Podcasts

  • Season Two, Episode Ten – Spirit Island


    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?’

  • Season Two, Episode Nine – Codenames


    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.

  • Season Two, Episode Eight – T.I.M.E Stories


    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.

  • Season Two, Episode Seven – Game of Thrones (Second Edition)


    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!

  • Episode 6.5 – Sidereal Confluence


    Josh decided to go on “vacation” this week attending the annual comic book convention in San Diego, but that isn’t going to stop the Board Boys from dropping a new bonus episode! Board Boys Cam and Frank finally got to play Campbell’s current favorite game, Sidereal Confluence, with help from three of their dearest friends. Together the group dissected the good, the bad and the different in this trading game set in the Elysian quadrant. Did Frank love this game as much as Campbell? Listen now to find out!

  • Season Two, Episode Six – Twilight Imperium 4th Ed.


    Have you ever gazed at the stars and thought “Man, outer space would be the coolest setting for an Opera … wait, a SPACE Opera.” TBBP definitely have and so has Fantasy Flight Games. This week the boys tackled the galactic, universe-sized board game that is Twilight Imperium 4th Ed. The game is huge, the game is long and the game definitely did not disappoint. Joined by their good friend, Terry Tyler Crooks, the boys explored and conquered the farthest reaches of the galaxy in this week’s episode.

  • Season Two, Episode Five – Le Havre


    Sometimes you play a game correctly and have a great time. Sometimes you play a game really, REALLY incorrectly and it ruins the experience. Luckily time travel exists and allows the Board Boys to correct the mistakes made during their Le Havre games. Joined by the unofficial fourth board boy, Ben W., the boys built their tableaus and grew their fishing city empires while struggling to keep their workers fed and happy. Spoiler – Workers don’t like extra salted pretzels because they make them thirsty.

  • Season Two, Episode 4.5 – Karuba


    Have you ever wondered what happens when the Board Boys and their guest make a terrible, terrible mistake that ruins the play through of the game they planned to play for a new episode? Turns out they turn their frowns upside down with a few games of Karuba! In this week’s bonus episode the boys talk about the highs, lows, turns and curves of this tile-laying family game. The boys also dust off one of Campbell’s least favorite segments and talk about the benefits of getting a $50,000 podcast donation.

  • Season Two, Episode Four – Scythe


    The boys are back and visiting alternate-history 1920s this week in Scythe by Stonemaier Games. Joined by Josh’s brother-in-law, David, the boys assumed the role of one of five different Eastern European factions vying for control of ‘The Factory’ and the enticing technology it possesses. Will Olga and her pet tiger Changa win the day? Or will victory go to Anna and her lovable bear, Wojtek? Will David and his new puppy ever want to play board games with us again? We hope so, but find out for yourself now!

  • Season Two, Episode Three – Azul vs. Sagrada


    We’re putting two of the best abstract games head-to-head in this week’s episode. Fighting out the red corner, Azul by Plan B Games and fighting out of the blue corner, Sagrada by Floodgate Games. We went from the windows to the walls in our newest episode and had a heck of a time breaking down two of the best abstract games from 2017.

    Our buddy Erik (aka Jeezy) joined us to talk pros, cons and in-betweens about these two darling titles. We also spend some time talking about the good ol’ days and pizza.

  • Season Two, Episode Two – Power Grid


    The Board Boys took the reigns of their own power companies this week in Power Grid by Rio Grande Games. Joined by, the smartest person they’ve ever met, Becca Park, the boys auctioned power plants, bought resources, built cities and powered the crap outta those cities. Which fuel is best between coal, oil, trash, nuclear and green energy? Find out in this week’s episode! The boys also learn a bit about Becca’s PHAT brain (she is getting her PhD in Astrophysics), Ricochet Robot and Hanabi.

  • Season Two, Episode 1.5 – Kolossal Games


    The Board Boys are back with their first bonus episode of Season Two. In this episode the boys sit down to discuss Kolossal Games with the company’s president, Travis Chance. Kolossal Games made a big name for themselves earlier this year with their monumentally successful Kickstarter title, Western Legends. Travis breaks down the company’s history, gives us an inside scoop on some of their upcoming releases and gives us a quick glimpse at Kolossal Game’s latest Kickstarter success, Imperius.

