34 episódios

When you exclusively play board games with two players, the hobby can feel a bit like a solitary experience. The purpose of this podcast is to open our door to you, and welcome you into our gaming world, as well as hopefully help introduce other people to the hobby.

Player One | Player Two: The Board Gaming Duo Eric Bonkowski & Kathleen Shaw

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When you exclusively play board games with two players, the hobby can feel a bit like a solitary experience. The purpose of this podcast is to open our door to you, and welcome you into our gaming world, as well as hopefully help introduce other people to the hobby.

    Episode 34: Heroes

    Episode 34: Heroes

    On May 5, 2021, Marvel United: X-Men successfully funded on Kickstarter, raising nearly $6,000,000 of their $300,000 goal. I backed it, even though I've got some gripes with the 2020 release of Marvel United. Why did I back it? Because if I had even a passing interest in the game, I had to.

    Why, you ask? Because Kickstarter, baby.

    Let's take a look at 2020's Marvel United as an entity in and of itself, and then listen as we discuss how Kickstarter has left its mark on it, for better or for worse.

    Marvel United
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/298047/marvel-united

    Theme & End Credit Music by Javier Suárez (Jahzzar)
    www.betterwithmusic.com/

    Check out our new site!
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    • 57 min
    Episode 33: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

    Episode 33: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

    The American Tabletop Awards have announced their winners for game of the year 2020, and we've just gotten the complex game of the year to the table... and we have thoughts! Now presenting, a deep and hungry pit of choice, waiting to swallow you and everything within kicking distance. Behold, Dominations: Road to Civilization!

    But hey, it has three-sided dominos!

    Dominations: Road to Civilization
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/250881/dominations-road-civilization

    American Tabletop Awards
    https://americantabletopawards.com/

    Theme & End Credit Music by Javier Suárez (Jahzzar)
    www.betterwithmusic.com/

    Check out our new site!
    www.houseofcardboard.com 

    • 1h 3 min
    Episode 32: Still Havin' Fun (A Top 10 List!)

    Episode 32: Still Havin' Fun (A Top 10 List!)

    A little over 18 months after our last Top 10 Favorite Games countdown finds us in much more subdued spirits, turning to comfort gaming--not too surprising! Some shake ups and some old standbys make their obligatory appearances. 

    Ya know what took a beating in the last 18 months? Gloomhaven. Woof, how the mighty have fallen! 

    The Previous List!
    www.buzzsprout.com/199741/1768600-episode-16-still-the-one-a-top-10-list

    Pubmeeple Ranking Engine
    rankingengine.pubmeeple.com/

    Theme & End Credit Music by Javier Suárez (Jahzzar)
    www.betterwithmusic.com/

    Check out our new site!
    www.houseofcardboard.com 

    • 1h 4 min
    Episode 31: The Beautiful Briny

    Episode 31: The Beautiful Briny

    Uwe Rosenberg needs no introduction in regard to worker placement games. Agricola, Le Havre, Caverna, A Feast for Odin, Fields of Arle, At the Gates of Loyang, and a host of others have made him a legend in the community. Rather than make some more noise about one of his established "classics," we dive into Nusfjord, a slightly overlooked gem of his.

    So why play Nusfjord instead of one of his others? Well, it brings its own unique elements and challenges to your table, proving this is one fish fry you may not want to miss.

    Nusfjord by Uwe Rosenberg
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/234277/nusfjord

    Theme & End Credit Music by Javier Suárez (Jahzzar)
    http://www.betterwithmusic.com/

    Check out our blog!
    http://playeroneplayertwo.tumblr.com 

    • 55 min
    Episode 30: Fox on the Run

    Episode 30: Fox on the Run

    ...and we're back. Six months is a long time, and it feels even longer in the dwindling days of a pandemic. Players One and Two have still been playing, still been talking, still been pushin' those cubes, but now they've turned the tape back on. 

    It's easy to be dismissive of a gorgeous game about anthropomorphic animals building a delightfully adorable town, but is it a good game? Everdell didn't do much for us on the first few plays, finding itself relegated to the attic stock. Is a second look going to change things? 

    Now with more Spirecrest!

    Everdell by James A. Wilson
    https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/199792/everdell

    Theme & End Credit Music by Javier Suárez (Jahzzar)
    http://www.betterwithmusic.com/

    Check out our blog!
    http://playeroneplayertwo.tumblr.com 

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    Episode 29: The Longest Year

    Episode 29: The Longest Year

    We’ve been hiding, taking stock of our place in this wild, wild year, and taking care of each other. Hopefully you and your loved ones are doing all right. We may be holed up, but we’re still playing games and pushin’ those cubes. Again, hopefully you are, too.
    Rather than focus on one game, this episode is a bit of a mixed bag/State of the Board. We’ll touch on a few games we’ve been playing, like Lorenzo il Magnifico (2016), Unmatched (2019), and Rune Stones (2019), and come clean about how tough a year it’s been for us.
    Theme & End Credit Music by Javier Suárez (Jahzzar)
     http://www.betterwithmusic.com/ 
    Check out our blog!
     http://playeroneplayertwo.tumblr.com 

    • 39 min

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