12 | Dice Tower Con 2018 (Board gaming paradise!)

In this episode, we give a report from our first Dice Tower Con. In short, it was amazing. We met so many great people and played so many games!

On this show, we’ll discuss 15 games from the con that were new to us including Ticket to Ride: New York, Giant Azul, Fox in the Forest, Godfather: Corleone’s Empire, Clans of Caledonia, Coimbra, Fog of Love, Santorini, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Pitchcar, Imhotep, Reef, Machi Koro, Steamrollers, and Orléans.

We break these games down into five that we will definitely add to our collection, five that we need to think more about, and five that were a pass for us. Honestly, we left Dice Tower Con 2018 a week ago, but we’re still having withdrawals. Everything about it was so great – we highly recommend!

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11 | NMBR 9 (THS GM S FN)

The best way to highlight how we feel about NMBR 9 is we decided to buy it about halfway through our first play with a friend’s copy. At least two other friends we have introduced it to have also gone out and purchased their own. So I guess don’t listen to this episode if you’re in the middle of a board game buying moratorium. But seriously, it’s easy to see what’s so appealing about NMBR 9 – it’s a fun puzzle with rules that can be explained in one minute and a play time of around 10 minutes. If you like Tetris, you’ll love this game. If you don’t like Tetris, you’ll still probably like this game. And even if you don’t… 10 minutes.

Also in this episode, we drink a tasty “big, bold Cabernet” (finally) and discuss some recent plays including Keyflower, Agricola, and Downforce.

Lastly, we’re heading to Dice Tower Con! If you’re there, look us up… we’d love to meet you and maybe play a game.

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10 | Board Game Getaways (Fireflies, Dice Rolls, and Train Games)

We love our weekly game group, and we love winding down our day with a two player board game before bed. However, there’s just something special about getting away for a long weekend of board gaming with friends.

In this week’s show, Josh gives a recap of his gaming getaway weekend in the mountains. Games discussed this week include Magic Maze, Century: Spice Road, NMBR 9, Dominant Species, Caylus, Vinhos, 1846: A Race for the Midwest, Gaia Project, and Space Base. Oh, and also Craps!

In addition, we talk generally about why we love packing up the car with our favorite board games for some extended gaming time with friends. Enjoy!

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9 | Century: Spice Road (Trading Cubes for Other Cubes)

You are a spice trader along the famed Spice Road, risking your life and fortune to trade two red cubes for a green and three yellows. Ok, so Century: Spice Road is a game where you collect cubes, which you trade in for better cubes, which you use to claim victory points. Typical Euro stuff right there. But you know what? That’s exactly what we love!

We have introduced this game to so many friends and… you know what? They love it too.

On this week’s episode, we share our thoughts on the first game in the “Century” trilogy – Century: Spice Road!

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8 | Gaia Project (A Game of Currencies)

Terra Mystica in space! Whether that’s a good thing or not depends on how you feel about Terra Mystica or whether you’ve played it at all. It is tempting to avoid comparison altogether, though the designers have gone so far as to subtitle Gaia Project, “A Terra Mystica Game”. Which actually begs the question – will there be MORE Terra Mystica games? Terra Mystica under the sea? Terra Mystica on Mars? Back to the subject at hand, there’s no denying that Gaia Project is a meaty, complex Euro-style game, but will it join its spiritual successor as a board game classic? On this week’s show, we give our thoughts on Gaia Project. Enjoy!

Also, as promised, here’s Josh’s Gaia Project storage solution using a Plano Stowaway 2-3601 utility box!

Plano storage solution for Gaia Project

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7 | Kingdomino (Extra Shiny Tiles)

Kingdomino won the Spiel des Jahres – Game of the Year – in 2017, but is it any fun for our KIDS? Is it any fun for our heavy gaming FRIENDS? Is it any fun for US? Spoiler alert: yes, yes, and YES! This game is super fun. We love it more than we probably should, and in this episode we talk about why.

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6 | Azul (The Literal Tile-Laying Game)

Are you an attention seeker? Then setup a game of Azul in your local coffee shop and see what happens. This game is gorgeous on whatever table you prefer to play on. The tiles, the boards, even the bag. But beautiful components a good game does not make. Is Azul a quality GAME? On this episode, we discuss the 2017 tile-laying game about laying tile, Azul!

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5 | Top Five Games We Discovered in 2017 (Actually, Top 6!)

It’s our first Listicle™ episode! Last year was a formative year of gaming for us; we played loads of new games and filled in our collection from the gaming gap brought on by graduate school and having babies. Even though it’s already April, we discuss our favorite “new to us” board games of 2017. It was hard to choose!

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Mamie’s Top 6
6) Resistance: Avalon
5) Kingdomino
4) Modern Art
3) Isle of Skye
2) Scythe
1) Dixit

Josh’s Top 6
6) Kingdomino
5) Galaxy Trucker
4) Battle Line
3) Modern Art
2) Castles of Burgundy
1) Splotter Games
(Food Chain Magnate, Indonesia, Great Zimbabwe)

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4 | Gloomhaven (Adventures in Plano Boxes)

It’s Gloomhaven. What more can be said about the 7th Wonder of the World… or at least the 7th game ever to hit #1 on Board Game Geek? Well, we’ll take a half hour or so and see what we can add to the conversation. There are many things to enjoy about Gloomhaven: the extensively creative scenario book, the HUGE pile of monsters, the giant box that miraculously fits within an Ikea Kallax shelf space!

But does it live up to the HYPE? Does it live up to the $150 price tag? Is it suitable for… date night? On this week’s episode of Cardboard and Wine, we will discuss all this and more. If it’s any indication, Gloomhaven inspired us to paint our first minis. Gamer nerd achievement unlocked!

We also enjoy a nice affordable Malbec while giving our first thoughts on Gaia Project, playing Fiery Dragons and Ticket to Ride First Journey with the kiddos, and running a Werewolf game on Twitter!

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3 | Lost Cities (Handshakes and Shuffling Bliss)

Way back in 2006, we placed our first board game order. Yesterday we received another game order in the mail, and we still get just as excited twelve years later to cut the shrink wrap off and punch out brand news games as we did way back when! In that very first game order was Lost Cities, a two player card game that we’ve played many times over the years.

Friends who know we are board gamers will often ask for game recommendations, and this is one that is always on the list – especially for couples. It’s fast, it’s fun, and it provides plenty of interesting and tense decisions. Oh, and those cards shuffle soooo nicely!

In this episode, we discuss fitting games into busy work schedules, gaming with kids, and red wine blends, all leading up to our in-depth review of Lost Cities!

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