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
Thu, 25 February 2016
This extra episode focuses on objectivity, subjectivity and the roles of media. Craig is joined by Matt from the League of Nonsensical Gamers and Brandon from the What Did You Play This Week Podcast and they discuss why we, as reviewers exist, who we're a benefit to, and our role as intermediary between producer and consumer. I sincerely hope you enjoy this discussion and thanks for listening!
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