• Look Back at 2012

    12 GIU 2024 · Brendan looks back at 2012 and examines the games he’s played that were published in that year. Join us, won’t you?Top 5 Games from 2012 - 5. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/119781/legacy-gears-time - 4. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/117959/las-vegas - 3. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/128882/resistance-avalon - 2. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/113294/escape-curse-temple - 1. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/110327/lords-waterdeep - Disqualified from consideration: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/124742/android-netrunner; https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/120677/terra-mystica; https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/131646/merchant-of-venus-second-edition - Honorable mentions: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/120217/city-horror, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/131357/coup, https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/131260/qwixx Other superlatives from 2012 - Most plays: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/129622/love-letter - Love/Hate award: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/126163/tzolkin-the-mayan-calendar - Want to Love but can’t: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/121921/robinson-crusoe-adventures-on-the-cursed-island - Cutest Game: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/124708/mice-and-mystics - Potential for Growth: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/108745/seasons - Like in the Abstract: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/128271/ginkgopolis - Best Deduction Game: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/129050/pi - Area Control Extravaganza: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/104363/rex-final-days-empire Best Duel: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/118048/targi What games from 2012 do you love? Head over to https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/ and share your thoughts!
    30 min. 19 sec.
  • Negotiation … and Betrayal!

    10 GIU 2024 · Brendan shares his views on negotiation games, articulating 3 different kinds of them and what he likes and dislikes about each. Join us, won’t you? - Economic Negotiation Games - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/13/catan (1995) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/202426/sidereal-confluence (2017) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1406/monopoly (1935) - Organized Negotiation and Alliances - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/104363/rex-final-days-empire (2012) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/121/dune (1979); https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/283355/dune (2019) - Political / Area Control Negotiation Games - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/483/diplomacy (1959) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/103343/a-game-of-thrones-the-board-game-second-edition (2011) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/197320/handful-stars (2017) What are your favorite negotiation (and betrayal) games? Share your thoughts over on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    19 min. 41 sec.
  • Revisiting ‘Episode 224 – Paper Tales, The Isle of Cats, & Everdell – Pearlbrook’ (400 Back)

    7 GIU 2024 · Brendan looks back 4 years to see what was happening four years ago at this time. Join us, won’t you? - https://rattleboxgames.com/2020/04/04/pick-up-deliver-224-paper-tales-the-isle-of-cats-everdell-pearlbrook/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/217861/paper-tales - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/68448/7-wonders - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/133473/sushi-go - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/271324/its-a-wonderful-world - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/281259/isle-cats - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/338021/isle-cats-boat-pack - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/338020/isle-cats-kittens-beasts - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/338460/isle-cats-explore-draw - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/259996/everdell-pearlbrook - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/199792/everdell - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/289057/everdell-bellfaire - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/289056/everdell-spirecrest - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/332390/everdell-newleaf - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/332398/everdell-the-complete-collection What games were you playing 4 years ago? Share and commiserate over on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    19 min. 45 sec.
  • Reading Roundup, Q1 2024

    5 GIU 2024 · Brendan talks about the books he’s read since the last time he did one of these book review episodes. Join us, won’t you? - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6360392569 by Charles Stross - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/141517/study-emerald - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/253344/cthulhu-death-may-die - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6279699150 by Jordan Morris and Sarah Morgan - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6267222804 by Edward Ashton - https://rpggeek.com/rpgfamily/378/paranoia - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6124174536 by Nadia Shammus and Marie Enger - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57122789-the-king-in-yellow-and-other-horrors - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/205637/arkham-horror-the-card-game - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/29691266 by Ursula K. Le Guin - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/171233/the-big-book-of-madness - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6181124285 by Maureen Kilmer - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/144826/zombie-15 What books did you read between January and March of this year? Share your list over on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    18 min. 36 sec.
  • Top of the Stack, June 2024

    3 GIU 2024 · Brendan shares his recent plays from May of 2024, and talks about what he’s gonna play in June. Join us, won’t you? - https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/328784/2024-top-of-the-stack-list?itemid=10720233 - NEW GAME – https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/121787/ryu✓ - NOVELTY CHOICE – https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4903/columbo-detective-game✓ - SOLO – https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/304783/hadrians-wallX - TRYING AGAIN CHOICE – https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/172385/porta-nigra✓ - https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/213880/shelf-opportunity - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/322568/the-gardens, with the Monuments variant - https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/328784/2024-top-of-the-stack-list?itemid=10799978 - NEW GAME – https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/342894/mythic-mischief - NOVELTY CHOICE – https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/286264/the-office-downsizing-game - ONE PLAY – https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/302344/scooby-doo-escape-from-the-haunted-mansion - TRYING AGAIN CHOICE – https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/244049/forum-trajanum What games did you play in May? What are you playing in June? Share your plays over on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    20 min. 11 sec.
  • The 'geek Asks 12

