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The Married with Board Games Podcast

We're Spencer and Lara and we're married with board games! We talk about board and card games with a critical eye on how they work for couples. But this show isn't just for couples! Everyone will find something they like here, from Game Night Grub recipes to reviews to advice, you'll hear it all on the Married with Board Games Podcast.
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Jul 21, 2017

In our first BONUS episode, we chat with Keith Baker and Jenn Ellis, owners of Twogether Studios.

Keith and Jenn are a married couple who run a board game company together. We chat with them about what that's like and their current game on Kickstarter, Action Cats!

We also discuss the future of Twogether Studios.

(NOTE: There's some slight distortion in the first 3 minutes of the episode due to our MWBG microphone gain being turned up. Please bear with it for those first few minutes. Thank you!)

"Keith is an award winning game designer known for his Dungeons & Dragons world of Eberron, and the transparent card game Gloom among other titles. Jenn has spent 20 years in product management and developed customer engagement programs for big companies and tiny non profits. They live in Portland, Oregon with their dog Sensei Ping and two adorable cats."

Jul 19, 2017

In episode 22, we’re back from Dice Tower Con!

 

We kick things off with reviews of Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty’s Trail, Kerala, and The Lost Expedition.

 

Spencer brings a quirky new Rule Book Mad Libs Segment featuring Potion Explosion.

 

And then we name our top 5 games we demoed at Dice Tower Con!

 

Time Stamps:

Purrrlock Holmes: Furriarty’s Trail review: 3:29

Kerala review: 10:02

The Lost Expedition review: 16:06

Rule Book Mad Libs – Potion Explosion: 23:27

Top 5 Games played at Dice Tower Con: 26:25

Contact Info: 49:10

Jul 5, 2017
On episode 21 of The Married with Board Games Podcast, we review three games: Four, Concept, and Kanagawa.
 
Lara brings us Tomato Basil Mozzarella Toasts from tastesbetterfromscratch.com in her latest Game Night Grub Segment.
 
Then we list our top 5 favorite games to play 2 player.
 
Time stamps:
  • Announcements: 1:12
  • Four Review: 5:15
  • Concept Review: 10:30
  • Kanagawa Review:  18:45
  • Game Night Grub : 25:47
  • Top 5 Games for 2 Players: 29:51
  • Contact Information: 49:10
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Jun 21, 2017

On episode 20, we introduce some new segments!

First, we announce the winner of a copy of Exit: The Game! Then we talk about Flatline from Renegade Games, Unlock: The Island of Dr. Goorse from Space Cowboys, and Near and Far from Red Raven Games.

We introduce the first entry in our Board Game Trailers segment, where we envision games that should not be movies, as movies. The first subject to get this treatment is Hungry Hungry Hippos.

We head into a brief Game Night Grub segment, and then introduce another new segment, Rule Book Mad Libs!

Finally, we end the show discussing Con Envy. DO you get envious of people who go to all those awesome conventions? How do you deal with it??

 

TIMESTAMPS

Welcome - 00:15

Contest Winner - 02:13

Flatline - 03:35

Unlock - 16:50

Near and Far - 27:03

Board Game Trailers - 37:14

Game Night Grub - 44:34

Rule Book Mad Libs - 47:48

Discussion: Con Envy 54:03

 

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Jun 7, 2017

Episode 19 is a fantastic episode if we do say so ourselves! We begin with the announcement of a contest. Fill out a survey about our podcast and be entered to win a copy of Exit: The Game! Listen for all the details. Winner will be announced in episode 20 on June 21st. Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSM68M6

Speaking of Exit: The Game, we also review a couple of entries in the series.

We also have a GREAT discussion with Jason Kotarski, publisher at Green Couch Games. We talk about the many hats he wears, where filler games fit into the board gaming hobby, and then we each give our top 5 filler games!

Jason also announces what is coming up next for Green Couch Games. Thanks so much to Jason for joining us on the show!

You can get more information about Green Couch Games here:

http://www.greencouchgames.com/

https://www.facebook.com/greencouchtabletop/

https://twitter.com/GreenCouchGames

TIMESTAMPS:

Contest Announcement: 2:23

Exit: The Game Review: 4:30

Discussion with Jason Kotarski: 15:38

Top 5 filler games with Jason Kotarski: 38:02

What’s next for Green Couch Games: 1:10:28

How to contact us and reviews: 1:19:52

May 24, 2017

On episode 18 of the Married with Board Games Podcast, we discuss some games that we've played recently, including Konja, Burgle Bros., and Pandemic Iberia.

Lara has ANOTHER s'mores recipe for Game Night Grub.

And we have a discussion on theme! What is theme? Is it important? Are there themes that are turn-offs to friends and partners? What are our favorite themes?

 

May 10, 2017

On episode 17, we review Bulls & Bears, Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island, and Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective.

Lara has a healthy but tasty Game Night Grub Recipe, and then we share our top games for large groups.

