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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.

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    • 4.5 • 145 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.

    Round 16 quick note

    Round 16 quick note

    Just a quick note that this week's episode will drop on Wednesday instead of the usual Monday. Thanks for your patience!

    • 46 sec
    Round 16, Turn 01: "Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest" with Trey, Tom, and Dmitry

    Round 16, Turn 01: "Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest" with Trey, Tom, and Dmitry

    Trey is joined by Tom and Dmitry to review Libertalia:Winds of Galecrest and discuss Simultaneous Action Selection.
    0:00:00 Introduction0:05:02 Game Night AvalonCrisisLignum (Teotihuacan, Caylus)0:29:10 Game NewsTerraforming Mars FREEDesperation (Fiasco, Durance, Winterhorn) Orenberger Canal (Ora et Labora, Le Havre)RaSleeping Gods,: Distant SkiesMCDM Monster BookAutobahnAge of Steam Deluxe Expansion Maps Catherine: The Cities of TzarinaStranger Things: Attack of the Mind Flayer0:49:20 Games on the BrainCrisis (Crystal Palace), NY Times Magazine April 15 AI and Language article (The Gallerist, Panamax, Kanban, Tank Duel)1:03:10 - Game Review - Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest1:24:52 Member Segment Simultaneous Action SelectionYomi; Lorenzo, Risk, Diplomacy, Agricola, Twilight Struggle, Die Macher, Fresh Fish, Wallenstein, Shogun, Dune, Cash and Guns, Last Stand, Maharajah, Race for the Galaxy, Robo Rally, Captain Sonar-  Find Etamar at kirbooloni.com
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    • 2 hr 1 min
    Round 15, Turn 11: "Railways of the World" with Ben, Paul, and Candice

    Round 15, Turn 11: "Railways of the World" with Ben, Paul, and Candice

    Ben, Paul, and Candice review "Railways of the World" and then discuss what makes a game "fun-forward."


    00:00:00 - Intro
    00:03:02 - Game Night
    —00:05:21 - Lorenzo il magnfico
    —00:09:15 - Avalon
    —00:09:58 - Crisis
    —00:15:57 - Forged in Steel
    —00:18:49 - Survive: Escape from Atlantis
    —00:20:58 - Tapestry
    —00:21:43 - 18Ireland
    00:23:47 - Game News
    —00:24:00 - Oranienburger Kanal
    —00:26:35 - Anunnaki: Dawn of the Gods
    —00:28:00 - Skymines
    00:33:12 - Games on the Brain
    —00:35:23 - No Retreat
    —00:44:44 - Autobahn
    —00:50:50 - Feudem (& Arkwright)
    00:55:49 - Review:  Railways of the World
    —01:36:49 - Age of Steam
    01:54:09 - Discussion: Fun Forward Games
    —02:04:32 - Catan
    —02:05:24 - Twilight Imperium
    —02:07:06 - Santiago
    —02:09:43 - Jaws
    —02:12:29 - Automobiles
    —02:16:28 - Carson City
    —02:20:12 - Quartermaster General
    —02:24:13 - Smartphone Inc.
    —02:26:52 - Tank Duel!!
    —02:30:27 - Citadels!!!
    —02:33:47 - Castles of Mad King Ludwig
    —02:35:07 - Dead of Winter

    • 2 hr 39 min
    Round 15, Turn 10: "Messina 1347" with Tom, Matt, and Dmitry

    Round 15, Turn 10: "Messina 1347" with Tom, Matt, and Dmitry

    0:00:00 - Introduction: Welcome Your Host Tom,  Matt, the Game Enthusiast, and Dmitry, the Philosophical Gamer: Agricola, Avalon 
    0:10:10 - This Week’s Game News: Golden Geek Best Podcast Nomination, Thinker Themer and Viniculture, Autobahn (Kanban, Hanse Teutonica, Calimali, Newton, Darwin’s Journey) Arcs (Oath, John Company, Pax Pamir, El Grande, Taj Mahal, Conduttier) Septima (Brian Boru, Libertalia, Wallenstein, Shogun, Perseverance, Anachrony, Trickerion) Monopoly
    0:37:33 - This Week’s Game Night: Winds of Gale Crest, Hanse Teutonica: Brittania Map, Ark Nova, Railways of the World (Age of Steam, Steam) Anno 1800, So Clover!
    0:53:30 - Review of Messina 1347: Yokohama, Agricola, Lorenzo, Marco Polo, Troyes, Western Empires, Advanced Civilization, Santiago, El Grande, Food Chain Magnate, Praga Kaput Regni, Underwater Cities, Shipyard
    1:27:40 - Backsies: Diplomacy, Die Macher

    • 1 hr 59 min
    Round 15, Extra Turn: "Hegemony" with Paul and Elder

    Round 15, Extra Turn: "Hegemony" with Paul and Elder

    Ben, Paul, and Elder give their first impressions of the upcoming release, "Hegemony."

    0:00:00 - Intro: Welcome Ben, Paul, and Elder: Perseverance, Anachrony, Cerebrea, Trickerion, Iberian Gauge, Crisis,Brick and Mortar, City of the Big Shoulders, New Amsterdam, Dinogenics, Dino Island,
    0:21:53 - Early Impressions of Hegemony
    1:54:20 - Sign Off: kirbooloni.com


    Hegemony late pledges

    • 1 hr 55 min
    Round 15, Turn 09: Agricola Behind the Numbers with Matt and Lumin

    Round 15, Turn 09: Agricola Behind the Numbers with Matt and Lumin

    Trey and Matt welcome Lumin Sperling and look at the numbers that drive competitive Agricola play.

    Agricola Revised Edition
    Lumin_S on Twitch
    Agricola on BoardGameArena
    play-agricola.com

    Agricola 15

    Stats on BGA

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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 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.

Musicman-J ,

I wish I could rate it higher

Here’s the thing. I used to really love this show. I still think that the board game chat and info is great. I backed Transcontinental because of these guys. Barrage is my #1 game of all time because of these guys. The thing is, I just can’t handle Tom anymore. It started with his infamous show with Jennifer where he talked over her for 2 hours. Outside of that, he’s just always come off as smug and, frankly, annoying. I feel bad saying it, truly. But then I started listening to the Brian Boru podcast this week and just had to turn it off after the first 90 seconds of Toms terrible Irish accent that he says he is entitled to do because of his Irish heritage. When I realized it wasn’t stopping after the first 2 minutes, I had to call it. I’m sorry, I hope I’m not being unfair. I love board games and I really used to love this podcast. I love Trey and Matt and Dmitry and the gang, and Tom is very knowledgeable, but he’s the Karen of boardgaming, and I just can’t anymore. Sorry :/

Update: I came back to give these guys another shot, cause it has the potential to be a really great podcast. Trey and others seem to be taking the helm more often, which is a breath of fresh air. When they focus on boardgames and boardgame-adjacent topics, this podcast is an easy 5 star. Dmitry’s philosophizing is worth it alone. Everything in the Libertalia episode was great! Except for Tom whinging about why he didn’t win at Avalon for 10 minutes, and correcting other people every time they say anything. About anything. Which annoyed me for all the same reasons quoted above ^^^. Upgrading my rating to 3 stars. Cut out the Avalon whining and it’s 5 stars.

Great Bigg Painting ,

Love it all

A great boardgames-and-more type of podcast. So many contributors with differing backgrounds, this is the first podcast I’ve really enjoyed for going beyond the topic of games. Whether it’s politics, social issues, literature, history, scriptwriting(!!), family dynamics, etc—this has become a must listen. Great job everyone!

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