Podcasts

  • Season Nine, Episode Two – Tigris and Euphrates

    Your favorite boys are back tackling what has been dubbed as Reiner Knizia’s masterpiece, Tigris & Euphrates. It isn’t often that we play a game on the Top 100 that is over 20 years old. It is even less often that we play a game based on a recommendation from a listener, thanks Todd K., but boy are we glad we did. Also this episode: the boys test their wit attempting to guess ReviewGeek’s “Six Alternatives to Catan”; Josh and Cam revisit alt. christian record labels; and Board Boy Ben wins again … almost!

  • Season Nine, Episode One – Western Legends

    Yeehaw! Gather round cowpoke as y’all’s favorite boys tackle the wild, wild west in Western Legends from Kolossal Games. Ride along as we prospect, pillage, loot and boot scoot boogie our way across the western frontier. Also this episode: The Haiku Kid stops by to drop knowledge in short form poetry; Board Boy Rob revisits our Season Eight finale, On Mars; Board Boy Ben started a game (not we didn’t say finish!); and Board Boy Josh thinks back about a top ONE podcast moment. We hope you like board games.

  • Season Eight, Episode Thirteen: On Mars


    “I admit it’s fairly dangerous, but I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.” -Mark Watney

    Like Mark Watney from The Martian we go On Mars this week from Eagle Gryphon Games!  On this weeks episode we are missing Board Boy Josh but listen closely and maybe you will hear him!  Cam wants BGG to have better editing on it’s game description page and check out our new restaurant named “4 Bens”.  Also Ben challenges Cam to a Haiku and he goes way to far as usual.  Also Rob pops up with a fairly spoiler light review of the puzzliest puzzle game The Initiative!

  • Season Eight, Episode Twelve: Dwellings of Eldervale


    Your favorite boys are back this week to tackle, recent Kickstarter mega-success, Dwellings of Eldervale. This game has it all: colors, elements, big freakin’ miniatures THAT TALK, a clever combat system, tile placement, cards and so much more! Surely with so many quality mechanisms one would think this game a great time … right? Also this episode: Cam practices his Spanish, Ben tries, fails and tries again to perfect the ultimate segue, Rob gets really into geometric symbols and Josh bones out (again).

  • Season Eight, Episode Eleven: Twilight Struggle


    When Board Boy Cam jet sets to Miami and Board Boy Ben is unavailable there is only one thing you can do … crack open the number one War game on BGG … Twilight Struggle. Your FAVORITE boys relive the Cold War in this epic two player game from GMT Games. Also this episode: the boys spend an unexpected amount of time on Red Rising; Josh introduces a brand new sponsor (they just don’t know it yet); the boys chat about Netflix’s hit, The Queen’s Gambit and so, so much more. I’m back in the U.S.S.R.!

  • Season Eight, Episode 10: Amerigo


    Welp, it finally happened … Board Boy Cam picked a game to feature on the podcast that is NOT currently on the BGG Top 100. Lucky for us, Amerigo by Stefan Feld is very, very fun. Spoiler: more games needs cube towers. In Amerigo, your favorite boys sailed the islands of South America, securing trade routes, building settlements and dropping cubes into a glorious tower. Also this episode: board game boxes nearly tear the podcast apart; Rob scratches his hidden movement itch and Gart Wolfslinger is back!

  • Season Eight, Episode Nine: Praga Caput Regni


    Eggs are one of the most common ingredients in cooking often found in cookies, pastas, custards, crepes and waffles. Eggs are also an excellent base for mortar and were a common item used in the construction of Charles Bridge. In Praga Caput Regni, your favorite boys put their egg brains to work, constructing bridges, city walls and buildings. Also this episode: under the table board game conversation – yay or nay?, popular hits from the 90s, the boys revisit Yokohama and Tim’s back to discuss TI4 (again!).

  • Season Eight, Episode Eight: Viscounts of the West Kingdom


    The Boys are headed back to the West Kingdom again to do battle as Viscounts this time.  TK is back to guest host this week and we all learn how to say VI-Counts from Cam.  Also Cam hits up a road trip in search of taco pizza and conquering the Billboard Top 500.  We all become Expert level gamers.  Also how good is 4 player TI4?  In the end we talk about how different an initial and final thought should be.  We hope you like boardgames!

  • Season Eight, Episode Seven: Dune Imperium


    Your favorite boys are back, venturing to the treacherous planet Arrakis, to mine all of the spice in Dune Imperium. Luckily, we had our good friend Tim K. join this week – I think he may be a Bene Gesserit. Water is precious, the spice is life and fear is the mind killer. Also this episode: Rob and Cam continue to refine the Boing, Boing, Boing ranking system; Josh takes “push your luck” to a new extreme; and Cam discusses the latest list he is conquering. We hope you like board games.

  • Season Eight, Episode Six: CloudAge


    Oh-ee-yeah, CloudAge. Oh-ee-yoh, CloudAge. Board Boys for life, through thick and thin with another game to win! This week your favorite boys took to the skies in the latest strategy game from Alexander Pfister and Arno Steinwender, CloudAge! Pfister has set his bar pretty high in recent years with games like GWT and Maracaibo … does CloudAge meet the bar? Also this episode: Josh is back, Rob still hasn’t played his SS games, Cam changes his name and the “Boing, boing, boing” rating scale is introduced.

