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.
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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
Donovan Eberling and Jeff James are the founders of Iron Hippo Games and co-creators (or maybe “architects”) of Tournament of Towers, a dexterity game now on Kickstarter. Iron Hippo Games has its seed in the “bro-cathalon” that Jeff ran for Donovan’s bachelor weekend. They’ve been working on other games, but Tournament of Towers is the first one to come to
Welcome to episode 50! We’ve been doing The Family Gamers Podcast for quite a while, and thought we would take an opportunity to look back, especially at a few of our early episodes. What we’ve been playing Silly Street (we put pictures of the silliness on Instagram) Barnyard Roundup (see our review) Extraordinaires Design Studio at the kids’ school (we
We are so excited to interview Rory O’Connor, of Rory’s Story Cubes fame! We start by discussing his company The Creativity Hub. They have just launched a Kickstarter for a new game, Untold: Adventures Await. We love their design toy/tool The Extraordinaires Design Studio. The purpose of The Extraordinaires is to get in a designer’s mindset – being curious and
Waiting around at a restaurant is so boring. What do you do to pass the time with your hungry children? Well, if you are The Family Gamers, you play games, of course! What is your favorite game to play in a restaurant? First, we announce a new winner of the BattleGoats giveaway, since Spencer Williams (marriedwithbg.com) gracefully declined. The new
MMO and RTS and FPS, oh my! What is a platformer? Should my toddler play a sandbox game? We define a few common video game terms and abbreviations. What we’ve been playing T.I.M.E. Stories – We enjoyed this RPG, although we haven’t beaten the base game yet. We can understand why it tends to be a love-it-or-hate it game. There
Jeff Johnston designs games as a hobby. He is the mind behind Pair of Jacks Games, and Anitra sat down with him at Granite Game Summit 2017 to talk about 3 of his published games: MoonQuake Escape , Flashlights & Fireflies, and Toasted or Roasted. MoonQuake Escape is published by Breaking Games. Plot your escape from an alien prison.