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Root
In Episode 69 we provide our hot take review of Root covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game and we discuss a poll related to asymmetric board games. Chris provides a Root themed cocktail and then we discuss some games on our table including Risk: Legacy, Azul, and Unsettled. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:29 Poll: Asymmetric Game Play 06:46 Root 08:49 Gameplay and Mechanisms 30:25 Production and Theme 43:55 Memorable Moments 49:26 Final Thoughts 57:46 Themed Cocktail of the Week 1:02:36 Azul 1:04:43 Risk: Legacy 1:12:28 Unsettled
01:20:21
December 6, 2021
Let it Go - 5 Board Games Leaving our Collections
In Episode 68 we discuss some of the reasons we cull board games from our collections and list 5 games that are leaving and why they aren't going to be sticking around. We also discuss poll results on how frequently board games are culled. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:39 Poll discussion around culling games 9:17 #5 Adam - Space Corp - 2025-2300AD 12:35 #5 Chris - Calico 15:15 #5 Tim - Wingspan 20:41 #4 Adam - Irish Gauge 22:35 #4 Chris - Lords of Hellas 26:27 #4 Tim - It's a Wonderful World / Maracaibo 29:36 #3 Adam - Android: Netrunner 33:48 #3 Chris - This War of Mine 35:54 #3 Tim - Empires of the Void II 39:02 #2 Adam - On Mars 43:11 #2 Chris - Marvel United 47:10 #2 Tim - Paper Dungeon 49:40 #1 Adam - Spirit Island 54:15 #1 Chris - Twisted Fables 58:20 #1 Tim - Fort 59:43 Culling Final Thoughts
01:12:54
November 29, 2021
Ankh: Gods of Egypt
In Episode 67 we provide our hot take review of Ankh: Gods of Egypt covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game and we discuss our big 'renaming' and related poll results. Chris provides an Ankh themed cocktail and then we discuss some games on our table including Keyflower, Bonfire, and Brian Boru: High King of Ireland. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:32 Poll: Name Change? 04:21 Ankh: Gods of Egypt Description 06:20 Gameplay and Mechanisms 32:34 Production and Theme 39:38 Memorable Moments 43:38 Final Thoughts 49:17 Themed Cocktail of the Week 52:36 Keyflower 1:00:27 Brian Boru: High King of Ireland 1:05:51 Bonfire
01:13:10
November 22, 2021
Russian Railroads
In Episode 66 we provide our hot take review of Russian Railroads covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game and we discuss some poll results around abstract games.   We then discuss some games on our table including Royal Visit, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, and Patchwork: Halloween Edition and then give our future takes on Age of Galaxy and the Arts and Architecture expansion for Tapestry. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:30 Poll: Do you like abstract games 04:00 Russian Railroads Description 06:38 Gameplay and Mechanisms 20:56 Production and Theme 25:41 Memorable Moments 28:54 Final Thoughts 34:00 Royal Visit 37:24 Patchwork: Halloween Edition 38:37 Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition 1:21:57 45:02 Age of Galaxy 49:13 Tapestry: Arts and Architecture
52:52
November 15, 2021
Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy
In Episode 65 we provide our hot take review of Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss a big change coming for Board Game Hot Takes and ask for your input. We then discuss some games on our table including Paladins of the West Kingdom and the expansion for My Little Scythe - Pie in the Sky and then give our future takes on Brian Boru: High King of Ireland and Wayfarers of the South Tigris. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:34 Big Changes Coming 05:00 Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy 07:36 Gameplay and Mechanisms 30:37 Production and Theme 40:17 Memorable Moments 46:48 Final Thoughts 51:56 Paladins of the West Kingdom 1:04:35 My Little Scythe: Pie in the Sky 1:21:57 Brian Boru: High King of Ireland 1:25:12 Wayfarers of the South Tigris
01:29:35
November 8, 2021
TimCon Coverage - Part 2 - 8 Games
In Episode 64, we discuss the next 8 games that were played at TimCon where Tim, Adam, Chris, and Steve got together for 5 days of non-stop gaming!  We also discuss our biggest disappointments and biggest surprises out of the 22 games played from the entire weekend. Games covered include Smartphone, Inc., Samurai, Tapestry, Cerebria, Shamans, Outlive, Anachrony, and The Mind. Follow along as we share the TimCon Championship scoring for the weekend and announce the Champion! Part 1 was released last week so if you haven't listened to that yet, go check it out! Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:57 Smartphone, Inc. 04:45 Samurai 11:07 Tapestry 15:36 Cerebria 24:13 Shamans 33:05 Outlive 41:41 Anachrony 49:07 TimCon 2021 Champion Announced! 49:45 The Mind 50:17 Games we missed 52:31 Biggest Disappointments 53:22 Biggest Surprises  
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November 1, 2021
TimCon Coverage - Part 1 - 14 Games
In Episode 63, we discuss the first 14 games that were played at TimCon where Tim, Adam, Chris, and Steve got together for 5 days of non-stop gaming! Games covered include Glen More II: Chronicles, Shards of Infinity, Gaia Project, High Society, Cubitos, Dominant Species, The Bridges of Shangri-La, Kabuto Sumo, The Expanse Board Game, Cascadia, Terraforming Mars, Aquatica, Eclipse: 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy, and Scythe. Follow along as we share the TimCon Championship scoring for the weekend. Part 2 will be coming next week! Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 02:55 Glen More II: Chronicles 04:26 Shards of Infinity 08:26 Gaia Project 10:16 High Society 13:55 Cubitos 15:50 Dominant Species 22:18 The Bridges of Shangri-La 26:06 Kabuto Sumo 28:44 The Expanse Board Game 37:58 Cascadia 41:57 Terraforming Mars 49:01 Aquatica 55:51 Eclipse: 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy 1:06:22 Scythe
