The Board Boys Podcast
Summary: We play board games. We hope you like board games. New podcast episodes every other Thursday.
Happy Holidays from Your Favorite Boys, and an extra Merry Christmas from Our Boy Rob! We enjoyed some DeSousa Christmas Classics as we explored Asia in The Voyages of Marco Polo. Grab yourself a cocoa or a nog, put another log on the fire and enjoy! Also: Frank shares a shocking opinion about dice rolls. Cam dusts off the ol' pipes for some holiday faves. Rob and Josh both Beef Or Plug their kids... one's a plug, and one's a beef. Find out which was which! Ho Ho Hope you like board games!
What's the theme in this one? Knights, Europe, yadda yadda yadda... As you've almost certainly guessed based off of those clues, your Most Favorite Boys played their cards right and got their dude Kyle Foote to join them to play Dominion! Also: Cam (finally) forgives a decade-old Monopoly transgression. Josh finally gets a song out of his head. Kyle requests your Christmas presence. Frank paints a happy little tree.
Life is like a hurricane, here in Des Moines. Bread and cheese is so insane, for the Board Boys. Might brew some whiskey, Kelly Bevins is tricksy! Happy Franksgiving! We played Clans of Caledonia, and one of us traversed the Scottish lochs BEST and took home the W. Also: Josh has one of those days where he don't wanna wake up. Bevins accidentally is Russian. Frank didn't play any board games (but he played Skyrim). Cam is obsessed with a certain wealthy Scottish anthropomorphic duck (No spoilers!)
Giddyup, pardner! The Boys (along with local Atlanta on FX enthusiast Ajka Sehic) saddle up for a life of beans around a campfire and Pace Picante Sauce as they make their way to KCMO on the Great Western Trail! Also: The boys get a Bosnian language lesson. Cam makes too many Kokomo references. Ajka eats a dear friend. Josh gets a life-changing e-mail. Frank insists he really does like board games you guys!!!
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Look, it was bound to happen eventually -- sometimes plans change, and the boys just had to do this episode guest-free. The three of them went rollin' on the river in Rajas of the Ganges and balanced horses on elephants in Meeple Circus! Also in this episode: Cam dips his toe into ornithology. Frank ponders on how super Superman REALLY is. Josh talks about football... again.
Well, gang, the Boys have done it; it's time to put on cardboard conical hats and light one single candle because it's been a whole year! Unfortunately, you weren't invited to the birthday party, but the good news is the one person we did invite, Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games, showed up with his party pants on. Also included: Frank does a cuss twice and he's real sorry. Josh has inherited his mother's coffee order. Jamey gases up the Boys' egos. Cam does a successful time travel goof involving cheese.
Time to break out your mystical cloaks and your ancient daggers, The Board Boys have set out on an adventure to the Forgotten Realms with DM Kevan Murphy in Lords of Waterdeep! We all quested our best but, in the end, only one can control this thriving port city. Also included: Cam gets stuck in the mud. Josh discusses his freelance rates for creating D&D ambience. Frank has choice words about a local taco establishment.
In this episode, joined by infamous Egyptologist Jon Merkle, your favorite Boys journeyed to the land of the pharaohs and sphinxes and kitties in Kemet! Who was best at using the power of prayer to their advantage? What are Cardi B's and Bow Wow's full names? How does Josh really feel about the late Nate Dogg? What two animals combine to make Jon's true form? All of these pressing questions will be answered! PLUS: Cam debuts a hot new intro tune for "Plug or Beef" and Frank makes up football player names.
Turns out a beautiful tropical island isn't so relaxing when you have to protect it from hoards of ravaging settlers. This week the boys and middle school science teach, Jason Thompson, battled the settlers in Spirit Island by Greater Than Games. In addition to Spirit Island the boys discuss popular 'scientific' theories for the creation of Earth, talk about games they've gotten to the table recently, revisit the value of a game versus the cost of a game and introduce a new segment, 'Plug or Beef?'
The code is 'great - four' can you guess which four words relate to great to win? Board Boys Campbell, Frank, Josh and their guest Jill (aka agent Suddenly Snoozin') sure can. This week the gang takes on Codenames by Czech Games Edition, pitting team Frank/Jill against team Cam/Josh. In addition to breaking down the game the group discusses their favorite movie obscenity edits, the time Jill's mother-in-law won the Price is Right and the other games that have been making it to the table recently.
The boys time traveled to the 1920s in this week's episode, in T.I.M.E Stories by Space Cowboy Games. Joined by the fifth official Board Boy, 'our buddy Rob', the boys traveled through time and space to uncover the mysteries hidden in a 1920s insane asylum. The boys also discuss their recent trip to Gen Con, discussing highlights from the trip and games that got them most jazzed for the future. Rob also talks through his approach for the ultimate game, deciding which game to bring to a board game night.
The Board Boys made their alliances, defended the Wall and battled for control of the Iron Throne this week in Games of Thrones (Second Edition). The boys, and their guest Jason, took on the roles of Houses Stark, Lannister, Greyjoy aka 'Joy Boys' and Baratheon as they battled, backstabbed and bribed their way to victory. In addition in discussing GoT the boys discuss Josh's recent trip to San Diego Comic Con, what they've been getting to the table recently and where you can meet Josh and Cam at Gen Con!
Josh decided to go on "vacation" this week attending the annual comic book convention in San Diego, but that isn't going to stop the Board Boys from dropping a new bonus episode! Board Boys Cam and Frank finally got to play Campbell's current favorite game, Sidereal Confluence, with help from three of their dearest friends. Together the group dissected the good, the bad and the different in this trading game set in the Elysian quadrant. Did Frank love this game as much as Campbell? Listen now to find out!
Have you ever gazed at the stars and thought "Man, outer space would be the coolest setting for an Opera ... wait, a SPACE Opera." TBBP definitely have and so has Fantasy Flight Games. This week the boys tackled the galactic, universe-sized board game that is Twilight Imperium 4th Ed. The game is huge, the game is long and the game definitely did not disappoint. Joined by their good friend, Terry Tyler Crooks, the boys explored and conquered the farthest reaches of the galaxy in this week's episode.
Sometimes you play a game correctly and have a great time. Sometimes you play a game really, REALLY incorrectly and it ruins the experience. Luckily time travel exists and allows the Board Boys to correct the mistakes made during their Le Havre games. Joined by the unofficial fourth board boy, Ben W., the boys built their tableaus and grew their fishing city empires while struggling to keep their workers fed and happy. Spoiler - Workers don't like extra salted pretzels because they make them thirsty.