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Episode 45 – Travel Games
Welcome to Episode 45 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they talk about one of Shuck's great passions - creating a collection of travel games. But, of course, we first have to define our terms. What constitutes a travel game anyway? As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe! TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro and brew talk 4:02 - What we've been playing 9:52 - MAIN TOPIC - Travel Games
52:16
May 26, 2021
Episode 44 – Collecting as Part of the Hobby
Welcome to Episode 44 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they talk about collecting games. Is collecting games as much a part of the hobby as playing them? Or is it a hobby unto itself? As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro and brew talk 4:58 - What we've been playing 17:56 - MAIN TOPIC - Collecting as part of the hobby
47:53
April 28, 2021
Episode 43 – 2021 Look Forward
Welcome to Episode 43 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they look forward to all things 2021 - playing our games with people, new games, revisiting old games, events, and much more. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro and Our Brews 2:15 - Project Triangle Strategy and Tactics Games discussion 13:00 - Shuck's travel games 17:56 - MAIN TOPIC - 2021 Look Forward
45:23
April 14, 2021
Episode 42 – What’s So Great About Dungeon Crawlers?
Welcome to Episode 42 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they talk about what makes dungeon crawlers great. Or, in some cases not so great. But first we try to define what a dungeon crawler actually is. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe. Time-Topic 0:00 - Intro and Our Brews 4:14 - What we've been playing 16:41 - MAIN TOPIC - What's So Great About Dungeon Crawlers?
50:47
March 24, 2021
Episode 41 – How much Luck is too much Luck?
Welcome to Episode 41 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they talk about luck in games. How much is too much? When is luck a good thing? How does luck best serve a game. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro and what we've been playing 13:45 - MAIN TOPIC - How much luck is too much luck?
41:17
March 10, 2021
Episode 40 – This Goes Out to the Games We Love
Welcome to Episode 40 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they talk through the things they hate about the games they love. Every game has its warts and the guys do their best to forgive these games. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro and our Brews 3:10 - WandaVision!! 9:20 - MAIN TOPIC - The things we don't like about games we love
38:14
February 24, 2021
Episode 39 – BGRE Game of the Year 2020
Welcome to Episode 39 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they go through the Board Game Ranking Engine 2020 top 10 and announce the 2020 Game of the Year. This is the game published in 2020 that was the highest ranked by the people who use the Ranking Engine. What game will sit on top of the heap of 2020? Listen and find out. We then go through some interesting ranking stats from the year to close out the episode. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro/What we've been playing 6:15 - MAIN TOPIC - BGRE Rankings Intro 8:10 - BGRE Top 10 2020 25:45 - BGRE Game of the Year 2020 36:30 - Some fun ranking stats
59:58
February 10, 2021
Episode 38 – 2020 Pub Top 5s
Welcome to Episode 38 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they go through their personal top 5 games as well as the groups combined top 5. Shifts in these lists are inevitable each year as more games are played but which will come out on top? As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro/Our Brews 2:31 - Game Spotlight - Parks 12:47 - MAIN TOPIC - Top 5s Intro 13:10 - Pub Top 5 32:34 - Our Personal Top 5s
01:02:07
January 27, 2021
Episode 37 – Deep Dives
Welcome to Episode 37 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they discuss games that are worth a deep dive - games (or types of games) we would like to spend more time with to see all they have to offer. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe. 0:00 - Intro/What we've been playing 9:54 - MAIN TOPIC - Deep Dives
47:15
January 13, 2021
Episode 36 – Only Nine 2020
Welcome to Episode 36 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they pick their only nine. If you could only have nine games, which would they be? And these aren't just our top 9 games. It's a harder exercise than you think. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe. 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 3:30 - What have we been up to? 14:34 - MAIN TOPIC - Only Nine 2020
01:26:12
December 31, 2020
Microbrew 15 – Ranking Engine Recommendations
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Proper Brian, Just Bryan, and Shuck as they go through the current top 25 games on the Board Game Ranking Engine to see what game they should try next. If you have used the Ranking Engine then you have voted for this list. If you want to see the current rankings head on over to https://rankingengine.pubmeeple.com/rankings to see them! As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal.
38:52
December 09, 2020
Episode 35 – Long Term Shifts
Welcome to Episode 35 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they talk about games they have changed their minds about. Maybe its a game that has grown on us or one that we have slowly discovered aren't as great as we once thought. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Time - Topic 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 5:53 - What We've Been Playing 18:50 - MAIN TOPIC - Long Term Shifts
58:51
November 25, 2020
Microbrew 14 – Games We Are Excited About
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Proper Brian, Just Bryan, and Shuck as they talk about some upcoming games that they are excited to play. We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal.