01:16:41
October 25, 2021
Robotech: Reconstruction
In Episode 62 we provide our hot take review of Robotech: Reconstruction covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss where we buy board games and some related poll results. Chris provides a Robotech themed cocktail and then we discuss some games on our table including Azul and Glen More II and future takes on Azul: Queen's Garden and Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:30 Poll: Upgrading board game components 04:40 Robotech: Reconstruction Description 07:50 Gameplay and Mechanisms 27:09 Production and Theme 45:42 Memorable Moments 53:51 Final Thoughts 1:01:13 Themed Cocktail of the Week 1:06:14 Azul 1:09:50 Azul: Queen's Garden 1:10:30 Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy 1:12:30 Glen More II: Chronicles
01:19:34
October 18, 2021
Fractal: Beyond the Void
Bonus episode!  In Episode 61 we provide our hot take review of Fractal: Beyond the Void covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.   Then we compare Fractal: Beyond the Void to Voidfall (another epic 4x space game on Kickstarter right now) and discuss which one we preferred and which one each of us plans to back on Kickstarter.  If you want to hear our full thoughts on Voidfall, you can find our review in episode 60. Sorry for the minor audio quality issues with Chris' audio track. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 01:14 Fractal: Beyond the Void Description 03:37 Gameplay and Mechanisms 28:39 Production and Theme 36:10 Memorable Moments 42:00 Final Thoughts 44:20 Comparison to Voidfall
01:01:01
October 14, 2021
Voidfall
In Episode 60 we provide our hot take review of Voidfall covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game (as well as whether we plan to back it on Kickstarter).  We also discuss upgraded board game components and some related poll results. Then we discuss some games on our table including The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged and Crimes in History: H. H. Holmes' Murder Castle. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:32 Poll: Upgrading board game components 07:13 Voidfall Description 10:17 Gameplay and Mechanisms 43:19 Production and Theme 55:36 Memorable Moments 1:02:12 Final Thoughts 1:12:33 The Dragon Prince: Battlecharged 1:15:52 Crimes in History: H. H. Holmes' Murder Castle
01:24:41
October 11, 2021
Furnace and Cerebria: The Inside World
In Episode 59 we provide our hot take review of Furnace covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss traveling with board games and some related poll results. Chris provides a Furnace themed cocktail and then Tim goes deep on his experience with Cerebria: The Inside World. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:34 Poll: Travelling with board games 05:26 Furnace Description 07:32 Gameplay and Mechanisms 28:12 Production and Theme 35:46 Memorable Moments 40:02 Final Thoughts 43:22 Themed Cocktail of the Week 48:26 Cerebria: The Inside World
01:24:32
October 4, 2021
Top 5 Incoming Kickstarters 2021
In Episode 58 we discuss our top 5 incoming board game Kickstarters. First, we discuss poll results on board game Kickstarters that haven't been delivered yet.  Then we take a look at our top 5 incoming Kickstarters from last year (discussed in episode 6) and score them with a VERY SCIENTIFIC scoring method. Finally, we look at our current top 5 incoming Kickstarters and discuss why we backed them and why we're excited about them. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:57 Poll: Undelivered Crowdfunded Game Count 7:06 2020 Kickstarter Scorecard 10:05 #5 Adam - High Frontier 4 All 11:09 #5 Chris - Star Realms: Deluxe Nova Collection 14:23 #5 Tim - It's a Wonderful World: Ascension 16:22 #4 Adam - Valhallamas 17:20 #4 Chris and Tim - Terraforming Mars: Big Box 18:42 #3 Adam - Imperium: The Contention 19:10 #3 Fossilis 20:09 #3 Frosthaven 21:33 #2 Adam - Capital Lux 2 23:09 #2 Chris - Return to Dark Tower 25:30 #2 Tim - Glen More II: The Highland Games 26:13 #1 Adam - Canvas 27:05 #1 Chris - Dawn of Madness 29:03 #1 Tim - Dwellings of Eldervale 30:37 2020 Scorecard Final Results 33:31 2021 Top 5 Incoming Board Game Kickstarters 33:57 #5 Chris - Hyperspace 36:14 #5 Tim - Artisans of Splendent Vale 40:32 #5 Adam - Cora Quest 41:36 #4 Chris - Canvas 43:20 #4 Tim - One Deck Galaxy 45:45 #4 Adam - They Live: Assault on Cable 54 48:03 #3 Chris - Distilled 49:38 #3 Tim - Paperback Adventures 51:45 #3 Adam - Chaosmos: The Temple 55:53 #2 Chris - Robot Quest: Arena 58:48 #2 Tim - Now or Never 1:00:33 #2 Adam - SHASN: AZADI 1:04:20 #1 Chris - The Great Wall 1:07:28 #1 Tim - Everdell: Newleaf and Mistwood and Complete Collection 1:12:20 #1 Adam - Fractal: Beyond the Void 1:18:39 Random Segue - Unconscious Mind 1:19:10 Kickstarter Final Thoughts
01:25:22
September 27, 2021
7 Wonders
