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Podcast #75: Forever games, teaching newbies, coolest marketing (guest: Board Game Barrage)

Kellen Laker, Red Tank from the popular podcast Board Game Barrage, joins Christina and Shoe to discuss Innovation and...fine, some games other than Innovation, too. Plus, what's good board game marketing these days?

What if you could never buy a new game again? Which games could you replay forever and ever?

We invited Kellen Laker, Red Tank of the fantastic podcast Board Game Barrage, to answer that question -- mainly so Christina and Kellen could gush over the card game Innovation...and tubes. (You'll just have to listen.)

Plus, we're old hands at gaming these days, so what do we try to keep in mind when introducing brand-spanking newbies to tabletop games? And what has stood out to us as great examples of board game marketing?

Topics this week:

  • Christina (host): Which games do you consider your favorite "Forever Games"? (14:37)
  • Kellen (guest): Maintaining perspective when introducing new gamers to the hobby (39:12)
  • Shoe (producer): What are some examples of the coolest game marketing you've seen? (47:53)

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Games mentioned in this episode:


  • Scout
  • Rumble Nation
  • Ethnos
  • Samurai
  • The Crew
  • Too Many Bones
  • Cascadia
  • Overboss: A Boss Monster Adventure
  • Boss Monster: The Dungeon Building Card Game
  • Quadropolis
  • Between Two Cities
  • Ecos: First Continent
  • Calico
  • Innovation
  • 7 Wonders Duel
  • 7 Wonders
  • Splendor
  • Yokohama

Christina's topic: Forever games

  • Telestrations
  • Monikers
  • Time's Up: Title Recall
  • A Fake Artist Goes to New York
  • Codenames
  • Medium
  • Innovation
  • Corkinole
  • Startups
  • Cthulhu Wars
  • Diplomacy
  • Caverna: The Cave Farmers
  • Caverna: The Forgotten Folk
  • Agricola

Kellen's topic: Introducing newbies to gaming

  • Agricola
  • Azul
  • King of Tokyo
  • Splendor
  • Century: Spice Road
  • Sushi Go!
  • Tiny Towns
  • Codenames
  • The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
  • Skull King
  • Hanabi
  • Yokohama

Shoe's topic: Coolest game marketing

  • The Omega Virus
  • Omega Virus: Prologue
  • Raxxon
  • Hive
  • Tekhenu: Obelisk of the Sun
  • Everdell
  • Kim Joy's Magic Bakery
  • Cover Your Assets
  • Skull King