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Boards Alive is a podcast where we talk about tabletop games. Our goal is to show that tabletop gaming can be just as exciting and engaging as Hollywood movies or big budget video games. We try to highlight games that have a rich theme that connects with the mechanics of the game. We want to help people escape into tabletop games and enjoy the competition and camaraderie of gaming.
 
A show about board games meant to appeal to gamers while still being accessible to people who don't know a lot about the subject. Each week, hosts Bill and Dylan, two long-time friends who both love board games, will discuss a wide array of board gaming topics, from game mechanics to deep dives on specific games to explaining what some of the jargon board game enthusiasts use even means!
 
Welcome! You've reached the home of the Arcade Castle Podcast, a podcast that looks a little at video games, a little at board games, and those things that got a little bit of both. While most podcasts tend to look at the latest and greatest, we have opted for a far darker path through the sprawling realms of digital and analog games. For lying between these two genres is a pile of games few dare to play, games that often defy categorization. Bizarre chimeric creations and licensed games abo ...
 
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Episode 173 - Favorite Games Based on Music or Bands Introduction: News: Buru - 3 days, $59 Keystone: North America - 5 days, $45 Robot Quest Arena Deckbuilding Game - 6 days, $49 Dated: Trivia for People Who Suck at Trivia - 6 days, $25 Games Played: Mandala Stones Sheepy Time Illimat Favorite Games based on bands or music: Jason - Thrash n’ Roll/…
 
In our one hundred and fifty-third episode, Aaron is joined by Jason Perez, of Shelf Stories and the One Stop Co-Op Shop podcast. We talk about Destinies and The Game: Face to Face in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Evil Genius 2 and New Pokemon Snap. We reflect on our review of Terra Mystica from 100 episodes ago…
 
Episode 172 - Favorite 5 Player Games Introduction: News: Paperback Adventures - 3 days, $35 Mosaic: A Story of Civilization - 4 days, $79 The Cursed Exhibition: Immersive Detective Mystery Packages - 5 days, $43 Games Played: Obsession (K) Tidal Blades (J) Concept (K) Whistle Mountain (J) Sagrada (K) PitchCar (J) Favorite Games for 5 Players: Jaso…
 
And so we come to the end… This is our very last episode and we took the opportunity to basically explain how Delve works, if it ever did. This is sort of a peak behind the curtain of where we’ve been and where we go from here. We give some final thoughts, advice and shout outs to everyone who helped us get here. You can follow Alex and Nathan on T…
 
Episode 171 - Suitcase Savvy Games Introduction: News: Seek OUT! - 5 days, $20 Castle Panic Deluxe Edition - 6 days, $60, $90(actually it) Chai: Tea for Two - 7 days, $39 Games Played: Amerigo Batman: Gotham City Strategy Game The Feds Suitcase Savvy Games: Jason - For Sale Katie - Ravenous River Jason - On Tour Katie - Bristol 1350 Jason - Parks K…
 
Back on episode 2 we took preconceptions about roleplaying and dispelled them, with an experienced player explaining the basics to a novice. Now, on this penultimate episode, we flip that around and have that same experienced player ask what the novice has learned in the last 6 years. However, if you’ve learned anything about that novice, you proba…
 
Episode 170 - Our Favorite Games About Plants Introduction: News: Catch Don Falconi - 6 days, $44 I C E - 9 days, $81 Skyline Express - 12 days, $52 ($15 R&R) Games Played: Roll For the Galaxy After the Empire Dune: Imperium Our Favorite Games About Plants: Jason - Legend of the Cherry Tree Katie - Genotype Jason - Viticulture Katie - Takenoko Jaso…
 
So your character is dead. Now what? In what will be the last of Nathan’s monologues, he talks about his recent revisiting of Spiritfarer and how it informs character development after the characters are already dead. With the new update adding Lily into the storyline, we get a better understanding of how characters still resonate in a narrative af…
 
In our one hundred and fifty-second episode, Aaron is joined by John González, podcaster on The Five By and co-host of the Twitch stream Board in East L.A. We talk about Ashes Reborn: Rise of the Phoenixborn and Hallertau in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about MLB: The Show 21 and Grim Fandango. We reflect on our revi…
 
