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Boards Alive is a podcast where we talk about tabletop games. Our goal is to show that tabletop gaming can be just as exciting and engaging as Hollywood movies or big budget video games. We try to highlight games that have a rich theme that connects with the mechanics of the game. We want to help people escape into tabletop games and enjoy the competition and camaraderie of gaming.
 
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And we're back! The holiday extravaganza is over, and it's back to business as usual around here. And what better way to get back into the swing of things than with some h-h-hot questions! Before that, we catch up on our holidays apart, with tales about the games that we played with our loved ones, including The Siege of Runedar, Snakesss, and Time…
 
The Snobs discuss with Mark the origin of Barrage, Jerry's likeness to Kellen (take a shot for every time Jerry mentions Kellen, you'll be out quickly), True Colors the party game, alphas and betas, why Mark loves Biblios so much, Mark's Bubba Top 5, and Mark asks what we've enjoyed in pop culture and more!! Enjoy! Don't forget to subscribe, rate a…
 
In our one hundred and sixty-eighth episode, Aaron is joined by Phil Huang, of 1 Minute Board Games. We talk about Jamaica and The Gallerist in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Slay the Spire and Immortals Fenyx Rising. We reflect on our review of Adrenaline. Then you listeners Ask Aaron Anything, where you get a c…
 
David Sirlin, President of Sirlin Games, drops by to do a deep dive into video game influences on his tabletop designs, especially with the new Puzzle Strike 2! We also discuss how push-your-luck mechanisms and designing a board game universe. Our chosen topics this week: David Sirlin (guest): How his game design draws from video game influences Ch…
 
The Snobs discuss these things to varying degrees: Gateway Network's Better Half Reviews, Lost Cities, Dice Tower podcast coming to an end, Presidential impersonations, how does one die in lava, best Volcano movies and finally Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition. Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition discussion (23:30) Don't forget to subscribe, rate a…
 
To checkout Super Board Sunday--->https://superboardsunday.podbean.com/ Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts and tell your friends about the Board Game Snobs Podcast. Enjoy! For merch: https://sirmeeple.com/collections/board-game-snobs For questions, comments or general adulation: Send voice memos to boardgames…
 
It's the grand finale of the event of events that is the BGB Top 50 Games of All-time! These are our ten absolute favourite games, and, fittingly, it's a bumper episode with more than one surprise. Joining us in the peanut gallery this week, it's none other than the manic imp of Shut Up & Sit Down himself, the absolute mad genius that is Tom Brewst…
 
The Snobs discuss, dive into, review, mention in passing and rant about these things in this episode: a three banded armadillo born in captivity, when does jogging become running, why urinating in pools is attempted murder and finally The Last Aurora designed by Mauro Chiabotto and fantastic art by Skeleton Crew. The Last Aurora (15:05) Don't forge…
 
In our one hundred and sixty-seventh episode, Aaron is joined by Chris Porto of Many Worlds Tavern Coffee and Youtube channel. We talk about Mandala and The Game of Wolf in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Forza Horizon 5 and Super Auto Pets. We reflect on our review of Manhattan Project: Energy Empire. Then you li…
 
The penultimate episode of the grand series is here, it’s the BGB Top 50! As the journey approaches its end, we’re venturing into our 20th to 11th favourite games, with some support from the peanut gallery. And with thirty more board games to blitz through, who better to help us than Ambie Valdés of Board Game Blitz! 01:27 - Mark #20 - Imperial 203…
 
We're slamming the door on 2021 and looking forward to the new year! Older games we're itching to get to the table, long-awaited games we're anxiously waiting for, and neglected shelf-of-opportunity games that are finally coming due -- we bring back prolific content creator Ruel Gaviola to talk about them all! Topics this week: Shoe (producer): Whi…
 
What better way to send off the year than part three of the party to end all parties, the BGB Top 50! We're adding thirty more incredible games to the list, with our 30th to 21st favourite picks. This week, we have the Black Tank, Mike Walker of So Very Wrong About Games tearing apart our choices from the peanut gallery! 01:57 - Kellen #30 - Taj Ma…
 
We're back for the second part of the year's greatest celebration, it's the top fifty! We've got thirty more incredible games to talk about this week, as we get into our games ranked 40th to 31st. This week in the peanut gallery, critiquing our picks, we're thrilled to have Monique (the Lavender tank herself) and Naveen of Before You Play! 01:29 - …
 
Even though we've cautiously emerged from our social bubble, we figured we'd bring back our neighbor-friends and former bubble-ers James Hudson (Senior Director of Tabletop Games at Skybound) and Tom Twedell to discuss/argue about the games we played this year! Party Game of 2021 Light Games of 2021 Medium Games of 2021 Heavy Games of 2021 Favorite…
 
The Snobs discuss these things to varying degrees: John Wick Versus Batman, a bone to pick with Ryan of The Gateway Network, Enrique creeping out a cat and Smartphone Inc. Enjoy! Smartphone Inc (31:04) Smartphone Inc on BGG Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts and tell your friends about the Board Game Snobs Po…
 
In our one hundred and sixty-sixth episode, it’s our 8th annual BA Holiday Special and Aaron is joined by Dylann, of All You Can Board. We talk about Hallertau and King's Dilemma in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about The Artful Escape and Final Fantasy XIV Online. We reflect on our reviews of Raiders of the North Sea…
 
It's time. The event of the year is upon us, as we begin counting down our FIFTY. FAVOURITE. GAMES. OF. ALL. TIME. We're kicking it off where you kick off all good top 50s, with our games ranked 50th to 41st favourite games. And we've also invited Mr Delicious himself, Mike DiLisio of The Dice Tower, to pick apart our choices from his lofty perch i…
 
Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts and tell your friends about the Board Game Snobs Podcast. Enjoy! The Snobs amongst other things, review Yedo Deluxe Master Set. For merch: https://sirmeeple.com/collections/board-game-snobs For questions, comments or general adulation: Send voice memos and emails to boardgam…
 
It'd be great if we could only ever play our favourites. But sometimes, perhaps more often than not, we have to put up with playing games not because we want to, but because it's the polite or kind thing to do depending on the company. This week, we're talking about games that we don't necessarily love, but for whatever reason we end up playing a l…
 
**Had to re-upload, was not loading properly for some** Check out Ben's stuff at https://fivegamesfordoomsday.com/ and his Dice Tower Design Notes on YouTube. Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts and tell your friends about the Board Game Snobs Podcast. Enjoy! For merch: https://sirmeeple.com/collections/board-…
 
In our one hundred and sixty-fifth episode, Aaron is joined by designer Juliana Moreno Patel of Wild Optimists. We talk about some games we’ve been playing, including 7 Wonders: Architects and Pandemic Legacy: Season 0. Then I interview Juliana about designing escape room and puzzle games and their Crimes & Capers series of games. This episode is s…
 
Looking back on the past made us all reflective. For instance, remember 166 episodes ago when we promised to play all those games on our shelves of shame? I thought you might. We're revisiting our crimes of yesteryear, and checking in on how guilty we are. Before we audit our past selves, we talk about Warp's Edge, Carolus Magnus, and Unfathomable.…
 
Furnace (44:40) Furnace on Board Game Geek Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts and tell your friends about the Board Game Snobs Podcast. Enjoy! For merch: https://sirmeeple.com/collections/board-game-snobs For questions, comments or general adulation: Send voice memos and emails to boardgamesnobs@gmail.com Als…
 
Gobble gobble, gotcha again. What better way to follow up one of our biggest episodes yet, than with one of our stupidest? Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 02:35 - Cursed Court: Pokémon Edition 04:30 - Unfathomable 05:36 - Wings of War: Deluxe Set 06:22 - Gods Loves Dinosaurs 07:12 - Wings of Glory 08:16 - Seikatsu 12:59 - Bandada 14:22 - Concordia Ch…
 
***Releasing early due to holiday*** Ummmm, writing a description for this episode is too difficult as it’s all so random. A discussion of Red Cathedral is dispersed throughout. Hope you enjoy short attention spans and meaningless banter this episode. The next one will be better, promise. Love you!! Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherev…
 
In our one hundred and sixty-fourth episode, Aaron is joined by Shoe, co-host of the Going Analog podcast. We talk about Hadara and The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine and Mission Deep Sea in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Moonglow Bay and Board Game Arena. We reflect on our review of Inis. Then you listeners Ask…
 
We did it! Two hundred episodes later and we're still here. We're so grateful to every single listener, so we wanted to turn the mics back on all of you for your favourite voicemail memories from the show. Here's to another two hundred. Before we celebrate good times, we talk about Llamaland, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, and Clash of Cultur…
 
We love playing games in-person! But sometimes you want to scratch that board-gaming itch for a few minutes in the middle of the workweek. Or during a "break." Or, well, all the damn time. Playing asynchronously on Board Game Arena lets you do just that...a lot. Just don't tell our bosses. Our BGA play pals Emerson Matsuuchi (designer of the Centur…
 
The Snob's discuss these things to varying degrees: undulating hips, Space Race the board game, at what point is something able to be criticized as art, self deprecation (the discussion which began here and carried over into the Dan Hughes episode) and more! Enjoy! What's your favorite cheese? Let us know. Space Race (8:36) Don't forget to subscrib…
 
The split between Eurogame and Ameritrash gamers is as old as it it is silly, but in the last ten years it's also become a lot more nebulous. It's less clear than ever which side of the fence games fall on, so why still use these archaic labels at all? Maybe it's time for a change. Before we heal the divide, we talk about Hostage Negotiator, Juicy …
 
Primary Star Jerry, Primary Host Gaby, Enrique and Primary Guest Dan rant, rave, discuss and mention in passing these things: being deemed a hero, self deprecation, Guy Fawkes Day, games and the emotions/feelings/sensations they provide, do narrative/american style games versus euros provide more emotional moments and much, much more! Enjoy! Don't …
 
In our one hundred and sixty-third episode, Aaron is joined by Twitch Streamer Banzainator. We talk about Small World of Warcraft and Luna Capital in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Ring Fit Adventure and New World. We reflect on our review of Cry Havoc. Then you listeners Ask Aaron Anything, where you get a chanc…
 
If you've ever been a board game host, then you know it's not always just about playing games, it's about creating lasting memories for everyone playing. We'd never leave that to chance though, so of course we're often going out of our way to make a board game experience memorable. Before we do the unforgettable, we talk about Khôra: Rise of an Emp…
 
Peter C. Hayward (founder of Blue Beard & Jellybean Games and designer of quirky games like Scuttle!, The Lady and the Tiger, and the upcoming That Time You Killed Me and Robotopia) joins Christina and Shoe to gush about so many mutually favorite games! Topics this episode: Shoe (producer): What are some of your favorite board games that feature ro…
 
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It's part five of our venerable draft series, a series so loved that it's now in syndication! We're moving on to the tail end of the BGB Top 500, but the format stays the same: draft five games to build a standalone collection that's better than the others. Vote for your favourite, and you can win $50! Before we collect royalties, we talk about PAR…
 
The Snobs are back babyyyyyyyyyy! A back to basics episode to discuss: green tomatoes, bread, and a tweet about typical board game podcasts. Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review wherever you listen to podcasts and tell your friends about the Board Game Snobs Podcast. Enjoy! For merch: https://sirmeeple.com/collections/board-game-snobs For que…
 
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