BGA Episode 154 - BGG Hotness

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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...).  

ENGN Episode 99 - So You Think You Can Design? Solitaire PnP Contest 2018 and GenCant Game...

For our last episode before 100, we are really excited to shine a big, bright spotlight on a few corners of the board gaming world that you might not know much about. If you want to build up some "indie cred" when it comes to some potential hot games in the future, this is the show for you! First up, we welcome back Chris Harris, who runs the Solitaire Print and Play game design contest on BGG. We spoke with Chris last year, and he's back to talk about how much the contest has grown, how excited we are for past winners and designers to move on to bigger and better things (including the publication of last year's winner, Black Sonata), and what's there to check out this year. As of the date of this episode airing, 8/10/18, the Solitaire PnP contest is still going on. You can check out games, participate in playtests, and follow conversations here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2011569/2018-solitaire-print-and-play-contest Our second interview is a doozy - five people on a Skype call, and somehow it did not collapse in on itself. We welcome various folks involved with the GenCant Game Design contest this year, run in tandem with Button Shy Games. Jason Tagmire is the founder and CEO of Button Shy, while Jon Simantov is the designer of Button Shy's latest game, Liberation, soon to hit Kickstarter. They were two of the judges who declared two winners. Elizabeth Hargrave was recognized for her 2-4 player, "I split, you choose" game, Tussie Mussie, while Corry Damey contributed the 2 player tile laying game, Seasons of Rice. We get into the games, the process of picking winners, and some dos and don't for anyone who wants to enter contests like this one in the future.

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.

What's hot on BGG right now? Join us for our monthly BGG Hotness review. Chris and Anthony delve into the 15 games atop the hotness this week, along with a pair of new reviews and much more. 

To kick things off, we asked the listeners for the most important things a FLGS can do to earn their patronage. 

In our acquisition disorder this week, Anthony digs into UBOOT and Chris looks at the lighter, but still very pretty new game from Eagle Gryphon Games - The Scarlet Pimpernel.

At the Table this week, Anthony reviews the long awaited reprinting of The Pillars of the Earth, a first time play for him. Chris digs into Spirit Island and shares his thoughts on one of our top games from 2017. 

Finally, we delve into the top 15 games on the BGG hotness right now and share why they are there, whether we're equally interested, and what you should keep an eye out for. 

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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