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Join Kellen, Neilan, Mark, and Christina for a podcast about board games, the latest hotness, and how to have fun with your friends even when you're losing.

Board Game Barrage Board Game Barrage

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Join Kellen, Neilan, Mark, and Christina for a podcast about board games, the latest hotness, and how to have fun with your friends even when you're losing.

    #192: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 301-400

    #192: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 301-400

    A new list of a hundred games to draft, and it only gets harder and harder. We're each picking a standalone collection of five games in a snake draft format. And the best part is you could win $50 just by voting on your favourite collection! Before we get to clubbing, we talk about Regicide, Dice Miner, and Let's Make a Bus Route, and SCOUT!
    02:06 - Regicide
    08:34 - Dice Miner
    16:55 - Let's Make a Bus Route
    16:55 - Get on Board: New York & London
    18:56 - SCOUT!
    22:42 - Drafting BGG's #301-400
    25:18 - Biblios
    26:56 - Innovation
    28:18 - Monikers
    29:20 - The Great Zimbabwe
    30:42 - Ginkgopolis
    33:34 - For Sale
    35:24 - Nusfjord
    37:45 - Bunny Kingdom
    39:18 - Chinatown
    39:38 - Twice as Clever!
    41:17 - Macao
    43:03 - Lancaster
    45:05 - Obsession
    48:23 - Lost Cities
    50:36 - Gùgōng

    See Badgers from Mars' statement on TGG Games:
    https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2723017/badgers-mars-and-tgg-games

    Check out Mark playing Dice Miner on GameNight!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CouxIvYzh-s
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    • 55 min
    #191: Take Off Every Zig

    #191: Take Off Every Zig

    While one of the appeals of following a specific game designer is the comforting familiarity of what they do best, it’s also really fun to see them go off the garden path. We’re looking at games and mechanics where one of our beloved designers zigged, when they easily could’ve zagged. Before we go our own way, we talk about Biosphere, The Ratcatcher: The Solo Adventure Game, and Stephenson’s Rocket.
    Timecodes:
    01:46 – Biosphere
    10:58 – The Ratcatcher: The Solo Adventure Game
    19:10 – Stephenson’s Rocket
    30:51 – Neilan’s at Gen Con!
    31:42 – Designers “Zigging”
    33:03 – Codenames
    33:07 – Pictomania
    35:25 – El Grande
    35:36 – 6 nimmt!
    37:25 – Blood of the Northmen
    37:54 – Strasbourg
    38:25 – FlowerFall
    40:37 – Kitchen Rush
    42:19 – Mercado de Lisboa
    43:02 – Age of Steam Expansion: Portugal
    46:51 – XCOM: The Board Game
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    • 48 min
    #190: Why Are You the Way That You Are?

    #190: Why Are You the Way That You Are?

    One of the things we love to do, especially if we're playing a game for the first time, is analyse it while we're playing. We're sure this totally isn't annoying for those around us. In particular, we love picking apart little mechanical choices, imagining what the designer's thought process was, and wondering "why is that like that?" Before we get to speculating, we talk about Divinity Derby, Mexica, and Strasbourg.
    03:28 - Divinity Derby
    11:54 - Hab & Gut
    13:22 - Mexica
    19:06 - Strasbourg
    24:35 - Taj Mahal
    30:38 - Why is that mechanic like that?
    33:28 - Risk
    33:39 - Kemet
    34:58 - Scythe
    38:57 - Circadians: Chaos Order
    39:57 - Tinner's Trail
    41:22 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt
    42:58 - Rocketmen
    45:09 - The Oracle of Delphi
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    • 49 min
    #189: Uwe Baby

