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The State of Games
169 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
The One About Looking Back at 2021
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, TC, and special guest Keith Ferguson look back on the year that was, talking about their favorite games, those they wished they’d played, how they spent the holidays, and why Santa’s Workshop is getting a second chance at life. All this, plus why Wordle is a thing, the mouthful that is MicroMacro: Crime City: Full House, the joys of bone-in prime rib, water cryptids, Fantasy Realms, a Power-Grid party, and more!
133 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
The One About a Return to Camp Launius
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC share tales from another trip to South Carolina to hang with King Richard, talking game design, doing some top-secret game development, eating so much food, and playing lots of games. All this, plus voyages in the party bus, the perils of Vampire: Rivals, rubbing and racing (lots of it), betting on the ponies in Long Shot, civ building in Imperium, recreating the perfect buddy cop movie in Code 3, and much more!
122 minutes | May 27, 2021
The One About New Editions
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC are joined by special guest Justin Jacobson, president of Restoration Games, to talk about new editions of older games, whether they are good for the hobby, some of their favorites, and a few on their wishlists. All this, plus a deeper dive into the inner workings of Restoration, a look at new Board Game Arena titles Beyond the Sun and Lost Ruins of Arnak, fireballs, gaming a quarter mile at a time, and much more!
90 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
The One About the Main Event
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC delve into games that may require you to set a specific calendar day (or, at least, a game night) aside to play, why they’re still pretty awesome, and whether the stigma of extended play time might be a marketing myth. All this, plus mutants, harpoon shortages in Tentacle Town , mad scientists, Pitch Black, the endearing Welcome To..., the joy of event gaming with Richard Launius (naturally), and much, much more!
88 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
The One About Boutique Publishing
In this episode, Chris and TC are joined by Daniel Newman and Tony Miller, game designers and founders of New Mill Industries, to talk about the benefits of small publishing, their company’s “punk rock ethos”, and various upcoming projects. All this, plus predictions on fall convention attendance, Calimala, gladiators in a bowl, Fleet: The Dice Game, the genius of ButtonShy and Spielworxx, wrestling, mad scientists, and more!
102 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
The One About the Year That Wasn't
In this special 10th anniversary episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC look back on a very weird year of gaming and try their damndest to stick to tradition and select their best games of 2020. All this, plus progress on TC’s My Father’s Work, piracy in the 19th century, sharing some classics with loved ones, Draftasaurus, another game with camels, the adorable Beez, 2021 convention talk, Fiasco, Stellar, and much, much more!
135 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
The One About Heading Out West
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC break out their six shooters and mount up to talk about western games, what makes that theme so awesome, and how it might possibly go horribly wrong on occasion. All this, plus Darrell’s move out west to St. Louis, discussion of the big news of Transformers, GI Joe, and My Little Pony titles coming soon from Renegade Games, how good Pan Am really is, what’s Ragusa’s deal, anyway? - and so much more!
107 minutes | May 22, 2020
The One About Rockets and Racing
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC dig a bit deeper into TC’s suggestions as to how Rallyman GT might be improved, how that went over like a lead balloon on BoardGameGeek, and chat about what makes racing games awesome. All this, plus our top five favorite racing games, the beauty of No Man’s Sky, the canceling of cons for all of 2020, livestreaming with Strong Bad, the Spiel des Jahres nominees, saving Arkham - once again - and so much more!
157 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
The One About One Quiet Night
In this very special episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about life in the time of COVID-19, including a first-hand account by Darrell about his family living in a COVID-positive household and dealing personally with contracting the virus. We also lighten it up a bit by discussing gaming during lockdown, Aquatica, a rant from TC about Rallyman GT, livestreaming, more from Alexander Pfister, a free print and play from the Fleeples, and more!
119 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
The One About the Cost of Negativity
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC dig into the podcast mailbag to talk about the effect of overly-negative and positive reviews on the boardgame community, the difference between impressions and critical thinking, and how all of it may influence fan purchasing. All this, plus a look at Marvel Champions LCG, being a boardgame influencer, how Azul: Summer Pavilion could be the best Azul yet, fly fishing, party games & more!
