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Board Game Gateway

By Board Game Gateway

The Board Game Gateway Podcast is your light and fun entry point for people who want to know more about the board gaming hobby and games that are simple and easy to play.

We record the podcast once a week with plans to grow a community of gamers and add more content in the future.

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Ep 003 | BG Gateway - The Isle of Enjoyment!

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Ep 020 | BG Gateway - The Top 10 Gateway Games
Ep 020 | BG Gateway - The Top 10 Gateway Games
Description Welcome to Episode 20 and the Board Game Gateways Top 10 Gateway Games of 2022. This is a list compiled by your hosts but none of them knows what will come out on top. Our special guest Georgee has graphics, envelopes and information that none of the boys has seen before so you will find out as they find out what collectively they have decided are the top 10 gateway games to introduce your friends into the board gaming hobby. There will be controversy, and there will be surprises but one thing for sure is that this is the definitive list from the boys. Will your favourite make the list? Will you agree with what is at the top? You are going to have to listen to find out. Timestamps 9:45 - #10  12:23 - #9 14:30 - #8 18:46 - #7 21:48 - #6 24:18 - #5 27:34 - #4 29:36 - #3 32:45 - #2 37:57 - #1 41:11 - Post Top 10 Games Discussions We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:05:16
December 08, 2022
Ep 019 | BG Gateway - We don't really have a plan!
Ep 019 | BG Gateway - We don't really have a plan!
“Would it make you feel better if I pretended not to be making it up as I go along? In that case, I know exactly what I'm doing, but please don't ask me about it in any great detail.” - Eddie Robson, Doctor Who Unbound: Masters of War Description It is officially summer and that means are coming to the end of 2022, are we begin to wrap up the year we have a bit of an experimental episode where we decided NOT to do an official discussion topic or to have a plan for what we would be talking about after our plays and gateway game of the week. We let the conversation take us where it wanted to go. Will be able to be entertaining for you without some dot points? We thought so but I guess you would have to listen and make up your own mind. We also had a chat about some of the games we played this week. The masterfully produced Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest, the wonderfully frustrating Search for Planet X and the simple yet elegant Bärenpark. Timestamps 3:07 - Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest 17:49 - The Search for Planet X 40:52 - Bärenpark (Gateway Game of the Week) 56:12 - We don't have a plan, but it's entertaining. We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:19:36
November 30, 2022
Ep 018 | BG Gateway - Luck be a Lady Tonight!
Ep 018 | BG Gateway - Luck be a Lady Tonight!
"Luck be a lady tonight, just be a lady tonight" - Sky Masterson Description Luck, Randomness and Variability are spread throughout board gaming as what they bring to the table leads to many interesting board states and challenges we have to overcome. However, these can also bring problems and headaches that gamers just have to put up with. So let's discuss the difference between Luck and Randomness, the positives and negatives and all that comes with it. We also had a chance to try the tabletop simulator mod for the game Drift designed by Australian James Allen. Without spoiling the podcast you are in for a treat with this discussion as we wish we have played this BEFORE our racing game special because it may be our new favourite racing game. Timestamps 4:10 - Milestone Celebration - 1000 Podcast Plays 6:59 - Matt Family Play Update 10:16 - Drift 32:50 - Modern Art (Gateway Game of the Week) 49:52 - Luck & Randomness - Dealing with Variability in Board Games (Discussion Topic) We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:12:28
November 23, 2022
Ep 017 | BG Gateway - My Board Games stuck on Replay!
Ep 017 | BG Gateway - My Board Games stuck on Replay!
"Shawty's like a memory in my head and I can't keep up and I'm feeling like. Nah na na na every day like my board games stuck on replay!" - Rodeo, Iyaz Description Board Games are inherently designed to be played more than once but what is it about games that make us want to come back and play them again? This is our discussion topic for this episode of the Board Game Gateway Podcast. We also asked for community feedback to see what others thought about this subject.  We also have a look back at the games we played this week including the beautiful looking Canvas, the Mind Bending Unlock: Epic Collection as well as a review on the epic game of Twilight Imperium which Ralph, Blayke and Neeber participated in over the weekend. Finally, we look at our gateway game of the week the amazingly awesome Cockroach Poker. Timestamps 2:51 - Matt Recap of Carcassonne with the Kids 6:01 - Unlock: Epic Collection 7:22 - Canvas 9:31 - Twilight Imperium 17:22 - Cockroach Poker (Gateway Game of the Week) 29:40 - Replayability in Board Games (Discussion Topic) We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:11:11
November 16, 2022
Ep 016 | BG Gateway - Theme Me Up Scotty!
