It’s been quite a week! We define a handful of board game terms (what’s a meeple?) and talk about lots of games we’ve been playing. Andrew describes his recent cooking experiment “FOR SCIENCE” and we share a big announcement!
We are looking forward to the Boston Festival of Indie Games coming up this Saturday. We can’t wait to talk to lots of game developers. Will we see you there? If not, are there any particular games you would like us to cover? Stay tuned for interviews, impressions, and lots of pictures!
Aditya Batura is co-founder and CEO of Codomo Inc., a technology education group based in Singapore. They teach children about programming at an age-appropriate level, and wanted to bring that to a larger community.
Enter Potato Pirates, the game that “teaches 10 hours of programming in 30 minutes”.
Sometimes you just need to buy a game in person, whether it’s because you don’t want to buy online or because you need to pick up a last-minute present. We share with you our top games that we found at our local Target store.
Ants are invading the picnic! In Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants, you control the ants. Send them out from your anthill to retrieve the most food. Will your ants emerge victorious, or will they get squashed?
This time we have a special guest in the studio! Our friend Liz Kelley is a staff writer for The Family Gamers website, but she’s also a teacher. Since school starts this time of year, we wanted to talk to her about something special: she coaches the board game club at her school.
The Dicecapades® franchise continues to grow. First there was Dicecapades® classic, then Dicecapades® Word Pirates, and now we have Dicecapades® Number Ninjas.
Add, subtract, and multiply your way to victory with Number Ninjas, a Dicecapades® educational game from Haywire Group. You and your fellow players are ninjas, competing to collect four quest items and race to the Golden Dragon.
What We’ve Been Playing:
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Our listener Nick M (@ShredDemon) tweeted us a selfie with Andy Geremia!
His highlights include:
Fireball island from Restoration Games was the most exciting news for me. (Remake of Fireball Island circa 1986. Molded plastic board with tiki idol in the raised middle. Periodically spits out “fireball” marbles that roll down the mountain, knocking over pawns or destroying bridges.)
Santorini & 5 Minute Dungeon both sold out on the first day at GenCon.
(5 Minute Dungeon: cooperatively escape a randomized dungeon – in under 5 minutes. Use the cards in your hand to fight monsters and the final boss.)
Century: Golem Edition – Plan B’s popular Century: Spice Road, re-themed. Manga-like illustrations, beautiful crystals as currency.
HABA Tiny Park – basically Barenpark for kids!
Slide Blast (FoxMind) looks fun.
Everyone was tweeting about Clank! In! Space! Still a deckbuilder, still traverse the board trying not to make too much noise. Board fits together like a puzzle. More compact than the original Clank!
Welcome to Dino World – PnP roll and write game. Build a dinosaur theme park, and try to avoid having too many “incidents”. James O’Connor (Stellaris Games), illustrated by Beth Sobel (Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, World’s Fair, Coldwater Crown, Viticulture, etc.)
Photo contest – http://www.gencant.com/2017-photo-contest-winners/
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Silly Street is a wonderfully silly fun game for families. If you read our review and you’re excited about playing games with your young family, we have great news!
Every person who takes care of children knows the importance of play. But sometimes young kids need to be encouraged to stretch their imaginations. Sometimes their grownups need permission to be silly and simply have fun. Have you howled like a wolf today? Maybe you should! » Read more
This week’s interview is with Chris Anderson, a board game designer (Blue Cube Board Games) and host of The Board Game Workshop podcast.
Nothing says family fun like marshmallows on a campfire. Can you toast your marshmallows to a beautiful golden brown, or will your opponents cause you to roast them, leaving you with nothing but a blackened crisp?
As we mentioned last week, we’ve been camping! We talk about several camping-themed games from Education Outdoors.
A s’more traditionally consists of two graham crackers, one marshmallow, and one piece of chocolate. S’mores: The Card Game tries to re-create the fun of assembling a s’more in a card game. Can you craft a s’more from your cards before the deck runs out?
We are not here. We are camping! No electricity means no computers, no microphones, no podcast. We will be back next week with a great episode centered around games to play when camping, of course.
Whizz! Clack! At first glance, Potion Explosion looks like just a gimmick – a board game adaptation of digital match-3 games like Bejeweled. Pull out marbles, make matches. But there is so much more to this delightful game!
We’ve brought Andy back on the show to talk about two new games he has coming out now from FunWiz (a division of FoxMind), Brew Dice and Sports Dice: Baseball.
Sports Dice: Baseball is a 2-player game that pits a batter vs. a pitcher using dice to determine what happens in each at-bat.
Brew Dice is a 2-4 player game of speed rolling. Roll your 3 dice to be the first to match the shapes (coaster, snack, beer container) on the current card. Snatch the card before someone else can match it, too!
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Where would you play these two dice games?
You are a king (or queen), looking to expand your kingdom. As you explore the terrain, you must decide which territories will be the best and most productive. But watch out! Other monarchs are scouting the territory, too, and may steal your most-coveted lands!
We are all about teaching our kids (and others) to play games. But how do you teach skills that are integral to good game-playing: concepts like logical deduction, planning ahead, and making strategic choices? With games, of course! We highlight our top 5 games to teach game-playing skills.