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Board Gamers Anonymous is a podcast about tabletop board gamers and the insane fun they have at the table together - from Euros like Food Chain Magnate, Caverna, and Gaia Project to American Style games like Rising Sun, Gloomhaven, and more.
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This week we're revisiting the best of the best games of 2023 to discuss what games we will be nominating for the Golden Geek Awards (and why). Check out all of our picks for the last year's best games, plus previews of DC Heroes United and Bebop. * Acquisition Disorders: DC Heroes United, Bebop === Nominate us for a Golden Geek Award! The nominati…
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This week we take you on an epic tabletop odyssey into the worlds of Star Wars and Star Trek board games and RPGs. Find out how to string together some of the best experiences from both IPs at your table. === Nominate us for a Golden Geek Award! The nominations are now open here: https://boardgamegeek.com/geekawards/boardgame We'd appreciate your s…
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Part two of March Gamer Madness is now! Enjoy our rundown of the 32 best-remaining games from the top non-IP-based themes in board games. Find out which one comes out on top in this year's bracket showdown. This year, we're looking at the most popular non-IP-based themes, meaning the best games featuring: Cats Zombies Aliens Robots Samurai Knights …
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It's time again for March Gamer Madness! Our annual bracket face off challenge pitting 64 board games against each other to find the very best of a very particular set of requirements. This year, we're looking at the most popular non-IP based themes, meaning the best games featuring: Cats Zombies Aliens Robots Samurai Knights Vikings Cowboys === If…
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We're going digital this week with a look at some of the best all-digital deck builders, card flippers, and more. === If you're attending Long Island Tabletop Gaming Expo, be sure to stop by and say hi, or attend one of our two panels over the weekend: Long Island Tabletop: Level Up Your Teach & Your Mental Health === CONTEST! Our annual March Game…
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This week, we give ChatGPT a series of prompts and pitches board games based on those prompts. Chris guesses what input led to the description written by the AI. Can we guess the direction of the generative AI or will it outsmart us with clever designs? * Question of the Week: What's the best thing you've ever purchased for your board game collecti…
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We're looking at games that spin off from and are often better than the board game they are based on (dice games, card games, and everything in between). What are some of your favorites that fit this? Acquisition Disorders: Puerto Rico Special Edition, Star Trek Ascendancy on Game Found, Castles of Burgundy: Special Edition Reprint, Cascadia Rollin…
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This week, Anthony and Chris are looking at some of the many games to hit big box stores as exclusives or limited time releases (or streamlined versions of long time classics), in particular, Target and its long run of hobby games. Question of the Week: What's the best designer/publisher combo? Acquisition Disorders: King of Tokyo: Origins, Fled, F…
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We're looking at the best of the best from Vladimir Suchy this week, running down our top 10 of his very diverse ludography. Question of the Week: What's a game you think should be in the upper pantheon of board games that everyone stopped talking about? Acquisition Disorders: Inferno Deluxe Edition, Dante: Inferno At the Table Reviews: Flamecraft,…
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Anthony and Chris run through the catalog of Stonemaier Games and put them on a tier list using our review rating scale. Plus: Question of the Week: What do you do in support of tabletop gaming? Organize? Design? Publish? Media? Events? DM? Teach games? Acquisition Disorders: Speakeasy, Stefan Feld City Collection Nassau & Kathmandu, Kemet Blood an…
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It's that time again; we take a deep dive into the best games currently listed on BoardGameGeek's hotness list, plus we have fresh new reviews and previews: Question of the Week: Let's talk expansions: what new elements added to a game have the best chance to wow you and enter rotation? (e.g. asymmetry, new cards, the dreaded 5th player) Acquisitio…
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This week, we're looking at the top 100 thematic games as listed on BoardGameGeek.com. Which ones deserve to be ranked so high and which would we drop lower? Find out in a full rundown of the top 100 listing on BGG. Question of the Week: What's your favorite thematic game and why? Acquisition Disorder: Steam Power, EVE: War for New Eden, Conan by M…
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Over the last 10+ years, we've reviewed a lot of games. Hundreds of experiences, many of which we really enjoyed. But every now and then, a game hits just wrong, and we can't help but give it our dreaded "burn" rating. This week, we're taking a look back at some of these duds, and discussing why they fell flat for us. For those eager to hear more n…
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We run through our favorite games of 2023, with our top 10 games of the year and awards for: Best Digital Implementation Best Family Game Best Strategic Gameplay Overlooked Gem Best Kickstarter Best 2.0 Release Best Solo Game Best Expansion If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (…
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The new year is here and we have a list of the 50 (give or take) most anticipated games of the upcoming year. It's our supersized, mega-acquisition disorder! If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and our website (www.www.boardgamersanonymous.com).…
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This week, we're taking a look back at the year that was 2023, with a rundown of the games we played, the ones that didn't come out (and some that will never come out), and our overall thoughts of the year as a whole. If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgap…
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We're back with another episode of hot takes, looking at the games that people may not be as generally positive on but that we love. Plus reviews of Horrified: Greek Monsters and Hexarchy. Acquisition Disorders: Fief England - Alliances, Treachery, And Power, Stormgate At the Table Reviews: Horrified: Greek Monsters, Hexarchy If you haven’t yet, be…
