Rank #1: Table for One Episode 26 - Interview: Isaac Childres and Gloomhaven
Super special episode this week as we welcome Isaac Childres, Owner of Cephalofair Games and Designer of Gloomhaven to the podcast. Isaac joins us for a half hour to discuss the upcoming Gloomhaven Kickstarter second printing, the game and its solo playability, some of the questions people have had about the game the last few months, and his next game, coming to Kickstarter this summer, Founders of Gloomhaven.
It's all things Gloomhaven in this very special episode. Check it out!
Mar 17 2017
Rank #2: ENGN 161 - Post GenCon 2019 Wrap-Up, Part 7 - More Hot and Heavy Euros
ENGN 161 - Post-GenCon 2019 Wrap-Up, Part 7 - More Hot and Heavy EurosJason was very happy to contribute to the last episode on Hot and Heavy Euros. This week, we have more for you, but Jason has played none of these and has to keep his trap shut! Instead, we invite back Jeremy from Jambalaya Plays Games to help out Anthony and finish off our grand tour of games from GenCon 2019 (finally)!
First up is Escape Plan (3:08), a surprisingly easy to play offering from noted heavy game designer Vital Lacerda about getting loot and escaping the town ahead of the authorities - not your usual Euro theming, for sure. The next one up is Ragusa (12:56), a new economic and worker placement design from the maker of Calimala, Fabio Lopiano.
Getting even crunchier, the guys chat about the latest in the Imperial Settlers line of games, Empires of the North (20:27). We get into how it tries to offer something different from the original Imperial Settlers and whether it's worth a look if you already own or like that one. Finally, we round out this entire run of games with one of the truly hottest games from the show, one that will undoubtedly come back again during the year-end award season, Black Angel (35:47).
- One Stop Coop Shop Slack - bit.ly/onestopslack
- BGA Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/bga
- In Liz We Trust - Oathsworn: Into the Deepwood - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/shadowborne-games/oathsworn-into-the-deepwood?ref=discovery&term=oathsworn
Oct 26 2019
Rank #3: ENGN Top 100 Cooperative Games with the Broken Meeple, The Misses
Before we get to our Top Ten Cooperative Games in our next full ENGN episode, we wanted to share with you some of the games that missed the list. There's about 40 more games here outside of the top 100, including some excellent games that would have made the list but were played after the list was completed. Between everything presented here, you should be good for ages! Once again, please head over to The Broken Meeple's YouTube Channel for the original video versions of the show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcqxxQjrg0KUN944dQ
Jun 28 2018
Rank #4: ENGN Episode 35 - Too Many Bones with Designers, Josh and Adam Carlson
We were super excited this week to have a bit of time to talk with Josh and Adam Carlson, the founders of Chip Theory Games and designers of Too Many Bones, one of the hottest solo games out there right now.
They sat down with us to chat about the game, their approach to components in design, some of the criticisms the game has received and what we can expect in the future from both Too Many Bones and Chip Theory.
Enjoy the interview and keep an eye out for more coverage of Chip Theory Games as their newest Kickstarter approaches next month. Connect with us on Facebook, on Twitter (@bgapodcast and @engn_podcast), and on our guild on Board Game Geek (1735) to stay up to date with all things solo.
May 19 2017
Rank #5: Table for One Episode 17 - Top 100 Solo Games Commentary Part 2
Thank you everyone for joining us last week to discuss #100-51 on the 1 Player Guild People's Choice Top 100 solo games. This week we're back in Episode 17 for the rest of the list!
In part two of our special two part interview, Anthony and Jason welcome Kevin to Table for One to discuss the top 50 entries in the list, our own favorite solo games, and some of the recent trends in top rated solo games.
To see the full list, visit the Geeklist on BoardGameGeek here: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/217988/2016-peoples-choice-top-100-solo-games And you can join the discussion of our episode on BoardGamersAnonymous.com and in our guild on BoardGameGeek.
Jan 12 2017
Rank #6: ENGN Episode 67 - Dragonfire and Massive Darkness, plus miniatures in board games
We had so much fun talking with Colin about some new FFG games that we invited him to stick around and talk about... some more stuff! We discuss two more adventure board games with large amounts of content and the promise of more to come.
