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December 31, 2018
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Happy (almost) New Year! We’re back to doing “regular” shows after our PAXU blitz, and it feels good. Games Given and Received for Christmas: IceCOOL (which we had before we received IceCOOL2 from Brain Games for review! Argh!) Mole Rats in Space – a nice cooperative game from Peaceable Kingdom. Draw cards that determine what you’re allowed to do on

December 24, 2018
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We welcome back Spencer Williams, formerly of Married with Boardgames, to talk about his new Lighten Up! initiative. What We’ve Been Playing Spencer is loving Forbidden Sky – it uses real electricity! Takes the “Forbidden” games to the next level. Many ways to die – struck by lighting, blown off the platform, etc. while you are trying to build the

December 17, 2018
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We’re here with another hour of interviews from PAX Unplugged. But we’ll also talk about our highlights in gaming from the last few weeks, and a little bit of Backtalk! What We’ve Been Playing We’re only giving you the highlights because there’s a TON of games we’ve played in the past month, and we don’t have time to cover them

December 10, 2018
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Today we have a real NASA scientist on the show! Welcome Dante Lauretta, Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona. Dante is the leader of a NASA mission called OSIRIS-REx, which has just arrived at a near-earth asteroid called Bennu. He tells us about that mission and what is planned for the spacecraft. Dante has created three games,

December 4, 2018
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We just returned from this year’s PAX Unplugged. We’re exhausted, but ready to share with you our favorite moments and interviews from the show! Our Favorite Moments Anitra loved going to Flip Florey’s Super Saturday Board Game Serial – LIVE! Laid back but lots of fun. Flip had even made a lot of “20 sided balloons” and the gamification wheel

November 26, 2018
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We’re joined again this week by Stephen Duetzmann from Engaged Family Gaming! We are really looking forward to seeing Blume at the Yanaguana Games booth at PAX Unplugged. (Stephen formerly told us about Blume on episode 103.) Stephen is our go-to man for all things video game. “I’m weaponized.” What We’ve Been Playing Spider-Man (both Andrew and Anitra) – Andrew

November 19, 2018
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Did you know the average family has 1.8 kids? What do you do with the extra .8? Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are upon us. Even if you normally play with 2 or 3 players, you’ll probably want to accommodate more family in your games! After geeking out a little bit about the change in how the kilogram is defined,

November 12, 2018
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Our guest this week is Jenn Bartlett, “The Boardgame Librarian”. Jenn works at a public library in Connecticut, and part of her job is to “cultivate a boardgame collection, run a boardgame program, and do a lot of outreach and education too. I get to be an awesome librarian who works with awesome boardgames!” Have you always wanted to be

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

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