Ava's Cosy Corner: A Soothing Little Trio
In this winter sweater of a Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, we’ve got a very special episode for you. It’s just Ava on this one, in Ava’s Cosy Corner - a solo podcast all about the cosiest games she's played this year. Enjoy! Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 01:09 - Floriferous 05:52 - Kim Joy’s Magic Bakery 12:12 - Meadow
November 25, 2022
Podcast #200 - The Top 10 Games You "SHOULD" Play!
In this 200th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, the team sit down for a frankly unwieldy chat about the top 10 games we collectively reckon you should play. I'll let the episode speak for itself here - nearly two hours of absolute nonsense from all four of us. Thank you so much for listening to 200 episodes, here's to 200 more! x Have a great weekend, everybody!
November 18, 2022
Podcast #199.75 - Destroying Vienna, Rebuilding Seattle
In this acrimonious episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, it’s a Tom-And-Quinns-Knee-To-Knee Special! We’re talking about two games whilst incredibly close to each other in a quasi-live podcast experience! On this episode, we’re focusing our wrath on two cities in Rebuilding Seattle and Fire & Stone: Siege of Vienna 1683. They’re both games, and we’ve played them! Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 03:44 - Rebuilding Seattle 13:36 - Fire & Stone: Siege of Vienna 1683
November 11, 2022
Podcast #199.5 - Dice and Tears
In this rock and rolling episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Ava and Tom take on a whole bunch of dice games with Gang of Dice, Sequoia, and Roll in One! After we’re done with our potluck of probability, we delve into a dessert with the deceased! That doesn’t quite work, does it. We’re talking about Lacrimosa! Mozart is dead. Have a great weekend, everybody! 01:42 - Roll in One 09:02 - Gang of Dice 17:43 - Sequoia 21:12 - Lacrimosa
November 04, 2022
Podcast #199 - LIVE from SHUX 2022! (Again!)
In this jam-packed episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, we’ve got a SMORGASBORD of hosts who are ready to tell you all about the games they played at SHUX. Ava! Tom! Pip! Quinns! ‘Sick Matt’! They’re all here! Not satisfied with just having ‘a whole bunch of hosts’, we’re also talking about a ‘whole bunch of games’ - notably the boxes we enjoyed whilst at SHUX in sunny Vancouver. Not all of these are out yet, and some of them aren’t really real, but we figured that you would enjoy the chat nonetheless. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 04:23 - Hair of the Dog 08:11 - Dutch Blitz 13:09 - Bagged & Boarded 20:11 - Harrow County: The Game of Gothic Conflict 25:07 - Starry Night Sky 28:52 - Space Bound 36:01 - Flick Fleck 39:04 - Highlights! (RPGs, Hot Potatoz, and more!)
October 28, 2022
Podcast #198 - The Clear Card Pirate Special
In this buoyant episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Quinns are sailing the seas with Ahoy, stealin’ safes in 3000 Scoundrels, and doing another alliterative activity in Dead Reckoning! It’s the Clear Card Pirate Special, where each game is thematically linked to the others in a conga line of cardboard. Timestamps: 01:48 - Ahoy 09:46 - 3000 Scoundrels 24:25 - Dead Reckoning 37:17 - Stefan Feld’s ‘The City Collection’
October 21, 2022
Podcast #197 - LIVE from SHUX 2022!
In this extra special episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom, Ava, and Quinns are getting to the bottom of a complicated question; ‘Who Can Pitch Their Previews The Best In a 50 Minute Podcast Segment?’. We’re talking about a whole host of interesting upcoming or recently released games in this bumper podzone. Folks, this one was great fun to record, with a lovely lovely audience at SHUX 2022. Enjoy! Timestamps 04:55 - Cheese Thief 08:15 - Hamlet 13:10 - Deal with the Devil 17:15 - Phantom Ink 22:25 - Fit To Print 25:38 - Lands of Galzyr 30:18 - Return to Dark Tower 34:38 - Mountains Out of Molehills 39:30 - Turing Machine 43:50 - Leaf
October 15, 2022
Podcast #196 - How Do You Get Into Roleplaying Games?
