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A few episodes ago, Jason shared about his personal journey with depression in a personal chat segment. The response was very heartening – folks seemed to resonate with it and expressed their appreciation in a few private messages. Thank you! We all have a journey, or a personal story with some pain in it. Jeremy from Jambalaya Plays Games stops by and shares some of his own experiences, struggles, and successes.

That will happen in the back half of the episode (38:52). For the first part of the episode, please enjoy some game reviews! We have two very opposite games for you this week – the abstract, family weight, city building game Tiny Towns (6:50) and the thematic, adventure card game experience Legends Untold (20:09). If you listen to ENGN just to have fun, please enjoy the first half! However, if you want to hear about the personal journey of a good friend and his efforts to stay happy and creating content for himself and for all of you, then I invite you to listen to his story. Please reach out to him at Jambalaya Plays Games on many, many social media platforms. and interact with him – he’s not a hard man to find!

Kickstarter segment: Isle of Cats by Frank West – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tcokgame/the-isle-of-cats?ref=discovery&term=isle%20of%20cats

The post ENGN Episode 148 – Tiny Towns, Legends Untold, and A Personal Chat with Jambalaya Plays Games appeared first on Board Gamers Anonymous.

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Congratulations to Chris, our Patreon contest winner from last week for guessing all 8 games from Anthony’s Top 100 in our contest this last week.

If you want to join the fun, become a Patreon backer for your chance to enter. Every backer is eligible to enter the contests, which run each week from Thursday until Monday at 8pm EDT when we record. https://www.patreon.com/bga for more information.

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To kick things off this week, we look at answers to our question of the week: If you were to recommend one game at $20 or less, what would it be?

For our acquisition disorders this week, Anthony looks at Dwellings of Eldervale and Chris looks at Yggradisil Chronicles.

At the table, Anthony reviews two games – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Board Game of English Magic and Q.E.

Finally, for our feature, we look at six games that you can get for less than $30 in our budget segment.

  • Question of the Week: 4:40
  • Acquisition Disorders: 8:50
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Review: 15:46
  • Q.E. Review: 23:33
  • Board Gaming on a Budget: 28:56
If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and on our website (www.boardgamersanonymous.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga) or using our Amazon affiliate link.

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We have more game reviews this week, as well as something of a follow-up on last week’s conversation about the psychology of cheating in board games. We welcome Anthony back to the show to discuss Aerion, the latest in the Oniverse series (3:55), then Jason talks about a unique, push-your-luck take on deckbuilding, Heroes of Tenefyr (14:01).

Finally, Jason revisits the topic of the psychology of cheating, but in a different way. The board gaming community became wrapped up in some controversy this past week – a creator was noted for committing plagiarism on their blog. A lot of “naming and shaming” happened, as well as people wondering why anyone would be driven to plagiarize. Jason shares about some of the pit traps that creators can face – they’re much more common than you might think.

In Liz we Trust – Roll Player: Fiends and Familiars – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152516291/roll-player-fiends-and-familiars-expansion?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=roll%20player

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No contest winner this week because of the holiday, but be sure to check for next week when we’ll have a new one announced and new contests on tap.

If you want to join the fun, become a Patreon backer for your chance to enter. Every backer is eligible to enter the contests, which run each week from Thursday until Monday at 8pm EDT when we record. https://www.patreon.com/bga for more information.

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To kick things off this week, we read answers to the question of the week: “What’s your favorite gaming experience (not necessarily favorite game, but best mechanic, event, or group dynamic created by a game)?”

For the acquisition disorders this week, Anthony looks at a game he’s sure he won’t love, but is still interested anyways because of the theme, Cities: Skyline. Chris looks at the third edition of Pret-a-Porter on Kickstarter right now from Portal Games.

At the table this week, Anthony reviews Crown of Emara, a Pegasus Spiel game that was hot at Essen last year and Chris reviews Jaws, the newest movie tie in game that is very much for fans of the property.

Finally, in our feature, we look at six games you might like if you’re a fan of Cosmic Encounter.

  • Question of the Week: 8:07
  • Acquisition Disorders: 13:00
  • Crown of Emara Review: 22:16
  • Jaws Review: 28:56
  • If You Like Cosmic Encounter, Try…: 33:54
If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and on our website (www.boardgamersanonymous.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga) or using our Amazon affiliate link.

The post Episode 229 – If You Like Cosmic Encounter, Try… appeared first on Board Gamers Anonymous.

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Shout out to Marcus Brissman over in the Sporadically Board Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/510403706050913/ – who put up an excellent, interesting thread on cheating in board games a few weeks ago. In response, Jason reached out to a blogger on BGG who wrote about cheating in board games a few years ago, Dr. Corey Butler, professor of social psychology at Southwest Minnesota State University.

What drives people to cheat? Who cheats? How often does it occur? For those who have cheated, how do they justify their behavior? If you cheat at a solo game and no one sees, does it count as cheating?
We attempt to answer these and more questions about the psychological aspects of cheating.

In Liz we Trust: Legends of Novus – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fundamentalgames/legends-of-novus?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=legends%20of%20novus

The post ENGN Episode 146 – Psych Chat: The Psychology of Cheating in Board Games with Dr. Corey Butler appeared first on Board Gamers Anonymous.

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Congratulations to Amy, our Patreon contest winner from last week for guessing all 8 currencies shown in our mystery photo before anyone else (we had five people get them all!).

If you want to join the fun, become a Patreon backer for your chance to enter. Every backer is eligible to enter the contests, which run each week from Thursday until Monday at 8pm EDT when we record. https://www.patreon.com/bga for more information.

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This week’s episode kicks off with our question of the week: Is there a game or series of games you’ve always avoided because it seemed too difficult to dive in to (either because of rules or cost/scope)?

