Welcome to the home of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Grab your favorite brew and take a listen as we discuss all the board game things. We have two podcast formats: Episodes and Microbrews.

Episodes are longer podcasts where you can hear about the games we have been playing, the brews we are enjoying, and a short discussion topic. We value your time so we try to keep these around an hour.

Microbrews will consist of shorter topic discussions, interviews and other things we think will be fun. Each of these will be about 30 minutes.

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Episode 33 - Being a Board Game Concierge

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Microbrew 12 - Tellstones: Kings Gambit Review

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Episode 32 - Play This, Not That-Part 2

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Episode 31 - Play This, Not That-Part 1

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Episode 31 – Play This, Not That – Part 1

Episode 31 – Play This, Not That – Part 1

Welcome to Episode 31 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they talk about games to play instead of some older classics or mass market games. There are times to play games like Jenga or Hearts but if the opportunity arises to play something more on the hobby side of things, what do you suggest? We take each classic game and offer hobby game suggestions that match the feel or mechanisms of the classic.

TIME – TOPIC:

0:00 – Intro/Brew Talk
4:23 – What we’ve been playing
15:40 – MAIN TOPIC – Play this, not that
17:30 – Hearts/Spades
19:43 – Jenga
25:35 – Pictionary
29:24 – Stratego
32:50 – Operation
35:26 – Battleship
39:50 – Guess Who
42:58 – Backgammon
45:55 – Rummy
48:48 – Chess/Checkers
54:03 – Life
56:42 – Monopoly

Microbrew 10 – Gaming Flops

Microbrew 10 – Gaming Flops

Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian, and Just Bryan as they discuss gaming flops  – from botched game nights to teaching fails. We also offer some advice on how to avoid and recover from these unfortunate events.

We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you’d like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, please subscribe using your podcast player of choice.

Episode 30 – The Golden Age of Board Games?

Episode 30 – The Golden Age of Board Games?

Welcome to Episode 30 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they ask the question: are we in a golden age of board gaming? What does that even mean? Can we even know? Take a listen and then let us know what you think at pubmeeple@gmail.com.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.

TIME – TOPIC:
0:00 – Intro/Brew Talk
5:10 – What we’ve been playing
13:42 – MAIN TOPIC – The Golden Age of Board Games?

Microbrew 9 – Top 5 Bluffing and Deduction Games

Microbrew 9 – Top 5 Bluffing and Deduction Games

Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian, and Just Bryan as they talk through the Pub’s top 5 bluffing and deduction games.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.

Episode 29 – Instabuys, Impulse Buys, and Some Regret

Episode 29 – Instabuys, Impulse Buys, and Some Regret

Welcome to Episode 29 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they discuss instabuys and impulse buys and maybe a little regret as well. We’ve all had the moments of weakness, seen a great deal, or just known that a game would be right for us. Listen to our stories and share yours with us at pubmeeple@gmail.com.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.

TIME – TOPIC:
0:00 – Intro/Brew Talk
4:03 – What we’ve been playing
11:20 – MAIN TOPIC – Instabuys
30:35 – Impulse Buys

Episode 28 – Long-distance Gaming

Episode 28 – Long-distance Gaming

Welcome to Episode 28 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they discuss long-distance gaming – gaming using online platforms, apps and video chat. This is an especially relevant topic during these times of staying in our homes as much as possible. If you are looking for ways to play board games without being together in person, this is the episode for you.

We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you’d like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.

0:00 – Intro/Brew Talk
5:20 – What we’ve been playing
15:20 – MAIN TOPIC – Long-distance Gaming
18:18 – Apps for playing and learning
28:09 – Companion apps
39:23 – Online Platforms
50:20 – Video Chat Gaming

Microbrew 8 – IPs We’d Like to Play

Microbrew 8 – IPs We’d Like to Play

Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian, and guest host Jeff as they talk through some intellectual properties they would like to see made into board games. 

We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you’d like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.