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This week we're looking at some of the truly great games out there that just don't click for us and discuss what about them doesn't work (and if either of us disagrees). Question of the Week: What's a game that completely upended your expectations (good or bad)? How so? Acquisition Disorders: Nucleum: Australia, Star Realms Deluxe Colonial Collecti…
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Another PAX Unplugged has come and gone, and we're discussing all the cool things we saw, did, and played over the three-day gaming weekend in Philadelphia. Games discussed: - Defenders of the Realm 2.0 - Dune Imperium: Uprising - Undergrove - Cascadia Flip and Roll and Write Games - Evacuation - Nucleum - Star Wars Unlimited - Evil Corp. - Nautilu…
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We asked and you answered! This week we've constructed the top 10 games of 2023 according to the listeners. Thank you to everyone who filled out the survey and congratulations to Omar, who won a game as part of that contest. Join us for a rundown of these ten, plus a bit of a rant from Anthony on the spiraling of crowdfunding for classic games, and…
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It's that time of year again. Games and gifts and gifts that are games! Check out our 2023 holiday gift guide, complete with 20 different games, accessories, and apps that you can gift to yourself or a gamer friend for the holiday season. Additionally, we chat about the direction of crowdfunded upgrades to classic games and what it will take to mak…
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This week, we're looking at another collection of mechanics based on a single component: the meeple! Check out 15+ unique uses of meeples and how they represent the hobby as a whole. * Acquisition Disorders: Cargo Empire, Calimala * At the Table Reviews: Raiders of the North Sea, Evolution If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook …
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Thanks to Ryan for the suggestion on this week's topic! We're looking at different ways dice have been used as a mechanic in board games with 15 different takes (and representative games) from the hobby. * Question of the Week: Ouija is a _______ game * Acquisition Disorders: Cities, Star Trek: Into the Unknown * At the Table: Tichu, Terraforming M…
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This week, we're looking at the best trick (not treat) taking games for the Halloween season. Which small box, quick fun games should you bring to the table (or hand out) on Halloween this year? Question of the Week: What game is sneaky in its complexity, offering a lot more depth (or barriers) than you'd expect based on the artwork, presentation, …
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This week, we take a look at the sequel games that have launched their way up the BoardGameGeek Top 100 list, becoming, at least numerically, better versions. It's not a top 10, because there are 11. Find out how they iterated and changed their own formula and became more popular games. Question of the Week: What's your favorite board game producti…
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This week, Chris welcomes special guests Chris from Board Games for the Better and Game Master Dave to talk games, the upcoming Tabletop Charity Game Day on November 4, and much more! Acquisition Disorders: Metal Gear Solid The Board Game, Twilight Imperium 4th Edition (BGA), The Night Cage: Shrieking Hollow At the Table Reviews: Tokaido Duo, Advan…
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This week, we look from afar at the hotness from Essen Spiel 2023, talking about the games that sold out, the games that hit the BGG hotness, and all the things we're interested in tracking down for ourselves in a few months when they reach the US. Question of the Week: What should be a mandatory addition to the side of game boxes (along with playe…
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We take a look back at the last 10 years and the games we named "best of the year" in each of those years, then discuss if those selections have changed since then. Some years remain strong, others change substantially. Find out which games we're still playing. Acquisition disorders: Haggis, Mycelia | The Strategic Mushroom Game At the Table review…
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This week we're talking the BGG hotness as of the end of September. Which games are hot and why? Always a fun discussion. Plus Anthony discusses the process of unpacking and learning Voidfall (it's a lot!) Acquisition Disorders: Evacuation, Flock Together - An Asymmetric Cooperative Game At the Table Reviews: Race to the Raft, Heat: Pedal to the Me…
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This week we're talking about all those Roman Empire games we can't get out of our heads, plus a discussion of the Terraforming Mars AI controversy, and an announcement for upcoming NJ gaming goodness. Acquisition Disorders: Fromage, One Page War At the Table Reviews: Moon, Bullet♥︎, Ra (Deluxe Edition) If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with u…
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This week we're running through the 10 best games that Simone Luciani has worked on. All the best of meeples on maps and dice for actions. Question of the Week: In the age of board game sequels, has a new version or sequel truly killed an old game for you? How so? Acquisition Disorders: Planet Nubo, More Terraforming Mars! At the Table Reviews: Num…
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This week, we're talking about...games that aren't Lorcana! Specifically, we're reminiscing about some of the now defunct CCGs and TCGs that devoured our money in years past. Find out what happened to them and why it seems like every collectible card game that isn't Magic, Pokemon, or Yu Gi Oh eventually folds up shop. Question of the Week: What's …
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We have a special guest this week: Geof Gambill, previously of The Longview Podcast, joins us to discuss all things gaming, including his background in the hobby, some recent reviews, and a rundown of his favorite civilization games. Acquisition Disorders: Obojima Tales from the Tall Grass: A 5E Campaign Setting, Dungeon Kart, Unsettled At the Tabl…
