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

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BGA Episode 171 - BGG Hotness Review

It's the end of May, and that means time to look back at the hotness for this month and why some games have jumped into the limelight (and others remain).  First up this week, we're talking about our World Cup contest for Sci Fi games, coming up in 2 weeks. You can enter the contest here for a chance to win a free sci fi board game.  2018 World Cup of Science Fiction Board Games Contest Our question of the week this week asked everyone what games they have replaced components for and why (in honor of the horrible little coins in Nusfjord).  For our acquisition disorders, Anthony looked at the new Vital Lacerda game, On Wars, and Chris looked at the recently SdJ nominated Luxor: Forgotten Treasures.  At the Table, Anthony reviews Kashgar and Chris looks at 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon.  Finally, we delve into the 15 games at the top of the BGG Hotness during the week of 5/25.  Question of the Week: 7:43​ Acquisition Disorders: 11:05 Kashgar Review: 17:36 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon Review: 21:26 BGG Hotness Review: 27:15 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.

ENGN 91 - Designer Roundtable for Solo Variants, Part One - featuring Keith Matejka, Mike...

Before we get on to the episode, we want to remind every one about the contest we are running for our community. As of this podcast's airdate (6/15), you only have a few days left! We are now offering more prizes. One winner will get a prize pack which includes Herbaceous and Sunset Over Water from Pencil First Games! Another will receive their choice between Hoplomachus: Origins and Comancheria. If we reach 75 likes on our Geeklist, we will give away a copy of Legacy of Dragonholt. All you have to do to enter the contest is: 1) Join the new Every Night is Game Night Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/215849212533088/ 2) Put a comment in the general comment section of our BGG Geeklist: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/228542/every-night-game-night-episode-guide Each entry is worth one point. If you do both, you will get credit for five entries! Contest will end Tuesday, 6/18, at 10 PM EST. --- Welcome to our second designer roundtable episode! The first time around, we had a few designers of massive, scenario-based games to talk about what it's like to design in the fantasy adventure space. This time, we were able to gather some of the best minds in solo variant design for a discussion about how they go about turning your favorite multiplayer experiences into games that the soloist can enjoy. We had a fabulous and edifying discussion with Keith Matejka (Roll Player, Sunset Over Water variant), Mike Mullins (Bottom of the 9th, Pentaquark), and Ricky Royal (Renegade, Guilds of London variant). In Part One of our conversation, we get to know our three guests as gamers and as designers. We then discuss their overall approaches to solo variant design and the different kinds of variants one can make - high score challenge, binary win-loss conditions, or different kinds of "robot" players. If you ever had any interest in getting under the hood of a game, either as a fledgling designer or as someone who is curious as to how professional designers make it all works, this is the show for you!

ENGN 92 - Designer Rountable for Solo Variants, Part Two - featuring Keith Matejka, Mike...

Welcome to Part Two of our roundtable conversation about solo variant design. If you missed Part One, please go back in the feed and check it out. We've released both episodes simultaneously because... well, we want you to have it! In this half of our discussion with Keith, Mike, and Ricky, we get into their process as designers, as well as their greatest difficulties and how they overcame them. They also get into solo variants within the board game publishing world, both within the traditional routes and in Kickstarter projects.

BGA Episode 173 - World Cup of Science Fiction Board Games

It's time for another bracket! This time around, Anthony and Chris are delving into the top 32 sci fi board games out there, whittling them down in our World Cup of Science Fiction Board Games.  We've created eight pools of four games each. We selected two games from each pool (with the help of the dreaded die!) and then ran them through a single elimination tournament of sixteen games to find the winner.  Listen to find out which game came out on top, and to hear which of our listeners came out on top with their picks in our World Cup contest. 

ENGN Episode 87 - Bad Games

For anyone who has ever wanted us to "not hold back", so to speak, and give out some objectively bad reviews of games, this is the show for you! We tell you our reasons why you might want to avoid the Witcher Adventure Game (4:55), Witches of the Revolution (14:27), and Shipwrights of the North Sea (21:05). In the discussion at the back half of the podcast, we tell you about our approach to these kinds of reviews and why you haven't heard an episode like this from us before. Hopefully, we review nothing but good games going forward! (yeah, right...)

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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