In Episode 57 we provide our hot take review of 7 Wonders covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also have a Battle of the Board between Gaia Project and Eclipse: 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy and discuss poll results on these 2 games. Then we discuss some games we've been playing this week in our On The Table segment including This War of Mine, Kabuto Sumo, and Flamme Rouge and we look at some games that have our attention in our Future Takes segment including The Spill, and Shasn: Azadi. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:38 Battle of the Board Poll: Gaia Project and Eclipse 07:18 7 Wonders Description 09:35 Gameplay and Mechanisms 25:28 Production and Theme 35:43 Memorable Moments 40:18 Final Thoughts 44:24 This War of Mine 57:26 Kabuto Sumo 1:02:29 Flamme Rouge 1:07:50 The Spill 1:13:37 Shasn: Azadi
01:17:27
September 20, 2021
Rococo
In Episode 56 we provide our hot take review of Rococo covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss shelves of shame and poll results around this topic. Then we discuss some games we've been playing this week in our On The Table segment including Nunami, Viticulture: Visit from the Rhine Valley, and Shamans and we look at some games that have our attention in our Future Takes segment including Earth Rising, Fractal: Beyond the Void, and This War of Mine. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:35 Poll: Shelf of Shame size 09:40 Rococo Description 14:07 Gameplay and Mechanisms 39:45 Production and Theme 46:36 Memorable Moments 54:50 Final Thoughts 1:10:15 Cocktail of the Week 1:06:27 Isle of Cats 1:10:32 Nunami 1:18:10 Shamans 1:22:33 Viticulture: Visit from the Rhine Valley 1:28:37 Earth Rising: 20 Years to Transform Our World 1:29:11 Fractal: Beyond the Void 1:31:54 This War of Mine
01:34:53
September 13, 2021
Cascadia
In Episode 55 we provide our hot take review of Cascadia covering the mechanisms, the production, notable moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game and we make a lot of comparisons to a similar tile drafting and placement game by Flatout Games: Calico.  We also discuss different types of card games and poll results around this topic. Then we discuss some games we've been playing this week in our On The Table segment including Battle for Rokugan, One Deck Dungeon, and Watergate and we look at some games that have our attention in our Future Takes segment including Nemesis, One Deck Galaxy, and the Dragon Prince: Battlecharged. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 01:06 Poll: Favorite Type of Card Game 11:04 Cascadia Description 13:06 Gameplay and Mechanisms 24:07 Production and Theme 29:22 Memorable Moments 37:33 Final Thoughts 42:23 Cocktail of the Week 47:07 Battle for Rokugan 50:35 One Deck Dungeon 1:09:22 Watergate 1:19:19 Nemesis 1:24:35 One Deck Galaxy 1:25:31 Dragon Prince: Battlecharged
01:27:42
September 6, 2021
Top 5 Solo Board Games
In Episode 54 we discuss solo board gaming and our picks for the top 5 solo board games. Tim and Adam list off our top 5 solo games of all time and Chris discusses the top 5 solo games he thinks might get him into solo gaming.  We also discuss poll results around solo gaming. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:52 Poll: Do you solo game? 8:51 #5 Tim - Underwater Cities 10:14 #5 Adam - Space Corp - 2025-2300AD 12:05 #5 Chris - This War of Mine 16:17 #4 Tim - Cthulhu: Death May Die 19:23 #4 Adam - Baseball Highlights: 2045 20:35 #4 Chris - Nemesis 26:43 #3  Tim - One Deck Dungeon 29:25 #3 Adam - Dune: Imperium 32:08 #3 Chris - Cthulhu: Death May Die 33:07 #2 Tim - Everdell 36:26 #2 Adam - Imperium: The Contention 38:36 #2 Chris - Return to Dark Tower 40:27 #1 Tim - Lost Ruins of Arnak 43:54 #1 Adam - Pax Pamir - 2nd Edition 46:23 #1 Chris - Dawn of Madness 49:17 Honorable Mentions - Smartphone, Inc., Nemo's War, Under Falling Skies, Gaia Project, Scythe, Tapestry, Mage Knight
55:53
August 30, 2021
1 Year Anniversary - Aquatica and Origin Story
Episode 53 is our 1 year anniversary episode! we provide our hot take review of Aquatica covering the mechanisms, the production, noteworthy moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also discuss poll results around re-buying games when a new edition is released. Finally, we celebrate our 1 year anniversary by telling our origin story.  We talk about how the podcast got started and then each of our 5 hosts tell you how they got started with board games and answer a bunch of rapid fire questions about their board game past and present. Thank you for listening for the last year! Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 01:06 Poll: Re-buying games 06:36 Aquatica Description 09:37 Gameplay and Mechanisms 12:55 Production and Theme 17:45 Standout Moments 21:22 Final Thoughts 25:45 BGHT Origin Story 38:12 Jen Gaming Background 43:22 Tim Gaming Background 49:24 Adam Gaming Background 54:37 Steve Gaming Background 1:00:59 Chris Gaming Background 1:05:49 Rapid Fire Questions
01:26:10
August 23, 2021
Windward
In Episode 52 we provide our hot take review of Windward covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss our favorite premium board game components and discuss poll results around this topic. Chris provides a Windward themed cocktail recipe then we discuss some games we've been playing this week including The Bears and The Bees, Qwirkle, and Shards of Infinity and some games we're excited about including Nunami, Earthborne Rangers, and Earth Rising: 20 Years to Transform our World. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 03:10 Poll: Premium Board Game Components 10:14 Windward Description 12:39 Gameplay and Mechanisms 40:44 Production and Theme 47:50 Standout Moments 43:33 Final Thoughts 1:04:00 Cocktail Of The Week: Grog 1:07:30 The Bears and the Bees 1:09:11 Nunami 1:11:34 Earthborne Rangers 1:13:55 Earth Rising: 20 Years to Transform our World 1:16:28 Quirkle 1:17:05 Shards of Infinity
01:20:27
August 16, 2021
Smartphone, Inc.
