Cards and Cubes

Cards and Cubes

By Pod Cauldron
We are Brandon, Matt, Hristo, and Justine. We are four friends who like to talk about and play board games.
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Best Expansions
In this episode we try a new segment.  In "Poorly Described Board Games" we take turns giving very brief descriptions of board games and the others try to guess.  We also discuss our favorite expansions.
55:17
July 10, 2020
2-Player Games
In this episode we discuss 2=player games.  When do we enjoy 2-player games?  What makes a game suited to being played at 2?  Are there any advantages to playing with just 2 players?  We also go over our top 3 family weight games. 
2:01:02
July 3, 2020
Online Resources
In this episode we talk about some of the online resources we use to help us with our board game collecting and playing.  We also talk about our top 3 party games.
2:04:18
June 12, 2020
Story Driven Games
In this episode we discuss games that we have been playing as well as our favorite story driven games.
1:51:50
June 4, 2020
Czech Games Edition (CGE)
In this episode we discuss the game publisher Czech Games Edition (CGE).  We also give our top 3 games with few components.
1:31:33
May 15, 2020
Gimmick Games
In our 20th episode we discuss gimmicky games that actually work.
1:30:58
May 11, 2020
Why we Play
In this episode we talk about why we play games.  It is the social?  The love of competition?  We also discuss our favorite filler games.
2:11:04
April 20, 2020
Vital Lacerda
In our 18th episode we are figuring out how to record a podcast while heeding social isolation etiquette.  We do a deep dive into Vital Lacerda, the designer of board game hits such as Lisboa and 2020's On Mars.  We also talk about our favorite games to play when our board game group has the dreaded 5 player count.
1:08:06
April 3, 2020
Board Game vs Video Game Design
In this episode we talk about a few games that we have played over the last few weeks.  We also discuss board game design and video game design.
1:35:25
March 16, 2020
Bonus Episode: SaltCON
We were lucky enough to have the chance to record at SaltCON this year.  SaltCON is our local board game convention.  We talk about games that we played, how we choose games to play at a convention, and take some questions from the audience.  
47:52
March 13, 2020
Board Game Meetups
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we discuss board game meetups.  How do you find people to play with?  How do meetups happen?  We will also talk about our top three two-player games.
1:47:24
March 2, 2020
Randomness
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we are talking all things randomness.  What makes randomness enjoyable in games?  What are our top three games that involve randomness?
1:51:09
February 17, 2020
Space Games
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we talk about our top three games that take place in space.  Before that however, we discuss rulebooks.  What makes them good?  Bad?  Easy to follow?
2:09:29
February 4, 2020
Games We Have Played Too Much
In this episode we talk about games we have played over the past two weeks.  We discuss games that we are looking forward to.  Then we get into round two of board game etiquette.  Finally, we cap the episode off by talking about our top three games that we have played too much. 
1:51:58
January 19, 2020
Board Game Collections
Welcome to a new year!  In this episode we will be discussing all things board game collection.  How many games do we have?  How many is too many?  Too few?  Why do we need so many?  Later on we discuss our favorite themes in board games.
2:14:02
January 5, 2020
Top Games of 2019
In this special episode of Cards and Cubes we go through our top 10 games of 2019. 
1:35:45
December 26, 2019
Taverns of Tiefenthal
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we talk about a local used board game sale and discuss pre-2010 games.  We also spotlight Taverns of Tiefenthal, a new game by Wolfgang Warsch.   In a new segment, we discuss games that we are looking forward to playing.
2:00:42
December 11, 2019
Tapestry
In this episode we discuss some games that you did grow up playing.  In our board game topic we tackle how technology has been, is being, and will be integrated into board games.  Is it a fad or here to stay?  Did you every guess we would discuss Mall Madness or Mystery Date?  We also give our opinions on Tapestry, the newest game from Jamey Stegmaier.  Finally, we discuss our top 3 dexterity games.
2:17:17
November 27, 2019
Long Games
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we discuss our experience at an International Games Day event in West Jordan, Utah.  We also review the new game by Simone Luciani, Barrage.  We finish off the episode with a list of our top three long games.  
1:51:14
November 13, 2019
Halloween Special
We're back!!!  In our Halloween special we will discuss Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein.  We will also pitch horror movie ideas based on some of our favorite board games that are not usually associated with the horror genre.  In Hristo's haunted house of kickstarting wonders we will talk about the pros and cons of app integration in board gaming.  Join us for a spooky good time.
2:01:39
October 30, 2019
Black Angel
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we discuss art in board games.  Our favorite and least favorite art as well as what role art has to play in board games.  We also give our review of Black Angel the new game by the designers of Troyes and Solenia.  Hristo is back to discuss marketing on Kickstarter.
2:07:54
October 9, 2019
Drafting Games
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we review Carnival of Monsters.  We then talk about that ever difficult topic of board game etiquette.  We then move on to our top three drafting games.  Finally, our good friend Hristo is back to talk about his experiences with SaltCon, our local board gaming convention.    
2:02:30
September 22, 2019
Deck Builders
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we review Snowdonia which we unboxed on the last episode.  We also talk about different types buyers remorse in the board game hobby.  Next, we give our top three deck building games.  Finally, we unbox and give our first impressions of Carnival of Monsters, a new game by Richard Garfield.
1:39:20
September 10, 2019
Engine Building Games
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we review Imaginarium.  We also talk about our rules for a good rules teach before playing a board game.  Next, we discuss our top 3 engine building games.  We also unbox and talk about our expectations of Snowdonia.  Hristo is also back to discuss the risks and rewards and board game kickstarter.
1:25:12
August 25, 2019
Casual Gamers
In this episode of Cards and Cubes we have a special guest host.  We review Pipeline after playing it this week.  We also talk about games that are nostalgic for us.  We give a list of games that we enjoy playing with casual gamers and those new to the hobby.  Finally we wrap up with a review of Imaginarium, a new game by Bruno Cathala.
1:24:51
August 14, 2019
Worker Placement
In episode two of Cards and Cubes we discuss our experiences playing Arraial.  We also talk about luck in board games and our board game origin stories.  We then give our top three worker placement games and finally unbox and discuss Pipeline a new game by Ryan Courtney.
1:45:34
August 6, 2019
Spiel des Jahres
In the inaugural episode of Cards, Cubes, and Complex rules we discuss the winners of the Spiel des Jahres.  In our questions segment we also discuss Gen Con and more.  Then, to introduce us and our tastes we talk about our favorite board games.  Finally, we unbox Araial a game by  Nuno Bizzaro Santieiro and Paulo Soledade.
1:43:46
August 1, 2019