72 episodes

Five Contributors, Five Reviews, Five Minutes Each.
Bringing you a bi-weekly dose of rapid-fire board game reviews. Every other Wednesday our five contributors will talk about a game on their radar that week.
The Five By is part of the Inside Voices Network.
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The Five By Mike Risley

    • Leisure
    • 4.5, 28 Ratings

Five Contributors, Five Reviews, Five Minutes Each.
Bringing you a bi-weekly dose of rapid-fire board game reviews. Every other Wednesday our five contributors will talk about a game on their radar that week.
The Five By is part of the Inside Voices Network.
Find out more at InsideVoicesNetwork.com

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

batmartin79 ,

Concise, no-nonsense board game reviews

The Five By is one of the best board game podcasts precisely because of its constrained format. Five reviews of five minutes each, from five different reviewers, and nothing else. But, also, the reviews are solid, a variety of viewpoints is represented, and the audio quality is high - none of which are givens in board game media. Personally, I also like that the focus is not exclusively on new games - The Five By is a great way to discover neglected games, also. Easily on of my favorite board game podcasts. I highly recommend checking it out.

Colejm ,

Unfortunate

Started out rather strong, and I like the format of short reviews, but many of the presenters are beyond terrible.
Stephanie (sp?) reads off of a script, and interjects so many “pregnant pauses” for emphasis that it is really hard to listen to her reviews. She also spends the first minute of every 5-minute review giving the listener un-needed “insights” and her personal reasons to lean into a game because of theme. Every one of her reviews comes off sounding like a terrible audition for a drama club.
Lindsey (sp?) often reviews the type of games that appeal MOST to me, but her accent and total lack of microphone training make her all but “in-listening”. After listening to roughly 60 “Five By” podcasts, I only just recently realized that she is saying “shiny HAPPY meeples.“ it sounds like shiny HAT meeples...
And ALL of the presenters now seem to be engaged in a diversity/sensitivity one-upmanship contest. Lately, one presenter complained that, “despite being a great game”, Lotus’ box art has “an Asian woman” on the cover, but there don’t seem to be any Asian names associated in the production of the game. Really? (Just wait until he discovers that Legendary Encounters was produced without the input of even a single xenomorph or space marine!). And today, listening to a back issue, I heard him lament that Karala (sp?), a game “about” Indian elephant festivals (no ... it’s an abstract), “appropriates” Indian culture, because the designers aren’t Indian (this, again?!?), and that it is insensitive to the abuses that real elephants have endured over the centuries. Well ... it’s a “game”, genius, not a documentary ... try to come to terms with the sadness that is clearly welling up in your feelz.

I’m done with the Five By.

Beth Sobel ,

Consise and considered

I love this podcast! Five minute overviews of five board games, and they do not only focus on new releases, which is wonderful. Highly recommended for any board game fan.

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