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A podcast about all manner of hobby games by Mike Walker and Mark Bigney. Bad games don't go easy on you, so we don't go easy on them. Thorough analysis via reviews, news, and discussion of topics in gaming. We take context seriously, we value your time, and we're not into hype. Just because games are fun doesn't mean we can't take them seriously, and just because we take them seriously doesn't mean we can't have fun.

So Very Wrong About Games Mike Walker & Mark Bigney

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A podcast about all manner of hobby games by Mike Walker and Mark Bigney. Bad games don't go easy on you, so we don't go easy on them. Thorough analysis via reviews, news, and discussion of topics in gaming. We take context seriously, we value your time, and we're not into hype. Just because games are fun doesn't mean we can't take them seriously, and just because we take them seriously doesn't mean we can't have fun.

    #152: Death of the Rule Book

    #152: Death of the Rule Book

    If you've been following board games social media recently, you might have noticed that it's been a rough couple of weeks. Incidents like these, albeit difficult, allow us a chance to define our community and underscore our values. Silence can imply consent. We can either choose to silently defend powerful figures use their influence to harm vulnerable people without consequence, or we can choose to try and speak up to become a more welcoming and inclusive community. So Very Wrong About Games chooses to try to do the latter.

    00:57 Our statement on Phil Eklund and Daniele Tascini

    04:24 AYURIS: Warpgate (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2018)

    Games Played Last Week:
    06:46 -Darwin’s Journey (Simone Luciani & Nestore Mangone, ThunderGryph Games, 2021)
    12:20 -Dinosaur Tea Party (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2018)
    17:00 -Calimala (Fabio Lopiano, ADC Blackfire Entertainment GmbH, 2017)
    20:11 -Cosmic Frog (Jim Felli, Devious Weasel Games, 2020)
    23:31 -Yokohama (Hisashi Hayashi, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2016)
    25:35 -Quantum (Eric Zimmerman, Funforge, 2013)
    28:03 -City of the Big Shoulders (Raymond Chandler III, Parallel Games, 2019)
    32:21 -Food Chain Magnate (Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga, Splotter, 2015)
    33:28 -A Billion Suns: Interstellar Fleet Battles (Mike Hutchinson, Osprey Games, 2021)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    39:10 Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition
    41:40 Asmodee buys Philibert
    42:32 Castles of Mad King Ludwig Collector's Edition

    43:32 Topic: Death of the Rule Book

    • 1 hr 5 min
    #151: Dogs of War

    #151: Dogs of War

    Too much news! So much news, in fact, that we had to cut some news. Some news, though news-y, will keep until next week. The key is to wrap the roots of the news in damp paper towel, put the news in a plastic bag, and put the bag in the fridge. The news will keep up to a couple weeks that way, whereas it would have become limp news on the counter in as little as a day.

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:11 -By Stealth and Sea (Nicola Saggini & David Thompson, DVG Games, 2020)
    06:02 -Dinosaur Tea Party (Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt, & Justin D. Jacobson, Restoration Games, 2018)
    09:43 -Guards of Atlantis II: Tabletop MOBA (Artyom Nichipurov, Wolff Designa, 2021)
    14:27 -Iwari: Deluxe Edition (Michael Schacht, ThunderGryph Games, 2020)
    17:33 -BattleCON: Unleashed (D. Brad Talton, Level 99 Games, 2020)
    21:01 -Whistle Mountain (Scott Caputo & Luke Laurie, Bézier Games, 2020)
    24:16 -Charterstone (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2017)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    26:31 Leftover animal mentions: Kabuto Sumo, Crash Octopus, and Scape Goat
    28:05 Ares Games loses Battlestar Galactica license
    29:05 Boardgamegeek Artist Series #5
    30:22 Kolossal Games' Reload
    30:50 Nidavellir expansion: Thingvellir
    31:51 More modules for Taverns of Tiefenthal
    32:24 It's a Wonderful Kingdom
    33:03 New solo modes for Concordia and AuZtralia
    33:53 Antoine Bauza's Oltréé
    34:51 Fantasy Flight Games forums shutting down
    36:12 Mayhem from CMON
    36:46 Lizard people for Warhammer Underworlds
    36:52 Dark Crystal RPG
    37:13 Simone Luciani's Darwin's Journey