Episode 169 - Our Favorite Brain Burners Introduction: News: Aldabas - 4 days, $20 Florence - 6 days, $64 Vivid Memories - 7 days, $50 Games Played: The Rival Networks Kingsport Festival Little Flower Shop Dice Game Our Favorite Brain Burners: Jason - Lisboa Katie - The Gallerist Jason - Tekhenu Katie - The Alchemists Jason - Merkator Katie - Trick…
 
As we near the end of Delve, we look at how you end a campaign, something that you may never have actually done. Why do campaigns end? And if you could end a campaign, what would you want to do for your characters and story? We do a few thought experiments of what the end of a campaign should be on this episode of Delve. You can follow Alex and Nat…
 
Episode 168 - Our Favorite Tile Laying Games Introduction: News: My Father’s Work - 6 days, $99 Canvas Reflections expansion and reprint - 4 days, $25/$60 Hidden Leaders - 7 days, $25 Games Played: Moonrakers Lucky’s Misadventures Genotype Our Favorite Tile Laying Games: Jason - Amerigo Katie - Castles of Mad King Ludwig Jason - Meeple Land Katie -…
 
In our one hundred and fifty-first episode, Aaron is joined by Tim Chuon, photographer and videographer. We talk about Dice Throne and Marvel United in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Cozy Grove and Towerlands. We reflect on our review of Adventure Land from 100 episodes ago. Then you listeners Ask Aaron Anything,…
 
Episode 167 - If We Had to Play a Space Game... Introduction: News: Marvel United: X-Men - 5 days, $65 Cellulose - 6 days, $39 Transmissions - 7 days, $40/$54 The Mysteries of Coral Cove: a 5e adventure - 7 days, $40 Games Played: Nidavellir Ecos: First Continent CRYO If We Had To Play A Space Game...: Jason - Clank! In! Space! Katie - Star Trek Ca…
 
As we come to a close in our Delve journey, we look at the Hero’s Journey laid out by Joseph Campbell. How does this apply to our show? More important, how does this apply to some of the prevalent fiction and mythology you have actually heard about? And what can it all mean in gaming? These questions and many more partially answered on this episode…
 
Episode 166 - Gaming Unpopular Opinions Introduction: News: Scrumpy Card Cider - 2 days, $47 Hippocrates - 6 days, $84 Rad Zone - 3 days, $8/$22 Games Played: Point Salad Bonfire Marvel United: Tales of Asgard Board Gaming Unpopular Opinions: Jason - Expensive Deluxe Editions with no standard edition option Katie - Gimmicky Reviews (including PAID …
 
As we come to a close in our Delve journey, we look at the Hero’s Journey laid out by Joseph Campbell. How does this apply to our show? More important, how does this apply to some of the prevalent fiction and mythology you have actually heard about? And what can it all mean in gaming? These questions and many more partially answered on this episode…
 
In our one hundred and fiftieth episode, Aaron is joined by designer and publisher Stephanie Kwok of First Fish Games and designer of Ducks in Tow. We talk about some games we’ve been playing, including Escape Tales: Children of Wyrmwoods and Cargo Noir. Then I interview Stephanie about designing and publishing games. This episode is sponsored by B…
 
Episode 165 - Our Favorite Pushing Cubes Around the Old World Games Introduction: BGG Golden Geek Awards News: John Company: 4 days, $80 AuZtralia Big Box and Revenge of the Old Ones and TaZmania - 6 days, $59/$99 Partners - 6 days, $12/$35 Board Game Upgrades by MeepleSource - 14 days, $15+ Games Played: Viticulture Wits and Wagers Our Favorite Pu…
 
As we come to a close in our Delve journey, we look at the Hero’s Journey laid out by Joseph Campbell. How does this apply to our show? More important, how does this apply to some of the prevalent fiction and mythology you have actually heard about? And what can it all mean in gaming? These questions and many more partially answered on this episode…
 
Episode 164 - Favorite Out Guessing Your Opponent Games Introduction: News: It Takes a Thief: The Board Game - 16 days, $56 Long Shot: The Dice Game - 14 days, $25 Magna Roma - 11 days, $59 Games Played: On Tour Cubitos Sons of Anarchy Favorite Out Guessing Your Opponent Games: Jason - Broom Service Katie - Revolution! Jason - 7 Ronin Katie - Daxu …
 
