Hive: A good old fashioned buzz

By Tim Hange


This review is a summary of an audio review by Get on Board. Feel free to click here for the full audio review (from episode #7) ›

Introduction (mist rises…)

Way back in 2001, in the pre-history of board gaming, before the internet, Botox, and indoor plumbing, John Yianni released a strange looking innovative abstract:  Hive.

Thirteen years later, I was flying my space hover car by a friendly local game store and saw Hive in the window.   Three words sold me on it:  Chunky, Hex, Tiles.    Gorgeous Baklelite pieces with  colorful, textured insects on the face–It was a thing of beauty, and happily, it played as well as it looked! Continue reading Hive: A good old fashioned buzz

#10: Pick5 Hidden Gems

#10: Pick5 Hidden Gems
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It’s time to root through the closet for those dusty, hidden gems! Join us as we talk about games that you may have overlooked; games that are really quite good despite no one really paying attention to them. Who knows, you might find some fodder for your shopping cart! Show notes after the break: Continue reading #10: Pick5 Hidden Gems

#9: Hosting a Game Night, and Tammany Hall

#9: Hosting a Game Night, and Tammany Hall
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Join us as we talk about the joys (and pitfalls!) of hosting a weekly game night, and share some tips learned from two years of hosting. Also, don’t miss our review of Tammany Hall, one of the simultaneously most exhausting and most rewarding games out there! We wrap up with a quick talk through games we’re excited to get to the table. Show notes after the break. Continue reading #9: Hosting a Game Night, and Tammany Hall

Deception: It’s Murder to Play

By Tim Hange


This review is a summary of an audio review by Get on Board. Feel free to click here for the full audio review (from episode #7) ›

Deception, Murder in Hong Kong is an interesting amalgam of a word association game and a social deduction game.   Think “Codenames meets Mafia”.  Our reviews usually have a brutally over-simplified overview, but there isn’t much here to oversimplify. Continue reading Deception: It’s Murder to Play

Small World: Brilliant? Bland? I’m conflicted

By Andrew Joyce


In Small World, you will manage a race imbued with special powers and determined to make its mark on the world of Small. The only catch is — nothing is big enough to satisfy any one empire’s claims, so you will find yourself repeatedly bumping elbows with the other players around the table. Wrestle lands from their control, earn glory, and emerge as the emperor of the land, in Small World. Continue reading Small World: Brilliant? Bland? I’m conflicted

#8: Magic, Tragic, and Counterfeit Games

#8: Magic, Tragic, and Counterfeit Games
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In episode the eighth, we talk about how we plan to rate games as we review them (The magic/tragic scale, or the magedy/tragedy scale, or…you get the point), as well as the recent news around Asmodee, counterfeit games, and MAP pricing in the market. Of course, things wrap up with a first impressions segment! Read on for show notes: Continue reading #8: Magic, Tragic, and Counterfeit Games

Sushi Go Party: Seaweed-Wrapped Deliciousness

By Andrew Joyce


Anybody hungry? Sushi Go party is a remix of the 2013 game Sushi Go!, which made a big splash with its fun, fast-paced card drafting. Sushi Go Party adds more types of cards, support for up to 8 players, and packages it all up in an equally appealing and accessible package as the original. But do the additions help or hinder the new game? Read on for more. Continue reading Sushi Go Party: Seaweed-Wrapped Deliciousness

#7: Hive and Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

#7: Hive and Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
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We take our first step into audio reviews! In this episode, Tim and Andrew unpack their thoughts on the light social deduction game, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong. We also spend some time reviewing Hive, a delightfully accessible abstract about bugs! Things wrap up with our usual ‘latest plays’ segment. Continue reading #7: Hive and Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

Paperback: A novel approach to deckbuilding?

By Andrew Joyce


You are an aspiring writer…one who will stop at nothing to create the next best-seller! Welcome to Paperback, a light deck-builder cutely mashed up with a word game. Is this truly “A novel approach to deckbuilding” as the box claims? Read on for more. Continue reading Paperback: A novel approach to deckbuilding?

#6: Negativity in Board Gaming

#6: Negativity in Board Gaming
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In this episode, Tim and Andrew talk about negative reviews, if the hobby is over-hyped, and how reviewers should approach bad games. Is calling out mediocre games good for the hobby? Is there even such a thing as objectively bad games?

We also chat about some of our latest plays, including Photosynthesis, El Grande, Snooker Solitaire, and Nightfall.

00:17 – Introduction
01:05 – Negativity in Board Gaming
36:19 – What We’ve Been Playing & First Impressions