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We all know that board games are the cornerstone of every great civilization.

Now finally, as never before, there’s a podcast that can help you discover which games to play!

Celeste DeAngelis hosts the panel of intrepid game explorers and designers Mike Grenier, Ed Povilaitis, Evan Bernstein and Joe Unfried. Each episode they explore the hilariously huge world of board gaming, unearthing the gems and the junk.

Which Game First: A Board Game Podcast Which Game First

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We all know that board games are the cornerstone of every great civilization.

Now finally, as never before, there’s a podcast that can help you discover which games to play!

Celeste DeAngelis hosts the panel of intrepid game explorers and designers Mike Grenier, Ed Povilaitis, Evan Bernstein and Joe Unfried. Each episode they explore the hilariously huge world of board gaming, unearthing the gems and the junk.

    Second Annual Which Game First Awards

    Second Annual Which Game First Awards

    The panel unearth the best and worst games we talked about on our show in 2019 and announce the winners of the second annual Firsties Awards.

    Best Ice-Breaker Game: This award goes to a casual game that is quick and easy to play. Nominations: 5 Min Dungeon, Legendary Forests, Ramen Fury, Show & Tile, Somnium: Rise of LaputaWINNER: Somnium: Rise of Laputa

    Best Party Game: This award goes to the game that’s best at engaging large groups of people.. Nominations: Donner Dinner Party, Unlock! The House on the Hill, Wits & Wagers, Yeti in the House, Werewolf LegacyWINNER: Wits & Wagers

    Best Art: This award goes to the game that has the most engaging or compelling use of art in a game.Nominations: Echaton, Root, The 7th Continent, Escape Plan, WingspanWINNER: Wingspan

    Best Game Component:  This award goes to the game with the specific component that immediately brings you into the game.Nominations: Dice Forge, Tapestry, Tzolk’in, U-BOOT: The Board Game, RootWINNER: Dice Forge

    Best Card Game: This Award goes the game that just about the cards, no board needed Nominations: KeyForge, Mystic Vale, Sorcerer, The 7th Continent, Wild Blue YonderWINNER: Wild Blue Yonder

    Best Shelfie: This award goes to the game that you are proud to show off, due to its overall production value and sleekness of the game’s box and components.Nominations: Tapestry, The 7th Continent, Too Many Bones, U-BOOT: The Board Game, War RoomWINNER: Too Many Bones

    Best Educational Game : This award goes to the board game which promotes education and learning through game playing!Nominations: Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game, Innovation, War Room, Wingspan, ZendoWINNER: Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game

    Best Strategy Game: This Award goes to the game that keeps you up late at night, wondering what strategy you’ll try next time…!Nominations: Age of Steam, Charterstone, Quacks of Quedlinburg, Tapestry, Tzolk’in, WingspanWINNER: Quacks of Quedlinburg

    Best Themed Game: This award goes to the game whose theme was best executed throughout its narrative, flavor, rules components and mechanics.Nominations: Charterstone, The 7th Continent, Too Many Bones, Trogdor!!, U-BOOT: The Board Game, WingspanWINNER: Trogdor!!

    Best Archeological Find: This award goes to the best game released more than 25 years ago. The version we played must be over 25 years old to be considered for this category.Nominations: Clever Endeavor, Dealer’s Choice, Iron Dragon, Loot, FlusterWINNER: Iron Dragon

    Best Abstract Game: This award goes to the best game in which the theme is not important to the experience of playing.Nominations: Shobu, Zendo, Show & Tile, Twixt, Rack-OWINNER: Shobu

    Best Game App: This award goes to the game with that came with a digital app that was required to play or simply enhance play of the game.Nominations: U-Boot: The Board Game, 5 Min Dungeon, Unlock, Detective, UWLWINNER: U-Boot: The Board Game

    Firstie Worstie: This award goes to the game where the best move is to bury it deep in the ground! Nominations: Geronimo, In a Pickle, Jar Jar Binks 3-D Adventure Game, Joe Name It, Russian RouletteWINNER: In a Pickle

    Game of The Year:  This award goes to the best game published within the last 24 months, excluding reprints or new editions of older games.Nominations: Quacks of Quedlinburg, Tapestry, U-BOOT: The Board Game, War Room, WingspanWINNER: Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • 33 min
    Designer Update: Eric Geller from Short Hop Games

    Designer Update: Eric Geller from Short Hop Games

    In this Side Quest, we have a Designer Update, where panelist Mike Grenier talks to board game developers about their works in progress. 

