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Podcast #55: Party + gateway games, childhood memories, and house rulin' (guests: Plaid Hat)

Plaid Hat Games power couple Niki and Donald Shults reveal deep, dark childhood gaming secrets and spicy hot takes on Catan, party games, gateway games, and house rules.

Plaid Hat Games (Forgotten Waters, Specter Ops, Abomination) Marketing Manager Niki Shults and Multimedia Director Donald Shults bear with Christina and Shoe constantly bringing up their hilarious old Board With Life webseries  as we discuss games! So many games.

Party games, gateway games, childhood games, house-ruling games...discover Donald and Christina's childhood gaming traumas and listen to Donald and Shoe talk D&D -- a lot.

Here are the topics we all picked:

  1. Shoe (producer): What are some new party-ish games that are worth checking out during quarantine times? (3:11)
  2. Donald (guest): Is Settlers of Catan the perfect gateway game? And if not, who took the throne? (22:10)
  3. Niki (guest): What are your best memories of playing games in your childhood? (35:00)
  4. Christina (host): How do you feel about house rules? (47:37)

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Here are the games covered on the show:


  • Forgotten Waters
  • The Settlers of Catan

Shoe’s topic: Great party games for quarantine or households

  • Telestrations
  • Telestrations: Upside Drawn
  • P for Pizza
  • Herd Mentality
  • Forgotten Waters
  • Wavelength
  • Just One
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Mastermind
  • Master Word
  • Corinth

Donald’s topic: Is Settlers of Catan still the best gateway game?

  • Monopoly
  • Magic the Gathering 
  • Clue
  • The Settlers of Catan
  • Pandemic
  • Dungeon Twister
  • Dungeons and Dragons 
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Azul
  • Wingspan
  • Hanabi
  • Starfarers of Catan
  • Tokaido
  • Megaland
  • King of Tokyo
  • Welcome to
  • Yahtzee
  • Dominion

Niki’s topic: Your first boardgame memories

  • Uno
  • Fireball Island
  • Mouse Trap
  • Dungeons and Dragons 
  • HeroQuest
  • Big 2/Deuce
  • Go to the Head of the Class
  • Dungeons and Dragons

Christina’s topic: Do you use house rules?

  • Bye, Felicia
  • Starfarers of Catan

Final thoughts: 

  • Forgotten Waters