26 | Favorite Weeknight Games (Most Days are Weekdays!)

If we look back over our gaming stats, most of our board gaming happens during the week. However, after a long day of work, dinner, and kid bedtimes, your brain and energy tank might be running on fumes. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing left for gaming though! In this episode, we explore some the best games to play on a weeknight.

Also on the show, we enjoy the ONEHOPE Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s multi-level good!

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25 | Century Eastern Wonders (Different, Yet Similar, Cube Trading)

There are few game mechanics more satisfying than trading sets of cubes for more better cubes. Even more fantastic is trading them for victory points! On a previous episode, we discussed our enjoyment of the cube-trading, perfect-for-a-weeknight, card game, Century Spice Road. Based on this, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Spice Road sequel, Century Eastern Wonders. To be honest, this box sat unplayed on our shelf of shame for over six months, but no longer! On this episode we set sail to a different, yet similar, land of spice trading and give our detailed thoughts on Century Eastern Wonders.

Also this week, we sample a dry rosé from Protea Wines.

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24 | Arboretum (A Soothing Path of Tension)

The thing about Arboretum is that everyone seems to like it. We have friends who would rather walk across hot coals than play a Splotter game who rave about it. We’ve also received recommendations for Arboretum from some of our heaviest gaming partners. On top of this, the fact that it’s a small box card game that plays well with two, we had to check it out. Oh, and we love trees! Join us on our stroll through the tree-lined paths of Arboretum.

Also this week, we sample and enjoy the Cashmere Red Blend from Cline Cellars.

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23 | Wingspan (Bird Facts and Candy Eggs)

We love birds. We also appreciate games that are beautifully and thoughtfully produced. So when Wingspan by Stonemaier Games was announced, we were all over it (meaning we broke our pact to not buy new games in 2019). This game has engine building, it’s a nature documentary, it has a giant dice tower shaped like a bird feeder (seriously). We’ve had a chance to play Wingspan a number of times, and we share our thoughts on this week’s episode.

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22 | Whose Turn 2019 (A gaming con in our own backyard)

We’re still basking in the glow of four days of gaming at the Whose Turn Con in Durham, NC – and what a great time it was! In this episode, we discuss many of the great games we played there including:

  • Dominant Species
  • Concordia
  • Space Base
  • Trellis
  • Sidereal Confluence
  • Wingspan
  • Keyforge
  • Welcome To…
  • Root
  • Teotihuacan
  • Chickapig
  • Takenoko

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21 | Top 5 Games Played in 2018 (Simply the Best)

We played a LOT of games in 2018, which is great in so many ways. The only downside is that it makes choosing the top 5 REALLY HARD! This week on the show, we share our five favorite “new to us” board games of 2018… and there were a lot to choose from… so these are some really great games!

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Mamie’s Top 5
5) Gloomhaven
4) The Mind
3) Orléans
2) Vinhos Deluxe Edition
1) Root

Josh’s Top 5
5) Orléans
4) The Mind
3) Container
2) Vinhos Deluxe Edition
1) Dominant Species

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20 | Keyforge (A Procedurally Generated Episode)

In our last episode of 2018, we try something new – the collectable card game, Keyforge! Neither of us have the time to track down the best cards and combos for traditional deck building games, but Keyforge suggests the promise of just purchasing a deck, opening it, and playing. Does it live up to the hype for a couple of strategy gamers like us? We discuss our review of Keyforge from Fantasy Flight Games, this week on the show!

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19 | Cardboard and Wine Holiday Gift Guide 2018

It’s the holiday season! We know the best (and most stressful) aspect of this time of year are showering the people you love with just the right gifts. And what better gift than sharing something YOU love – board games! With so many games out there, finding just the perfect one for the person in your life can be daunting, so we have you covered!

In this episode, we give our board game recommendations for little ones, families, those who are new to gaming, and friends who are ready to take the next steps into the hobby. Lastly, we share our pick for the BEST board game gift idea for 2018!

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18 | Root First Impressions (Toast Warriors)

If you’ve been within 10 miles of any board game media over the past several months, you have undoubtedly heard of Root, a game of war and direct conflict disguised by the most adorable meeples you’ve ever seen. Seriously – we never thought, in 2018, we could be wow’d by meeples, but these somehow are the best meeples ever. They’re adorable, chunky, and surprisingly expressive, and yet… these are not cats and birds and mice. No! As the Law of Root (rulebook) clearly states, these meeples are WARRIORS! There’s a lot to unpack in Root, and we have only begun to scratch the surface, but in this episode we give first impressions after our first few plays.

Also, we discuss a recent (complete!) playthrough of 1889!

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17 | What if You Could Only Keep Five Games? (A Frightening List!)

With Halloween fast approaching here in the United States, here’s a scary scenario for you: Take a look at your board game collection. So many great games and memories shared playing them. Now imagine you could only keep FIVE of them! That’s what we discuss on today’s episode. These are the five games we would keep if we could ONLY keep five games.

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Mamie’s List:
5: Dixit
4: King of Tokyo
3: Dominant Species
2: Dominion
1: Orléans

Josh’s List:
5: 1889 – History of the Shikoku Railways
4: Dominant Species
3: Splendor
2: Dominion
1: Caylus

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© Cardboard and Wine Podcast 2018