64 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Meeples Like Me!

Meeples Like Me!

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!

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63 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Potato Pirates with Aditya Batura

Potato Pirates

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”.

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62 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Top 5 Games from Target

Top 5 Games From Target

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.

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61 – The Family Gamers Podcast – After School Board Game Club with Liz

After School Board Game Club

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.

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60 – The Family Gamers Podcast – GenCon, or GenCan’t?

What We’ve Been Playing:

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Robo Diner

Purrrlock Holmes

Set

Windup War

Qwingo

Roll Player

Batman Fluxx

H.I.D.E.

Potion Explosion

Silly Street

 

GenCon:

Whistle Stop

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.

Stuffed Fables

Tiny Park photo from Nick M.

HABA Tiny Park – basically Barenpark for kids!

Slide Blast photo from Nick M.

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!

 

 

 

GenCan’t:

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/

59 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson on Game Design

This week’s interview is with Chris Anderson, a board game designer (Blue Cube Board Games) and host of The Board Game Workshop podcast.

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58 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Camping Games

Camping Games

As we mentioned last week, we’ve been camping! We talk about several camping-themed games from Education Outdoors.

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57.5 – The Family Gamers NOTcast

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.

57 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Andy Geremia Redux

Andy Geremia

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.

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56 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Top 5 Games To Teach How To Play Games

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.

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55 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Chris Nichols, Card Caddy Inventor

Chris Nichols

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!

Find The Card Caddy single-decker for sale on Amazon, or on their website. Double-deckers and accessories will be available soon! The Card Caddy is also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

If The Card Caddy sounds interesting to you, we are partnering with Chris to give six away! Check out the giveaway on our website.

Card Caddy: red, white, black, green, blue

54 – The Family Gamers – Top Games to Play Outside

Picnic table

On this episode, we discuss what makes a board game good for playing outside, like at a picnic!

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53 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Marc Specter of Grand Gamers Guild

Grand Gamers Guild

We interview Marc Specter, the man behind Grand Gamers Guild, and their games Pocket Ops, Unreal Estate, and Stroop.

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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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49 – The Family Gamers Podcast – Rory O’Connor

Rory O'Connor and Andrew

We are so excited to interview Rory O’Connor, of Rory’s Story Cubes fame!

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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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