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Podcast #69: Popping the social bubble, surprise games, publisher woes (guest: James Hudson)

As some game groups start meeting up again, we chat with fellow social bubble-r James Hudson (Skybound Games) about the quarantine's effects on gamers and publishers.

Have you been able to start gaming in person again? As we ease into in-person game days with more vaccinated folks, Christina and Shoe take a look back with social-bubble buddy James Hudson (Senior Director of Tabletop Games at Skybound Games) on how quarantine has changed our gaming habits. James also brings in a publisher's perspective as the board game industry tackles the longer-term consequences of the pandemic on shipping costs and logistics. Spoiler: Things don't look very good at all.

Our topics for this show:

  • Shoe (producer): Board gaming outside of the social bubble: what it's been like so far, what's changed, what are the challenges? (6:26)
  • Christina (host): Games that surprised you over the pandemic (20:12)
  • James (guest): How publishers are evaluating the short- and long-term future, with current COVID conditions and trends (32:07)

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The games mentioned in this episode:


  • The Grimm Masquerade
  • Guardian's Call
  • Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef
  • Wonderland's War
  • Valor & Villainy: Lludwik's Labyrinth
  • Robot Quest Arena
  • Sky Towers
  • Beyond the Sun

Shoe's topic: Board gaming outside of the social bubble

  • Beyond the Sun
  • Dune: Imperium
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef
  • P for Pizza
  • Dark Harvest
  • Gorilla Marketing
  • Eclipse
  • Dwellings of Eldervale
  • Monopoly

Christina's topic: Games that surprised us over the pandemic

  • P for Pizza
  • Forgotten Waters
  • Sovereign Skies
  • Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun
  • The Gallerist
  • Sheepy Time
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Dune: Imperium
  • The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
  • Obsession

James's topic: How publishers are evaluating the short-term future, with current COVID conditions/trends

  • Wonderland's War