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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
51:27
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
35:05
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
43:60
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
37:29
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
38:12
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
40:01
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
43:15
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
38:15
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
39:54
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
51:08
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
48:31
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
32:11
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
51:28
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.
35:11
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!
41:44
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
47:56
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
42:22
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
39:40
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
33:37
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
42:27
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!
01:36:59
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
50:50
January 07, 2022
Podcast #165 - Live From PAX Unplugged! (Part 1)
In this wobbly 165th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, the whole gang beams their thoughts about games to an audience of hungry gamers at PAXU 2021! Enjoy a quippy Quinns, a meticulous Matt, an articulate Ava and a terrified Tom as they collectively ramble through no less than 5 excellent games - from the undead discos of Castle Party to the hellacious horse racing of Long Shot: The Dice Game; ‘this one really do got it all.’ This will be the last podcast of 2021, but stay tuned for early next year where we’ll be uploading the second PAXU special. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Timestamps: 1:50 - Castle Party 11:51 - The Great Zimbabwe 17:33 - Reef Encounters 25:31 - Big Shot 32:31 - Long Shot: The Dice Game 44:56 - 2021 Spatchtower Backer Update Castle Party, Long Shot: The Dice Game, Big Shot, Reef Encounters, The Great Zimbabwe
49:06
December 17, 2021
Podcast #164 - Rushin' Retail
In this industrious 164th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt and Quinns are mostly talking about two games where I (Tom, hello) rinsed them; two crusty brains pummelled into the dust by three cups of coffee and an unending desire to ‘prove myself’ in the cardboard battlegrounds of ‘board games’. Huzzah. On this podcast you can hear words about the hellacious retail disasterpiece of Brick & Mortar, the dice-chucking mayhem of Rush Out! and the nonsensical auctions of Furnace. Three games wallowing in a lot of minutes - minutes stuffed with observations, rammed with remarks and runneth(ing) over with criticismé. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Furnace, Brick & Mortar, Rush Out!
51:33
December 03, 2021
Podcast #163 - The 2021 Christmas Gift Guide
In this FESTIVE 163rd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, the whole gang's here to talk you through all kinds of games, big and small, that they reckon you should buy for your loved ones this holiday season! A bumper list of 13 entire boardgames; there’s got to be something for everyone, even if one of them is - of course - Quacks of Quedlinburg. Fancy something we mention in this episode? Tap here for shopping links, videos, and brief written details of every game we've recommended in this episode. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Galaxy Trucker, Super Skill Pinball: Ramp It Up!, Quest for El Dorado, What Next?, Lost Cities Roll and Write, Confident: The Guess A Range Party Game, The Fuzzies, For Sale, Just One, Quacks of Quedlinburg, Decrypto, barenpark
59:03
November 26, 2021
Podcast #162 - The Dice-Head Special
In this week’s episode, Ava is joined by Matt for a natter about two recent games - both of which feature DICE and HEADS. You can see the whole creative process unfolding! Matt has checked out the Cuphead game, and Ava is bang-on-time for Halloween with the gorgeous Die of the Dead. Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Dice of the Dead, Cuphead: Fast Dice Rolling Game
35:41
November 19, 2021
Podcast #161 - Brian Management
In this mind-bendingly 161st episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns are talking about Ireland and brains! In this podcast, you can hear our thoughts about Brian Boru, and telepathically download our feelings about Mind MGMT. You might also be able to intuit our opinions on Detective: City of Angels and Kabuto Sumo… but that’s what the video reviews are for, really. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Detective: City of Angels, Kabuto Sumo, Brian Boru, Mind MGMT
42:26
November 12, 2021
Podcast #160 - The Cyberhand Special
In this “Truly Cyberpunk” 160th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast Tom, Ava and Matt are talking about a number of weird games played semidigital-style with the wonders of the internet and Matt’s hands! In this episode we have a sequence of little rambles about Dinosaur World, Floating Floors and echoes: The Cocktail! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Dinosaur World, Floating Floors, Echoes: The Cocktail
40:35
November 05, 2021
Podcast #159 - Unfathomable Calendars (Live At AwSHUX October 2021!)
