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Podcast #38: Is there a board game for everyone? Plus: The LOLest games, board game movies

The funny and not-so-funny sides of board gaming.

Some of you are gonna laugh. Some of you are gonna cry. And some of you are just going to claim, "BS." But it's true: We have friends who don't like board games.

We all know a cardboard-challenged pal or three. But that doesn't stop subborn us from trying to get them to sit down and play Ticket to Ride. It's an art -- picking the right game for people who'd rather just (shudder!) hang out and chit-chat without a board in between us. And some people just don't appreciate art.

Joining us to discuss this subject (and others) is guest Christian Kang, a veteran content/video producer in the board game industry. He's one talented dude (check out his videos on the Unsettled and Iron Clays & Spades Kickstarter campaigns, and drop him an email at christian@tycreative.com if you'd like to talk to him about contract work). He wants to know if there is, indeed, a game for everyone. We don't think so, but listen in to hear why.

The full topics list for this episode:

  1. Mike (editor): Board game movies -- the good, the mostly bad, and which ones we'd like to see
  2. Christian (guest): Is there a board game for everyone?
  3. Christina (host): Our funniest board game experiences
  4. Shoe (producer): Do high-quality board game trailers work?

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

Mike's topic: board game movies

  • Clue
  • Jumanji
  • Battleship
  • The Castles of Burgundy
  • Pandemic
  • Pandemic: Legacy
  • Settlers of Catan
  • One Night Ultimate Werewolf
  • Gloomhaven
  • Root
  • T.I.M.E Stories
  • Scythe
  • Nine Tiles Panic
  • Mice & Mystics
  • Aftermath
  • Above & Below
  • Near & Far

Christian's topic: Is there really a game for everyone?

  • Lost Cities
  • The Mind
  • Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective
  • Crokinole

Christina's topic: What are your funniest board game experiences?

  • Telestrations
  • Draw Your Own Conclusions
  • A Fake Artist Goes to New York
  • Head's Up
  • Skull
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Funemployment
  • Hive Mind

Shoe's topic: Are fancy video trailers too fancy? Or are they necessary to stand out?

  • Unsettled
  • Dogs of War

Final thoughts

  • Imperial 2030
  • Cry Havoc
  • Nokosu Dice