Going Analog

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Going Analog Podcast #14: Board Game Media

Bad art, whether stories matter (in non-story games), more on ethics in media, and the reviewers we like.

Our friend James Hudson, head of Druid City Games and the tabletop division of Skybound Games, makes a guest appearance on the show this week to answer way too many questions that we throw at him.

Our four new topics:

  1. Bad art in board games: Why does it happen? WHY??
  2. Is story important in games that don't center around story?
  3. Revisiting ethics in board game media -- and why it might not be quite there yet.
  4. What reviewers and content creators we like to follow.

See a full list of games mentioned on the show below.


  • Tidal Blades
  • Valor & Villainy: Minions of Mordak
  • The Grimm Forest
  • The Grimm Masquerade
  • The Walking Dead: Something to Fear
  • Sorcerer City

Christina's topic: Why does bad art happen?

  • The Castles of Burgundy
  • Innovation
  • Fairy Tile
  • Rising 5: Runes of Asteros
  • Hansa Teutonica

Shoe's topic: Does board game "story" matter?

  • Tales of the Arabian Nights
  • Steampunk Rally
  • Brass: Birmingham
  • Near and Far
  • Above and Below
  • Dogs of War
  • Wonderland's War
  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
  • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective

James's topic: Ethics in board game media

  • Orleans ​

Final thoughts

  • Gugong
  • Treasure Island
  • Cryptid
  • Tobago
  • Rise of Queensdale
  • Broom Service
  • Broom Service: The Card Game
  • Songbirds

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