In Episode 51 we provide our hot take review of Smartphone, Inc. covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss overused themes in board games and discuss poll results around this topic. Then we discuss some games we've been playing this week including Imperium: The Contention, Catan: Cities and Knights, and The Isle of Cats. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:37 Poll: Overused Themes in Board Games 05:30 Smartphone, Inc. Description 07:16 Gameplay and Mechanisms 21:55 Production and Theme 29:15 Favorite Moments 34:38 Final Thoughts 40:26 Imperium: The Contention 44:08 Catan: Cities and Knights 47:42 The Isle of Cats
51:27
August 9, 2021
Game Tables and The Perfect Game Night
In episode 50 we have a discussion on game tables, which features are important to us, and our personal experience with our own tables. We also have a conversation about our dream game night - who would be there, what we'd play, where it would be, and all of the other things that would make the perfect game night for us. Timestamps: 00:00 Intro 00:50 Game Tables Conversation 43:16 The Perfect Game Night 44:55 Adam's Perfect Game Night 52:45 Chris' Perfect Game Night 1:06:25 Tim's Perfect Game Night 1:22:13 Goodbye to a Friend
01:26:31
August 2, 2021
Portland Gaming Weekend - 12 Games in 90 Minutes
In Episode 49 Chris and Tim discuss the 12 games that were played over a long weekend together.  Adam hangs out to chat with us about them. The audio isn't great on this episode due to some technical issues but stick with us because we think you'll enjoy the conversation. 00:00 Introduction 03:04 Calico 13:02 Tapestry 16:06 Red Rising 22:09 Marvel: United 32:17 Sorry! 33:43 Zombie Kids Evolution 34:51 Terraforming Mars 39:49 Pendulum 54:33 Outlive 1:06:00 Fossilis 1:14:48 Viticulture 1:18:18 Disney Villainous
01:36:00
July 26, 2021
Obsession
In Episode 48 we provide our hot take review of Obsession covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss our favorite ways to consume board game reviews and other media and discuss poll results around this topic. Chris provides a recipe for an Obsession themed cocktail and finally we discuss some games we've been playing including Smartphone, Inc. and Viticulture: Tuscany. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:39 Poll: Favorite Ways to hear Board Game Reviews 05:30 Obsession Description 09:07 Gameplay and Mechanisms 30:06 Production 38:20 Favorite Moments 43:22 Final Thoughts 51:45 Cocktail of the Week: Sherry Cobbler 55:45 Smartphone, Inc. 1:01:54 Viticulture: Tuscany
01:08:17
July 19, 2021
Top 5 Board Game Expansions
In Episode 47 we discuss our picks for the top 5 board games expansions! Tim, Chris, and Adam list off our picks for the best expansions of all time.  We discuss how we feel about expansions, why publishers might release expansions, and why these are our picks for the best expansions. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:49 Poll: Favorite Type of Game 10:13 Expansions 18:30 #5 Chris - Villainous - All Expansions 22:41 #5 Adam - Race for the Galaxy - The Gathering Storm, Rebel vs Imperium, The Brink of War 24:25 #5 Tim - Underwater Cities - New Discoveries 29:37 #4 Chris - Terraforming Mars - Hellas and Elysium 31:38 #4 Adam - Terraforming Mars - Prelude 32:33 #4 Tim - Near and Far - Amber Mines 35:30 #3 Chris - Cthulhu: Death May Die - Season 2 40:02 #3 Adam - The Expanse Board Game - Doors and Corners 44:20 #3 Tim - Orleans - Trade and Intrigue 50:25 #2 Chris - Star Realms - All Expansions 56:25 #2 Adam - Xia - Embers of a Forsaken Star 59:06 #2 Tim - Scythe - Modular Board 1:03:57 #1 Chris - Scythe - The Rise of Fenris 1:08:45 #1 Adam - Star Wars: Rebellion - Rise of the Empire 1:10:48 #1 Tim - Jamaica - The Crew 1:14:25 Honorable Mentions
01:24:38
July 12, 2021
Kemet: Blood and Sand
In Episode 46 we provide our hot take review of Kemet: Blood and Sand covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss our favorite places to play board games and discuss poll results around this topic. Chris provides a recipe for a Kemet: Blood and Sand themed cocktail and finally we discuss some games we've been playing including Terraforming Mars: Colonies and some games we're excited about including Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy, Now or Never, and Lost Ruins of Arnak: Expedition Leaders. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:40 Poll: Favorite Places to Play Board Games 06:22 Kemet: Blood and Sand Description 09:39 Gameplay and Mechanisms 39:51 Production 44:56 Favorite Moments 51:50 Final Thoughts 59:09 Cocktail of the Week: Blood and Sand 1:06:10 Terraforming Mars: Colonies 1:08:10 Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy 1:09:10 Now or Never 1:13:35 Lost Ruins of Arnak: Expedition Leaders