In this roleplaying special of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Ava and Quinns have a big rambly chat about getting into RPGs and what systems they’ve been dabbling with recently! Have a great weekend, everybody!
September 16, 2022
Podcast #195 - Llamas of Atlantis (2!)
In this highly addictive episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about Guards of Atlantis 2 and Llama Land! The former is a MOBA in a box and the latter involves llamas in flocks! It’s been a long week. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:24 - Guards of Atlantis 2 20:17 - Llama Land 31:23 - SCOUT
September 02, 2022
Podcast #194 - We ACTUALLY Played Cosmic Frog
In this cosmically historical episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Ava are talking about two very different games. First up is 1941: Race to Moscow, where you get to roleplay as your very favourite war criminals - and then we’ll talk about Cosmic Frog, where you get to roleplay as your very favourite cosmic war criminals. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:05 - 1941: Race to Moscow 19:12 - Cosmic Frog
August 26, 2022
Podcast #193 - A Big Chat About Obsession
In this aristocratic episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Quinns are talking about just one game - Obsession! We’re chatting about the second edition of this cult hit alongside its Upstairs, Downstairs and Wessex expansions. Enjoy! Have a great weekend, everybody!
August 19, 2022
Podcast #192 - The Dino Miracle Express
In this hodgepodge episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast Tom, Quinns, and Ava are rambling through a trilogy of games! First up, we’re chatting about the kid-friendly draft-’em-up Draftosaurus before moving onto more deceitful, meatier fare in The Court of Miracles. Lastly, The Transcontinental pulls up to the station and we load it full of chat and opinions. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:38 - Draftosaurus 15:55 - The Court of Miracles 26:54 - The Transcontinental
August 05, 2022
Podcast #191 - 'The Final Boys'
In this spooooooky episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Quinns are talking about just one game! It's the successor-sequel to Hostage Negotiator; FINAL GIRL! Will they get away from the killer? Will they be ‘stabbed a bit’? Find out NOW. Have a great weekend, everybody!
July 29, 2022
Podcast #190 - Flick of Twelve
In this dextrous episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Ava are talking about a quadrilogy of games that they have been playing recently! We’ve got the daft-n-pacy King of 12, the even dafter Flickfleet, the not-quite-great Museum: Suspects… and to round it all off, a little chat about Caper: Europe. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:54 - King of 12 15:22 - FlickFleet 26:23 - Museum: Suspects 35:32 - Caper: Europe
July 22, 2022
Podcast #189 - Our First Impressions of Undaunted: Stalingrad!
In this militaristic episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt have been playing a whole bunch of Undaunted: Stalingrad! A larger, legacy-lite version of the Undaunted system! Is it good? Is it… Not? Does it accurately depict the horrors of war? All this salient information and more awaits… Have a great weekend, everybody!
July 15, 2022
Podcast #188 - How Do You Pitch a Game? (w/Tim Clare)
Ava: Well look at that! It’s an interview. Well something like that. I spent the evenings of the ‘United’ Kingdom’s Game Exposition chatting with my favourite podcaster-poet-editor-writer Tim Clare, then convinced him to get together to have a chat about a thing. We’re offering tips and thoughts on how to ‘pitch a game’, both at a convention, and in your very own home. Do we stay on topic? Occasionally! But hopefully it’s a fun listen. Go find Tim on twitter or his very own website timclarepoet.co.uk. I genuinely think Death of a Thousand Cuts, and particularly the couch to 80k bootcamp/100 day writing challenge are the absolute best ways to get stuck into creative writing, and his first page critiques (the reason I thought he’d be a great person to speak to about this) are the absolute best writing advice you can get! Check him out, he’s lovely. I’m hoping to put together a few more interviews and other ‘special’ podcasts over the coming months, so do let us know what you think. Opinions and suggestions welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org or on our website. If it doesn’t sound up your street, do feel free to skip it! It’ll probably be a normal pod with more familiar voices next time you visit!
