January 26, 2017

VGH #278: Kicked Out of Australia

Paul takes a break from all the gammin to build cities on an island full of sheep. Randy continues to pursue his murderous agenda on the mean streets of San Francisco. And D.J. is strong-armed into playing that game he’s always playing.


  • Things Discussed

    Things Discussed:
    Diplomacy, Final Fantasy XIV, Settlers of Catan, Watch Dogs 2

Episode Timeline

00:54 – Intro
01:20 – Board games and gaming funk
46:28 – Watch Dogs 2
59:58 – Final Fantasy XIV
68:03 – Outro

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This Week’s Music:
“Brazil – The Atomic Era” and “Kongo – The Atomic Era” from Civilization VI by Geoff Knorr and Phill Boucher

  • Rockherder

    There is a game on steam called table top simulator. It alows you to play a bunch of different board games online with friends.

    • spaulsandhu

      Nice, I think I’ll have to check that out!

  • Courtney

    Yes it was this American life https://m.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/531/got-your-back

    Love that show. Yes! We had so much fun with Catan. We are about to train a new friend on it so we can get the 5+ player expansion.

    • spaulsandhu

      Is that the Diplomacy episode?

  • Bryan Johnson

    This was one of the best off-topic discussions. I’ve hopped out of following video games to pursue playing board games. I find that meeting with people face-to-face and playing board games is more rewarding than chats over internet forums or talking to somebody while they play on there phone. My greatest challenge has been to form a regular group. Most non gamers are too intimidated by the rules or learning a new game that they won’t even try. It is such a disappointment that having fun is tainted by people who would rather be talking about the weather/sports and staring at a phone.

    I recommend playing Ticket to Ride and Forbidden Island for starting into hobby games.

    • spaulsandhu

      Glad you enjoyed the chat! I’ve actually been doing a lot more table top gaming in the last two months and it’s been great. Totally agree with you on the face-to-face thing as well.

      We actually just started a D&D game, hoping that it’ll turn into a regular group, but it’s tough with busy schedules. Ticket to Ride is on our list of games to try, and I’ll put Forbidden Island on that list now too.

    • Rockherder

      I have been lucky to always have found co-workers to play with me. Seems like no matter where I work we seem to sniff each other out. But all my groups seem to go through lulls that we don’t play so I have found people to play with in the following ways: Some Libraries will also let you host a board game night and publish it on their website if you want to grow a group. Also check out local community collages. They sometimes have a group that meets that don’t require you to be at the school to join. There are also board game cons that happen all over the place that you could meet people. I have also found groups in meetup.com to play with. Good luck finding a regular group to play with. I know it can be tough.

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