Going Analog

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Podcast #56: Party games, "old" games, genres we love/avoid (guest: comedian Grant Lyon)

A professional comedian (and board game designer/content creator) appears!

We've had plenty of funny guests on our podcast, but our latest one is a pro at it. Joining us this week is comedian Grant Lyon (also a board game content creator and the co-designer of Curmudgeon, a party game about insults)!

Here are the topics everyone brought to this episode:

  1.  Christina (host): "Old" (2017 or earlier) games that are underappreciated and need more love (3:13)
  2. Shoe (producer): More party games that we love (28:10)
  3. Grant (guest): Mechanics that we seek out -- or actively avoid (48:20)

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Here are the games covered on the show:


  • Curmudgeon

Christina’s topic: “Old” games that don’t get enough love

  • Love Letter
  • Lost Legacy
  • Grand Austria Hotel
  • Taverns of Tiefenthal
  • High Society
  • Take 5
  • Take a Number
  • Cover Your Assets
  • Cover Your Kingdom
  • Potion Explosion
  • Sea of Clouds
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Raiders of the North Sea
  • Dominions
  • Raiders of Scythia
  • Descent: Journeys in the Dark
  • Gloomhaven
  • Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Shoe’s topic: More party games

  • Cross Clues
  • Codenames
  • Curmudgeon
  • MTV: The Throwback Music Party Game
  • Blockbuster
  • Who’s the G.O.A.T.?

Grant’s topic: Seeking out or avoiding games based on mechanics

  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Champions of Midgard
  • Everdell 
  • Tidal Blades
  • Architects of the West Kingdom
  • Paladins of the West Kingdom
  • Viscounts of the West Kingdom
  • Kingswood
  • Raiders of the North Sea
  • Raiders of Scythia
  • Sagrada
  • Alien Frontiers
  • Marco Polo
  • Castles of Burgundy
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: A New Don
  • Eclipse
  • Beyond the Sun
  • The Crew
  • Gudetama: The Tricky Egg Card Game
  • The Fox in the Forest
  • The Fox in the Forest Duet
  • Skull King

Final thoughts: 

  • Curmudgeon
  • Honey Buzz
  • Beyond the Sun