Mon, 18 March 2019
Oh Hai, it's another full episode, which means I actually have to type stuff here instead of just listing games. Well, hmm. In this episode Tyler and Erin join Craig to talk about a whole bunch of Coconuts and Loopin' Chewie thanks to Mallory's obsession. In the third segment, Matt and Derek are both back to talk about a slew of games, and I mean honestly, it's just too many to start listing, so you'll have to trust me.
Sat, 23 February 2019
In this the 106th ever episode of the Botch Games Podcast, Craig is joined by special guest Eric Buscemi to wrap up Craig's weekend board gaming trip to NYC. In the family segment, Tyler talks Exceed, Duelosaur, and Betrayal Legacy.
Wed, 30 January 2019
In this episode, the segments are a bit out of order. We have found the responsible parties and they have been sacked. In the intro/friends segment, Matt and Derek chat with Craig about, you guessed it, more Arkham Horror LCG, plus Duelosaur Island, Viticulture, Quacks of Quedlinberg, and Terraforming Mars. In the family segment, which comes last, Erin and Tyler chat about Azul 2: Electric Boogaloo, Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden, and a suite of Jackbox Games.
Fri, 11 January 2019
It's the 104th episode of the podcast and it's business as usual. In the family segment, Tyler stops by to catch up on their breakneck end-of-year finish-the-challenge speed and all the games the family played to finish their challenge. In the third segment, Matt and Derek join Craig and talk a bunch about Arkham Horror the Card Game, like people do. They also touch on Mr. Cabbagehead, Chronicles of Crime, and Siggil.
Sun, 30 December 2018
It's that time of year again, when everyone's plays reset and your challenges end for the year. In this episode Craig talks with Erin about their myriad plays trying to finish a 200x1 by the end of the year and then Matt and Derek stop by to talk about their yearly plays and unfinished challenges. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Tue, 25 December 2018
In this episode of The New Ones, Craig talks about some lighter games; dice, cards, and who knows what else.
Tybor der Baumeister: 0:48
Nations Dice: 19:36
Sun, 16 December 2018
It's the one hundred and second episode of the podcast, and somewhere buried deep in the here is at least one person talking about games. It's like an Easter Egg hunt to find the chat about an actual game. May the odds be ever in your favor!
Possible topics include ...Holiday Fluxx? Christmas Gifts? Betrayal Legacy? Brass? Arkham 3rd?
Thu, 22 November 2018
We've been putting shows out for four years now, not regularly or anything, but it's been four years, so get off my back about it. In this episode we stick to the NEW NEW format of a one hour show, only going over by 7 minutes. Tyler talks for for almost a half an hour, and Craig holds Matt and Derek to about a half an hour. It's a Thanksgiving miracle.
Wed, 31 October 2018
We made it to the century mark! To celebrate, I present you with nearly TWO HOURS of podcast. In this episode, we ALL talk about our favorite games from the BGG Top 100, and I mean all of us. Craig, the fam, Matt and Derek, even a bunch of podcast friends and network-mates. A whole slew of people. Thanks for all of your support through everything the podcast has been and will someday become. You all mean the world to us.
Congrats Supercut: 0:03
Family Top 5's: 8:28
Friends and Network Top Game: 36:06
Matt and Derek's Top 10's: 41:11
Mallory's Stinger: 2:06:14
Punchboard Media Stinger: 2:06:26
Tue, 23 October 2018
It's episode 99. It's been a while. Our apologies. But here were are again, at the precipice of 100 episodes. First your have to listen this one, and it just may be your lucky day. Contained within the secrets of this episode is the key to eternal happiness, or at least some cool people talking about cool stuff. Only you can know the true nature of this episode.
Family Played Segment: 3:59
The Third Segment with Matt and Derek: 26:13
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:29:49
Fri, 21 September 2018
It's that time again, it's time for a new episode! I'm sure you're as surprised as me, and I'm the one posting this. In this not-at-all-special episode, you get the usual crew in the third segment talking about a few games, but mainly chatting about the periphery surrounding games. It's a thing, right? Tyler stops by in the third segment and, whether you want to believe it or not, he actually talks! Hope you enjoy and talk to you soon~
Chatting with the Fam: 3:19
Matt & Derek stop by: 19:53
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:19:24
Thu, 6 September 2018
In this, the 97th episode of the Botch Games podcast, we begin with some troubling news: we've put out another episode. Like, who does this, keeps at something this long, almost four years, in some Sisyphean hellscape? Ah well, at least Craig is joined by some wonderful people. Like his lovely wife Erin, who is currently on a 134 game win streak against her ne'er do well husband. Or how about Matt and Derek, making the third segment now 100% full of dads. Enjoy the episode, your medal is in the mail.
Family Segment: 4:08
The Third Segment with Matt and Derek: 18:45
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:07:55
Sat, 25 August 2018
Welcome to episode 96, where the segments are made up and the points don't matter. In this episode Craig is joined by Erin to talk about Altiplano and in the third segment Matt and Derek talk about Brass and Root respectively. I suppose Craig has some things to say as well, but we all know that's not why you keep coming back.
Family Segment: 2:51
Matt and Derek stop by: 16:28
Wrap Up: 1:10:35
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:14:29
Tue, 7 August 2018
Did you miss these regular episodes? The number of downloads sure say that you did. So here's Episode 95, lappy is fixed and we're back at full strength and ready to roll. Oh wait, no Derek this week.
Where have you gone, normalcy??
Ah well, it's still a great episode with a Craig Con recap from people that aren't Craig, and some chat about a few FFG Gen Con announcements. Enjoy!~
Chatting with the Fam: 1:09
The Infamous Third Segment: 29:10
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:21:05
Sat, 14 July 2018
Craig is back again with a new episode for your lovely ears. In this episode he celebrates the return of his lovely wife, Erin, to the program after a long and tiring hiatus. Needless to say there's a lot of games to be discussed. In the third segment Matt and Derek are back again and the conversation quickly turns from games to rulebooks to Star Wars to inserts to games. It's a wild ride.
Erin Stops By: 5:08
The Third Segment with Matt and Derek: 26:01
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:16:14
Fri, 29 June 2018
Welcome to the longest Botch Games Podcast that has existed in a very long time. Here you thought just over an hour was the new norm. Well, you were sorely mistaken. But it's the Origins episode, so of course there's a lot to discuss. In Episode 93, Craig wraps up the entire Origins 2018 experience, with a little help from his friends. In the family segment, Tyler looks back at the multitude of games he played both with and without his father. In the third segment, Derek and Matt catch up with their plays before Derek peaces out to make room for full on Origins wrap-up between Matt and Craig.
Tyler's Origins: 7:08
Derek and Matt Catch Up: 46:21
Matt and Craig Dish Origins: 1:32:02
Punchboard Media Stinger: 2:05:48
Tue, 12 June 2018
In Episode 92 of the Botch Games Podcast, Craig is joined by guests Eric Buscemi and Patrick Hillier to talk about the games they're excited to check out at Origins 2018.
Origins 2018 Preview: 2:04
Punch Board Media Stinger: 49:36
Sat, 2 June 2018
We are on the march to 100 episodes, four years in the making. In this episode, Craig is joined by Erin and Tyler to talk about their recent plays including Space Base from AEG and Ganz Schon Clever. In the third segment Derek and Matt are back to talk about... babies? Also they talk about the Mottainai expansion and bringing games to game day. A weird range of items, yes, but it happened, so deal with it.
Family Played: 3:51
3rd segment with Matt and Derek: 20:33
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:19:11
Thu, 17 May 2018
We're all back, can you believe it? I sure can't, but it happened, Tyler, Erin, Derek, and Matt all appear in this episode. Craig can rest easy knowing that all of your favorites are back, it's so much less pressure, you know? In this episode we all talk about games, like Wasteland Express Delivery Service, Heaven and Ale, Crystal Clans, Feudum, and many more. Enjoy!
Family Played: 3:26
3rd Segment: 17:15
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:14:33
Thu, 5 April 2018
Can you believe it's already been two weeks? It feels like just yesterday I was staying up past my bed time to post an episode for you lovely listeners, but here I am, red eyes and all. In this episode, Craig is joined, as usual, by the family to chat about their plays including Red Dragon Inn, and a bunch of other games they've all talked about a thousand times. In the third segment, Derek and Matt stop by to talk about oversaturation in the hobby and each of their responses to the release of 3300+ games last year. Strap in, it's a long one, and Craig whines a whole bunch.
Family Segment: 2:10
3rd Segment with Matt and Derek: 25:41
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:33:26
Mon, 19 March 2018
Like a Phoenix reborn from it's own ashes, the show makes its triumphant return back to the internet airwaves. Yeah we missed a week, babies are hard, ya'll. In this episode Craig is joined by the family to talk about their plays, including Heaven and Ale and Clank Sunken Treasures. In the third segment Derek Davis and Matt Halstad stop by to talk about the 2017 Golden Geek Awards.
