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Podcast #82: Deck building, Kickstarter surprises and disappointments, culling (guest: Rock Manor)

How do we cull our massive board game collections? What beginner and advanced deck-building games do we break out for our friends? And which Kickstarter games made us happy...and which made us sad?

Mike Gnade, founder/CEO of Rock Manor Games (Set a Watch, Lawyer Up, and the upcoming Seas of Havoc) is our guest this week.

The topics we each picked for everyone to discuss:

  • Christina (host): What deck-building games do we first show to newbies? And then after they need to graduate to something more advanced? (20:54)
  • Mike Gnade (guest): Which Kickstarter board games pleasantly surprised you? And which disappointed you? (35:05)
  • Shoe (producer): How do you go about culling your board game collection? (51:06)

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Games mentioned in this episode:


  • Set a Watch
  • Lawyer Up
  • Seas of Havoc
  • Merchants of Magick
  • Android: Netrunner
  • Ankh: Gods of Egypt
  • Blood Rage
  • Rising Sun
  • Phantom Ink
  • Decrypto

Christina's topic: Intro and graduate deck-builders

  • Ascension
  • Shards of Infinity
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Ascension: Realms Unraveled
  • Star Realms
  • Brass Empire
  • Thunderstone
  • Dominion
  • DC Comics Deck-Building Game
  • Paperback
  • Hardback
  • Lost Ruins of Arnak
  • Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
  • Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure
  • Tyrants of the Underdark
  • Aeon's End
  • Aeon's End: Legacy

Mike's topic: Kickstarters that delivered and disappointed

  • Scythe
  • Chai
  • Azul
  • Reef
  • Architects of the West Kingdom
  • Tokaido
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Nouvelle-France
  • Innovation
  • Crokinole
  • Rising Sun
  • Wavelength
  • Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef
  • Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
  • Agents of SMERSH
  • Karmaka
  • Calico
  • Cascadia
  • Verdant

Shoe's topic: How we decide to cull games

  • Photosynthesis
  • Car Wars
  • Wingspan
  • Azul
  • Karmaka
  • Viticulture
  • Everdell
  • Architects of the West Kingdom
  • Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
  • Clank! In! Space: A Deck-Building Adventure
  • Dominion
  • Glass Road