This time we have a special guest in the studio! Our friend Liz Kelley is a staff writer for The Family Gamers website, but she’s also a teacher. Since school starts this time of year, we wanted to talk to her about something special: she coaches the board game club at her school. What Has Liz Been Playing? Liz learned
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What We’ve Been Playing: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Robo Diner Purrrlock Holmes Set Windup War Qwingo Roll Player Batman Fluxx H.I.D.E. Potion Explosion Silly Street GenCon: Whistle Stop Our listener Nick M (@ShredDemon) tweeted us a selfie with Andy Geremia! His highlights include: Fireball island from Restoration Games was the most exciting news for me. (Remake of Fireball
This week’s interview is with Chris Anderson, a board game designer (Blue Cube Board Games) and host of The Board Game Workshop podcast. The board game design community is full of great people who really want designers to succeed. Shout out to the chapter of the Game Maker’s Guild based on Boston. There’s very little competition; rather, everyone wins because
As we mentioned last week, we’ve been camping! We talk about several camping-themed games from Education Outdoors. We discuss how we set parameters for personal screen time for our oldest on trips: she can only use it in appropriate circumstances, without recharging. Now that she has had the same rules a few times, she’s figured out how to stretch out
We’ve brought Andy back on the show to talk about two new games he has coming out now from FunWiz (a division of FoxMind), Brew Dice and Sports Dice: Baseball. Andy’s first game was Maze Racers (we interviewed him about it back in 2015), but he didn’t want to stop there. He’s been continuing to design new games! Despite the
We are all about teaching our kids (and others) to play games. But how do you teach skills that are integral to good game-playing: concepts like logical deduction, planning ahead, and making strategic choices? With games, of course! We highlight our top 5 games to teach game-playing skills. Games we’ve been playing: Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty’s Trail Kingdomino (update: Kingdomino did
It’s an odd-numbered show, so that means we have a guest! This week, it is Chris Nichols, inventor of The Card Caddy. The Card Caddy was born of necessity; when Chris’s son was younger, he wanted to play Uno everywhere. The cards were always getting mangled by rubber bands, or slipping out of the crummy paperboard box to scatter everywhere.
On this episode, we discuss what makes a board game good for playing outside, like at a picnic! Notable games from the last two weeks: Bärenpark Problem Picnic Sports Dice: Baseball (in stores late summer) Good games to bring to a picnic Requirements: quick to play or easy to drop in heavy duty pieces (no cards, not much cardboard).
We interview Marc Specter, the man behind Grand Gamers Guild, and their games Pocket Ops, Unreal Estate, and Stroop. Their game Pocket Ops is finishing a Kickstarter today! Pocket Ops is a strategic deduction game based on tic-tac-toe. It is very simple to learn, with two extra layers that make it much more interesting to play. The main mechanic is
Summer is on its way; some of the larger board game and video game events are happening this time of year. We talk about the news that interested us from Origins Game Fair and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). School is out, summer vacation has begun. So many games are being played! Anitra shares how she is using a list