21:10
November 11, 2020
Episode 34: What’s So Great About Multiplayer Solitaire Games?
Welcome to Episode 34 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Shuck and Proper Brian as they try to convince Just Bryan that multiplayer soliaire games aren't as bad as he thinks they are. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 4:30 - What We've Been Playing 14:30 - MAIN TOPIC - What's so great about multiplayer solitaire games?
46:01
October 28, 2020
Microbrew 13 – The Game Dating Game
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Proper Brian, and Just Bryan, and Shuck as they try out a new game show podcast format - It's the Game Dating Game! Just Bryan is our "Bachelorette" asking questions of the other guys who have each picked a game to be. By the end of the questions, Just Bryan will have (hopefully) figured out which game each of us are. We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe!
10:47
October 14, 2020
Episode 33 – Being a Board Game Concierge
Welcome to Episode 33 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, and Proper Brian as they invite Hannah and Scott Garbacz on the podcast to talk about being a good board game concierge. Whether you are introducing a new game to players or introducing new players to games, if you like board games, you know how important a task that is. Hannah and Scott have put a lot of thought into how to do this well to ensure a fun game right now and many fun game nights in the future. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 7:36 - What We've Been Playing 11:06 - Being a Board Game Concierge 14:57 - Dealing with Differing Tastes 20:01 - Picking Games 25:58 - Teaching Games 31:28 - Good Teachers Lose 36:11 - The Long Con 38:30 - Curating your Collection 48:21 - Listener Question: Rescuing a Game Night
01:02:40
September 23, 2020
Microbrew 12 – Tellstones: Kings Gambit Review
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary, Proper Brian, and Just Bryan as they review the new Riot Games release Tellstones: Kings Gambit - a quick-playing bluffing game with perfect information.
19:03
September 16, 2020
Episode 32 – Play This Not That – Part 2
Welcome to Episode 32 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they take on Part 2 of Play This, Not That. There are times to play games like Jenga or Hearts but if the opportunity arises to play something more on the hobby side of things, what do you suggest instead of the classic or mass market games? The aim of this series is to give you a list of games to suggest when the time is right. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 3:15 - What we’ve been playing 10:17 - MAIN TOPIC - Play This, Not That 12:33 - Trivial Pursuit 15:07 - Scrabble 19:05 - Clue 21:17 - Apples to Apples 24:08 - Dominos 27:17 - Mastermind 30:05 - SkipBo/Uno/Phase 10 34:51 - Don't Break the Ice / Cooties 38:45 - Candyland / Chutes and Ladders 42:39 - Sorry 46:20 - Yahtzee 48:59 - Risk
57:20
August 26, 2020
Microbrew 11 – Components
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian, and Just Bryan as they discuss components. First we talk about our favorite components and then we get into a discussion about minis in games.  We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening.
30:01
August 12, 2020
Episode 31 – Play This, Not That – Part 1
Welcome to Episode 31 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they talk about games to play instead of some older classics or mass market games. There are times to play games like Jenga or Hearts but if the opportunity arises to play something more on the hobby side of things, what do you suggest? We take each classic game and offer hobby game suggestions that match the feel or mechanisms of the classic. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 4:23 - What we’ve been playing 15:40 - MAIN TOPIC - Play this, not that 17:30 - Hearts/Spades 19:43 - Jenga 25:35 - Pictionary 29:24 - Stratego 32:50 - Operation 35:26 - Battleship 39:50 - Guess Who 42:58 - Backgammon 45:55 - Rummy 48:48 - Chess/Checkers 54:03 - Life 56:42 - Monopoly
01:03:24
July 29, 2020
Microbrew 10 – Gaming Flops
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian, and Just Bryan as they discuss gaming flops  - from botched game nights to teaching fails. We also offer some advice on how to avoid and recover from these unfortunate events. We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe using your podcast player of choice.
27:46
July 17, 2020
Episode 30 – The Golden Age of Board Games?
Welcome to Episode 30 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they ask the question: are we in a golden age of board gaming? What does that even mean? Can we even know? Take a listen and then let us know what you think at pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 5:10 - What we’ve been playing 13:42 - MAIN TOPIC - The Golden Age of Board Games?
47:09
June 24, 2020
Microbrew 9 – Top 5 Bluffing and Deduction Games
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian, and Just Bryan as they talk through the Pub's top 5 bluffing and deduction games. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.
