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Podcast #77: Robots, worker placement, game design jealousy (guest: Peter C. Hayward/Blue Beard)

Peter C. Hayward (founder of Blue Beard & Jellybean Games and designer of quirky games like Scuttle!, The Lady and the Tiger, and the upcoming That Time You Killed Me and Robotopia) joins Christina and Shoe to gush about so many mutually favorite games!

Worker-placement games are a huge genre for strategy board gamers -- but why place workers when you can place robots? Peter C. Hayward, founder of Blue Beard Entertainment and Jellybean Games, has designed the upcoming robot-placement game Robotopia, so we talk robot games, twists on worker placement, and games we wish we had designed.

Listen for some fantastic older games, Peter's cool Australian accent, and the beginning of Shoe and Peter's gaming bromance. Awww <3

Our topics this episode:

  • Shoe (producer): What are some of our favorite robot-themed games? (12:32)
  • Christina (host): Which game do you wish you had designed? (29:03)
  • Peter (guest): What are some great twists on worker placement games? (40:19)

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Games mentioned in this episode:


  • Village Pillage
  • The Lady and the Tiger
  • Scuttle!
  • Ninjitsu!
  • That Time You Killed Me
  • Robotopia
  • A Feast for Odin
  • Fangs
  • Shadow Hunters
  • Obsession

Shoe's topic: Robot-themed games

  • Android: Netrunner
  • Mechanica
  • Quirky Circuits
  • The Mind
  • Aftermath
  • Stuffed Fables
  • Chimera Station
  • Space Alert
  • Codenames
  • That Time You Killed Me
  • Ricochet Robots
  • RoboRally
  • Inhuman Conditions
  • Black Angel
  • Troyes

Christina's topic: Which game do you wish you had designed?

  • Codenames
  • Space Alert
  • Decrypto
  • Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
  • A Feast for Odin
  • 7 Wonders
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Innovation

Peter's topic: Worker placement games with a twist

  • Robotopia
  • Agricola
  • Architects of the West Kingdom
  • Raiders of the North Sea
  • Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
  • A Feast for Odin
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Alien Frontiers
  • The Godfather
  • Obsession
  • Anachrony