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Rahdo Talks Through

By Richard Ham
A podcast all about boardgames, hosted by Richard "Rahdo" Ham
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Rahdo Talks Through►►► Episode 86

Rahdo Talks Through

RvR Outtakes August (Q&A, chitchat, Gencon report)
Hey everybody, this week Ruel and I had some fun live streaming Citytrip Brugge for an hour, but we also spent an hour or so chatting, talking Gencon, behind the scenes stuff, etc. So I figured I'd take just those bits (not the runthrough and final thoughts) and post them on the podcast channel! :)
August 11, 2022
Grant's Greatest Games in July 2022
Okay, a new video (the first episode of a new series for the channel) just went up on Youtube, so here it is in audio form! Take it away Grant! :)
August 08, 2022
July 2022 Roundup
hey everybody, over 26 games are talked about in this month's roundup, and here's the audio file! :)
August 04, 2022
Crowd Sorcery #4
9 Games coming to a close on crowdfunding platforms in the next 2 weeks that I think are of note, and here's the audio file where I talk about 'em! :)
August 04, 2022
Top 10 Gencon "Must Have" Games
Just a quick little top10 (and then a second top10) to call out the best of the best at Genon 2022 :)
July 29, 2022
RTT 86 Extras
Hey everybody, here's an extra hour or so of chatchat that was recorded while I was streaming the podcast recording for RTT episode 86 :)
July 29, 2022
Rahdo Talks Through►►► Episode 86
•••[3:56] Games Q&A►►► Revive? Pandemic next step? Podcast archive? Game expansion storage? Reddit and lurking? Fave designers trying something new? Fave game with theme I don't like? Agricola draft variant? Rahdo merch update? Memory in games? Card game versions vs original? Marvel Champions base game? Next step for Marvel Champions? Adam in Wales? What happens to my collection if i quit boardgaming? Can't find specific game runthrough? Our best games performance? Jen's feelings about podcast? Dealing with worst parts of multiplayer gaming? Meta-gaming?   •••[1:10:00] Personal Q&A►►► Chicken update! Kauai? What's next for women's rights? Democrats culpability? Vaccine efficacy? Mom. Aging parents? Alaska trip? Jen's glass game pieces? Jen's words of wisdom. DOGGOs! Spoilers for Kenobi. •••Send your questions to
July 29, 2022
In addition to the top10 list, we have (for me) a very surprising double ruel ranks and a very fun this-or-that, and I tell a tale of hymenoptera horror!
July 27, 2022
The R&R Show #47
I love ruel's picks in this month's R&R... i went cult-of-the-new, and he picks some "should be" modern classics! :)
July 27, 2022
Crowd Sorcery #3
Okay, if you couldn't make it for the live stream today on Twitch, no worries! Here's the Crowd Sorcery ep I filmed live (9 cool games whose campaigns end in the next two weeks), and soon we'll have the latest Rahdo Talks Through podcast ep as well! :)
July 19, 2022
In addition to talking about our most anticipated games, we also spend a fair bit of time talking about the Alaska trip in this extended episode, answer some Q's, and do a new top3! :)
July 13, 2022
The R&R Show #46 - Most Anticipated Games of the 2nd Half of 2022
Hurrah, I didn't accidentally delete the latest episode of the R&R Show, and I also had a great time digging through games to find the ones I'm most excited about for the rest of the year! :)  
July 13, 2022
Crowd Sorcery #2
We're still on the road in Alaska for one more day, and this morning I filmed a fast [b]ep #2 for Crowd Sorcery[/b], where I talk about the 7 best games ending their crowdfunding runs over the next 2 weeks (sorry for the audio at the end, d'oh!) 
July 06, 2022
Rahdo Rounds Up►►► June 2022
We only played 10 new games this month, but they were 10 fantastic games! And with all the contributors we're actually talking about more than 20 in this episode :-)
July 01, 2022
The R&R Show #45 | Top 10 Games We'd Buy RIGHT NOW!!
Ooops, forgot to post the "rahdo patreon podcast" version of this week's R&R the other day! just one more mistake in a series of unfortunate events related to this episode!  