01:15:26
July 5, 2021
Power Grid
In Episode 45 we provide our hot take review of Power Grid covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss board game collection sizes and some of the thoughts our listeners have about their board game collections. We also discuss some games we've been playing including 7 Wonders: Duel, Isle of Skye, Coloretto, The Mind, and Blokus Duo and some games we're excited about including Smartphone, Inc Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:40 Poll: Board Game Collection Sizes 13:22 Power Grid Description 15:56 Gameplay and Mechanisms 43:15 Production 48:51 Favorite Moments 52:08 Final Thoughts 54:58 Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King 57:42 The Mind 1:00:36 Smartphone, Inc. 1:02:30 7 Wonders: Duel 1:04:56 Coloretto 1:06:57 Blokus: Duo
01:10:31
June 28, 2021
Carpe Diem
In Episode 44 we provide our hot take review of Carpe Diem covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss why dry euro games may not fit for us all and compare Carpe Diem to Stefan Feld's most popular game with some similar mechanisms: Castles of Burgundy. We also discuss some games we've been playing including Hearts, Manila, MicroMacro: Crime City, and Hadrian's Wall and some games we're excited about including Robot Quest Arena. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 02:10 Carpe Diem Description 03:43 Gameplay and Mechanisms 24:29 Production 27:22 Favorite Moments 31:44 Final Thoughts 35:50 Robot Quest Arena 37:22 Hearts 40:28 MicroMacro: Crime City 44:48 Hadrian's Wall 47:06 Manila
49:25
June 21, 2021
Top 10 Board Games of All Time
In Episode 43 we discuss our picks for the top 10 board games OF ALL TIME! Tim, Chris, and Adam list off our picks for the best games of all time.  We discuss how we made those picks and if there were any surprises to us on our lists. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 01:30 How we made our picks 07:25 - #10 13:49 - #9 20:16 - #8 25:46 - #7 34:47 - #6 41:10 - #5 47:59 - #4 54:30 - #3 1:00:10 - #2 1:06:19 - #1 1:15:20 - Surprises on our lists
01:23:50
June 14, 2021
Rap Godz
In Episode 42 we provide our hot take review of Rap Godz covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also discuss some games we've been playing including Dice Throne, Doughnut Drive-Thru and Terraforming Mars and some games we're excited about including Paperback Adventures and AuZtralia. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 02:10 Rap Godz Description 03:03 Gameplay and Mechanisms 29:02 Production 29:16 Favorite Moments 35:46 Final Thoughts 44:51 Dice Throne 47:40 Doughnut Drive-Thru 49:17 AuZtralia 51:52 Terraforming Mars 52:42 Paperback Adventures
56:52
June 7, 2021
Lost Ruins of Arnak
In Episode 41 we provide our hot take review of Lost Ruins of Arnak covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We briefly compare Lost Ruins of Arnak and Dune: Imperium to let you know which of these deck building/worker placement games we recommend. We also discuss some games we've been playing including Power Grid and Take 5 and some games we're excited about including Oath, Witcher: The Old World, and Elder Scrolls. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:39 Lost Ruins of Arnak description 03:51 Gameplay and Mechanisms 21:55 Lost Ruins of Arnak vs. Dune: Imperium 27:59 Production 37:28 Exciting Moments 41:51 Final Thoughts 47:00 Oath: Chronicles of Empires and Exile 48:50 Power Grid 51:30 Take 5 54:33 Elder Scrolls 55:58 The Witcher: Old World
59:55
May 31, 2021
AuZtralia
In Episode 40 we provide our hot take review of AuZtralia covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also discuss some games we've been playing including Kemet: Blood and Sand and Lost Ruins of Arnak and some games we're excited about including an expansion to Beyond the Sun and Twisted Fables. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 02:04 AuZtralia description 04:48 Gameplay and Mechanisms 42:55 Production 51:01 Exciting Moments 57:36 Final Thoughts 1:03:44 Kemet: Blood and Sand 1:07:02 Lost Ruins of Arnak 1:12:18 Beyond the Sun: Leaders of the Exodus expansion 1:14:00 Twisted Fables
01:19:26
May 24, 2021
House Rules and Variants
