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A podcast about Board Games and friendship, and a real life board game group! Join us every week for an in-depth look at the board gaming hobby, including board game news, reviews and much, much more.

Game Brain: A Board Game Podcast About Our Gaming Group Game Brain

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    • 4.4 • 169 Ratings

A podcast about Board Games and friendship, and a real life board game group! Join us every week for an in-depth look at the board gaming hobby, including board game news, reviews and much, much more.

    #214: Salton Sea

    #214: Salton Sea

    Ben and Trey go deep into Salton Sea and also share initial impressions of Pax Penning and El Burro. Plus, the two revisit Heaven & Ale and chat about what they want out of a game store.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    #213: Beware the Fun Sponge

    #213: Beware the Fun Sponge

    Ben and Paul chat about some recent plays, including Salton Sea, and then Ben shamelessly attempts to communicate to Queen Games about his missing Marrakesh expansion. Afterwards, the two explore the importance of enthusiasm at a game table and the dangers of becoming the dreaded FUN SPONGE.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    #212: 2024 Golden Geek Predictions

    #212: 2024 Golden Geek Predictions

    The 2024 Golden Geek Award nominations have just been revealed, and we're choosing faves, making endorsements, and offering sweeping predictions on which games will win. Oh and by the way, thanks to everyone who voted and nabbed us a nom! Don't worry, we're focused on the games, not shameless self-promotion (well, maybe just a little self-promotion).Plus, Ben, Jordan, and Paul talk about recent plays of Ironwood, Galactic Cruise, Arcs, and Twilight Imperium.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    #211 Space Games!!

    #211 Space Games!!

    Ben and Jordan talk about recent plays of Inventions, Galactic Cruise, Twilight Imperium, Arcs, and Resist. Plus, discussion about space games — what does the concept of space bring to a game, and what makes a game a SPACE GAME (as opposed to a game set in space).Notations to come.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    #210: Finger Etiquette and Games

    #210: Finger Etiquette and Games

    Ben and Paul talk about recent plays of Inventions, Terraforming Mars, and City of the Big Shoulders. Then they do a deep dive about finger etiquette and games: why does it bother us, how do we address bad behavior, and what are the most common mistakes. Shots will be fired. Takes will be hot.00:00 - Intro02:33 - Inventions14:47 - Western Empires / Mega Empires23:25 - Terraforming Mars29:37 - 183033:07 - City of the Big Shoulders35:47 - Finger etiquette for board games

    • 1 hr 40 min
    #209: Second Wind Games

    #209: Second Wind Games

    Tom, Jordan, and Ben discuss games they had shrugged off but later came to love. Plus, recent plays of Imperium Horizons, Legacies, and El Grande.00:00 - Intro00:06 - Legacies26:11 - Avalon29:14 - El Grande34:14 - Franchise39:31 - Second Wind Games41:51 - Modern Art46:26 - Imperium Horizons54:37 - Dune Imperium: Uprising01:02:22 - Android: Netrunner01:08:42 - Black Angel01:14:26 - A Feat for Odin01:17:49 - Gold West01:19:55 - Boonlake01:22:06 - Great Western Trail: Argentina01:30:40 - S...

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
169 Ratings

169 Ratings

AT Phil ,

Great Pod, the Discord though…

Love listening to the podcast, always feel energized to play the games they talk about. However, when I try to engage with the discord, I feel like I don’t belong. Wish the community was more friendly.

tdaning ,

Want to love it , but…

Insightful commentary, a good mix of personalities, and a nice free-wheeling, conversational tone. Game Brain would probably be my favorite board gaming podcast if the team was more focused and considerate of their audience. They’re listed as a weekly podcast but commonly skip posting without a word of warning to listeners. They also go on for far too long at times about off-topic items. One episode included more than a half hour of discussion about a little known reality tv show. Even when they are discussing board games, they wear me out with talk of pet favorites of theirs like Avalon. As I mentioned, I really want to speak more highly of this show. But it’s hard to do when I’m fast forwarding through half of it, or left wondering if there will even be an episode this week.

Kigai17 ,

Interesting and Great podcast

Appreciate their insight on games and they are very good at writing and articulating their thoughts in an interesting manner.

I don’t feel they talk about politics too much. Anyone who feels the podcast is too political can just grow up or shut up.

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