The Board Boys Podcast

The Board Boys Podcast

We play board games. We hope you like board games. New episodes every other Thursday.

All Episodes

Your favorite boys are back coming to you once again from quarantine. The unexpected remote recording could've ruined spirits had it not been for the wonderful discussion on Trickerion: Legends of Illusion. There were tricks to learn, materials to prep and illusions to perform but only one board boy could come away as the true heir of Dahlgaard. Also this episode: Josh plays a new dexterity game - spoiler, it is terrible and Rob shares the news about our latest sponsor!

Sep 15

91 min

Your favorite boys are back with an all new episode tackling one of Board Boy Rob's all-time favorite games, Cosmic Encounter. There are a lot of stories about this game in the Board Boy's lore - does it live up to the hype? Is this game simply a nostalgic experience or does it deserve to be in the BGG Top 150?!? Also this episode, Cabin Con 2020. In lieu of all game conventions getting canceled this year, the boys threw their own micro-con filled with lots of games and lots of hand sanitizer.

Aug 28

93 min

Your boys are back to tackle the cutthroat world of ... *checks show notes* starting their own art galleries? Discovering new artists, buying and selling internationally and building your reputation around the art community are all viable paths to glory in The Gallerist by Vital Lacerda from Eagle-Gryphon Games. Also this episode: Ben is back and played the crappiest dexterity game ever invented; Rob doesn't get art BUT says art a lot; Cam Kazoos to his heart's content; and Josh hopes you like board games.

Aug 13

80 min

The boys are back and hatching, cracking and showcasing all the dinosaurs your heart could ever desire in Dinosaur Island from Pandasaurus Games. A lot of folks have described this game as "Jurassic Park the eurogame" but is there more to this engine building, 90s-themed game than meets the eye? Also this episode: Josh gives the best advice for your next app download; Rob and Josh clash on the controversial hill "Wingspan, overrated or no?"; and Cam gets to (maybe) play kazoo that tune.

Jul 31

85 min

Your favorite boys are back with another episode, sailing around the Caribbean in the latest Alexander Pfister hit, Maracaibo. Whether upgrading your ship, exploring South America, fighting naval battles, or vying for favor among multiple countries, Maracaibo is a point salad, eurogamers dream. Also this episode: "Wombo vs. Wobble" - the pillars of Cam gaming; Rob explores the Mandela effect; Josh actually played some games; and the boys debate common board game themes. We hope you like board games!

Jul 17

75 min

Your favorite boys are back together again and it feels so, so ... well, still kinda bizarre actually. To celebrate the occasion, the boys kicked off a new season with Delicious Games's Underwater Cities. Can Josh finally approach a game he hates with a fresh perspective? Will Rob talk about kid's games? Does Cam make it 12 minutes without singing "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?" And where in the world is Ben? All this and more in TBBP season opener. We hope you like board games ... and kazoos.

Jul 3

74 min

This week on the Board (Quarantine) Boys Podcast we play the area control game Inis from Matagot Games!  In this episode Board Boy Ben is unavailable due to recently becoming a new Dad - congrats!  His shoes are admirably filled in by the Board Boy 6th Man - David Pound.  Rob talks about a sweet board game documentary he watched, Campbell shockingly played a bunch of games online, and does Josh make the greatest burgers of all time?  That and more on this installment of the Board Boys Podcast!

Jun 23

81 min

Avast ye land lubbers!  Hoist the main sails and prepare to walk the plank as we head to Davy Jones locker in this weeks episode of The Board Boys Podcast as we play Forgotten Waters from Plaid Hat Games.  In this episode we are joined by Chris from MeepleOverboard for a full episode of The MeepleOverBoardBoysPodcast!  Also, how many names will stick around for Ben?  Josh is still digging his new place, but will he also bury treasure?  Rob has to wrangle a bunch of fools and overcome some technical challenges and will Cam come to terms with what he did to Lil Gertie?  Come find out in this weeks episode!

Jun 9

98 min

Your favorite boys are back for another episode from quarantine. This week the boys dust off the classic worker placement game, Stone Age. This game is known for being really good and coming with a really stinky dice cup. Also, this episode: Josh finally gets a house, Ben comes up with arguably his greatest intro name (though it takes a few tries), Campbell becomes the unofficial spokesperson for Tabletop Simulator, and Rob gives an update on his Kallax Cube challenge. We hope you like board games!