    37:58 Feature Game: Dogs of War (Paolo Mori, CMON, 2014)
    Designer's improvements: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1470285/some-variants-i-didnt-playtest-yet

    • 1 hr
    #150: 2020 Year in Review

    #150: 2020 Year in Review

    In honour of our big, blowout, end-of-year extravaganza spectacular, no expense was spared. Mark put on pants. Walker wore his t-shirt with the fewest holes. The sheep freshly sheared. The palanquin carriers were freshly oiled. Come, thrill to the summary of what was actually a very good year in terms of boardgame releases.

    Games Played Last Week:
    02:16 -Guardians (Callin Flores, Plaid Hat Games, 2018)
    03:46 -Super Fantasy Brawl (Jochen Eisenhuth, Mythic Games, 2020)
    06:07 -MegaCity: Oceania (Jordan Draper & Michael Fox, Hub Games, 2019)
    09:55 -Dwellings of Eldervale (Luke Laurie, Breaking Games, 2020)
    14:59 -Bonfire (Stefan Feld, Hall Games, 2020)
    19:13 -Caravan (Joe Huber, Rio Grande Games, 2019)
    22:50 -Dune: Imperium (Paul Dennen, Dire Wolf, 2020)
    27:42 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
    29:17 -Whistle Mountain (Scott Caputo & Luke Laurie, Bézier Games, 2020)
    34:09 -Aristocracy (Reiner Knizia, Tasty Minstrel Games, 2019)
    35:08 -Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion (Isaac Childres, Cephalofair Games, 2020)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    36:07 The C.U.R.E. Files are now The HOBO Chronicles

    38:16 2020 Year in Review

    39:31 Personal Top 10s
    1:01:56 SVWAG Game of the Year
    1:05:02 Miscellaneous Categories

    • 1 hr 33 min
    #149: Empyreal: Spells & Steam

    #149: Empyreal: Spells & Steam

    All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious episode of SVWAG! A day with So Very Wrong About Games is like a day on the farm. Every word's a banquet! Every sentence a fortune! Every review a soliloquy! I love SVWAG!

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:40 -Aristeia!: Prime Time (Alberto Abal, Jesús Fuster, & David Rosillo, Corvus Belli, 2020)
    05:05 -Vengeance: Director’s Cut Expansion (Gordon Calleja, Mighty Boards, 2020)
    11:03 -For What Remains: Out of the Basement (Paul Low, David Thompson, & Ricardo Manuel Luis Tomas, DVG, 2020)
    14:42 -Undaunted: North Africa (Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson, Osprey Games, 2020)
    18:13 -It's a Wonderful World (Frédéric Guérard, La Boîte de Jeu, 2019)
    21:20 -Caravan (Joe Huber, Rio Grande Games, 2019)
    22:41 -Fast Sloths (Friedemann Friese, 2F-SPiele, 2019)
    27:19 -Cacao (Phil Walker-Harding, ABACUSSPIELE, 2015)
    28:11 -Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps (Andrew Haught, Gale Force Nine, 2020)
    32:45 -Aliens (David McKenzie & Barry Nakazono, Leading Edge Games, 1989)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    34:42 Transmissions
    35:13 Hansa Teutonica Big Box exists!
    36:22 Commands & Colors Samurai Battles from GMT
    37:18 French law enforcement investigate the Confrontation debacle
    39:35 The Castles of Mad King Ludwig deluxe
    40:12 SVWAG News: See you in 2021

    41:58 Feature Game: Empyreal: Spells & Steam (Trey Chambers, Level 99 Games, 2020)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    #148: Combat Systems

    #148: Combat Systems

    "I hit you!" "Nuh-uh, you missed!" "I totally hit you!" "I dodged it!" "I have special homing missiles you can't dodge!" "I have a shield that redirects all your shots back to you!" "I have an invincibility field!" "I can shoot through invincibility!" At this point, Games Workshop would have us roll off, with the person rolling higher getting the title of Most Obnoxious Person.