Episode 27 – Family Gaming

Episode 27 – Family Gaming

Welcome to Episode 27 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Proper Brian and guest host Jeff as they have a very relevant discussion – gaming with your family. As we are all stuck in our houses for the next while we should all consider gathering around the table for some family gaming. We hope everyone is well and keeping their distance from others to slow the spread of COVID-19.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

0:00 – Intro & Brew Talk
4:56 – What we’ve been playing
9:43 – MAIN TOPIC – Family Gaming
13:41 – How much do you play with your family?
20:05 – How do you work games into family time?
29:33 – Favorite family gaming moments/games?
35:09 – Game recommendations for different ages and stages
49:00 – Final thoughts on family gaming

Microbrew 7 – The History of the Pub

Microbrew 7 – The History of the Pub

Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Just Bryan and Proper Brian as they go back in time to the very beginnings of Pub Meeple. We take you through our history and reminisce about all the good times.

We are putting out the call for listener questions! If you have a question you’d like us to answer on the podcast please email it to pubmeeple@gmail.com.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please leave a review on iTunes or your platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. If you want new episodes whenever they drop, subscribe below.

Episode 26 – Our Gaming Roots

Episode 26 – Our Gaming Roots

Welcome to Episode 26 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Get to know your hosts a bit better as they discuss their personal gaming histories. They try to trace back into their early years to discover where their love of board gaming came from. This episode is a little bit memory lane, a little bit counseling session, and a lot of fun.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

Time-topic:
0:00 – Intro and Brew Talk
4:06 – What we’ve been playing
12:29 – MAIN TOPIC – Our Gaming Roots
14:40 – Seeds – formative gaming experiences
29:05 – Sparks – when we joined the hobby
45:22 – Shifts – maturity in our gaming tastes

Microbrew 6 – The Deluxe Factor

Microbrew 6 – The Deluxe Factor

Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, Just Bryan and Proper Brian for some Ranking Engine stats and then a discussion about the deluxe effect. The stats show that deluxe editions of games are ranked significantly higher than their counterparts. Why is that? We attempt to answer that question.

Episode 25 – Game of the Year and Our Top Games

Episode 25 – Game of the Year and Our Top Games

Welcome to Episode 25 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they crown the Board Game Ranking Engine Game of the Year for 2019. This award is based on all of the rankings done via the BGRE in 2019. Out of all the games published in 2019 the winner was ranked the highest.

We also talk through all the other top 5s – our collective and individual top 5s as well as the BGRE top 5. Lots of great games are discussed.

TIME-TOPIC
0:00 – Intro and Brew Talk
2:52 – The Pub and BGRE Top 5s
23:10 – 2019 BGRE Game of the Year
33:50 – Our Personal Top 5s

Episode 24 – 2019 Year in Review

Episode 24 – 2019 Year in Review

Welcome to Episode 24 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they take a look back at 2019. We discuss our favorite moments of the year – games, podcasting, family, and more. Then we take a look forward to 2020 and what we are excited for in the new year.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

0:00 – Intro and Brew Talk
3:05 – What we’ve been playing
14:02 – A Musical Interlude
14:50 – MAIN TOPIC – 2019 Year In Review
45:32 – 2020 Look Forward

Episode 23: Other Ways to Enjoy the Hobby

Episode 23: Other Ways to Enjoy the Hobby

Welcome to Episode 23 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, and Proper Brian as they discuss other ways to enjoy the hobby. While playing games is the obvious way, there are so many other ways to interact with the hobby and we discuss those.

But before that, queue up game four of Name the Game – Shuck is our clue giver this round. This our final Name the Game game since we will be debuting a new podcast game next year. Stay tuned for details!

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

0:00 – Intro and Brew Talk
3:08 – What we’ve been playing
12:30 – Name the Game
16:55 – MAIN TOPIC – Other Ways to Enjoy the Hobby

Episode 22 – Only Nine

Episode 22 – Only Nine

Welcome to Episode 22 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Shuck, Gary, and Proper Brian as they discuss their Only Nine. If we could only keep nine games in our collections, which games would they be? Lots of hard decisions ahead.

But before that, queue up a game of Name the Game – where one of us gives a series of 5 clues about a game and the others try to guess what it is. Points are scored depending on when or if the game is guessed. Since Gary won last episode he is our clue giver.