    #189: Uwe Baby

    We love Uwe Rosenberg around these parts, whether it's because of our infatuation with polyominoes, the need to keep workers fed, or the strange mechanisms of animal breeding. Join us down the (cottage) garden path of his designography, and make sure to plant some vegetables along the way. Before we get agricultural, we talk about Bosk, Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story, and Glen More II: Chronicles.
    00:58 - Bosk
    07:57 - Spies & Lies: A Stratego Story
    12:37 - Love Letter
    15:21 - Glen More II: Chronicles
    24:52 - BGG 201-300 Fantasy Draft Winner
    27:49 - Strategicon
    29:01 - Uwe Rosenberg
    29:56 - Bohnanza
    33:58 - Agricola
    37:19 - Le Havre
    39:34 - At the Gates of Loyang
    40:58 - A Feast for Odin
    41:20 - Patchwork
    46:45 - Caverna: The Cave Farmers
    47:34 - Nova Luna
    49:36 - Hallertau
    53:59 - Mamma Mia!
    54:28 - Nusfjord
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    • 57 min
    #188: Whatever It Takes

    #188: Whatever It Takes

    Sometimes, if you want a game bad enough, you're willing to go to absurd lengths to acquire it. Whether it's because it's out of print, or just hard to come by, we've all put more effort than we should've into finding or playing specific games. We tell our stories of just how far we've gone. Before we secure the bag, we talk about Tinner's Trail, and The Night Cage.
    01:10 - Tinner's Trail
    08:13 - The Night Cage
    17:31 - Games you've gone out of your way for
    18:39 - Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
    23:36 - World of Warcraft: The Boardgame
    27:06 - Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
    27:57 - Dead of Winter
    29:16 - Ugg-Tect
    32:26 - HeroQuest
    33:55 - Warhammer
    35:38 - Watch the Skies
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    • 41 min
    #187: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 201-300

    #187: Fantasy Draft: BoardGameGeek 201-300

    We're back with another fantasy draft, as we keep on moving down the BoardGameGeek top games list. If you're not familiar, we're each picking a standalone collection of five games before our picks get stolen out from under us. Want to win a $50 gift card? You've got to vote on whose collection is best! Before we get the knives out, we talk about Raiders of Scythia, and Ankh: Gods of Egypt.
    02:01 - Raiders of Scythia
    02:18 - Raiders of the North Sea
    08:56 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt
    29:09 - Drafting BGG's #201-300
    32:58 - 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
    34:52 - Flamme Rouge
    36:51 - Beyond the Sun
    37:59 - Cthulhu Wars
    39:14 - Modern Art
    39:27 - Glory to Rome
    41:35 - Dune
    42:49 - Imperial 2030
    43:36 - The Resistance
    44:35 - Arboretum
    45:47 - Hive
    46:47 - Glen More II: Chronicles
    48:20 - Dwellings of Eldervale
    49:35 - Dixit
    51:23 - Burgle Bros
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
284 Ratings

284 Ratings

GT4785 ,

Just the Best

BGB is truly the funniest and most engaging podcast I’ve ever listened to in my life. They assemble, they assimilate, they trudge but don’t judge, they bask, they bosk, they cram and slam, they banter, they are excellent. Maybe that boating/cruise story from episode 74 made me very sad and I hope everything is ok. I’m a social worker and would love to help. Great Podcast!

Wizzykin ,

Enjoyable

Fairly solid podcast. Not quite on the level of something like Heavy Cardboard or SU&SD but that’s a tall order. Sometimes a little too chatty and too much with the inside jokes, which isn’t fun to listen to when you’re 100% an outsider.

I had to drop a full star for the intro/outro music. It is the worst I’ve ever heard on a podcast. I’d give it 4 if they dropped it.

NdiegeG ,

Great conversation and laughs

I had found this podcast a few months before the pandemic and had begun to binge all their episodes because of their witty repartee, the fabulous but sadly just occasional addition of the blue tank Christina and their well thought out approach to discussing tabletop games. I never posted a review, however, and just got back into binging their episodes when I was moved by their willingness to acknowledge the Black Lives Matter movement at the end of episode 124. A couple of days after Juneteenth became a federal holiday, I felt moved to acknowledge their willingness to see the world beyond themselves and to speak to current events in America. Thank you for your podcast and thank you for your courage to speak up and not be afraid of any potential consequences. I’ll be signing up for the discord ASAP because these three (no four!) podcasters exhibit the kind of inclusive experience I wish to experience regularly.

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