Games with the Family: 7:22
The Infamous Third Segment: 27:16
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:18:17
Sat, 24 February 2018
In episode 85, Craig recaps his weekend away at Nonsensicon 2018 with the help of the con organizer, Matt Halstad. We all survived the murder cabin unscathed and we're here to let you know all the highlights, all the lowlights, and how to run your very own, murder-free, cabin con! Craig is also joined by the family to catch you all up on our family challenge progress. Hope you enjoy the episode, there's a lot packed inside of it!
Family Segment: 3:17
The Third Segment with Matt Halstad: 25:37
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:16:14
Tue, 6 February 2018
Welcome back to this thing we call a podcast! It's the very special 84th episode which is the most podcasts we've ever put out! For serious though, in this episode Craig and the family chat about what games they've been playing before he forces them to come up with a family game challenge. It went over better than anyone could have expected. In the third segment Meghan Naxer stops by to chat about reestablishing a game group after moving across the country and setting up the perfect playlist for your game day. NOW GO, YE MIGHTY and download the episode or whatever...
The Games the Family Played? 5:32
The Third Segment with Meghan Naxer: 25:54
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:09:14
Mon, 22 January 2018
It's Episode 83! I bet you thought it would take more than two weeks to come out, didn't you? SUCKERS! I should have bet you money, even if it was a conflict of interest in a way, but still! I would have beaten you! In this SUPER ON TIME episode, Craig is joined by the family to hear Erin whine about legacy games, Tyler sneak in something about spagoot, and Craig works to convince Erin he isn't blaming her for hating legacy games. In the INFAMOUS Third Segment, Nolan Nasser stops by to talk about board game art and artists and talk about his new company, Deep Water Games and their upcoming release schedule. Nolan is a joy and you should all work hard to know him, for reals. See you next time, heroes! Wait, that's already taken...
Family Segment: 7:13
Third Segment with Nolan Nasser: 30:19
The Business End: 1:02:01
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:04:56
Mon, 8 January 2018
The holiday hiatus is over and we've made it to 2018! In this episode, the family carries on it's usual tradition of listing of their top 5 games they played in 2017. Surprise, surprise, Tyler is the only one who followed the rules to a T. In the third segment, Craig is joined once again by PBM head honcho, Eric Buscemi, to talk about some rolepaying tweets from their recent feeds, and how to best fudge a dice roll. It's a great show and we hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year!
Family Segment: 8:38
Third Segment with Eric Buscemi: 52:18
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:29:20
Sat, 25 November 2017
In this extra episode, Craig is joined by fellow Punchboard Media contributor Eric Buscemi to talk about their experiences at PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia!
Tue, 14 November 2017
We've made it three whole years! Hooray! In this episode, Craig is joined by the family to talk about their plays and then answer some listener questions for our anniversary! In the third segment, Craig is joined by the two most important women in his life, Erin and his Mom to talk about their gaming histories and how they were drug into hobby games kicking and screaming.
Family Played Segment: 5:58
The Third Segment with Erin and Mom: 39:59
PBM Stinger: 1:11:15
Wed, 1 November 2017
The 80th episode of the podcast is a weird one. My family has disappeared and I don't know where they went. Please, someone find them and make them play games with me. Seriously though, we haven't played games in over two weeks, so Erin and Tyler get a recording reprieve. For guests, though, Craig is joined by Kimberly Revia from The Cubist and Granite Game Summit and Ruth Boyack from the 5 By Games Podcast. In their chat, the three of them discuss building your own con and the work that goes into it being a successful venture. If you've ever wanted to have your own gig, at home or elsewhere, tune in for the sweet deets.
3rd Segment with Kimberly and Ruth: 4:16
Punchboard Media Stinger: 59:37
Tue, 17 October 2017
Episode 79: A YouTuber, A Blogger, and a Podcaster Talk About Rules (ft. Nicole Hoye and Tiffany Caires)
It's the 79th episode of the podcast. In usual fashion Craig is joined by Erin and Tyler to talk about the games they've played including Massive Darkness and Castles of Burgundy before unexpectedly diving into Tyler's current gaming burnout. In the third segment, Nicole Hoye, from the Daily Worker Placement and Greatway Games, and Tiffany Caires, The OneTAR herself, join Craig to talk about board rules. What makes them good? What makes them bad? Listen and find out!
The Family Segment: 1:15
The Third Segment with Nicole and Tiffany: 17:08
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:29:16
Tue, 3 October 2017
Episode 78: Your Significant Other as Your Gaming Partner (Ft. Kelly and Becky from Board Games in Bed)
It's now time for episode 78! In this episode, Craig and the family chat about their recent plays including Dice Forge, NMBR9, and Rhino Hero Super Battle. Afterwards, Craig is joined by Kelly and Becky Rolfe from the Board Games in Bed Podcast to talk about the joys of having your significant other as your main gaming partner. It's a lovely chat with friends from across the pond. Thanks Internet!
Family Segment with Erin and Tyler: 3:38
The Third Segment with Kelly and Becky: 24:03
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:21:41
Tue, 19 September 2017
In the 77th EVER episode of the Botch Games Podcast, Craig is joined by two very special guests to talk about the ethics of transparency and honesty in content creation and discuss their thoughts on paid reviews. Spoiler, we're not fans. In the family segment, Craig is joined by Erin and Tyler to discuss the games they've been playing, break down their thoughts on Unlock vs Exit, and Tyler ruins Craig's punchline. Spoiler, he's sad. It's a great episode, and I'm so glad your earballs get to devour the goodness that awaits you!
Games Played with the Family: 5:59
The Infamous 3rd Segment (w/ Chris and Edward): 25:54
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:30:00
Tue, 22 August 2017
Hey look, we still have a show! We're back from our hiatus and ready to roll with lots of new content! In this very fun episode, Craig is first joined by Erin and Tyler to wrap up all their Craig Con plays and hanging out with friends near and far. In the infamous third segment, Matt and Eric stop by and we lament our Gen Con absence while also talking about the interesting marketing maneuvers happening in board games in conjunction with Gen Con and also dish a little bit about the Fear Of Missing Out. We also run a contest for a copy of Rocky Road A La Mode from Green Couch games thank to the Punchboard Media Summer of Giveaways! Listen for details! In this episode, Craig also issues a retraction for some insensitive and ignorant comments in episode 75. He's got a big dumb mouth, and has been sufficiently flogged.
Family Played: 10:42
Third Segment with Matt and Eric: 35:00
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:50:28
Thu, 13 July 2017
In episode 74, Craig is back once again to bring useless chatter to your earbuds. In this episode, he is joined by his lovely family, Erin and Tyler to talk about the so few, so so few, games they've played over the past two weeks. In the third segment, Craig is joined to two first timers from the What Did You Play This Week Podcast, Derek and Jamie to dig deep into connecting with the community, raising your children as board gamers, and lashing out against board game weight shamers. Haters gonna hate, but the discussion tells you why you shouldn't!
Family Played: 2:57
Third Segment w/ Derek and Jamie: 16:44
Punchboard Media Stinger: 1:23:08
Wed, 28 June 2017
In episode 73, Craig is joined by Tyler and Erin, each in their own segments, to talk about the two weeks surrounding Origins 2017. In Tyler's section, He talks for ALMOST FORTY WHOLE MINUTES about the games he played at the con. If you thought that Tyler was a one trick pony, YOU WERE WRONG MY FRIEND! In the infamous third segment, Erin sits with Craig to talk about her weeks in games sans Craig before Craig himself debriefs over his week at Origins. BE WARNED! The segment is very stream of consciousness and highly introspective between the two of them. As a wrap up, we had a blast seeing and playing with everyone, and we can't wait until next year (but Craig has to be more emotionally prepared). SEE YOU NEXT TIME SUCKERS!
Family Played: 6:26
The 3rd Segment: Origins Debrief: 43:29
This Episode Produced by Patreon Patrons Steve Dakuginow and Eric Buscemi!
Tue, 13 June 2017
Welcome to a completely unorganized discussion of all things Origins where three avid gamers talk about what the expect out of this year's convention. The sights, the sounds, the flavors, the games, the people! Oh My! This year is shaping up to be a great convention and we hope to see you all there! In this episode Craig is joined by the family to talk about their plays and Tyler's mehness towards four days of gaming. In the infamous third segment Craig is joined by Ken Grazier of Geek Craft, and Matt from PoNG to break down their hopes and dreams of four magical days in Columbus, Ohio!
Family Played Segment: 2:44
3rd Segment with Ken Grazier & Matt Halstad: 17:14
PBM Bumper: 1:30:21
Fri, 2 June 2017
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we're back! Welcome to episode 71 of the show! After our baby hiatus we're back in full swing catching up on all of the games we've played during maternity/paternity leave and the family's lists are HUGE! In the third segment, Craig is joined by Brandon Kempf and Eric Buscemi to talk about the launch of a new media network which we are proud to be a part of and then settle into some topic discussion about overproduction of games and feeling like the dumbest person in a room after losing games. Its a great episode to come back to and we're glad to be back! Also, in this episode, Craig gives the details of our NEW Patreon campaign to help Craig pay for the show AND buy diapers, give it a look!