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We're in the heart of Essen announcement season, meaning the BGG hotness is loaded with fresh new games with only tidbits of information to tie us over until the fall. Join us as we run through the top 50 on BGG's hotness list for August. Question of the Week: What's changed most about you as a gamer since you entered the hobby? Acquisition Disorde…
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My how time flies! It's been ten years since Board Gamers Anonymous launched, and over the course of 437 episodes, we've played a bunch of games, talked about a lot in the industry, and experienced a lot in both life and gaming. This week we're looking back, not just at the last year of episodes (as we do every summer), but at the last decade as a …
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Gen Con 2023 was an amazing time, filled with friends, games, academic discussions, and more! Listen to our rundown of the games played, events attended, and academic conferences run during Gen Con 2023 in this week's episode. Games discussed: Terraforming Mars The Dice Game Point City Waffle Time Deep Dive War of the Ring the Card Game Keyforge Lo…
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In just a few weeks, we're celebrating our 10th anniversary as a podcast, so we want to look back at the games and events that made headlines over the last decade. This week we're looking at the last ten winners of the Board Game Geek Game of the Year award. Question of the Week: You just got a game you are super excited about—how do you convince y…
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It's back! Our world cup bracket, this time for the Women's World Cup (Go Team USA!). This time around, we're featuring video game IP-based board games, and yes, there are a whole bunch of them. Find out which video game IP translated to cardboard (and plastic) holds up best in 2023. Question of the Week: Favorite player color and why? Acquisition …
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We're back with another episode of "Last 10", this week featuring the last 10 winners of the Kennerspiel des Jahres winners. We recorded this before 2023's winners were announced, so find out if we guessed correctly which games would win plus previews of The White Castle and Calimala's 2023 update, and reviews of Expedition and Earth. =============…
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This week we're starting the first in a series of Lookback episodes to reflect on the last ten years in gaming, as we've covered it on the podcast and beyond. First up, the last 10 Spiel des Jahres winners. =============== Board Game Academics is launching its first academic journal this fall, and to celebrate, we’re holding a special one-day event…
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On August 2, we're launching the first ever Board Game Academics conference to celebrate the work of the researchers and academics from a range of fields and specialties. Learn more about the event, who will be speaking and what they'll be discussing in this special episode. =============== Board Game Academics is launching its first academic journ…
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Episode 430 is all about the Origins Game Fair, which took place this last weekend in Columbus, Ohio. We delve into the online discussion around the event, the games that were released at the event, what new game releases look like in the age of Kickstarter, and the winners of the 2023 Origins Awards. We also delve into previews of World Wonders an…
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This week we're looking at 20 of the hottest games and expansions being released in the next 6 months, with a rundown of why we're excited and when they're expected to hit store shelves. =============== Board Game Academics is launching its first academic journal this fall, and to celebrate we’re holding a special one day event at Gen Con in August…
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This week we're looking at the IPs that should have games built around them, but for some reason, still don't, plus what types of games we'd want those to be. =============== Board Game Academics is launching its first academic journal this fall, and to celebrate we're holding a special one day event at Gen Con in August. Join us live, or if you're…
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This week, we're looking at the top ten games from Days of Wonder, one of the all-time great publishers, both for quality and production of games, and general attention to their fans and customers. Which game comes out on top? * Question of the Week: If you could retheme one of your favorite games with one of your favorite IPs, which game/IP combo …
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This week we're looking at the top 10 games you can take with you to the beach, on an airplane, or otherwise shove in your pocket for quick, easy gaming on the go. In addition, we're talking about the recently announced nominees for the Spiel des Jahres, the growing controversy over publisher/reviewer relationships, and a whole lot more. Acquisitio…
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It's that time of the month again; we're back with the hottest of hotness games from BGG, discussing what games are new to the top 50, why they're there, and what to keep an eye out for. - Question of the Week: What's a game that would actually benefit from legacy/campaign treatment that hasn't gotten it yet? - Acquisition Disorders: War of the Rin…
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This week, we're looking at ten games that take on unique themes to explore mental health. These games bring awareness to the importance of mental health care, not necessarily games that will help or treat. Question of the Week: What's your favorite tie-breaking mechanism (and why)? Acquisition Disorder: Terraforming Mars Prelude 2, Barcelona At th…
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We're closing out our trilogy of game award discussions with a rundown of the recently announced Origins Awards nominees. How did they do this year? Find out, plus reviews of Star Wars: The Deckbuilding Game and a revisit to Rebuilding Seattle - Question of the Week: What original board game IP would best support a movie or television series? - Acq…
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While we will have to wait another year for our death laser, we're still excited to talk about the 2022 Golden Geek awards nominees, recently announced on Board Game Geek. Check out our thoughts and picks from the ample list of nominees. Question of the Week – What's your number 1 deal breaker when it comes to games? A mechanic, theme, art style, p…
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