Pick Up & Deliver 186: Five Scary Games – Here in the season of scares, Brendan shares tales of five games that have the potential to be scary or have induced fear in your usually fearless leader.
Pick Up & Deliver 185: A New Game Quartet. Brendan leads a brief discussion of some new games he’s played recently. It’s a light conversation about a couple games. Join us!
Pick Up & Deliver 184: Light Complexity (Depth vs. Complexity, part 3) – Brendan concludes the three part series about Depth vs. Complexity. In games with Light Complexity, a light ruleset allows for varying kinds of game experiences.
Pick Up & Deliver 183: Medium Complexity (Depth vs. Complexity, part 2) – Brendan continues his discussion of Depth vs. Complexity, started in episode 182. In this episode, he discusses games of Medium Complexity.
Pick Up & Deliver 182: Heavy Complexity (Depth vs. Complexity, part 1) – Brendan discusses how the concepts of Complexity and Depth help us organize games and understand why they are fun or difficult or both. The series starts with Heavy Complexity.
Inspired by Rodney Smith’s recent Boardgamegeek.com Youtube video, Brendan talks a bit about the idea of game elements being “overpowered” and how game designers wrestle with this thorny issue. Rodney Smith’s “Overpowered” video. Root Cerebria: The Inside World Tapestry What
In Episode 180, Brendan talks a bit about the experience of getting “salty”–feeling upset about experiences in gaming in which anger gets the better of us. He explores the aspects of gameplay that give him this feeling most strongly: betrayal, really really bad luck, games where someone can “undo” your work, control or lock decks, and blocking.
Pick Up & Deliver 179: The Alpha Gamer Problem – Brendan shares his recent experience and thinking about the problem of “quarterbacking” or “alpha gaming” in cooperative board games.
Episode 178: Top of the Stack, October 2019. Brendan shares his experiences playing games in September, and his plans for October.
Episode 177: Want List Update – Brendan reviews his current want list, highlights the games he is keen on, and explains the games he has cooled on.