 

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Apr 26, 2017

On this episode, we discuss games that have succeeded in making us angry and give some tips on how to deal with anger in gaming.

We also talk about Diceborn Heroes, Colony, and Plants Vs. Zombies Heroes.

Spencer takes over for a Lara-approved Game Night Grub segment and we have some pretty neat announcements to share.

Check out marriedwithbg.com for the Game Night Grub recipe.

Apr 12, 2017

On episode 15, we discuss Rock Paper Wizard, Mascarade, and Lords of Waterdeep. Lara has a Texan flavored Game Night Grub Recipe, and we list our favorite cooperative games of all time.

For the full recipe, visit marriedwithbg.com

Mar 29, 2017

On this episode, we recount our experience from FallsCon and have some nice things to say about SpyGlass Games. We discuss Raptor from Matagot Games, Scythe from StoneMaier Games, Escape Room: The Game from Spin Master, and Fury of Dracula Third Edition from Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop.

Lara has a very refreshing Game Night Grub Recipe.

And our topic of the show is: In what situations is it okay to take it easy on someone when playing a game?

For the full Game Night Grub recipe, visit marriedwithboardgames.com.

Mar 15, 2017

On our thirteenth episode, we are joined by special guests Andrew and Anitra Smith from The Family Gamers Podcast!

First we mention two Kickstarter games, Sigil: Powers of War and Cauldron Master. We also give our thoughts on a new cooperative deck building game called VENOM Assault!

Our Game Night Grub Recipe, Bacon Maple Crack, is courtesy of The Family Gamers this week.

Andrew recounts his trip to PAX East, and then we discuss some great games for families to play together as recommended by Andrew and Anitra. Visit marriedwithbg.com for the recipe and links to the games discussed.

Feb 28, 2017

In episode 12, we give our thoughts on T.I.M.E Stories: Prophecy of Dragons, Bavarian Holiday, London Dread, and Sheriff of Nottingham. 

Lara's Game Night Grub recipe puts a new spin on the classic Smores.

And then we discuss our top games inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft.

Visit marriedwithbg.com for the Game Night Grub Recipe.

Feb 8, 2017

In the first part of the episode 11, we review a game coming to Kickstarter, Sorcerer's Skirmish, along with Holmes: Sherlock and Mycroft, Clank!, and Five Tribes.

Lara's Game Night Grub recipe is Easy Asian Steak Bites.

We are also going back to our roots when we first started gaming as a couple. We'll talk about three games that are special to us, even if no one else thinks they are that great.

Find the full Game Night Grub recipe on our website, marriedwithbg.com.

Jan 31, 2017

In episode 10 of the Married with Board Games Podcast, we discuss our first Kickstarter preview of 2017, Rabbit Island: Explore, Build, Conquer. We also talk about Dastardly Dirigibles from Fireside Games, Celestia from Quick Simple Fun Games, and Above and Below from Red Raven Games.

There is no Game Night Grub segment this week, but next episode will more than make up for it.

And finally, for our topic of the week, we discuss how we game around the distraction of small children, as well a how we include our children in the hobby.

Jan 11, 2017

In our first episode of 2017, we share our thoughts on some great small box games, Wok on Fire from Green Couch Games and Martial Art from Spider Goat Games. Then we up the ante by talking about Starfall by Scott Almes and published by IDW and Pandasaurus Games and Adrenaline published by CGE.

Lara has a sweet game night grub recipe, and in our topic of the show, we discuss comparing yourself to other gamers - how it happens, why we think it's bad, and how to stop doing it! 

 

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

Recipe from: http://cookiesandcups.com/texas-sheet-cake-cookies/#_a5y_p=3030526

makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

½ cup butter, room temperature

⅓ cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1⅓ cup flour

½ cup semi­sweet chocolate chips, melted

Icing

½ cup butter

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

3 Tbsp milk

2½ cups powdered sugar

Instructions

Cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350°

2. Line baking sheet with parchment or silicone mat, set aside.

3. In bowl of stand mixer beat butter and sugar together until light, scraping sides frequently.

4. Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated. Mix in baking powder and salt.

5. Turn mixer to low and slowly add in flour. Dough will be thick.

6. In a microwave safe bowl heat chocolate chips on high in 30 second increments until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds.

7. Mix melted chocolate directly into cookie dough until evenly mixed.

8. Drop dough by a measured tablespoon sized mounds onto baking sheet. Bake for 7­8 minutes until cookies just appear set. They will still be very soft on the inside. DO NOT overbake!!

9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Icing

1. In a medium saucepan combine butter, cocoa powder and milk over medium heat, whisking until melted together. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar.

2. Pour icing over cookies and allow icing to set before serving. Notes store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

*Make sure not to overbake these cookies. The insides will remain soft and dense if baked correctly.

Dec 14, 2016

In episode 8 of the Married with Board Games Podcast, we give our thoughts on Brass Empire, Temporum, and Escape: The Curse of the Temple.

