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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: http://boardgamersanonymous.com/2018-board-game-bracket-contest/ 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 (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, 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: http://boardgamersanonymous.com/2018-board-game-bracket-contest/ 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 (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.
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!
After 74 whole episodes, we are happy to receive a visit from the Podfather himself - Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games. For this episode, we experimented a bit with our usual podcast format so we could have some fun. For the first half, we talk about some recent expansions for Stronghold Games we really enjoy - Not Alone: Exploration (5:00) and The Pursuit of Happiness: Community (9:11). Then we preview some upcoming games from Stronghold - Indian Summer (13:41) and Noria (17:00). I recorded a short note about this part of the pod right at the jump, so please check that out. Afterwards, we really let our hair down and geek out about one of our favorite games of all time - War of the Ring (26:51). We talk about its theme, its length and balancing, and also note a very impressive, fan-made solo mode for it: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/141333/queller-bot-war-ring-solo-play. We then carry about all sorts of topics from there, including a chunky digression into the Game of Thrones TV show that we put beyond a spoiler wall. As always, we hope you enjoy the conversation!
A parody karaoke song presenting the history of board games from 3000 BC to the present. Did I include your favorite game? Let me know if I missed any games in the comments! Song based on "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel. Contact: Jason, https://twitter.com/engn_podcast. Listen to ENGN on http://www.boardgamersanonymous.com
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.