July 01, 2022
Crowd Sorcery #1
Hey everybody, I tried out filming a new show format today while I was live on Twitch, and posted it today! Let me know what you think... it's been awhile since I rolled out something new! :)
June 23, 2022
Rahdo Talks Through►►► Episode 85
•••[3:56] Games Q&A►►► Games the audience didn't get? Rahdo Merch? Unranked games added to Caper Europe? The Spiel Foundation? Board game libraries? My leaving boardgame Reddit? Rahdo voter stats? Best BGG features? Low vote games? Fave cthulhu game? Game turnoffs? Preferred RPG classes? •••[1:10:00] Personal Q&A►►► Chicken egg laying? State of the pandemic? DvH? Immortal marriage? Climate change in travel? Fave pantheon? Useless skills? DNRs, wills, etc.? Jens WoW? DOGGOS! •••Send your questions to
June 17, 2022
In addition to the grande finale of the top100, this episode also marks a big change for the show as well, and we go into detail in the extended episode!  
June 08, 2022
The R&R Show #44 - Top 10 Games of All Time! :)
It's taken almost half a year, but @ruelgaviola and I have finally finished the R&R top 100 with this week's 10 greatest games of all time R&R episode! #phew!  
June 08, 2022
Oh my did things go off the rails during the filming of this month's Roundup, and you can experience it all here with over an hour of extra stuff!
June 02, 2022
May 2022 Roundup
So many games to talk about I lost track of them! 27? 28? and then two bonus ones from Kimberly as well, so 30 in the end! Yowza!
June 02, 2022
The R&R Show #43 - Best Crowdfunding of June '22
Hey everybody, this week we're trying a new approach to Crowdfunding reporting, and ended up talking about 35 games for the month of June! YIKES! :)
June 01, 2022
In addition to the crowdfunding stuff (35 GAMES TALKED ABOUT) we also did some show maintenance, a tough top 3, and some fun ThisOrThat this week! :)  
June 01, 2022
The R&R Show #42 - Top 10 Games We'd Buy RIGHT NOW! (May 2022)
I was especially pleased with some of the choices we made in this episode... might be our strongest "buy right now" list yet!
May 25, 2022
We mixed things up this week, starting with long Q&A, and the after the show doing some top3s and a this-or-that!
May 25, 2022
RTT #84 Extras
Hey everybody, here's an extra almost 2 hours of jibber jabber I recorded before and after episode 84 of the regular podcast. Bear in mind, the podcast episode content is not in this audio file... this is all of the extra "cutting room floor" stuff for folks who like such stuff... chit chat with the audience, a lot more Q&A, show prep, and an unboxing of Dice Realms (and more conversation about that game!) :)
May 23, 2022
Rahdo Talks Through►►► Episode 84
•••[3:12] Games Q&A►►► Should pubs put out digital versions? Should pubs put out PnPs? Cards in cards? RRT YouTube shownotes? ? Secret word contests? Final thoughts? Ranking ? Responding to questions? Narrative in euros? ThinkerThemer's recent VW video? Lifestyle games? Downtime mitigation? Games we're best at?    •••[1:24:15] Personal Q&A►►► Star Wars strengths? Fear? Krystal & Saagar? Twitter? Why is Last Jedi the best star war? Bluetooth speaker? Frugality problems? Alpha dogs? Dr. Strange & Moonknight? Star Trek show rankings? Dire Straits? Jens WoW? DOGGOS!    •••Send your questions to
May 23, 2022
Okay after last weeks pop culture diversion, this week we're focusing more on games in the extended edition of the show, with a few ranks, some board game art talk, and more! :)
May 17, 2022
The R&R Show #41 - Top 100 Games (20-11)
Ruel and I get together for another 10 games in our t100 countdown, and oh man are these games great! (no surprise considering where we are on the list). My biggest surprise was that Ruel snagged some of my faves for himself!
May 17, 2022
Top 10 of 2021 Revisited EXTENDED EDITION
Here's the final top10 for 2021, plus a bunch of extra stuff streamed live on may 11th by yours truly. Enjoy! :)
May 12, 2022
Top 10 Games of 2021, Revisited!
Okay everybody, it's time for the yearly "top10 of the previous year, this time for sure" revisit video, and 4 new games have stepped in to take their spot as the best of the best, imo. Plus we did some Q&A afterwards! :)
May 12, 2022
Okay, in the preshow today we went pretty heavy into pop culture stuff, plus an update on my medical status of course! :)
May 10, 2022
The R&R Show #40 - Top 100 Games of All Time (30-21)
Hey everybody, we're getting closer and closer to the end of the top100 games of all time. what will we do then?!?!?
