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Podcast #59: Video game licenses, deckbuilding, separating art from artist (guest: Boards Alive)

We discover there aren't...that many licensed video-game-licensed board games that we love; Christina loves deckbuilding; and Aaron from Boards Alive! asks if we can/should separate the art from the artist in board games.

Aaron Cassidy from Boards Alive, a board game and video game podcast, joins Christina and Shoe for a wide-ranging discussion about video-game-licensed board games and our favorite board games that have deckbuilding as an effective part of the gameplay (not a predominantly deckbuilding game). And given some recent controversies that have sprung up in the board game community over designers and retailers making hurtful/racist/sexist public remarks, can we (or should we?) separate art from the artist?

Here are the topics this episode:

  1. Shoe (producer): What are some board games based on video game licenses that you've enjoyed? (5:31)
  2. Christina (host): What are some games you've enjoyed that have a fun deck-building component? (22:17)
  3. Aaron (guest): Can you separate art from the artist? (42:17) 

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The board games we discuss on this episode:

Shoe: Board games based on video game licenses that you've enjoyed or are excited about

  • Bloodborne
  • Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time
  • Bloodborne: The Card Game
  • The Witcher
  • Civilization
  • Civilization: A New Dawn
  • XCOM
  • This War of Mine
  • Level 7: Omega Protocol
  • Rampage/Terror in Meeple City
  • Exceed
  • BattleCON
  • Portal
  • Mechs vs. Minions
  • Railways of the World
  • Megaland

Christina’s topic: Deckbuilding in games you wouldn’t call a deckbuilding game

  • Dune: Imperium
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Viscounts of the West Kingdom
  • Dominant Species
  • Dice Throne
  • The Gallerist
  • On Mars
  • Lisboa
  • Great Western Trail
  • Newton
  • Food Chain Magnate
  • Concordia
  • Rococo
  • CloudAge
  • Mombasa
  • Blackout: Hong Kong
  • Paladins of the West Kingdom
  • Luxor
  • Taverns of Tiefenthal
  • Shards of Infinity
  • Ascension

Aaron’s topic: Can we separate the artist from the work?

  • Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
  • Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun
  • Pax
  • Bios
  • High Frontier
  • Puerto Rico
  • Great Western Trail
  • Mombasa
  • Maracaibo
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Teotihuacan: City of Gods