• 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 (https://www.thedealthand.com/) and Eat Greater Des Moines (https://www.eatgreaterdesmoines.org/)

    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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  • Season 12, Episode 10 – Darwin’s Journey

    Time to go sailing, Christopher Cross style, in Darwin’s Journey, a game that I think should have been named “Galapoly” – who will publish information on species and fossils and stuff the best, Board Boys, Darwin, or the handsome sailor, Esteban? Find out today on another episode of the world’s first board game podcast except it’s about flying.

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

    1:45 Standing In My Truth (the probably one time only segment): Airplane seating

    17:30 Board Game discussion begins

    17:45 Bamboo

    19:45 Akropolis (again)

    22:15 Silo (Rob talks about TV)

    27:00 Darwin’s Journey: Overview

    29:00 Galapagos – Slawa Przybylska

    30:30 Darwin’s Journey: Review

    1:16:15 Darwin’s Journey: Verdict

    1:22:00 Top 5 Luciani games

    1:27:30 Board Boys Bump: Perseverance

    1:32:00 Thank You, Patrons

    1:32:45 Sailing- Christopher Cross

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  • Season 12, Episode 9 – Earth

    Board Boys cover seeds with crud and grow beautiful, life giving flora in Earth, a tasty lil jam by from Maxime Tardif. Also, Rob thinks Jane Lynch was on 3rd Rock from the Sun and Cam talks about his youth as a server and bartender for way too long.

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

    1:45 Who was on 3rd Rock from the Sun?

    3:00 Many, many thoughts on waiting tables

    11:30 Awkward Guests

    14:15 Middle Earth Quest

    16:00 Star Wars: Rivals

    19:45 Akropolis

    26:00 Distilled

    33:00 Pirates of Maracaibo

    47:00 Earth: Overview

    50:15 Symphony for a Spider Plant – Mort Garson – Mother Earth’s Plantasia (warm earth music for plants… and the people who love them)

    51:30 Earth: Review

    1:24:45 Earth: Verdict

    1:34:00 Board Boys Bump: The Battle of Five Armies

    1:38:30 Thank You, Patrons

    1:41:00 Power Flower – Stevie Wonder – Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants

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  • Season 12, Episode 8 – Atiwa

    Board Boys take an educational trip to Ghana, courtesy of celebrated nonfiction author Uwe Rosenberg in Atiwa, by celebrated board game designer Uwe Rosenberg. Will they repopulate the land with a plethora of succulent fruit-bearing trees or will they eat bat?

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

    2:15 Atiwa: The Informational Booklet

    7:00 Barrage

    13:15 Ark Nova changed scoring methods

    19:45 Nintendo Switch Sports- playing golf online

    22:30 Quickity Pickity

    27:15 Brew

    29:30 Dungeons and Dragons: The Yawning Portal

    38:45 Atiwa: Overview

    40:45 Batty Rap- Robin Williams (Fern Gully)

    41:45 Atiwa: Review

    1:08:00 Atiwa: Verdict

    1:14:00 Board Boys Bump: Return to Dark Tower

    1:21:30 Fa Wakoma Ma Me – C.K. Mann (Ghana)

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  • Season 12, Episode 7 – Beast

    Board Boys kill the bad guys in Beast, baby, the brand new first release from Studio Midhall. Is it Rob’s new fave hidden movement game? That would be crazy because he LOVES hidden movement games.

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

    4:00 Kabuto Sumo

    14:00 Cat in the Box

    23:45 Cryptid

    29:00 Luxor

    34:00 Karuba

    38:30 Beast: Overview

    41:15 I Will Follow Him – Little Peggy March

    42:15 Beast: Review

    1:18:30 Beast: Verdict

    1:26:45 Board Boys Bump: Wonderlands War

    1:31:30 Thank You, Patrons

    1:32:15 Hunter – Bjork

    1:36:15 ???

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  • Season 12, Episode 6 – Marrakesh

    Board Boys are back in business, baby, and playing Stefan Feld’s new joint from Queen Games, Marrakesh. Is it the best game out there that has a Stefan Feld first player marker (and postcard and challenge coin)?

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

    3:30 Shifting Stones

    5:00 Escape the Dark Sector

    9:00 Amsterdam

    11:00 East India Companies

    17:15 Nidavellir

    21:15 Dice Manor

    24:00 Marrakesh: Overview

    31:00 Marrakesh Express – Crosby, Stills, and Nash

    32:00 Marrakesh: Review

    1:08:30 Marrakesh: Verdict

    1:16:15 Top 5 Felds

    1:18:30 Board Boys Bump: Ark Nova

    1:23:45 Thank You, Patrons

    1:24:45 Aicha – Khaled (Khaled is from Algeria, not Morocco, but they’re neighbors and both speak French please lay off)

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  • Season 12, Episode 5 – Revive

    Board Boys are out the bunker 5000 years later for Revive (Aporta Games), a game about building a utopian society out of the rubble of ancient times by having fun with your super cool player board.

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

    4:30 Stack’n Stuff: A Patchwork Game

    5:45 Motor City

    7:45 Consumption: Food and Choices

    9:00 Bot Factory

    12:30 Slim Goodbody, Richard Simmons

    15:00 A Beaument with Mo- The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac, Dungeons & Dragons: Onslaught, Beau’s Lego guys

    23:30 Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum

    28:00 Brass: Birmingham (again)

    29:30 Sidereal Confluence: Bifurcation

    36:00 Revive: Overview

    39:30 Everytime – Boy Pable (Norway)

    41:00 Revive: Review

    1:26:45 Revive: Verdict

    1:36:00 Board Boys Bump: Dinogenics

    1:42:15 Thank You, Patrons

    1:44:30 Rocky Trail – Kings of Convenience (Norway)

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  • Season 12, Episode 4 – Deal With The Devil



    Board Boys are back in full force to play Deal With the Devil, a new jam from Czech Games Edition about secret dealing, hosing the peasants, and avoiding inquisition.

