Board Game Barrage
Board Game Barrage
Board Game Barrage
Join Kellen, Neilan, Mark, and Christina for a podcast about board games, the latest hotness, and how to have fun with your friends even when you're losing.
#150: Revenge of the Ghost Turkey
Gobble gobble, you got got! We wouldn't leave you hanging when there's important work to be done. Happy Thanksgiving! 02:54 - Marco Pollo: Sultry Poultry Edition 04:01 - Startups 05:33 - New York Zoo 06:49 - Hang on Harvey 09:27 - Fast Sloths 11:43 - ICECOOL 13:47 - Root: The Underworld Expansion 15:21 - Mariposas 16:25 - Fafnir 17:52 - Pokémon Trading Card Game 20:19 - Loopin' Louie 21:55 - Biblios https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Nov 26
25 min
#149: Have You No Shame?
Boy, what a year it's been for accumulating games that we can't play. The shelf of shame, the collection of games we own that are yet to see a single play, has been steadily growing, and it's about time we pruned it. We check in on the games most deserving of that first play. Before we take a walk of shame, we talk about Sonora, Troyes Dice, Macao, Quantum, and Rurik: Dawn of Kiev. 01:49 - Sonora 04:17 - Troyes Dice 07:14 - Macao 08:22 - The Castles of Burgundy 09:41 - Quantum 16:30 - Rurik: Dawn of Kiev 30:55 - Shelf of Shame update 40:12 - Star Wars: Rebellion 40:59 - Maracaibo 42:04 - Stock hold'em 45:25 - Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia 47:10 - Antike II https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Nov 19
52 min
#148: Your Comfort Zone
Put on your thick socks, wrap yourself in a blanket, and get comfortable with us in front of the fire. We're using our patent pending formula (aka BGBBOB) to find the best heart warming comfort games. Twelve board games enter, and ... twelve leave, but arranged in the scientifically correct order. Before we get comfortable, we talk about The Castles of Tuscany, Cooper Island, and SCOUT! 02:41 - The Castles of Tuscany 12:32 - Cooper Island 20:02 - SCOUT! 31:02 - Dominion 32:12 - Lost Cities 36:16 - Patchwork 36:42 - Telestrations 38:50 - Wizard 40:06 - The Game 43:09 - Coloretto 44:05 - San Juan 45:43 - Scrabble 47:52 - Sushi Go! 52:25 - Biblios 55:11 - Splendor https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Nov 11
1 hr 14 min
#147: The Great Compromise
At least in some things, you've got to give a little to get a little, but what would you give to get what you want? We're coming up with our big board game compromises, the things we'd happily trade away to fix some of our biggest frustrations.  Before we deal with the devil, we talk about Lost Ruins of Arnak, Ohanami, and Beyond the Sun. 01:49 - Lost Ruins of Arnak 02:39 - Dune: Imperium 13:47 - Ohanami 13:47 - The Game 21:53 - Beyond the Sun 22:42 - Innovation 27:52 - Through the Ages 38:38 - Board Game Compromises 39:22 - Cthulhu Wars (aka Squares vs. Circles vs. Triangles) 42:49 - Kemet 46:14 - A Feast for Odin 48:14 - Brass: Lancashire 48:14 - Brass: Birmingham 48:47 - Nemesis 49:20 - Biblios https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Nov 4
58 min
#146: Essen SPIEL 2020 Hype List
Essen SPIEL is the latest of the conventions in 2020 to go digital, which is convenient for us, because we weren't about to fly to Germany any time soon. We perused the upcoming games that were showcased as part of the event, and picked our favourites to talk about. It's a top 5! Before we virtually convene, we talk about Babylonia, Veiled Fate, and Dune: Imperium. 02:29 - Babylonia 15:09 - Veiled Fate 25:37 - Dune: Imperium 35:35 - Essen SPIEL 2020 Review 37:58 - Paris 40:05 - Paleo 41:32 - Beez 43:06 - Venice 45:11 - Clever hoch Drei 46:44 - Coyote 48:33 - The Red Cathedral 50:05 - Master Word 51:56 - Troyes Dice 53:05 - Faiyum 54:32 - CloudAge 55:55 - Krazy Pix 57:34 - Anno 1800 59:52 - Polynesia 01:01:10 - Beyond the Sun https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Oct 29
1 hr 4 min
#145: Zero to One Hundred: $100 Collection Triple Triumph
