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Eat Lunch and Board Game

Eat Lunch and Board Game

By Adam F Collins
Need a better lunch break at work than just occupying yourself on your phone or surfing the internet? Why not start a board game group? Adam started a gaming group at his office. He also reviews games on their lunch time playability among other attributes.
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Interview with Ole Steiness
I got up at 4:45am local time to interview Ole Steiness who lives 7 hours ahead of me in Denmark. He is the designer of one of my all time favorite games, Champions of Midgard. I will be doing an episode on this amazing work-placement game soon. Ole and I talk the usual, how the pandemic is the only thing that has kept him from Essen, and that his kids don't like playing his games. Why? They are amazing games! Well, they are also dad's work. Notable games mentioned: Chaos of the Old World Conquest of the Empire
August 11, 2022
Stratego is a classic 2-player capture the flag game that is almost 80 years old. It has had little to no changes from Jaques Johan Mogendorff's orignal game. There have been some newer versions, some of which I have procured. The standard IP treatment has ocurred. But in the end, Stratego remains a staple.
August 04, 2022
Masterpiece (1970)
When I read or hear about a certain game from more than two sources or more, there is usually good reason. Masterpiece kept coming up in my reading about board games, so I felt compelled to track it down. Masterpiece is also responsible for my meetin Norm of Board Game Museum. His video was the final piece that made me purchase a copy of the game. You are an art collector at an art auction trying to amass your fortune while avoiding the dreaded forgeries. The catch? No one knows the value of the paintings until they possess them! Board Game Museum video: Masterpiece
July 28, 2022
The Alpha by Bicylce Games
The Alpha is a surprisingly amazing game from a company typically known for making playing cards. This "Light Strategy Game" (as it says on the box) revolves around the prisoner's dilemma. This makes for fun playing and some trust issues. Fan Made Traits Expansion
July 21, 2022
Interview with author Jeffrey Hinebaugh
In this episode, Jeffrey Hinebaugh, a lawyer by day and a board game book author by night, joins me to talk about his book, A Board Game Education (and its "sequel"), and how he reads probably as much as I do about board gaming. Like me as well, his day job has nothing to do with board games. I highly recommend getting his book(s), especially if you have a young one in your life that you are trying to get into the hobby. Thanks for listening!
July 13, 2022
Interview with FB Page Moderator Krista DiGloria
Krista DiGloria met by chance on Facebook. She is the moderator for a FB group in which I am a member. Turns out, we have a lot in common. She joins me this episode and we talk the usual stuff. But, we also talk about our significant others thinking we might have a board game addiction, the need for more shelf space, and our shared love of Button Shy Games. Board Game Revolution Community (yes, I butchered it in the opening) Codex Naturalis Hanamikoji
July 10, 2022
Interview with Amigo Games' COO Alex Yager
Alex Yager joins me in this episode. We talk about his history in the gaming community. His first Kickstarter was Steve Jackson's OGRE, way back in 2012. Alex talks about board gaming trifectas that he has accomplished that many others cannot claim. He also had some amazing game picks that I have never heard of, but now that I have, "Watch out wallet!"
July 06, 2022
Interview with Nick Seal Director of Games for KantCon
Now I know that I have a boardgame problem but I have never tested this space available in my car from buying two many games at once. Nick seal, well, he has. Twice! Hear this, and more, and this episode. He is part of the kantcon team, and gave me convention in Kansas City. If you are free the weekend of the convention, come join us!
June 19, 2022
Sid Sackson's seminal game, Acquire, has made many lists of top games. It has been mentioned in almost every book on board gaming that I have read. I finally found the copy I was looking for, and then I finally played it. Was it worth the hype? Give this episode a listen. Friend of the show, Norm Hastings, did a great video for Acquire. Watch it here.
June 04, 2022
Interview with Craig Smith from THE Big Picture People
Craig Smith owns The Big Picture People. He and his team help companies to get their employees better engaged and to communicate better. Sounds like bridge building to me! His team does this by gamification. He is also the host of the Engaging Internal Comms (of which I will be a guest in July 2022), where he talks with people doing the same. In this episode, we talk about his obsession with Star Wars and the original action figures from the 70's. He even backed a book on Kickstarter that weighs about 11 pounds!