May 18

95 min

This week on the Quarantine (Board) Boys the dudes sit down for an interview with Tony Gullotti, U.S. Marketing Director for Czech Games Edition. Besides answering our hard-hitting questions, Tony shares news on upcoming CGE titles, apps and online gaming, and how the team continues to operate during a global pandemic. Is there a Dungeon Lords app finally coming to your phones? Is Vlaada Chvatil working on a new big-box game? Did Board Boy Rob get a new puppy? All this and more in this week's episode.

May 8

87 min

This week on the Board (Quarantine) Boys Podcast we dip into a game for the ages and you might also say it is Through the Ages because that is it's title!  We play online using the app implementation from CGE and we turned out some points for sure in this one!  Also on this episode Cam does some farming online, Josh is still trying to move and asks you to send a postcard, Ben is still feeling burned, and Rob is playing through a cube of Czech Games!

Apr 30

96 min

We never would've guessed years ago that we'd be wrapping up the fifth season of TBBP or that we'd be recording from our homes in quarantine but here we are. The boys went out with a *bang* playing the controversial eurogame, Caylus. There are lots of opinions on one of the first worker placement games ever and we have some of them. Also this episode gaming from quarantine - Apps to play, platforms to use and social gaming from a distance! Stay safe and wash your hands. We hope you like board games.

Apr 12

81 min

In this episode, we go retro with a double feature from Restoration Games. Join us as we cooperatively catch those thieves in Stop Thief! and then go head to head (to head) in some racing and betting action in Downforce. Also, come find out how much Campbell likes Carmen Sandiego and Rockapella. Did Rob really play Monopoly? Why would he do that?! Also, Rob's wife Amy joins to try to describe that game she played that one time but can't remember because they own too many. We hope you like board games!

Mar 27

96 min

We play Feast for Odin from ZMan Games in this episode - Come check out a bad poetry reading by Campbell from an old norse poet, Ben brings the taste with some Oreo's from Oreo day, Josh is still trying to move instead of play Boardgames, and Rob revisits some games played at Gamicon in Cedar Rapids.  

Mar 15

88 min

This week we travel back to another Rob pick that closely mirrors his first pick of the podcast as a host - Tzolkin.  Both share a designer, a mechanism, and similar themes.  Also check out what we have been playing lately and has Josh moved yet? 

Mar 2

78 min

What do you get when you mix an incredible designer with two incredibly popular games? You get a Board Boys blowout episode all about Wolfgang Warsch and his hit games The Quacks of Quedlinburg and The Taverns of Tiefenthal. If only there was something that could make this blowout episode even better ... oh wait, we're also joined this episode by our homie Keeghan to talk all about what to expect at Gamicon 2020. We hope you like board games!

Feb 14

104 min

Board Boys Cam and Josh recently headed to Nebraska City, NE for ATBCon2020. The con was a blast and provided a unique opportunity for the boys to preview the upcoming KS game, For Glory. The two-player deck builder pits rival gladiator schools against each other - providing unique decisions as players build up their schools; their reputation; and their gladiators before ultimately sending them to battle. We don't normally preview KS games but For Glory was too good to not discuss. Look for it on Feb 4th!

Feb 3

41 min

This week the boys revisit the first game they ever played for the podcast BUT this time they're in outer space in Gaia Project! A lot of folks refer to this game as Terra Mystica 2.0. Is that fair or is there more to it than that? Also, this episode: kazoos ... so many kazoos; Campbell pulls a Campbell; Rob shares a story of recent heroism and Josh's dogs require assistance. We hope you like board games.

Jan 31

74 min

We're kicking off the new year in style with our first ever twofer episode! This week we played two of our favorite two-player games, Patchwork and Seven Wonders Duel. Both games are currently on the BGG Top 100 but which game reigns supreme when put to the test? Welcome to 2020. We hope you like board games.

Jan 3

93 min

Board Boys Rob and Josh traveled south to Dallas, TX for BGGCon 2019! In this recap episode, they break down the games they played, the pros (and cons) of the new venue and Rob's son, Beau, joins to talk a bit about his favorite games dad brought back! We hope you like board games!

