Episode 232 – BGG Hotness July 2019

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To kick things off, Anthony and Chris read answers to the question of the week, “What’s a game for which the reviews are surprising to you (too positive or too negative)?

For acquisition disorders, this week, Anthony discusses his Gen Con hotness list and Chris looks at Era: Medieval Age. 

At the table, Anthony reviews Villagers, and Chris reviews Agricola the Revised edition and discusses his first place of Le Havre. 

Finally, in the feature, the guys run through the current top 15 games on Board Game Geek.

  • Question of the Week: 7:16
  • Acquisition Disorders: 14:17
  • Villagers Review: 21:15
  • Agricola Revised Edition Review: 26:23
  • Le Havre Discussion: 30:37
  • BGG Hotness: 34:06
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  • Anthony

    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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  • Michael Gonzalez

    For me, I genuinely don’t understand why people don’t love Tokaido and its Crossroads expansion. I think it deserves a lot more love than it gets. I’ve heard reviewers say “you just take the next spot”; and that just proves to me that they don’t understand the game. You play like that against me, and I’ll wipe the floor with you while experiencing Zen-like inner peace.

    And then I hear some (even Zee Garcia, who I really like) saying that Crossroads doubles the difficulty of teaching. I have never had that issue at all. It’s just two options at each location, and they are mostly just versions of what you were already doing. I’ve even taught noobs the game with Crossroads already in it (as though that were all just the base game) and they got it and had fun.

    My usual favorite games are mid-weight or higher, but Tokaido — while lighter, even with Crossroads — is really something special in my opinion, and I don’t get why reviewers don’t see it.

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