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

    6:00 Monumental Consequence

    11:30 Fun Facts

    15:30 Millennium Blades

    23:30 Decorum

    25:45 Disney’s Gargoyles Awakening

    28:45 Brass: Birmingham

    39:45 Deal With the Devil: Overview

    43:00 Christine’s Tune – The Flying Burrito Brothers

    44:00 Deal With the Devil: Review

    1:24:45 Deal With the Devil: Verdict

    1:33:45 Board Boys Bump: Golem

    1:40:15 Thank You, Patrons

    1:41:00 Friend of the Devil – The Grateful Dead

  • Season 12, Episode 3 – Oak


    Board Boys are back, alright, to play Oak, a worker placement game about druids trying to see who can scramble to the top of a huge oak the most reverently, and the third game in a row on this podcast to feature TREES. I guess next time we’re going to have to play Atiwa or something chock full of more big trees.

    Music: E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey, Tie a Yellow Ribbon – organist Mike Reed, Brujeria – El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico


  • Season 12, Episode 2 – Bonfire (plus expansion)

    Board Boys are back again for Bonfire with the Trees and Creatures expansion, a Stefan Feld joint. Also in this episode, a Beaument with Mo, Rob is obsessed with Marvel Snap, and Cam underestimates the backbone of the gaming world.

    Music: E.V.A. – Jean Jacques Perrey, Fire – Ohio Players, Keep the Fire – Kenny Loggins

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  • Season 12, Episode 1 – Woodcraft

    Board Boys are back, baby, to kick off a new season with Delicious Games’ Woodcraft, a game where the dice are wood and the wood is dice. Also in this episode, we explore the deepest Star Wars trivia of all time (confirmed) and talk about Mysterium for five straight minutes, or at least it seems like that.

    Music: E.V.A., by Jean Jacques Perrey – If I Had a Hammer, Peter, Paul and Mary – Knock on Wood, Murder Squad

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  • Season 11, Episode 13 – Autobahn

    Board Boys are back with a bowl of gas station chili and .375 liters of beer in Autobahn, by Fabio Lopiano and Nestor Mangone. Also in this episode, tons of BGA talk and an argument about why Cam’s ratings for each game are so so so correct (Cam didn’t write this.)


    E.V.A. by Jean-Jacques Perrey 

    Holiday Road by Lindsey Buckingham

    Seasons Change by Exposé


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  • Season 11 – Beau-nuss Episode 2: Disney Sorcerer’s Arena: Epic Alliances

    Before closing out another season of the podcast we were able to sneak in a 2nd Beau-nuss episode back by popular demand!  We talk all about Disney Sorcerer’s Arena: Epic Alliances game from The OP.  We dig into the Core Set and the two expansions for the game.  We also get to sit down with Sean Fletcher the designer of the game for an interview about the game and the design.  He also announces The OP’s Road to Gencon a competition level event for the game that will lead to a big culmination tournament at GenCon!

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  • Season 11, Episode 12 – Tiletum

    On this installment of The Board Boys, we visit Europe and use some “Unique Abilities” in the game Tiletum from Board & Dice from Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini.  Cam also takes a different sort of trip to Peru again.  We also compare rappers to game designers and revisit 2022 with our year in review segment and go over some BGStats as well.  Beau stops by for a quick Plug or Beef Hotseat. We also revisit the Zoo with Ark Nova and talk about some other games Sniper Elite, The Bloody Inn, Verdant, Karuba, and San Fran Ticket to Ride!  We also Bump or Dump Windward!  As always we hope you like boardgames!

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  • Season 11, Episode 11 – Virtu

    This time on The Board Boys we take a look at governing some Italian cities in Virtu from Super Meeple and designer Pascal Ribrault.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the listeners out there and our gift to you is a mega episode that went a little long!  We do a Board Boys Secret Santa among the Boys and take a look at what we got!  We slip back into some Halloween horror mode and talk about Final Girl and horror movies in general.   We also talk about Akropolis, Ticket to Ride Europe, a deep dive of the So Clever 4-pack of games, Verdant, Chronicles of Avel, Jurassic World: The Legacy of Isla Nublar, Splendor Duel, and Caesar’s Empire.  We hope you like Boardgames!

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  • Season 11, Episode 10 – Ultimate Railroads

    All aboard the train of unrealistic hype from Board Boy Cam as we finally tackle Ultimate Railroads from Hans im Gluck, a train game that really isn’t a train game at all, but a worker placement deal with exploding scores and hecka combo wombos. Also discussed in this episode: Pro Wrestling, kayfabe, Jelle’s Marble Runs, Can’t Stop, Marrakesh and the Stefan Feld figurine therein.

    Music: E.V.A – Jean Jacque Perrey, Back on the Chain Gang – Pretenders, Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight and the Pips

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  • Season 11, Episode 9 – Flamecraft (LIVE from BGGCon)

    Joined by Board Game Gumbo and Grant’s Game Recs, Board Boys talk Flamecraft, the beautiful new hit from Cardboard Alchemy and designer Manny Vega. Flamecraft is a game about sweet-talking cute little dragons into making artisan goods in a charming fantasy village, but does it also have some teeth? Also discussed, favorites from BGGCon 2022.

    Music: E.V.A. – Jean-Jacques Perrey, Dragon Tales Theme Song – Mary Wood, Dead or Alive (Double Dragon II Theme) – Meldac Corp’s Double Dragon II Arranged Soundtrack

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