Ep 016 | BG Gateway - Theme Me Up Scotty!
"I would have never picked this off the shelf, nothing about 'Isle of Cats' appealed to me and then I played it, what a juxtaposition" - Matt Glynn | BG Gateway Description A lot of weight is put into the first impressions and many games have a theme and artwork that to many may not have "mass market" appeal. How many games do we pass that could be instant favourites just because we don't connect with the artwork? How many games could provide a deep connection but don't get the chance because a theme sounds outlandish or boring to us? We have a big discussion about things we have noticed, games we have played and themes we were surprised by in this episode. We also had a chance to play many new and cemented games including the latest Kickstarter hotness Slay the Spire, Engine building masterpiece It's a Wonderful World, The most interesting logic puzzle in Turing Machine and "Chess 2.0" War Chest. Timestamps 1:47 - Slay the Spire 11:06 - It's a Wonderful World 18:25 - Turing Machine 29:29 - War Chest 36:08 - Carcassonne (Gateway Game of the Week) 50:28 - Board Game Themes, The disconnect and the Artwork We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:23:39
November 10, 2022
Ep 015 | BG Gateway - Spooky Scary Spectacular!
Ep 015 | BG Gateway - Spooky Scary Spectacular!
"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." - William Shakespeare Description Spooky Scary Halloween! Welcome to the Halloween special of the Board Game Gateway Podcast with all four hosts here for your listening pleasure. We go through some of the latest games we have been playing over the past week including Isle of Cats (again), Endless Winter as well as our Gateway Game of the Week Horrified which is also a cooperative Master-piece. We then talk about games that would be perfect to add to that Halloween-themed party you hold with your friends. Get ready to have the meeples scared out of you in this week's episode (not really but who knows). Timestamps 2:58 - Isle of Cats 10:02 - Clank: A Deck-Building Adventure 13:53 - Scruples 19:03 - Endless Winter: Paleoamericians 30:05: Horrified; Gateway Game of the Week 43:41 - Halloween Themed Games We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:12:25
November 02, 2022
Ep 014 | BG Gateway - Getting a little Racy!
Ep 014 | BG Gateway - Getting a little Racy!
"If you're not first, your last" - Ricky Bobby Description Humans have always wanted to get places fast, and first and preferably both of these at the same time. In board games, we have an entire genre of games devoted to all things racing. In this episode, we dive into games that deal with racing as their theme. Whether it be racing cars, bikes, horses, camels or ourselves there are plenty of games for us to discuss. We also discuss some of the recent big box games that we have had a chance to play in the previous week. Twilight Inscription, Carnegie and Nemesis: Lockdown are just some of the games that we are going to talk about in tonight's episode. So without further ado... It's lights out and away we go! Timestamps 2:11 - Nemesis: Lockdown 5:49 - Carnegie 14:22 - Twilight Inscription 20:28 - Formula D (Gateway Game of the Year) 38:27 - The Pros and Cons of Racing Games 50:11 - Beginner to Expert Racing Games We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:07:47
October 26, 2022
Ep 013.5 | BG Gateway - Hosts Top 10 Part 2
Ep 013.5 | BG Gateway - Hosts Top 10 Part 2
"No, I do not have a favourite child. How dare you ask me that!"  - The Parent who definitely has a favourite child Description Welcome to Part II of Episode 13. We continue to work down the list of our favourite games and in this episode, we countdown #5 to #1. Which games have woven their way into the host's heart? Which games have proven themselves to stand the test of time? And which games will the community disagree on because obviously, we are wrong for liking *THAT* game when *THIS* is obviously better?! We can not wait to share this episode of the podcast with you and we can not wait to share our favourite games with the community. Timestamps 1:07 - #5 10:11 - #4 20:00 - #3 30:31 - #2 40:46 - #1 We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
59:19
October 24, 2022
Ep 013 | BG Gateway - Hosts Top 10 Part 1
Ep 013 | BG Gateway - Hosts Top 10 Part 1
"When I see the Ten Most Wanted Lists... I always have this thought: If we'd made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn't be wanted now." - Eddie Cantor Description People have been asking and now we are delivering in a 2 part special episode where all the hosts disclose their top 10 board games. These lists were very hard to create and honestly, they can change depending on the new games we play but we are very happy and love the games on the list. What is on the list? The only way to find out is to listen to this episode. Timestamps 3:58 - #10 9:41 - #9 17:16 - #8 24:24 - #7 32:46 - #6 We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
44:02
October 19, 2022
Ep 012 | BG Gateway - Appealing Big Box Games!
