The Good, the Board, and the Essen Spiel 2017: Convention breakdown with Geof Carmen

November 22, 2017

Episode 140 Essen Spiel with Geof and Carmen

Geof Gambill and Carmen Petruzelli had the time of their lives at Essen Spiel in October and they are joining TC and Joe to unpack their experiences and game bags for your listening pleasure!

Reviews:
Geof- First impressions of Merlin and Transatlantic
Carmen- Kitchen Rush
Joe S.- Iberian Rails or Joraku
TC- Spinderella

Hype
Geof- Agra
Carmen- Kamasutra (2017)*
Joe S.- Rajas of the Ganges
TC- Battle for Rokugan

*That’s right; there have been multiple Kama Sutra games
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The Good The Board and The Sui Generis : Episode 139 Unique Mechanisms in Heavy Games

November 15, 2017

Episode 139 Unique Mechanisms in Heavy Games Ever played a game and thought “This feels like nothing else I’ve ever played?” In this week’s episode of the Good, the Board, and the Ugly Andy, Trent and Joe discuss games in a league of their own in the field of heavy games.

Reviews:

Joe S.- Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment

Trent - NMBR 9

Andy- For Ex

Hype

Andy- Pendragon

Joe S.- That’s a question

Trent - Arkwright: The Card Game

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The Good The Board and The Pink: Episode 138 Games that Are Awesome (Because they have Pink)

November 8, 2017

Episode 138 Awesome Games (because they have pink) Tonight’s episode is about games that have pink as an identifying color in the game. And we have a returning guest host: TC’s daughter Kate! She and her dad have made a top 5 list of games that feature pink!

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Reviews: Joe S.- For Ex (actually has several shades of pink/red/brown that are difficult to distinguish)

Trent - Skull

TC- Tramways; I love me some economic games!

Hype

TC- Calimala- Looks like an awesome thinky euro. Who cares about theme?

Joe S.- Clans of Caledonia; also, a Game mat for my gaming table

Trent - Zendo reprint

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The Good The Board and Alpha : Episode 137 Cooperative Games

October 31, 2017

Episode 137 Cooperative games
Trent, TC, and Joe are here to discuss Cooperative games, more specifically how recent cooperatives have broken the mold and extinguished the Alpha gamer problem.
Reviews:
Joe S.- Caverna Cave vs. Cave
Trent - For Ex
TC- Legend of the Five Rings

Hype
TC- Love Letter
Joe S.- Cry Havoc Aftermath
Trent - Tenochtitlan

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The Good, the Board, and the Fragile: Episode 136 If You Break It, Andy Buys It

October 25, 2017

Episode 136 Fragile Games
Andy, Trent, and Joe are back together to talk about games that feel balanced on the edge of a knife. Is the fragility of a game system a negative or a positive? Spoiler alert: It’s probably both depending on your perspective, as you’ll hear on this episode of the most free-thinking podcast on board games.
Reviews:
Joe S.- Exit The Secret Lab
Trent - Gentes
Andy- Dynasty

Hype
Andy- For Ex
Joe S.- Cry Havoc Aftermath
Trent - Tuesdays with Morrie the Reusable Facial Tissue game

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Episode 135 The Good, the Board, and the Old : Games released pre-1990

October 17, 2017

Episode 135 The Old School
Joe and T.C. take us on a museum tour of sorts as we examine games that come from a bygone era : pre-1990’s! What games have maintained their ability to entertain throughout the years? Listen and find out on this week’s episode of The Good, the Board, and the Ugly.

Reviews:
Joe S.- Exit The Pharoah’s Tomb
TC- Arkham Horror: TCG (first cycle with Carissa ) Yes, there will be spoilers!