In Episode 39 we discuss house rules and fan variants in board games.  We talk about why people may use them, how we feel about that, and what games we've house ruled with some notable examples including Orleans, Wingspan, Scythe, Castles of Burgundy, Eclipse: 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy, Dune: Imperium, My Little Scythe, Dice Throne, Space Base, and Champions of Midgard. We also talk about some official variants that you find in the rulebook including Res Arcana and Terraforming Mars. We then discuss some games we've been playing this week including Dice Throne and Red Cathedral, and some game we're excited about trying including High Society, First Ascent, and VoidFall. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 00:55 House Rules and Fan Variants 01:52 Removing Complexity (Dice Throne, My Little Scythe, Space Base) 08:42 Zoom Compatibility (Wingspan) 10:30 Improved Variability and Easier Intro (Orleans, Champions of Midgard) 15:20 Better Strategic Decisions (Eclipse: 2nd Dawn for the Galaxy, Tapestry) 20:22 Exploring Games in Different Ways (Dune: Imperium) 26:02 Official Variants (Terraforming Mars, Res Arcana) 27:45 Fixing Balance Issues (Castles of Burgundy, Scythe) 31:05 Games We're Excited About 33:06 First Ascent 35:05 Red Cathedral 35:52 Voidfall 41:28 Kemet: Blood and Sand 43:46 Dice Throne 46:20 High Society
49:13
May 17, 2021
BGG Top 10
In Episode 38 we discuss the top 10 games on boardgamegeek.com.   We talk about whether we've played them, whether we want to, and how we've rated the best games of all time according to BGG user ratings.  We also discuss some games that we think might make a run for the top 10. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 04:04 - #10 Twilight Struggle 12:50 - #9 Star Wars: Rebellion 21:00 - #8 Gaia Project 26:30 - #7 Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization 32:20 - #6 Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion 40:46 - #5 Twilight Imperium: 4th Edition 45:08 - #4 Terraforming Mars 51:30 - #3 Brass: Birmingham 58:52 - #2 Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 1:03:37 - #1 Gloomhaven 1:07:07 - Games we think might make Top 10
01:17:01
May 10, 2021
Cubitos VS. The Quacks of Quedlinburg
In Episode 37 we provide our hot take review of The Quacks of Quedlinburg and Cubitos covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the games. We then compare the two games and discuss which is our favorite and why. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 01:17 The Quacks of Quedlinburg Description 03:13 Gameplay and Mechanisms 18:06 Production 21:32 Favorite Moments in Play 24:53 Final Thoughts 27:24 Cubitos Description 29:00 Gameplay and Mechanisms 39:50 Production 44:29 Favorite Moments in Play 49:25 Final Thoughts 50:47 Quacks VS Cubitos - Showdown
54:36
May 3, 2021
Clank! In! Space!
In Episode 36 we provide our hot take review of Clank! In! Space! covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also discuss the importance of diversity and representation in the board game industry and hobby and then highlight some games that we're excited about including Boss Battles and Red Cathedral, and look at the games published by Hollandspiele Games. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 04:23 Clank! In! Space! Description 05:56 Gameplay and Mechanisms 23:37 Production 34:20 Favorite Moments in Play 41:43 Final Thoughts 48:20 Diversity and Representation in Board Games 54:26 Boss Battle 58:17 Red Cathedral 1:02:30 Hollandspiele Games 1:06:30 BGHT Supports the Human Rights Campaign - and you can help!
01:08:21
April 26, 2021
Concordia
In Episode 35 we provide our hot take review of Concordia covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also discuss some recent plays including Fox in the Forest, Omen: Reign of War, and Trekking the National Parks.  We also talk about a game coming to Kickstarter soon: Fractal: Beyond the Void. Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 01:08 Concordia Description 02:35 Gameplay and Mechanisms 12:55 Production 18:22 Favorite Moments in Play 21:43 Final Thoughts 26:40 Omen: Reign of War 27:33 Fractal: Beyond the Void 31:05 Fox in the Forest 37:55 Trekking the National Parks
40:42
April 19, 2021
Gaming Weekend Extravaganza - 10 Games in 90 Minutes
In Episode 34 Adam and Tim discuss 10 games that they played during their first in-person gaming session in over a year!  Chris joins in to heckle us. 00:00 Introduction and discussion on gaming in person 06:05 A Feast for Odin 15:27 Canvas 23:18 Dwellings of Eldervale 30:27 Baseball Highlights: 2045 39:33 Anachrony 50:40 Anachrony: Fractures of Time 51:35 Dune: Imperium 56:50 Underwater Cities 1:01:23 Path of Light and Shadow 1:12:49 Santa Monica 1:18:10 Star Wars: Rebellion 1:27:08 Weekend Highlights
01:32:51
April 12, 2021
Top 5 Gateway Games and Terraforming Mars Double Take
In Episode 33 we discuss our top five games that are great for introducing people into the board game hobby. We also offer a Double Take review on Terraforming Mars and give our thoughts on how it has held up since our original review back in episode 1.
