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.
(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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things get really, really weird in Italy this episode. The Board Boys were joined by their favorite Bradley, Bradley Turk to assume the role of Florentine Princes in Princes of Florence. The boys bid, built and made the magic to create the best villas in all the land. Also in this episode: Brad drops knowledge on his favorite diet soda, Josh digs through some trash, Campbell asks the tough questions and Frank takes New Jersey.
When the world is overrun by airborne viruses, when the fate of humankind is at stake, who is on the case? No you dummy, not Panda Mike! It’s your favorite Boys (The Board Boys) and this time they’re curing diseases all William Nilliam with their dude Brad “BJ” Mickle in Pandemic! Also: Josh tests Frank’s editing prowess with some nasty cusses. Cam discusses which herbal tea he is without taking a Buzzfeed quiz. BJ tackles a fast food giant. Frank makes A Big Announcement.
Uhhh Doc? I hope The Board Boys have enough road to hit 88 mph… Fortunately, where they’re going with honorary Board Boy Ben, they don’t need roads! Join all four of the boys in this time-travel filled experiment of an episode as they blast into the past for 7 Wonders! Also: Frank gets to pull a Borat on someone new. Josh confuses a Nickelodeon host with a comic book mutant. Ben did not bring a copy of the Shark Tank board game. Cam gets new fruity, gummi nipples.
Happy Holidays from Your Favorite Boys, and an extra Merry Christmas from Our Boy Rob! We enjoyed some DeSousa Christmas Classics as we explored Asia in The Voyages of Marco Polo. Grab yourself a cocoa or a nog, put another log on the fire and enjoy! Also: Frank shares a shocking opinion about dice rolls. Cam dusts off the ol’ pipes for some holiday faves. Rob and Josh both Beef Or Plug their kids… one’s a plug, and one’s a beef. Find out which was which! Ho Ho Hope you like board games!