Obsessed Board Gamers - First 20 Episodes - Why These?
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A number of people have asked me, "Colin", they say because that's my name, how do you decide what games to do your video reviews of? Well, I have always wanted to make a Geeklist and so here you go, Obsessed Board Gamers, the first 15 episodes and how they came to be.

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1. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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For a long time, 7 people was the magic number that came to my game nights, so as a result, Bang always got played. At the time, we thought that the show would be a duel host format with Ryan and I. Ryan eventually decided to back out and I ran with the idea.

We actually did Ticket to Ride first, but it ran long.... really long (50 minutes). So we decided to go back to the drawing board with how the reviews were going to be.

We thought that a card game would be a great place to start. This stands as the only video we have done where I don't cover the majority of the rules.

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2. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:771]
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After Bang, we recorded a video for one of my favorite games, Formula Dé. Due to a technical glitch we lost about half the video and were going to need to record it again. Momentum for that project stalled when we realized that the game is not only out of print but hard to get. It seems rude to review a game that no one can get. Kind of just a big tease.

We took a few months to really think about we were doing, plus scheduling with Ryan was a pain. He hadn't dropped out yet. Finally I asked him if I should just do it on my own.

Tsuro is the first time I reviewed one by myself.

The owner of my FLGS (Phoenix Games in Mukilteo, WA) pushed this game hard. I liked the visuals but wasn't sure about it. The first time I played it we only had 4 players and I was underwhelmed.

Now we play it all the time with lots of players. For the begining of doing the show with only one reviewer, I wanted something that hardly anyone had reviewed but wasn't very complicated. Hence, Tsuro was episode 2.

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3. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1225]
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With two episodes down, I wanted something that would really let me relax and be myself. When I play games, I tend to get a bit silly and make a lot of jokes. My friends told me that I should let that come across and so I needed something that would provide good ammunition for being funny.

Who doesn't like Zombies? Being silly involving Zombies was so easy. This is one of my favorite episodes.

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4. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:261]
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I was feeling pretty good at this point. We were really hitting our stride and moving quickly through the games. The camera would turn on and I felt instantly comfortable. I no longer stressed about what I was doing. I also gained the ability to watch myself on the videos without freaking out.

I was excited and wanted to get an episode up ASAP. For Sale is a great game that is very easy to explain, so it was an obvious fit for episode 4.

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5. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
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For awhile, every time people were over we played Kingsburg and always had a great time. Mind you, the game isn't perfect, but it sure is a good game. I realized that this would be another game where there is some inherent humor that comes from talking about it.

For a long time, Kingsburg was our most popular episode. That's when I learned that brand new games get more downloads then those games that have been in circulation for awhile. This is also the first game that we reviewed where the game designer contacted me. That was pretty neat.

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6. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:327]
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My house is always the place that people play games at in my life. At least 2 days a week we have people over to play games. Sometimes people bring games that they want to play, but we almost always end up playing my games. I think it's because I'm so excited to play games in my collection.

Anyways, someone brought Ingenious over and said, "I think you'll love this." It's by Fantasy Flight, who I adore, so I agreed. From the first game, I was in love. I rushed out and bought it and we played it non-stop for awhile.

After creating a Lego structure to replace the bag, I knew that I needed to do a video on it. Due to some production issues when making it, it's actually one of my least favorite reviews that I have done. However, it's one of the most downloaded. Shows what I know.

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7. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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I adore co-operative games. Sometimes I get too competitive after too much board gaming and start getting frustrated if I don't win every time. Co-operative games give me a great break from that where I can be calm and treat it as a group logic problem.

I had been tracking Pandemic for quite some time and even went as far as to pre-order it. Once I saw the hype building on BGG, I knew that this game needed a video review ASAP. I received it on Valentine's Day and luckily for me, my then girlfriend was open to spending the evening playing it. We spent all of our free time playing and review this game until the video was up.

This is by FAR the most popular video that we have done. I have received tons of emails and messages from people telling me that they picked it up on my recommnedation and love it. That just feels awesome.

I'll need a game with a lot of Hype to dethrone it. Perhaps I'll have to do a video on Agricola once there is a English version that I can pick up.