Ep 012 | BG Gateway - Appealing Big Box Games!
"If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty, and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly than aesthetics will see its moral lesson. It will fill the cowardly with terror, and the unclean will see in it their own shame." - Oscar Wilde Description There are so many games coming out now and it can be very intimidating for new players to purchase games with boxes bigger than their faces. So what is the appeal of these games and why would you enjoy them? Well in this episode we plan to take you through what enjoyment there is to be had and what you can expect when you decide it is time to dip your toes into some more crunchy games. Before we get to that discussion though we have a chat about 3 different board games that we have played over the week including the crunchy Age of Steam, the magical Harry Potter: Catch the Snitch and the colourful Northgard: Uncharted Lands. All have different experiences and we cant wait to share them with you. Timestamps 5:23 - Age of Steam 13:58 - Harry Potter: Catch the Snitch 19:54 - Northgard: Uncharted Lands 36:02 - GotW: For Sale 46:36 - The Appeal of Big Box Games We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:10:00
October 06, 2022
Ep 011 | BG Gateway - Board Game Genre Reveal!
Ep 011 | BG Gateway - Board Game Genre Reveal!
“Is it a boy? Is it a girl? It's a.....Strategic Deck Builder with Route Building and Real-Time Worker Placement. What does any of that mean? I guess it is time to find out” Description: You could be forgiven for thinking that board games are all like monopoly and scrabble but you sir/madam would be wrong. There is an absolute plethora of genres and mechanics that are being explored and for many people that can be very confusing so, Ralph and Neeber decided to use this podcast as the excuse to help you.  They also have a look at the games they played this week Phase 10, Wonderlands War and the Gateway Game of the Week Air, Land & Sea. There is a lot to look forward to in this episode of the Board Game Gateway Podcast.  Timestamps: 2:44 - GGotW: Air, Land & Sea 19:02 - Phase 10 24:11 - Wonderlands War 34:51 - Board Game Genres Explained We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:16:08
September 28, 2022
Ep 010 | BG Gateway - Showing off your Creativity!
Ep 010 | BG Gateway - Showing off your Creativity!
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” - Steve Jobs Description: Board games are not just thinking puzzles that are designed to give satisfaction to the analytical left side of your brain but they also can provide a platform for your creativity right side to shine bright like a diamond. This week the hosts discuss their gateway game of the week Pictomania which leads to our discussion about what games can provide you with the creative outlet some of you crave including Cranium, Fake Artist Goes to New York, Telestrations and Rapid Dough. We also release the results from our Episode 008 Gateway Game Draft. We find out who the public voted on having the best Gateway Game collection in the group. We look forward to you listening to this week's episode of the Podcast. Timestamps: 3:56 - What we've been playing this week 27:52 - Draft Results Released 47:46 - Pictomania 1:00:45 - Games that show off your creativity We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:21:04
September 21, 2022
Ep 009 | BG Gateway - Scratching the Sudoku Itch!
Ep 009 | BG Gateway - Scratching the Sudoku Itch!
