Contributor: Anitra Smith

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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

August 6, 2018
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It’s that time again – Gen Con is the largest gaming convention in the USA. If it seems like we’ve done this before, it’s because we have! We covered Gen Con (and Gen Can’t) last year (episode 60). Warning: this episode includes 2 hours of interviews from Gen Con, recorded by our man on the ground, Nick Martinelli. Our Gen

July 9, 2018
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As the Family Gamers, we have a wide variety of games on our shelves. We feel that having variety in your collection is very important. But first, what we’ve been playing! What We’ve Been Playing: Let Them Eat Shrimp – by the fantastic Dr. Finn (of Herbaceous and The Little Flower Shop). Deep Sea Adventure – we’ve found that the

May 14, 2018
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In honor of Mother’s Day, we talk about games to play with your mom. What do our own kids think Mom (Anitra) would like to play? Last week, we had Asher on the show. This week, Claire is our co-host as we talk about games for mom. Whether your mom is a gamer or not, we have a recommendation for

May 7, 2018
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On this show, we have a special guest interviewer, our son Asher! We talk to Sam Bryant and Gwen Ruelle, also known as Runaway Parade Games, about their game Fire Tower, on Kickstarter now. As we’ve mentioned, Asher played Fire Tower at Granite Game Summit. He loved it, and not only because he took out all his opponents. Fire Tower

May 2, 2018
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House rules! Love them or hate them, everybody has played some games not quite as written. When done well, house rules can help equalize skill levels or make a game more fun. We ask our listeners for some of their favorites. What We’ve Been Playing POW! from Gigamic. Build a stable of comic-book villains and heroes, primarily through dice rolls.

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