Family Segment: 7:53
Third Segment with Brandon and Eric: 34:24
Punchboard Media Stinger: 2:02:09
Mon, 1 May 2017
It's May, it's Episode 70, its the time for all things to be right in the world. Ok, maybe that last part was a stretch. In this episode Craig is joined by both family and friends to talk about his medical condition: gaming burnout. He is currently living with burnout, so why not have a Craigervention to figure out why and how to get through it. In the family segment, Craig, Erin, and Tyler talk about their last two weeks of gaming. In the third segment, Craig is joined by Matt and Copac to talk burnout, rules frustration, and con season excitement. it's a great episode, but it's a long episode, so get to work and we'll see you on the other side.
Family Played 2:46
Third segment 22:39
Fri, 21 April 2017
Hey, guys. I screwed up. This mini episode is the family clip the got left out of the real episode 69. The episode has been fixed now, but I wanted to put up just the family episode so you don't have to go back and listen to the entire main episode again. Please enjoy as we definitely enjoy recording together!
Thu, 20 April 2017
It's here. The most hilarious podcast episode by number. That's right, it's episode 69, and mistakes have been made. In this episode, the SIXTY-NINTH EVER episode, Craig is joined by the over the hillier gamer, Patrick Hillier and The Host of the Boards Alive Podcast, Aaron Cassidy. As you would expect from those two guests on this, the funniest of episodes, things go off the rails. You can HEAR how red Craig gets. In the family segment, Craig, Erin, and Tyler dive into Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails. Next episode, we're back to our usual, non-euphemism content, but for now, enjoy the silliness!
Family Played: 5:31
Third Segment: 25:51
Tue, 4 April 2017
It's time for Episode 68 where Craig discusses the lightest game game at the table, and it's Anachrony. Let that sink in. In this very special episode, Craig is joined by the Cubist, Bill Corey Jr, and The head of Capstone Games, Clay Ross to talk all about heavy games. Like for instance, did you know the process to bring heavy imports over to the States? Well you soon will, and you'll enjoy the ride! Also Craig is joined by Tyler and Erin as they continue their quest to derail every conversation Craig starts about board games. It's great..? Anyway, we hope you enjoy the show and thanks so much for giving it a listen!
Family Games Played: 4:39
The Infamous Third Segment w/ Bill Corey and Clay Ross: 26:57
Tue, 21 March 2017
It's episode 67! Craig is back to wrap up the Botch Games RPG month with two more AMAZING storytellers. First up is the co-designer of Dead of Winter, among a bevy of other games, Jon Gilmour, and second, the host of the One Shot Podcast, James D'Amato! During their discussion, Craig, James, and Jon talk about the pains and joys of character creation, evoking emotions in games, and finding storytelling moments when surrounded by mechanics. It's a lovely discussion and we're excited James and Jon could spare some time to guest on the show. In the family segment, we finally had #eringamenight! I can not out into words how excited Erin was to have a game night of her choosing. Tyler also chimes in with several fun plays including Clank and the joy of beating Craig in way too many games. Thanks for tuning in and we'll be back next month for more board games forever!
Family Played: 6:37
Infamous Third Segment with James D'Amato and Jon Gilmour: 35:39
PNCN Bumper: 1:36:57
Mon, 6 March 2017
In the 66th EVER episode of the Botch Games Podcast, we start the celebration of storytelling month on the show! During the month of March, we have four guests who are some of Craig's favorite storytellers, and is the first part of the month, Craig welcome Rob Daviau, co-designer of Pandemic Legacy, and Jeremy Holmes from the Blue Peg, Pink Peg Podcast. They have an amazing discussion focused around Gm-less games, interesting game mechanics, and character creation. The family also comes around to discuss their many game days and no one hates anything! Lastly, Craig has Matt from PoNG stop by to discuss the new FFG article concerning Star Wars Destiny, spoiler, it's insanity...
Family Time: 4:24
10 Minutes with Matt: 32:33
Infamous Third Segment (ft. Rob Daviau & Jeremy Holmes): 46:51
PNCN Bumper: 2:11:37
Wed, 22 February 2017
In the 65th EVER episode of the podcast, Craig brings you almost two hours of gloom, thanks to the topics from this episodes lovely guests. BUT FIRST, Craig catches you up on the two weeks leading up to this episode including an impromtu trip to Toronto, Valentine's Day celebration, and info about the Golden Geek awards. Then Craig is joined by the family for a short catch up on their games played. In a special segment, friend of the show Eric Buscemi tells a grand story of his perfect game night. Lastly, in the infamous Third Segment, Craig is joined by Brandon Kempf of the WDYPTW podcast and convention staple Chris Copac where they get all gloomy in a mini topic roundtable! Enjoy!
Family Played: 10:21
Contest Reminder: 28:26
Eric Buscemi Story: 31:33
Third Segment!: 33:46
PNCN Bumper: 1:41:13
Extra Clip: 1:41:37
Tue, 7 February 2017
Welcome the 64th EVER episode of the Botch Games Podcast! In this very special episode, Craig is joined, as always, by his loving family to talk about their played games over the last several weeks. Erin then surprises the group by making us lost the five games we would want to see at our "perfect" game night. Guess what? Then we made a contest out of it! Also, in the now infamous third segment, Craig is joined by fellow WDYPTW contributors Eric and Johannes for a mini-topic-round-up where they discuss such topics as input and output randomness, shelves of shame vs. shelves of opportunity, and conducive gaming environments in and out of the home. Thanks so much for listening!
Family Played: 4:41
Third Segment: 32:45
SPECIAL THANK YOU LISTENERS CONTEST!: 1:31:20
PNCN Bumper: 1:41:10
Mon, 23 January 2017
In the 63rd EVER episode of the podcast (and possibly the longest), we look back at our favorite games played in 2016. The rules, however, are dictated by Erin and Tyler, leading to a list of games that doesn't actually reflect much. We had a darn good time, anyways, and you should enjoy it as well. In the now infamous "THIRD SEGMENT," Craig is joined by Aaron from Boards Alive and Matt from PONG in a mini-topic-round-up (sponsored by dashes). Topics include, but are not limited to, balancing Board Game time with RPG time, Kickstarter successes and flops, and is playing a game once enough times to give an adequate review. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Family Time: Favs of 2016: 5:27
3rd Segment Topics: 31:27
PNCN Bumper: 2:01:55
Mon, 9 January 2017
Happy 2017 dear listener! We hope you had a wonderful end of the train wreck that was 2016 and are ready to begin anew! On this episode Craig is first joined, as always, by his family, Erin and Tyler, to discuss all of the games they played to end the outgoing year and look at their played stats for 2016. it's surprising to many of them! On the third segment, Craig is joined by Kimberly Bullock and Mason Weaver for a mini topic roundup, which includes discussions of Deluxe editions, Healing through gaming, and the benefits of gaming with your partner. Enjoy the episode as we think it's a great one!
Family Plays: 4:48
3rd segment mini-topics: 32:18
Sun, 11 December 2016
In the 61st EVER podcast, we celebrate the holidays! In this episode, Craig is joined by so many people he can't even handle it, and they all tell him what they want for Christmas. Jokes on them though, as Craig is only obligated to buy two of them gifts, the others have to wait for the guy in the big red suit. First Tyler recaps some games, and even likes some of them, before telling Craig what to shove under the tree. Erin's up next were she gives a first impression of 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon. Then, Craig is joined by Copac and Meghan from his "local" group for a long discussion of what games they hope they get from the jolly man from up North. Lastly, Matt stops by to talk Blood Bowl, Star Wars Destiny, and Subterfuge, or "games no one cares about except Craig and Matt." Happy Holidays everyone!
Tyler's Plays: 4:58
Networks, At the Gates of Loyang, Vegas Showdown, Seasons
Erin's Plays: 15:11
Networks, Vegas Showdown, 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon
Main Segment: Christmas Lists with Copac and Meghan: 31:45
No games listed here, cheaters, you'll have to wait and hear our lists...
A Visit from Matt: 1:04:13
Blood Bowl, Star Wars Destiny, Subterfuge
PNCN Bumper: 1:26:42
Tue, 29 November 2016
In the 60th ever episode of the podcast, Craig recounts a FULL two weeks of games, yes, that's right, he ACTUALLY played games. First he is joined by Erin and Tyler to discuss their family plays which included Erin's vacation plays, some epic Thanksgiving games, and a 12 hour game day for Craig and Tyler. Finally, Craig is joined by Matthew Halstad and Ben Rush from the League of Nonsensical Gamers to discuss Craig's newest collectible obsession: The Arkham Horror LCG. It's a hauntingly good time, and at some point, Craig may have summoned a swirling portal of death, but we're not entirely sure.
Family Plays: 5:29
Kanagawa, Lotus, Patchwork, Fluxx, Colt Express, Timeline, Dixit, Roll Player, Stockpile, Dicey Goblins, Covert, At the Gates of Loyang.