May 10, 2022
The mic failed a couple times of course (new cable is on the way but won't arrive until friday!) but otherwise things went fairly well in todays gonzo show where we tackled another food subject and ruel ranked a couple of great games! :)
May 04, 2022
The R&R Show #39 - Top 100 Games (40-31)
Folks, no worries about the opening where I talk about my extreme dizziness for the last few days... doc says it's BPPV and very treatable. I posted more about it at the as ruel promised, and now on with the show! :)
May 04, 2022
RTT Update
just a quick recording to let everyone know that while i accidentally took the podcast offline last night right after I uploaded the latest roundup, it's all fixed now so you can get back to listening! :)
May 03, 2022
April 2022 Roundup EXTENDED EDITION
Alright folks, last month I tried out including the extended edition of the monthly round up, where i do some additional stuff and you get more behind the scenes raw rahdo (for lack of a better term). I thought maybe this wouldn't work because one of the things I do in these extended eps is unbox stuff, which isn't great to listen to maybe? BUT it seems last month that over half of you chose the extended edition. But hey, that was the first try... you didn't know what you were getting into. Let's try again and this time you'll know what to expect, and I'll check the stats to see if you came back for more. One other thing, I had some technical difficulties at the start of this stream... mic quit again, which is why things start out a bit weird! :)
May 03, 2022
April 2022 Roundup
Okay, the 10th anniversary month is over, and here's what we played during said month! :) Also, no one commented one way or the other if they wanted to keep the extended version of the roundups in the feed, but the stats say that the majority of folks preferred the extended edition. So that's back now too! :)
May 03, 2022
In addition to talking crowdfunding games, this week we do a tough top 3, ruel reveals a never before seen side of himself, and i mess everything up on the recording schedule! :)  
April 27, 2022
The R&R Show #38 - Top 10 Upcoming Kickstarters (May 2022)
There's some really exceptional projects coming in the next few weeks, and Ruel and I are here to tell you about the best that we found! And one big final announcement for the channel for the 10th anniversary month! :)  
April 27, 2022
Rahdo Talks Through►►► Episode #83 (Apr 2022)
This Episode Sponsored by The Paradox Initiative Check it out at Ali's Narrative Variant Geeklist: [0:00] Intro •••[4:03] Games Q&A►►► Everdell rating? More story in euros? Remote gaming? Polyominos? Tulpenfieber? Attacking in fave games? Soloing darker themes? Gold West mancala? Deckbuilding in Agricola vs Magic? Burgundy Deluxe edition? Mainstream sponsors? Melodice? New ideas for legacy games? Board game trading? Colonization theme in board games? Catan? Top 5 classics? Alternate contest entry? Prime + Twitch? Deeper game analysis videos? Stardew Valley? Ark Nova? Killing in games? Rahdo retiring in 5? •••[1:34:43] Personal Q&A►►► Post scarcity when? Severance? Religion in a post scarcity world? Max pets? Preferred immortality length? Newlywed tips? My half sister? 2p trick takers (sorry should have been in the games section)? Breakfast food? Retirement passing the time? Blown Away? Jen’s WOW? Doggos! •••Send your questions to
April 21, 2022
The R&R Show #37 - top 10 games we'd buy right now
It's a total coincidence, but how about celebrating the 10 year anniversary off the channel by getting 10% off for a week?! :)
April 20, 2022
In addition to the normal show, this week we do a new top3, a deep love shoutout, a new ruel ranks, and some Q&A! :)
April 20, 2022
The R&R Show #36 | Top 100 Games (50-41)
This week Ruel and I crack our top 50 games of all time as the ultimate countdown continues (and ruel tries out his hand modeling skills) :)  
April 12, 2022
It's the return of the R&R-gument, some more this or that, and a bit of trivia to round up the ongoing countdown of Ruel's and my top100 games of all time! :)  
April 12, 2022
Oh my! Ruel and I had a LOT of segments to catup up with in the pre-show today, and I really enjoyed the conversation I must say! :)  
April 06, 2022
The R&R Show #35 - Top 100 Games (60-51)
The games keep getting better every week in our ongoing t100 countdown, but that's to be expected I reckon! :)
April 06, 2022
March 2022 Round Up EXTENDED EDITION
Another month, and another big bunch of games to talk about! This time, I'm also posting the full live extended episode from Twitch, so it includes additional Q&A, some unboxings, and other silliness. Let me know if you don't think this should be on the podcast and you'd prefer to stick to just the main show! :)