53:10
April 5, 2021
Top 5 Board Game Reviewers and Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy Double Take
In Episode 32 we talk about board game reviews and what works and doesn't work with our unique format of looking at games and then we then list our Top 5 Board Game Reviewers and why we love them. We also offer a Double Take review on Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy and give our thoughts on how it has held up since our original review back in episode 12. Timestamp: 00:00 Introduction 00:57 Discussion on Board Game Reviews 20:58 Top 5 Board Game Reviewers 45:12 Double Take - Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
57:26
March 29, 2021
Rajas of the Ganges
In Episode 31 we provide our hot take review of Rajas of the Ganges covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also discuss some recent plays including Quacks of Quedlinburg, look at what's included in the recent expansion for Parks: Nightfall, and discuss Stellaris: Infinite Legacy which leads to the discussion of Kickstarters that don't provide a rulebook during the crowd funding campaign and a rant about some bad board game behavior. Timeline: 00:00 Intro 00:40 Rajas of the Ganges Description 01:55 Gameplay and Mechanisms 11:45 Production 20:43 Memorable Moments in Gameplay 29:51 Final Thoughts 35:13 Quacks of Quedlinburg 42:00 Endogenesis 43:17 Stellaris: Infinite Legacy 46:54 Parks: Nightfall
50:06
March 22, 2021
Top 5 Board Game Art and James Wilson Everdell Interview
In Episode 30 we talk to James Wilson, the designer of Everdell, about the new expansions for the game: Newleaf and Mistwood.  We talk to him about pitching board games to publishers, his process for expansion design, and much more.  James also shares some details of lost Everdell expansions that will never get published. Tim, Adam, and Chris also talk about our top 5 art in board games.  Each of us covers 5 games where we love the art direction and why it speaks to us. Timestamp: 00:00 Introduction 00:50 Frosthaven Giveaway Details 01:15 James Wilson - Designer of Everdell - Interview 48:57 Top 5 Art in Board Games
01:48:52
March 15, 2021
Red Rising
In Episode 29 we provide our hot take review of Red Rising covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also discuss some drama around the Terraforming Mars: Big Box Kickstarter and question whether we should have held out for the Ares Expedition instead. 00:00 Introduction 00:41 Listener Shout-out 01:22 Red Rising Description 02:55 Gameplay and Mechanisms 33:18 Production 45:02 Memorable Moments in Gameplay 49:21 Final Thoughts 56:39 Terraforming Mars: Big Box Expansion and Ares Expedition
01:03:25
March 8, 2021
Beyond the Sun
In Episode 28 we provide our hot take review of Beyond the Sun covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also discuss some board games that we've been playing or are looking forward to including Jet Set, Whistle Stop, Red Rising, and CoraQuest:  00:00 Introduction 00:45 Listener Shout-out 01:45 Beyond the Sun Description 02:52 Gameplay and Mechanisms 25:46 Production 33:53 Memorable Moments in Gameplay 40:58 Final Thoughts 44:30 Jet Set 46:01 Whistle Stop 51:18 Red Rising 57:50 CoraQuest
01:01:29
March 1, 2021
Everdell
In Episode 27 we provide our hot take review of Everdell covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also provide a brief comparison of each of the Everdell expansions and recommend our favorite. We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Imperium: The Contention and Cryo. 00:00 Introduction 00:38 Listener Shout-out 02:50 Everdell Description 04:12 Gameplay and Mechanisms 20:19 Production 34:35 Memorable Moments in Gameplay 39:18 Final Thoughts 42:22 Everdell Expansion Comparison 48:15 Imperium: The Contention 50:37 Cryo
57:55
February 22, 2021
What Makes A Board Game Fun and Red Rising Interview
In Episode 26 we talk to Jamey Stegmaier and Alex Schmidt, the designers of Red Rising, about their new game, blending theme and mechanisms, intellectual property, foil cards and failed designs.  Tim, Adam, and Chris also talk about what makes games fun for us.  Each of us covers 4 characteristics that create fun in games and give several examples of games that bring the fun through each of those characteristics. 00:00 Introduction 01:24 Red Rising Interview 28:23 What Makes a Board Game Fun
01:35:19
February 15, 2021
Trekking the World
In Episode 25 we provide our hot take review of Trekking the World covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game. We also have a detailed conversation on the new mechanisms added in the latest expansion for Wingspan: Oceania.   We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Imperium: The Contention and Red Rising. 00:00 Introduction 01:01 Trekking the World Description 02:35 Gameplay and Mechanisms 18:40 Production 29:40 Memorable Moments in Gameplay 32:38 Final Thoughts 38:44 Imperium: The Contention 39:47 Wingspan: Oceania 46:45 Red Rising
50:22
February 8, 2021
Godspeed
In Episode 24 we provide our hot take review of Godspeed covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.   We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Dune: Imperium, Ultimate Railroads, Canvas, and Beyond the Sun.
45:09
February 1, 2021
Curious Cargo and Star Realms
In Episode 23 we provide our hot take review on a couple of 2-player only games: Curious Cargo and Star Realms. We discuss the gameplay and mechanisms, the production, favorite moments in play, and our final thoughts. 00:00 Introduction 01:05 Curious Cargo 23:25 Star Realms
01:01:23
January 25, 2021
2020 Wrap-up and Awards
In Episode 22 we talk about our board game highs and lows of 2020.  We discuss gaming in 2020, our highlights of the podcast so far, and give out our awards for the best games (we've played) of 2020 as well as the best games that were new to us in 2020. We also provide some details about what's coming for the podcast and how you can enter to win a copy of Frosthaven (spoiler - it's really easy). 00:00 Intro 01:15 Board Gaming in 2020 7:33 BGHT Podcast chat 14:50 Favorite Review Episodes 25:00 BGHT Podcast updates and Frosthaven Giveaway 28:17 2020 Board Game Awards 28:57 Biggest Surprises - New to Us 36:05 Biggest Disappointment - New to Us 46:57 Favorite 2020 Board Game Experience 53:55 Best Game - New to Us 1:00:57 Best 2020 Game Component 1:10:02 Best 2020 Board Game 1:15:55 Biggest Board Game Hot Take 1:26:20 Wrap... On to 2021!