Main Feature: 38:23
Arkham Horror: LCG, ft. Matt Halstad and Ben Rush
Wed, 16 November 2016
Well, we've done it. We've made it two full years of putting up content for all of you out there and what a ride it has been. Thanks so much for sticking around through all of it. On this episode, Craig takes some time to thank everyone who has helped the show make it this far, and is then joined by Erin and Tyler to talk about their family's plays and to reveal a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Finally, Craig is joined by Matt Halstad (LONG) and Patrick Hillier (WDYPTW) to talk games, drafting replayability, conventions, and more!
Family Plays: 11:21
Guests Matt and Patrick: 33:56
Wrap Up: 1:35:48
Wed, 16 November 2016
Well, we've done it. We've made it two full years of putting up content for all of you out there and what a ride it has been. Thanks so much for sticking around through all of it. On this episode, Craig takes some time to thank everyone who has helped the show make it this far, and is then joined by Erin and Tyler to talk about their family's plays and to reveal a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Finally, Craig is joined by Matt Halstad (LONG) and Patrick Hillier (WDYPTW) to talk games, drafting replayability, conventions, and more!
Family Plays: 11:21
Guests Matt and Patrick: 33:56
Wrap Up: 1:35:48
Mon, 24 October 2016
In episode 58, Craig is joined by Matt Halstad from the League of Nonsensical Gamers to discuss collectible games, why we play them, why we love them, and why so much of our paychecks go to them. Craig is also joined by Tyler to discuss the games the family played and how can not be beaten at Neuroshima Hex. Enjoy the episode as Craig rides Matt's podcasting coattails to avoid doing any real work himself.
This episode sponsored by the Sim City CCG
Tyler's Family Plays: 5:20
Collectibility with Matt: 22:52
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Mon, 19 September 2016
In Episode 56, Craig is joined by Erin and Tyler to discuss the games they've played and also they wade through the rest of the listener questions and all in all cause havoc in the studio. Welcome to the tired zone, dear listeners! Also in the episode, Tyler lays down some prerequisites that have to be met before he'll let me have a contest. Note: He's tough.
Contest Precursor: 7:51
Family Played: 16:23
Listener Questions: 33:25
Wed, 7 September 2016
In Episode 55, Craig has the special pleasure of reviewing a game that everyone other person with a microphone, camera, or keyboard has already reviewed, Scythe, from Stonemaier Games. We hope you hear something you haven't before, or at least enjoy our special guest reviewer, Matt Halstad from the League/Podcast of Nonsensical Gamers. Craig is also joined by Erin to talk about the games they played whilst in anniversary paradise, and Tyler makes comments about Overwatch but mostly naps in front of the mic.
Erin's Plays: 2:57
(Eight Minute Empire, 7 Wonders Duel, Just Desserts, Oh My Goods)
Scythe Review with Ty and Matt: 21:23
The Ending Bit, Because Outro Isn't A Real Word: 1:14:47
Sun, 21 August 2016
In episode 54, Craig steps away briefly from board games to talk about his other love within the hobby, Roleplaying games. During the his breakdown segment, he goes through a list of games to ease hobby board gamers into roleplaying with a group of collaborative storytelling games, aimed at continuing social and amerithrash gamers into cooperative story driven systems. In the main segment, Craig is joined by frequent contributors Chuck and Alex to play an actual play of Millennial Apartment Hunters, written by James D'Amato of the One Shot and Campaign Podcasts. We hope you enjoy this break from board games and that you'll give roleplaying games a try (even with Craig over Skype!). Tune in next episode when we go back to board games in a big way!
Craig's List of Narrative RPG's: 3:08
Everyone is John: 6:43
Goblin Quest: 7:37
Apocalypse World: 14:42
Edge of the Empire: 17:21
Actual Play: Millennial Apartment Hunters: 21:31
Wed, 10 August 2016
In the 53rd episode of The Botch Games Podcast, Craig, Erin, and Tyler wrap up all the games they played during CraigCon, an all day gaming celebration of Craig's birth, and Erin takes the reigns on picking a topic which focuses on garnering a welcoming and accepting environment around the game table.
Tyler's Played Games: 10:12
ft: Mysterium, Descent, Dead Last, Red Dragon Inn, and More
Erin's Played games and Show Topic: 28:12
ft: Sushi Go Party, 7 Wonders, Orleans, Agricola
Mon, 11 July 2016
In Episode 52, Craig is joined by the family to discuss a plethora of games played. Seriously, they've been playing so many games together and Craig couldn't be happier! After that, Craig is joined by the Board Game Apprentice himself, Will, to discuss Star Wars Rebellion from FFG! Thanks for tuning in!
Family What We've Played: 7:40
Star Wars Rebellion (FFG): 34:22
Mon, 27 June 2016
In Episode 51, Craig is joined by Erin and Tyler to talk about their Origins 2016 experience, including the games they played, the food they ate, the people they met, the highs, the lows and everything in between!
Family What We've Played: 8:03
Tyler and Craig's Origins Highlights: 41:03
Mon, 13 June 2016
We made it to 50 whole episodes! In celebration we got a whole bunch of of congrats from a gaggle of our media friends and our only listener! We're so thankful for the support of the community and the friends we've made during our tenure. As the main feature of the episode, Craig, Will, Erin, and Tyler each go through their Top 10 games of all time lists and have a lot of fun in the process. We hope you enjoy as we begin our path to episode 100!
PNCN Bumper: 0:00 Aaron--Boards Alive Congrats: 0:25 Patrick Hillier Congrats: 1:38 Intro Banter: 2:12 Heavy Cardboard Congrats: 10:45 Steve, Our Only Listener Congrats: 11:12 Docking Bay 94 Congrats: 11:22 Family What We've Played: 11:40 Happy Salmon: 13:30 Spaceteam: 15:35 Timeline: 20:00 Codenames: 20:00 Takenoko: 22:55 Seven7s: 23:35 Zombie Dice: 24:08 Brandon--WDYPTW Congrats: 27:23 Cloak and Meeple Congrats: 27:50 Matt--PoNG Congrats: 28:15 TOP 10s!: 28:38 Craig's #10: Betrayal at the House on the Hill: 31:00 Erin #10: Bring Out Yer Dead: 32:55 Tyler #10: Chupacabra Dice: 34:23 Will #10: Coup: 35:40 Craig #9: Axis & Allies: 37:08 Erin #9 Tokaido: 38:28 Tyler #9 Grizzled: 40:15 Will #9: Stone Age: 41:00 Craig #8 Arboretum: 42:20 Erin #8 Splendor: 43:28 Tyler #8 Camel Up: 43:40 Will #8 Cosmic Encounter: 45:45 Craig #7: Imperial Settlers: 46:16 Erin #7: Lanterns: 47:00 Tyler #7: Valeria Card Kingdoms: 47:30 Will #7 Seven7s: 48:22 Craig #6 Cosmic Encounter: 49:40 Erin #6: Patchwork: 51:45 Tyler #6: Scoville: 52:58 Will #6: Lanterns: 55:03 Craig #5: Arcadia Quest: 56:05 Erin #5: Takenoko: 57:40 Tyler #5: Dead of Winter: 1:00:05 Will #5: X-Wing: 1:00:45 Craig #4: Agricola: 1:00:51 Erin #4: Viticulture: 1:02:00 Tyler #4: Mission Red Planet: 1:02:55 Will #4: Above and Below: 1:03:35 Craig #3; Pandemic Legacy: 1:04:58 Erin #3: Bohnanza: 1:05:06 Tyler #3: Summoner Wars: 1:06:04 Will #3: City of Iron: 1:07:00 Craig #2: X-wing: 1:08:25 Erin #2: Ticket to Ride: 1:09:50 Tyler #2: Red Dragon Inn: 1:11:09 Will #2: Mottainai: 1:12:35 Craig #1: Mottainai: 1:12:53 Erin #1: 7Wonders: 1:15:00 Tyler #1: Pandemic Legacy/Risk Legacy: 1:16:28 Will #1: Blood Rage: 1:19:45 Craig's Wrap-up and Thanks: 1:22:19
Mon, 30 May 2016
In this episode, Craig is flying solo for the main review section so he talks about his two favorite games from Level 99 Games: Argent the Consortium and Pixel Tactics. Since he's solo, the games only get a quick overview and gush session, but there's enough info in there to wet your whistle for what each game is about. Also, Craig is joined by his family for a run down of a slew of games they played together, both at home and at the Malted Meeple. We hope you enjoy the episode and join us next episode for our 50th episode celebration!
What the Family played: 6:57
Argent the Consortium (Lvl 99): 43:10
Pixel Tactics (Lvl 99): 56:41
Mon, 16 May 2016
In the 48th episode of the Botch Games Podcast, Craig and will loosely tie in three games based on trees and discuss the games they've played and what they're anticipating. First, Craig is joined by Erin and Tyler to talk about the games they've played since last recording (surprise, it's not much). Craig and Will then dig into (ha) Norsaga, a competitive family tree-building game, and Arboretum, a competitive rummy-style tree path laying game. Lastly, Tyler joins Craig and Will to talk about Kodama: The Tree Spirits and Tyler's unbreakable strategy... until we break it by discovering we played one rule horrible wrong. All in all it's a great time, if not a little embarrassing...
