52 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Origins and E3

Origins / E3

Summer is on its way; some of the larger board game and video game events are happening this time of year. We talk about the news that interested us from Origins Game Fair and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

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51 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Donovan Eberling and Jeff James

Donovan and Jeff

Donovan Eberling and Jeff James are the founders of Iron Hippo Games and co-creators (or maybe “architects”) of Tournament of Towers, a dexterity game now on Kickstarter. » Read more

50 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Reflections, the meta-podcast

Reflections

Welcome to episode 50! We’ve been doing The Family Gamers Podcast for quite a while, and thought we would take an opportunity to look back, especially at a few of our early episodes.

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48 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Restaurant Games

Restaurant Games

Waiting around at a restaurant is so boring. What do you do to pass the time with your hungry children? Well, if you are The Family Gamers, you play games, of course!

What is your favorite game to play in a restaurant?

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47 – The Family Gamers Podcast – BattleGoats giveaway

BattleGoats

On this super-short episode, we talk Mother’s Day and reveal the winner of our BattleGoats giveaway.

What did you do with your Mom (or mother-figure) on Sunday? We played Castle Panic with our kids (and called/visited our moms, of course). » Read more

46 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Video Game Vocabulary

mario, end of world 1-3

MMO and RTS and FPS, oh my! What is a platformer? Should my toddler play a sandbox game? We define a few common video game terms and abbreviations.

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45 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Tucker Smedes – CardLords

CardLords

On this short podcast, Andrew talks to Tucker Smedes at CardLords, the creator of the game BattleGoats and their new game, Take the Gold. » Read more

44 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Hosting a Game Night

Worlds Fair Board

What do you do if you have been trying to get a group together to play boardgames, and suddenly you have more players than one game can fit? Host a game night, of course!

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43 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Jeff Johnston Interview

Jeff Johston

Jeff Johnston designs games as a hobby. He is the mind behind Pair of Jacks Games, and Anitra sat down with him at Granite Game Summit 2017 to talk about 3 of his published games: MoonQuake Escape , Flashlights & Fireflies, and Toasted or Roasted.

 

MoonQuake Escape is published by Breaking Games. Plot your escape from an alien prison. Bluff your fellow players and use special powers to uncover their character card, but beware! If your character card is uncovered, you’ll be stuck back with the rest of the prisoners, too!

Flashlights & Fireflies, published by Gamewright, has a similar bluffing mechanic, in a much simpler game for children. You and your fellow players are playing flashlight freeze-tag and racing to get to home base first.

Toasted or Roasted is published by Education Outdoors. Toast your marshmallows and get your fellow players to “roast” (burn) theirs.

42 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Granite Game Summit

Granite Game Summit

This past weekend, Anitra attended Granite Game Summit 2017 in Nashua, NH. It was a lot of fun, but also very different from the type of events we normally attend as The Family Gamers. We discuss what G2S was like, highlights of the show, and what else happened in our family the past two weeks. » Read more

41 – The Family Gamers Podcast – PAX East Interviews

Family Gamers Dinosaur at PAX East

This week’s podcast is a compilation of interviews from the show floor at PAX East 2017. Andrew talks to Zoink Games, Andrew Innes (creator of Anomia), Jammed Up Studios, and GameWright.

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40 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Gaming Cooperatively or Collaboratively

We were inspired by our recent experiences playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild to talk about playing games collaboratively or cooperatively. We often talk about cooperative board games, but did you know there are many options for playing together with video games, too? » Read more

39 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Druid City Games Interview

Druid City Games

We interview James Hudson of Druid City Games, designer of Barnyard Roundup and publisher of The Grimm Forest. You’ll never believe what game introduced him to modern board gaming! » Read more

38 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Twice Married

married with board games

This week, we have special guests! Spencer & Lara Williams, of Married with Board Games, co-host the show with us and talk about their favorite games to play as a couple. » Read more

37 – The Family Gamers Podcast – The Toy Fair Marathon

Toy Fair New York

Andrew went to NY Toy Fair last week. He saw more than we could possibly talk about! We try to give you the highlights in this extended edition of The Family Gamers Podcast.

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36 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Learning through Games

What do you think when you hear “educational games”? Some are pretty boring, but then there are games that are truly fun games, that happen to teach critical skills as part of their design.

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35 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Budget-Friendly Games

dollar bills

Looking for a good new game to play, but short on cash? Andrew and Anitra discuss a variety of games that can be had cheaply (under $20), including one that simply needs pen and paper! » Read more

34 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Dennis Hoyle from Bellwether Games

Bellwether Games

We talk this week to Dennis Hoyle, one of the founders of Bellwether Games. We discuss a few of the games Bellwether Games publishes:

The Princess and the Goblin – a maze-building, path-discovery game based on the George MacDonald story of the same name.

Coldwater Crown – a fishing puzzle game. Figure out how to catch the right fish at the right time.

Windup War – the Family Gamers reviewed this game and we also backed it on Kickstarter. Should be shipping by July! You can pre-order it if you missed the Kickstarter campaign.

Antidote and the expansion, Antidote: Lab Alliance which is coming to Kickstarter in March.

Since Bellwether publishes a variety of games, Dennis talks about his philosophy of game publishing. “Release and produce the best games possible.”

Dennis even gives some tips to first-time game designers, starting around 22:00.

You can find more information about Bellwether Games at their website, bellwethergames.com. Also on Twitter @bellwethergames, Facebook and Instagram.

Stay tuned for a giveaway coming soon sponsored by Bellwether Games, and don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes and check us out on Facebook or Twitter.

33 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Best of 2016

2016 fireworks

Welcome to the first show of 2017! We did a lot of gaming over the holiday season. What were your favorite games of 2016? » Read more

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