First, we talk the Dungeons and Dragons themed card game Dragonfire (0:58), comparing it to its predecessor Shadowrun: Crossfire as well as other similar, very popular games in the genre.
Then we tackle the latest festival of miniatures and dungeon adventures that is Massive Darkness (13:05).
We close out with a discussion of miniatures in board games (24:40). Are they essential to an adventure and/ or tactical gaming experience? Or do they represent lures for unsuspecting gamers to buy substandard products? We try to cover the topic from as many different perspectives as possible.
Dec 29 2017
Rank #7: BONUS Episode - Game of Thrones S8E3 - The Long Night
Time for something completely different! There is NO board gaming content in this bonus episode. I was lucky enough to already have a scheduled record session with Annette Villa, aka Nettersplays from YouTube and the Dice Tower, and we both happen to be HUGE fans of Game of Thrones. We are here to chat The Long Night, the big episode of Game of Thrones that aired last Sunday. Annette loved it, Jason had issues with it, so come check out our debate and deliberations.
Regular episode of ENGN will drop on Friday, as normal!
Apr 30 2019
Rank #8: Episode 128 - How to Teach a Board Game in Thirteen Easy Steps, pt. 1
Anthony and Jason are always showing off new games for folks and playing as much of the hottest stuff as possible. Practice makes perfect, as they say, so this episode is about sharing all the tips for good teaching that have been picked up along the way. We all know what bad teaching looks like, so let's help folks... uh, stop doing that!
Jason has organized his teaching method into thirteen easy steps that involve everything from learning the game initially, to gathering a table of people to play, all the way through the end. In this episode, after we share some teaching horror stories, we talk about the five steps of teaching games. The first four are preparatory steps:
1) Personal prep and/ or managing table expectation 2) Laying the game out and letting it do some of the teaching work 3) Giving an elevator pitch 4) Giving folks a heads up about the game - weight, length, theme, and interaction style
After that, we get into the proper intro to teaching, which starts with:
5) "In this game, you are a _ trying to do ".
If that doesn't make a lot of sense, then you're going to have to listen to the episode in order to put it all together. Stay tuned for part two next week!
Mar 01 2019
Rank #9: ENGN Episode 45 - Deep Cut Games (Gem Rush, The Banishing, and Conflict of Heroes)
Anthony and Jason dig into the deep cuts for some cult of the not-so-new games that we haven't had a chance to talk about yet. Jason kicks things off with a pair of lighter card-weight games with Gem Rush (from Victory Point Games) and The Banishing (from WizKids).
Anthony then ups the weight with Conflict of Heroes with the Solo Expansion. Find out how this very popular war game plays with the solo expansion attached to it.
Stay tuned for not just the new stuff that's lighting up the charts, but the old school stuff will shine through when it deserves to be heard. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and on our website, www.boardgamersanonymous.com to connect and learn more.
Jul 29 2017
Rank #10: Table for One Episode 13 - Digital vs Cardboard and our Favorite Board Game Apps of 2016
This week Jason and Anthony discuss the differences (and relative pros and cons) of digital board games vs. their analog counterparts. We kick things off with a rundown of our favorite digital board game apps of 2016 and then dive into the differences, the place these games hold in our collections and when we consider buying them (and don't).
Check out our full rundown of this year in apps in Table for One episode 13.
And don't forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and BoardGamersAnonymous.com
Dec 15 2016
Rank #11: ENGN Episode 114 - 2018 People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games Part 2
Every year, Jason and Anthony welcome Kevin Erskine for the biggest two-episodes of the year. This week, Kevin is back, along with Liz Davidson from Beyond Solitaire to discuss the second half of the 2018 People’s Choice Top 100 Solo Games from the 1 Player Guild on BGG.
Join the crew as they discuss the numbers and trends behind this year’s top 100, and run through games 50-1 on the list. If you’re interested in seeing what everyone is excited about in 2018, hide your wallet in a locked safe and join us for part one of our epic top 100 breakdown.