What We Played as a Family: 10:52
Norsaga (Merromorph): 30:40
Arboretum (Z-Man): 46:25
Kodama (Action Phase): 57:45
Mon, 2 May 2016
In episode 47, we celebrate International Tabletop Day bytalkingabout our experience at the Malted Meeple board game cafein Hudson,Ohio, and the games we played throughout the day. Craigis joined byTyler and Will to discuss a small trove a games theyplayedthroughout the day, and joined by Tyler and Erin to talkabout thegames they played throughout the week. Also, Craig had ashort, butspecial interview with ITTD special guest at the MaltedMeeple, JonGilmour, the designer of Dead of Winter and Vault Wars.We hope youall got some amazing games in during InternationalTabletop Day andwe will be back in two weeks with a regularepisode!
Family Chat: 5:55
Sushi Go (Gamewright): 6:55
Tsuro (Calliope): 9:25
Timeline (Asmodee): 15:20
Mission Red Planet (Fantasy Flight): 17:55
Viticulture (Stonemaier): 20:30
International Tabletop Day!: 27:45
Stone Age (Rio Grande): 31:20
Bad Beets (Stoneblade): 35:25
Camel Up (Z-Man): 37:50
Tsuro of the Seas (Calliope): 41:40
Hey That's My Fish! (Fantasy Flight): 47:45
Le Boomb! (Mayfair): 51:45
Welcome to the Dungeon (Iello): 54:00
Special Interview with Jon Gilmour: 56:45
Mon, 18 April 2016
In the 46th episode of the Podcast, Craig and Will finish out April with two of their favorite newer Fantasy Flight games in Mission Red Planet, an area control game from the Brunos, and Warhammer Quest The Adventure Card Game, which replaces every instance of Pathfinder on Craig's shelves. Also, Craih is joined by his family, as always, to discuss the games they've been playing. Lastly, The Tattered Board Podcast joins in on the FFG celebration and discusses their favorite Fantasy Flight games, including Rex.
General Banter: 0:36
Family What We've Played: 11:24
iTunes reviews/Tattered Board Intro: 26:42
Tattered Board Segment: 29:42
Mission Red Planet: 46:06
Warhammer Quest: 1:04:55
Mon, 4 April 2016
Episode 45: The FFG LCG CMG OMG Episode (ft. WH40k Conquest, Android Netrunner, Imperial Assault, X-Wing)
In the first episode of April, which we're dedicating to Fantasy Flight Games, Craig and Will talk about the four collectible games their addicted to from FFG. After a catch up with Craig's family on what they've been playing the past two weeks, the boys dig deep into two Living Card Games (Warhammer 40,000 Conquest and Android Netrunner) and two Collectible Miniature Games (Star Wars: Imperial Assault and the X-wing Miniatures Game) and why they have become completely addicted to each of these collectible games, the ups, the downs, and whether the cost is right. We hope you enjoy the first of two Fantasy Flight Games episodes in April, as next episode we discuss Warhammer Quest the Adventure Card Game and Mission Red Planet.
Friendly Banter: 0:36
Family What We've Played: 10:37
FFG LCGs (WH40k Conquest, Android Netrunner): 31:33
FFG CMGs (Imperial Assault, X-Wing): 1:00:41
Fri, 18 March 2016
In Episode 44 , Craig and Will dig deep into Chris Handy's entire first collection of Pack O Games in anticipation of the newest set which is now live on Kickstarter. They go through each game individually, looking at strengths and weaknesses before each of them lists their worst to best lists for the entire set. Also in this episode, Craig is joined by Erin and Tyler were they have a nice discussion about Dingo's Dreams (preventing Erin's alzheimer's disease) and Agricola: ACBAS (and Tyler's infatuation with raising sheep). Lastly, the cast is now a proud member Pathological Nerdcaster's Network, which you can check out at PNCN.rocks.
Thu, 3 March 2016
Episode 43: The Red Raven Games Episode! (ft. Eight Minute Empire, Dingo's Dreams, City of Iron 2nd Ed.)
In episode 43, Craig and Will continue their love of Above and Below by diving into more of Ryan Laukat's library. First they review Eight Minute Empire, a game which has been in Craig's collection for years, but also one he has never beaten his wife at. Next, Craig and Will dive in to Dingo's Dreams and City of Iron 2nd edition which were recently fulfilled through Kickstarter. As usual, Craig is joined by his wife, Erin, and his son, Tyler to talk about the games they played as a family. Lastly, Craig and Will answer some listener questions, emptying out the mailbag and clearing out the Twitter queue.
Family Banter: 8:45
Dingo's Dreams (Red Raven): 22:00
Eight Minute Empire (Red Raven): 31:10
City of Iron Second Edition (Red Raven): 43:15
Fri, 19 February 2016
In Episode 42, Craig invites his board game apprentice, Will, into the studio to go in depth with the 2015 release, Trickerion from Mindclash Games, a nifty worker placement with a theme that makes sense. He also catches up with his family and discusses the games they played as a family. Also, to round out the episode, Will runs through his favorite games from the early stages of his board gaming life, and surprise, they're not gateway games!
Family Played Games: 8:30
Doodle Quest (Blue Orange)
One Night Ultimate Werewolf (Bezier)
Pandemic Legacy (Z-Man)
Orleans (Tasty Minstrel)
Cosmic Encounter (FFG)
Trickerion (Mindclash Games): 24:00
Will's Choice: 59:00
Lanterns (Foxtrot Games)
Blood Rage (CMoN)
Above and Below (Red Raven Games)
Thu, 4 February 2016
In episode 41, Craig is joined by his lovely wife, Erin, to discuss every iteration and expansion of her favorite game, 7 Wonders, from the base game all the way through 7 Wonders Duel! Listen to a nice breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of every expansion and what are essential additions to your base game! We hope you enjoy the episode and a deeper look into one of our family's favorite games!
Family Played Games Discussion: 5:30
7Wonders Base Game: 22:45
7Wonders: Leaders: 34:00
7Wonders: Cities: 38.45
7Wonders: Wonder Pack: 46:00
7Wonders: Babel: 49:00
7Wonders: Duel: 56:00
Mon, 18 January 2016
In a very special bonus episode, you get the full, unedited, 36 minute long Top 5 games of 2015 lists from Craig wife, Erin and his son, Tyler. The version in episode 40 is a mere 20 minutes long and doesn't capture the full scope of our family dynamic or the fun the Botch family has looking back at 2015 and the fun they have picking on each other. I hope you enjoy this longer version in all of it's cough-filled, shout-out riddled glory!
Thu, 14 January 2016
In episode 40, Craig follows the trend of every other media site out there and goes through all of his lists of 2015. First off, Craig hits the low notes and talks about his disappointments of 2015 and the games he wished he had played during 2015. Then in a SPECIAL GUEST segment, Craig is joined by his lovely wife, and surprisingly talkative son who give their top 5 games from the previous year. Lastly, Craig gets in to the meat of the episode and talks his top 10 games of 2015, and wraps up the show with his biggest anticipations of 2016! We hope you enjoy the episode and that you have a wonderful start to your new year!
A list of Games you might hear in the episode:
Bring out yer Dead (Upper Deck)
Ticket to Ride (Days of Wonder)
The Networks (Formal Ferret)
Seafall (Plaid Hat)
Ashes (Plaid Hat)
Colt Express (Asmodee)
Flick em Up (Pretzel Games)
Elysium (Space Cowboys)
Pandemic Legacy (Z-Man)
Blood Rage (CMON)
Dark Moon (Stronghold Games)
504 (Stronghold Games)
Mottainai (Asmadi Games)
Secret Hitler (Max Temkin)
Scythe (Stonemaier Games)
Between Two Cities (Stonemaier Games)
7Wonders Duel (Repos)
Rum and Bones (CMON)
The Grizzled (CMON)
Arcadia Quest (CMON)
Rhino Hero (HABA)
Thu, 31 December 2015
In Episode 39, Craig takes a look at three games sent to him for review from Tasty Minstrel Games (TMG). First up is the competitve push your luck game of cutting wires and making your friends explode in Bomb Squad Academy. Secondly, He look at the cooperative, Hanabi-style game, Bomb Squad, full of map movement, bomb defusal, secret hands, and a real-time countdown timer. Lastly, he looks at the import/reprint Orleans, a bag building, action selection game. Happy New Years Everyone!