May 27, 2022
Interview with Youth Pastor Phill Wamser
In this episode, I talk with Phill Wamser. We met while running a booth together at Geekway to the West, the local board game convention in St. Louis. We decided to do the interview at Geekway one evening to get the ambient sounds of the convention. Phill is a game designer and youth pastor that uses games to help get the teenagers at his church to interact with each other in person, not just over the phone. Another patron of Geekway, and friend of the show, accidentally podcast-bombs the episode. It is hilarious! It is all a risk when recording at a convention.
May 24, 2022
Interview with The Game Crafter Founder JT Smith
JT Smith joins me on this episode to talk the usual gaming questions. We also chat about all the amazing things that you can find and do on The Game Crafter. He also has a Crowd Sale coming (we talk about what that means in the episode) for his game Merc. Here is the link. Thanks for listening.
May 11, 2022
Interview with Martin Gonzalvez
I first heard Martin Gonzalvez talk on another board game podcast. He talked about the print and play scene in board gaming. From that point on, I have been hooked. Martin and I talked solo gaming, shelves of shame, and much more. Thanks for listening.
May 06, 2022
Interview with Board Game Museum Host Norm Hastings
Norm Hastings really loves older games. He found that there was no content for these older games. So, Norm fixed that problem by creating his own YouTube Channel, Board Game Museum. He has close to 300 vintage game reviews. I have watched too many already, as each one makes me want to locate and purchase the game he reviewed. He joins me on this episode to talk about what game he still pines to find, whether Officer Jones from Monopoly is a punk, and more. He might have even convinced me to start a channel reviewing Clue and its variations.
April 27, 2022
Interview with Catan Studio CEO Pete Fenlon
In this episode, we might actually get a definitive answer on how to pronounce The Settlers of Catan. Pete tells amazing stories of his time in the industry. How he got into it, the games that inspired him, and how he got to be the CEO of Catan Studio. There are so many good games mentioned, that my wallet is already shaking. Thanks for listening.
April 20, 2022
Interview with John Garcia
In this episode, John Garcia joins me to talk about his board game, Table Golf Association. It is an incredibly huge wooden hex-based dexterity game. You are trying to flick your slider across these hexes to literally sink your shot. We also talk about his league membership you can join to get an official t-shirt, post your creations, and find out about tournaments in your area. This awesome game is available on Kickstarter. You should consider backing it!
April 12, 2022
Interview with Arwen Kathke
Arwen Kathke, a fellow board gaming podcaster, stops by the show to answer the usual questions. Along the way, we discuss our ever growing, never decreasing shelves of shame, how the castle from Beauty and the beast had the best library (of course we would replace the books with games), Arwen stated her love of Belle’s dress, too. We also talk of old bad IP games. She mentioned a hard to find Ninja Turtles game (which I have placed in the show notes), and which series of escape rooms in a box is better: Unlock or Exit. Check it out.
April 01, 2022
Guillotine came to my attention after reading The 100 Best Family Games. Luckily, our neighbor knew, loved, and had the game. She explained it to us, and we were instantly hooked. We decided her game needed an upgrade, so we had this 3D-printed guillotine made for her. It is an ideal game for the office. Thanks for listening.
March 27, 2022
No Thanks!
No Thanks! is a quick game that will stretch your brain and test your risk-taking versus aversion. There are only 33 cards in this game; less than a standard deck of cards. The joy, however, amazes me. My crew and I learned the game, and we immediately played it 4 times without getting up from the table. This game has a shockingly average BGG score of 7.1 with 22,000 ratings.
March 22, 2022
Interview with Board Game Design Lab host Gabe Barrett
Gabe Barrett joins me in this episode, all the way from Honduras. We talk about how the gaming landscape has changed over the pandemic. Gabe also talks about how he loves to game with his children. Throwing burritos at them, stacking Fuzzies, and mercilessly beating them at a Powerpuff Girl game. Through all this he still finds time to host the most influential board game podcasts: Board Game Design Lab
March 16, 2022
Simply Suspects: The Game of Suspicion and Betrayal
Another game thought I procured at the suggestion of a guest. Simply Suspects is a definite game to play over a lunch hour. It takes about 15-20 minutes to play, is a riot, and you can reset and play again in less than a minute. I mention in the podcast a few "official" variants. The rules for these can be downloaded here.
March 07, 2022
Interview with Joan "The Gamesmistress" Moriarity
In this episode, I am joined by Game Sommelier Joan Moriarity. She works at the Toronto game cafe, Snakes & Lattes, where she tries to help patrons find a new game to enjoy. She has some fantastic thoughts and philosophies on gaming, why we should, and some off the beaten path recommendations! She is also the co-author of Your Move: What Games Teach Us About Life. It was a fast and fantastic read that led me to reach out to her.
