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Jason and Katie discuss board games, life and nonsense.

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Episode 92 - Top 100 Games of All Time Part 2 (90-81)

Introduction   

  • Zany Banter

News

  • Igor Variant for Abomination from Plaid Hat.  Makes game shorter and assists in mitigating the dice more. 
  • Kohaku $29 20 days to go. Tile drafting game where players are building a Koi pond with different fish, flowers, frogs, turtles and butterflies. Each tile works in conjunction with another type of tile to score a pile of points at the end of the game. 
  • European Bird Meeples from Meeple Source.

Games played 

  • Jason - Zooloretto and Aristocracy
  • Joel - Dawn of Mankind

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Alright..You've Been Warned...

Top 100 Games of All Time Part 2: 

Jason: 90 - For Sale

Joel:  90 - The Reckoners

Jason:  89 - Ancient Terrible Things

Joel: 89 -  Century Spice Road

Jason:  88 - Scythe 

Joel: 88 - Secret Hitler

Jason:  87 - Snowdonia

Joel: 87 - Parks

Jason:  86 - Vasco da Gama

Joel:  86 - DC Comics Deckbuilding Game

Jason:  85 - Royals

Joel:  85 - Broom Service

Jason:  84 - Ex Libris

Joel:  84 - Clash of Cultures

Jason: 83 - The Artemis Project

Joel: 83 - Tzolk’in The Mayan Calendar

Jason:  82 - Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle

Joel:  82 - CO2: Second Chance

Jason:  81 - Thrash ‘n Roll

Joel:  81 - Pulsar 2849

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 Episode 91 - Top 100 Games of All Time Part 1 (100-91)

Introduction:   

  • Zany Banter

News: 

  • New edition of Caylus 
  • Rome & Roll PSC Games. $36 with 16 days left. Deep roll and write from designers of Dice Settlers and Anachrony.  This looks to have some strategy and be much deeper than most other roll and writes. It has meeples that get used as well. Dino World. 
  • Above Top Secret by 3Mates Games. $33 with 8 days left. Two Player card game with a spy theme where players are trying to eliminate other players base areas while still keeping one of yours safe. 

Games played: 

  • Jason - Prime Time 
  • Joel - Aeon’s End Legacy

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Top 100 Games of All Time Part 1: 

Jason:  100 - Dungeon Petz

Joel:  100 - Takenoko

Jason:  99 - Res Arcana

Joel:  99 - Tickerion: Legends of Illusion

Jason:  98 - Notre Dame

Joel: 98 -  Teotihuacan: City of the Gods

Jason:  97 - Ladies & Gentlemen

Joel:  97 - Dice Forge

Jason:  96 - Space Explorers

Joel:  96 - Roll Player

Jason:  95 - Symphony #9

Joel:  95 - Eclipse

Jason:  94 - Clank! In! Space!

Joel:  94 - First Class: All...

Jason: 93 - Yunnan

Joel: 93 - Mansions of Madness: Second Ed 

Jason:  92 - Madame Ching

Joel:  92 - The Reckoners

Jason:  91 - Revolution!

Joel:  91 - Millennium Blades

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BGM Blog 11

By Jason

Enough with the Star Wars Games Already!

What is the fascination with Star Wars games?  I am a fan of the movies. In fact, I like them quite a bit.  They are a good mix of action, comedy and drama and no matter how old they get they are still great fun to watch.  That being said I don’t understand why we as gamers appear to like games better because they have a Star Wars them slapped on them.  I also don’t understand why we need to have games from this, or any other, IP at all.  There are many shows and movies that I enjoy that I don’t feel need to be plastered all over the board gaming world.  For example, I am a huge fan of Jay and Silent Bob movies (Mallrats, Clerks, Chasing Amy, Etc.) but I wouldn’t want to have a Clerks themed Food Chain Magnate or a Mallrats themed Munchkin…it isn’t necessary (neither is Munchkin really but that is for another time).  We can be fans of multiple different things without having to have all of our fandoms involved in every other hobby that we have. I play in a band and am a fan of Jurassic Park movies.  I am not only writing songs about Velociraptors or Triceratops because that would be madness (and maybe pretty cool…but I digress).