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8. Board Game: Good Question! [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12050]
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Several game companies have contacted me and asked me to review games for them. I think that is very fun and helps them as well as me. Asmodeé decided to send me this game without my input. Once I saw it coming, I thought, "what have I gotten myself into? That doesn't look like something I'm going to like." Regardless, I decided to keep an open mind. I had a really fun time playing it and was happy to do a video review for them.

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9. Board Game: Murder City [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:13109]
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It seems like reviewers on here often get crap for always liking games. I personally think that it's hard to review a game you don't like. I have a rule where I play a game a minimum of three times before it gets reviewed (often more) so that I can make sure that I understand it and my opinion is more settled then it would be if I had only played it once. Sometimes when I play a game for the first time, I just hate it. I typically don't want to then play that game twice more. So, reviewing games that I don't like is a lot like work and until I get paid to review board games (oh the dream) this is a hobby and should be fun.

Murder City was fun enough to play three times. I wanted to review something that I did not like and this was the obvious choice. There are so many fantastic things to make fun of, that I had a great time recording this video. It's one of my favorites.

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10. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:375]
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Unsure of what to review next, I started taking suggestions. I had a few suggestions for Thebes and luckily for me I had already played it a bunch. That makes the distance from idea to podcast MUCH faster. So, I set it up. I was very happy to get to include a call back to my childhood in the form of a clip from the video game Spelunker. I remember trying to play it over and over again until it got fun. It never did. But, I didn't have as many options to entertain myself then as I do now.

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11. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
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It was about that time that tons of people started asking me to review In The Year of the Dragon. I looked at it and was having a difficult time getting excited. We were at a game store and our editor, Michelle saw the game and said "this looks great." Realizing that at least someone was excited, I picked it up and ended up liking it quite a bit.

The majority of my humor is not planned and instead off the cuff. When I tried to plan the humor, it was not nearly as entertaining. In this podcast, my improvising comments about Ninjas upset a few people. Ninjas are from Japanese mythology and not Chinese. No offense was intended. I just like Ninjas.

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12. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:351]
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Ever since starting this podcast series, I have wanted to review Collosseum. How much I like the game has changed so drastically with each playing that I knew it would be interesting to talk about.

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13. Board Game: Blockers! [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1374]
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I was getting annoyed at all these 20 minute long episodes. The original goal was to have them be 15 minutes or shorter. While no one has complained to me about length, it bothers me a bit. So, I wanted to review something that I knew I could get done quickly.

I think Uptown ended up being a remarkably good change of pace for the series.

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14. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
 
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Sneak peak time. The next video is going to be of Container. It's recorded and sitting in post production at the moment. We do quite a bit of work between recording and putting them up.

Container is another game that was widely requested for me to review. I played it a bunch and often with my friend Marla. Marla was totally getting into the game and often played it without me, while I was busy with other games at game nights. So, since Marla was the resident Container expert, I asked her to review it with me. It's in this episode that the return of two person reviewing makes its comeback. It worked well. I'll probably invite guests from time to time but continue to host most of them on my own.

Link is coming soon.

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15. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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As soon as I heard the theme to this game I knew I must have it. As soon as I played it, I knew it needed a video review. It's in post production now and we'll be adding it in the next few days.

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Here it is:
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16. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1074]
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After doing so many heavy and tough to explain games, I wanted to do something light and fun. I grabbed one of my favorite filler games and quickly did a video. I really like how it came out.

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17. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:612]
 
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Another filler game that I have spent a lot of time playing is Incan Gold. It seems to not be all that well known, so I figured a video would be good.

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18. Board Game: E.T.I.: Estimated Time to Invasion [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:10370]
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As soon as I heard about the coming of this game, I knew that I had to try it. The concept and theme really hook me and I couldn't wait to get it played. Despite the fact that we got a few of the rules wrong (DOH!), I really like how the video game out and I think it's some of our funniest work yet.

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19. Board Game: Alchemist [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2502]
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I didn't know much about this game when I picked it up at the store. The description on the back really appealed to Michelle and so I figured it would be good to give it a go. In particular I am pleased by how much strategy is packed into 30 minutes.

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20. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:533] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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When I first got this game I had some mixed experiences playing it. But then a lot of people asked me to review it and I thought I'd give it another shot. Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed every game of it that I have played. Glad to do a video.

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