 2020's Best Surprises 36:54 - Beyond the Sun 39:47 - The Red Cathedral 41:02 - Nova Luna 43:22 - 2020's Biggest Disappointments 44:16 - Tang Garden 44:45 - Troyes Dice 45:13 - Crystal Palace 46:41 - Sanctum 48:55 - Games to Play in 2021 49:21 - My City 49:56 - Dwellings of Eldervale 51:26 - Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road 51:42 - Dominant Species: Marine 52:20 - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy 53:39 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt Check out Kellen's review of Cthulhu Wars: Duel here: https://boardgamebarrage.com/2020/12/10/cthulhu-wars-duel-a-sandy-petersen-game-review https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

    #152: Bob's Holiday Gift Guide

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 66:07

    'Tis the season, and if you're me, your first thought around this time of year is, "How many people can I just buy board games for?" But not all board game gifts are created equal! No, no, no, we need to find the best. So, of course, we put BGBBOB on the case. Before we start stocking stuffings, we talk about Pandemic: Fall of Rome, and Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers. 06:07 - Pandemic: Fall of Rome 13:31 - Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers 18:18 - Rajas of the Ganges 20:23 - BGBBOB: Board Game Gifts 21:39 - SHH 23:11 - Codenames 26:38 - Just One 27:00 - The Quest for El Dorado 29:31 - Modern Art 30:21 - Werewords 33:38 - Insider 35:38 - Unmatched 38:44 - Biblios 41:19 - Illusion 46:33 - Azul 48:40 - Fast Sloths https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord

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