30:12
June 10, 2020
Episode 29 – Instabuys, Impulse Buys, and Some Regret
Welcome to Episode 29 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they discuss instabuys and impulse buys and maybe a little regret as well. We've all had the moments of weakness, seen a great deal, or just known that a game would be right for us. Listen to our stories and share yours with us at pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below. TIME - TOPIC: 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 4:03 - What we’ve been playing 11:20 - MAIN TOPIC - Instabuys 30:35 - Impulse Buys
53:53
May 27, 2020
Episode 28 – Long-distance Gaming
Welcome to Episode 28 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they discuss long-distance gaming - gaming using online platforms, apps and video chat. This is an especially relevant topic during these times of staying in our homes as much as possible. If you are looking for ways to play board games without being together in person, this is the episode for you. We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below. 0:00 - Intro/Brew Talk 5:20 - What we’ve been playing 15:20 - MAIN TOPIC - Long-distance Gaming 18:18 - Apps for playing and learning 28:09 - Companion apps 39:23 - Online Platforms 50:20 - Video Chat Gaming
01:01:33
April 22, 2020
Microbrew 8 – IPs We’d Like to Play
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian, and guest host Jeff as they talk through some intellectual properties they would like to see made into board games.  We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.
20:33
April 15, 2020
Episode 27 – Family Gaming
Welcome to Episode 27 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian and guest host Jeff as they have a very relevant discussion - gaming with your family. As we are all stuck in our houses for the next while we should all consider gathering around the table for some family gaming. We hope everyone is well and keeping their distance from others to slow the spread of COVID-19. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. 0:00 - Intro & Brew Talk 4:56 - What we’ve been playing 9:43 - MAIN TOPIC - Family Gaming 13:41 - How much do you play with your family? 20:05 - How do you work games into family time? 29:33 - Favorite family gaming moments/games? 35:09 - Game recommendations for different ages and stages 49:00 - Final thoughts on family gaming
53:06
March 25, 2020
Microbrew 7 – The History of the Pub
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they go back in time to the very beginnings of Pub Meeple. We take you through our history and reminisce about all the good times. We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.
42:59
March 11, 2020
Episode 26 – Our Gaming Roots
Welcome to Episode 26 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Get to know your hosts a bit better as they discuss their personal gaming histories. They try to trace back into their early years to discover where their love of board gaming came from. This episode is a little bit memory lane, a little bit counseling session, and a lot of fun. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. Time-topic: 0:00 - Intro and Brew Talk 4:06 - What we’ve been playing 12:29 - MAIN TOPIC - Our Gaming Roots 14:40 - Seeds - formative gaming experiences 29:05 - Sparks - when we joined the hobby 45:22 - Shifts - maturity in our gaming tastes
01:09:22
February 26, 2020
Microbrew 6 – The Deluxe Factor
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Just Bryan and Proper Brian for some Ranking Engine stats and then a discussion about the deluxe effect. The stats show that deluxe editions of games are ranked significantly higher than their counterparts. Why is that? We attempt to answer that question.
30:13
February 12, 2020
Episode 25 – Game of the Year and Our Top Games
Welcome to Episode 25 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they crown the Board Game Ranking Engine Game of the Year for 2019. This award is based on all of the rankings done via the BGRE in 2019. Out of all the games published in 2019 the winner was ranked the highest. We also talk through all the other top 5s – our collective and individual top 5s as well as the BGRE top 5. Lots of great games are discussed. TIME-TOPIC 0:00 – Intro and Brew Talk 2:52 – The Pub and BGRE Top 5s 23:10 – 2019 BGRE Game of the Year 33:50 – Our Personal Top 5s
01:10:58
January 22, 2020
Episode 24 – 2019 Year in Review
Welcome to Episode 24 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they take a look back at 2019. We discuss our favorite moments of the year - games, podcasting, family, and more. Then we take a look forward to 2020 and what we are excited for in the new year. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. 0:00 - Intro and Brew Talk 3:05 - What we’ve been playing 14:02 - A Musical Interlude 14:50 - MAIN TOPIC - 2019 Year In Review 45:32 - 2020 Look Forward
59:27
December 18, 2019
Episode 23: Other Ways to Enjoy the Hobby
Welcome to Episode 23 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, and Proper Brian as they discuss other ways to enjoy the hobby. While playing games is the obvious way, there are so many other ways to interact with the hobby and we discuss those. But before that, queue up game four of Name the Game - Shuck is our clue giver this round. This our final Name the Game game since we will be debuting a new podcast game next year. Stay tuned for details! As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. 0:00 - Intro and Brew Talk 3:08 - What we've been playing 12:30 - Name the Game 16:55 - MAIN TOPIC - Other Ways to Enjoy the Hobby
01:02:15
November 14, 2019
Episode 22 – Only Nine