Dec 2019

67 min

Your favorite Viking boys are back. This week they're raiding villages and pillaging strongholds in Raiders of the North Sea from Renegade Game Studios and Garphill Games. The boys built their raiding parties, presented their offerings and battled for glory in this Viking-inspired worker placement game. Also this episode: It's the return of "Beef or Plug", Rob battles the local teens, Campbell takes issue with Goofy, Josh flames on a game (big surprise) and Ben aka Gart Wolfslinger hangs around for a bit.

Dec 2019

67 min

Come gather round now children and listen to a tale of camaraderie, revelry, and perhaps a little bad weather travel to a wonderous gathering called Gamicon.  Gamicon is a convention located in Cedar Rapids, IA that happens every year in the February time frame.  This is an episode that we recorded earlier in the year and wanted to release it closer to the next show so perhaps folks can't plan on checking it out in 2020 - because you know hindsight!  Also in this episode, we talk about speedrunning blind video games and Board Boy Rob shows up midway to give us weather and traffic updates.  We hope you like Gamicon...and Board Games! Check out the 2020 Gamicon February 28th thru March 1st all the specifics can be found at www.gamicon.org

Dec 2019

51 min

This week your favorite boys traveled overseas to visit the bustling port city of Yokohama - who knew 1868 Japan could be so much fun? In Yokohama, each player is a merchant broadening their sales channels, investing in technology and completing contracts. Only one player comes out on top and (spoiler) ... it wasn't Campbell! Also this episode: Rob and Josh road-tripped to BGG Con and didn't kill each other (we think), Disney+ is a thing and Chris from Meeple Overboard is here to help with a new segment!

Dec 2019

75 min

The boys fought for their lives (in space) this week in Nemesis from Awaken Realms. This semi-cooperative horror, survival, exploration game could easily be described as "Alien the board game" but there is so much more to it than that. Relationships were tested, friends became enemies, enemies became friends, and Rob threw a Molotov at Campbell. Also this episode: Josh is back and talks a bit about his Cardboard Caucus experience, Ben and Rob play more games and Campbell has a Molotov thrown at him.

Nov 2019

81 min

Well we did it ... another season of TBBP is in the books. We close out this chapter on Season Four with a play of Architects of the West Kingdom from Renegade Game Studios/Garphill Games. There is a lot to love in this quick thinker stinker, and no short supply of workers, but is there enough to love? Also this episode: Ben talks about the worst kind of holes, Campbell and Josh hype up some upcoming Midwest board game cons and Rob has an encounter with the game that got away. See ya later Season Four!

Oct 2019

83 min

Things get spooky this week as the boys worked together to defeat ancient Lovecraftian beasts in Eldritch Horror. Travel Scrabble Ben was stuck in time and space this week so the boys asked The Dealt Hand to join their adventure as they battled cultists and solved mysteries around the world. Also this episode: Joe shares all the details on Iowa's hottest board game popup, Josh gets critical of Medium, Campbell plays a floppy hat game he doesn't love and Rob takes an extended trip to Beau's corner.

Sep 2019

83 min

Within the charming valley of Everdell, a civilization of forest critters is thriving and expanding. Also, frog ambassadors from the land of Pearlbrook are hella dope. This week we ventured outside the BGG Top 100 for a stroll through the forest in Everdell. Tableaus were built, resources were collected and critters were acquired in this worker placement/resource management/set collection (kinda) eurogame. Also this episode: Ben shares the best nickname, Josh intros and Rob and Cam played a Feld (shocker!).

Sep 2019

81 min

What do you get when you mix animal mating, a feeding mechanism, pale ones and a million Agricola references? Obviously you get Caverna: The Cave Farmers by Uwe Rosenburg. This week your favorite boys (minus Ben), and guest Cody Lenhart, break down Uwe's highest rated game on the BGG Top 100 list. Also this episode: Rob shares his secret algorithm for hidden movement games; Josh learns review wars are a thing; Campbell does Campbell things; and Cody shares all the details you need for Cardboard Caucus!

