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Podcast #94: The trouble with heavy games, games that travel well (guests: Ryan Courtney, Bitewing)

Another game designer appears! Ryan Courtney (Pipeline, Trailblazers) shares his thoughts on many things board gaming.

Ryan Courtney loves making connections. Just check out these partial descriptions of his games:

Pipeline: "Carefully crafting an interweaving network of pipelines just might ensure your victory!"
Curious Cargo: "Connect an interweaving web of lines to your shipping and receiving spaces."

And in his newest creation, Trailblazers from Bitewing Games -- you guessed it -- you make (and blaze) connecting trails (this time, to go hiking, biking, and kayaking).

We invited Ryan as well as Bitewing co-founder Nick Murray to join our podcast to talk about this new project, other games that travel well, and more.

Topics this episode:

  • Christina (host): Games would you pack for travel (18:22)
  • Nick (guest): Games that work well at all (stated) player counts (25:17)
  • Ryan (guest): Heavy games and their matchmaking problems (40:18)

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Games mentioned this episode:


  • Pipeline
  • Curious Cargo
  • Trailblazers
  • Bear Raid
  • San Francisco
  • Meadow
  • Coloretto
  • Zooleretto
  • Santa Monica
  • Letter Jam
  • Scrabble
  • Hanabi
  • Codenames
  • Stroganov
  • Hansa Teutonica
  • Gugong

Christina's topic: Games that you'd pack for travel

  • Trailblazers
  • Scout
  • Startups
  • Sprawlopolis
  • Tussie Mussie
  • Innovation
  • Crossed Words
  • So Clover!
  • Regicide

Nick's topic: Games that play well at wide player counts

  • Ra
  • So Clover!
  • Trailblazers
  • 7 Wonders
  • Caverna
  • Libertalia
  • The Quest for El Dorado
  • Concordia
  • Concordia: Venus
  • Time's Up: Title Recall
  • Monikers
  • Taboo
  • Twilight Inscription
  • Twilight Imperium

Ryan's topic: Heavy games and their matchmaking problems

  • Tzolk'in
  • Terra Mystica
  • Great Western Trail
  • Bus
  • Ark Nova
  • On Mars
  • The Gallerist
  • Kanban EV
  • Horseless Carriage
  • Food Chain Magnate
  • Roads and Boats
  • Arkwright
  • Oath
  • Root
  • Root: The Marauder
  • Caverna
  • Terra Mystica
  • Gaia Project
  • Barrage
  • Pax Pamir
  • Twilight Imperium
  • Dominant Species