For our Acquisition Disorders this week, Anthony looks at TINYforming Mars, a print and play microgame variant of a podcast-favorite, and Chris looks at the Die Macher Limited Edition now running on Kickstarter. 

At the table this week, Anthony reviews Pax Pamir: Second Edition, the recent Kickstarter rerelease from Cole Wehrle, and Chris looks at the Lorenzo il Magnifico app, also recently delivered to Kickstarter backers. One of these delivers and the other…not so much. Find out which and by how much. 

Finally, in our feature, Chris and Anthony run through their top 10 dexterity games. 

  • Question of the Week: 6:06
  • Acquisition Disorders: 11:51
  • Pax Pamir Review: 20:40
  • Lorenzo il Magnifico Steam Review: 26:25
  • Top Ten Dexterity Games: 33:39
If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and on our website (www.boardgamersanonymous.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga) or using our Amazon affiliate link.

The post Episode 228 – Top Ten Dexterity Games appeared first on Board Gamers Anonymous.

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Whenever the Kickstarter Roundup crew gets together, we always have more games to talk about than we can manage in one episode. So, Liz from Beyond Solitaire, Jeremy from Jambalaya Plays Games, and Jason have four more games for your listening pleasure.

We begin by leaning in to the roll and write craze that’s hitting our hobby. Jeremy shares about Cartographers (2:20), the new one from Thunderworks Games which adds spacial and mapping elements to the formula. Then, the entire crew gushes about Fleet: The Dice Game (10:47), one of the most complex and combo-licious roll and write games on the market today.

For our last two games, we get into some much more niche and out-of-left-field offerings. Liz tells us about Wars of Marcus Aurelius (21:35), a tower defense-style wargame with strong historical flavor for a Latin fangirl like Liz to enjoy. Finally, Jason shared about the very interesting grid-based puzzle game meets Jenga experience, Sarah’s Vision (27:37).

Finally, with all of these games, we inevitably have to confront the difficult task of culling our collections. We can’t keep them all! We talk about how we judge what games to keep and/ or chuck, how we assess, and also our general philosophies towards collection-building.

The post ENGN Episode 145 – Kickstarter Roundup: Sarah’s War Fleet of Cartographers appeared first on Board Gamers Anonymous.

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Congratulations to all of our contest winners for last week, including Rico for the World Cup Competition, and Rico (again!), Peter, and Chris for our Patreon contests. Lots of free games going out this week.

If you want to join the fun, become a Patreon backer for your chance to enter. Every backer is eligible to enter the contests, which run each week from Thursday until Monday at 8pm EDT when we record. https://www.patreon.com/bga for more information.

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This week’s episode kicks off with our question of the week, If someone visits your hometown or the area around it, what’s one board game destination they should visit? Listen for a bunch of awesome recommendations for the FLGS’s our listeners hang out at. 

For our Acquisition Disorders this week, Anthony looks at Watergate, a new one from Frosted Games and Capstone Games, and Chris looks at New Leaders & Wonders, an expansion for Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization from CGE. Both are coming out later this year. 

At the table this week, Anthony does a Roll and Write roundup, giving a dodge, two plays and a buy to four recently released roll and writes, including Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky, Imperial Settlers Roll and Write, Doppelt So Clever, and Welcome to Dino World. Chris then dives into Wacky Races: The Board Game, a blast from the past, but is it worth revisiting?

Finally, in our feature, Anthony does a rundown of the top 15 games on BGG as of June 23, 2019. Check out the full list and why each game is getting hype right now in the full episode. 

  • Question of the Week: 8:25
  • Acquisition Disorders: 11:55
  • Roll and Write Review Round-Up: 15:35
  • Wacky Races Review: 25:45
  • BGG Hotness Review: 31:45
If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and on our website (www.boardgamersanonymous.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga) or using our Amazon affiliate link.

The post Episode 227 – BGG Hotness Review, June 2019 appeared first on Board Gamers Anonymous.

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The Kickstarter roundup crew is back! Liz from Beyond Solitaire and Jeremy from Jambalaya Plays Games rejoin Jason as we take a tour through all of the amazing projects we have been playing lately. This week, all of our games share the fact that they have fantasy-based themes.

First, Jeremy and Liz insisted that ENGN re-visit our review of Aeon’s End: Legacy (2:44). Jason was up and down with his thoughts, so Liz and Jeremy want to set him straight! Next up, Liz shares about Call to Adventure (9:30), the very, very light dice chucking game of making a fantasy character and living out an adventure story. We’ll let you know if it’s worth it for “real’ gamers.

After that, Jason and Jeremy get into two games that both put new school design chrome on old school, dice driven, epic games engines. Jason chats about Gloom of Kilforth (21:20) and Jeremy shares about Folklore: The Affliction (36:50).

Finally, we get into a little chat about folks who consistently ask for fantasy game recommendations on different online groups and forums. There are so many! We recommend a few more that might have flown under your radar.

The post ENGN 144 – Kickstarter Roundup: Fantasy Throwdown appeared first on Board Gamers Anonymous.

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This week’s episode is a special contest featuring 32 games that represent alternate histories and tweaks and historical events.

First, congratulations to Drew for winning our first weekly Patreon contest in the new format. And if you haven’t yet, check out patreon.com/bga for three new contests going on this week. We’ll have one every week, but this is catch up week!

For our question of the week we asked about what video games everyone plays when they don’t have a game night scheduled, and there were some good recommendations in there if you are looking for a new game to play.

Finally, we dig into the big topic of the week – the Women’s World Cup bracket featuring alternate history games.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/bgapodcast), and on our website (www.boardgamersanonymous.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga) or using our Amazon affiliate link.

The post Episode 226 – Women’s World Cup Bracket: Alternate History appeared first on Board Gamers Anonymous.

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