Category: Leisure:Games

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

Episode 39 - Simultaneous Selection Games

November 2, 2021

Hi folks! We're back to talk about the cumbersomely-named "simultaneous selection games," which covers everything from Rock-Paper-Scissors (and its ancient antecedents) to Gloomhaven. Your Humble Editor had a pretty rough month, so the audio on this one may likewise be a bit rougher than usual, but hopefully it's not too bad. Thanks for understanding!

Featured in this episode:

  • Mike tries to explain the difference between Rock-Paper-Scissors and Diplomacy, and the rest of us do NOT get it.
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock did NOT originate on The Big Bang Theory, thankyouverymuch.
  • We learn about a very colorful remake of the Star Fleet Battle Manual.
  • We discuss some of the many, many Lost Worlds gamebooks(and related series) that were released in the 1980s. (And that page isn't even an exhaustive list...)
  • Mike introduces a game about which literally everything he remembers is wrong.
  • Joe practices for a future in which he testifies before Congress.

As usual, we'd love to have you visit our website and let us know what kinds of games we should discuss next. You're also more than welcome to comment on the episode page, or our Facebook page, or tag @ascentofgames on Twitter - however you prefer to share your opinions with us. And if you have the time to leave us a review on iTunes, we'd be very grateful indeed!

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments!

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

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