July 08, 2022
Podcast #187 - More Podcasts About Buildings and Villages
In this deeply sponsored episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about two ferociously dry games. First up is the pastoral human-collector Villagers, and second up is the vertical build-em-up Akropolis. We also take some time to defibrillate the podcast back to life by talking a little bit about Rush Out, our favourite Shut Up & Sit Down video review that came out this week. Enjoy! Timestamps: 02:40 - Villagers 17:18 - Akropolis 29:26 - Rush Out
July 01, 2022
Podcast #186 - Kidney Handling Simulator 2022
Apologies for all the drilling noises in this episode - We couldn’t scrub them from the recording without Quinns sounding like a strange squeaky robot! In this medical episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Quinns are donning their scrubs for a lengthy chat about Rush M.D, punting down the Nile in Sobek: 2 Players, and slipping through space in Wormholes! Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 03:23 - Rush M.D 22:57 - Sobek: 2 Players 34:20 - Wormholes 48:11 - burncycle
June 24, 2022
Podcast #185 - Did We Play Cosmic Frog? (Live!)
In this agnostic episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, our three intrepid explorers at the UKGE blast through multiple odd games in a chaotic pod-special! We Rob Art in Art Robbery, Get On Board in Get On Board and Island Small...ly... in Small Islands, before dreaming of factories in Nicodemus. This podcast also posits a very, very important question… did we play Cosmic Frog? Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 00:35 - Cosmic Frog 01:08 - Get On Board! 15:47 - Small Islands 21:08 - Art Robbery 25:57 - Nicodemus
June 17, 2022
Podcast #184 - A Wibbly Wobbly Egg (Live!)
Live and happening, it's a podcast! When I edit podcasts, I usually slice out the bits where I sound silly, or ask if it's 'time to talk about Rats' too many times; but in the live format, they have to stay. On this very special episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt and his two adult children are talking about a bunch of games! We've got the absolute excess of Wonderlands War, the snakes-and-ladders-worker-placement of First Rat and the secret sneaky bidding of Dreadful Circus alongside plenty of healthy chat about a Wibbly Wobbly Egg. Enjoy! Timestamps: 01:52 - Wonderland's War 16:19 - Dodo 23:00 - First Rat 32:53 - Dreadful Circus
June 10, 2022
Podcast #183 - Sniper Station Phoenix
In this X-Ray-Slow-Motion episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about two games that couldn’t be more different. First up, we’ve got the alien hospitality of Space Station Phoenix - a eurogame where you destroy your own worker placement spaces! And secondly, we’re talking Sniper Elite: The Board Game - a thematic hidden movement game where you destroy a submarine and also maybe some Nazis. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 03:59 - Space Station Phoenix 22:52 - Sniper Elite: The Board Game
June 03, 2022
Podcast #182 - The Numbers Go Up Special
In this apparently aquatic episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom, Ava, and Matt are talking about some suspiciously dry games! And spinners. And Twister. First up is Khora: Rise of an Empire - the ultimate spreadsheet experience! Tom then rambles about Boonlake for a moment, before Ava takes us home with Founders of Teotihuacan; the game which we essentially forgot to have a discussion about. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 01:54 - Khora: Rise of an Empire 20:23 - Boonlake 28:47 - Founders of Teotihuacan
May 20, 2022
Podcast #181 - Imperial Explorers
In this themeless episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Quinns and Tom are talking about two of the driest games that they’ve ever been smitten with. First up is the Austrian Rail Simulation of Imperial Steam, followed by a dessert of semi-colonial discover-em-up The Guild of Merchant Explorers. Enjoy! Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 01:32 - Imperial Steam 22:22 - The Guild of Merchant Explorers
May 13, 2022
Podcast #180 - Marauder Management
In this marauding episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Ava have been let loose on games once again. Someone stop them. First up, we’ve got some disclaimer-laden chats about Root’s latest Marauder expansion, followed by some hot-off-the-(im)press(ions) of Little Factory - the latest edition to the Little™Expanded Universe. We also have a brief chat about Tom’s obsession over Knotwords and other Word(le) games at the end! Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:44 - Root: The Marauder Expansion 22:06 - Little Factory 32:55 - Knotwords