TIME-TOPIC
0:00 – Intro
0:54 – Brew Talk
1:49 – What we’ve been playing
11:36 – Name the Game
16:20 – Top Nine Feature
19:35 – MAIN TOPIC – Only Nine
20:36 – Nine
23:24 – Eight
28:28 – Seven
34:46 – Six
40:07 – Five
45:44 – Four
50:00 – Three
55:22 – Two
1:02:08 – One
1:07:32 – Wrap up

Episode 21 – Anytime, Anywhere

Episode 21 – Anytime, Anywhere

Welcome to Episode 21 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Just Bryan, Shuck, Gary and our first guest host Ned as they discuss games games they would play anytime, anywhere. These are the games that, no matter what time it is or where you are, you would play at the drop of a hat.

But before that, queue up game two of Name the Game – where one of us gives a series of clues about a game and the others try to guess what it is. Just Bryan is in the clue giver position this time and puts a Dr. Seuss spin on them.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

Time-topic
0:00 – Intro
1:58 – Brew Talk
6:30 – Name the Game
11:30 – What we’ve been playing
28:53 – MAIN TOPIC – Anytime-Anywhere games

Episode 20 – What Makes a Classic?

Episode 20 – What Makes a Classic?

Welcome to Episode 20 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we discuss all of the facets of “classics”. What is a classic? What does it take to become a classic? Vintage and modern classics. If it has to do with classics, we cover it here.

Before that we try out a new segment – a podcast game called Name the Game. It’s our first time trying it out. We will let you be the judge of how it goes.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

Time-topic
0:00 – Intro
1:00 – Ranking Engine Update
3:05 – Brew Talk
6:27 – What we’ve been playing
22:34 – Name the Game
28:50 – MAIN TOPIC – What Makes a Classic?

Episode 19 – Games that Deserve a Reprint

Episode 19 – Games that Deserve a Reprint

Welcome to Episode 19 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we lament games that are are no longer in print – but should be! We hit on some older classics and some newer games that didn’t last long. Of course, Shuck has to close us out with one we weren’t expecting. Should these games be reprinted? Email us and tell us your thoughts.

After that we try out a new segment – unpopular opinions. In this segment we each state an unpopular opinion then sit back and let the others run with it.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

Time-topic
0:00 – Intro
0:49 – Brew Talk
4:49 – Recent Plays
13:56 – MAIN TOPIC – Games that Deserve a Reprint
36:48 – Unpopular Opinions

Microbrew 5 – Theme vs Mechanisms

Microbrew 5 – Theme vs Mechanisms

Welcome to a Microbrew entry of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join Gary and Proper Brian for a special versus episode as – Theme versus Mechanics. In the mechanism corner is Gary and in the theme corner is Proper Brian. Ring the bell, start the podcast and let the battle begin.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

Episode 18 – Get Off My (House) Rules

Episode 18 – Get Off My (House) Rules

Welcome to Episode 18 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we attempt to civilly discuss house rules. We start off by asking the question, “Do we like house rules?” but quickly find that this question is far too simple. We talk through games we have house ruled, games we would like to, and games we would never attempt to touch. Where we all finally land on house rules was up in the air all the way to the end.

After that we dive into another of Shuck’s Board Game Mechanics segments – this time all about Tile Laying games.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

0:00 – Introduction
1:00 – Our Brews
2:55 – Recent Plays
12:49 – MAIN TOPIC – House Rules
47:44 – Board Game Mechanics – Tile Laying

Episode 17: The Kickstarter Rabbit Hole

Episode 17: The Kickstarter Rabbit Hole

Welcome to Episode 17 of the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we take a deep dive down the Kickstarter rabbit hole. We cover everything from the first games we Kickstarted, how we decide what to back, all the way to the ones we are excited about in the future (and lots more in between). We then wrap up with our overall thoughts on Kickstarter and where we think it is headed.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

Time-topic
0:00 – Introduction
2:32 – Our Brews
5:50 – Stuff we are into
17:15 – MAIN TOPIC – Kickstarter
18:08 – What is the first Kickstarter game(s) we backed?
26:55 – How many Kickstarter games have we kept?
33:50 – What is the last game we Kickstarted?
35:02 – What is our best Kickstarter purchase?
44:42 – What Kickstarters do we feel we missed out on?
57:30 – What Kickstarter have we played the most?
63:20 – Upcoming Kickstarters we are excited about
71:10 – Final Kickstarter thoughts