Aug 2019

91 min

Welp, it finally happened. It only took four seasons, but we're finally doing a feature episode on a game NOT currently on the BGG Top 100. We generally take this qualifier seriously, but Black Angel from Pearl Games had our full attention at Gen Con. It may currently be 4,269, but it's number one in our hearts. Also this episode: the boys answer the ultimate gaming question - which original Monopoly piece is best? Ben's board game collection continues to expand and the boys introduce a new contest!

Aug 2019

90 min

Still recovering from Gen Con 2019? Don't worry we are too. This year Rob, Campbell and Josh made the annual trek to Indianapolis, Indiana for the best four days in gaming. Hanging alongside 70k attendees, the boys bought, played and learned about so many great games hitting the market later this year. In this BONUS episode, the boys recap their day by day experiences at the con LIVE from their room (419) at the Westin hotel. We hope you like boardgames.

Aug 2019

90 min

Josh was on vacation this week at San Diego Comic Con and specifically requested we play a game he'd hate. So, this week we ventured overseas to visit the Grand Austria Hotel. Rob, Campbell and Ben pushed the game to its limits in one of the closest finishes we've ever recorded! Also this episode: Rob breaks down some of the titles he is most looking forward to at Gen Con 2019, Campbell questions his role on the podcast and Ben takes a crack at the moderator's chair. Josh is probably boning out somewhere.

Aug 2019

75 min

(Cue scrolling text) It's a tale as old as time - the big bad Empire is vying for control of the galaxy and it's up to the Rebel Alliance to stop them. This week your favorite boys put their force to the test in Star Wars: Rebellion. Lightsaber battles, a Yoda encounter, Ewok adventures and a Kessel Run (or two) ensued in our play of 'Star Wars in a box.' Also this episode: Ben shares insight on his favorite childhood games, Mr. Pearson goes to Washington, Josh hits puberty and Campbell talks Mario Maker.

Jul 2019

70 min

Welp, it finally happened ... The Board Boys finally played Campbell's favorite game, The Castles of Burgundy. There is a lot to love in this classic point salad, thinker stinker, but is it enough to offset the massive lack of theme? Luckily the boys were joined by Rob's best half, his wife Amy, to help breakdown one of Stefan Feld's most popular titles. Also this game, Campbell fills us in on his recent trip to Croatia, Amy and Rob highlight their favorite party game in Cool Game Corner and Josh bones out.

Jul 2019

79 min

This week your favorite boys grabbed their hair nets and aprons to run a booming fast food empire in Food Chain Magnate. Splotter games has always been known for their intricate mechanisms ... did this game live up to that reputation? Did Ben's price gouging strategy work? Was Campbell's variety of burgers and pizza enough to draw the crowds? Also this episode: we all played some really, really dope games that we're also going to talk about. Some of them were more dope than others. We hope you like board games.

Jun 2019

75 min

Board Boys Campbell and Rob are back with an all new BONUS episode. Joined by Rob's wife, Amy, and son-in-law/uncle, Callum, the group worked together to build the most impressive castles in Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Also this episode, Rob and Amy get to the crux of their beef ... spoiler, it's Rob's Scythe mechs, Callum does the best American accent we've ever heard, Campbell drops some comic book knowledge and Josh and Ben visit from the future. Oh yeah, we're giving away a copy of BTCOMKL!!

Jun 2019

46 min

This episode the boys are traveling to the future, then back to the past, then to the future again and to the past ... again, in Anachrony. Time travel can be a real pain, especially when you don't remember to return those two water that you borrowed from Jimmy and accidentally open a space anomaly in the process. Also this episode, Ben shares his love for patios, Campbell explains that patios and decks are not the same thing, Rob launches a new podcast about patios and Josh is apathetic to patios.

Jun 2019

83 min

The sun is setting on the first day of your march across a land that borders on the familiar. You scale a hill and watch as the lights in a village to the west go out, one by one. Mortals need sleep, but as a Mage Knight, you don't feel the slightest bit fatigued, despite your earlier encounter with a small group of marauding orcs. This week the board boys ventured Atlantean cities, monasteries, dungeons and more in Mage Knight. Also this episode, Ben makes an important announcement.