April 01, 2022
March 2022 Roundup
24 games this month, a very brief celebratory "we made 10 years" at the end... I should probably make a bigger deal about such a big milestone, but that's just not me! NOTE: this month i'm also experimenting with putting the longer EXTENDED EDITION up as well on the feed. Let me know if that's a problem or a good thing :)
April 01, 2022
The RNR Show #34 - Top 10 Upcoming Kickstarters
Ruel and I have a LOT of crowdfunding games to talk about this week, and and an even more important fundraising campaign too:
March 29, 2022
As always, there's a lot of extra content in the pre-show and a bit in the post show as well! :) Plus fundraising for a very important cause:  :)
March 29, 2022
In addition to talking about the best games to buy in the spring clearance super sale (in our opinions), we also ruel-rank a new game, update jen's Ukrainian fundraising drive, dig deep in my family's history, and other fun stuff! :)  
March 23, 2022
The R&R Show #33 - Top 10 Games We'd BUY RIGHT NOW! :)
There's a huge sale on at show sponsor funagain's website this week, so ruel and i figured we'd take a quick scan of the 400 or so games and come up with our top10 must haves, and as always we've come up with something old, something new, and so forth!  :)
March 23, 2022
Rahdo Talks Through►►► Episode #82 (Mar 2022)
•••[2:10] Games Q&A►►► Game perfection? Legacy expansions? Video game devs enjoying boardgames? Ark Nova the new Wingspan? Oak? Nightmare Cathedral? App boardgames not “real” boardgames? Best mancala games? Fresco update? Euro storytelling games? Twitch? Beyond the Sun? Culled games fate? Fave solo games? Game storage? Forbidden Island? Responsible runthroughs? Essen 2022? Uwe Rosenberg 2p games? Jen’s games of DTW? Ezra Klein games episode? •••[1:35:28] Personal Q&A►►► Immortality implications? Optimism in today’s world? Upcoming TV shows? Alcohol? Marijuana? Recreational drugs in general? Chickens routine? Funny stories? Doggos! Words of wisdom? •••Send your questions to
March 17, 2022
If you want more R&R, here's the place, because in addition to continuing our top100 games countdown, we "ruel ranked" 3 additional games, did a new top3, and had some time for Q&A at the end! :)  
March 16, 2022
The R&R Show #32 - top 100 games (70-61)
Ruel and I continue our epic countdown of the best of all time... I get more euroey, and ruel surprises with some off games that are now on my bucket list! :)  
March 16, 2022
February 2022 Round Up
19 games talked about in today's roundup. Let me apologize right now for being 11 days late, and also for missing 2 games (which will get mentioned in next month's roundup!) To make up for the gaffs, Jen makes a special guest appearance this time! If you'd rather watch than listen, here's the youtube link:
March 11, 2022
In addition to the t100 countdown continuing, today we do a couple of Ruel Ranks, a new top3, and tell stories of the Dice Tower West convention :)
March 09, 2022
The R&R Show #31 - Top 100 Games of All Time (80-71)
Today we're continuing our t100 countdown, and Jen announces a a new glass art line for fundraising to help Ukraine!
March 09, 2022
Hey everybody, we're talking about 24 upcoming crowdfunding games today that have caught our eye! Plus, we're also raising funds for Ukraine... please check out for details :) But that's not all... we do some Q&A, talk about DTW, and work our way through a surprisingly tough Top 3!
March 01, 2022
The R&R Show #30 - top10 upcoming crowdfunding games
Hey everybody, we're talking about 24 upcoming crowdfunding games today that have caught our eye! Plus, we're also raising funds for Ukraine... please check out for details :)
March 01, 2022
It's time for the R&R show again, and this week, in addition to counting down new (and some old) games we'd BUY RIGHT NOW, we also do some ruel ranking, quite a bit of personal trivia (some funny, some tragic), and make time for Q&A at the end :)
February 23, 2022
The R&R Show #29 - Top 10 Games We'd Buy Right Now (Feb '22)
Okay everybody, we're going to be taking a bit of time off from the top100 games of all time countdown to celebrate something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue in our monthly look at our own personal hotness lists :)
February 23, 2022
Okay, so for starters we're continuing the top100 countdown, with #90-81. Also we did a top 3 guilty pleasure movies, rated Riftforce, and dug deep on some Mr Rogers trivia, and there's time left over for Q&A at the end :)
February 18, 2022
The R&R Show #28 - Top 100 (90-81)
The countdown continues, and we're giving away a copy of Fog of Love as well!
