Author: theboardboys

  • Season 14, Episode 2 – Djinn

    Board Boys cork the bottle and get on the no no train to no no ville in Djinn, by Benjamin Schwer. Also in this episode, TV talk, more BGA reviews, and Cam beats Rob on a movie quote, chew on that, Rob.

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    3:15: Game Show Review Minute with Rob and Cam

    16:00 Ten More BGA mini reviews

    26:30 20 Strong

    32:00 The Search for the Lost Species

    33:45 Unlock!: Extraordinary Adventures

    36:30 My Island

    42:45 Djinn: Overview

    47:30 We Genie – Shaquille O’Neal and Wade Robson

    48:30 Djinn: Review

    1:12:15 Djinn: Verdict

    1:23:30 Board Boys Bump: Bonfire

    1:29:15 Thank You, Patrons

    1:31:00 I Wish – Skee-Lo

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  • Season 14, Episode 1 – Evacuation

    Board Boys are back to kick of season 14, probably time to stop counting, with Evacuation, the new Suchy joint from Delicious games. Also in this episode: Cam’s BGA advent speed review and Super Board Boys Bump: Season 13 lookback

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    6:00 Cam’s Spectacular BGA Advent Calendar Microreview

    17:45 Pokemon Splendor

    21:30 Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    25:30 Evacuation: Overview

    28:30 We Gotta Get out of This Place – The Animals

    29:30 Evacuation: Review

    1:05:00 Evacuation: Verdict

    1:17:30 Board Boys Bump: Season 13 Lookback

    1:33:15 Thank You, Patrons

    1:34:00 Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver and Cass Elliot

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  • Season 13, Episode 13 – Federation

    Board Boys are back (minus Cam so skip to next), baby, to play Federation from Eagle-Gryphon Games. Also in this episode, Jake, Tim, and Rob talk their top games of 2023.

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    2:45 Pies

    4:00 Amsterdam

    5:45 Santa’s Workshop

    8:45 Tricky Dicks (This is a game about pictures of Richard Nixon)

    10:15 Without Fail

    13:00 Flip Town

    16:15 Federation: Overview

    19:00 Anus of Uranus – Klaatu

    20:15 Federation: Review

    45:30 Federation: Verdict

    49:30 Board Boys Bump Special – Year in Review

    1:13:00 Thank You, Patrons

    1:13:45 Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (The Recognized Anthem of World Contact Day) – The Carpenters (but written by Klaatu)

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  • Season 13, Episode 12 – Rats of Wistar

    Board Boys are back with another Cranio Creation, Rats of Wistar by Danilo Sabia and Simone Luciani, a game about lab rats bustin loose. Is this the rat game to end all rat games? Find out more just following the 45 minute intro to this episode (my bad).


    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. and The Rose and the Cross – Jean Jacque Perrey

    8:15 Scholars of the South Tigris

    11:45 Halloween (A Hidden Movement Game)

    17:30 The Stifling Dark

    22:30 Hollywood 1946

    26:45 Rats of Wistar: Overview

    29:30 Rat Race – Bob Marley and the Wailers

    31:00 Rats of Wistar: Review

    1:01:00 Rats of Wistar: Verdict

    1:09:00 Board Boys Bump: Woodcraft

    1:15:00 Thank You, Patrons

    1:15:30 Rat in Mi Kitchen – UB40

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  • Season 13, Episode 11 – Nucleum

    All the Board Boys are back together again (thanks to a little Christmas magic) to play Nucleum, a game about slamming little green cubes against a big green cube to power your retrofuturistic city. Also in this episode, first impressions on TTR Legacy, Cam admits he likes a game everyone hates, and we take a look back at Autonahn.

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  • Season 13, Episode 10 – Last Light LIVE from BGGcon

    Welcome to another episode of the podcast this time LIVE from BGGCon 2023.  Boardboy Rob is joined by BJ from Boardgame Gumbo and a couple of our friends and lovely patrons Bayou Dave and my roomie Jeremy.  Lots of con shenanigans come get your Board Boy Shirts and think about coming to the con next year!  Rob gets an opportunity to read BJs Tiletum Bump or Dump thoughts post and boy was it flowery.  Until next time we hope you like Boardgames!