  • Season Two Kickoff


    Season Two is here and is kicking off with a bang! To celebrate the launch of Season Two, TBBP held a day-long board game extravaganza, filled with games, pizza and awesome folks, and capped the night off with a live taping.

    Joined by Stephen B., President of Stronghold Games, the boys get an inside look at one of their favorite publishers and what is on the horizon for the team at Stronghold Games, talk about their favorite games from Season One and catch-up with all of our guests from last season.

  • Season One Finale – Dead of Winter


    Our Season One finale is officially here, and we had a heck of a time playing Dead of Winter by Plaid Hat Games. Working together, with local podcaster Brian Campos, the boys ventured into an environment overrun with zombies to scavenge for food, supplies, weapons and additional followers. Did we survive to see another day? Did our colony fall to the zombie hordes? Was there a betrayer in our midst all along? Download the exciting finale to our inaugural season now to find out. We hope you like board games!

  • Episode Twelve – Ticket to Ride Europe


    The Board Boys took a nice vacation this week heading across the pond in Ticket to Ride Europe. From the craggy hillsides of Edinburgh to the sunlit docks of Constantinople, the boys saw it all; laying track and pounding cold ones along the way with help from Des Moines area photographer, Dani Reed. During their travels the boys also recommend some of their favorite ‘gateway’ games and the toys they loved growing up! Show of hands, who else owned a balancing eagle?

  • Episode Eleven – Orléans


    The Board Boys got their beignets, black magic (aka vampires and voodoo) and board games on this week in Orléans by Tasty Minstrel Games.

    Joined by fellow Arkham Games gamer, Jared “Probably Has a Cool Last Name” Bearss, the boys built their engines, recruited their knights and ignored their scholars in this beloved worker placement board game. In addition to Orléans the boys break out some new beefs, provide some more detail on their upcoming live taping and talk about Campbell’s upcoming trip to Peru.

  • Episode 10.5 – Twilight


    Board Boy Campbell is off galavanting around Peru, but that isn’t going to stop us from dropping an all new BONUS episode of The Board Boys Podcast. We decided it’d be a good (scratch that, great) idea to play Twilight the board game. No not Twilight Imperium, or Twilight Struggle …Twilight … like with Vampires and Werewolves and stuff. We revisited the all-time classic debate, #TeamJacob versus #TeamEdward, with help from one of our favorite guests, “ya boi Bell”.

  • Episode Ten – Terraforming Mars


    The Board Boys ventured into outer space in this week’s latest episode, colonizing the red planet in Terraforming Mars by Stronghold Games. Joined by local content creator, board game reviewer, Arnold Palmer (the drink) lover and all-around great guy, David Wiley, the boys slowly made life habitable on Mars.

    In this week’s newest episode the boys also tackle some new beefs, talk an awful lot about Terraforming Mars, discuss the subtle art of solo and two-player board game reviews and make a huge announcement!

  • Episode Nine – Puerto Rico


    Board Boy Frank’s birthday episode is here! In honor of Frank the boys play one of Frank’s all-time favorite games, Puerto Rico!

    Joined by Frank’s step-brother, Jimmy Hobbs, the boys get into the nostalgia of games, their mixed emotions on remastering board (and video) games and talk about how good, bad, great and frustrating the game Puerto Rico can be.

    The boys also take their first (and last) spin using a soundboard! Get ready to laugh out loud to the sounds of rapper megaphone, sad horn and ‘HAM’.

  • Episode Eight – Blood Rage


    The Board Boys lived, pillaged and died gloriously this week in Blood Rage by CMON games. Joined by Casey Knue, the boys embraced the coming of Ragnarok while recruiting powerful monsters, upgrading their armies and scoring all the victory points before the ultimate destruction of Earth.

    This week the boys also get ‘beefy’ identifying the 2018 ‘beefs’ they’re hoping to start (or continue) throughout the year. Spoiler – Marilyn Manson high school lore and Mobb Deep are officially on notice.