February 18, 2022
Rahdo Talks Through►►► Episode 81
•••Video version of this episode: •••[1:34] Games Q&A►►►   Carpe Diem rules changes? Choosing box covers? Boonlake standing? Libertalia remake? How to best read rules? Dealing with a game falling flat? Deckbuilder golden age? Scythe an engine builder? Scythe origin and me? X replacing Y examples? Playing games not for work? Alternatives to Marvel Champions? Upcoming top10s? Secret word auto-replies? Why go back to Libertalia? Ranking games on BGG? Ravensburger + Gamefound? Last boardgame I backed? Adventure Ink? Sign off origin? Pfister story modes? Mean humor in boardgame media? Underrated deckbuilders? Positivity in boardgame media?   •••[1:11:06] Jen's Games Q&A►►►   Graphic design in games? Fave box covers? High scoring vs low scoring games? Fave die? How do we play with others?   •••[1:30:12] Personal Q&A►►► Motion sickness in VR? Chickens in winter? Shatner in space? Yang on McWhorter? Other VR games? Australian Survivor? Coping with old videogame work schedule? Breaking Everquest addiction? Matrix Resurrection? Anchor FM? Descript? The end of Corner to Corner? Lost in Translation? Princess and the Warrior? Haruki Murakami? Long term impact of divorce? Early pictures of me and Jen? Chickens in winter, part 2? What happened between videogame dev and rahdo runs through? English vs French? Hyphenated last names? NFTs in videogames? DOGGOS! Jen's words of wisdom!   •••Send your questions to
February 15, 2022
The R&R Show #27 - EXTENDED
Not only did we start our top100 countdown in this episode, but if you check out the full length edition, we did a couple of ruel ranks, an r&r-gument, some "there can be only one" and had a spectacular mid-show breakdown! :)
February 09, 2022
The R&R Show #27 - Top 100 Games of All Time (#100-91)
Okay, time for the beginning of something big... for next several months, Ruel and I will be counting down our top100 of all time, starting today. Hopefully the audience enjoys as much as we enjoy talking about them! :)
February 09, 2022
Okay, in addition to talking about upcoming Kickstarters, this week Ruel & I talk about our favourite senses, do some trivia, and name our fave movies pre-1970, amongst other silly things! If you're rather than watch than listen, here's the youtube link:
February 02, 2022
The R&R Show #26 - Top 10 Upcoming Kickstarter Games for Feb '22
Ruel and I are taking a loot at the coolest upcoming Kickstarters (in our opinions). If you'd rather watch this than listen, you can check it out on youtube at :)
February 02, 2022
January 2022 Round Up
27 new games to talk about that were played in the month of January! Wowzers! If you'd rather watch than listen, check:
February 02, 2022
Here's the extra long version of the episode, featuring live tech support, a new top3, two ruel ranks, Q&A, and other silliness! If you'd rather watch than listen, head over to  
January 26, 2022
The R&R Show #25 - Top10 Games Under $20
Hey everybody, today Ruel and I talked about our 10 great games below $20! If you'd like to watch rather than listen, head over to
January 26, 2022
The R&R Show #24 (Extended Edition)
Hey everybody, this is the extra long edition of episode 24 of the R&R show, with an additional hour or so of behind the scenes going's on! :) To watch this in video form, head over to For more Ruel, check
January 21, 2022
The R&R Show #24 - Top 10 Remote Playable Games
And now... the latest episode of the R&R show! Rahdo and Ruel talk board games! To watch this in video form, head over to For more Ruel, check
January 21, 2022
Rahdo Talks Through►►► Episode 80
•••[00:02:25] Games Q&A►►► Feld over Pfister? Imperium fall? NFTs in boardgames? Faiyum drop? Final Girl? 7 Wonders or Continents? Land vs Sea? Anunnaki? Stonemaier swingy cards? Aeon’s End the best & storage? Verdant vs other entwined drafting? Corrosion playtime? Future boardgame trends? Guessing Jen’s gaming preferences? The future for print&play? What game have I most influenced? How do I keep rules straight? Boardgames going mainstream? Asmodee sprawl? •••[01:10:01] Personal Q&A►►► How was our holiday season? Best farm dog? Driving differences in Europe? Potato donuts? Single world government? Die vs dice? Meat substitutes? What else do we miss from Europe? Annoyances living in Europe? My involvement in Gamer Glass? Rank these shows! 2.5x speed! Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye? Netflix Daredevil? Jen’s words of wisdom? DOGGOS!!! (spoiler warning) Hawkeye show thoughts? Spiderman No Way Home thoughts? •••Help Rahdo run @ •••Send your questions to
January 15, 2022