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Eric Knauer
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I've been downloading boardgaming podcasts for about a year now and have listened to nearly all the episodes available (I used to have a job that required LOTS of traveling). Here are some of my thoughts on each one. I enjoy and listen to them all, so there are no one star podcasts.

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BoardGameSpeak http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgamespeak.php
“Hello everybody!” Man I miss these guys. I prefer freewheeling discussion shows compared to overproduced ones. This was the first boardgaming podcast I listened to along with Mark Johnson. There’s tons of great interviews in the archived shows, so check it out if you haven’t already done so. Unfortunately, Derk and Aldie are no longer.

The Metagamers http://www.themetagamers.com/index.php?post_category=podcast...
Outstanding in depth analysis of quality games such as Ra, Princes of Florence, and Amun Re. I love the "all about" format that allows the hosts to go into great detail about each game including subtle strategy tips and pit-falls. This show is relatively new and has shot to the top of my favorite podcasts to listen to.

BoardGamesToGo http://boardgamestogo.com/
This one is still alive fortunately although episodes are more rare these days. Mark has a great radio voice, so it’s always a pleasure listening to his show. He’s insightful, articulate, and most important to me, is not afraid to be critical when called for. Notable shows include interviews with Mike Siggins and Dave Arnott.

GarrettsGamesGeekiness http://www.garrettsgames.com/
This is currently my favorite podcast. Doug is really good at giving just the right amount of information concerning rules and opinion (more opinion than rules is always good). Also, it doesn’t hurt that I have similar tastes with Doug. Another factor that makes Doug’s show great is that he always seems to be reviewing the latest games, and ones I am most interested in. I was fortunate to meet Doug at BGG con and can’t wait to game again with him and his lovely wife, Shelley. Keep up the great work!

HaveGamesWillTravel http://havegameswilltravel.libsyn.com/
I enjoy listening to Paul’s coverage of boardgames because of the effort and preparation he puts into the games he discusses. I've listened to a few shows on role-playing and I almost want to give it a whirl based on his session reports. Almost. I also met Paul at BGG con and played Ispahan and Thurn and Taxis with him. Fun time!

IntoTheGamescape http://www.thegamescape.co.uk/?cat=15
Not sure where these guys are from…Great Britain? I enjoy their accents and taste in games. Also, the show is unique in that there are 3 hosts, which makes for interesting unscripted discussions. Lately, they have been playing wargames and I always enjoy commentary from a "Euro" point of view.

Little Wooden Cubist http://www.littlewoodencubist.com/
The host has an infectious enthusiasm about boardgames and communicates with the audience in a natural, pleasing way. Ok, that sounded kind of lame, but listen and you’ll know what I mean. If you like Twilight Struggle, check out his episode on 1960: The Making of the President, where he gives an early impression.

Point2point http://point2pointsource.com/xoops/modules/news/
Ok, this is an odd one because I don’t even play wargames. The content is first rate however. Two notable interviews were with Jerry Taylor (fascinating individual who designed Hammer of The Scots and Crusader Rex and also works for The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank) and We The People’s Mark Herman. They love to Euro-bash but it’s always in good fun.

Geeknights http://www.frontrowcrew.com/?cat=22

This one people might not know about because they occasionally cover boardgames. Mark Johnson mentioned them on one of his shows and said they reminded him a bit of Bill and Ted from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Currently they have 29 episodes in the archives that cover boardgaming, so there’s quite a bit of quality content. These guys are extremely intelligent (even though they might not sound it at first), funny as hell, and cover a wide array of topics that are almost always interesting. They do curse quite a bit, so keep the children away if listening.

BoardGameBabylon http://www.boardgamebabylon.com/
Another very good podcast that doesn’t come out frequently enough. His show’s content reminds me a lot of Doug Garrett’s podcast. He plays a lot of new games and has similar tastes as myself including solid critical commentary.

The Spiel http://www.thespiel.net/
Probably the most polished/professional show at the moment with pleasant music and smooth transitions from segment to segment. They also did a great job of coming up with original ideas for the show such as “The Game Sommelier” and “Backshelf Spotlight”. The main reason (a minor nitpik is the amount of times the words “cool” and “awesome” are used on the show) I don’t enjoy this show as much as others is because they seem to enjoy most every game they talk about. They are downright giddy about boardgames. I just simply prefer more critical analysis when it comes to boardgaming commentary. For those who don’t and pretty much enjoy gaming in general, this show is definitely worth listening to.

