Mon, 19 December 2016
Opener: skipped this time, because we cover so many games in the main show
Brian's Geeklist of the following games & star ratings
Dave's Geeklist of the following games & star ratings
Direct download: BGTG_172_2016-12-03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14am PDT
Thu, 1 December 2016
Direct download: BGTG_171_2016-12-01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:36am PDT
Wed, 23 November 2016
Direct download: BGTG_170_2016-11-19.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:24am PDT
Mon, 7 November 2016
Opener: Bohnanza Das Duell
Land in Zicht! (Dutch version of Entdecker), Saint Malo, Mont Saint Michel, Airborne Commander, Evolution The Beginning, Hanabi promo, Happy Salmon, Astronuts, Visby, Fünf Gurken, Romans Go Home!, misc game bits, Port Royal Unterwegs!, Jolly & Roger, Camel Up Cards, Las Vegas Card Game, X Nimmt!, Bohnanza Das Duell, Futschikato, Twins, Honshu, HMS Dolores, and my Spiel coffee mug!
Direct download: BGTG_169_2016-11-04.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42am PDT
Sun, 16 October 2016
Direct download: BGTG_168_2016-10-16.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59am PDT
Mon, 10 October 2016
Opener: I should've made it more clear in the audio, but the obvious opener is that I will be going Essen this year, and you can find me on Saturday afternoon at the NorthStarGames booth, Hall 3 P-103. It’s near a corner by a restaurant, and the same hall where Amigo, Z-Man, Pegasus, Stronghold, and others are. Please stop by and tell me if you listen to the podcast. I'll also be around on Saturday morning and all of Sunday, just taking it all in myself. I'm not wearing a BGTG shirt or anything, so just try to keep a lookout for this guy.
By now we know the drill... Look through BGG's Spiel (and Gencon) Previews, and flag too many titles that catch my attention. How do they grab me? Theme/setting matters, but hints about the gameplay/mechanisms (especially playing time) matter more. So does the designer and publisher.
Anything that has its roots in Kickstarter makes me instantly wary. It's not an automatic NO, but I'm so skeptical of that platform as a development tool (as opposed to merely funding), that I'll let others take the plunge first. Wait & see.
Expansions rarely grab my attention. I'm just not an expansion guy, expect for a few rare favorites (e.g. Port Royal). Similarly with abstracts--not my thing, but there are rare exceptions.
In general, my ranking of factors is
1. Publisher (which goes to development process & production quality)
2. Gameplay/mechanisms (looking for the types of games I know I like, though sometimes something unique & new. I steer clear of games rated at over 60 minutes--wait & see only, for those)
3. Designer (I'll let someone else take a flyer on a new, unproven designer...in most cases)
4. Theme/setting (I have distinct preferences toward real-world, historic subjects, and away from zombies/elves/spaceships. But I've learned from long experience that this is the least reliable indicator of whether a game will be a hit with me, alas)
Full list including many more Honorable Mentions, and some additional comments on my geeklist.
Direct download: BGTG_167_2016-10-10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm PDT
Tue, 4 October 2016
Opener: Whoops! I recorded this little episode so quickly that I completely forgot about my new Opener/Closer framework! Ok, let's say that the opener was my intro en français. Vive la France!
Direct download: BGTG_166_2016-10-02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:09am PDT
Wed, 24 August 2016
Opener: Geeklists for the podcast Season 12, my Extra appearances, and Session Reports
It didn't take too much thought to come up with a unifying idea for this episode: changes. Of course my big change is the temporary relocation to France, which will have unknown impacts to my hobby. The other changes are to this podcast, which happened already--new shows are posted to the same old audio feed, but on the web they're at a slightly different location, in my Season 12 geeklist. You should subscribe to that. Also my "Extras" geeklist, which is where you'll find my guest spots on other podcasts and video shows. Finally, if you like this session report episode, then you really should be subscribing to my (mostly) weekly session reports that I post in geeklist form on BGG. Got all of that? Good!
Direct download: BGTG_165_2016-08-08.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16am PDT
Sun, 24 July 2016
Openers: Evolution, Bruges/The Last Spike/Treasure Hunter (also EsCon)
Direct download: BGTG_164_2016-06-26.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:49pm PDT
Wed, 22 June 2016
Openers: Trambahn, Animals on Board
Direct download: BGTG_163_2016-06-07.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm PDT
Fri, 27 May 2016
Direct download: BGTG_162_2016-05-27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am PDT