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: (9:30)
Bomb Squad Academy (TMG): 13:00
Bomb Squad (TMG): 32:20
Orleans (TMG): 56:00
Fri, 18 December 2015
Episode 38: The End of Year Wrap Up (ft Secret Hitler, Bring Out Yer Dead, Elysium, Cosmic Encounter)
In Episode 38, Craig digs through his stack and pulls out the last few games to be reviewed from 2015 in anticipation of his best of 2015 list debuting in January 2016. Starting off Craig gives a brief synopsis of Lifeline, a storytelling iOS and Android game and his adoration for the style. Second, he goes even further away from his normal reviews and gives an in-depth look at Secret Hitler, a hidden role game which is live on Kickstarter from the team the created Cards Against Humanity. Now on to the main event! This week, Craig reviews Bring out Yer Dead from Upper Deck Entertainment, an area-control, family style game, Elysium from Space Cowboy, a Greek mythology card drafting/selection game, and Cosmic Encounter, the age old classic game of conquest and OP aliens. Have a great holiday, dear listener!
Lifeline App (3 minute games): 6:00
Secret Hitler (Max Temkin): 10:30
Bring OUt Yer Dead (Upper Deck): 23:30
Elysium (Space Cowboy): 37:40
Cosmic Encounter (FFG): 52:20
Fri, 4 December 2015
In Episode 37, Craig takes a look at expansions for two of his favorite Antoine Bauza games, in Takenoko Chibis, an expansion about baby pandas, and Tokaido Crossroads, a game about even more choices on Tokaido road. He discusses what he thinks was necessary additions in the expansions, what didn't need to exist, and his overall thoughts of how the expansions add or detract from the base games. Also in this episode, Craig goes in depth about Above and Below from Ryan Laukat's Red Raven Games, and if the game can blend mechanisms from Thematic games and Euro games successfully.
Takenoko: Chibis (Matagot): 9:03
Tokaido: Crossroads (FunForge): 26:20
Above and Below (Red Raven Games): 41:18
Fri, 20 November 2015
Episode 36: The One Year Anniversary Episode! (ft. Steampunk Rally, Loop Inc., Pandemic Legacy-Spoiler Free)
In Episode 36, Craig celebrates the first year of the show and discusses three games that keep hitting his table. First up is Steampunk Rally, a Dice-placement, card-drafting, engine-building racing game of a time, published by Roxley Games. Next up, is Loop, Inc. the game of time-travel-for-profit, released by Eagle Gryphon Games. Lastly, he digs in to a spoiler-free run through of how Pandemic Legacy works, and why you should own it. Right. Now. Also feel free to stick around after the outro for a spoiler HEAVY recap of the first four months of Craig's campaign with his family!
Steampunk Rally (Roxley Games): 7:45
Loop, Inc. (Eagle Gryphon): 27:30
Pandemic Legacy SPOILER FREE! (Z-Man Games): 48:30
Pandemic Legacy ALL THE SPOILERS!! (Z-man Games): 1:08:30
Fri, 6 November 2015
In episode 35, Craig pairs up two Word/Deck Building games in a comparison of mechanics and gameplay. First he talks about Paperback from Tim Fowers, the Dominion/Scrabble hybrid, and then he discusses Dexicon from Andrew Rowse and Eagle-Gryphon Games and the new concepts it adds to the almost stale deckbuilding genre. Lastly, Craig digs into Seven7s from Jason Tagmire and Eagle-Gryphon games, discussing its simple deck complexity. Also note, Craig is aware he is terrible at his job.
Paperback (Tim Fowers): 8:30
Dexicon (Eagle-Gryphon): 20:30
Seven7s (Eagle-Gryphon): 38:04
Fri, 23 October 2015
In Episode 34, Craig digs in to three tile placement games, which quickly becomes a lesson on intro/family games. During the episode he discusses Lanterns: The Harvest Festival from Foxtrot Games and Renegade Games, Between Two Cities from Stonemaier Games, and New York 1901 from Blue Orange Games.
Lanterns (Foxtrot Games): 6:50
Between Two Cities (Stonemaier Games): 20:45
New York 1901 (Blue Orange Games) 41:15
Fri, 9 October 2015
In Episode 33, Craig dives into three games that showed up on his doorstep thanks to the magic of Kickstarter. All three games are 2015 releases and have shown up within the past month or so which means he has fought hard to get several plays of each game to bring them to your attention, dear listener.
First Craig talks about Vault Wars, the auction game from Floodgate Games, then he digs in the latest installment of the Tiny Epic line from Gamelyn Games, Tiny Epic Galaxies, and he finally wraps us with his newest game obsession, Mottainai, from Asmadi Games.
Vault Wars (Floodgate Games): 7:00
Tiny Epic Galaxies (Gamelyn Games): 26:00
Mottainai (Asmadi Games): 39:00
Fri, 25 September 2015
In episode 32, Craig talks specifically about three Cool Mini or Not games. First off he takes a look back at Arcadia Quest, a 2014 release, but with fresh perspectives and more experience. Next, Craig dives into the cooperative game the Grizzled, which is an upcoming release, and was a big hit at GenCon 2015. Lastly, he dives into the area-control, card-drafting game, Blood Rage designed by Eric Lang.
Sat, 12 September 2015
In episode 31, Craig begins his convention season wrap-up by discussing three games he played (see bought) at Gen-con 2015, specifically, Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot from Portal Games, Codenames from CGE, and Trove:The Crystal Caverns from Leder Games.
Thu, 18 June 2015
In Episode 30, Craig and Dave take a look at a few games they've played recently, including Dragon Run and Dimensions, and Craig talks about the Star Wars Edge of the Empire campaign he's running. In kickstarter newsm The look at Zombicide: Black Plague from Cool Mini or Not and Dark Dealings. Lastly, due to technical difficulties, there is no third segment this week, but Craig takes the mic to give a special announcement.
Dragon Run (Blue Orange): 9:45
Star Wars:Edge of the Empire (FFG): 18:45
Dimension (KOSMOS): 26:15
FTC Suit against Kickstarter Publisher: 35:30
Zombicide: Black Plague (CMON): 39:15
TMNT Heroclix (Wizkids): 47:15
Dark Dealings (Nevermore Games): 50:00
Paperize Dev Tool (Oil and Rope): 55:15
Smog Riders (Scale 75): 58:00
Craig's Announcement: 59:45
Tue, 9 June 2015
In Episode 29, Craig takes the mic to recap the games he played during the 2015 Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. He breaks down over twenty titles that he and his son demoed during their time at the convention. Next, Craig and Dave interview Brooklynn Lundberg from Succubus Publishing about their current kickstarter project, Middara.
Lanterns (Renegade Games): 3:40
Shoot Your Friends (Gangrene Games): 6:00
Monster Truck Mayhem (Dice Hate Me): 8:45
Welcome to the Dungeon (Iello): 11:00
Pie Factory (Dice Hate Me): 12:40
Bottom of the 9th (Dice Hate Me): 14:00
Sylvion (Z-Man): 17:45
Angry Dice (Dice Hate Me): 19:15
Bring Out Yer Dead (Upper Deck): 21:15
Arcadia Quest (Cool Mini or Not): 28:15
Xenoshyft (Cool Mini or Not): 29:15
Patchwork (Mayfair): 32:10
Wombat Rescue (Eagle Games): 34:00
Flick 'em Up (Z-Man Games): 37:00
Dogs of War (Cool Mini or Not): 38:15
Bad Beets (Stoneblade): 39:00
Pingo Pingo (Iello): 40:45
Hogger Logger (Breaking Games): 43:35
Ubongo (Kosmos): 43:35
Dimension (Kosmos): 45:40
Dohdles (Kosmos): 47:05
Colt Express (Asmodee): 48:40
Easy Breezy Travel Agency (Dice Hate Me): 50:00
Interview: Brooklynn Lundberg, Succubus Publishing: 53:20
Tue, 2 June 2015
In episode 28, Craig and Dave are joined by special guest, Matt Wolfe, the designer of Wombat Rescue, which is on Kickstarter right now from Eagle Games. Also in this episode, The boys give first impressions of The Metagame from Local No. 12, and X-Men Mutant Revolution from Wizkids Games. In Kickstarter news, they look at Middara from Succubus Publishing and Ether Wars from EtherDev, and lastly they talk about the nominees for this year's Spiel des Jahres.
The Metagame (Local No. 12): 2:45
Star Wars Edge of the Empire (FFG): 16:15
The End of the World Line (FFG): 17:15
X-Men Mutant Revolution (Wizkids): 19:15
Middara (Succubus): 31:45
Ether Wars (EtherDev): 35:30
Wombat Rescue (Eagle Games): 37:00
Spiel des Jahres 2015 Nominees: 38:30
Welcome to the Dungeon (Iello): 41:45
Interview with designer Matt Wolfe: 48:00
Tue, 26 May 2015
In Episode 27, Craig and Dave talk forever in their first impressions of Assassinorum Execution Force from Games Workshop which may end in a bit of a heated disagreement. They also give a full game review of Plaid Hat's 2014 hit game, Dead of Winter. In kickstarter news, they look at One Hit Kill from John August, Gruff from Studio Woe, and Mottainai from Asmadi Games.
Assassinorum Execution Force (Games Workshop): 4:15
One Hit Kill (John August): 32:45
Skyrelics Update: 36:30
Mottainai (Asmadi): 38:45
Gruff (Studio Woe): 41:30
Mensa Select 2015 Winners: 44:15
Fluxx Dice (Looney Labs): 47:00
Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans: 48:30
Dead of Winter Review (Plaid Hat): 51:45
Stinger: Music with our mouths!
