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October 22, 2018
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It’s that time of year again! We revisit the best spooky, magical, and weird games to play for Halloween. But first, let’s catch you up on what we’ve been playing over the last month! What We’ve Been Playing: Sparkle*Kitty – a new favorite of Claire’s. Play word cards as “spells” to break down your princess’s tower. Twin Stars – a

October 8, 2018
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Last week was Boston FIG, our favorite indie game festival. We talk favorite games and impressions, with special guest co-host and staff writer Corey Lagunowich. As in past years (2017, 2016 digital, 2016 tabletop, 2015), we couldn’t see everything. Instead, we’ll tell you about our favorite games of the festival. Digital Showcase We noticed a lot of derivative games. What

October 1, 2018
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Is episode 113 the episode of Funk? No, it’s the episode of Funkhouser! Derek & Lizzy Funkhouser run a social media community called “Board Game Spotlight”. They have been called the “Carebears”, because their rule is to be nice, even in disagreement. They want to make a friendly, inclusive place on the internet for all board gamers. It’s ok not

September 24, 2018
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Is resource management more than a business term? Do you take that? Or would you rather use worker placement to gain area control? We dissect some common terms from the board game world, and give examples of games that use these mechanics. What we’ve been playing Senshi by Arcane Wonders – recommended to us by Ryan and Erin Gutowski of

September 17, 2018
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We’re turning this episode up to 11! We’re joined by Marc Specter, the Grand Poobah of the Grand Gamers Guild. We’ve had Marc on the show before to talk about Pocket Ops, but this time we’re talking about a brand new Kickstarter, The Artemis Project. The Artemis Project The Artemis Project is a bit different from the games we normally

September 10, 2018
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We love games that tell a story. Whether the stories are driving the game, or encourage players to get into character and make their own story, these games are fun. Enhance your game-playing experience with some of these. What We’ve Been Playing: Scarabya (coming in October from Blue Orange). A multi-player-solitaire polyomino game. Fun, even though we can’t figure out

September 3, 2018
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Today we interview two special guests: Hannah Schauer and Karen Cleveland from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Why are we interviewing employees of the Department of Natural Resources? Because they made a game! What in the Wild? is a game system with 120 cards and instructions to play five different games, using common wildlife and plant species across the

August 28, 2018
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Sometimes, you just want to play with your kids instead of playing against them. We discuss our favorite cooperative board games to play with children. What We’ve Been Playing: Dicey Peaks Fight for Olympus (see our review) Katamino Tempus Imperium (find it here) My First Stone Age Sports Dice: Football (from FoxMind / FunWiz) – Andrew likes this even more

August 20, 2018
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Let’s talk to Nick and Izzy about their Gen Con experience! 107 is a prime number: A great way to introduce Optimus Prime super-fan, Nick Martinelli! Nick writes for TFG and most recently wrote a review for Let Them Eat Shrimp! Nick has been gaming for about 10 years. Carcasonne & Catan were his gateway into boardgaming; he actually started

August 13, 2018
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We all experience burn out sometimes. Netflix and chill turning into “stare into space”?  Wish you were playing a game, but can’t wrap your head around your usual fare? Sometimes we still want the social experience of games, even when our brains are fried. We discuss some of our favorite light strategy games that are good for relaxing. Parents, is this

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