Some may think this is an April Fool’s episode, but we really have some big news regarding the show and our upcoming plans. Also: There are many games we are playing, DC is quite tired, James gasps at least three times, Alex crashes into a planet and Nathan can’t run a civilization. You can listen to the episode here or download it for later! https…
 
In our one hundred and forty-ninth episode, Aaron is joined by Christina Ha, host of the Going Analog podcast. We talk about Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire and Formosa Tea in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Maquette and Dragon Quest XI. We reflect on our review of Star Wars: Rebellion from 100 episodes ago. Then yo…
 
Episode 163 - Games That Grew on Us...Like a Fungus Introduction: News: Horns Up! The Lacuna Coil Card Game - 10 days, $29/$38 expansion Tabletop Apparel for Game Lovers - 4 days, $19 tee/ $39 hoodie/ $52 leggings Gloomier: A Night at Hemlock Hall - 5 days, $24 Solani/The Girl Who Made the Stars - 11 days, $49/$95 Games Played: Pirates Cove Atlanti…
 
So your party decided to be the villains… Or did they just become “morally compromised”? Or are they the anti-heroes? Or did they just steal everything that wasn’t nailed down? Or did they (accidentally) set a town on fire? Or did they moonlight as murder hobos? Chances are some of these scenarios may be familiar to you! Nathan apologizes ahead of …
 
Episode 162 - Favorite Trick Taking Games Introduction: News: CULTivate - 2 days, $35 Carbon Control - 9 days, $72 Floriferous - 10 days, $20 Eternal Palace - 5 days, $46/$58 Games Played: Duffers Spy Web Overboss Favorite Trick Taking Games: Jason - Fox and the Forest Katie - Illimat Jason - Best Candy on the Block/Skull King Katie - Hagakure Jaso…
 
In our one hundred and forty-eighth episode, Aaron is joined by Twitch streamer and Tiktok'er Beneeta Kaur. We talk about CloudAge and Petrichor in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Stardew Valley and Unravel Two. We reflect on our review of City of Iron 2nd Ed. from 100 episodes ago. Then you listeners Ask Aaron An…
 
Episode 161 - Favorite Love Themed Games Introduction: News: Everdell: New Leaf and Mistwood expansions - 5 days, $60 Hometown Holidays - 7 days, $10 Hojo Pojo - 9 days, $15 Pagan: Fate of Roanoke - 10 days, $48 Games Played: Bristol 1350 Quetzal Lost Ruins of Arnak Favorite Love Themed Games: Jason - Tanto Cuore: Winter Romance Katie - Love Letter…
 
Jason Anarchy has plenty of drinking quests for you to go on and now he has them in a convenient six-pack. We discuss Jason and Nathan’s time working in newspapers, game bars and bladder busters. We brainstorm the next games in his library and ask if you can get dragons drunk. The Drinking Quest Six-Pack comes to Kickstarter March 1. You can follow…
 
Episode 160 - Design Our Dream Game Night Introduction: News: Caper: Europe - 14 days, $39 Meeples and Monsters - 7 days, $49 Moonshell: A Mermaid Game - 8 days, $39 Silverwood Grove - 10 days, $30 Games Played: Mutuels The Lord of the Rings Cubitos Dream Game Night: Katie - Intersperse light/quick games with more intense games Jason - Start as Ear…
 
The first half of the live show was mostly about Goat Simulator. So what you are going to hear now is what happens afterwards. We pay our final respects to Anthem and Stadia, discuss the nature of DLC and opine for good mech and pirate games. You can download here or listen below! https://ia801404.us.archive.org/0/items/delve-cast-live-march/Delve%…
 
In our one hundred and forty-seventh episode, Aaron is joined by Raf Cordero from the Ding & Dent podcast. We talk about MonsDrawsity and Alien RPG in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Super Mario 3D World & Bowser's Fury and Magic: The Gathering Arena. We reflect on our review of Kemet with the Ta-Seti expansion fr…
 
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