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June 19, 2017
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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

June 12, 2017
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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

June 5, 2017
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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

May 29, 2017
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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

May 22, 2017
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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

May 8, 2017
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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

April 17, 2017
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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.

April 11, 2017
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This past weekend, Anitra attended Granite Game Summit 2017 in Nashua, NH. It was a lot of fun, but also very different from the type of events we normally attend as The Family Gamers. We discuss what G2S was like, highlights of the show, and what else happened in our family the past two weeks.The Grimm Forest Kickstarter is almost

March 28, 2017
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We were inspired by our recent experiences playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild to talk about playing games collaboratively or cooperatively. We often talk about cooperative board games, but did you know there are many options for playing together with video games, too? What we’ve done in the last two weeks: Andrew went to PAX East. We played Fight for

March 20, 2017
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We interview James Hudson of Druid City Games, designer of Barnyard Roundup and publisher of The Grimm Forest. You’ll never believe what game introduced him to modern board gaming! James started playing board games with his family because he was tired of them burying their noses in smartphones and other screen-based games. The first modern game he bought was Power

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