    2:45 – The Perfect Wave

    4:40 – Cathedral of Orleans

    8:20 – After Us

    12:50 – 3 Ring Circus

    15:00 – Newton

    17:00 – Challenders Beach Cup

    19:00 – Kolaches

    20:50 – Rats of Wistar

    24:00 – Top Rat Games

    25:15 – Sea Salt and Paper

    28:30 – Top 3 New to You Games

    38:15 – Can’t Stop and Lil Wreckers Workshop

    47:00 – Last Light Introduction

    54:30 – Last Light Main Review

    1:21:30 – Last Light Final Thoughts

    1:28:05 – Board Boys Bump or Dump – Tiletum

    1:37:00 – Patron Thanks and Outro


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  • Season 13, Episode 9 – The White Castle

    Thanks for checking out another episode of The Board Boys Podcast!  In this episode we check out The White Castle from Devir Games.  Also in this episode we make like Harold and Kumar and wish we made it to the actual White Castle.  This episode might as well been brought to you by Devir games as we also mention 2 more of their games as well.  Cam became a padre so was out but you can still hear his editing prowess from beyond.  Stay tuned until next episode live from BGGCon!  We hope you like Board Games!


    2:00 – White Castle and Uber Banter

    6:00 – 3 Ring Circus

    11:15 – Savernake Forest

    12:20 – Red Cathedral Expansion

    15:30 – World Wonders

    20:00 – High Season: Grand Austria Hotel Roll and Write

    22:15 – Humblebrag by CUT Games

    25:30 – Main Review – The White Castle Overview

    30:15 – Interlude

    31:15 – Initial Thoughts – The White Castle

    34:00 – Pros and Cons – The White Castle

    53:09 – Final Thoughts – The White Castle

    59:35 – Board Boys Bump or Dump – Virtu

    1:03:25 – Patron Thanks, Shirts, and BGA Tournaments

    1:06:11 – Outro




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  • Season 13, Episode 8 – Pirates of Maracaibo

    Board Boys are live at Cardboard Caucus 2023, Des Moines’ premier board game convention, playing Pirates of Maracaibo with designer Ryan Hendrickson.

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  • Season 13, Episode 7 – Carnival Zombie 2nd Ed

    Boo-ard Boys are back just in time for Halloween with the bone chilling, spine tingling, water contaminating Carnival Zombie, a game about six best friends zombie battling their way through Venice in an attempt to escape the wrath of an undead lagoon monster. Beware the order of operations!

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    5:30 City of Horror

    13:15 That Time You Killed Me

    16:30 Sky Team

    20:30 Timeline Twist

    23:15 Witchstone expansion

    25:45 Wind the Film!

    32:15 Indiana Jones: Cryptic – A Puzzles & Pathways Adventure

    38:45 Carnival Zombie: Overview

    41:15 The Great Pumpkin Waltz – Vince Guaraldi

    42:45 Carnival Zombie: Review

    1:15:00 Carnival Zombie: Verdict

    1:22:30 Board Boys Bump: Flamecraft

    1:30:45 Thank You, Patrons

    1:32:45 Zombie – Fela Kuti

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  • Season 13, Episode 6 – 2 Player Extravaganza!

    Board Boy Rob is back with special guest Joe!  We hammer through all the  2 player games Blitzkrieg!, Ceasar!, and Dogfight! from PSC and Floodgate Games plus we get a little on the spooky side with BOOoop from Smirk and Dagger Games.  Also in this episode we talk about the upcoming Spooktacular holiday, Point Salad and we get even scarier with a little Orthodontic work.  Thanks for joining us for another episode and we hope you like boardgames!

    0:00 – Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey
    2:35 – Intro to BB Joe
    6:00 – Halloween
    9:30 – Point City
    14:05 – Scout and Orthodontics
    16:30 – My Fathers Work
    17:45 – App Based Games
    20:05 – Barrage Nile Affair Expansion
    24:30 – Blitzkrieg! 24:30
    36:36 – Caesar! – 36:36
    51:47 – Dogfight!
    1:01:52 – PSC ! Final Thoughts
    1:05:50 – BOOoop
    1:14:15 – Bump or Dump – Twilight Inscription
    1:18:30 – Wrap Up
    1:20:00 – Bill Withers – Just the Two of Us

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  • Season 13, Episode 5 – Thunder Road: Vendetta

    Board Boys are back for another Rob’s-coworker-Jack-guested, high octane, high voltage thriller as we take a look at Thunder Road: Vendetta from Restoration Games. Also in this episode- Finance Blurb with Cam (from Pyramid Ponzi Advisory Group), Rob rates a game twice, and several more minutes of Kazoo that Tune than anybody ever wanted.

