Exploring Games Podcast

This episode is all about my interview with popular board game reviewer Josh Edwards of the Board Game Reviews by Josh blog. Before I get to the actual interview, I do touch on how Extra Life and MACE went, but the vast majority of the show is just me and Josh talking about all sorts of boardgamey things. We touch on the history of his site, what his philosophy is about game reviews, some challenges that he’s faced in writing a few difficult reviews, and lots more. I have to apologize to him that I’ve unintentionally sat on this since late October, but I think it’s worth the wait!

In this episode, I start off with an especially long segment of Recently Played games, featuring some comments about the Unpub ProtoZone at the Escapist Expo. I then have a bit of a rant about Kickstarter rewards, and mostly share fears I have about the abuse of stretch goals. And then, I wrap up with a full review of Lancaster…

In this episode, I host my first guest, my friend Tom Gurganus. He writes the Go Forth and Game blog, and recently wrote a couple of articles about “What Makes a Great Game?”, which is the Blog Spotlight for this episode. Afterwards, I review Mission: Red Planet in my first “From the Archives…” segment.

In this episode, I start off by trying to catch up a little on what I’ve been playing in the wide gulf of time since my last podcast. The main topic of the show is an in-depth exploration of Theme in games, getting into why we even bother with it and what its purpose is, and then trying to question some of the assumptions that I see being made about theme in the hobby. I then finish off the show by reviewing two auction games by Stefan Feld, The Speicherstadt and Strasbourg, and try to draw some comparisons between the two…