    This week Mike chats with game developer Eric Geller about his upcoming game Quests & Cannons and how he got the cannon ball rolling for his own company Short Hop Games.

    • 22 min
    Silver | Parks | Quelf

    Silver | Parks | Quelf

    First up we show the werewolves how bland our villages can taste in SilverNext we hike the trail to create beautiful memories in ParksAnd lastly we gain ground while losing our inhibitions in Quelf


    Designed by: Ted AlspachPublished by: Bézier Games (2019)Players: 2 – 4Ages: 14 & upPlaying time: 45 min

    In Silver, your village has been overrun by savage werewolves, which are represented by the number on each of the cards that make up your village. To get rid of these fanged fiends faster than the neighboring villages, use your residents’ special abilities and your powerful secret weapon: a silver amulet.

    On your turn, draw the top card of the deck or the discard pile; then discard the card and possibly trigger its power; or use it to replace one or more of your cards.

    Call for a vote when you think you have the fewest werewolves, but be careful; everyone else gets one more turn to save their own village first…

    After four rounds, the village with the fewest werewolves, wins!


    Designed by: Henry AudubonPublished by: Keymaster Games (2019)Players: 1 – 5Ages: 10 & upPlaying time: 30 – 60 min

    In PARKS, players take the role of two hikers as they trek across different trails. These hikers will take actions and collect memories of the places they visit represented by various resource tokens. Players can trade in sets of these tokens to visit a National Park at the end of each trail.

    Each season, the trails will change and grow steadily longer as the trail tiles are shuffled and laid out anew.

    Campfires allow you to share a space and time with other hikers. Canteens and Gear can also be used to improve your access to resources through the game.

    The player with the most points after four seasons is the winner of PARKS!


    Designed by: Robb Earnest, Jeremy Fifer, Matthew RivaldiPublished by: Spin Master Games (2005)Players: 3 – 8Ages: 12 & upPlaying time: 60 min

    In Quelf, players must “Obey the card” to answer hilarious trivia, perform ridiculous stunts, or follow silly rules as they race their way to the finish line.

    On your turn, roll the die, move, and draw a card matching the space on which you landed. 

    Categories include: Stuntz, Showbiz, Quizzle, Rulez, and Scatterbrainz 

    The first player to end their turn at the finish line, Wins!

    • 32 min
    Yummy Yummy Pancake | Ecos: First Continent | Switch 16

    Yummy Yummy Pancake | Ecos: First Continent | Switch 16

    First up we try to keep our early morning memory sharp as we flip for Yummy Yummy PancakeNext we become a force of nature to shape the world and all its creatures in ECOS: First ContinentAnd lastly we pitch the dice to ditch our deck in Switch 16

    Segment Markers:

    Yummy Yummy Pancake – 2:15ECOS: First Continent – 11:29Switch 16 – 23:13

    Yummy Yummy Pancake

    Designed by: Yohan GohPublished by: Mayday Games (2017)Players: 2 – 4Ages: 5 & upPlaying time: 15 min

    In Yummy Yummy Pancake, you’re trying to identify pancakes in a frying pan, but were you paying enough attention to know what’s there?

    On their turn, a player lays out eight face-up tokens in a frying pan, and all other players get to see the toppings on these pancakes. 

    The active player attempts to flip as many pancakes as possible, and then chooses a face-down pancake and a player. If this player can identify what’s on the other side, they claim this pancake; otherwise the flipper keeps it. The flipper may continue to challenge players to remember pancakes or end their turn, in which case the next player refills the pan to eight face-up pancakes and takes their turn.

    Once the pancake supply runs out, whoever has the most pancakes wins!

    Ecos: First Continent

    Designed by: John D. ClairPublished by: Alderac Entertainment Group (2019)Players: 2 – 6Ages: 14 & upPlaying time: 45 – 75 min

    What if the formation of Earth had gone differently?

    In Ecos: First Continent, players are forces of nature molding the planet, but with competing visions of its grandeur.  Which landscapes, habitats, and species thrive will be up to you.

    Gameplay in Ecos is simultaneous. Each round, one player reveals element tokens from the element bag. This gives all players the opportunity to complete a card from their tableau and shape the continent to their own purpose. Elements that cannot be used can be converted into other things, such as energy cubes or additional cards in hand … or they can be added to your tableau to give you greater options as the game evolves.

    The game ends at either 60 or 80 points – your choice. When the first player hits the goal, last round is triggered, and the winner is declared!

