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Ep 6: Theme, A Conversation

After a bit of a hiatus, we return with a rambling conversation about Theme and the language we use to describe board games. We talk about how the word “theme” is often used as a catch-all term for board games and how, as board games evolve with more complex stories and gameplay, the term doesn’t quite work as well anymore. We talk about how it may be beneficial to discuss board games with a broader vocabulary the way movies and literature are discussed.

All You Need is Love

I’ve only played Fog of Love a few times now, but in just those three plays, the game has told some of the most immersive and touching stories I’ve ever encountered in a board game.

Ep 5: Signs of Madness

The tentacled appendages of the Old Ones are far reaching having influenced almost every style of board game. From dungeon crawlers and dice chuckers to word games and co-ops. In our most recent episode, which is months old now, we take a deep dive into some Lovecraftian inspired board games.

Royal Bastards, a KS Preview

We recently had a chance to play Royal Bastards by Flamestryke Games. A chaotic area control game in a fantasy world filled with magical bastards and dice combat. Royal Bastards is launching soon on Kickstarter. Steve has put a few of his thoughts together here for your consideration.

EP 4: The Gateway Episode

In this episode, we talk about what our personal gateway games were and what else the term might mean to us. We talk about how one person’s gateway game might be another person’s slamming door. And how some games that may not be thought of as gateway games might be the spark others need to get into the hobby.

Cat Lady the game, a review

This a small box of lighthearted gaming for 2-4 players. It plays quickly and is bursting with charm. If you are a Cat Lady. Don’t like cats, well there might not be enough for you here.
Looking for a family game that will work with everybody and introduce some more complex mechanics this is a great stepping stone for drafting, set collection and resource management.

Yes Ravensburger!

#YESRAVENSBURGER
One of the things I love about the board game hobby is the community. How so many of the publishers and people that make the hobby tick are just regular people. Small family run business working from their homes, with a few obvious exceptions. Recently I had an interaction with Ravensburger, one of the biggest and oldest publishers in the hobby that showed me that even the exceptions care about the community.

For the Love of Art

To some, board games have always been beautiful. To folks who love game design, a game like Catan or even Monopoly, might very well hold some aesthetic appeal. To others, those games may just appear bland and boring. Well, the era of bland and boring board game art seems to be at an end. Board games are beginning to feature jaw dropping, beautiful art.

Valley of the Kings Premium Edition

AEG has announced an updated Premium Edition of Valley of the Kings launching on April 2. Valley of the Kings is an Egyptian themed set collection, deck builder by Tom Cleaver that was originally published in 2014 with 2 standalone expansions following it (Afterlife – 2015 and Last Rights – 2016). The game is a constant flow of new cards and combos as you have to move the cards from your deck into your Tomb in order to score them at the end of the game.

Tiny Epic Tactics

Gamelyn Games announced the new Tiny Epic title today after a few days of teasing. This time around Scott Almes will have you fighting among yourselves in this tiny dice battle skirmish game with stacking boxes building the terrain map.