Going Analog

Where video game industry veterans introduce great board games to video gamers

Going Analog Podcast #18: Doing the Math

Best games for couples, (too much?) math in gaming, science games, and prototypes.

We got a couple of regular ol' brainiacs on the show this week. Host Christina Ha asked our gaming pal Laura Hubbard to join this episode's chat. Both are academic and test-prep tutors, so they are extra, extra, EXTRA nerdy when it comes to how they approach board gaming. Dan "Shoe" Hsu and Nick Suttner -- who are just above-average nerdy -- round out the cast.

As always, we have the four gamers bring their own topics for the group to discuss:

  1. Laura wants to talk math in games (and how much is too much).
  2. Christina brings up great science-based games.
  3. Shoe asks what are the group's favorite games to play with our significant others.
  4. Nick examines what makes for a good prototype when designing new games.

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

Shoe's topic: Favorite games with significant others

  • Lost Cities
  • Jaipur
  • Crokinole
  • Asante
  • Jambo
  • Targi
  • Tokyo Highway
  • Hatsuden
  • Hounded
  • Raptor
  • Spirit Island
  • Spirit Island: Branch & Claw
  • Arkham Horror: The Card Game
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
  • The Mind
  • Hanabi
  • Onitama
  • The Reclamation
  • 7 Wonders
  • 7 Wonders: Duel
  • Fields of Arle
  • Patchwork

Laura's topic: How much math is too much math in a board game?

  • The Castles of Burgundy
  • Five Tribes
  • Clans of Caledonia
  • Age of Steam

Christina's topic: Science board games

  • Evolution
  • Wingspan
  • Virulence
  • Nerd Words: Science
  • Play with Your Food
  • Photosynthesis
  • Parks
  • Lost Valley: The Yukon Goldrush 1896
  • Planetarium

Final thoughts:

  • Terraforming Mars
  • First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
  • Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
  • Realm of Sand
  • Splendor
  • Strange Vending Machine
  • Innovation

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