May 2019

82 min

Our first bonus episode of season four is officially here! Board Boys Campbell and Rob were joined by Jon Lonngren and Bill Pitcher, from Fallen Dominion Studios, to talk all things Fallen Land: A Post Apocalyptic Board Game, what's next for Fallen Dominion Studios and a bit about the life of an indie board game studio. Also this episode, Rob and Cam are joined by our web guru, Callum, to play and discuss Fallen Land, and Rob and Campbell both attempt Scottish accents ... it goes terribly.

May 2019

70 min

We took an actual field trip this episode to Reiman Gardens in Ames, IA to celebrate the launch of their summer event 'Nature of the Game'. Besides playing life-sized checkers, chess and connect four on the lawn, we also got in plays of our favorite garden games, Photosynthesis and Arboretum. Also this episode we sit down with volunteer coordinator, Taylor Woodcock, to learn a bit more about the event, its inspiration and the awesome activations planned throughout the year. It's TBBP live from the garden!

May 2019

62 min

Season Four is officially here and your favorite boys couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by traveling to ... umm 1200 France? Turns out 1200 France rules when you're constructing cathedrals in Troyes. The boys pit their dice against each other to take home glory, but who emerged victorious? Also this episode: Josh embraces his new, favorite catch phrase, Rob is excited to retire a bit, Campbell tries a new segment ... that doesn't work and Ben spoils the group with sweets.

Apr 2019

75 min

We close the curtain on season three this week with a banger. Josh had to bow out for the season finale, but your other favorite Board Boys were joined by local Italian food fan, Joseph 'Probably Has A Cool Middle Name' Summers, to rule the deserts in Five Tribes. Also this episode: We briefly revisit Root for some additional thoughts after a few plays. Cam takes on the country of Peru. Rob travels across the country and nearly dies ... twice! Ben shares his latest fashion tips and Joe plays DOS - not UNO.

Apr 2019

72 min

It isn't often that our podcast lines up with Kickstarter so we took full advantage this week, breaking down Leder Game's hit, Root. With guest, David, the Board Boys battled for glory in this game of woodland might and right. The boys battled, traded, built buildings and cried ... only a little (Josh at least) in their quest for forest domination. Also this episode: Josh has a genuine beef, Rob gets into the family business, Campbell finally squashes his greatest beef and David shares his Magic secrets.

Mar 2019

77 min

Early March in Iowa is the perfect time to dream about trading in the Mediterranean. The sounds of the ocean breeze and daydreaming about silk, wine, tools and bricks, beautiful, beautiful bricks, really keeps the mind at ease. This week the Board Boys ventured east in search of trading routes, silk and prosperity in Concordia. Also this episode: Josh gets gassed, Ben attends his very first bored game convention, Rob ascends to new heights and Campbell divulges his approach to life.

Mar 2019

75 min

What is that in the sky? It's a bird ... it's a plane ... wait, it's actually a bird! Wingspan is flying into homes and FLGS everywhere TODAY! We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by doing a BONUS Board Boys Birdcast all about the Indigo Bunting, Spotted Sandpiper, BlackBellied Whistling-Duck, Canada Goose, Turkey Vulture, Bewick's Wren, American Coot, Yellow-Breasted Chat, Chimney Swift, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Swallow and all our other favorite types of birds.

Mar 2019

41 min

That's great, it starts with a board game. Wood, gold and corn or maize, Board Boy Cam is not afraid. This week your favorite boys are back to spin the gears, earn the gods' favor and feed their people in Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar. Each board boy put up their personal best, but only won could emerge victorious. Also in this episode: Josh drops some professional knowledge, Campbell describes his leak, Ben makes a joke and Rob introduces the world to another new member of The Board Boys Podcast.

Mar 2019

66 min

A NEW PLAYER HAS ENTERED THE GAME. Wait ... two new players have entered the game? Wild. This week your favorite board boys are joined by two new hostesses with the mostesses, Board Boys Rob and Ben to strategize, negotiate and participate in epic battles in Rising Sun from CMON games. Also in the episode: Campbell talks about his friend Larry Bird (seriously), Josh finds his true calling as a stadium announcer, Ben battles the machines and Rob divulges his card playing skills. We hope you like board games.

Feb 2019

86 min

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