  • Season Eight, Episode Five: Fields of Arle


    Country roads, take me home, To the place I belong, East Frisia, bogs and peat , Take me home, country roads.  On this episode, of The Board Boys Podcast we head to East Frisia to drain the swamps and farm the grounds in Fields of Arle by Uwe Rosenberg and published by ZMAN Games.  Also in this episode, Rob and Cam talk about their favorite games from 2020 and a few other 2020 gaming superlatives.  How are Cam’s tink tonks coming?  Did you ever watch Garfield and Friends? After a hiatus, a certain friend is back with a classic segment.  We hope you like boardgames!

  • Season Eight, Episode Four: War of the Ring


    There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power…and in this episode his name is Ben.  This week on the podcast we dip into the grand opus that is War of the Ring 2nd Edition by Matagot Games.  We might be missing some of the crew this episode but it allowed us to check out this 2 (mostly) two player gem.  Also in this precious ‘sode come check out where in the world are Cam and Josh!  We also dip into some serious movie talk, Rob talked about his favorite YouTube channel and Cobra Kai.  Also, Ben lived in New Zealand when he was 16??  We hope you like boardgames!

  • Season Eight, Episode Three: Trajan


    Look who’s back, back again, Trajan’s back, tell a friend.  In this episode of the podcast, we dust off another classic from the Top 100 before it falls off the list with Trajan from HUCH! Games.  Also in this episode [-  the will they won’t they saga with Cam and Aquatica, Ben tries to read the GoT Catan rules, and Josh digs a crunchy Eurogame?!?!  We also explore the innerworkings of Beau’s mind with his new game Monster Crusher and we take a furry look back in our Bump or Dump segment!

  • Season Eight, Episode Two: Lost Ruins of Arnak


    Your favorite boys are back, exploring the depths of an uninhabited island in uncharted seas in the Lost Ruins of Arnak from Czech Games Edition. We don’t often review games that just came out so you know this one has to have something special. Also this episode: board gaming resolutions for 2021; Part II of the BoardGameArena Advent Calendar Dab on the Haters Spectacular; Ben gushes about his favorite store in the history of stores; Rob walks back one of his worst, more controversial board game takes.

  • Season Eight, Episode One – The Isle of Cats


    Gather round all you cool cats and kittens as we kick off a brand new season of The Board Boys Podcast! We rescued as my cats as possible from the evil Lord Vesh in Isles of Cats from publisher, The City of Games. Also this episode: Cam shares his top five polyomino games; Ben brings his experience hosting the podcast full circle; the return of “beef or plug” – Board Game Arena advent calendar edition; and the first annual Board Boys Secret Santa gift exchange. See ya later 2020, hello 2021!

  • Season Seven, Episode Thirteen: Keyflower


    Your favorite boys are back to put season seven to rest with a game that is definitely a KEYper, tackling Keyflower from R&D Games. We’ve had our fair share of heated discussions in the history of the podcast but none more exhausting than our latest discussion on Keyflower’s high BGG ranking. Also this episode: Josh recommends his favorite holiday movie; Cam channels his inner professional bowler Peter Weber; Rob vows to bring back a social platform from a different time; and Ben is bumping and dumping.

  • Season Seven, Episode Twelve – Marco Polo II


    We are sailing back from China in this episode of The Board Boys.  Join us as we take the roles of explorers in the age of Marco Polo.  In this episode: will anyone be able to figure out the naming ambiguity of the Marco Polo series?  Cam asks if you have ever seen a guy wearing a bolo and a polo, Josh played a new and an old game, Ben broke the mold and played something the rest of us haven’t and can Rob breaks down some non-spoiler Pandemic Legacy Season 0!

  • Season Seven, Episode Eleven: Barrage


    Your boys are back with a brand new episode, building dams in the Dystopic 1930s in Barrage by Tommaso Battista and Simone Luciani. Rob and Campbell have long been members of the “Italian Design House Mafia” fan club so this game was destined to be a hit, but are there cracks in this dam’s foundation?!? Also this episode: Rob and Cam introduce their latest board game dojo, Cam finds his board game doppelganger in Tommaso Battista, Ben forgot to bring OREOs, and Josh played a game with an open mind.

  • Season Seven, Episode Ten – Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein


    Your favorite boys are back for a brand new Halloween Spooktacular, crafting creatures in Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein from Plaid Hat Games. It isn’t often a Eurogame just dripping (no pun intended) with theme comes along so you know we were excited to get this to the table. This game is spooky, clever and definitely thinky BUT is it good? Also this episode: a special guest, some other Halloween games to help put you in the holiday spirit, Rob’s Prospero Hall “Top 5” and more!

  • Season Seven, Episode Nine – Cyclades


    Your favorite boys are back rounding out the trilogy of Matagot Games “dudes on a map” series with Cyclades. Joined by guest, Tim K., the boys vied for control of the Cyclades Islands, worshipping the gods, maneuvering their armies and establishing metropolises. Cyclades is known for its unique auction mechanism but is the mechanism alone enough to put this game at the top of the trifecta’s list? Also this episode: Tim discusses some unique TI4 variations, Rob shares a hamster update and Cam talks Clank!