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Podcast #71: Working with a legend, game length, and fave genres (guests: Bitewing Games)

First-time game publisher Bitewing Games joins Going Analog to talk about working with big-time game designer Reiner Knizia for their first Kickstarter, plus the "long" and "short" of board games!

New game publisher Bitewing Games has not one, not two, but THREE Reiner Knizia titles to offer in their upcoming Kickstarter for the Criminal Capers Collection. How does a brand spanking new publisher sign the famous, prolific (famously prolific?) German board game designer Reiner Knizia?

We invited Nick Murray and Kyle Spackman, cofounders of Bitewing Games, to chat about how it all went down. Plus, we have opinions about our favorite game genres and game length vs. enjoyment.

Topics for this week:

  • Christina (host): What are the challenges of being a first-time publisher? How did you sign Reiner Knizia?! (15:19)
  • Nick (guest): Which game genres do you never get tired of? Which ones are you over? (37:47)
  • Kyle (guest): Are game length and game satisfaction proportionally related? What are our faves on either side of the spectrum? (48:33)

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Games mentioned in this episode:


  • Soda Smugglers
  • Pumafiosi
  • Hot Lead
  • Social Grooming
  • Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Mandala
  • Lost Cities: Roll & Write
  • Lost Cities
  • Ra: The Dice Game

Christina's topic: Challenges of being a first-time publisher, signing Reiner Knizia

  • Con Artist
  • Chinatown
  • Hanabi
  • Soda Smugglers
  • Sheriff of Nottingham
  • Pumafiosi
  • Hot Lead
  • ShipShape

Nick's topic: Insatiable genres that you never get tired of or genres that you're over

  • Crystal Palace
  • Tigris & Euphrates
  • Yellow & Yangtze
  • Brass: Birmingham
  • 7 Wonders
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Dune: Imperium
  • Lost Cities: Roll & Write
  • My City
  • Ultimate Werewolf
  • Mysterium
  • Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
  • Werewords
  • Insider

Kyle's topic: Game length vs. satisfaction

  • Dune
  • Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition
  • Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile
  • Root
  • Pax Pamir
  • Scythe
  • Terra Mystica
  • Love Letter
  • Lost Legacy: The Starship
  • Social Grooming
  • Nine Tiles Panic
  • Wordsy
  • Tussie Mussie


  • Junk Art
  • Akrotiri
  • Kingdom Rush
  • Belfort