    01:49 AYURIS: Cthulhu Wars (Sandy Peterson & Lincoln Petersen, Petersen Games, 2015)

    Games Played Last Week:
    05:02 -AuZtralia (Martin Wallace, Stronghold Games, 2018)
    11:16 -Under Falling Skies (Tomáš Uhlíř, Czech Games Edition, 2020)
    12:49 -The King Is Dead: Second Edition (Peer Sylvester, Osprey Games, 2020)
    19:48 -Jetpack Joyride: Deluxe Edition (Michał Gołębiowski, Lucky Duck Games, 2019)
    22:43 -Apocalypse Road (Jeff Horger & Carla Horger, GMT Games, 2020)
    29:53 -Marvel United (Andrea Chiarvesio & Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2020)
    33:06 -Gaia Project (Jens Drögemüller & Helge Ostertag, Feuerland Spiele, 2017)
    38:52 -Terraforming Mars (Jacob Fryxelius, Stronghold Games, 2016)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    41:24 Board Game Arena's month of releases mostly old betas
    42:15 Everdell publisher sending cease & desist orders to Etsy sellers

    46:04 Topic: Combat Systems

    • 1 hr 23 min
    #147: Beyond the Sun

    #147: Beyond the Sun

    Mark has occasion to quote three different movies in this episode, and miraculously none of them are Pulp Fiction, The Lion in Winter, or even Aliens--despite the latter being related to a game discussed! Perhaps his echolalia is abating, or perhaps merely evolving. One should, after all, take every advantage to quote the well-spoken Ayatollah of Rock-and-Rolla.

    Games Played Last Week:
    01:19 -Pax Renaissance (Phil Eklund & Matt Eklund, Sierra Madre Games, 2016)
    04:14 -Praga Caput Regni (Vladimír Suchý, Delicious Games, 2020)
    13:20 -Agricola (Revised Edition) (Uwe Rosenberg, Lookout Games, 2016)
    17:56 -Marvel United (Andrea Chiarvesio & Eric M. Lang, CMON, 2020)
    21:30 -Under Falling Skies (Tomáš Uhlíř, Czech Games Edition, 2020)
    24:59 -The Court of Miracles (Vincent Brugeas & Guilhem Gautrand, Lumberjacks Studio, 2019)
    29:05 -Nidavellir (Serge Laget, GRRRE Games, 2020)
    32:00 -Last Aurora (Mauro Chiabotto, Pendragon Game Studio, 2020)
    37:40 -Evolution: Climate (Dominic Crapuchettes, Dmitry Knorre, & Sergey Machin, North Star Games, 2016)

    News (and why it doesn't matter):
    43:25 Ginkgopolis (and Hansa Teutonica) reprint soon-ish? Maybe?
    44:13 Inuit board game: Nunami
    45:37 The Transcontinental: Canadian trains
    46:38 Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps actually exists
    47:28 Sushi Boat: conveyer tastiness
    48:10 Fist of the North Star
    49:15 Warhammer Underworlds continues with Direchasm

    50:07 Feature Game: Beyond the Sun (Dennis K. Chan, Rio Grande Games, 2020)

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

G.D. 50 ,

Top 5 board game podcast

Mark and Walker are insightful, honest and very well versed in the history of board games. This podcast does not cater to the “feel good” audience of board gamers who can’t handle harsh critique or a strong opinion.

Snowflakes criticizing this podcast because conversation occasionally brushes up against politics or personal tastes with respect to social issues need to stop watching Fox News. Those angry about Mark’s vocabulary are the kind that struggle with their, they’re and there.

Really, really great work, guys. Thank you so much for producing such high quality content.

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dmlewis67 ,

Sorry to unsubscribe

Been a faithful listener for almost 2 years. Usually enjoy their talk, analysis, and banter on board games (I say usually because I still don’t get this whole cosmic frog thing). But they are clearly enthusiastic fans of the cancel culture, and that’s not what I’m looking for. Ironically that means I’m canceling Michael and Mark. I do wish them well.

Kkudjndyd ,

Love this podcast

These guys provide the kind of board game analysis I want. They bring up specific features about games that they like or dislike and explain how those features impact the play experience.

The reviews are very insightful and intelligent.

Mark gets too political at times which detracts from the show.

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