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!
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.
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.
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/
This week’s interview is with Chris Anderson, a board game designer (Blue Cube Board Games) and host of The Board Game Workshop podcast.
As we mentioned last week, we’ve been camping! We talk about several camping-themed games from Education Outdoors.
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.
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.
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.
It’s an odd-numbered show, so that means we have a guest! This week, it is Chris Nichols, inventor of The Card Caddy. The Card Caddy was born of necessity; when Chris’s son was younger, he wanted to play Uno everywhere. The cards were always getting mangled by rubber bands, or slipping out of the crummy paperboard box to scatter everywhere.
We discuss the features of the Card Caddy. It is a hard plastic case that protects your deck of cards, but once opened, it converts to a discard tray. There is a hole in the center, with a bevel that will hold a poker chip. You can keep a first-player token there, and also use the hole to see which game you are keeping in the case.
The goal of the Card Caddy is to make it easier to play cards anywhere you want. Andrew and Anitra relate the struggle of playing a card game (Anomia) while waiting in the airport.
At the beginning of 2017, Chris ran a Kickstarter campaign to begin producing a double-capacity Card Caddy, as well as accessories:
- A storage box to store dice or tokens with your cards
- The connector / scorepad – keep two Card Caddys together in your bag. Open it up and use the Cribbage-style pegboard to keep score.
- Dice tower (still in design)
- Card shoe (still in design)
The Card Caddy is designed to be very sturdy and heavy-duty. Chris dragged one behind a golf cart to help demonstrate the kind of abuse that it can take!
If The Card Caddy sounds interesting to you, we are partnering with Chris to give six away! Check out the giveaway on our website.
On this episode, we discuss what makes a board game good for playing outside, like at a picnic!
We interview Marc Specter, the man behind Grand Gamers Guild, and their games Pocket Ops, Unreal Estate, and Stroop.
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).
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
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.
We are so excited to interview Rory O’Connor, of Rory’s Story Cubes fame!
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?
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
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.