The Dice Tower http://www.funagain.com/control/viewblog?contentBlogId=TDT
Despite getting only two stars, I consider this mandatory listening. What makes Tom’s podcast worth downloading are the guests such as Moritz and Jason. Rick Thornquist is sorely missed. The not so great aspects are the segments/skits (Avalon Hill Game Show being the latest) that are often unfunny and get on my nerves for some reason. The lower rating also reflects the fact that I have different tastes than Sam and Tom, who put a lot of emphasis on theme, a gaming quality I find nearly irrelevant. Tom is very generous with his time and does a great job of attaining quality games for prizes.


I really appreciate the work all of these podcasters put into their shows. You make my work-out at the gym and commute to work something to look forward to. meeple Thanks everyone!

-Eric

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hey how about some links for all us lazy people out here?

Great list and reviews. I personally really like the Dicetower, but its the only one I've really listened to.

 
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My most-listened to podcasts include: Point2Point, Garrett's Games & Geekiness, All Games Considered, Roll2d6, Have Games Will Travel, The Vintage Gamer and Boardgame Babylon.

I occasionally sample others, but the above represent the ones you will ALWAYS find in my MP3 player.
 
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baditude wrote:
hey how about some links for all us lazy people out here?

Great list and reviews. I personally really like the Dicetower, but its the only one I've really listened to.


There are a fair number of links in my last thread about all the podcasts if you want to check that out: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/128015


Thanks for the summary and critique Eric

Currently, I've been listening most to Garrett's Games & Geekiness plus one that you left off which is the Happy Happy Board Game Love-In Podcast by Luke Morris (HamsterOfFury), see http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/Thommy8/tag/hhbgli. Both of which I really enjoy
 
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For the miniatures enthusiast, there's the "All About Miniatures" podcast at: http://allaboutminiatures.libsyn.com/

I'm also a big fan of the Roll2D6 podcast at: http://www.roll2d6.com/ I've met Adam and Nate a KublaCon a couple of times. They do a really great job at podcasting.

I also listen to the the Vintage Game podcast. With all the hype that exists with new games, it's nice to hear about older games. http://essentialmath.com/vintagegamer/
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Always fun to see what others think about stuff we share. I listen to podcasts pretty much all day at work, so I listen to just about every board gaming podcast, too. First off, to all the podcasters: THANK YOU for making my day much easier. I really couldn't give any of the boardgame podcasts lower than three stars because I love boardgames and they're doing this for free.


BoardGameSpeak
Sorely missed. Perhaps it would suffer in comparison to all the other podcasts I listen to now, but I really enjoyed BGS when it was the only game in town. Aldie and Derk played off each other very well and had a great dynamic.

BoardGamesToGo
I'll be honest, some of these podcasts tend to blend together after a while. I think I get Mark's podcast mixed up with Paul Tevis' (sp?) and Doug Garrett's. But I do remember interesting episodes with his children. He does the in depth stuff, right? I look forward to those shows but usually phase out after a while.


GarretsGamesGeekiness
Very good, a lot of fun to listen to. Shelley is great. He hosts the round table which is great. He's damn consistent which is really great. However, he's very much on the "bleeding" edge of board games. For the past four or five episodes he hasn't mentioned a single game I've played. I do like hearing about the new stuff, but I also like a little shared experience. Okay, really I'm just insanely jealous.

HaveGamesWillTravel
I RPG vicariously through Paul. He's always talking about these really cool roleplaying games that I had no idea existed before I started listening to his podcast. His coverage of boardgames is good also, but it's not why I listen to him. His voice is purty, too.

IntoTheGamescape
Best humor of all the podcasts and that goes a long way. Otherwise, just okay.

BoardGameBabylon
Oh yeah! Another one I get mixed up with BGTG and Garrett's. Feels a little scripted but that's okay. He did the Rise and Fall of the FLGS. I appreciate that he took a subject in our hobby and explored it. That's one of the things I find lacking in most podcasts, discussion about the hobby rather than just the games.


The Dice Tower
Weekly podcast which I'm constantly amazed by. Thank you for taking the time to put together a show every week. Thank you. I enjoy the format with regular guests who provide different view points. Some of the guests I like better than others (Moritz probably gives the show an extra star all by himself). My tastes probably line up a little better with Tom, I do enjoy thematic games. And I've actually found the recent skits pretty funny.


The Spiel
I enjoy this show because it is two guys who just enjoy playing games. Of all the podcasts I listen to, this is the one that gets bumped to the top of my playlist when it's released. Sure, they're not as critical as those other podcasts (They liked Rocketville for God's sake!), but our hobby is about having fun and no other podcast does as good a job reflecting that.

Pulp Gamer
D&D Roleplayers who don't seem to roleplay anymore. They're still part of the community, but just don't have the time is the feeling I get from them. Instead, they do seem to discuss card games and boardgames a lot. Unfortunately, they don't have that much experience playing "our" style of board games so I they don't offer much insight that I find useful. Recent reviews include Nature of the Beast, Figaro, Anasazi, Palabra, and others. However, it's improved by leaps in bounds in terms professionalism over the past couple of months. Good interviews with a different pool of people than other podcasts (How many times can we talk to Days of Wonder execs anyways?).

