Extra Life

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!

I’m not as young as I used to be.
On the front side of the Extra Life event, a 24-hour gaming marathon sounded like a really cool idea. I was all giddy and happy and excited to play so many games with my gaming homies…

Extra Life is coming up this weekend! If I haven’t made it clear before, Extra Life is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network involving a 24-hour gaming marathon. My team is playing specifically for Duke Children’s Hospital, which is the closest one to us here in central North Carolina, and I just want to make one last plea for any help that any of you out there can give me…

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…

Extra Life is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network involving a 24-hour gaming marathon. And after being challenged by fellow podcaster Jim Jones (of the Great Big Table), I’ve decided to step it up this year and create a team to participate in Extra Life as well!