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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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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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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1 | Sagrada (Fun with Grozing Pliers)

It’s not every day that we’re drawn to a game JUST because of how it looks on the table, but Sagrada was one of those games. The dice and player boards are stunning, but does the gameplay live up to the flashy components? We discuss, this week on the show!

The star of the show are those beautiful player boards and dice.

The player boards clearly draw direct inspiration from actual stained glass from the Sagrada Familia.

The Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain is the oldest, unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world. The life’s work of Antoni Gaudí, it is truly a breathtaking blending of gothic architecture and intricate stained glass.

Sagrada captures the theme of stained glass making in a fun, compact, satisfying experience. Check it out and let us know what you think about Sagrada!

Also on this week’s show, we ruminate on a recent escape-room-in-a-box fail with Unlock! Squeek and Sausage.

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