Category Archives: Game Theme Podcast

MN 0163 Hidden Role Games

This we we discuss Hidden Role Games, Nathan’s favorite genre. We discuss what we like about these games, including Don’t Mess with Cthulhu, Battlestar Galactica, Shadows over Camelot, Burke’s Gambit, Dead of Winter, and many others.

What is your favorite Hidden Role Game?

MN 0119 Yet Even More 2-Player Games

MN 0119 Yet Even More 2-Player Games

We continue our coverage of the fantastic two player games available right now. Star Realms: Colony War was a sure hit with us, but Brent and Ryan discover even more difference in their play styles even in a game they both enjoy. Does Colony Wars stack up to vanilla Star Realms? Find out as we discus the game from drastically different angles. We also cover Onitama, Hive, Tides of Time, and Pinata (formerly Balloon Cup).

MN 0117 Even More 2-Player Games

MN 0117 Even More 2-Player Games

Two player games are the perfect pastime to spend with your significant other, your soulmate or a random guy at the park. We love our two player games so much, we devoted several new podcasts to the topic, gushing about some of our new favorite games. We discuss 7 Wonders: Duel, Patchwork, Star Wars Risk, …and then we held hands, and Horrible Hexes in this episode. Hold hands with someone close by awkwardly and with no regrets as you listen.

MN 0113 We Discuss the Spiel des Jahres Nominees for 2016

MN 0113 We Discuss the Spiel des Jahres Nominees for 2016

This episode we discuss the nine nominees for the three Spiel des Jahres awards.

Kennerspiel des Jahres
T.I.M.E Stories 0-7:03
Pandemic Legacy: Season One 7:03-9:56
Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King 9:57-11:45
We announce our winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres 11:46-15:02

Kinderspiel des Jahres
Leo 15:03-21:41
Mmm! 21:42-25:18
My First Stone Age 25:19-27:50
Brent’s opinion of which should win 27:51-29:29

Spiel des Jahres
Karuba 29:30-36:27
Imhotep 36:28-42:52
Codenames 42:53-47:56
Ryan tells us which game will win 47:57-48:59

MN 0098 Consumable Games

MN 0098 Consumable Games

This week, Matt and Barb join the Nation’s architects to talk about consumable games, which are games that are “used up” while playing. The top dog of board games right now is Pandemic Legacy, which is changed, altered, stickered, and ripped up during game play. T.I.M.E Stories is another such game where nothing is ripped up but the game isn’t exactly replayable. We also discuss How to Host a Murder and Witness. Join the Nation with No Spoilers attached.


MN 0084 Holiday Gift Guide 2015

MN 0084 Holiday Gift Guide 2015

This episode we offer up advice during this gift giving season. Here are our suggestions. Let us know what you suggest!

Party Games

  • Codenames
  • Spyfall
  • One Night Series (Ultimate Werewolf, Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak, Ultimate Vampire, and Revolution)

General Games

  • Carcassonne: Star Wars
  • Splendor
  • Dixit
  • Favor of the Pharaoh
  • 7 Wonders: Duel


Gamer Gift

  • Pandemic Legacy


Stocking Stuffers

  • Bang! The Dice Game
  • Star Realms or Star Realms: Colony Wars
  • Red 7
  • Timeline in it’s many forms, Timeline: Americana, Timeline: Invention, Timeline: Discoveries, Timeline: Diversity, and a few more


Kids Games

  • Coconuts
  • Loopin’ Chewie


What we hope to get for Christmas


  • Spyfall, still
  • Space Cadets: Away Missions
  • A Carrying Case for Dominion


  • Magic the Gathering 2015 Gift Box


  • 504


MN 0079 Halloween Games

MN 0079 Halloween Games

This week we discuss board games with a horror theme that would make for an excellent time at your next Halloween party. The games discussed range from King Of Tokyo and Betrayal at House on the Hill to Gloom and Mansions of Madness to Midnight Party and Ghosts!. Ryan details his dream Halloween Party including plans to play Mysterium in costume, with atmospheric candles, playing up the seance. Apparently, Brent and Nathan aren’t getting an invite.

Games Discussed:

  • Ghosts!
  • Last Night on Earth
  • Betrayal at House on the Hill
  • Mysterium
  • Gloom
  • Guillotine
  • King of Tokyo – Especially with Halloween Expansion
  • Bring Out Yer Dead
  • Student Bodies
  • Eaten by Zombies
  • Dead of Winter
  • Midnight Party
  • Spooks
  • Until Dawn
  • Cave Evil
  • Mansions of Madness
  • Cthulhu Realms
  • Gimme the Brain
  • Lord of the Fries