BGA Episode 157 - If You or Your Friends Like Video Games, Try...

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ENGN Episode 101 - GenCon Reviews, pt. 1: Dice and Card Games Under 30 Mintues

Holy GenCon reviews! This is the first of a multi-part series where we cover all of the fun stuff we played post-GenCon. There was a LOT of games and, to our surprise, much of it was pretty good! We won't keep all of these games on our shelves, but we can say that pretty much everything we talk about over the next few episodes will appeal to someone out there in our audience. This week, we chat about "filler" games. We do not mean that term pejoratively! These are games that might slide into anyone's collection and provide fun for families and gamers alike. Trainmaker (6:52) Railroad Ink (11:30) Istanbul: The Dice Game (17:27) Palm Island (24:53) Maiden's Quest (29:28) The Draugr (39:07)

ENGN 100 - THANK YOU!!

We did it! Episode 100! The whole ENGN family has gathered - Anthony, Jason, and Liz. We chat about things we are thankful for, both with reference to the pod as well as to the larger world of board gaming. First, all three of us share some thoughts about an older game we are are very thankful for. These are three games that have permanent places in our collections, so we are happy to share about them with you - Nations (4:13), Space Alert (15:40), and Baseball Highlights 2045 (26:45). After that, we share some reflections about the last 100 episodes. We chat about noteworthy past episodes, favorite interviews and segments, and some life difficulties behind the mic that the pod has helped us overcome. If that wasn't enough, we also have some audio clips from past guests - gamers, content creators, and designers - who wanted to share things they are thankful about in the board gaming hobby. Thank you for joining us for 100 episodes. We're just hitting our groove. We hope you stick around for at least 100 more.

ENGN Episode 102 - GenCon Reviews, pt. 2: Games That Tell Stories

Our massive, multi-part GenCon recap rolls on! This week, we have some games that are heavily soaked in story and narrative. If you are looking to engage your family and/ or game group in some immersive experiences, we have some good picks for you. First, Anthony talks about Spy Club (3:20), a card-based game where you act as Nancy Drew-esque kid crime solvers, tracking down suspects and righting wrongs in your own home town. Anthony and Jason come down on surprisingly different sides of the fence for that one. Jason then describes and compares Z-Man Games Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger with the Graphic Novel Adventures from Van Ryder Games (13:35). They both cover the same ground, but do so in very different ways and for different audiences. Finally, Anthony chimes back in and talks about Detective: A Modern Crime Story from Portal Games (22:51). Comparing all of these experiences led both of us to discuss the broader nature of theme in games - what does "theme" actually mean, what makes a game truly thematic, etc. We didn't plan to have that conversation at all, so it felt really organic and exciting to discuss something near and dear to our hearts (well, at least one of us...).  

Episode 183 - Top Ten Children's Games

This time of year is full of gaming with the kids. School hasn't quite started but the summer has slowed down, plus lots of new games from cons to get to the table. So this week we're looking at the top ten children's games we get to our tables.  First up, though, we ask the listeners what gamer they love to play, but the more they play it, the worse they do.  For our acquisition disorders, we have some new upcoming releases for later this year. Anthony is talking about the new Pax game from Matt Eklund, Pax Transhumanity, and Chris is talking about the newest take on the Dune license from Gale Force Nine and Discover Lands Unknown - the second "Unique" game from Fantasy Flight coming at the end of this year.  At the table this week, Anthony has a collection of children's games he's been playing lately with his kid, featuring Dragon's Breath, Shaky Manor, Ice Cool 2 and Woodlands.  Finally, in our feature, Anthony and Chris look at the top 10 children's games.  Question of the Week: 4:07 Acquisition Disorders: 7:42 Dragon's Breath Review: 15:44 Shaky Manor Review: 18:40 Ice Cool 2 Review: 20:39 Woodlands Review: 23:40 Top 10 Children's Games: 27:03   If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and on our website (www.boardgamersanonymous.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga), or using our Amazon affiliate link.

Episode 185 - If You Like Brass, Try...

It's easy to get caught up in the cult of the new. So easy in fact, that we got caught up in the rerelease of an older game! Thank goodness, though, because Brass (a game Chris and Anthony both missed out on), is amazing. Which is why this week's episode is full of all things Brass.  To kick things of, we ask our question of the week: Are there any board game franchises for which you will buy just about anything released? Even if you don't play it very often? For our acquisition disorders, Anthony looks at Coimbra: Royal Treatment, a small new expansion for Coimbra (and hopefully the first of many), and Chris looks at the surprise announcement of Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig.  At the table this week, Anthony dives into not only Brass: Lancashire (the update to the 2006 classic), but also Brass: Birmingham, a newer version with updated rules and new mechanics. Chris then looks at Rise of Fenris, the campaign expansion for Scythe.  Finally, in our feature, we look at six games of varying weights you might like if you also like Brass.  Question of the Week: 2:30 Acquisition Disorders: 7:25 Brass Reviews: 12:05 Scythe: Rise of Fenris Review: 25:15 If You Like Brass, Try: 33:25   If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and on our website (www.boardgamersanonymous.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga), or using our Amazon affiliate link.

This week, we're looking at games you might like if you like video games (or more likely, if your stubborn video gaming friends are hesitant to try board games!)

First up, we ask our question of the week, "what one piece of advice would you give to someone brand new to gaming?"

For our acquisition disorders this week Anthony is looking at Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star (and trolling himself in the process), while Chris looks at FINCA - a board game with...fruit!

For our at the table segments this week, Anthony reviews Indian Summer from Uwe Rosenberg, yet more tile laying goodness, and Chris looks at his own polyomino game, Santa Maria. 

Finally, we delve into some games you might like if you like video games. 

Question of the Week: 3:38​ Acquisition Disorders: 10:17 Indian Summer Review: 16:31 Santa Maria Review: 22:20 If You Like Video Games, Try...: 27:18 If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and on our website (www.boardgamersanonymous.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga), or using our Amazon affiliate link.

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