In this juicy 159th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava, Tom and Quinns are living it up at AwSHUX 2021! Enjoy an appetiser of the Exit Advent Calendar, followed by a mouth-watering main of Unfathomable, before finally settling down to the biggest pile of desserts your relenting stomach can muster. That’s right, we’re going to be rambling about the six previews that we’re most excited for at this year’s AwSHUX: Winter Edition. Stick around to hear brief snippets of Picture Perfect, Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum, Brick & Mortar, Beast, Mythic Mischief and Super Team. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Unfathomable, Exit: Advent Calendar
58:40
October 23, 2021
Podcast #158 - Roll 'n Bug
In this chaotic 158th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava, Tom and Quinns are slamming bugs into walls! We’re talking about the expansive box-ticker Hadrian’s Wall alongside the entomologically-inclined wrasslin’ of Kabuto Sumo! We also have some brief chats about our recent video reviews of Descent: Legends of the Dark and Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers - two be-coloned sequels of varying quality! Apologies for some slight background noise at times in this one - all three of us had various drilling going on nearby that was hard to weasel out properly! And, as Quinns mentions at the end of this one, there won’t be a podcast for the next couple of weeks while we focus on getting prepped for AwSHUX. See you toward the end of October for a live special! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers, Descent: Legends of the Dark, Hadrian’s Wall, Kabuto Sumo
49:05
October 08, 2021
Podcast #157 - Parking Ankhs on Ganymede
In this numerically 157th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Tom are visiting Egypt, Ganymede and *checks notes* some parks. That’s right, we’re chatting about the sandy box of miniatures and angst that is Ankh: Gods of Egypt, the love letter to parks that is Parks, and the last shuttle to Ganymede in Ganymede. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. PARKS, Ankh: Gods of Egypt, Ganymede
35:26
October 01, 2021
Podcast #156 - Spirit Tracks
In this deliberately 156th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Matt are poring through the back-catalogue after a lovely afternoon of playing nice games together. We’re chugging along in Empyreal: Spells & Steam before literally obliterating hundreds of invaders in Spirit Island. It’s a tonal soufflé! I will not elaborate further. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Spirit Island, Empyreal: Spells & Steam
39:23
September 24, 2021
Podcast #155 - We Built Witch City
In this constructively 155th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns and Tom are absolutely going to build you two cities and then bury you in witches. Today we’re talking about Magnate: The First City and North Berkeley, two very different takes on the property market with at least some political undercurrents, and we’ve got Witchstone, which switches to witches. Plus a little bonus micro-chat about Tom’s recent review of The Adventures of Robin Hood. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Magnate: The First City, The Adventures of Robin Hood, North Berkeley, Witchstone
51:26
September 17, 2021
Podcast #154 - Mighty Morphin' Boardgames
In this resplendent 154th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Tom are going to be talking about a whole bouquet of different games! Tune in for some thoughts on the gently charming LUNA Capital, and Ava’s segment on ‘games what were one thing but are now a different thing’ - where we’ll be talking about Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition and Lost Cities: Roll and Write, as well as their respective parents. Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. terraforming mars, Lost Cities, LUNA Capital, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, Lost Cities: Roll & Write
50:05
September 10, 2021
Podcast #153 - Sleeping Negotiators
In this considerably 153rd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava, Tom and Quinns are talking all about stories. First Ava and Tom dive deep into the watery archipelago of Sleeping Gods, and then Tom and Quinns trade water-cooler gossip about their ridiculous times with Hostage Negotiator: Career. There’s bells and swamps and influencers and ghosts. It’s truly the podcast that has everything! Have a lovely weekend, folks! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Sleeping Gods, Hostage Negotiator, Hostage Negotiator: Career
45:28
September 03, 2021
Podcast #152 - Bashing The Reggies
In this nastily 152nd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Tom and Quinns get shonky while talking about two games against the clock! We ramble for far too long about Egizia, a game of rivers and building monuments - before then chatting about Regicide, the hot new card game that’s got everyone a-bubblin’. We also talk a tiny bit about The Crew, and Tom does a bad joke twice! Have a great weekend, everybody! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. The Crew, Regicide, Egizia
38:54
August 20, 2021
Podcast #151 - Sloth Trek: The Twelfth Generation
In this rapidly 151st episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Quinns are climbing mountains and swinging from trees to tell you about some board games about climbing mountains and swinging from trees. Quinns introduces us to Trek 12, a game of mapping out mountains, roping numbers together and some clever envelopes. Then Ava wants to be a bit over-familiar with Fast Sloths, a game of hitch-hiking sloth racing. Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Trek 12, Fast Sloths
32:37
August 13, 2021
Podcast #150 - A Space, A Siege, A Christmas Surprise!
