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Four gamers, four topics - a board game discussion show hosted by Dan “Shoe” Hsu and his video game industry friends!

Going Analog Podcast Dan "Shoe" Hsu and friends

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Four gamers, four topics - a board game discussion show hosted by Dan “Shoe” Hsu and his video game industry friends!

    35: The 2019 games of the year...and looking ahead at 2020

    35: The 2019 games of the year...and looking ahead at 2020

    It's time for Going Analog's 2019 Games of the Year! The crew offers their picks for the best of last year, talks about the state of their board game collections, and makes New Years gaming resolutions. Plus: What are we most excited to play in 2020?
     
    Games discussed:
     
    Shoe's topic: Games of 2019
    Medium Silver: Bullet Letter Jam Ecos: First Continent Sorcerer City Paladins of the West Kingdom Maracaibo Egizia: Shifting Sands Klask Pipeline Q.E. Wavelength 5211 In Front of the Elevators Remember our Trip Let's Make a Bus Route PARKS Painter Detective Portrait Robot Nine Tiles Panic! Point Salad Mike's topic: Current state of our gaming shelves
    Acquire Murano The Palaces of Carrara L.L.A.M.A. Set & Match Team3 Tuki Nick's topic: Gaming resolutions
    Calimala Christina's topic: Games we're looking forward to in 2020
    Loot of Lima Honey Buzz Calico Isle of Cats Grand Carnival Nouvelle-France Mariposas Die Crew/The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine Rallyman: GT Smartphone Inc. Cleopatra and the Society of Architects Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers Inhuman Conditions Unsettled Wonderland's War Foundations of Rome Namiji Ankh: Gods of Egypt Final thoughts:
    T-Rex's Holiday Nokosu Dice Food Chain Magnate Bus Kobe Abomination: Heir of Frankenstein

    • 1 hr 7 min
    34: BoardGameGeek drops in to discuss Azul, Abomination, and BGGCON

    34: BoardGameGeek drops in to discuss Azul, Abomination, and BGGCON

    BoardGameGeek's Scott Alden (owner) and Lincoln Damerst (host of GameNight!) stops by to offer their thoughts on all three Azul games, the monsterous Abomination, and our favorite popular and under-the-radar games from BGGCON.
    Games discussed:
    Intro:
    Abomination Azul Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra Azul: Summer Pavilion Christina's topic: Best game of BGGCON
    Aquatica Marvel Champions: The Card Game Silver Silver Bullet Medium Aldie's topic: Best game at BGGCON...that no one's heard of
    Soviet Kitchen Unleashed Colorful Match Me: What Color Is This? Tokyo Series The Magnificent Escape: The Curse of the Temple Automania Santa Maria Rebel Nox Capital Lux Offshore Horticulture Master Orchard Ocean Draw Your Own Conclusions Telestrations Lincoln's topic: Abomination
    Tapestry Final thoughts:
    The Mind The Mind Extreme Wavelength

    • 1 hr 21 min
    33: John D. Clair (Ecos, Mystic Vale) explains how he designs board games. Also: Our fave Star Wars, deckbuilding, and engine-building games.

    33: John D. Clair (Ecos, Mystic Vale) explains how he designs board games. Also: Our fave Star Wars, deckbuilding, and engine-building games.

    John D. Clair (Ecos, Mystic Vale) talks us through his mechanics-first approach to game design. And the group discusses our favorite Star Wars, deckbuilding, and engine-building games.
    Games discussed:
    Intro:
    Mystic Vale Custom Heroes Space Base Edge of Darkness Ecos: The First Continent Ascension Ascension: Skulls & Sails Shoe's topic: Engine-building games
    Rise of Augustus Gizmos Great Western Trail Innovation Dominion Magic: The Gathering John's topic: From inspiration to game
    Downfall War Chest Dead Reckoning Black Angel Christina's topic: Deck-building games
    Shards of Infinity Tyrants of the Underdark The Big Book of Madness Aeon's End Path of Light and Shadow Thunderstone Thunderstone Quest Concordia Res Arcana Clank! Clank! In! Space! Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated Jess's topic: Star Wars board games
    Star Wars: Rebellion Star Wars: The Card Game Star Wars: Destiny Star Wars: Imperial Assault Star Wars: Outer Rim Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Star Wars: Legion Star Wars: Armada Final thoughts:
    Slide Quest Draw Your Own Conclusions

    • 1 hr 13 min
    32: Rob Manuel (Indie Megabooth, ex-G4TV/Geek & Sundry) discusses what it takes to be a successful board game content creator, plus how to talk to non-gamers about board games over the holidays, why there aren't more negative game reviews, and some Rave

    32: Rob Manuel (Indie Megabooth, ex-G4TV/Geek & Sundry) discusses what it takes to be a successful board game content creator, plus how to talk to non-gamers about board games over the holidays, why there aren't more negative game reviews, and some Rave

    Rob Manuel (Indie Megabooth, ex-G4TV/Geek & Sundry) discusses what it takes to be a successful board game content creator, plus how to talk to non-gamers about board games over the holidays, why there aren't more negative game reviews, and some Ravensburger appreciation
    Games we mentioned:
    Intro:
    Age of Steam
     