"Do you love sitting down to figure out the logic behind a sudoku puzzle? You are going to love these games that we have on offer for you." Description: All of the hosts are back and we have a great episode for you. Not to mention that our host for this evening is Blayke which in and of itself is going to cause a great time but the discussions are flowing and the laughs were nearly non-stop. The boys dive deep into one of Neeber's realisations and they also look at games that scratch that logic puzzle itch that we all get when doing a sudoku puzzle such as "Search for Planet X", "Alchemists" & "Cryptid". Also, we have been talking about it for a few episodes but "Quacks of Quedlinburg" is finally this week's Gateway Game of the Week. If you enjoy deduction, logic and silliness then this is the episode for you. Timestamps: 3:46 - What we've been playing this week  16:57 - Neeber Realisation Deep Dive 32:09 - Quacks of Quedlinburg 46:47 - Games that Scratch that Logic Puzzle Itch We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:23:27
September 14, 2022
Ep 008 | BG Gateway - The Gateway Game Draft!
Ep 008 | BG Gateway - The Gateway Game Draft!
"And now. Ladies and Gentlemen. Leettttssss get ready to RUMMMBBBLLLLEEEEEE!" We have a very exciting episode for you as all four of the hosts get together for the time since Episode 002. The hosts have a chat about some of the first milestones that they have passed, some of the best moments over the past episodes, this week's Gateway Game of the Week LLAMA the Card Game and also for the first time we are bringing a competitive segment to the podcast. Given that the NFL Season for 22-23 is about to start we thought that it was only fitting that we do our inaugural Board Game Draft. We decided to tackle the subject of "Best game collection to introduce to new players" and every host has come out with a cracking collection that requires YOUR INPUT TO DECIDE THE WINNER. Vote here:  Timestamps: 2:26 - Milestones and Toasts  13:48 - L.L.A.M.A. Card Game 25:52 - The Gateway Game Draft We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:08:42
September 07, 2022
Ep 007 | BG Gateway - Betrayed by our first Guest!
Ep 007 | BG Gateway - Betrayed by our first Guest!
"They did the Mash! They did the monster mash. They did the Mash. It was a graveyard smash" We head back to discord this week so we can welcome our first-ever guest to the podcast. Redmond Hamel is a friend of the show and ex-colleague of Ralph and will give us his perspective on some of his favourite games including 'Betrayal at House on the Hill'. Things get a bit spooky as all get a reading of one of the Omen cards from the game. We also have a look at one of the most interesting introductory strategy games on the market in 'Cairn'. A quick and easy two-player battle of wits that makes chess look overly complicated and checkers bland and boring by comparison. Sit back, relax and enjoy this week's episode of the Board Game Gateway Podcast Timestamps: 13:14 - Cairn 33:18 - Betrayal at House on the Hill We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
59:03
August 31, 2022
Ep 006 | BG Gateway - You know what grinds my Gears?!
Ep 006 | BG Gateway - You know what grinds my Gears?!
Hey! You know what really grinds my gears?! When an audio podcast tries to use graphically terminology and hand gestures when I can't see you! - Neeber (Chronic Hand Gesturer and graphical described) In today's episode, we welcome the hosts back to the recording table to deliver you an absolute cracker of an episode. Starting the session in the usual style telling you about the games that they have played this week. Matt and Neeber decided to learn and play a classic 'Targi' on Board Game Arena, Ralph and Neeber had the privilege to play 'Concordia' on Tabletop Simulator & Ralph got to play 'Chaos in the Old World' in person. We then got to play and give our opinion on our Gateway Game of the Week 'Azul'. And finally, it's time to let out all your grievances and tell us about your Game Night and Board Game Pet Peeves. We head to Facebook to get some answers from our community and I feel like we are all a lot closer now. It's a long one but honestly, we think it's one of our best. Strap in for Episode 006 of the BG Gateway Podcast. Timestamps: 7:20 – Can't Stop 9:26 – Targi 19:20 – Chaos in the Old World 23:31 – Concordia 41:14 – Azul 56:45 – Game Night & Board Game Pet Peeves We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:31:50
August 24, 2022
Ep 005 | BG Gateway - Meeting your fellow Gamers!
