Next Level Game Recommendations, Part 1 - Boards & Swords #129

For probably the first time ever, Philip brings us a good topic to discuss - what games would we recommend in different categories for people who are tired of “entry” games like Ticket to Ride and Catan?

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Twilight Imperium 4 Revisited, Top 5 Games to Take on Vacation - Boards & Swords #126

Twilight Imperium 4 Revisited, Top 5 Games to Take on Vacation - Boards & Swords #126

Not really any reviews this week, but Collin and Chris played Twilight Imperium 4 together, and Collin and Cindy are about to go on vacation, so we take a look at our Top 5 games to take on vacation.

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Koi, Word Slam Family, EXIT: The Sunken Treasure - Boards & Swords #125

Koi, Word Slam Family, EXIT: The Sunken Treasure - Boards & Swords #125

In this episode, Collin and Cindy take the reins and talk about a few games that they have been playing! Plus, you have about 24 hours left to enter our contest to win a set of Easy Roller Dice!

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Chris' Top 50 Games of All Time (2019 Version): #50-41

Chris' Top 50 Games of All Time (2019 Version): #50-41

Around this time last year, we finished our series of Top 50 games of all time on the podcast as a celebration of hitting 100 episodes. This year, we decided to do an update but instead of doing a long series again, we are only talking about our Top 10 list. Therefore, I figured I'd use the blog to talk about the rest of my favorite games. 

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Seafall: A Spoiler Filled Roller Coaster of Emotions

Seafall: A Spoiler Filled Roller Coaster of Emotions

Oh Seafall. I picked you up on discount, not really expecting a lot. Everyone else had already downplayed this game, but I figured for $20-30, how bad could it be? For those of you who aren't aware, Seafall was a 2016 Age of sail/Nautical themed Legacy game (a type of game where one game can drastically change the next time you play the game) released by Plaid Hat Games. It was highly anticipated at the time as it was the first legacy game that wasn't based on another game like Risk Legacy or Pandemic Legacy, however that anticipation didn't last very long. For me, I did get my money's worth out of this game, but I might need therapy after playing this game. It made me experience just about every emotion out there, to the point where I can't continue this conversation without throwing up a huge SPOILER WARNING! 

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I Play This Game in Defense Mode: First Impressions of Millennium Blades

I Play This Game in Defense Mode: First Impressions of Millennium Blades

You probably don't know this about me, but I LOVE card games. The fact that last year two of the games in my Top 10 of all time had the words "the Card Game" in them probably didn't give that away at all. CCG/TCG/LCG/LOL/BBQ I've tried a lot of them. So from the moment that I heard about Millennium Blades, a game from Level 99 Games where you simulate playing a CCG, I was intrigued. 

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Backwards Mathing with Jac from Girl's Game Shelf - Boards & Swords #121

Backwards Mathing with Jac from Girl's Game Shelf  - Boards & Swords #121

Jac, who started as a fellow board game friend on instagram and twitter, but is now a player on Girl’s Game Shelf joins us for some good times. We also pitch some games by playing But Wait There’s More!

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Pyramid of Pengqueen, Looking ahead to 2019 - Boards & Swords #119

Pyramid of Pengqueen, Looking ahead to 2019  - Boards & Swords #119

Enough with this 2018 garbage! We gotta look ahead to 2019! That’s what everyone else is doing right? Plus a review of Brain Games’ new Pyramid of Pengqueen game (set in the Ice Cool universe)!

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How Good (or Bad) Were Board Games in 2018?

How Good (or Bad) Were Board Games in 2018?

If you know where to listen, you might hear some weird murmurs in the board game media space. "2018 wasn't a good year for board games," one might say. "Too many half baked ideas, not enough development," says another. Not everyone feels this way, but I hear enough whispers about it that it got me wondering if this was actually the case.

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You Don't Have To Like A Game Because It's Popular!

You Don't Have To Like A Game Because It's Popular!

Once again, I'm expanding on a twitter rant I had a couple of weeks ago. This time, it was spawned because of various facebook posts I've seen over the past couple of weeks in regards to Keyforge. If I were to summarize these posts, it would sound something like: OMG WHY IS KEYFORGE SO POPULAR? IT'S A DUMB CARD GAME AND A WAY FOR FFG TO MAKE MONEY CALLING IT A UNIQUE GAME WHEN ITS ACTUALLY JUST A CCG WITH A NEW COAT OF PAINT! 

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When You Don't Have Enough Spoons For Board Games

When You Don't Have Enough Spoons For Board Games

Are you familiar with the Spoon Theory? I've linked to wikipedia for some quick info, but there's a lot more in depth stuff available to read on. Also, I'm not an expert, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. Basically, the idea behind the Spoon Theory is that people only have a certain number of "Spoons" in a day, representing the amount of energy you have to conduct activities. For those with disabilities or mental illnesses, some tasks require more "spoons" than they would for another person, especially activities that require interacting with other people. 

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