Category: Leisure:Games

A monthly podcast dedicated to the history, evolution, present state, and future potential of our favorite board games.

Episode 3 - Batteries Included

October 1, 2018

Welcome back! This month's topic is "Batteries Included" - board games with electronic elements (or, in some early cases, electrical elements) that are an essential part of the game. We had a few audio issues this time around, so I apologize for the sometimes uneven sound quality; I promise we'll have it back under control next time!

Here are a few links to some "extras" you'll hear us mention along the way:

The epic Egyptian imagery of Electra, 1910:

A great Dark Tower fan site, with pictures of Bob Pepper's fantastic artwork for Dark Tower (and Dragonmaster):

Orson Welles assaults the Dark Tower:

The Nightmare 2 music video - don't say you weren't warned!

A sample of how Dropmix can work, since we utterly failed to record any of our own experiments:

We also include a brief digression on which miniatures game has the most difficult miniatures to assemble. However, we did edit out our 18-minute digression on the relative merits of Community and Rick & Morty. Maybe we'll put that on our Patreon site someday. You know, if we ever actually have a Patreon site.

The other thing we cut is a 10-minute discussion of the Weave role-playing game. It's certainly in keeping with the theme of the episode, but since Weave is an RPG rather than a board game, we thought it was something we could safely leave out of the main episode (especially since this one was already a bit longer than usual). That said, if you're interested in hearing it, let us know; we'd be glad to release it as a supplemental "expansion pack" mini-episode.

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Intro and outro music is Evening Melodrama by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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