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Podcast #112: A.I., our hobbies x games, the "Crossroads" system (guest: Plaid Hat Games)

Do your hobbies influence what types of board games you may play?

Forget Terminators. The thing about artificial intelligence that you should be worrying about is how it's creeping into the creative aspects of board-game-making.

Plaid Hat Games Marketing Manager Niki Shults and Multimedia Director (and newly minted game designer of Freelancers: A Crossroads Game) Donald Shults join our podcast this week to tell us about how A.I. is being talked about around the office. We also take a closer look at the publisher's "Crossroads" system and chat about about how our non-board-game hobbies affect our board gaming.


  • 5:49 - Christina's game pick: Next Station: London. 
  • 8:55 - Niki's game pick: Mountain Goats. 
  • 13:37 - Donald's game pick: Skate Summer. 
  • 17:42 - Christina's topic: The evolution of Plaid Hat's "Crossroads" system.
  • 35:28 - Niki's topic: The rise of A.I. in the board game space.
  • 47:05 - Donald's topic: Have your hobbies influenced what board games you play?

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