83 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. Follow us on Facebook (https://facebook.com/FiveByGames), Twitter (https://twitter.com/FiveByGames), or support us on Patreon (http://Patreon.com/FiveByGames).
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The Five By Mike Risley

    • Games

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. Follow us on Facebook (https://facebook.com/FiveByGames), Twitter (https://twitter.com/FiveByGames), or support us on Patreon (http://Patreon.com/FiveByGames).
The Five By is part of the Inside Voices Network.
Find out more at InsideVoicesNetwork.com

    Episode 83: Bunny Kingdom, Sorcerer City, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Cartographers, Isle of Cats

    Episode 83: Bunny Kingdom, Sorcerer City, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, Cartographers, Isle of Cats

    Hello friends and welcome to The Five By. Your favorite source of quick-fire board game reviews, a proud member of The Inside Voices Network, and now on Patreon!


    00:00 Mike - Introduction
    00:35 Christy - Bunny Kingdom (Episode 45)
    05:51 Ruel - Sorcerer City
    10:51 Mike - Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
    16:26 Ruth - Cartographers (Episode 42 Episode 62)
    21:37 Sarah - Isle of Cats
    26:56 Meeple Lady - Outro
    27:33 Network Bumper
    Inside Voices Network

    • 27 min
    Episode 82: Lords of Vegas, Obscurio, Schnapsen, The Period Game, Agricola

    Episode 82: Lords of Vegas, Obscurio, Schnapsen, The Period Game, Agricola

    Hello friends and welcome to The Five By. Your favorite source of quick-fire board game reviews, a proud member of The Inside Voices Network, and now on Patreon!


    00:00 Mason - Introduction
    00:27 Luke - Lords of Vegas
    05:58 John - Obscurio
    11:00 Mason - Schnapsen
    16:10 Sarah - The Period Game
    21:29 Meeple Lady - Agricola
    26.35 Ruel - Outro
    27:09 Network Bumper
    Inside Voices Network


    For more information about Schnapsen:
    https://www.pagat.com/marriage/schnaps.html
    http://bclins.github.io/Sixty-six/schnapsen.html
    http://bclins.github.io/Sixty-six/schnapsenGuide.html

    • 27 min
    Episode 81: Quirky Circuits, Tussie Mussie, Honga, Imhotep: The Duel, Five Tribes

    Episode 81: Quirky Circuits, Tussie Mussie, Honga, Imhotep: The Duel, Five Tribes

    Hello friends and welcome to The Five By. Your favorite source of quick-fire board game reviews, a proud member of The Inside Voices Network, and now on Patreon!


    00:00 Ruel - Introduction
    00:36 Meeple Lady - Quirky Circuits
    05:49 Christy - Tussie Mussie
    11:10 Ruel - Honga
    16:08 Mason - Imhotep: The Duel
    21:40 Ruth - Five Tribes
    27:07 Luke - Outro
    27:39 Network Bumper
    Inside Voices Network

    • 27 min
    Episode 80: Clank! Legacy, The Phoenix Syndicate, Medium, Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, The Artemis Project

    Episode 80: Clank! Legacy, The Phoenix Syndicate, Medium, Eight-Minute Empire: Legends, The Artemis Project

    Hello friends and welcome to The Five By. Your favorite source of quick-fire board game reviews, a proud member of The Inside Voices Network, and now on Patreon!


    00:00 Mike - Introduction
    00:36 Sarah - Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated (Episode 16 and Episode 22)
    05:55 Luke - The Phoenix Syndicate
    10:40 John - Medium
    15:16 Mike - Eight-Minute Empire: Legends
    20:36 Ruth - The Artemis Project
    25:56 Sarah - Outro
    26:23 Network Bumper
    Inside Voices Network

    • 26 min
    Episode 79: The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches, Prêt-à-Porter, Drop It, Heroes of Land, Air & Sea, Horse Race

    Episode 79: The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches, Prêt-à-Porter, Drop It, Heroes of Land, Air & Sea, Horse Race

    Hello friends and welcome to The Five By. Your favorite source of quick-fire board game reviews, and a proud member of The Inside Voices Network.


    00:00 Christy - Introduction
    00:35 Ruth - The Quacks of Quedlinburg: The Herb Witches
    06:10 Meeple Lady - Prêt-à-Porter
    11:39 Christy - Drop It
    16:18 Ruel - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea
    21:45 Mason - Horse Race: Playmat and Scoresheet
    27:15 Sarah - Outro
    27:42 Network Bumper
    Inside Voices Network

    • 27 min
    Episode 78: Ingenious, Deep Space D-6, Push, Vindication, Legendary Encounters: Alien

    Episode 78: Ingenious, Deep Space D-6, Push, Vindication, Legendary Encounters: Alien

    Hello friends and welcome to The Five By. Your favorite source of quick-fire board game reviews, and a proud member of The Inside Voices Network.


    00:00 Meeple Lady - Introduction
    00:33 Mason - Ingenious (Prior Metro Segment)
    05:15 Sarah - Deep Space D-6
    10:11 Meeple Lady - Push
    15:05 Luke - Vindication
    20:31 John - Legendary Encounters: Alien
    25:27 Ruth - Outro
    25:48 Network Bumper
    Inside Voices Network

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

rayzor6 ,

Woke

I love the idea of this podcast but some of these non binary organisms are woke to PC culture and their review has to be about their need to tell you about it. I hope they feel good saying it so at least 1 person is getting something out of it. I don't know how people can regularly mess up a 5 minute verbal review but some of these people can. Mason Weaver is the absolute worst with his woke little nasal tone whining about box sizes. I used to suffer through it but now I have to skip through it every time. Edit : I tried to give it one more try as I really like the concept but the VERY first reviewer started blathering on about how Monopoly was stolen from a woman and used to build this empire. I'm out! I hope you all get to right all the wrongs of society with your 5 minute reviews!

Akuden ,

Recommended!

I enjoy this podcast when I’m looking for a quick overview about a game I am curious about. They cover a wide variety of hidden gems and hotness games. The “reading out loud” format takes some getting used too as usually enjoy more genuine conversation in my podcasts. I still recommended it if you are trying to decide on your next board game purchase.

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.

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