A tasty Game Night Grub recipe offers a new way to enjoy pizza, and we end the episode talking about our top 5 games of 2016.

 

Dec 1, 2016

In episode seven we talk about Chariot Race, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, and Colt Express!

Lara has a simple, but effective Game Night Grub recipe, and we end the episode discussing the top 5 games we hope Santa will bring us for Christmas.

 

Nov 14, 2016

In episode six we have a few important announcements about some special projects.

We give our thoughts about Nosferatu, Bang! The Dice Game, and Islebound. 

Lara has a delicious - and portable - game night grub recipe, and we end the episode with our recommendations of games you can take to family gatherings during the holidays.

Recipe from madewithhappy.com

Loaded Tater Tot Skewers

Ingredients: Bag of Tater Tots 8 slices of bacon, chopped 1 cup of cheese, grated 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning skewers

Instructions

1. Cook your tater tots according to directions until golden brown in color. Ours was in a 425 degree oven for 20­30 minutes.

2. Once you pull them out of the oven, let cool for approximately 2­5 minutes until you can skewer them onto the skewers. I suggest 6­7 per skewer.

3. Once on the skewers and on the pan, sprinkle ranch dressing over each of tater tots.

4. Then sprinkle the bacon and then the cheese.

5. Into the oven for an additional 10 minutes unti

Nov 2, 2016

Episode five is a very special episode! First we talk about some games! Those include Ascended Kings, Freya's Folly, The Refuge and Police Precinct Second Edition.

There is no Game Night Grub segment because we had the pleasure of interviewing game designer Jason Allen!

Jason is the designer of Ascended Kings and he joins us to tell us all about it.

Oct 22, 2016

In our fourth episode, we have a tale of unfortunate events. We discuss Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk.

A new game night grub recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth and we end the episode discussing how to live frugally as a gamer when you also have a family to take care of.

 

Home made brownie recipe from iambaker.net

 

Dry Ingredients

1 cup white sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Wet Ingredients

1/2 cup butter melted, then cooled

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

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  1. Sift together all dry ingredients. Place into a jar or airtight container.
  2. On a gift tag or label write the wet ingredients and quantities and then directions. \"Melt butter and set aside to cool slightly. In a medium bowl, beat two eggs with the vanilla. Add in and gently stir dry ingredients. Pour the melted butter into brownie mixture and mix until just incorporated. Spread batter in a prepared 8-inch square pan and bake for 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees.\"
Oct 5, 2016

In episode three we talk about Tides of Madness, Beyond Baker Street, Mission: Red Planet Second Edition, and Potion Explosion. 

A new game night grub segment puts a new spin on chicken and waffles, and we end the episode discussing our personal favorites to play as a married couple.

 

Chicken & Waffle Sliders

Author: A Food, Folks and Fun Original!

Recipe type: Appetizer

Ingredients: frozen mini waffles, toasted chicken tenders, cooked {real} maple syrup toothpicks

Instructions

1. Slice your cooked chicken fingers into 3­4 pieces each. Break your toasted mini waffles apart.

2. Sandwich 1 piece of chicken between 2 mini waffles. Secure with a toothpick. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve warm.

Notes

Cook up as many waffles and chicken fingers as needed. As a rule of thumb, 1 chicken finger will get you about 3­4 sliders.

Recipe by Food, Folks and Fun at http://foodfolksandfun.net/2014/01/game­day­eats­chicken­waffle­sliders/

Sep 21, 2016

In this episode, we're recording from a cabin in the East Texas woods! We talk about our Super Awesome Gaming Weekend in which we logged almost 30 plays!

Games we talk about include The Dragon & Flagon, Mansions of Madness: Second Edition, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, and A La Carte.

Plus, Lara's Game Night Grub segment provides an answer to baked potato lovers, and we end the episode with some advice on not forcing gaming on important people in your life.

 

LOADED BAKED POTATO DIP

(From http://www.browneyedbaker.com/loaded-baked-potato-dip/)

 

yield: 8 to 10 servings

prep time: 10 minutes

total time: 10 minutes

This loaded baked potato dip combines all of the fantastic flavors of a classic loaded baked potato - sour cream, bacon, cheese and scallions. Scoop away with potato chips!

INGREDIENTS:

16 ounces sour cream
1 (12-ounce) package bacon, cooked and finely chopped
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
2 green onions, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving to allow flavors to meld together. Garnish with extra shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and chopped green onions. Serve with your favorite potato chips or pretzel crisps. Dip can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving if it has been refrigerated for longer than an hour.

Sep 7, 2016

In the introductory episode, Spencer and Lara introduce themselves, discuss their mission statement, and talk about board games! We take a look at Super Hack Override, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, and Rococo. We also have a delicious recipe for Game Night Grub, and we end the episode with some advice on how to get your significant other to be open to trying new board games.

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