Men on Board is a bi-weekly, hour long podcast where a group of friends focuses their discussion on a single topic, either by picking two games in a given category and discussing and comparing them or in a less structured Kiki format for more general conversations.
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This episode ended up being a little bit longer because we were having a lot of fun in our Broader View, so hopefully you enjoy the extra content! The category this week is cooperative games, and both of our cooperative games that we’re talking about have an island theme: Robinson Crusoe and Spirit Island. In our Broader View, we continue with the island theme and we discuss what three games (or as Jameson insists three games and a deck of cards) would we bring to a desert island. We also all cheat and sneak in an honorable mention.
In this episode we’re talking about Next Move Games, which is an imprint from the publisher Plan B Games. We’re talking about both of the games that Next Move has published to date: Azul and Reef. In our Broader View, we talk about what we consider filler games and how we feel about them.
[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:01:05] - Next Move Games
[00:01:29] - Azul
[00:16:27] - Reef
[00:31:39] - Comparison
[00:40:36] - Other Tile Laying Games
[00:43:31] - Broader View
In this shorter than average episode, we’re going back to Social Deduction games, but this time we’re focusing on games that play in a short amount of time. Specifically, we’re talking about One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Crossfire. In our Broader View, we talk about playing games at parties, and we end up spending way too much time talking about our frustrations with Cards Against Humanity.
Shakespeare is the category this week as we discuss the games Histrio and Shakespeare. In our Broader View, we talk about settings in board games, and the conversation goes into some places that we weren’t expecting and get a little bit real.
[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:00:47] - Shakespeare (Category)
[00:01:25] - Histrio
[00:13:32] - Shakespeare (Game)
[00:34:41] - Comparison
[00:43:37] - Other Games about Putting on Shows
[00:46:21] - Broader View
This week we’re looking at two series of games that simulate the feeling of an escape room: the Unlock series and the Exit series. Because of the nature of these games, we were very careful to avoid spoilers, and only lightly touched on a few topics that may be considered slight spoilers, so I have noted those times in the show notes below, along with what is talked about in general. In our Broader View, we talk about how to make your game group more inclusive with a particular focus on inclusivity for gay men.
Today we’re celebrating our one year anniversary, and because this episode is coming out a day late, it is actually coming out on our one year anniversary! So in honor of making it a full year, we’re going back to our very first category and revisiting hidden movement with Specter Ops and Nuns on the Run. In our Broader View, we reflect on the last year of recording this podcast. Thank you to everyone that has been on this journey with us!
This episode went longer than we try to keep our episodes, but since we're talking about Twilight Imperium that seemed appropriate. Specifically, we're talking about Twilight Imperium Third Edition and Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition. Also, because Josh has never played Twilight Imperium, we brought in our friend (Other) Matt to fill in our fourth chair. In our Broader View, we talk about playing games that are an all day event.
Today we're discussing board games that are in some degree hybrids of board games and video games. These are games that require smartphone apps in order to be played, and the two games that we're featuring are Stop Thief! and Mansions of Madness Second Edition. Then, in our Broader View, we're going to flip the script and talk about board games that have been made into apps and how we feel about that.
In part two of our two part "plus" series, we're looking at deckbuilding games that both have some mechanics that go a little bit beyond the typical deckbuilding game. Specifically, we're talking about Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure and The Quest for El Dorado. In our Broader View, we go on a series of tangents about sleeving, shuffling, and storing cards, which we're calling card maintenence.
In this episode's category, we're looking at two deduction games that have a little bit more going on than just straightforward deduction: Mystery Express and Alchemists. In our Broader View, we talk about Aaron's pet peeve of Deduction and Mystery being used as synonyms. Also in this episode, we're putting the call out for feedback as we near our one year anniversary of podcasting and look forward to the future.