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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16 | Viticulture (Just Add Wine)

With a podcast called “Cardboard and Wine”, it was just a matter of time before we discussed Viticulture. In this episode, we dive deep into our thoughts on this gorgeous wine-themed game. We also spend some time comparing and contrasting Viticulture with the subject of our last episode, Vinhos.

In addition, we share our favorite gaming moments from the past two weeks including Antiquity and Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar.

Lastly, we procure an Old Vine Zin from Aldi of all places!

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15 | Vinhos (The “Other” Wine Game)

Having a podcast called “Cardboard and Wine”, we often get asked when we are going to review Viticulture. Well, not this week (that’s next week’s show), but instead we take a deep dive into the “other” wine-themed game (that actually came first), Vinhos by Vital Lacerda. Like a fine Cabernet Sauvignon, Vinhos is beautifully complex, with lots to consider. Vinhos presents a heavier engine-building, action selection, european-style, strategy game about making wine. Color us intrigued. There’s so much to say about Vinhos, so let’s jump right in.

To stick with the theme of becoming a Portuguese wine magnate, we popped a bottle of Broadbent Vinho Verde from Portugal!

In addition, we discuss some recent memorable gaming moments with The Mind and Dominant Species.

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14 | The Mind and Illusion (Why Didn’t I Think of That?)

The Mind – is it a game? an activity? an experience? an experiment? It’s a game… it’s definitely a game. But with that out of the way, is the insane amount of buzz for such a simple card game justified? With the imminent Pandasaurus release of The Mind here in the United States, we place our hands into the center of the table, draw a deep breath, and take an in-depth look at The Mind.

In addition, we cover another Wolfgang Warsch card game from 2018 you may not have heard of, Illusion.

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13 | New York Slice (Don’t Play When Hungry)

We love a good theme, and New York Slice by Bézier Games may be the best, most thorough implementation of theme in a board game that we’ve seen. In this case, it’s pizza! From the awesome, photorealistic pizza tiles (thin slice, of course), to the menu rulebook, to the guest check scorepad, it’s pizza from start to finish. The game box even opens like a pizza box!

However, theme alone a good game does not make, so in this episode we break down New York Slice to see if you should place an order to have it delivered hot and ready for your game collection!

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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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