Dice Tower Network Podcast: Board Gamers Anonymous

Board Gamers Anonymous is an audio podcast about the tabletop hobby, covering card games, board games, and miniature games and the insane fun we have at the table together. Every two weeks BGA's hosts cover which games are triggering their acquisition disorders, what's been hitting the table, and whether the biggest new release is a buy, a play, or a dodge. The BGA crew strives to talk not only about what makes a game good, but the experiences that these games can give us and why they keep us coming back. As always, we have a seat saved just for you, so join us!

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Thanks to our new Patreon backers this week, Keith and Amy. Special thanks as well to Jim for his upgraded pledge. We're only $26 away from our next milestone - which would mean contests every week for backers. Check it out!

With 2019 now here and new games just around the corner, we want to take one last look back at 2018 and the games we listed as our most anticipated of the year last January. 

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Another year of amazing games is behind us, and that means it's time to share our best of the best and hand out our annual awards. 

This year, we've selected 10 categories (5 of which were recommended by listeners) and then rounded it off with our top 2 games of the year overall. Categories include:

Listener Categories:

  • Overlooked Gem of the Year
  • Most Innovative of the Year
  • Biggest Surprise
  • Theme that's Done (for a while)
  • Best Expansion
  • Most Underrated

BGA Categories:

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As a followup to Episode 200, we wanted to hear from the listeners on what their favorite games were, and you came through!

We're excited to share the results of a survey of nearly 300 listeners who shared their top 20 games. We've aggregated the results and pulled the top 20 overall games together into a list of the best of the best. 

Additionally, we take a look in this episode at what fell off of our top 50 lists from 4 years ago when we recorded Episode 100, and how we feel our lists have evolved since then. 

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It's the big 200 this week - our 200th episode of all time, and we're psyched. So psyched that we recorded a whole bunch of content to help keep you guys busy over the holiday break. 

That's right, it's time for our Top 100 games of all time again, and this time with a bit of a twist. Anthony and Chris have both prepared a top 100 list of their own games. On episode 200 you can listen to the top 50 for each of them, with a very special bonus coming to Patreon including the 51-100 selections for all backers at $1 or higher. 

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This week's episode is a fun one, if only because you can tell we are jazzed for next week and our big milestone at 200. In advance of that, we're going back to a classic with our "if you like" series. This time around, focused on Talisman - the classic fantasy themed roll and move. 

To kick things off, we asked the listeners our question of the week: "We're in the home stretch for 2018 - what are some of your favorite games of the year?"

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Alright, Pax is over and we had a blast. One of the best cons of the year for us (not just because it's local) and full of tons of games being played. 

As is our tradition, we're recapping this week how the con went, what we loved, and what games we both saw and got a chance to play. Because this is Pax, there were a lot! 

Previews and discussions of: Keyforge, Quacks of Quedlinburg, Azul Stained Glass, Victorian Masterminds, Architects of the West Kingdom, Teotihuacan, Terraforming Mars Colonies, Chronicles of Crime, Reykholt, Tokyo Metro, Battlestar Galactica, and Root

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We're getting ready for Pax this week and wanted to do something a little longer than the typical weekly episode, so we've revisited one of our more popular episodes from last year, reviewing the BGG Top 100. 

To kick things off, we share our Question of the Week, courtesy of listener, Chris Jarvis, Would you rather see more licensed boardgames of big IPs from other media, such as film or video games, or do you prefer the hobby to build its own worlds and characters, like Near and Far, Forbidden Desert/Sky etc?

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It's that time of year again - shopping! 

To help everyone looking for gifts for the gamers and families in their lives, we've pulled together our 2018 holiday shopping guide, complete with more than 35 games released in 2018 that will be a good fit for your next game night or family get together. 

First, we shared some of the recent games we've been playing. Anthony reviews the new Arthur expansion for Merlin and then shares at length about his newfound love for Keyforge. Chris reviews both Too Many Bones and its standalone sequel, Undertow. 

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This week, we're trying things a little differently. We're looking at the top 10 countries based on games that use them in their theme. Check out which country-themes we like best. 

Before that, though, we share the answers to the question of the week, "What's a game you love that has a mechanic you normally hate?"

For our acquisition disorders, we look at Archmage Ascension and Patchwork Doodle, both games coming (hopefully) very soon. 

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This week, Anthony and Chris look at six games you might like if you also like Coimbra. 

Before kicking things off, though, we read answers to the question of the week from the listeners: What games do you pull out for big family gatherings like Thanksgiving?

For our acquisition disorders, Anthony looks at Reavers of Midgard, the sequel to Champions of Midgard from Greyfox Games, and Chris looks at Glory: A Game of Knights, a recently highlighted game at Essen. 

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