Check out the current top 100 solo games list on the 1 Player Guild on BGG here: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/248275/2018-peoples-choice-top-100-solo-games
Nov 23 2018
Rank #12: ENGN 93 - Dueling Top Tens, Euros vs. Coops
Over the last month, Jason was joined by Luke Hector from The Broken Meeple to talk about their Top 100 Cooperative Games. We've provided you with that audio throughout the entire week, which we hope you have enjoyed. You can see the videos for all 100 games, including some bonuses, over at Luke's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmjyHBcqxxQjrg0KUN944dQ.
In this episode, we present Luke and Jason's Top 10 Cooperative Games from that list. In addition, Anthony jumps in with his own Top 10 list. If you've paid any attention to our show, you know Anthony is way more enthused about Euros. So, before we get to the coops, Anthony shares his favorite Euros that play solo.
Jun 29 2018
Rank #13: ENGN Episode 55 - 7th Continent Deep Dive
We interrupt our regularly scheduled podcast (sorry, AJ!) in order to bring you coverage of one of the hottest kickstarter projects of the year - 7th Continent. Anthony was unable to make it, but Jason was lucky enough to get help from game designer and podcaster Peter Gousis, as well as reviewer Zach Homrighaus.We go on the deepest of deep dives, analyzing 7th Continent from multiple angles. We talk about theme, player and world-based mechanisms, comparisons to other adventure games, player count, replay-ability and reset-ability, and a whole host of other topics. We hope that, if you are on the fence about this game, this podcast has enough information and analysis so that you can make a final decision about backing. If you haven’t yet, be sure to connect with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/boardgamersanonymous), Twitter (http://twitter.com/engn_podcast), and on our website (www.everynightisgamenight.com). You can support the show as well by donating on Patreon (www.patreon.com/bga), or using our Amazon affiliate link.
Oct 06 2017
Rank #14: ENGN Episode 107 - Fun for the Family
For our final installment of GenCon reviews, we are dialing it back a bit and talking about some light, family weight games. In a way, we thought it was fitting since that's at the heart of what GenCon releases are all about - games meant to hit a lot of tables and where lots of families and groups can have a good time. Anthony leads off with a beautiful card game that masquerades as a worker placement, Everdell (4:20). Starling's parent company, Game Salute, has a negative reputation around the board gaming world, yet games like Everdell seem to promise a new era for the company. Jason jumps in next and talks about The Big Score (15:09), a drafting game with a solo variant from our friends at Van Ryder Games. Anthony then tells us about Petrichor (24:14), a game about... rain? It certainly has a unique theme, and Anthony will let you know whether it has mechanisms to match. Finally, and as a fitting capstone, Jason breaks down one of the hottest, most anticipated games of the con - the newest Forbidden game from Matt Leacock, Forbidden Sky (33:27).
Oct 05 2018
Rank #15: Episode 81 - Mage Knight Deep Dive and Improve Your Play
Here's an episode that we've wanted to do for quite a long time. Even as new, rich, and complex adventure games come out seemingly every month, Mage Knight fends off all pretenders to the throne and maintains itself as the gold standard of adventure solo gaming.
With this in mind, we invited noted Mage Knight devotee Kevin Erskine back to the show (he of the Top 100 Solo Games People Choice) to talk about Mage Knight, specifically why we like it so much (4:20), as well as what expansions to get and whether to hold out for the upcoming Ultimate Edition (16:40). Finally, for those who are familiar with the game and want a leg up on a successful conquest, we get into some tips and strategies in our second ever Improve Your Play segment (20:04).
In addition to all of that Mage Knight goodness, we are debuting a new ENGN segment that we hope people will like enough to where we could do it regularly. Liz Davidson from the Beyond Solitaire blog, who you have heard a number of times at this point, has agreed to be our Kickstarter correspondent. Most weeks, she will share some thoughts about what's hot on Kickstarter and what we should look for. Feel free to give us feedback and let us know if you would like us to continue that segment.
Mage Knight Solo Scenarios: https://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/120439/mage-knight-solo-scenario-book
Apr 06 2018
Rank #16: ENGN PS 36 - Lockup: A Roll Player Tale with Keith Matejka
Here at Every Night is Game Night, we give the people what they want. A follower on twitter, Lyle Freijo, tagged both ENGN and Thunderworks Games and equested a preview series for their latest game, Lockup. Keith Matejka and Jason quickly emailed one another and made it happen the same night. Ask and you shall receive!