01:29:41
January 18, 2021
Dwellings of Eldervale
In Episode 21 we provide our hot take review of Dwellings of Eldervale covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Anachrony, Pendulum, Parks: Nightfall Expansion, Fossilis, and Slay the Spire: The Board Game.
01:01:58
January 11, 2021
Dune: Imperium
In Episode 20 we provide our hot take review of Dune: Imperium covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Trekking the National Parks and Under Falling Skies.
55:36
January 4, 2021
Viticulture
In Episode 19 we provide our hot take review of Viticulture covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Dune: Imperium and It's a Wonderful World.
48:47
December 28, 2020
All I want for Christmas... Top 5 Games We Want to Play
Happy Holidays!  Tim, Adam, Chris, and Jen share the top 5 games we want to play, but just haven't had the chance to. We count down the games on our wish list and talk about why we want to play them and why we haven't taken the dive... yet. If you regularly listen to our podcast for the deep dive reviews these lists will give you a good idea of what you might expect to see covered over the coming months.
49:37
December 21, 2020
Tungaru
In Episode 17 we provide our hot take reviews of Tungaru covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including High Frontier 4 All and the first expansion to Space Base - The Emergence of Shy Pluto.
47:42
December 14, 2020
Herbaceous and Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers
In Episode 16 we provide our hot take reviews of Herbaceous and Rajas of the Ganges: The Dice Charmers covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.
41:27
December 7, 2020
Capital Lux 2: Generations
In Episode 15 we provide our hot take review of Capital Lux 2: Generations covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including High Frontier 4 All, Tungaru, and Dwellings of Eldervale.
41:54
November 30, 2020
Whistle Mountain
In Episode 14 we provide our hot take review of Whistle Mountain covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Whistle Stop, The Crew: Deep Sea Missions, and The Expanse Board Game.
53:13
November 23, 2020
Underwater Cities
In Episode 13 we provide our hot take review of Underwater Cities covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Whistle Mountain, Marvel United, and Beyond the Sun.
42:05
November 16, 2020
Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
In Episode 12 we provide our hot take review of Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Twisted Fables, Dune: Imperium, and Dwellings of Eldervale.
49:02
November 9, 2020
The Castles of Burgundy
In Episode 11 we provide our hot take review of The Castles of Burgundy covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Lost Ruins of Arnak, The Artemis Project, Tapestry, and Sweet Mess.
57:39
November 2, 2020
Tapestry
In Episode 10 we provide our hot take review of Tapestry covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also interview Gary Dworetsky, the designer of the upcoming game Imperium: The Contention.
56:27
October 26, 2020
Blood Rage
In Episode 9 we provide our hot take review of Blood Rage covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Trekking the National Parks, Trekking the World, Super-skill pinball 4-cade, and Magic: The Gathering.
51:55
October 19, 2020
Dinosaur World
In Episode 8 we provide our hot take review of Dinosaur World covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We invite our friend Jen to guest host on this special episode that is released early so that you can hear it before the Dinosaur World Kickstarter ends.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Maracaibo. Apologies for the inconsistent audio quality with this episode.
46:51
October 12, 2020
Vindication
In Episode 7 we provide our hot take review of Vindication covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including High Rise and Parks.
44:40
October 12, 2020
Top 5 Incoming Board Game Kickstarters
In Episode 6 we go off format and Tim, Chris, and Adam discuss their top 5 board game Kickstarters that they've backed and are awaiting delivery.  We discuss what drove us to back them and if we're still excited to receive them. 
55:27
October 5, 2020
Gaia Project
In Episode 5 we provide our hot take review of Gaia Project covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Dinosaur Island, Dinosaur World, Marvel United, Fossilis, and Soulgivers.
52:59
September 28, 2020
Cthulhu Wars
In Episode 4 we provide our hot take reviews of Cthulhu Wars covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games including Cascadia, Castles of Tuscany, and Top Gun Strategy Game.
41:18
September 21, 2020
Wingspan and Parks
In Episode 3 we give our hot take reviews for Wingspan and Parks covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games.
44:21
September 14, 2020
On the Origin of Species
In Episode 2 we give our hot take review for On the Origin of Species covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games.
37:45
September 10, 2020
Terraforming Mars
In our official flagship issue we give our hot takes on the ever popular Terraforming Mars covering the mechanisms, the production, exciting moments in play, and our overall feelings of the game.  We also discuss some things that we're looking forward to this week in the world of board games.
33:37
September 10, 2020
Pan Am and Space Base
For this episode we give our hot takes on Pan Am and Space Base. This episode was a test run of our format so there are several sound quality issues but I enjoyed the conversation so we decided to share it with you - warts and all!
27:39
September 10, 2020