Going Analog

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Podcast #64: 3-course gaming, culling collections, & evolving tastes (guests: Red Raven Games)

Ryan and Malorie Laukat from Red Raven Games drop by to talk Sleeping Gods, Crafting Arzium, and too many games!

Husband-wife team Ryan Laukat (designer and illustrator of Above and Below, Near and Far, Islebound) and Malorie Laukat (developer, writer, and codesigner of Megaland) from Red Raven Games stop by to chat with Christina (with Shoe occasionally dropping in) about their newest cooperative storybook game Sleeping Gods, participating in the recent Crafting Arzium documentary Kickstarter, and so much more.

Everyone's topics for this episode:

  • Christina (host): Our ideal "3-course meal" of board games (10:49)
  • Malorie (guest): Culling games in our collections (22:15)
  • Ryan (guest): How our gaming tastes have evolved over time (32:05)

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The games discussed in this episode:


  • Above & Below
  • Near & Far
  • Empires of the Void II
  • Eight-Minute Empires
  • Roam
  • Sleeping Gods
  • Sleeping Gods: Tides of Ruin
  • Megaland
  • Now or Never

Christina's topic: Ideal 3-course meal of games

  • Surrealist Dinner Party
  • Point Salad
  • A Feast for Odin
  • Letter Jam
  • Blue Moon City
  • Agricola
  • Caverna
  • Codenames
  • Great Western Trail
  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Roll for the Galaxy
  • Jump Drive
  • New Frontiers

Malorie's topic: Culling games/hoarding games

  • Yinzi
  • Arkham Horror
  • Twilight Imperium

Ryan's topic: How our gaming tastes have changed

  • Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire
  • War of the Ring
  • Arkham Horror
  • Strozzi
  • Thunderstone
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Rising Sun
  • Sleeping Gods
  • Roam

Final thoughts:

  • Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire
  • Paladins of the West Kingdom
  • Viscounts of the West Kingdom