    31 MAG 2024 · Brendan explores the Boardgamegeek Forums and responds to the thread titles as if they were questions for him. Join us, won’t you? - https://rattleboxgames.com/tag/the-geek-asks/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3306088/top-5-game-night-accessories - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3306076/anyone-an-early-riser-want-to-play-a-game - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3305989/1960-the-making-of-the-president-v-watergate - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/27708/1960-making-president (2007) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/274364/watergate (2019) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/12333/twilight-struggle (2005) - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3305960/how-do-you-decide-when-you-should-not-try-to-publi - Can Someone Help Me Find this Game? (thread deleted) - Too Many Bones Teacher? (thread deleted) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/192135/too-many-bones (2017) - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3305867/question-for-those-who-have-stored-games-on-painte - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3305723/wonder-what-the-freebies-were - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3305709/sold-out-gamenerdz-dotd-thu-23-may-2024-great-west - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/341169/great-western-trail-second-edition (2021) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/359451/great-western-trail-second-edition-rails-north (2022) - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3305673/lunch-hour-gaming-san-juan-rftg-jump-drive-what-ne - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/262712/res-arcana (2019) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/183840/oh-my-goods (2015) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/11/bohnanza (1997) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/175199/mottainai (2015) - https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/3305633/database-into-libib How would you answer these questions? Share your thoughts over on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    17 min. 36 sec.
  • Porta Nigra, Faraway, Dro Polter, Photosynthesis (revisited)

    29 MAG 2024 · Brendan shares his first thoughts about three games he tried recently, and one he dusted off. Join us, won’t you? - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/172385/porta-nigra - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/385761/faraway - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/405537/dropolter - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/218603/photosynthesis (revisited) What games have you tried recently? Have you played any of these? Share your thoughts over on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    18 min. 8 sec.
  • Bug Games (themestorm)

    25 MAG 2024 · Surrounded by Cicadas, Brendan talks about games themed around bugs. Join us, won’t you? - 5. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/320390/kabuto-sumo - 4. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/299592/beez - 3. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/297978/mariposas - 2. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/284742/honey-buzz - 1. https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/15363/nexus-ops Honorable mentions: - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/174430/gloomhaven / https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/295770/frosthaven - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2655/hive Games with High PEI (Potential Edibility Index) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/284742/honey-buzz - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/230802/azul - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/363247/azul-master-chocolatier - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/240567/chocolate-factory - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/199792/everdell - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/200077/mint-works - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/503/through-the-desert Other bug-themed games - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/11971/cockroach-poker - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/32341/cockroach-salad - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/195981/beeeees - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/158572/waggle-dance - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/156496/march-of-the-ants - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/159109/xenoshyft-onslaught What bug games do you enjoy? Which ones should I have added to this list? Share your thoughts over on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    20 min. 57 sec.
  • March '24 Movie Roundup

    23 MAG 2024 · Brendan talks about six movies he watched in March of this year, and games to go with them. Join us, won’t you? - https://letterboxd.com/briley929/film/saw-x/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamefamily/39442/series-unlock-space-cowboys - https://letterboxd.com/briley929/film/the-wedding-singer/1/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/175324/fog-of-love - https://letterboxd.com/briley929/film/dune-2021/2/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/283355/dune - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/316554/dune-imperium - https://letterboxd.com/briley929/film/the-cheap-detective/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/188866/awkward-guests-walton-case - https://letterboxd.com/briley929/film/the-mystery-of-the-13th-guest/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/181304/mysterium - https://letterboxd.com/briley929/film/the-holdovers/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/109932/miskatonic-school-girls - https://letterboxd.com/briley929/film/dumb-money/ - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/180899/ponzi-scheme What games would you watch with these movies? What movies did you watch in March? Join the conversation on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    13 min. 30 sec.
  • Really Loud Librarians, That’s Not a Hat, Wild: Serengeti, Strike (revisited)

    21 MAG 2024 · Brendan shares his thoughts about three new games he played for the first time recently. Join us, won’t you? - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/378367/really-loud-librarians - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/375651/thats-not-a-hat - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/123570/strike (revisited) - https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/335427/wild-serengeti Have you played any of these games? What do you think of them? Share your thoughts over on https://boardgamegeek.com/guild/3269/.
    17 min. 44 sec.

A brief podcast about hobby board games, recorded by English professor Brendan Riley on brief 15 minute walks around town. Join us for a stroll as we discuss mechanisms, gameplay,...

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A brief podcast about hobby board games, recorded by English professor Brendan Riley on brief 15 minute walks around town. Join us for a stroll as we discuss mechanisms, gameplay, theory, and topics of the day.

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