In this wobbly 150th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, a freshly-jabbed Tom and perfectly off-kilter Matt are ready to tell YOU about SOME GAMES! Matt regales us with the story of him crushing my space station in Star Scrappers:Orbital! We pretend to know all about wargames with Freedom! Tom rambles about his UKGE adventures in a smushed up-special! And before you listen to this most excellent podcast, dear listener; a fun tidbit. We were going to do a big chunky roundup of all the exciting things Tom saw at UKGE, but so much of it was sufficiently interesting or strange that we’re going to save it for future, more in-depth coverage. Stay tuned for some opinions, and some hot, hot games! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Star Scrappers: Orbital, Freedom!
46:07
August 06, 2021
Podcast #149 - The Great Big Earthy Interview
It's a very special episode of the SU&SD podcast! Are you gonna learn about drugs? NO. Instead, Matt done a big ol' interview with tabletop veteran and fabulous man Andrew Navaro. Andrew used to be the head of the legendary design studio Fantasy Flight Games, then became the director of Chip Theory Games, and now he represents Earthborne Games, a brand new publisher with a focus on sustainability. Enjoy, everybody! Earthborne Rangers
01:16:45
July 30, 2021
Podcast #148 - The Cost Of Forks
In this industrious 148th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns and Tom are jumping into two varyingly bleak economic games. The Cost is an asbestos-mining infrastruct-em-up with a beige board and some bleak commentary, while Arkwright: The Card Game takes Arkwright’s cutlery manufacturing to a more compact place. Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. The Cost, Arkwright: The Card Game
36:60
July 23, 2021
Podcast #147 - Pursued By Pork
In this exceedingly 147th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Tom are talking about two games that couldn’t be more different! We’re getting trapped in a ‘bullet hell’ in Level 99 Games’ Bullet♥, and Ava trapped a bunch of her friends in a kind of ‘Pork Hell’ in TEETH: Night of the Hogmen! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Bullet
33:30
July 16, 2021
Podcast #146½ - Teaching Complex Games & Talking Go with In Sente
Apologies for the lateness of this week's podcast! This site's own Tom Brewster has fallen ill with Covid-19. Tom's okay, but in his own words, "It sucks." In this emergency episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, we're presenting one of our favourite panels from the most recent AWSHUX, our "Away SHUX" online convention. In it, Quinns has a terrific talk with his favourite Go YouTuber, In Sente, a.k.a. Michaela Galluci. The pair shared their favourite tips for teaching complex games to people, but eventually succumbed to the temptation of just talking about Go. Did you know that it's a good game? It's a good, good game. If you missed Quinns' review of Go last year, definitely check it out. We hope you're having a great weekend, everybody. Your regular podcast will be back next week. Go, In Sente
50:09
July 11, 2021
Podcast #146 - Thanks, But No Thanks
In this mischievously 146th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns, Ava, and Tom are going back to Oxford one last time for a night of card games, libraries, gardens and gratitude. We’re looking at Atheneum, Ohanami, Similo and No Thanks! Four games with a lot of cards and not a lot in common! It’s almost entirely games we’re a bit ambivalent about! Is that exciting? I do hope so. Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. No Thanks!, Atheneum, Ohanami, Similo
40:28
July 02, 2021
Podcast #145 - In Space, No One Can Hear You Freeze
In this chilly 145th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Matt, Ava, and Tom are popping off into space! Do you want anything? We’ll be back in 5 minutes - but I’ve not got my keys so you’ll need to let me in thanks x First we’re getting cold with Cryo - a game left us just a little nippy. We’ll then be negotiating ourselves into oblivion with Moonrakers - a game that has less connective tissue to the bond film of the same name than you might think! Have a great weekend, everybody! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Cryo, Moonrakers
