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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.

    #133: Light It Up

    #133: Light It Up

    Things got a bit heavy last week, so let's take things down a notch by exploring the other end of the scale. Light games are just as important for a board game collection, after all. We discuss what light games offer that heavier games don't, and mention some of our recent favourites. Before we lighten the mood, we talk about Reef, Clans of Caledonia, and Tutankhamun.
    02:34 - Reef
    09:18 - Clans of Caledonia
    15:00 - Tutankhamun
    22:01 - Light Games
    23:48 - Werewolf
    25:37 - Vast: The Crystal Caverns
    26:28 - Ingenious
    27:21 - The Quest for El Dorado
    30:40 - Twice As Clever
    33:24 - Dice Fishing: Roll and Catch
    36:11 - Cacti
    37:35 - The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
    38:04 - Deep Sea Adventure
    38:49 - Flamme Rouge

    "Complexity bias in BGG" by Dinesh Vatvani:
    https://dvatvani.github.io/BGG-Analysis-Part-2.html
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    • 45 min
    #132: Heavy Duty with Monique from Before You Play

    #132: Heavy Duty with Monique from Before You Play

    Monique from Before You Play is with us to get heavy. We're discussing the allure of heavy games, and who better to talk us through them than a Vital Lacerda fan who loves to not just play them, but teach them? We dig into why we enjoy the occasional heavy game, and why you should too! Before we play, we talk about DURIAN, Animal Kingdoms, and Brass: Birmingham.
    02:01 - Introducing the Lavender Tank!
    10:03 - DURIAN
    16:25 - Animal Kingdoms
    23:40 - Brass: Birmingham
    31:45 - Heavy Board Games
    42:13 - Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization
    43:46 - A Feast for Odin
    46:02 - 18XX
    47:42 - On Mars
    52:07 - Escape Plan
    54:49 - Lisboa
    55:32 - Vinhos Deluxe Edition
    56:38 - Archipelago
    1:04:04 - Scythe
    Check out Before You Play at:
    https://www.youtube.com/BeforeYouPlay
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    #131: But At What Cost?

    #131: But At What Cost?

    Even if the price is right, it might not be right for you. We all have different thresholds where a board game we're interested in crosses from, "maybe I'll wait for a sale" into "sure why not" territory, but where is that magical line? Has what we're willing to pay for games changed over time? Before we get sticker shock, we talk about Twin Tin Bots, Ticket to Ride: New York, Whale Riders, and Dead Reckoning.
    02:20 - Twin Tin Bots
    07:37 - Ticket to Ride: New York
    14:36 - Whale Riders
    22:55 - Dead Reckoning
    39:30 - Teotihuacan: City of Gods
    41:38 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan
    45:30 - Food Chain Magnate
    48:15 - An Infamous Traffic
    48:57 - This Guilty Land
    49:33 - Oink Games
    50:17 - DURIAN
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    • 58 min
    #130: And the Award Goes To ...

    #130: And the Award Goes To ...

    It's award season when we say it is, so we're looking back at the Golden Geek Awards, The Dice Tower Awards, and the Spiel des Jahres nominees. We offer our thoughts on their picks, and how wrong they are. I mean, Wingspan winning "Best Four-Wheel Drive SUV" just seems a bit much. We also talk about Battlestar Galactica, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Paladins of the West Kingdom, and The Boss.
    01:56 - Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
    08:09 - Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
    12:45 - Nusfjord
    14:01 - Paladins of the West Kingdom
    19:48 - The Boss
    25:03 - Board Game Awards 2019
    25:13 - Golden Geek Awards
    26:10 - Through The Ages: New Leaders and Wonders
    27:35 - Dune
    28:35 - Wingspan
    29:40 - Marvel Champions: The Card Game
    30:55 - The Crew: Quest for Planet Nine
    33:01 - PARKS
    34:30 - Tapestry
    35:08 - Spiel des Jahres Nominees
    36:16 - Plumber Pants
    38:30 - The King's Dilemma
    40:10 - My City
    40:38 - Pictures
    41:27 - The Dice Tower Awards
    42:30 - Detective: City of Angels
    43:37 - Slide Quest
    47:22 - Letter Jam

    Check out Kellen playing Battlestar Galactica over at Optimal Play:
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/662734157
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    • 53 min
    #129: Fight for Your Right to Party

    #129: Fight for Your Right to Party

    BGBBOB, party edition! For those not keeping up, that's BGB Best of Board Games, which is definitely not the final name (but also maybe is) for our recurring feature where we duel rank games into an incontestable ordered list. This week we confer, fight, and bargain our way to the best fifteen party games. Before we spike the punch, we also talk about Twice As Clever, Wavelength, and 6 nimmt!
    01:38 - Twice As Clever
    05:17 - Wavelength
    05:58 - 6 nimmt!
    10:43 - BGBBOB: Party Games
    12:28 - True Colors
    13:17 - Anomia
    16:27 - The Resistance
    17:13 - Scruples
    20:52 - Balderdash
    22:10 - Krazy Wordz
    24:38 - Happy Salmon
    25:53 - Telestrations
    28:17 - Pictomania
    28:52 - Codenames
    30:33 - Time's Up!
    32:30 - Wavelength
    35:06 - SiXeS
    36:03 - Panic on Wall Street!
    38:48 - Detective Club
    1:00:48 - The Final List
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    #128: The Means of Production with Richard Simpson

    #128: The Means of Production with Richard Simpson

    We're joined by Richard Simpson of We're Not Wizards, who is definitely not a magician, Victorian or otherwise, to talk about the line between game design and production. Should production values be an integral part of the discussion of a game's merits, or should we learn to separate the two? Before we get productive, we talk about Doughnut Dash, Cities, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, and L.L.A.M.A.
    07:25 - Doughnut Dash
    17:10 - Cities
    21:37 - Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
    31:01 - L.L.A.M.A
    35:25 - The Power of Production
    35:34 - The Quacks of Quedlinburg
    41:35 - The Last of Us II
    47:15 - GKR: Heavy Hitters
    49:24 - Cthulhu Wars
    53:33 - Warhammer 40k
    55:03 - Castles of Burgundy
    55:29 - Container
    56:10 - Tang Garden
    58:09 - Krazy Wordz
    59:23 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant

    Check out We're Not Wizards at:
    https://werenotwizards.podbean.com
    Check out Kellen on We're Not Wizards Here: https://werenotwizards.podbean.com/e/boardgamebarrage/
    Check out Neilan on We're Not Wizards Here: https://werenotwizards.podbean.com/e/neilan/
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    • 1 hr 7 min

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“Excellent Podcast!”- Tabletop Island

I’ve been listening to the Podcast for about a year now and while I may not have the same board game tastes as each of them I find the topics enjoyable and the banter between friends hilarious! As I began listening I’ve learned to look forward to the day I can one day play Cthulhu Wars, develop a voice in my head where Mark whispers Bilblios every time I pass it at a game shop, and how to be neutral by agreeing with the winner of an argument (Niel lol jk). I’ve been going back to the older episodes and the quality of conversation remained consistent. Keep up the great work peeps!

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