May 06, 2022
Podcast #179 - Small Game City
In this meagre episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about three whole boxes with games inside of them!! First up is MAGIC BINGO, also known as Via Magica - a game of wizards and crystals that your (imaginary) family might enjoy. We then talk about the disastrous urban planning of Next Station: London, before getting thoroughly confused by Cryptid: Urban Legends. Finally, we take a trip to the forbidden zone to chat about Square Valley - a delightful little mobile game that is… ‘Quite Boardgames’. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:46 - Via Magica 11:52 - Next Station: London 22:34 - Cryptid: Urban Legends 33:39 - Square Valley
April 29, 2022
Podcast #178 - Voices in the Walls
In this semi-cooperative episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about two very unusual games! First up is Voices In My Head's handsome-man-sentencing, followed by a small course of Decorum; a passive-aggressive living simulator. We also chat a few nice words about SHUX (and the carpets within) as well as Matt’s review of the Quacks expansion. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 03:21 - Voices in my Head 17:10 - Decorum 30:25 - Quacks: The Alchemists
April 15, 2022
Podcast #177 - Asymmetrical Arguing
In this electric episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast Tom and Quinns are going toe-to-toe in a battle for the ages, fighting the corner of the game that they like, and the other person… likes too… but less… On this podcast we’re chatting about our lengthy first impressions of Crescent Moon and our much snappier first impressions of Bear Raid, as well as literally about 20 seconds of talking about the Mind MGMT app - so little, in fact, that I haven’t even timestamped it! Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:39 - Crescent Moon 34:11 - Bear Raid
April 08, 2022
Podcast #176 - Illuminate the Dogs of War
In this furious episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns, Ava, and Tom are talking about three games that couldn’t be more different. First up we’ve got a chat about Illumination - a game all about scrawling doodles in the margins of MonkBooks, before pivoting hard into playing (?) with (?) dogs in Good Puppers - a set collection game with a sinister backstory. Finally, we’re talking about our not-too-positive experience with Memoir ‘44 Flight Plan, and Quinns asks everyone a difficult question. PS: I’m really sorry about the stings. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:15 - Illumination 14:59 - Good Puppers 25:58 - Memoir ‘44: New Flight Plan 35:52 - Quinns’ Special Debate
April 01, 2022
Podcast #175 - The Art Special
In this painterly episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Ava are playing to the gallery in an ART SPECIAL! We’re talking all things Museum: Pictura and Art Decko - two games that aren’t necessarily our new favourites, but are certainly doing some interesting things with art. Have a great weekend, everybody! Timestamps: 02:32 - Museum: Pictura 11:56 - Art Decko 23:00 - An Art Ramble
March 25, 2022
Podcast #174 - The Lazy SundayCast
In this sluggish episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Quinns are fresh off the back of two games - one a box of unison and joy; the other a lump of conflict and discontent. We’re talking about Gugong and it’s expansion - Panjun - as well as Lizard Wizard! But which is the belle of the ball, and which is the slob of the swamp? Find out… right here! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Gùgōng, Gùgōng: Pànjūn, Lizard Wizard
March 19, 2022
Podcast #173 - Basing Our Brains On Bitoku
In this spiritual episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt and Tom are talking about just one game - a game that has sat alone on Tom’s ‘To-Play’ shelf like a bottle of brown sauce in a wetherspoons sauce caddy. That’s right, it’s Bitoku, a game about splodging sauce all over a beautiful forest until various bears, otters and raccoons come to lick of all the liquid from the branches and leaves: yum yum yum.
March 04, 2022
Podcast #172 - The Great Unmatched Showdown
In this UNMATCHED episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns have decided to pursue the strange little feature that Quinns has been dwelling on for a while - seeking to ask and answer the question: ‘how good is all this Unmatched… really?’. Through three ferocious bouts of slippery copyright law, our heroes put their heroes to the test in a battle of wits, strategy, and pointing out how ridiculous it is that Bloody Mary just dropkicked Bigfoot. Have a lovely weekend, folks!