55:26
June 25, 2021
Podcast #144 - Oxford's Delight
In this hungrily 144th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns, Tom and Ava are locked in a room together! A week long gathering of your verifiably rowdy hosts kicked off with three cracking reprints of lovely older games, and then we all did a podcast about them! We start with Big Daddy Kniz’s Royal Visit, move to Cornwall for Martin Wallace’s Tinner’s Trail before jumping across the pond for a steamboat race in Mississippi Queen! Due to a live record, some of the trips and erms have been impossible to excise, so expect a slightly more chaotic pod than usual. We were very excited to be playing games together. Have a great weekend, everybody! Mississippi Queen, Royal Visit, Tinner’s Trail
39:39
June 18, 2021
Podcast #143 - The One With All The Adventures
In this willingly 143rd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Quinns and Tom are going on an adventure(s)! Keep your hands and feet inside the box at all times - especially as we lower the lid over the top of your head and slide you into a Kallax. It’s where we keep all the adventures. We’re going on ADVENTURE through ARNAK in the Lost Ruins of Arnak! We’re going on an ADVENTURE through TIME in The Loop! And last but not least, we’re going on a CARD GAME through FANTASY in Fantasy Realms! Have a great weekend, everybody! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Lost Ruins of Arnak, The Loop, Fantasy Realms
54:03
June 11, 2021
Podcast #142 - Oath: First Impressions
In this frankly 142nd episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, Ava and Tom have been left alone again, and proceed to gush for almost an entire hour about the hottest hotgame right now: Oath! They shouldn’t let us get away with this stuff. I can only promise that we do get to ‘how to play’ in this podcast, but it made sense for us to get whimsical about the victory conditions first to frame the rest of the rules, because they’re quite special. Have a great weekend, everybody! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Oath: Chronicles of Exile and Empire
56:50
May 28, 2021
Podcast #141 - The Cosiest Podcast
In this cuddly 141st episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, we’re taking a breather with a brew, and a couple of gentle games with cosy, cosy themes! We’re (k)notting our whats with The Whatnot Cabinet, trailing fairies in Fairy Trails, and… doing something else unusual in Herbaceous! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Fairy Trails, The Whatnot Cabinet, Herbaceous
31:07
May 21, 2021
Podcast #140 - My Beans! My Beautiful Beans!!
In this decadently 140th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Boardgame: The Podcast, we’re talking about a couple of hot-button-games that we’ve come over all tepid about. We’ll first guide you into the asymmetrical port of Merchants Cove, before serving up a delicious mug of mathematical coffee in… Coffee Traders! Have a lovely weekend, everybody! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Merchants Cove, Coffee Traders
34:16
May 14, 2021
Podcast #139 - The ManualCast
In this butt-clenchingly 139th episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down podcast, we’re talking all about manuals! Do not try to escape, you have been warned! Thrills abound as Matt and Ava jungle-gym their way through a forest of Adobe products, kerning, and intriguing observations - all centered around RATS: High Tea at Sea - the roll and write that we think is quite good! No need to ask for any other opinions, we are the professionals, after all. Have a lovely weekend, everybody! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast's release. Rats: High Tea at Sea
43:48
May 07, 2021