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

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BGA Episode 158 - The BGG Hotness

Another month, another recap of the BGG Hotness. Find out why these games are atop the hot list for February.  To kick things off this week, Anthony and Chris look at answers to our question of the week, "What game have you played the most...ever?"  We also announce the newest version of our annual Board Game Bracket contest. You can learn more and enter directly here:  For our Acquisition Disorders this week, Anthony looks at Aeon's End: Legacy and Chris dives into Caverna: Lost Peoples.  For our At the Table segments, Anthony reviews Valletta from Stefan Dorra and ZMan Games and Chris looks at A Column of Fire from Kosmos and designer Michael Rieneck.  Finally, in our feature, we dig into the top 15 games on the BGG Hotness as of February 22, 2018.  Question of the Week: 3:39 Acquisition Disorders: 6:28 Valletta Review: 13:30 A Column of Fire Review: 19:07 BGG Hotness: 26:40   If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (, Twitter (, and on our website ( You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (, or using our Amazon affiliate link.

ENGN Preview Series Ep. 21 - Soul of the Empire with Pat and Kat Lysaght.

Have you checked out Kickstarter lately? Holy moly, there are so many good projects running right now! We are going to go on a mini-run of Preview Series episodes as a result. This week, we have the wife and husband team behind Chara Games here to talk about their latest project, Soul of the Empire, live on Kickstarter on the same day as the air date of this podcast. Soul of the Empire deviates from our usual solo and cooperative games menu - this is an area control, asymmetric, combat heavy game in the vein of Kemet or Cry Havoc. You guys know how much I love ANY game with juicy, tangible theme, though, so here you go! After we get to know Pat and Kat, we jump into talking about Soul of the Empire (7:30), including how it weaves historical flavor into the different factions, how it invites long term strategic thinking over a more tactical experience, and more. Also, if you wanted a copy of their first game, Commissioned, you could get it via the KS project, along with some bonuses that Pat tells us about in the episode!

BGA Episode 159 - Top 10 LCGs and Customizable Card Games

This week, Chris and Anthony are diving into the growing world of Fantasy Flight's LCGs and other similar customizable card games with our newest top 10.  Make sure you enter our March Board Game Bracket challenge as well for a chance to win a free game: First up, we share answers from our question of the week, "What game has the best stand up and shout moment?" Then we dive into our acquisition disorders for the week, including Kami Sama and Batman: Gotham City Chronicles.  At the table this week, Anthony reviews Town Center and Card City XL, while Chris shares his thoughts on Rise to Nobility, a recently delivered Kickstarter release.  Finally in our feature, we share our top 10 living and customizable card games: Question of the Week: 5:35 Acquisition Disorders: 7:20 Town Center Review: 14:58 Card City XL Review: 18:10 Rise to Nobility Review: 20:28 Top 10 LCGs and Customizable Card Games: 25:19​ If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (, Twitter (, and on our website ( You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (, or using our Amazon affiliate link.  

Piano Tiles 2 Robot | Beginner 21.079 Record

Robot breaks the record for Piano Tiles on the iPad. Technical details: Overhead iPhone 6+ processes video of the iPad screen at 120 fps. iPhone tracks tile speed and sends timing info via MIDI over USB through the camera connection kit. Teensy 3.2 receives tile data and sends step/direction to stepper drivers, which smash the tiles via conductive foam on brass bars.

ENGN 79 - Apps of early 2018 and the Psychology of Top Ten Lists

We have a split show for you today. First, in rapid fire fashion, we run through some of the newest apps hitting our screens from late 2017 and early 2018 - Smash Up, 7 Wonders, The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game, and Hostage Negotiator. Anthony then gives his thoughts on the app version of a video game whose franchise has inspired many, many, many board games - Sid Meier's Civilization VI. For the second half of the episode, Jason opens his psychology textbooks to give a fresh take on a topic relevant to board gaming. Why are Top Ten lists so popular? Why do they get so many more views, clicks, or downloads than other forms of board game media? We give you some context and hopefully get you thinking a little bit. As always, please get in touch with us if you like what you hear, or if you want to discuss further!

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 (, Twitter (, and on our website ( You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (, or using our Amazon affiliate link.

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