Welcome to Episode 22 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they discuss their Only Nine. If we could only keep nine games in our collections, which games would they be? Lots of hard decisions ahead. But before that, queue up a game of Name the Game - where one of us gives a series of 5 clues about a game and the others try to guess what it is. Points are scored depending on when or if the game is guessed. Since Gary won last episode he is our clue giver. TIME-TOPIC 0:00 - Intro 0:54 - Brew Talk 1:49 - What we’ve been playing 11:36 - Name the Game 16:20 - Top Nine Feature 19:35 - MAIN TOPIC - Only Nine 20:36 - Nine 23:24 - Eight 28:28 - Seven 34:46 - Six 40:07 - Five 45:44 - Four 50:00 - Three 55:22 - Two 1:02:08 - One 1:07:32 - Wrap up
01:12:43
October 22, 2019
Episode 21 – Anytime, Anywhere
Welcome to Episode 21 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary and our first guest host Ned as they discuss games games they would play anytime, anywhere. These are the games that, no matter what time it is or where you are, you would play at the drop of a hat. But before that, queue up game two of Name the Game - where one of us gives a series of clues about a game and the others try to guess what it is. Just Bryan is in the clue giver position this time and puts a Dr. Seuss spin on them. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. Time-topic 0:00 - Intro 1:58 - Brew Talk 6:30 - Name the Game 11:30 - What we’ve been playing 28:53 - MAIN TOPIC - Anytime-Anywhere games
01:07:23
September 23, 2019
Episode 20 – What Makes a Classic?
Welcome to Episode 20 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we discuss all of the facets of "classics". What is a classic? What does it take to become a classic? Vintage and modern classics. If it has to do with classics, we cover it here. Before that we try out a new segment - a podcast game called Name the Game. It's our first time trying it out. We will let you be the judge of how it goes. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. Time-topic 0:00 - Intro 1:00 - Ranking Engine Update 3:05 - Brew Talk 6:27 - What we've been playing 22:34 - Name the Game 28:50 - MAIN TOPIC - What Makes a Classic?
01:15:46
August 26, 2019
Episode 19 – Games that Deserve a Reprint
Welcome to Episode 19 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we lament games that are are no longer in print - but should be! We hit on some older classics and some newer games that didn't last long. Of course, Shuck has to close us out with one we weren't expecting. Should these games be reprinted? Email us and tell us your thoughts. After that we try out a new segment - unpopular opinions. In this segment we each state an unpopular opinion then sit back and let the others run with it. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. Time-topic 0:00 - Intro 0:49 - Brew Talk 4:49 - Recent Plays 13:56 - MAIN TOPIC - Games that Deserve a Reprint 36:48 - Unpopular Opinions
55:24
June 25, 2019
Microbrew 5 – Theme vs Mechanisms
Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary and Proper Brian for a special versus episode as - Theme versus Mechanics. In the mechanism corner is Gary and in the theme corner is Proper Brian. Ring the bell, start the podcast and let the battle begin. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.
35:12
May 31, 2019
Episode 18 – Get Off My (House) Rules
Welcome to Episode 18 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we attempt to civilly discuss house rules. We start off by asking the question, "Do we like house rules?" but quickly find that this question is far too simple. We talk through games we have house ruled, games we would like to, and games we would never attempt to touch. Where we all finally land on house rules was up in the air all the way to the end. After that we dive into another of Shuck's Board Game Mechanics segments - this time all about Tile Laying games. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. 0:00 - Introduction 1:00 - Our Brews 2:55 - Recent Plays 12:49 - MAIN TOPIC - House Rules 47:44 - Board Game Mechanics - Tile Laying
01:04:52
April 22, 2019
Episode 17: The Kickstarter Rabbit Hole
Welcome to Episode 17 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we take a deep dive down the Kickstarter rabbit hole. We cover everything from the first games we Kickstarted, how we decide what to back, all the way to the ones we are excited about in the future (and lots more in between). We then wrap up with our overall thoughts on Kickstarter and where we think it is headed. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. Time-topic 0:00 - Introduction 2:32 - Our Brews 5:50 - Stuff we are into 17:15 - MAIN TOPIC - Kickstarter 18:08 - What is the first Kickstarter game(s) we backed? 26:55 - How many Kickstarter games have we kept? 33:50 - What is the last game we Kickstarted? 35:02 - What is our best Kickstarter purchase? 44:42 - What Kickstarters do we feel we missed out on? 57:30 - What Kickstarter have we played the most? 63:20 - Upcoming Kickstarters we are excited about 71:10 - Final Kickstarter thoughts
01:19:24
March 28, 2019
Episode 16 – Keeping Up with the Joneses
Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we discuss "keeping up with the board gaming Joneses". It is quite easy to look around and see what others are buying, playing, and doing in the hobby and then wanting to keep up. What is a board gamer to do? This topic has something for everyone but especially for those who feel a restriction on their time, money, or space. As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available. Time/Topic: 0:00 - Introduction 0:50 - Our Brews 4:56 - Some recent favorite games MAIN TOPIC 21:46 - Keeping up with the board gaming Jonses 29:55 - When to stop buying games 35:31 - The Shuck Method of buying 43:00 - How to Stop or Slow game-buying 45:35 - The phases and cycles of life and hobby 51:50 - Finding contentment where you are
56:09
February 22, 2019
Microbrew 4 – Ranking Engine Yearly Update 2018
It's another Microbrew episode - this time a year end review for the Board Game Ranking Engine. We cover the top 10 from 2018 and hand out some Pub Meeple Awards.