February 21, 2022
Interview with Daniel Jose Ruiz
In this episode, I am joined by Daniel Jose Ruiz. I came across his article "Dragons are for White Kids with Money: On the Friction of Geekdom and Race" while reading a book about board gaming. Daniel is an author, podcaster, and more. Being a father of two young kids, we swapped ideas for games. Daniel brought Yogarrr to my attention, and I bought it immediately for my kids. We also discuss how we get through boring meetings, how a chiropractor could make a lot of money being at a convention, and much more.
February 13, 2022
Endless Games: AKA, 60 Second Slam, Everybody Knows, & Horror Trivia
While the party game genre is not my forte, I do like them for their approachability, light ruleset, and quick playtime. In this episode, I look at four titles from Endless Games. Heck, there might even be a fifth bonus game. 
February 06, 2022
Interview with Dustin Dobson
In this episode, I am joined by designer Dustin Dobson. He is the designer behind Skulls of Sedlec, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite 18-card games from Button Shy. We talk about his inspiration for the game, and how he has built a bridge through board games. If you haven't already, listen to my review of Skulls of Sedlec, and grab a copy! Here is a link to the pictures Dustin took of the actual Ossuary.
February 03, 2022
Avignon: A Clash of Popes
Another fantastic game from Button Shy Games, this episode I look at Avignon: A Clash of Popes by John du Bois. Like other games from Button shy, you can get it off the Button Site or the PNP Arcade site. This innovative game introduces the mechanic of Push and Pull. You push cards toward your opponent or pull cards towards you. The strategy must adapt to the cards on the table, or your chances of being elected Pope diminish.
January 28, 2022
Skulls of Sedlec (2019)
Skulls of Sedlec, published by Button Shy Games, features 18 cards where you are stacking the skulls in the Sedlec Ossuary. This game is simply amazing and should be purchased from Button Shy's site or PNP Arcade. You choose which one better fits your budget.
January 23, 2022
Interview with Author Ben Hoppe
In this episode, author Ben Hoppe joins me. He wrote the book, The Beginner's Board Game Bible. It helps you to understand where to start with gaming, and how some great games to try out. We talk about taking games everywhere, the bonding that can be done over gaming, and finding a copy of Mystery of the Abbey. Ben has a fun quiz that will tell you what game would be best for you. Take it here. Post in the comments what game it determined was your game. For me, Catan. That was no shock. Thanks for listening!
January 10, 2022
Interview with James Takenaka of Hit Point Sales
In this episode, James Takenaka of Hit Point Sales explains what a consolidator is, and what they can do for small and independent publishers. We also discuss the underappreciated game, Black Orchestra. The fad POGS even gets a mention!
December 30, 2021
Interview with Molly Zeff of Flying Leap Games
In this episode, Molly talks about an amazing fellowship she works with, The Horizons Fellowship. We also discuss her company's games, all of which are party games, but with a twist. You can get a free copy of Wing It's Print and Play on their site: Flying Leap Games.
December 28, 2021
Restaurantrepreneur is a print-and-play roll-and-write from Ellie Dix of The Dark Imp. This game can be downloaded off The Dark Imp website for less than $4, and it should become a staple in your game collection. You only need to supply 3 standard dice. You certainly have these sitting around, and you should certainly have this game to accompany those lonely dice!
December 17, 2021
Interview with Ron Rich of Air Loom Games
In this episode, Ron RIch of Air Loom Games talks about his game on Kickstarter, New York Pizza Delivery. I personally played this game's prototype. It is a fun mash-up of simple mechanics to create an original game high in theme. Ron also has an Etsy store where he sells 3D printed game accessories such as box organizers and cardholders. We talk about getting more games than we have space, 3D printing, and how Ron created an infant bath toy that was stolen from him.
November 18, 2021
Interview with James Staley, Host of Board Game Binge Podcast
James and I talk about how board gaming has helped him bond with his family. How he plays with his father, his brother, his children, and with his 103-year-old grandmother who still beats him on the regular. James is also the founder of Tin Robots Games, and they currently have a Kickstarter live: Hamsters vs. Hippos. James is the host of Board Game Binge, a 30-minute podcast where he interviews people from various facets of the industry.