137 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
The One About The Best Things of 2019
In this special episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC look back on a year of gaming and share their awards for favorites published last year, discoveries that came out before 2019, and many more categories like Favorite Publisher, Biggest Surprise, and our Game of the Decade! All this, plus tales from the beach, Copenhagen Roll & Write, Foodies, getting old, Irish Gauge, Old West Empresario, Disney after dark, a roll & write rant, and more!
120 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
The One About Toyetics
Chris, Darrell, and TC get in the holiday spirit by talking toys - specifically, the special relationship between toys and games, and the effect “toy factor” has on consumers and the board game hobby. All this, plus Darrell’s adventures in Philly at PAX Unplugged, Irish Gauge, throwing axes, Just One, Letter Jam, Word Slam, and other word-related things, bounty hunting in Star Wars: Outer Rim, Godzilla, M.A.S.K., and more!
120 minutes | Nov 20, 2019
The One About Getting Our Groove Back
Chris, Darrell, and TC are finally back in the podcasting saddle and ready to talk about their adventures at Camp Launius and the Gamers for Cures 24-hour Board Game Marathon! All this, plus Final Hour, Horrified, barbecue medals, Journeys in Middle-earth, the madness of video games, Tapestry, Era: Medieval Age, getting engaged, Scott Pilgrim, Disney+, Deep Blue, Nemo Rising, and more!
162 minutes | Aug 12, 2019
The One About What We Did This Summer
After a two-month hiatus Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about all the big events over one crazy summer, including highlights from Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, RuthCon, and Gen Con. All this, plus talk of the Nixon administration, camels, the controversial BoardGameGeek rebrand, the Sinister Six, Parks, The Artemis Project, racing with Richard Launius, fun in the Funkoverse, Medium, Homebrewers, Corinth & more!
133 minutes | May 22, 2019
The One About Spoilers
In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about spoiler culture, whether it translates to the board game hobby, how consumers & reviewers might avoid it all, and whether we should even really care. All this, plus Darrell dips into the dangerously addictive world of Warhammer, TC goes kayaking, Chris buys a scooter; a return to Fireball Island, Roll for the Galaxy, Crokinole, & The River; the Cardboard Edison Awards & more!
152 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
The One About Grinding Some Gears
In this very special episode Chris, Darrell, and TC get some things off their chest that have been bugging them around the board game hobby and in life, such as geek shaming, lazy journalism, mental health nuances, and cultural perspective awareness deficiencies. All this, plus The River, some unexpected Kickstarter news, Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame, the legend of Baahubali, Mensa Award winners & more!
133 minutes | Mar 27, 2019
The One About Unpub 9
In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC are joined by special guest Lesley Louder as they recount personal highlights, behind-the-scenes exploits, and lessons learned from the Ninth Annual Unpublished Games Expo in Hunts Valley, Maryland. All this, plus bad brie, Men at Work, the joys of trailer wrangling, TransAtlantic, fried chicken wind, Cartographers, ghost horses, Those Meddling Kids, My Father’s Work & more!
88 minutes | Feb 26, 2019
The One About Telling Stories
In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about games that tell stories, either through dedicated mechanics and thematics, or by emergent gameplay. All this, plus Darrell’s 40th birthday shindig at Dice Hate Me HQ, Arkham Horror 3.0 versus Arkham Horror 2.0, Beta Colony, news of TC’s big move, more Modern Art, Gugong, volcanoes, fishing, My Father’s Work, Jeeps, sand worms, coal mining, & so much more!
136 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
The One About a Promising Future in Sales
In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about the subtle art of selling games, what makes a good game versus what makes a good product, and the state of the board game market. All this, plus more Wingspan, Quacks of Quedlinburg, the vaguaries of game design credentials, The Boldest, Architects of the West Kingdom, dead men’s parties, the glory of Glory to Rome, a bit of whining, Heroes of Terrinoth, and more!
157 minutes | Jan 16, 2019
The One About The Year That Was
In this special episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC look back on a year of gaming and share their awards for favorites published last year - and even some discoveries that came out before 2018! All this, plus festivities from the annual DHM Holiday get-together, Escape from Colditz, a special sneak peek at Wingspan, expansions for 7 Wonders and Great Western Trail, fishing, dice, fireballs, Paper Tales, dogs, alpacas, Cryptid, castles, & more!
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