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    2:30 Business Name/Shady Annuity Cam

    6:00 Taylor Swift 4 Hour Performance/Dream Concert

    13:15 Fit to Print

    18:00 Blacksmiths of Steinheimer

    22:45 CULTivate

    26:00 Thunder Road: Overview

    30:00 Vehicle – Ides of March

    31:00 Thunder Road: Review

    53:30 Thunder Road: Verdict

    1:05:30 Board Boys Bump: My Father’s Work

    1:11:00 Thank You, Patrons

    1:11:15 Kazoo That Tune: Vendetta

    1:24:45 I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith


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  • Season 13, Episode 4 – The Wolves

    Den Daddies are back by which I mean to say Board Boys are back, here to alpha wolf dom out all the little soy boy baby dawgs in THE WOLVES, a game about growling and howling at your enemies to DOM THEM OUT. Who will snarl the meanest and win the wolf trophy?

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    5:30 Lords of Waterdeep

    8:15 Cretaceous Rails Kickstarter preview and mini review with Alex from Spielcraft Games

    Kickstarter Link –

    24:00 After Us

    31:30 Zoo Vadis, Ra revisited

    36:00 Wild Tiled West

    41:00 Baldur’s Gate 3 commentary

    47:00 Thanks Antofadude from Lil Wreckers Workshop

    50:00 The Wolves: Overview

    53:00 I am a Wolf, You are the Moon – Craig Wedren

    54:30 The Wolves: Review

    1:19:45 The Wolves: Verdict

    1:24:15 Board Boys Bump: Carnegie

    1:28:45 Thank You, Patrons

    1:29:45 Dancing in the Moonlight – Thin Lizzy (The completely different song of the same name by King Harvest is worth listening to as well if you’re reading this)




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  • Season 13, Episode 3 – Barcelona

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    5:45 Deep Dive

    9:30 The Wolves

    12:00 Moon River

    16:15 Ra

    20:00 Zoo Vadis

    24:30 Rome in a Day

    27:00 Forest Shuffle

    32:15 Barcelona: Overview

    36:00 We’re From Barcelona – I’m From Barcelona

    37:30 Barcelona: Review

    1:08:30 Barcelona: Verdict

    1:15:15 Board Boys Bump: Hansa Teutonica

    1:20:00 Thank You, Patrons

    1:23:00 Cantares (Caminante, No Hay Camino) – Joan Manuel Serrat (de Barcelona)

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  • Season 13, Episode 2 – Sabika

    Board Boy Bill is back in the saddle for a repeat appearance in Sabika, a game about balancing the lightning bolt with the infinity sign. Also, car fires, PP Rain, Chilling With My Pepsi Like Sheesh, Bowser’s Back Door, and many other one episode catchphrases.

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    2:30 Cam’s Top 2 Car Fires

    11:15 Anomaly

    15:30 The Logo Game

    17:00 Frosthaven

    25:30 Whistle Mountain

    30:00 Burgle Bros

    38:30 Sabika: Overview

    43:45 I’ve Been Hurt – Bill Deal and the Rhondels

    45:30 A Beaument with Mo: Unmatched

    52:45 Sabika: Review

    1:21:45 Sabika: Verdict

    1:28:15 Board Boys Bump: Bitoku

    1:33:15 Thank You, Patrons

    1:34:30 The Ronettes – Be My Baby

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  • Season 13, Episode 1 – Expeditions

    Board Boys are back with a brand new season (for catalogue purposes) and playing the sequel to Scythe, Expeditions (Stonemaier Games). Also in this Episode, Board Boy Bill joins us for the first half of a Board Boy Bill double feature, Cam gets the podcast canceled again if anyone was listening, and Rob stands in his truth for the first time ever. (This is the first episode in about six months where there isn’t 30 minutes of King’s Dilemma and restaurant talk)

