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Podcast #37: Best franchises, fave imports, and why publishing is so hard (guest: Mike Young)

Plan B's Communications Lead Mike Young stops by to offer insights on the business of publishing board games.

No Star Wars license. No Marvel license. No Lord of the Rings license. But that hasn't stopped Plan B from thinking huge.

They have a legit hit franchise on their hands with Azul (listen to us discuss our favorite of the series...so far). And Century manages to turn three games into seven games...or is it 14 if you count the Golem Editions? (Eh, just listen to the designer talk about it). We have a lot of questions on how a game publisher not named Asmodee is able to make big moves like this, so we invited Communications Lead Mike Young to discuss business.

Our topics for this episode (only three this time):

  1. Shoe: What goes into the making of a board game franchise? And what are some of our favorites?
  2. Mike: The challenges that board game publishers face
  3. Christina: Our favorite import titles

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

Shoe's topic: Game franchises

  • Azul
  • Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
  • Azul: Summer Pavilion
  • Century
  • Century: Golem Edition
  • Chess
  • Othello
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Codenames
  • Cottage Garden
  • Indian Summer
  • Spring Meadow
  • Funkoverse Strategy Game
  • Unmatched
  • Android: Netrunner
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Mexica
  • Tikal
  • Java
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Castles of Tuscany
  • Castles of Burgundy
  • Blood Rage
  • Rising Sun
  • Ankh

Christina's topic: Favorite import games

  • 5211
  • 5 Colors
  • Aquatica
  • Modern Art
  • Nokosu Dice
  • Orchard Ocean
  • Let's Make a Bus Route
  • Sunflower Valley
  • Great Western Trail
  • Oh My Goods!
  • Broom Service
  • Tybor the Builder
  • Startups

Final thoughts:

  • Team3
  • Nyctophobia
  • Oceans
  • Evolution
  • Tuki
  • Junk Art
  • Camel Up
  • SOS Dino
  • San Juan
  • Beez
  • Era: Medieval Age
  • Alma Mater
  • Tzolk'in
  • Teotihuacan