Boardgames To Go - Season 14 (2018)
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Season 14 of my podcast may prove to be a little different, we'll see. My thoughts about the hobby have shifted. I'm still playing as many games as ever, but I've started downsizing my collection (out of room!), and I'm even less compelled to keep up "the hotness." While I'll still play a number of new games when friends bring them to game night, or when I go to a large game event, the plays I'm in charge of tend to feature old favorites. Some of this is a continuation to my longstanding preferences. Another part is a delayed reaction to my time spent living in France. Away from home and my collection in California, I learned to have just as much fun with fewer games, especially ones that we already know & love.

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Mark Johnson's occasional & opinionated podcast about family strategy boardgames
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BGTG 180 - Post-Essen 2017 (with Greg Pettit)
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1. Board Game: Techno Bowl: Arcade Football Unplugged [Average Rating:8.64 Overall Rank:2634]
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BGTG 180 - Post-BGGcon 2017

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Opener: Welcome to Season 14 of my podcast! (Also family gathering gaming with Take Your Pick, Raj, and Codenames)

Closers: Pimping out Wits & Wagers with the Vegas Mat; "Mansplaining" boardgames



Back in November I returned to BGGcon, played a ton of games, and recorded TWO podcasts. Then the holidays, work, and family events took over. Now I'm finally getting the first one out, and I won't make you wait as long for the next one, either. This is a LOOONNNNGGGG episode, too. Not my normal approach, but this time there were lots of games to discuss with Greg. Be sure to check out the accompanying geeklist.


There's dad in summer 2016, grinning as he watches his family play a game together


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2. Board Game: Heaven & Ale [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:427]
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BGTG 181 - Brewery Roundtable BGGcon 2017

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Bigger & better than a couple years ago, a bunch of my BGGcon buddies joined me around the microphone at an outdoor brewery table. We'd been to the Hard 8 bbq place frequented by gamers, then headed over to the Grapevine Craft Brewery. There we relaxed with a few beers and recorded some thoughts about games we'd been playing. (We even played a few games of Insider.)

You'll hear Zak, Brian, Steve #1, Steve #2, Marcin, DaveO, Eryn, Travis, Greg, Rick, Ryan, and me talk about Magic Maze, Civilization: A New Dawn, Heaven & Ale, Majesty:For The Realm, TransAtlantic, Santa Maria, Calimala, Nusfjord, Merlin, Istanbul Dice Game, Mountains of Madness, and Azul.

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BGTG 182 - Downsizing a Collection

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You haven't heard from me lately (unless you subscribe to my wargames podcast), but I'm still here, still gaming. However, there HAS been a transformation in my engagement with the hobby. For the past half-year I've firmly been in the mode of downsizing my collection. Why, and why now? Well, that's some of what this podcast is about. I'm joined by three of my local gaming buddies, Dave, Greg, and Mike. Dave isn't exactly downsizing, but he's disciplined about NOT letting his collection grow. So as he gets new games, he sells off others. I'm actually shrinking my collection. The other two guys are in a different frame of mind. Greg is running out of storage space, but still wants all of his games (and more). Mike thinks anyone who wants to get rid of games is crazy. It all adds up to a variety of interesting opinions about downsizing a collection.

Dave's charts & graphs (fun with data!) are here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1946218/fun-graphs

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