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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 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 -…
 
YouTube creator and BoardGameCo founder Alex Radcliffe stops by the show! Our picks for topics this week: Alex (guest): How important is theme? Have you kept mediocre board games purely because of a great theme? And what games do you love despite their theme? Shoe (producer): What are some interesting facts that we've learned from playing board gam…
 
In our one hundred and fifty-first episode, Aaron is joined by Tim Chuong, 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 …
 
Husband-wife team Ryan and Malorie Laukat of Red Raven Games (Sleeping Gods, Above and Below, Megaland) stop by with a few gaming topics in hand: Christina (host): Our ideal "3-course meal" of board games Malorie (guest): Culling our collections Ryan (guest): How our gaming tastes have evolved over time The games discussed in this episode: Intro: A…
 
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…
 
Isaac Vega (designer of Ashes Reborn, co-designer of Dead of Winter and Forgotten Waters) and Lindsey Rode (designer of Labyrinthos) take a quick break from managing their new company, Rose Gauntlet Entertainment, to discuss gaaames! Our topics: our favorite board game names, mixing technology with tabletop, and how we feel about attending conventi…
 
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…
 
Great board game discussions with Monique and Naveen of Before You Play! What games did we change our minds on (either way) after a second play? What games have we invested the most in? And what ones do we find hardest to get to the table...for whatever reason? Here are the games covered in this episode: Christina’s topic: Games you’ve invested the…
 
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…
 
Episode 159 - We design our dream game Introduction: News: Finding Anastasia - 9 days, $29/$39 Dawn - 10 days, $20 Root Marauder expansion - 11 days, $50 Tiny Epic Dungeons - 11 days, $25 Caper: Europe rant Games Played: The Inventors Canvas Praga Caput Regni We design our dream game: Katie - Engine building/card synergy Jason - Tracks, Tracks, Tra…
 
The always fun, always funny Paula Deming from Things Get Dicey joins the podcast this week to discuss: Board games that really get us riled up (in good and bad ways) The games in our "shelf of opportunity" that we're most excited to get to Why we livestream playthroughs -- or not The games discussed on this episode: Intro: Tidal Blades: Heroes of …
 
Episode 158 - Mechanics Rundown Con: Introduction: News: City of Crowns (Paladins of the West Kingdom expansion) - 6 days, $28/$52 box Tharos - 9 days, $72 Chamber of Wonders - 12 days, $43 Mechanics Rundown Con: 2021 Recap: Lords of Vegas J, K, T Dogs of War J, K, T, D Don’t Turn Your Back J, K, T, D Libertalia J, K, T, D, B Quacks of Quedlinburg …
 
Remember when we talked about how you can’t copyright game mechanics? Well, turns out you can at least patent them. What happened with WB, Shadow of Mordor and the Nemesis system? What if this happened with tabletop gaming? Everything we know and probably stuff we don’t on this episode. Also, did you know someone tried to patent podcasting? Yup! Yo…
 
In our one hundred and forty-sixth episode, Aaron is joined by Sam from Lord of the Board Youtube channel We talk about Unmatched Little Red Riding Hood Vs Beowulf, Downforce Wild Ride, and Oath in the BA Banter. Then in our Digital Diversion segment we talk about Control and the Age of Empires Series. We reflect on our review of Arcadia Quest from…
 
Episode 157 - Best Games on a Budget: Introduction: News: MOB: Big Apple TGG Games 4 days to go $30 Ares Expedition (Terraforming Mars card game) - 13 days, $39/$84 Zombicide: Undead or Alive - 18 days, $100 Games Played: Black Fleet Tapestry with Plans and Ploys Villainous Best Games on a Budget: $20 Games: Jason - Silver and Gold $15 Amazon Panda…
 
Sarah Shah of Board Games in a Minute slows down just long enough to record a podcast with us. We chat about our favorite games centered around animals, our big pet peeves when teaching (or learning) a new board game, and publisher Capstone Games. The games mentioned in this episode: Christina’s topic: What are some of your favorite games centered …
 
Well, that didn’t go the way we thought. So, the Delve Holiday Special 2077 could not seem to get through our focus groups or polishing methods, so Alex and Nathan explain what went wrong. You can follow Alex and Nathan on Twitter, as well as the show itself at DelvePodcast. Make sure you follow along to join in on all the topics! Stop by our Disco…
 
Episode 156 - Ugly Games We Love Anyway: Introduction: News: Metro City Edition and Big Box - 3 days, $44/$90 Maquis - 12 days, $29 Games Played: Mall Madness Charterstone Our Favorite Ugly Games: Jason - Trajan Katie - Toledo Jason - Brass Katie - London Jason - Terraforming Mars Katie - Orleans Closing:…
 
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