Monday, 12 March 2018


This week we were lucky enough to attend Airecon for the first time.

Having only been to UK Games Expo before we weren't really sure what to expect from this smaller convention (if you call 1500 people a small convention?) but whatever our expectations were they were met and exceeded.

This week are discussing what is now possibly our favourite con, including the many games we got to play there, some of the people we got to meet and just generally what our experience of the convention was!

Throughout this bumper episode we are also discussing the many games we played whilst we were there (plus a few from the week before). This list includes:

Mumbo Jumbo
Giant Tsuro
Jim Henson's Labyrinth
Century Spice Road
Imperial Settlers
Dice Forge
Whistle Stop
The Resistance: Avalon
Vegas Showdown
The Networks
Codenames Duet
Cottage Garden
Two Rooms and a Boom

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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Ding and Dent

No, we aren't talking about our fellow inside voices podcast Ding & Dent!

This week a friend of ours was lucky enough to pick up some heavily discounted games- the catch? A great big hole in the box!

This week we are discussing if a damaged game is worth the discount - and just how important a games box is anyway!

We also discuss many of the new (to us) games we were fortunate enough to get to play this week including Near and Far, Gubs, Viticulture and the not so new Colt Express as well as how we got on at our works board game club.

For those curious this is the box cover of Caylus I showed Kelly not the newer edition which looks a bit better:

Also if you are at Airecon next and you see us around please do speak to us! We would love to meet you! We will be doing a special Airecon episode next week which will be a little bit late as we will still be there on Sunday! 

Monday, 26 February 2018


What's better than your favourite board game? Your favourite board game with more bits!

This week we played a lot of expansions (for us at least) so we are discussing them and the concept of expansions.

Do you really need all the extra things or is it just a cynical ploy to get you to spend more money?

What do expansions  bring to the table - new weird and wonderful ways of playing? Extra players? Just more stuff!

We also discuss some of the other games we played this week including Bang! The Dice Game, When I Dream, Flick 'em Up Dead of Winter, the Bloody Inn, Hive and the expansions we played including Takenoko Chibis, Carcassonne Under the Big Top and some of the Star Realms expansion packs.

Some links to things we mentioned in the show you might be interested in include:

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Competitive Partners

Clearly Kelly and I enjoy playing games together and I strongly advocate it as a good hobby for couples - certainly co-op games can help with cooperation and discussion skills.

But what happens when things get competitive and when its not just the two of you? Even in competitive games there is sometimes chances for temporary alliances and surely if you are playing with your spouse you would side with them...

This week we are discussing how all is not fair in love and war and how gaming with your partner in a group of other players changes the dynamic.

We also discuss some of the games we  have been playing this week including a session report from our latest game of BSG, an old favourite, Biblios and two new games to us World Championship Russian Roulette and Rising Sun.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Inside the Box

Yes. We really are going to be talking about game boxes this week.

It might seem like the least important part of a board game but apparently we have a lot of opinions about how our games are stored!

We discuss hard hitting topics such as different box sizes and the merits over a custom insert. Also what do you do when a game has the perfect insert... but then you get an expansion?

We also discuss some of the many, many games we played this week including Cat Lady, Dominion, Ex Libris, Arrogance, NameTrain, Scythe, Tiny Epic Quest and the Goonies Adventure Card Game.

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Component Moment

Video games may have their flashy graphics and automatic maths but one thing they don't have is chunky wooden pieces and lots of lovely, lovely cardboard.

A games components are a big part of the tactile experience board gaming brings and one of the many things I enjoy about gaming. This week Kelly and I discuss our favourite types of components in games, discuss the age old debate of mini vs standee and discuss if component upgrades in games/ deluxe versions are worth it. 

We also discuss some of the games we have been playing this week including Ra, Schotten Totten, fridge Carcassonne and Tiny Epic Quest.

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Games 'showing their age'

What dates a game?

Could you tell a modern board game from one that was released 20 years ago?

This week we are discussing what might make us feel a game is 'showing it's age' and how this affects our enjoyment of a game. Is a game feeling dated personal to the player or would all gamers feel the same way?

We also have our usual discussion of games we have been playing this week including Battlestar Galactica, Pandemic Legacy season 2 (no spoilers), Untold Adventures Await and Crossfire.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Jack of all Board Games

I'm a big fan of variety when it comes to board games, and whilst we don't have the largest collection out there we certainly have enough that we could play different games each week. I'm very grateful we are able to do this, it keeps the hobby fresh for me and I get to try out lots of new games... but the flip side of this is I never feel like I truly master a game.

This week we talk about taking the time to try and master a game and what that would entail, including the importance of repeat plays and the ethics of looking up strategy tips.

Also do you need to play the same game over and over, or can just generally master board gaming and become a master of gaming?

We also have our usual discussion about games we played in the week including Magic Maze, Untold Adventures Await and Codenames Pictures.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

It's the taking part that counts.

Winning isn't everything- but it isn't nothing either. This week we are talking about how winning influences our enjoyment of a game. We have found that often the games we love aren't always the ones we are very good at - so what makes these games our favourites if its not winning!

We also discuss some of the games we have been playing this week including Fog of Love, Pillars of the Earth, Lanterns and The Chameleon.

Remember to check us out on social media though out the week and we should also be on the Our Turn podcast this week so go check them out to hear more from us!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Expectation Vs Reality

Is it ever possible to be truly objective about a game?

Nearly every game we play we go into with expectations - whether its because we backed it on kickstarter two years ago and we have been riding the hype train ever since, or because it caught our eye because of a colourful well designed box, its impossible not to have at least some opinions on a game before you start playing.

This week we discuss the factors that influence our expectations of a game and how those expectations affect our enjoyment of that game. Does a lot of hype or a good review help or hinder our enjoyment?

We also discuss games we have been playing this week including Barenpark, Schotten Totten and Welcome to the Dungeon, as well as giving our thoughts on the integrated tutorial in Fog of Love and how playing Mint Works in the pub might look a bit dodgy!

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Sunday, 31 December 2017

2017- 10 by 10

It's the last day of 2017 so it seems only fitting that we have a bit of a retrospective of the year.

Using the BG Stats app I have been diligently recording all our plays on we review the year in gaming for us including some facts and figures from a years worth of data, our progress in our 10 by 10 challenge (a year long challenge to play 10 games 10 times), and some of our gaming highlights for the year.

We also talk about the many games we have been lucky enough to play over the last week with friends and family including Werewords, Junk Art, Deception Murder in Hong Kong, Ex Libris, Schotten-Totten, Ticket to Ride First Journey and Rhino Hero Super Battle.

We also announce the winner of our star realms competition so make sure you listen right till the end of the episode to find out the winner!

Thanks for Listening to us this year! We have really enjoyed recording the podcast and we hope you continue to listen in the new year!