November 14, 2021
Mille Bornes
Mille Bornes is a classic that has no haters that I have met. Everyone that I have introduced it to has also enjoyed it. I believe this game would be a cornerstone to any game collection for work or home.
November 09, 2021
Careers (1955)
Careers is a classic game from 1955. Yet, by today's standards, it is a very simple game mechanically. Where Careers stood out for me was in the "setting your own success formula" aspect. You decide what it takes to win the game. Every player sets their own end conditions. It is an interesting mechanic. I also mention the slightly, okay, completely offensive game, Careers for Girls. Yes, it is as bad as you think.
November 04, 2021
Interview with Phil Orbanes
In this episode, I was joined by a legend of the industry, Phil Orbanes. He started in the industry while in college and sold his first company. Then, he worked for Parker Brothers for over 10 years as a Senior Vice President. Lastly, he co-founded Winning Moves Games. Phil has also written many books about board games, Monopoly, and Parker Brothers. Phil is still active in the community, writing more books, and has amazing stories to tell. I was so excited that he agreed to come on the show. I hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I do. I encourage you to read his books as they detail the history of this great hobby.
November 01, 2021
Interview with Brian Welch of
In what will shock no one, I was targeted by Facebook ads for a company called So, obviously, I clicked on the ad and went to spend some money. I bought the Coffee & Board Games shirt. While there, I also reached out to the owner of the site, Brian Welch. He joins me to talk about his gaming habits, taking games camping, and giving some love to Carcassonne.
October 22, 2021
Interview with Julie Ahern of Greenbrier Games
Julie Ahern, VP of Greenbrier Games, joined me in this episode. We talked about her nomadic lifestyle, the importance of a company's name, the beginnings of the convention scene opening up, and so much more.
September 10, 2021
Interview with Sarah Atherton of Get Your Game On
Sarah Atherton joined the show this episode all the way from London, England. She has a pop-up game shop, Get Your Game On, that she takes to markets. I love the idea! She has a real passion for games and getting people the "right game." She also talks of the woes of having to ship games, specifically if they get intercepted by a lady in pink slippers. It is a hilarious story!
September 03, 2021
Interview with Brad Kelley of Midwest GameFest
Brad is the Director of Midwest GameFest. He joined me on the show this episode to talk about his convention, his gaming habits, and how his mother plays a ruthless game of Ticket to Ride. She doesn't care if Brad is her son. It is all about the "W!" I forgot to ask Brad, but via email, he prefers to play as RED!
September 01, 2021
Interview with Erik Arneson
In this episode, I allow yet ANOTHER Green Bay Packers fan onto the show. Erik Arneson, part owner of the Packers, and I talk about his fantastic book, How to Host a Game Night, the importance of keeping your game collection under control (or just getting a bigger wall), how some games are classics while others are a simple one-and-done, and of course, Battleball!
August 20, 2021
Battleball: The Future of Football
I read a book about hosting game nights, and the next thing I know, I am hunting down a copy of a game from 2003 called Battleball: The Future of Football. This game is a riot. It is a fantastic 1v1 game where you are trying to be the first to score two touchdowns. The use of different sided dice is solid! It makes for a very interesting strategy, and it keeps a bit of luck, too! Sadly, it is not currently in production. Happily, there are consignment shops and eBay.
August 16, 2021
Another Interview with Joe Slack
Joe Slack, from Crazy Like a Box, returns to the show to talk about Expansions: how to market them differently than base games, the different types of expansions, and finding your niche. Joe has an expansion coming to Kickstarter on September 7, for his game Relics of Rajavahara.
August 06, 2021
Interview with Taran Kratz
In this episode, Taran Kratz from Zeroic Games comes on to talk about his latest game and Kickstarter campaign for Thunder Rolls. We get off into the weeds when I have a mysterious sound from outside my window, and we discover that we would have been mortal enemies in college, as we went to rival Big Ten schools. Luckily, we met later in life. But, as I always say, "Board Games Build Bridges!"
August 04, 2021
Interview with Aaron WIlls
This episode features the designer of Dice Fight: Chicken Edition, one of the most played games in my collection (no lie). Aaron has self-published and self-made each and every one of the games that he has sold. He says that he running low, and he is not sure what he will do when he runs out of chicken buckets. That's right, the game comes in a fried chicken take-out bucket. So, I urge you to go to and order a copy before he runs out. While you are there, check out his video for his roll-and-write and read the bios of the 80 chickens from the game. Each and every chicken is unique in look, name, and bio. Aaron and I also talk about using games to teach, how to get your little ones to love gaming, and finally getting back together in person!