Tue, 19 May 2015
In episode 26, Dave and Craig take a long hard look at the X-wing Miniature Game in their first battle report episode. Also in this episode, they look at some Kickstarter games in Karnivore Koala from Voodoo Games and Coup: Rebellion G54 from Indie Boards and Cards, give a first Impression on One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak from Bezier Games, and talk about news in the hobby.
3x3 Update: 4:45
One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak (Bezier Games): 10:45
Karnivore Koala (Voodoo Games): 14:30
Coup: Rebellion G54 (Indie Boards and Cards): 17:30
Marvel Legendary Secret Wars: 19:00
Smash-up: It's All Your Fault (Alderac): 21:30
Battle Report: X-Wing Miniature Game: 24:30
Tue, 12 May 2015
In Episode 25, Craig and David offer their usual banter about the games they played this week which followed a weird pattern of brutal coop games including Robinson Crusoe from Z-Man Games and Space Hulk: Death Angel from Fantasy Flight. In Kickstarter chatter they look at Dragon Punch from Koen Hendrix and Apocrypha from Mike Selinker and Lone Shark Games. Lastly they go in depth with the game that got them started on the hobby, Betrayal at House on the Hill, before wrapping it up with a quick round of Who Would Win wiith Chuck and Dave.
Robinson Crusoe (Z-Man Games): 4:15
Space Hulk: Death Angel (Fantasy Flight): 9:45
Dragon Punch (Koen Hendrix): 29:30
Apocrypha (Lone Shark Games): 31:15
B-Sieged (CoolMiniOrNot): 35:15
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (Tindalos Software): 38:30
Noire Black Box Edition (Level 99 Games): 39:45
In Depth: Betrayal at House on the Hill (Avalon Games, WOTC): 43:15
Who Would Win with Chuck and Dave: 1:12:30
Tue, 5 May 2015
In our twenty-fourth episode, Craig and Dave gather to talk about a few new games this week and update you on their progress in the 3x3 challenge. This week they talk about Shadowrun Crossfire from Catalyst Game Labs and Tschak from Gameworks. In their hype segment, they look at Skulldug! from Ruddy Games, Rattle, Battle, and Grab the Loot from Portal Games, B-Sieged from CoolMiniorNot and Dragon Punch from Kown Hendrix. In a special segment, Dave and Craig have some beef with Games Workshop's new game, Assassinorum Execution Force, and they talk about Board Games based on IP's. Lastly they tell some stories from their games in the 3x3 challenge. Thanks for tuning in!
Tschak (Gameworks): 8:00
Shadowrun: Crossfire (Catalyst): 18:15
Assassinorum Execution Force (Games Workshop): 32:45
Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot (Portal Games): 45:00
Skulldug! (Ruddy Games): 46:30
B-Sieged (CoolMiniOrNot): 48:30
Dragon Punch (Kown Hendrix): 51:30
Topic: IP's in Board Games: 53:30
3x3 Challenge: Stories from the table: 1:06:45
Tue, 28 April 2015
In Episode 23, Craig and Dave do a filler game round up in their just played segment, looking at Dungeon Roll from TMG, Just Desserts from Looney Labs, and Walk the Plank from Mayday Games. In a very special interview segment, they talk to Derek Heath from Sky Relics Games about their current Kickstarter project: Sky Relics. Lastly, they pick up the gauntlets thrown down by Punching Cardboard and take on the 3x3 Challenge, where both Craig and Dave each pick three games they will play with each other three times before Origins. We hope you enjoy!
Dungeon Roll (Tasty Minstrel Games): 5:00
Just Desserts (Looney Labs): 16:10
Walk the Plank (MayDay Games): 25:30
Interview: Derek Heath--Sky Relics Games: 31:30
3x3 Challenge: 59:45
Craig's List for Dave: 1:00:30
Star Wars Imperial Assault
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Dave's List for Craig: 1:06:45
Dead of Winter
X-Wing Miniatures Game
Craig's List for his Family: 1:12:45
After-Credits Stinger: 1:19:15
Tue, 21 April 2015
Episode 22 marks the return of Craig's beloved co-host David. In this Episode they talk about David's first kickstarter game to arrive in the mail, Antidote by Bellwether Games. Also they dive into Steam Donkey by the Ragnar Brothers and discuss their new addition, The X-Wing miniatures game from Fantasy Flight. In their hype section of the cast, they look at Sky Relics, a new Airship miniature combat game, Posthuman by Mr. B Games, and Star Wars Imperial Assault first full expansion, Twin Shadows. In their topic segment, they discuss grief and the role of games as both an escape from times of tragedy and the imprtance of the community during times of grief. Lastly, Craig finally gets his turn at the Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round. Enjoy and see you next week!
Battle Arena Show Cancellation (KOTI Games): 4:15
Antidote (Bellwether Games): 6:30
Steam Donkey (Ragnar Brothers): 18:30
X-Wing Miniatures Game (Fantasy Flight): 27:45
Sky Relics (Sky Relics Games LLC): 42:00
Posthuman (Mr. B Games): 52:15
One Night Resistance: 58:30
The Siblings Trouble: 59:00
Imperial Assault: Twin Shadows (Fantasy Flight Games): 1:00:45
Topic: Grief and Community Influence on Tragedy: 1:05:30
Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round--Craig: 1:21:30
Tue, 14 April 2015
In Episode 21, Craig is joined by Chuck on the episode in which the podcast is now of legal age. They talk at length about Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre from Cryptozoic Games, Pathfinder Advanture Card Game from Mike Selinker and Paizo, and One Night Ultimate Werewolf from Ted Alspach and Bezier Games, giving a game breakdown and discussion for each. In kickstarter and overall hype news, they talk about Forbidden Stars from Fantasy Flight, 504 from Friedemann Friese, and The Titans of Gaming Series from Calliope Games. After a shout out to their local shops and groups for International Tabletop Day, they dive into a topic where they discuss how to get a group back into roleplaying after a falling out.
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards (Cryptozoic): 3:00
Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (Paizo): 11:00
One Night Ultimate Werewolf (Bezier): 27:45
Forbidden Stars (Fantasy Flight): 37:00
504 (2F-Spiele): 41:30
Titans Series Kickstarter (Calliope Games): 45:30
Local Shops: 50:30
Topic: Let's Roleplay Again: 54:30
Tue, 7 April 2015
In episode 20, Craig and Duke do their best to derail any kind of board game discussion semblance while discussing a myriad of games. They talk in depth about Keyflower from R&D Games, Star Wars Imperial Assault from Fantasy Flight Games, and Pina Pirata from Iello Games. In Kickstarter talk, they look at Wizard's Academy from 3D Total Games and Battle Arena Show from KOTI Games. Lastly, they do a topic round up where they discuss the controversy surrounding Gen Con 2015 and Indiana Law, the replacement of slave cards with fakir cards in Five Tribes from Days of Wonder, and then talk about innovative game components which are still functional.
Keyflower (R&D Games): 4:45
X-Wing (Fantasy Flight): 15:00
Star Wars Imperial Assault (Fantasy Flight): 18:00
Pina Pirata (Iello): 31:30
Wizard's Academy (3D Total Games): 39:15
Battle Arena Show (KOTI Games): 46:30
Gen Con 2015 and Indiana Law: 53:30
Five Tribes Slaves to Fakirs: 1:02:15
Beautiful Yet Functional Components: 1:14:00
Tue, 31 March 2015
In our first fifth week minisode we take a look at the different learning stlyes of our little group from the mouths of each group member. Each of us talks for a few minutes about how we learn to play new games and how our group can accomodate each learning style to promote an atmosphere of fun and learning.
We hope you enjoy this little episode and we'll be back next week with a full length episode!
Craig's Spiel: 3:00
Erin's Speech: 5:55
Tyler's Summary: 7:10
Duke's Sales-Pitch: 9:30
B's Story: 11:25
Chuck's Scoop: 12:50
Tue, 17 March 2015
In episode 18, Craig and guest co-host Duke discuss the struggle of scaling their four and five player games down to a two player format for spousal gaming: What games do it right? What games do it wrong? How can designers better figure in scalability?
They also discuss a number of games including Deus from Pearl Games, XCOM The Board Game from Fantasy Flight, and Star Realms from White Wizard Games. They talk some kickstarter games such as Vault Wars from Floodgate Games, Entropy from Allen Chang, and Valeria Card Kingdoms from Daily Magic. In their What the What?! segment, Craig defines what a 4x game is and what must exist for a game to be called a 4x game. Lastly, they recap some local gaming events with the grand opening Pi day celebration at the Malted Meeple, and the Board Game flea market at Underhills Games before subjecting Duke to a little game of Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round.
