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Board Game Hot Takes

By Board Game Hot Takes
We tell you how a board game experience felt - just minutes after we finish playing. Reviews in under an hour. Three unique points of view. No non-game nonsense.
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Top 5 Gateway Games and Terraforming Mars Double Take

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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
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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 Frosthave 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