    Christina's topic: How to talk to people about board games over the holidays
    Monopoly
    The Settlers of Catan
    Agricola
    Caverna
    Risk
    Small World
    Kingdomino
    Wind the Film
    Broom Service
    Hive Mind
    Scattergories
    Red Dragon Inn
    Happy Salmon
    King of Tokyo
    Lost Cities
    Hanabi
    Codenames
    Just One
    Taboo
    Love Letter
    Ticket to Ride
     
    Rob's topic: What it takes to be a successful board game content creator in 2020
    Wingspan
    Tapestry
     
    Shoe's topic: Why isn't there more negative coverage or reviews in board game media?
    Fog of Love
    The Grizzled
    Pandemic Legacy
     
    Nick's topic: Ravensburger love
    Journey Around the World
    Labyrinth
    Enchanted Forest
    Heimlich & Co.
    Flying Carpet
    Scotland Yard
    Disney Villainous
    Puerto Rico
    San Juan
    The Castles of Burgundy
    Carpe Diem
    Bora Bora
    Jaws
    Troll

    • 1 hr 21 min
    31: Jerry Hawthorne (Mice and Mystics) talks world-building, plus kid-friendly family games, how game design taps into dopamine, and leftover legacy game content

    31: Jerry Hawthorne (Mice and Mystics) talks world-building, plus kid-friendly family games, how game design taps into dopamine, and leftover legacy game content

    Jerry Hawthorne (Mice and Mystics, Stuffed Fables) talks about how he world-builds for his story-rich adventure games. Also: kid-friendly family games, dopamine (and how game design taps into it), and what we do with the content we never see in adventure/legacy games.
    Intro:
    Mice & Mystics
    Stuffed Fables
    Comanauts
    Aftermath
    Battlelands
     
    Christina's topic: How do we feel about the content we might not see in campaign/legacy games?
    Pandemic Legacy
     
    Mike's topic: Game recommendations for kids of different ages
    Penguin Trap
    Don't Break the Ice
    Bugs in the Kitchen
    Loopin' Louie
    Buckaroo!
    Jenga
    Pie Face
    Celestia
    Fireball Island
    Mysterium
    Dixit
    Muse
    Snake Oil
    Apples to Apples
     
    Jerry's topic: Dopamine and board games
    Agricola
     
    Final Thoughts:
    Pret-a-Porter
    Tussie Mussie
    Betrayal Legacy
    Betrayal at House on the Hill
    Horrified
    Skulk Hollow

    • 1 hr 13 min
    30: Bebo (Be Bold Games) brings the strangest/coolest topic to date. Also: most anticipated Essen releases, the biggest problems in the industry, and games that are/aren't worth the setup time

    30: Bebo (Be Bold Games) brings the strangest/coolest topic to date. Also: most anticipated Essen releases, the biggest problems in the industry, and games that are/aren't worth the setup time

    Bebo (Be Bold Games) brings the strangest/coolest topic to date. Also: most anticipated Essen releases, the biggest problems in the industry, and games that are/aren't worth the setup time.
    Games we discussed:
    Bebo's topic: Which 3 games in a trench coat are you?
    Caverna Battleline Junk Orbit Rebel Nox Wingspan Flamme Rouge Web of Spies Detective: City of Angels Deception: Murder in Hong Kong Caverna: The Forgotten Folk Barenpark Tokaido Mike's topic: Essen Spiel games we're looking forward to
    Terramara Maracaibo Ecos Cat Lady Evolution On Mars Deep Blue Abyss Azul: Summer Pavilion Marco Polo 2 Vast Root Merchant's Cover Pret-a-Porter Paranormal Detectives Christina's topic: Games that are and aren't worth the set-up time
    Yinzi A Feast for Odin Mysterium Dixit Muse Eclipse Terra Mystica Pipeline Teotihuacan Star Wars: Imperial Assault Gloomhaven Aftermath Mice and Mystics Stuffed Fables Twilight Imperium Shoe's topic: What are the biggest problems with the board game hobby/industry today?
    Cards Against Humanity Monopoly The Settlers of Catan King of Tokyo Ticket to Ride Pickomino Mousetrap Care Bears: On the Path to Care-a-Lot Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game Final thoughts:
    Munchkin Crown of Emara The Primary Hive Mind Decrypto Blockbuster Time's Up: Total Recall Monikers Taboo

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

ebahnx ,

They really know their stuff

Love the great analysis and fine tone!

Fodder76 ,

Great Content

I really enjoy the format of this podcast. Every episode, each of the four bring a topic of their choice and they all discuss. So far everyone has done a good job of bringing interesting topics to the table, and the diverse interests of the cast keep the topics varied and the discussion lively. The production quality is also really well done. I look forward to each new episode!

Mjbensky12 ,

Love it!

Been a fan of Shoe since his 1up Show days. Really enjoy the four topic format. Nice change of pace from your typical what’s being played, then news, then review format.

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