Star Wars is great.  Board games are great.  Star Wars board games, by some peoples estimation, are also great but we have got to stop making all aspects of all of our hobbies cross over and blend into each other.  It is okay to play Descent even though it doesn’t have a Star Wars theme.  It is okay to play the non-Star Wars version of Carcassone.  It is okay to play a game you love whether or not it has one of your favorite fandoms included in it at all.  If you love Star Wars games ultimately that is alright, play what you enjoy.  Just remember that there are tons of board gamers out there they may not enjoy Star Wars and just want to play a game about farming or fashion.  Live and let live (unless it is living to make more Star Wars games) and play what you want to play.  Who am I to judge (even though that is literally what I have been doing…oops)?

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Episode 90 - BGM Christmas Buying List

Introduction:   

  • Zany Banter!!

News:

  • Pandemain: Traditional Farmers’ Bread $53 13 Days to Go. 
  • Fantasy Ranch
  • Calico $29 with 26 days to go. 
  • Wingspan Meeple Source Inserts

Games we have been playing:

  • Joel -  Tin Goose
  • Jason - Just One
  • Joel -  Box Cars 
  • Jason - Wreck Raiders

BGM Christmas Buying List:

  • Game for a Kid:
    • Jason - Loopin’ Louie
    • Joel - Fairy Tile 
  • Game for a Gamer:
    • Joel - Black Angel
    • Jason - Trismegistus: The Ultimate Formula
  • Stocking Stuffer:
    • Jason - Bohnanza 
    • Joel - Tussie Mussie 
  • Game for the significant other:
    • Joel - Ticket to Ride: Nordic Co
    • Jason - 7 Wonders: Duel
  • Game for a Video Gamer:
    • Jason - Carthage
    • Joel - Boss Monster: Rise of the Minibosses

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Episode 89 - Pandasaurus Interview

Introduction:   

  • Zany Banter!!
  • Ashley Review:  Jason, Joel... what an absolute pleasure! Hello from across the pond in sunny England! I was new to boardgames approx 10 months ago and was lucky to stumble into the NoBog (Norwich Boardgamers) which has 850 members and meets every Monday and Tuesday with a 20-40 people turn out. I also found your podcast and have since listened to EVERY episode! Now I feel experienced and worthy enough to say “Hi, I fricking love you guys” 🙈😂👍🏼 Highly respect your opinions on most things and glad to have based the start of my collection on most of your recommendations! I’ve just recommended you to the other 849 people in our group so hopefully you might get 1 more listener by the end of the week 😂 Keep up the good work and an honourable mention would make my work day/week/month/year. Couple more things- how do I get into the riveted? And I might be heading over to the mid west at some point in the next 2 years... if there’s a spare seat at the Boardgame Mechanics con I’d love to pop in and kick some a**!!! Bit concerned about finding out what you guys look like in case it doesn’t match the doomsday prepping, redneck, all American, good ole boy image in my head. Play on playaz. Keep gamin’ 😉 

News:

  • Rococo Deluxe from EGG and designers Matthias Cramer and Louis and Stefan Maltz will be hitting Kickstarter March 2020.  Updates art and graphic design by Ian O’Toole. 
  • Ruins of Mars from Atheris Entertainment $29 with 14 days to go. 
  • Camp Pinetop from Talon Strikes. $20 with 14 days to go. 
  • Unicorn Fever from Horrible Games
  • Godspeed from Pandasaurus

Games played:

  • Jason - Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein - Plaid Hat
  • Joel - PARKS - Keymaster
  • Jason - Bunny Kingdom - Iello 
  • Joel -  The Gallerist - EGG

Pandasaurus Interview (Godspeed):  Adam Hill and Clayton Hargrave

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