Trent’s list as told by Joe:
Acquire, Sleuth, Focus, Bazaar, Venture, Monad, really anything designed by Sid Sackson
Diplomacy
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
1830, Dune, Civilization, pretty much anything with an Avalon Hill logo
Magic Realm
Scotland Yard
Die Macher
Axis and Allies, Fortress America, any other MB Gamemaster games
Cosmic Encounter, though I despise it

T.C.’s list (or empirical evidence disputing Vasal’s Second ‘Law’)
Obligatory Honorable Mention: 1830 Railways and Robber Barons 1986 Francis Tresham
Wiz War 1983 Tom Jolly
Shadowlord! 1983 Brad Stock Parker Brothers
The Keep 1983 Darwin Bromley, David B. Bromley, Bill Fawcett, James D. Griffin
Dragonlance 1988 Michael S. Dobson, Scott Haring, Warren Spector
Dragons of Glory 1986 Tracy Hickman, Douglas Niles
The Hunt for Red October 1988 Douglas Niles
Fireball Island 1986 Chuck Kennedy, Bruce Lund
Star Fleet Battles 1979 Stephen V. Cole
Axis and Allies 1981 Larry Harris, Jr.
Rise and Decline of the Third Reich 1974 Don Greenwood, John Prados
And my daughter, Kate, has volunteered to talk about her favorite board game, Cosmic Encounter if you would like to have her on for a bit!

Hype
TC- Being peer pressured into playing Legend of the Five Rings, and trying to financially justify 2 more core sets… And holy crap, six packs in six weeks?
Joe S.- The Ohio (The Ruhr)

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The Good The Board and Cole and Colony : Episode 134 Interview with Designer Cole Wehrle

October 12, 2017

Episode 134 Designer Interview: Cole Wehrle
In this week’s episode we are joined by designer Cole Wehrle, who made a name for himself designing with Phil Eklund. We’ll chat with Cole about his journey, design philosophy, and what we can look forward to seeing from him in the future. It may surprise you!

Reviews:
Cole W.- For-Ex
Joe S.- Iberian Rails
Trent - TTA App
Andy - Table Battles

Hype
Cole W.- ROOT (the game I’m working on now)
Joe S.- Not Alone: Exploration
Trent - Munchkin CCG
Andy - 1862

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The Good The Board and The Niches Get Stitches: Episode 133 “Niches”

October 3, 2017

Reviews:

The Good, the Board, and the Ugly

 

Reviews:   

Joe S.- Spirit Island Branch and Claw

Trent - Sidereal Confluence

TC -  Sola Fide The Reformation

 

Episode 133 Niches 

Here, we welcome TC Reid on to the GBU as a full co-host! He showed his stripes as a guest in the past, and now you can look forward to his continued involvement. Glad to have you TC, and please stop asking me to play Arkham Horror! For the topic, we'll be chatting about the niches that we have identified within the board gaming hobby. What are the benefits and drawbacks of being in a sector of the hobby deemed a niche?

 

Hype

Joe S.- Iberian Rails, Jeff Foxworthy’s Bible Challenge,  or Vanilla Ice Electronic Rap Battle

Trent - Gentes

TC- Arkwright Jr

 

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The Good The Board and The Quitters: Episode 132 “When you can’t beat em…”

September 27, 2017

Reviews:

The Good, the Board, and the Ugly

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Episode 132- When you can’t beat em…

What do you do in situations where you can’t possible win the game? Do you play for the best possible spot? Do you do all things possible to hurt the person in the lead? Do you create an alternate personal win condition that may or may not involve watching the world burn? All this and more in this week’s episode of the most free-thinking tabletop podcast on the air!

Reviews:   

Joe S.- Escape the Room Mystery at Stargazer’s Manor or TTA app

Trent - L5R

Andy - Initial Thoughts Table Battles

Joe S.- Aeon’s End War Eternal

Trent - Transatlantic

Andy- Dynasty:  The Era of the Five Dynasties

 

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The Good The Board and The Suggestive: Episode 131 “Evocative Mechanisms”

September 19, 2017

The Good, the Board, and the Ugly Episode 131 - The Feels

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What makes theme come through in board game mechanisms? Is it a bible's worth of flavor text? Does a lack of control contribute to the theme in a game? All this and more will be discussed as the tabletop team of rivals reconvenes.

Reviews:

Joe S.- Junk Art

Trent - City of the Big Shoulders

Andy - Mini Rails

Episode 131 - Evocative Mechanisms

Joe S.- Unlock The Island of Dr. Goorse

Trent - This Guilty Land

Andy- Fog of War

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