Ep 005 | BG Gateway - Meeting your fellow Gamers!
"Because tonight will be the night that I will play with you. That silly gaaaaame, don't make me change my mind." Episode five is here and we have changed it up with Ralph taking on hosting duties and pushing Neeber to the back. In this episode, the two hosts talk about a number of topics that all revolve around the theme of meeting people and playing board games in public. They recount their latest local board game meetup they attended, what it is like to run their own local board game group as well as the etiquette that all of us should respect when taking our hobby to the public. Not only that but the boys give their first impressions and opinions on 'Castles of Mad King Ludwig', 'Wise Guys' and 'Long Shot: The Dice Game'.  We hope you enjoy the discussion. Timestamps: 8:02 – Castles of Mad King Ludwig 14:05 – Wise Guys 25:44 – Long Shot: The Dice Game We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being a part of the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
59:51
August 17, 2022
Ep 004 | BG Gateway - Hefty First Impressions & Story Time!
Ep 004 | BG Gateway - Hefty First Impressions & Story Time!
"I sat down to play and game and stuff was just chucked at me. I didn't know what I was looking at but I immediately felt intimidated by it." - Blayke Taylor 2022 (Podcast Host) We made it to episode four of the Board Game Gateway Podcast and this week we have 75% of the crew returning for your listening pleasure. Neeber, Blayke and Matt have a really interesting discussion topic led by the returning Matt on the first presentation and first impression of board games as well as regaling you with memories of Board Games past. Timestamps: 2:27 – Kingdomino 17:08 – The Hefty First Impression 41:30 – Story Time with the Boys We want to thank all of you and the community for all of your support. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:10:01
August 02, 2022
Ep 003 | BG Gateway - The Isle of Enjoyment!
Ep 003 | BG Gateway - The Isle of Enjoyment!
One. Singular sensation, every little game they rate. Two. Voices for your pleasure, every podcast they make. Welcome to the third episode of the Board Game Gateway Podcast, this week we are 50% leaner with Blayke and Matt missing in action but don't let that worry you as we have another cracking episode. Neeber and Ralph break down the games that they have been playing as well as have a discussion on the topic of what is it about games that brings them enjoyment. Timestamps: 6:55 – The Fugitive 17:50 – The Isle of Cats 32:15 – Dominion We want to thank all of you and the community for all of your support. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
59:56
July 26, 2022
Ep 002 | BG Gateway - Rollin’ Wild, Getting Clever!
Ep 002 | BG Gateway - Rollin’ Wild, Getting Clever!
Look who's back, back again. Gateways back, tell your friends. *No seriously tell your friends we'd love more people in the community* Anywho with that silly introduction out of the way we would like to welcome you back to the Board Game Gateway Podcast. In this week's episode, we tackle the theme 'What makes a good gateway game' as well as discuss the games Ganz Schon Clever, Marvel Champions and Galaxy Trucker.  All four of the hosts are back with this interesting look into what things they look for when trying to get people who are not entrenched in the board gaming hobby to the table. Timestamps: 1:45 – Ganz Schon Clever 36:35 – Marvel Champions 56:12 – Galaxy Trucker We want to thank all of you whole support us and the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:06:15
July 13, 2022
Ep 001 | BG Gateway - Welcome to the Gateway!
Ep 001 | BG Gateway - Welcome to the Gateway!
Welcome to the Podcast, we got fun and games. We've got everything you want, we know all the names. Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Board Game Gateway Podcast, if that reference made sense to you then we will get along swimmingly. In this episode, the hosts introduce themselves to you as well as engage in a discussion of what were some of the games that got them into the board gaming hobby. Also, the crew has a chat about what they were playing this week (Bot Factory and Corridors of Power) as well as their choice for 'Gateway Game of the Week'. We hope you enjoy it! Timestamps: 34:11 – Bot Factory 52:40 – Corridors of Power 1,06:08 - Ticket to Ride We want to thank all of you whole support us and the community. We would also like to invite you to join our community by joining our Discord Community & the Facebook Group. Intro / Outro Music Merry Bay by Ghostrifter Official | https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-official
01:13:19
July 08, 2022