Deus (Pearl Games): 2:15
XCOM The Board Game (Fantasy Flight): 9:15
Star Realms (White Wizard): 19:45
Entropy (Allen Chang): 20:45
Vault Wars (Floodgate): 22:45
Valeria Card Kingdoms (Daily Magic): 25:45
Castles of Mad King Ludwig Expansion (Bezier): 27:30
Malted Meeple Opening and Underhills Games Flea Market: 30:45
What the What?! 4x Defined: 43:15
Topic: Scalability of Games to 2 Players: 46:00
Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round: 1:26:00
Tue, 10 March 2015
In Episode 17, Craig and guest-co-host B discuss a few games they've played this week: Aquasphere from Stefan Feld and Tasty Minstrel Games, and Kingsburg from Fantasy Flight. In Kickstarter news, they talk about Above and Below from Ryan Laukat and Red Raven Games. During the What the What?! segment, Craig defines what a pasted on theme which leads to a discussion on what came first, the Mechanic or the Theme? In the main topic of this episode, Craig and B set up a theme game night with a plethora of Antoine Bauza games, ranging from the simplistic to the complex and everything in between, and their ideas on implementing a Bauza game night, including games like Tokaido, Hanabi, Ghost stories, and 7 Wonders. Finally Craig subjects B to the "know your podcaster lightning round"!
Kingsburg (Fantasy Flight): 3:45
Aquasphere (Tasty Minstrel): 11:15
Above and Below (Red Raven Games): 23:00
Between Two Cities (Stonemaier Games): 27:00
What the What?! Pasted-On Theme: 28:30
Main Topic: An Evening of Bauza: 36:30
Hanabi (RnR Games): 38:00
Tokaido (Passport Games): 43:30
Takenoko (Asmodee): 46:45
Ghost Stories (Asmodee): 51:00
Samurai Spirit (FunForge): 54:15
7 Wonders (Repos Productions): 57:30
Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round: 1:08:15
Tue, 3 March 2015
In Episode 16, Craig and Dave tackle the fringes of the role of art in hobby games, touching on the characterisctics artwork and design adds to the look, play style, and theme of games. They discuss a few games they've played this week including Samurai Spirit from Funforge and Antoine Bauza, Ancient Terrible Things from Pleasant Company Games, and Wizard Dodgeball from Peter Newland and Mind the Gap Studios. They talk some kickstarter hype with Dragoon from Lay Waste Games, Between Two Cities from Jamey Stegmaier, and Project Dreamscape from Ben Haskett. In their What the What segment, they take a few minutes to define and describe the term point salad weighing the advantages and disadvantages of the mechanic. Lastly, in a new segment, you get to learn a little bit about everyone's favorite bearded co-host, Dave, in out "Know Your Podcaster Lightning Round"
Samurai Spirit (Funforge): 4:00
Ancient Terrible Things (Pleasant Company Games): 11:30
Wizard Dodgeball (Mind The Gap Studios): 16:15
Steam Donkey (Ragnar Brothers): 29:15
X-COM (FFG): 30:30
Dragoon Kickstarter (Lay Waste Games): 32:30
Between Two Cities Kickstarter (Stonemaier Games): 37: 00
Project Dreamscape Kickstarter (Ben Haskett): 40:00
Bad Medicine--Botch Plays Plug (Formal Ferret): 50:45
What the What?! Point Salad: 53:45
Main Theme: The Importance of Art: 59:00
Know your podcaster: Lightning Round: 1:25:00
Mon, 2 March 2015
In our third special episode of Botch Plays, Craig, Erin, Chuck, and Lindsay sit down to play a game of "Bad Medicine" by Gil Hova of Formal Ferret studios. Listen to nearly a full game as Craig sits with three actual nurses while we attempt to cure the world of a myriad of ridiculous maladies in this pharmaceutical party game!
Tue, 24 February 2015
In Episode 15, Craig and guest-host Sound-Editor-Chuck enter into a world of Euros and discuss the games Panamax from Stronghold Games, Viticulture from Stonemaier Games, and Agrocila from Z-Man. They talk about their plays of Titans of Empyrean from 9 Kingdoms and its Kickstarter Campaign. In their What the What? segment, Craig defines ALpha Gamer and the fine line between helping and hindering fellow players. In their main segment, they discuss the recent trend of App integration into board gaming looking at titles like X-Com, Golem Arcana, Alchemists, and World of Yo-Ho. Finally they answer a listener question from Todd Kauk about strategy per minute games, and getting the most strategical bang for your time investment buck!
Viticulture (Stonemaier Games): 6:00
Panamax (Stronghold Games): 14:00
Agricola (Z-Man Games): 26:00
Titans of Empyrean (9 Kingdoms): 30:15
Bad Medicine (Formal Ferret): 41:15
Trickerion Kickstarter (Mindclash Games): 45:00
What the What? Alpha Gamer: 48:00
Main Theme: App Integration: 53:45
Listener Question: 1:23:00
Tue, 17 February 2015
In Episode 14, Craig and Dave gear up for another midnight recording in an attempt to live like children again. They had an amazing week of games and picked four to discuss this week: Diamonds from Stronghold Games, Yardmaster from Crash Games, Elder Sign from Fantasy Flight, and Scoville from Tasty Minstrel. Craig tracks down the etymological roots of the word Meeple in their "What the What" segment. In their Kickstarter discussion they look at the final numbers of Conan and talk about Epic Dice Tower Defense. They hype up X-men Mutant Revolution from Wizkids and GF9 and Uncharted Seas from Spartan Games. Lastly, they dive into their main topic which is going in depth with a few expansions which completely change the rules of a game, but not in a good way.
Diamonds (Stronghold): 5:00
Yardmaster (Crash Games): 12:00
Elder Sign (Fantasy Flight): 22:00
Scoville (Tasty Minstrel Games): 29:45
What the What?! Meeple Etymology: 39:45
Conan Kickstarter: 44:15
Epic Dice Tower Defense Kickstarter: 48:00
X-Men Mutant Revolution (Wizkids, GF9): 52:15
Uncharted Seas (Spartan Games): 54:00
Antidote (Bellwether Games): 56:00
Main Theme: Step Sideways Expansions: 57:15
Fri, 13 February 2015
In our second special episode of Botch Plays, we bring But Wait, There's More (Toyvault, Bamboozle Bros.) back to the Table, but this time with a different cast of characters. Join Craig, our sound editor Chuck, Craig's 12 year old son, Tyler, and our group staple, Brandon, as we once again try to pitch products that will change the world!
Tue, 10 February 2015
In Episode 13, Craig and Dave discuss the important topic of what criteria, mechanics, or other qualities make a board game a keeper, one they keep going back to. They also take a look at a number of small games, like Spyfall, releasing later this year from Cryptozoic, Lost Legacy: The Starship from Alderac, Bandu from Zoch, and the Bravest Warriors Cooperative Dice Game from Cyptozoic. They also announce their Valentines Day Games for Two Giveaway where they're giving away a copy of Patchwork, designed by Uwe Rosenberg and published by Mayfair and Akrotiri, designed by Jay Cormier and Sen-Foong Lim and published by Z-Man Games. They also discuss upcoming reviews from the Indie Game Alliance line of games, define FLGS in their What the What? segment and talk about a bunch of games on Dave's list. Lastly, they pick up the guantlet thrown down by a fellow podcaster. Ball's in your court now.
Spyfall (Cryptozoic): 3:00
Lost Legacy: The Starship (AEG): 10:45
Bandu (Zoch): 16:30
Bravest Warriors Dice Game (Cryptozoic): 22:30
Botch Games For Two Valentine's Giveaway! (Akrotiri, Patchwork): 27:30
Indie Game Alliance: 32:00
What the What? FLGS defined: 34:45
Dive Dice Games (Diceperados, My Neighbor Monster, Downgo Dungeon): 42:30
Wrath of Kings CoolMiniOrNot): 46:45
Mini Theme: Crag > A-Aron: 51:30
Main Theme: Keeper Games: 53:00
Tue, 3 February 2015
In episode 12, Craig and Dave discuss a few online board gaming platforms such as Vassal, Tabletop Simulator, and Board Game Arena, loking at both the pros and cons of each. They also talk about the games they finally got each other to play: Dead of Winter, Warhammer 40,000 Conquest, and Diamonsters. Lastly they talk some games they're getting to the table soon with Bausack and Dystopian Wars. In their "What the What?" segment, Craig defines Worker Placement games, and they discuss their excitement for the Malted Meeple, a new Board Game Pub in Northeast Ohio.
But Wait There's More Extra Content: 1:30
Dead of Winter (Plaid Hat): 6:30
Diamonsters (IDW): 13:30
Warhammer 40,000 Conquest (Fantasy Flight): 23:30
Bausack (Zoch): 32:00
Dystopian Wars (Spartan Games): 34:45
What the What? Worker Placement Games Defined: 44:30
Show Theme: Digital Board Game Platforms: 49:00
(Tabletop Simulator, Vassal Engine, Board Game Arena)
Malted Meeple: 1:08:45
Sat, 31 January 2015
A special segment from Botch Games where they play social games live in your ears. In this episode, Craig, Dave, Alex, and Erin play a print and play copy of "But Wait There's More" from the Bamboozle Brothers set for an early February release.