July 22, 2021
Interview with Steven Lentz
Steven Lentz is the father of two board gamers in training. He wrote a book, The Guide to Board Gaming: Getting Past Candyland, in which he talks about how to get your little ones interested in board games. His "unlocking" idea is a keeper for sure! At the end of the episode, Steven was inexplicably dropped, that is why you do not hear him in the last few minutes. Anyway, we talk about games from our childhood, Mille Bornes, Battle Masters, and Scotland Yard.
June 28, 2021
Interview with Matthew Miller
I reached out to a Facebook group to find other board gamers that play with their coworkers at lunch. I knew I couldn't be the only one. Matthew Miller, a third shift call center employee, responded and we had a great conversation. We had some technical difficulties with his microphone, but the material is fantastic. We talk about the advantages of gaming at work, especially if you can get your boss involved. Matt talks about how receptive and inviting the gaming community is and how it has helped him. I mention a game called Cat, an RPG where you play a cat trying to save its oblivious human from things the humans cannot see. It is $4.99 at DriveThruRPG for the 45 page PDF.
June 17, 2021
Interview with John-Michael Gariepy
Fellow board game reading nerd John-Michael Gariepy joins me in this episode. We talk about how there needs to be more books about board games that are not chess, his Kickstarter for his book Winning Streak, losing at Splendor, and then, John-Michael got lost. We laughed a lot during our conversation, but as usual, it is podcast GOLD! Contact for John-Michael: Popcorn Roulette DialD4Dm Winning Streak Book Say Hellow to Black Jack Podcast
June 09, 2021
Interview with Chris Pender
As you know from my other episodes, I read about board games a lot. While reading It's All a Game, I came across a designer that thought The Game of Life was too happy and needed to have decision-making and bad things happen, just like in real life. So, Chris Pender designed The Game of Real Life. A word of caution, this is not a family-friendly game. This has some adult content to it. Chris and I talk about how he came up the idea, how many he's made by hand, and his plans for a new game and new website. But, until he gets that new site up, you should go over to and pick yourself up a handmade copy of this very entertaining game!
June 03, 2021
Dice Fight Chicken Edition
Aaron Wills is the creator of a game that comes in a take out bucket: Dice Fight Chicken Edition
June 02, 2021
Interview with Chris Anderson
In this episode, Chris and I talk about his design contest, his AMAZING game In Vino Morte, and a strange game called The Farming Game, that I now feel the urge to track down. In Vino Morte on PNP Arcade 2021 Design Contest - Submit a game idea or to be a judge!
May 27, 2021
Interview with Dave Eng
In this episode, Dave Eng joins me and we talk about our shelves of shame and game-based learning. Dave's website, UniversityXP is a wealth of information. It has links to his blog, videos, research, articles, and his own podcast.
May 14, 2021
Escape from Hidden Castle
Like chaos? Like Wolfgang Kramer? Well, the latest iteration of his 1989 classic Midnight Party, called Escape from Hidden Castle, is the subject of this episode. It is quick and easy to teach, learn, and play.
May 14, 2021
Interview with Tom Chleborad
In this episode, I interview the "Average" part of Average Joe's podcast and Average Joe's Game Shop. Tom and I get off topic as usual. We talk about 3-legged cats, a bridge to Sweden, making a cross-country drive, and even some boardgaming!
May 12, 2021
Heimlich & Co.
Wolfgang Kramer's Heimlich & Co. is a great twist on hidden information, social deduction games. It won the Spiel des Jahres back in 1986, and it recently got a facelift by Amigo Games. This is one you should check out! James Bond (and Austin Powers) Standees
May 10, 2021
Forbidden Trilogy
This episode takes a look at Matt Leacock's Trilogy of Fobidden Games: Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, and Forbidden Sky. Each builds on its predecessors, has its own merits, but all are great fun for a lunch hour. 3D Desert Storm Tile Variable Island Layouts (I can no longer find the desert ones, and I lost my file of them when my external hard drive took a nose dive off my desk thanks to the chaotic kitten.)
May 09, 2021
Machi Koro
When I was first nurturing my collection, Machi Koro came up on many lists, as a game that I would like. So, I bought it, and I have played it many times since. This is a staple in my collection, has had its fair share of expansions and alternate releases, and is an evergreen delight.