All Games Considered
This would be the first to go if I started getting a backlog of podcasts. It's three roleplayers who talk about roleplaying games. They don't have a lot of knowledge about board games. I do enjoy an occasional segment called "Games you May never have heard of" which highlight some more obscure role playing and boardgames from the past.
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I have to throw in a shout to:

The Happy Happy Board Game Love-In
Luke Morris's (HamsterOfFury) wonderfully rough and witty ramblings. If you like dry British humor, really really poorly sung segment intros, and completely useless drivel, you'll love this one.

Quote from ep 1: "I was born during the Italian Renassaince...and moved to modern day England."

http://happyhappyboardgames.blogspot.com/
 
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Thanks for the positive feedback. If you don't play wargames, but you still listen to us...heck, you're our target audience!!

Here's a link to Point 2 Point: www.point2pointsource.com
 
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Interesting review. For myself, the Podcasts are listed below, according to the sequence that I will listen to in my MP3 player, regardless of the sequence that I download them:

Pulpgamer - these guys go straight to the point. 30 minutes run time. Short but sweet.

Dicetower - Contrary to some opinions, more segments means more variety and its more interesting that way.

Point to Point - Interesting stuff about wargames which you can listen and experience without prior experience.

Garetts Games and Geekiness - Lots of opinions rather than descriptions and rules explanations. Gets better when there are guest on the show.

The Spiel - Nice segments. The banter is where the attraction is. Plus, the 'connection' game is really fun!

Boardgamebabylon - Some nice segments on boardgame related stuff, especially the one on gamestores.

BoardgamestoGo - Output has been slow of late. Solo podcast are really my cup of tea. But Mark really has a soothing radio voice and very intelligent observations about games.

BoardgameSpeak - Hello everybaddi! Yep, I'd miss this as well. Each episode feels free form and have snippets of a gem of a dialogue here and there in each episode. Reiner Knizia episode is legendary. This would have been at the top but there's no new output anymore.
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I enjoy this show because it is two guys who just enjoy playing games. Of all the podcasts I listen to, this is the one that gets bumped to the top of my playlist when it's released. Sure, they're not as critical as those other podcasts (They liked Rocketville for God's sake!), but our hobby is about having fun and no other podcast does as good a job reflecting that.


Hmmm, I might have to eventually bump these guys up a star since this week they were extremely critical (about Marvel Heroes in particular) in the latest episode. The abuse of the word "cool" is still an issue however.
 
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ekted wrote:
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The Happy Happy Board Game Love-In
Luke Morris's (HamsterOfFury) wonderfully rough and witty ramblings. If you like dry British humor, really really poorly sung segment intros, and completely useless drivel, you'll love this one.

Quote from ep 1: "I was born during the Italian Renassaince...and moved to modern day England."



I have to second this, i love this podcast I consider it actual entertainment. brilliant mate, brilliant. though lay off the azzurri after that robbery in korea this was a much deserve cup.


I listen to the diceTower regularly, well b/c they put one out every week. There is something to be said about the dedication and positive contribution to the hobby. That's pretty much all i have to say about that. =D

 
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ekted wrote:
I have to throw in a shout to:

The Happy Happy Board Game Love-In
Luke Morris's (HamsterOfFury) wonderfully rough and witty ramblings. If you like dry British humor, really really poorly sung segment intros, and completely useless drivel, you'll love this one.

Quote from ep 1: "I was born during the Italian Renassaince...and moved to modern day England."

http://happyhappyboardgames.blogspot.com/


I hate to say that I only got through one and a half shows before I stopped listening to it. It didn't do anything for me.

I do regularly listen to many of the others listed at the start of the thread. Although, I can't remember trying out Into the Gamescape or The Spiel.
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Thanks for the compliments... I miss it too (wrt GeekSpeak).
 
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edroz wrote:

I do regularly listen to many of the others listed at the start of the thread. Although, I can't remember trying out Into the Gamescape or The Spiel.


You really should do! Particularly the Spiel, those guys are well polished and talk a lot more sense that we ever do
 
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My current favourite is ON BOARDGAMES (http://onboardgames.net/) with Donald Dennis, Scott Nicholson and Eric Dewey.

I find podcasts with multiple hosts easier to listen to than single-host ones.
 
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mikehibbert wrote:
edroz wrote:

I do regularly listen to many of the others listed at the start of the thread. Although, I can't remember trying out Into the Gamescape or The Spiel.


You really should do! Particularly the Spiel, those guys are well polished and talk a lot more sense that we ever do


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