21:08
January 28, 2019
Episode 15 – Tips for Teaching
Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we provide some tips for teaching games. Teaching is such an important part of the hobby and we are always learning how to do it better. We also dive into a few stories of teaching failures so stick around until the end.
01:09:04
January 16, 2019
Episode 14 – Top 10 Games (2018 Edition)
Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about our personal top 10 games for 2018. We value your time so check out the show notes on our site so you can jump straight to games you want to hear us discuss. Or just listen through. Either way is fine with us. https://www.pubmeeple.com/episode-14-top-10-games-2018-edition
02:26:20
December 14, 2018
Episode 13 – Elitism in the Board Gaming Hobby
Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we discuss the heavy topic of elitism in board gaming - how it manifests and what we can do about it. We also introduce a new segment - The Gaming Lexicon - where we define a board gaming term and discuss it. This time we tackle the term fiddly. That's right. Fiddly.
01:04:31
November 19, 2018
Episode 12 – Shelves to Sleeves (and everything in between)
Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about how we store our board games from shelves to sleeves, boxes to baggies, and everything in between. We also bring back our board game mechanism rankings segment - this time with Area Control games.
01:20:34
October 16, 2018
Episode 11 – Criticon 2018
Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about some game design experiences. Proper Brian and Just Bryan head back to school and the four of us talk about our experience at Criticon.
58:37
September 23, 2018
Episode 10 – Our Favorite Expansions
Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we discuss board game expansions - our favorites and why we buy them (or don't). We also talk about our all new Board Game Ranking Engine (data is fun, right?).
01:28:37
September 12, 2018
Episode 9 – Fallen Favorites
Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we reveal some of our fallen favorites, get into fights about set collection games, and discuss some of our interests outside of board games.
01:21:41
May 29, 2018
Episode 8 – Is the BGG Top 100 Relevant?
Welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! In this episode we discuss the Board Game Geek top 100 list and its relevancy. Then we introduce a new segment all about ranking very specific lists of games and reporting the results. This time we cover Worker Placement games.
01:41:10
March 19, 2018
Microbrew 3 – Structure and Content
It's another Microbrew episode! Join us as we have a short discussion on game design - the differences between designing content and structure and how to get your early prototypes on the table quickly.
19:15
January 25, 2018
Episode 7 – Scoring Systems
Welcome to the Pub Meeple podcast! Join us as we discuss game endings and scoring systems and then comment on our least and most favorites.
01:07:06
December 11, 2017
Microbrew 2 – Board Game Mechanics: Randomization
We discuss randomization in board games and the various ways it is implemented and the types of randomness seen in some of our favorite games.
26:09
August 24, 2017
Episode 6 – Legacy Games
Welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about our experiences at CritiCon and have a discussion about Legacy games.
57:36
August 14, 2017
Microbrew 1 – Girls Game Shelf Interview
Christina from Girls Game Shelf comes on the show for an interview about her YouTube channel, diversity in board games, and much more.
34:55
August 10, 2017
Episode 5 – Disappointments and Surprises
Welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about our board gaming disappointments and surprises.
01:10:08
July 31, 2017
Episode 4 – The Ideal Collection
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52:19
May 23, 2017
Episode 3 – Family Games
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54:37
April 19, 2017
Episode 2 – Shelf of Shame
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51:33
March 07, 2017
Episode 1 – Introductions
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37:26
January 29, 2017