Keith chats about the genesis of the new game Lockup, a worker placement game with a healthy dose of suspicion and mischief at the table. Keith focuses especially on the pain-staking process of playtesting and producing the most polished product they could provide.
He also talks a lot about the success of Roll Player and the slow process of turning it into a franchise. Yes, there are many, many more games in the Roll Player universe to come.
Sep 24 2018
Rank #17: ENGN 82 - Beyond the Hotness and FOMO
We welcome Kevin Erskine back to the show to continue... not talking about the current hotness! Last week, we went back and looked at a classic in the genre. This week, we look at more older games that we like, but which may have slipped under your radar.
First, Jason takes a look at a stealth based cooperative game set in World War II called V-Commandos (3:27). Anthony, of course, sees Jason's thematic cooperative game and counters with an older Euro - Troyes (7:52). Kevin jumps into the fun with a cooperative tower defense game, King's Armory (14:02), then Jason rounds it all out with a review of a post-apocalyptic, resource management game called Salvation Road (22:10).
Finally, we talk ourselves off the ledge with regards to the Fear of Missing Out (28:58) - that is, how do we manage not getting games we really want, managing our budget, why FOMO might not be as easy to resist as we think, and other issues.
Apr 13 2018
Rank #18: ENGN 90 - Origins Preview 2018
Before we get on to the episode, we are happy to announce our first contest here at ENGN! We are looking to build some online community centers where people could reliably interact with us.
The first prize is a prize pack which includes Herbaceous and Sunset Over Water from Pencil First Games! Please visit their current Kickstarter page if you want the third game in the series, Herbaceous Sprouts - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ebaraf/herbaceous-sprou....
Here is your chance to get those first two games for free! If we get a certain number of entries, we will add more prizes! Good ones, too, including Hoplomachus Origins, Comancheria, and possibly more!
All you have to do to enter the contest is:
1) Join the new Every Night is Game Night Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/215849212533088/ 2) Put a comment in the general comment section of our BGG Geeklist: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/228542/every-night-game-night-episode-guide
Each entry is worth one point. If you do both, you will get credit for five entries! Contest will end Friday, 6/22.
For this episode, we hearken back to Episode 39 of our show, where we previewed some games that were featured at Origins 2017. Anthony and Jason take a new look at games like The Lost Expedition, Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, Sword & Sorcery, and others. Most of our previewed games really delivered! Others... not so much.
We then talk about games we are looking forward to at Origins 2018, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Archmage, and Fleet: The Dice Game. Along with this episode, we are also giving you a separate Preview Series episode talking with Rory O'Connor about Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr from Hub Games. It will be available as a demo at this year's Origins show.
Finally, Anthony will be at Origins. If you see him walking around, feel free to invite him to play a game!
Jun 08 2018
Rank #19: Table for One Episode 12 - 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
This week's Table for One is all about gifts! We're talking about some of the hidden gems, solo variants, and all around great games we recommend you check out if looking for a good solo gaming gift for the people in your life (or a game you can play with them that is also solo friendly!)
We'll also set aside our Mt Rushmore of Solo Games - the five games that we mention all the time and won't be including in lists like this. They're great, you know it and we know it!
We'd love your support - please leave us a review on iTunes and subscribe to help us reach a larger audience with the podcast every week. And if you have questions, suggestions, or just want to say hi, hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or www.boardgamersanonymous.com
Dec 08 2016
Rank #20: ENGN 142 - Origins Review of 2018 and Preview for 2019
Although the ENGN crew won't make it to the big show in Ohio this year, we're still interested in all of the new games that will be demoed and played this year. First we review the games we previewed last year, letting you know if they ended up worth checking out (hint: one of us has a great record, and one falls on his face). After that, we chat about a bunch of games we are really looking forward to, including Jason's usual gaggle of adventure games and Anthony's pile of roll 'n' writes. If you plan to attend origins, let us know what you played and what you liked!
In Liz We Trust - Battlestations: Dirtside https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gorillagames/battlestations-dirtside?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=battlestations
Jun 07 2019