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    2:30 Cam’s peanut-brained question about the theme

    4:30 For Sale

    9:45 The K Man Audits: Cam’s Top 5 Luciani Games

    15:30 Joan of Arc (Orleans roll and write)

    18:30 Hadrian’s Wall

    23:30 QE

    27:45 Expeditions: Overview

    32:15 Ice Flow – The Mighty Boosh

    33:45 Expeditions: Review

    1:11:15 Expeditions: Verdict

    1:23:15 Board Boys Bump: Agricola

    1:29:00 Thank You, Patrons

    1:30:00 Digging for Gold – Sally Oldfield


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  • Season 12, Episode 13 – Newton

    Board Boys are back for the season 12 finale, finally talking about Newton (Simone Luciani, Nestore Mangione) 5 years late. Also in this episode, 2GG or 2notGG?, plenty of mini reviews, and a little bit of restaurant talk, because of course there is.

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  • Season 12 – Beau-nuss Episode 2: Top 5 Bar and Pub Games

    We recently went to an event The Dealt Hand hosted at The Twisted Vine Brewery.  To help support Eat Greater Des Moines.  In this episode Beau keeps us on track and we talk about our favorite games to take to a bar/pub/coffee shop/Dealt Hand event – you get the picture.  Beau helps host for the first time and Tim’s son Remy makes a special guest spot!  What games will make our lists?  Come listen and find out!  If you are in the Des Moines, IA area make sure to check out The Dealt Hand ( and Eat Greater Des Moines (

    Until next time we hope you like boardgames!

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  • Season 12, Episode 12 – Heat: Pedal to the Metal

    Board Boys put the balls to the walls and the rubber to the road in Heat: Pedal to the Metal by Days of Wonder. Also in this episode, a middling resolution to airline woes, thoughts on the end of King’s Dilemma many years later, and a reward is offered to anyone who can name that arcade game.

    0:00 Intro, The Distance – Cake

    4:00 Airplane Talk: Finale

    15:15 King’s Dilemma: Finale

    28:15 Reykholt

    35:30 La Famiglia: The Great Mafia War

    46:30 Illiterati

    53:15 Stranger Things: Upside Down

    1:00:30 Heat: Overview

    1:04:00 Driver’s Seat – Sniff ‘n’ the Tears

    1:05:15 Heat: Review

    1:29:45 Heat: Verdict

    1:43:45 Thank You, Patrons

    1:44:30 Burn Rubber on Me (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) – The Gap Band

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  • Season 12 – Beau-nuss Episode 1: Jurassic World: The Legacy of Isla Nublar

    Hey everyone hope you are ready for a new Beau-nuss Episode!  In this one we talk about our experience playing Jurassic World: The Legacy of Isla Nublar a legacy style cooperative game from Funko Games.  In this game you play over 11 total games and get to totally build your own dino theme park!  What did Board Boys Rob and Beau have to think about it?  Listen and find out!  The second half of the episode is full of spoilers so if you want to hear all the little secrets keep on listening to the 2nd half!

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  • Season 12, Episode 11 – Challengers!

    Welcome to the Challenge Family in Challengers!, a game of building a sick deck of zany athletes and seeing how it fares against your opponents when none of you have any control over the order in which cards are played. Also in this episode, Spiel des Jahres contenders 2023 and a little bit of talk about GWT: Rails to the North 2nd Ed.

    0:00 Intro, E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey

    2:00 Capture the Flag and other camp games

    6:30 The King’s Dilemma

    14:30 Dealmaking ettiquete

    19:30 Oranienburger Kanal

    24:30 Cascadia

    29:45 Awkward Guests

    33:34 Challengers!: Overview

    37:30 Wrestling promo taunting Razor Ramone and Ric Flair – Ultimate Warrior and “Macho Man” Randy Savage

    38:30 Challengers!: Review

    59:00 Challengers!: Verdict

    1:08:30 Spiel des Jahres 2023 nominees

    1:24:00 Board Boys Bump: Great Western Trail 2nd Edtion + mini review Rails to the North

    1:38:30 Thank You, Patrons

    1:39:15 Challenge Song – I have no idea how to really credit this- Apparently it’s the theme song for Half Challenge Barcelona  2013?

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