Category: Leisure:Games

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

March 1, 2021

Episode 31B - Good Tie-In Games, Part2

We're back to talk some more about some of our favorite tie-in games (and slightly less about Jodorowsky's Dune). We continue our tradition of not knowing what the heck we're talking about, as an off-mic Sandi corrects Frank's gross misunderstanding of the Witcher's fundamental nature. This episode also encompasses virtually all of Jayson's childhood (and, indeed, adulthood), plus some commentary from the rest of us, including some discussions on some franchises that we wish WOULD have a good board game, but don't.

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments on any or all of these items, and especially a review on iTunes if you have the time and inclination!

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

The Ascent of Board Games is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some rights reserved.

Thank you for listening!

February 1, 2021

Episode 31 - Good Tie-In Games, Part 1

It turns out we REALLY like talking about the universes and stories that we love. So much so that this episode on book/TV/movie tie-in games has grown to expand into two episodes, mostly because we won't shut up. Hopefully this experiment doesn't drive you too crazy.

It also turns out that, while we like these things, we don't know as much about them as we should. For example:

  • Jayson talks about Conan for 20 minutes, but doesn't know what is best in life.
  • Brian raves about Tolkien games, but cannot distinguish between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (games).
  • Frank loves Toho monster movies, but cannot identify Megalon. (He also has some math issues.)
  • Joe takes a brief tangent on Jodorowsky's Dune and suddenly thinks the podcast is a TV show. Then things get weird. (I'm very sorry.) 

Other items of interest in this episode include:

  • This will be no surprise to our regular listeners, but Frank owns many, many board games.
  • Joe began his foray into board game design at a very young age.
  • Brian gets slightly maniacal at the pace of the episode.

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments on any or all of these items, and especially a review on iTunes if you have the time and inclination!

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

The Ascent of Board Games is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some rights reserved.

Thank you for listening!

January 1, 2021

Episode 30 - Games with Changing Boards

Happy New Year! Congratulations on surviving 2020 with enough mental fortitude to listen to a podcast about board games! To celebrate the (hopefully positive) change in the calendar, we're talking about games where the board changes as you play. You'll hear us say things like:

  • "Sometimes you just wanna go punch your friends in the face."
  • "In 2003, Mayfair Games produced a tiny little bundle of hate."
  •  "Yahtzee, with punching." (I'm sensing a theme here...)
  • "Hey Culligan Man!"

Other items of interest in this episode include:

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments on any or all of these items, and especially a review on iTunes if you have the time and inclination!

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

The Ascent of Board Games is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some rights reserved.

Thank you for listening!

December 4, 2020

Episode 29 - 2020 Year-End Wrap-Up

2020 - what a year, huh? After everything else it's thrown at us, it managed to give us a last-minute technical glitch that made this episode several days late. We're sorry - thanks for bearing with us!

Amazingly, we were still able to come up with an hour's worth of discussion about good things that happened in 2020, as well as a glimpse at what we're hoping will make 2021 a better year (not that it has a high bar to clear there).

  • Mike convinces Frank to spend some money for a change.
  • Jayson fails to find the origin of "Vril," which originated in an obscure novel by the man who brought you "It was a dark and stormy night" (not to mention "the pen is mightier than the sword").
  • Frank abandons board games for computer games (although to be fair, they include some excellent computer games).
  • We get a nice rant from Joe - we haven't had one of those in a while!
  • And a potentially exciting surprise announcement that even WE weren't expecting!

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments on any or all of these items, and especially a review on iTunes if you have the time and inclination!

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

The Ascent of Board Games is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some rights reserved.

Thank you for listening!

December 1, 2020

Episode 29 Delayed

Boy, 2020 sure has been a year, hasn't it?

I guess it's only fitting that our year-end wrap-up episode for 2020 has been beset by technical problems, meaning that Your Humble Editor is needing to re-edit the whole episode for the second time. It may be out by tomorrow, but more likely Thursday (or possibly even Friday if the year lives up to its reputation).

Many apologies for the delay - thanks for sticking with us! Stay safe out there!

November 1, 2020

Episode 28 - Negotiation Games

We'll make you a deal - you download and listen to this episode, and we'll tell you about some of our favorite (and least favorite) negotiation games. As an added bonus, we've gotten our sound quality back to something that should be close to our pre-COVID levels, and we'll throw that in for free. (Thanks to Craig Shipman at the Third Floor Wars podcast for the suggestion that got us there - if you're at all interested in miniature skirmish gaming, that is a show you will definitely want to check out!)

We also answer some age-old questions:

  • Who is Dan Baden's b*tch, and how did he earn that title?
  • What game does Frank call "The Box of Being Mean To Each Other"?
  • And, of course, what combination of Dune rules do we play with?
    • Advanced Faction Abilities: Yes
    • Collections Bonus: Yes
    • Advanced Combat: No
    • Expanded Treachery: No
    • Diversified Victory: No
    • Main Leaders: No
    • Playing with Two or Three: God no, why would you do that?

A few other items of interest from this month:

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments on any or all of these items, and especially a review on iTunes if you have the time and inclination!

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

The Ascent of Board Games is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some rights reserved.

Thank you for listening!

October 2, 2020

Episode 27 - Heartbreakers, Part 2

We're back, having survived another month of the heartbreak that is 2020, to talk about more of the games that also broke our hearts. The audio continues to be noisy, for which we continue to apologize, but we have a cunning plan in place to improve things for next month. Thank you for your patience, and stay tuned!

Some elements of interest from this month:

What are the games that broke your heart? And why are we all (but especially Frank) wrong about the ones on our list? Please let us know. And please fill out the Future Episodes poll on our homepage if you haven't already!

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments on any or all of these items, and especially a review on iTunes if you have the time and inclination!

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

The Ascent of Board Games is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some rights reserved.

Thank you for listening!

September 1, 2020

Episode 26 - Heartbreakers, Part 1

Hi, folks. This month, we...we...

I'm sorry. I'll get it together. Give me a minute. (Blows nose noisily.)

This month we're talking about the games that broke our hearts...the ones we really, really wanted to love, but that ended up just making us miserable. (Almost as miserable as our continued COVID-caused audio deficiencies, for which we continue to apologize.) Among our melancholy memories:

  • Brian gets all noir up in here.
  • A game board worthy of a third-grade book report.
  • Some gorgeous miniatures from a lousy game.
  • Some other thematically identical gorgeous miniatures from a different game, which we have not identified as lousy.
  • Jayson reminds Mike of a game he hated so much that he blocked it from his memory.

What games do you think Part 2 will hold? What are the games that broke your heart? Please let us know!

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments on any or all of these items, and especially a review on iTunes if you have the time and inclination!

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

The Ascent of Board Games is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some rights reserved.

Thank you for listening!

August 2, 2020

Episode 25 - Racing Games

Well, we came in last this month, but this episode has finally arrived - time to discuss racing games! (Although, as we mention at the end, almost all games can be defined as racing games in one way or another.) Sadly, we are still limited by lockdown audio quality, but hopefully you still find it listenable. Thanks for bearing with us!

 

In this episode:

As always, we appreciate your listening and would love to hear your comments on any or all of these items, and especially a review on iTunes if you have the time and inclination!

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

 

The Ascent of Board Games is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Some rights reserved.

 

Thank you for listening!

August 1, 2020

There will be a brief delay…

Apologies, dear listeners, but there is going to be a slight delay in the release of Episode 25 - Racing Games. Without going into the tedious details, the editor's car had to make an unexpected pit stop today, resulting in him being a lap behind. The episode will be out tomorrow, August 2. We apologize for the inconvenience!