April 25, 2021
Interview with Adrian Hoffman
Adrian is the founder of Cockblock Studios. He and I met when I agreed to review his game, Turducken. It is currently live on Kickstarter as of April 26, 2021. He and I talk about his gaming habits, the games he has created, and some aspects of board game design along with not eating an oven and not using D-Con. What can I say? We got a little off topic.
April 17, 2021
Interview with Ellie Dix
In this episode, I talk with Ellie Dix from The Dark Imp. This is my first transatlantic interview! I came across Ellie's great book, The Board Game Family, at my local library. She talks about getting your kids and family to game together, a funny game called Murder, the importance of just having a deck of cards are you at all time, and more!
April 10, 2021
Treasure Hunters Trilogy by Jellybean
What was the first game you backed on Kickstarter? Mine was Scuttle! It opened my eyes to Kickstarter, and it helped me delve deeper into this wonderful hobby. Scuttle! was followed by Ninjitsu! which was then followed by Brains! These three games form the Treasure Hunters Trilogy by Peter C. Heyward and Jellybean Games. All are great fun and easy to fit into a lunch 15 minutes.
April 07, 2021
Interview with Sara Beauvais
Sara Beauvais joins the show this episode. She is the artist behind one of my favorite games, Universal Rule! She has a website: where you can reach out to her, or see some of her artwork. We talk about how her daughter likes to retheme games to utilize bunnies, the fear of a game going to "the attic," and a childhood game that I am trying to locate: The Garden Game.
March 22, 2021
Interview with Aaron from AnSR Games
In this episode, Aaron and I talk about oatmeal cookies, air fryers versus deep fryers, and maybe even some board games! Aaron and his family are behind AnSR games which made Drop Racers, Ch35s, and more!
March 19, 2021
Interview with Joe Slack
In this episode, Joe Slack of Board Game Design Course (among many other things) drops by to talk lunch time games. Joe is also an author of three great books (two fo which I can vouch for, I need to read his second book) and he has a fourth one in the queue. Joe maintains a fantastic email list for board game designers, and you can (and should) sign up here at I want to thank Joe again, and I look forward to his future books and games!
March 12, 2021
Drop Racers and Drop Racers Battle
In this episode, Drop Racers and Drop Racers Battle are the focus. These games were designed by a young man (like less than 10 years old). They are dexterity games where you are flicking your car to collect drops from the table to either score points, or try to end the game. Both can be bought from: They are an absolute delight to play with adults and children alike.
March 05, 2021
Roll and Writes, Part II
In this episode, I look at three more small roll and write games: QWIXX, QWINTO, & RIPPLE RUSH. Each one is terrific and should be added to your collection. These three have seen plenty of table time, and they did not dent the wallet…too bad. Give me a roll and write that I should try next!
March 02, 2021
Interview with Katie Pierce
In this interview, fellow game nerd and cross stitch designer Katie Pierce joins the show. She is the Etsy shop owner of Komodo Stitches. I have personally bought two so far, and look forward to getting a third. Katie talks about how she got into gaming, drops a couple of great games that you should check out, and says C-A-T-A-N, well, you will just have to give it a listen.
February 26, 2021
Bang! is one of the few social deduction games that I find enjoyable. The act of deceiving your friends while at the same time trying to get certain ones to believe you, makes this game a blast every time we play it.
February 22, 2021
Interview with John Kohn
In this episode John Kohn joins the show. He is a prolific Print and Play creator. I have backed many of his games on Kickstarter, and I look forward to backing many more. He can be reached at
February 20, 2021
Interview with Erin Dean
In 2018, Erin Dean interviewed over 50 game designers, and compiled all the interviews into a smash success Kickstarter campaign. The result, For the Love of Board Games! This fantastic book became the bedtime story I read to The Son each night. It has started us down a great tradition of reading about board games and game designers. I highly recommend picking up a copy from Erin. If interested, the email address is Shoot her an email, and get your copy!
February 19, 2021
Clever Trilogy
In this episode, Adam looks at the "Clever Trilogy" by Wolfgang Warsch These games are: That's Pretty Clever, Twice as Clever, and Clever Cubed. These are fantastic roll and write games that elevates the game of Yahtzee. No more waiting on everyone else to roll on their turn while you do NOTHING. You are invested in every turn. Each one is colorful with its scorepad and dice. Each is video conferencing friendly. Each one is very affordable.
