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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Board Gamers Anonymous Episodes

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It's easy to get caught up in the cult of the new. So easy in fact, that we got caught up in the rerelease of an older game! Thank goodness, though, because Brass (a game Chris and Anthony both missed out on), is amazing. Which is why this week's episode is full of all things Brass. 

To kick things of, we ask our question of the week: Are there any board game franchises for which you will buy just about anything released? Even if you don't play it very often?

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Wait, what? Five years already? Dang, time flies. 

That's what this episode is all about as we take a look back at the last year of the podcast with our favorites from 2017-18, but also at the last five years and what we've been able to accomplish in that time. Join us for four new reviews, a bevy of good games we're excited to play soon, and some of our favorite stuff from recent episodes. 

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This time of year is full of gaming with the kids. School hasn't quite started but the summer has slowed down, plus lots of new games from cons to get to the table. So this week we're looking at the top ten children's games we get to our tables. 

First up, though, we ask the listeners what gamer they love to play, but the more they play it, the worse they do. 

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We had a chance to speak with a ton of great publishers, designers, artists, and gamers at Gen Con and recorded some of those conversations. 

In this special bonus episode you can find all of our interviews in a one hour presentation, featuring conversations with:

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We're tackling one of the great games of skill and chance this week as we look at six modern board games you might like if you're a fan of Poker. Whether you're getting into modern hobby games or just looking for something new with poker mechanics in it, we have a few you might want to check out. 

To kick things off, we asked the listeners our question of the week - what game mechanics they'd like to see in legacy games moving forward. 

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We're tackling one of the great games of skill and chance this week as we look at six modern board games you might like if you're a fan of Poker. Whether you're getting into modern hobby games or just looking for something new with poker mechanics in it, we have a few you might want to check out. 

To kick things off, we asked the listeners our question of the week - what game mechanics they'd like to see in legacy games moving forward. 

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Gen Con! 

We're back from the big show and are excited to share with you everything we saw, played and experienced at the show this year. 

We start off by discussing the games we got a chance to demo or see that aren't yet out, but that we are excited to see more of in the weeks and months to come. Then we delve into the games we DID bring home and you can look forward to reviews of in the next few weeks. 

Finally, we share some of our favorite moments from the show, including the shark jumping releases, mergers and acquisitions, and more from the big show. 

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Ever want to wine and dine a potential client or get to know your new colleagues over board games? This week, we look at some games that offer the social interaction without potential gaffes or uncomfortable situations that work perfectly for low-key non-drinking ice-breakers. 

Before we dive in, we look at our question of the week - asking the listeners "What's the most ostentatious thing you've seen printed for or with a board game (besides CMON's jumbo Cthulhu)?"

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Only one week to Gen Con! That means it's time to run down some of the hottest games everyone's talking about, plus lots of reviews of our recent plays from Origins. 

To kick things off, we chat about the recently announced Spiel des Jahres winners - Azul, Die Quacksalber von Quedlinburg, and Dragon's Breath. 

Then we read listener answers to our question of the week, which asked, "What criteria do you use when/if culling your board game collection?" - a spot on question for convention season. 

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In the grand tradition of the (relatively new) cinematic universe, this week we're looking at our favorite board game universes. Join Chris and Anthony as they delve into several different universes that have expanded with shared rules, components, and characters. 

We start by asking the listeners about some of their favorites, then dive into Acquisition Disorders. Anthony talks about Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, currently on Kickstarter, and Chris looks at the newest from Next Move Games (Plan B): Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra. 

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