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Episode 52 – 15 Predictions for 2015

In the first new episode of 2015, Chris and Drew sit down and discuss their predictions for the new year, along with a handful of new acquisition disorders and five games they were able to get to the table lately. This is going to be an amazing year for the hobby – find out what we think will happen and how it will affect your gaming habits.

Shout it from the Tabletop

Drew has a handful of interesting new stories to share, including a questionable Cards Against Humanity promotion (aren’t they all), the presence of board gaming in popular media, gaming in schools, and Google’s take on board games.

Acquisition Disorder Corner

This week, Chris and Drew discuss two of the hottest and most anticipated games of 2015 – Roll for the Galaxy and Spyfall. Learn more about both games and why they can’t hit our tables fast enough.

At the Table

The guys get five games to the table this week, with a whole lot of exclamation points among them. Learn more about Ka-Ching!, Times Up!, Title Recall!, and Lost Cities to determine if any of them are the right fit for your gaming group. You will also learn about Game of Thrones 2nd Edition – the game everyone scared us into thinking would be too brutal – does it live up to the anti-hype or is it the brilliant Americlash game so many say it is.

15 Predictions for 2015!

Listen to the episode below to hear all of our predictions for the new year. Here’s a full list of what those include:

15. Kickstarter Sells Out
14. FF Produces SW Board Game and/or Death Star
13. Mergers: BN & ToysRus
12. Mergers/BuyOuts: Stronghold Games
11. A Major Convention will Announce its Moving
10. D&D Board Game will be bought in high numbers, be Meh!, and then bargain bin.
9.   Board Gaming will go by a new term Analog Gaming
8.   Backlash Against Apps in Board Games
7.   Shorter Games (under 1 1/2 hrs tops)
6.   New Games will be released in Deluxe Versions only
5.   A Woman will be Nominated for a Major Board Gaming Award
4.   A reprint for El Grande will be announced!
3.   Game Stores will be replaced with Game Cafes
2.   Scythe will be the biggest original game on Kickstarter
1.   Too unbelievable to be mentioned here!?

Listen to Episode 52

  • 03:11 – Shout it from the Tabletop
  • 18:10 – Acquisition Disorder Corner
  • 21:38 – At the Table
  • 39:02 – Predictions for 2015!

Make sure to check out BGA on Twitter (@BGApodcast), Facebook, and BoardGameGeek.

“SHOUT IT FROM THE TABLE TOP!” Links and Notes:

Spielworxx has partnered with Stronghold Games, rereleasing Age of Reason/La Granja

http://todayinboardgames.com/age-reason-la-granja-press-release/

Google Studying E-Commerce Offensive

http://icv2.com/articles/comics/view/30462/google-studying-e-commerce-offensive

Look for a “BUY” button coming soon to Google listings…

Results of CAH’s Dumb Promotions for Black Friday

http://blog.maxistentialism.com/post/105481561063/black-friday-bullshit-this-year-for-black

CAH buys a private island (Hawaii 2) & gives it away

http://boingboing.net/2014/12/23/cards-against-humanity-buys-a.html

Popular Mechanics – 15 Best New Board Games of the Year (Popular Mechanics)

http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/gadgets/toys/15-best-new-board-games-of-the-year#slide-1

9 reasons analog games are awesome (ArtOfManliness.com)

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/12/21/9-reasons-analog-games-are-awesome/

New ‘designer’ board games are reviving game night  (The Washingtonian)

http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhours/guides/new-designer-board-games-are-reviving-game-night.php

“The Do Something Guide to Games” (The Guardian)

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/series/the-do-something-guide-to-games

Incl, How do astronauts play Scrabble in Space? and No More Bored Games

Serious Games go Offline: Bringing the Board Game to the Board Room (Wired)

http://www.wired.com/2014/12/board-game-to-board-room/

The Game Design merit badge (LeagueOfGamemakers.com)

http://www.leagueofgamemakers.com/the-game-design-merit-badge/

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    Anthony lives and plays games in Pittsburgh, PA. A lover of complex strategy, two player war games, and area control, Anthony is always eager to try a new game, even if he's on rule-reading duty.

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