We weren't going to let Kellen have the last word on what makes the perfect $100 collection, so the 139 squad is here to finish it out. Forgot the premise? You've lost all your board games, and only have $100 to rebuild it; what do you buy first? Before we make every penny count, we talk about Cosmic Encounter Duel, Hundreds of Horses, Billionaire Banshee, and Floor Plan. 03:45 - Cosmic Encounter Duel 11:53 - Hundreds of Horses 14:21 - Billionaire Banshee 17:50 - Floor Plan 23:08 - Mark's $100 Collection 23:53 - Biblios 24:40 - Arboretum 25:49 - The Crew: Quest for Planet Nine 26:34 - Race for the Galaxy 27:31 - The Estates 28:30 - Are You A Robot? 30:37 - Christina's $100 Collection 31:14 - Innovation 32:28 - Coloretto 33:24 - SiXeS 34:31 - Hanabi 36:00 - Troyes 39:54 - Neilan's $100 Collection 40:35 - Blue Lagoon 41:59 - Twice as Clever! 43:17 - Sidereal Confluence: Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant 44:43 - The Resistance: Avalon Check out our $100 Collection Geeklist, and add your own: https://bit.ly/37vKztK Mark & Kellen playing Hundreds of Horses at AwSHUX: https://bit.ly/3ocjeCS Christina & Neilan playing Billionaire Banshee at AwSHUX: https://bit.ly/3klA002 Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Oct 22
57 min
#144: Zero to One Hundred: Red Tank’s $100 Collection
It's an awful notion, but bare with me. What if you lost your entire board game collection, and had to rebuild it from scratch? Here's the catch, you only have one hundred dollars. We try to predict what the Red Tank would do, before he talks us through what makes the cut, and why. Before we rebuild, we talk about 5211, Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan, and Cóatl. 03:10 - 5211 10:35 - Marco Polo II: In the Service of the Khan 10:35 - The Voyages of Marco Polo 21:13 - Cóatl 26:15 - Sagrada 26:47 - Reef 29:37 - Ghost Turkey Registration 30:43 - Board Game Barrage Merch! 31:33 - Zero to One Hundred: Red Edition 36:16 - Azul 36:16 - Splendor 37:02 - Codenames 38:58 - Innovation 41:06 - Dune 44:32 - Hansa Teutonica: Big Box 46:17 - Telestrations 47:50 - Oink Games Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Oct 15
54 min
#143: Pace Yourself
Slow and steady might win the race, but it doesn't make for an exciting board game. Pacing is a vital component of most entertainment mediums that doesn't often get applied to board games, so we're going to climb and climb and climb and climb ... and then rapidly descend down the roller-coaster of emotion that makes for some of our favourite games. Before we set the pace, we talk about Bus, The Game: Quick & Easy, and Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun. 02:27 - Bus 21:40 - The Game: Quick & Easy 28:34 - Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun 41:50 - Teotihuacan 45:45 - Pacing in Board Games 50:53 - Fast Sloths 52:20 - The Estates 53:39 - Taj Mahal 54:03 - Kemet 54:29 - Rising Sun 55:22 - Food Chain Magnate 55:46 - Archipelago 57:47 - Escape Plan 58:39 - Troyes 1:01:28 - Splendor 1:01:58 - Dogs of War 1:01:58 - Cursed Court 1:03:07 - Time's Up 1:04:08 - The Voyages of Marco Polo Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Oct 8
1 hr 6 min
#142: Play Me a Memory
Blessed are the forgetful, because they don't have to play memory games? After all, games with a strong memory component often get a bad rap in the hobby. We look at some of the reasons why very few games want to test your memory, and just to be otherwise, we discuss some of our favourite games that do. Before we walk our mind palaces, we talk about Fort, Under Falling Skies, and Tellstones: King's Gambit. 01:47 - Fort 10:15 - Under Falling Skies 17:56 - Tellstones: King's Gambit 29:37 - Ghost Turkey 2020 32:52 - Memory as a Game Mechanic 38:43 - Carnival of Monsters 39:38 - Inis 42:01 - El Grande 45:51 - Modern Art 47:50 - Tigris & Euphrates 48:43 - Time's Up! 51:09 - Cthulhu Wars 53:08 - Heroes of Land, Air & Sea 56:03 - Aeon's End 57:24 - Dune Check out Optimal Play's Tellstones playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3x7oZRfCs0 Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Oct 1
1 hr 3 min
#141: Expectations Great and Small
We often build up the idea of what a game will be before we play it, whether for bad or good, and the reality of the game itself might deliver something we weren't expecting. We take a look at what often leads to our expectations being shattered, and mention some of the games that most defied them. Before we expect the unexpected, we talk about SHŌBU, Pan Am, and Planet Unknown. 02:35 - SHŌBU 08:55 - Pan Am 17:58 - Planet Unknown 25:46 - BGB Perpetual Math Trade 27:02 - Board Game Expectations 27:37 - Terra Mystica 28:14 - Brass: Birmingham 32:56 - Macao 36:02 - Railroad Rivals 36:26 - Ragusa 37:02 - Sanctum 38:33 - Unmatched 40:38 - The 7th Continent 47:07 - Stamps 47:41 - Square on Sale 48:33 - Glory to Rome Join the discussion at: https://boardgamebarrage.com/discord
Sep 23
56 min
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