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Podcast #67: Playing board games in person, elegant designs, content creation (guest: JonGetsGames)

We're beginning to socialize outside of our quarantine bubbles. What are we excited to play first?

The pandemic is over! OK, not really. Things are a mess around the world, but many of us are vaccinated now and just starting to socialize again. So what will we be playing first with our long-lost gaming buddies?

The prolific Jonathan Cox from JonGetsGames (we're willing to bet anything you've seen one of his board game videos before) joins us this week to discuss this and more. The topics everyone picked:

  • Christina Ha (host): What board games are you most excited to play with all the friends you haven't seen in over a year? (2:24)
  • Jonathan Cox (guest): How do we define "elegant design" and what are our favorite examples? (17:20)
  • Mike Zipkin (editor): What difficulties are there in making board games media a full-time job? Also, what other ways are out there for someone who might be thinking of pursuing a career in the board game industry? (35:28)

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The games mentioned in this episode:

Christina's topic: Games you're excited to get to, post-quarantine

  • Beyond the Sun
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Taxi Derby
  • Fast and Furious: Highway Heist
  • Ginkgopolis
  • Anno 1800
  • Trans-Siberian Railroad
  • Irish Gauge
  • Iberian Gauge
  • 18XX
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Paris Connection
  • Praga Caput Regni
  • Telestrations
  • Dixit

Jonathan's topic: Elegance in game design

  • Taxi Derby
  • Go
  • Azul
  • Gentes
  • Concordia
  • Calimala
  • Hansa Teutonica
  • Wingspan
  • Pandemic Legacy
  • A Feast for Odin
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Coloretto
  • Arboretum
  • Isle of Skye
  • Tichu
  • City of the Big Shoulders
  • Whale Riders
  • Irish Gauge
  • Iberian Gauge
  • Ride the Rails

Mike's topic: Board game content creation

  • Ginkgopolis

Final thoughts

  • Genotype