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!
What’s the theme in this one? Knights, Europe, yadda yadda yadda… As you’ve almost certainly guessed based off of those clues, your Most Favorite Boys played their cards right and got their dude Kyle Foote to join them to play Dominion! Also: Cam (finally) forgives a decade-old Monopoly transgression. Josh finally gets a song out of his head. Kyle requests your Christmas presence. Frank paints a happy little tree.
Life is like a hurricane, here in Des Moines. Bread and cheese is so insane, for the Board Boys. Might brew some whiskey, Kelly Bevins is tricksy! Happy Franksgiving! We played Clans of Caledonia, and one of us traversed the Scottish lochs BEST and took home the W. Also: Josh has one of those days where he don’t wanna wake up. Bevins accidentally is Russian. Frank didn’t play any board games (but he played Skyrim). Cam is obsessed with a certain wealthy Scottish anthropomorphic duck (No spoilers!)
Giddyup, pardner! The Boys (along with local Atlanta on FX enthusiast Ajka Sehic) saddle up for a life of beans around a campfire and Pace Picante Sauce as they make their way to KCMO on the Great Western Trail! Also: The boys get a Bosnian language lesson. Cam makes too many Kokomo references. Ajka eats a dear friend. Josh gets a life-changing e-mail. Frank insists he really does like board games you guys!!!
The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Look, it was bound to happen eventually — sometimes plans change, and the boys just had to do this episode guest-free. The three of them went rollin’ on the river in Rajas of the Ganges and balanced horses on elephants in Meeple Circus! Also in this episode: Cam dips his toe into ornithology. Frank ponders on how super Superman REALLY is. Josh talks about football… again.
Well, gang, the Boys have done it; it’s time to put on cardboard conical hats and light one single candle because it’s been a whole year! Unfortunately, you weren’t invited to the birthday party, but the good news is the one person we did invite, Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games, showed up with his party pants on. Also included: Frank does a cuss twice and he’s real sorry. Josh has inherited his mother’s coffee order. Jamey gases up the Boys’ egos. Cam does a successful time travel goof involving cheese.
Time to break out your mystical cloaks and your ancient daggers, The Board Boys have set out on an adventure to the Forgotten Realms with DM Kevan Murphy in Lords of Waterdeep! We all quested our best but, in the end, only one can control this thriving port city. Also included: Cam gets stuck in the mud. Josh discusses his freelance rates for creating D&D ambience. Frank has choice words about a local taco establishment.
In this episode, joined by infamous Egyptologist Jon Merkle, your favorite Boys journeyed to the land of the pharaohs and sphinxes and kitties in Kemet! Who was best at using the power of prayer to their advantage? What are Cardi B’s and Bow Wow’s full names? How does Josh really feel about the late Nate Dogg? What two animals combine to make Jon’s true form? All of these pressing questions will be answered! PLUS: Cam debuts a hot new intro tune for “Plug or Beef” and Frank makes up football player names.
Turns out a beautiful tropical island isn’t so relaxing when you have to protect it from hoards of ravaging settlers. This week the boys and middle school science teach, Jason Thompson, battled the settlers in Spirit Island by Greater Than Games. In addition to Spirit Island the boys discuss popular ‘scientific’ theories for the creation of Earth, talk about games they’ve gotten to the table recently, revisit the value of a game versus the cost of a game and introduce a new segment, ‘Plug or Beef?’
The code is ‘great – four’ can you guess which four words relate to great to win? Board Boys Campbell, Frank, Josh and their guest Jill (aka agent Suddenly Snoozin’) sure can. This week the gang takes on Codenames by Czech Games Edition, pitting team Frank/Jill against team Cam/Josh. In addition to breaking down the game the group discusses their favorite movie obscenity edits, the time Jill’s mother-in-law won the Price is Right and the other games that have been making it to the table recently.
The boys time traveled to the 1920s in this week’s episode, in T.I.M.E Stories by Space Cowboy Games. Joined by the fifth official Board Boy, ‘our buddy Rob’, the boys traveled through time and space to uncover the mysteries hidden in a 1920s insane asylum. The boys also discuss their recent trip to Gen Con, discussing highlights from the trip and games that got them most jazzed for the future. Rob also talks through his approach for the ultimate game, deciding which game to bring to a board game night.
The Board Boys made their alliances, defended the Wall and battled for control of the Iron Throne this week in Games of Thrones (Second Edition). The boys, and their guest Jason, took on the roles of Houses Stark, Lannister, Greyjoy aka ‘Joy Boys’ and Baratheon as they battled, backstabbed and bribed their way to victory. In addition in discussing GoT the boys also discuss Josh’s recent trip to San Diego Comic Con, what they’ve been getting to the table recently and where you can meet Josh and Cam at Gen Con!