February 25, 2022
Podcast #171 - The Great Wall o' Wise Guys
In this vaguely threatening episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are chatting about a ‘whole buncha guys’! Some of them are on, in, and around a big ‘ol wall in Awaken Realms’ The Great Wall; and others are skulking around the streets of Chicago in Gale Force 9’s Wise Guys! We’re also having a brief chat about all the spoilers that Matt unearthed in The Initiative - so plug up your ears at the end if you want to make sure you remain unspoiled. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 03:11 - The Great Wall 25:00 - Wise Guys 36:05 - THE INITIATIVE SPOILERCAST
February 18, 2022
Podcast #170 - Environments and How Not To Die In Them
In this arid 170th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast Tom, Ava, and Quinns are chatting about a bunch of games featuring HOSTILE ENVIRONMENTS. It’s like the Shut Up & Sit Down Annual Company Retreat after Quinns threw a War Sun at Ava. We’ll never be the same again. In this podcast, the gang are saving tigers in Endangered and planting gardens in Ishtar; before settling down to a nice bit of post-apocalyptic bickering in Radlands. Enjoy! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps 02:21 - Endangered 14:27 - Ishtar 24:34 - Radlands
February 11, 2022
Podcast #169 - Welcome To... Coevorden?
In this picturesque episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast Matt, Ava, and Tom are absolutely chomping at the bit to tell you all about three games that are all PRETTY GOOD! We've got the scintillating urban planning of Townbuilder: Coevorden - the scintillatingy-er LUNAR planning of Welcome To The Moon and... what was the last game? I don't know if I can quite... remember... Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 02:35 - Townbuilder: Coevorden 11:56 - Welcome To The Moon 26:52 - Equinox
February 04, 2022
Podcast #168 - The Heavy-sode Layer
In this 3,000 pound episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt and Ava are wading into the quagmire of crunchy decisions, cold calculation and brain-burnin’. First, they’re rambling about the plains and pains of The Great Zimbabwe before letting their artistic side loose on The Gallerist. If by ‘artistic side’ you mean ability to manipulate the market value of a wonky sculpture. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps 01:26 – The Great Zimbabwe 18:14 – The Gallerist
January 29, 2022
Podcast #167 - Generic Wet Hubris
In this panoramic episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Matt and Tom are back in action, ready to talk about a little heap of cardboard that’s been growing in the corner over the festive break; it grows a little every time you look away, and we’re hiring someone to take care of it. On this podcast you can hear about the ever-rolling Dice Realms, the ever-sinking Atlantis Rising (2nd Edition) and the ever-expensive Q.E. A bunch of games that we’re keen on, but not… that keen on. Wahoo! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 01:51 - Dice Realms 17:01 - Atlantis Rising (2nd Edition) 30:20 - Q.E
January 21, 2022
Rodney & Quinns - 10 Years In Board Games!
For this special episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, join Rodney and Quinns for a celebration of 10 years in board games! This is an audio-only version of their chat from AwSHUX 2021 - and you can find a video version of it right here. Thanks once again to Rodney for coming on to chat! Normal podcasts will begin again next week, with Matt and Tom talking about Dice Realms, Atlantis Rising (2nd Edition) and Q.E; and a video review will be out around the middle of next week too!
January 14, 2022
Podcast #166 - Live From PAX Unplugged! (Part 2)
In this admirably 166th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, we’re BACK at PAX Unplugged! Even though it was multiple weeks ago, we’ve brought the past into the present through the media of recording - which we, of course, invented. From the heady heights of Himmelsstürmer to the sandy shores of Strand Unter - the twisty time travelling of That Time You Killed Me to the dastardlly Doodle Dash… we’re talking about a lot of games! Ducks In Tow, Biblios: Quill and Parchement and Scape Goat all get to stick their respective oars in, before tying everything up in a trio of trick takers. What a treat! We’ll be back to the normal podcast schedule very soon! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 02:19 - Himmelsstürmer 07:45 - That Time You Killed Me 12:55 - Ducks In Tow 19:41 - Strand Unter 25:01 - Scape Goat 30:45 - Doodle Dash 37:58 - Biblios: Quill & Parchment 43:35 - Cat In A Box 45:34 - R-ECO 47:26 - Wind The Film
January 07, 2022