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Podcast #26: First-time designing, winning/losing, board game media (guest: Dan Ackerman)

Tech journalist/author and first-time designer Dan Ackerman joins the podcast this week to share his perspectives on many things board games!

Dan Ackerman is making his first board game, Techlandia. As the Senior Managing Editor at CNET, he is plenty familiar with the tech biz, but can he turn his knowledge into a great board game? He hops on the show this week to discuss.

Our four topics this week:

  1. Mike: The psychological importance (or lack of) when it comes to winning at board games
  2. Shoe: What's it like making a board game for the first time?
  3. Christina: The current state of board game media and reviews
  4. Dan: How the indie board game scene is eerily similar to indie video games from five years ago

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Here's a full list of the games mentioned on the show:


  • Techlandia
  • Pipeline

Mike's topic: The importance of winning

  • Terra Mystica
  • Foundations of Rome
  • Fleet: The Dice Game
  • Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea

Christina's Topic: The current state of board game media

  • Flocks & Flyways

Dan's topic: How the indie board game scene is similar to indie video games five years ago

  • Mansions of Madness
  • Zombicide
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault

Final Thoughts:

  • The Estates
  • Wingspan
  • Le Havre
  • Resident Evil 2: The Board Game
  • Arkham Horror
  • Deck Box Dungeons
  • Silver
  • Ecos