    Switch 16

    Designed by: Anthony VadaszPublished by: Pressman Toy Corp. (2001)Players: 2 – 4Ages: 7 & upPlaying time: 20 min

    In Switch 16, each player has a deck of cards numbered 1-16. 

    During your turn you roll dice and you may remove the top and subsequent cards if some combination of the dice add up to their number. You can choose to roll more than once, but a significant penalty is applied if you then can’t remove a card. 

    But, there is another die rolled that may allow you to block other players or even switch decks with them.

    You win if you’re the first to remove all the cards in your deck.

    • 33 min
    Look Out Behind You! The Best Backstab Games of All Time!

    Look Out Behind You! The Best Backstab Games of All Time!

    PAX Unplugged Panel – December 2019

    What are “backstab” games? The panel reviews the features and mechanics of games which put them in the “backstab” category. The panel will also delve in to the people at the game table, because the game isn’t the one doing the stabbing … it’s the players! With differing opinions as to what constitutes a “backstab” game, the panel takes a hard look at some of your favorite games which beg the question: are these really backstab games?

    • 42 min
    Steam Park | Wordsmith | Oodles

    Steam Park | Wordsmith | Oodles

    First up we entice our tireless robotic employees to gear up for thrills in Steam Park!Next we frantically race to build up our vocabulary… literally in Wordsmith!And lastly we see what the buzz is about as we lock down the answers in Oodles!

    Steam Park

    Designed by: Aureliano Buonfino, Lorenzo Silva, Lorenzo Tucci SorrentinoPublished by: Horrible Guild & IELLO (2013)Players: 2 – 4Ages: 8 & upPlaying time: 60 min

    In Steam Park, you build gigantic, coal-powered rides to attract as many robot visitors as you can to make your steam-powered park the largest and most profitable in the region!

    Each round, you’ll roll dice to determine which actions you can take on your turn. You can re-roll as often as you like, but the fastest player goes first and keeps their park cleaner!

    You’ll manage your employees, and invest in advertising, to attract and please different kinds of guests visiting your park. And don’t forget, keep the dirt under strict control!

    After 6 rounds, the player with the most money . . .  AFTER paying to clean up their park . . . is the winner!


    Designed by: Bill Eberle, Peter Olotka, Greg OlotkaPublished by: HeidelBÄR Games (2019)Players: 1 – 4Ages: 10 & upPlaying time: 20 – 30 min

    In WORDSMITH, players simultaneously create letters using their letter pieces — and then, create words from those letters! Each word can only be made and scored once, so the race to discover words begins!

    Rolling the die will allow you to add more letter pieces to your pile.  Try to use all your pieces; leftover pieces are discarded, and you are limited to 12 discards each round.

    The round ends when a player makes six words. Each letter of every word is worth a point, and you get bonus points for limiting the number of pieces you discard.

    The game ends after three rounds; the player with the most points wins!


    Designed by: Brian HerschPublished by: Milton Bradley (1992)Players: 3 – 10Playing time: ~ 20 min

    In Oodles, the moderator takes the electronic timer and an Oodles card (bearing 10 questions with answers that all begin with the same letter, referred to as the “Key Letter”). Each Oodles card also has a “Silly Starter.”

    The “silly” question is asked to the player holding the Oodle stick and they begin answering the questions on the card. The Moderator for the first card gives the Oodles baton to the player on their left. The Moderator then reads questions on the card and uses the Oodles Timer to monitor players’ response times.

    You are allowed only one guess… so if you’re wrong, the Moderator calls an “all play” and reads the question again. (There is usually a different Moderator for each card played.) During the play of any card, the first player to guess correctly wins the right to keep answering questions on the card.

    The player who answers the last question correctly gets the card; five cards wins the game.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

Maximo0927 ,

Professional and fun - Best of its type

I love this podcast! It's format is perfect (explaining brief overview of rules, example of play, opinions, explanation of components, great interplay, clean, clean audio, no talking over each other and everyone clearly loves to play games - it comes across.) keep up th good work.

Adam & Kayla ,

Excellent in depth game reviews.

Which Game First is a great show to subscribe to if you have children that enjoy games. The podcast crew discusses the different aspects of each game, and it is a very effective way to learn about new games your family might like. It’s fun to hear these guys talk about a game they recommend, then purchase it and play it with family.

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Great break from other podcasts

This quirky fun podcast definitely fits a niche in my collection. It’s a lighthearted break...but also informative from a cast of friends you’re obviously having a good time... it is contagious!

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