February 17, 2021
Interview with Chip Beauvais
In this episdoe, Chip Beauvais joins the show. He is the creator of Universal Rule and Smoke & Mirrors, both available on Chip talks about his new game Jackpot Payout that is going to hit Kickstarter later this year, as well as some hidden gem games that you should check out.
February 12, 2021
Downforce by Wolfgang Kramer is the focus of this episode. Adam covers the game, the two expansion tracks, and talks about combining Downforce with Monopoly Gamer Mario Kart edition. Feel free to get sucked in this thread about Mario Kart: Share your pics or rule variations!
February 08, 2021
Rhino Hero & Rhino Hero: Super Battle
This episode covers TWO fantastic dexterity games by Haba: Rhino Hero and the sequel Rhino Hero: Super Battle. What started out as a show and tell at my office has turned into a regular engineering exercise.
February 04, 2021
Universal Rule
In this episode, Adam reviews Universal Rule by Chip Beauvais and published by Button Shy Games. It is also available as a print and play on This is a wonderful 18-card 4x game that plays in less than a lunch hour. Believe it! Thanks for listening, and keep building those bridges! Universal Rule on PnP Arcade Universal Rule on Button Shy Games
February 01, 2021
Interview with Justin De Witt
In this interview, the Chief Creative Officer of Fireside Games, Justin De Witt joins Adam on the podcast. He is the creator, and artist, behind the fantastic cooperative board game Castle Panic! Justin and Adam talk about board gaming, how Castle Panic got on Wil Wheaton's Tabletop, how Justin got to design Star Trek Panic, and more! Thanks for listening, and keep building those bridges! Fireside Games Facebook Page
January 29, 2021
Ticket To Ride
In this episode, Adam talks about Alan R. Moon's Ticket to Ride, two expansions, 3 city editions, a PNP version, and First Journey.  This is a must have in any office colletion. Come listen and find out why! Stay at Home Edition is a free print and play that can be found at that link!
January 27, 2021
In this episode, Adam looks at Carcassonne, the classic Spiel des Jahres winning tile-laying game by Claus-Jurgen Wrede. Adam talks about the game and 9 mini-expansions!
January 22, 2021
Castle Panic!
In this episode, I look at Justin De Witt's cooperative castle defense game, Castle Panic!, its three full expansions, and multiple promos, This is my personal favorite co-op game. It is simple, easy to get to the table, and has been enjoyed many times by many people. Justin will be a guest later this year!
January 02, 2021
Interview with Average Joe
In this episiode, Adam interviews fellow board game podcaster, Joe Hamerly of Average Joe's Gaming Podcast. They discuss lunchtime gaming, go to games, and more. This is also the debut of more music from The Son.
December 27, 2020
The Settlers of Catan
In this episode, Adam talks about the game that started all of this lunch time gaming fun, Catan. He also discusses the scenarios: Helpers of Catan, Oil Springs, Frenemies, Santa Claus/Easter Bunny, and Global Warming. 
December 24, 2020
7 Wonders
This episode features original music by my 8 year old. I asked him for a theme song, and he made it for me on Garage Band. Also, I discuss 7 Wonders, 2 expanions, and some extras. This is another must-have in your office playing library.
December 11, 2020
King of Tokyo
In this episode, I discuss the king of the mountain, Yahtzee style, kaiju monster mayhem game, King of Tokyo. I look at the base game, its two expansions, and the subsequent four monster packs. This is a great game to start a gaming group in your office! Board Games Build Bridges!
December 04, 2020
Welcome to Eat Lunch and Board Game
Welcome to Eat Lunch and Board Game! I am Adam Collins and about 5 years ago, I started playing board games with my coworkers during our lunch hour. We started out playing only Catan, and it was a first-come, first-seated game. We expanded to 5/6 player extension. Then, we had to add a second board. New games were being brought in. People from other divisions joined us. Pretty soon, we had players from all over the building, and we were playing anything that was brought in. I started noticing that some games were better for lunch hours than others. I started catering to peoples’ needs. They only wanted to play a short game so they could leave early. Other people wanted to play longer games, so we started a game night after hours. I found that I searched my local game shop for games that fit a certain set of criteria: Time to Explain to Newcomers, Component Quality, Replayability, Bang for the Buck, and above all Lunchtime Potential. I decided to start this podcast to help you start a gaming group at your office, and help you find games to play with your coworkers based on your, and their, needs.
October 27, 2020