Episode 16 – Keeping Up with the Joneses

Episode 16 – Keeping Up with the Joneses

Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we discuss “keeping up with the board gaming Joneses”. It is quite easy to look around and see what others are buying, playing, and doing in the hobby and then wanting to keep up. What is a board gamer to do? This topic has something for everyone but especially for those who feel a restriction on their time, money, or space.

As always, thanks so much for listening. If you like our show please share it with someone else or post a review on iTunes or your podcast platform of choice. There are lots of other ways to support us including a small contribution via Paypal. Please subscribe if you want new episodes when they are available.

Time/Topic:
0:00 – Introduction
0:50 – Our Brews
4:56 – Some recent favorite games
MAIN TOPIC
21:46 – Keeping up with the board gaming Jonses
29:55 – When to stop buying games
35:31 – The Shuck Method of buying
43:00 – How to Stop or Slow game-buying
45:35 – The phases and cycles of life and hobby
51:50 – Finding contentment where you are

Episode 15 – Tips for Teaching

Episode 15 – Tips for Teaching

Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we provide some tips for teaching games. Teaching is such an important part of the hobby and we are always learning how to do it better. We also dive into a few stories of teaching failures so stick around until the end.

Episode 14 – Top 10 Games (2018 Edition)

Episode 14 – Top 10 Games (2018 Edition)

Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about our personal top 10 games for 2018. We value your time so check out the show notes on our site so you can jump straight to games you want to hear us discuss. Or just listen through. Either way is fine with us.

https://www.pubmeeple.com/episode-14-top-10-games-2018-edition

Episode 13 – Elitism in the Board Gaming Hobby

Episode 13 – Elitism in the Board Gaming Hobby

Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we discuss the heavy topic of elitism in board gaming – how it manifests and what we can do about it. We also introduce a new segment – The Gaming Lexicon – where we define a board gaming term and discuss it. This time we tackle the term fiddly. That’s right. Fiddly.

Episode 12 – Shelves to Sleeves (and everything in between)

Episode 12 – Shelves to Sleeves (and everything in between)

Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about how we store our board games from shelves to sleeves, boxes to baggies, and everything in between. We also bring back our board game mechanism rankings segment – this time with Area Control games.

Episode 11 – Criticon 2018

Episode 11 – Criticon 2018

Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about some game design experiences. Proper Brian and Just Bryan head back to school and the four of us talk about our experience at Criticon.

Episode 10 – Our Favorite Expansions

Episode 10 – Our Favorite Expansions

Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we discuss board game expansions – our favorites and why we buy them (or don’t). We also talk about our all new Board Game Ranking Engine (data is fun, right?).

Episode 9 – Fallen Favorites

Episode 9 – Fallen Favorites

Hello, and welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we reveal some of our fallen favorites, get into fights about set collection games, and discuss some of our interests outside of board games.

Episode 8 – Is the BGG Top 100 Relevant?

Episode 8 – Is the BGG Top 100 Relevant?

Welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! In this episode we discuss the Board Game Geek top 100 list and its relevancy. Then we introduce a new segment all about ranking very specific lists of games and reporting the results. This time we cover Worker Placement games.

Microbrew 3 – Structure and Content

Microbrew 3 – Structure and Content

It’s another Microbrew episode! Join us as we have a short discussion on game design – the differences between designing content and structure and how to get your early prototypes on the table quickly.

Episode 7 – Scoring Systems

Episode 7 – Scoring Systems

Welcome to the Pub Meeple podcast! Join us as we discuss game endings and scoring systems and then comment on our least and most favorites.

Episode 6 – Legacy Games

Episode 6 – Legacy Games

Welcome to the Pub Meeple Podcast! Join us as we talk about our experiences at CritiCon and have a discussion about Legacy games.

Episode 3 – Family Games

Episode 3 – Family Games

Thanks for joining us for episode 3 of the Pub Meeple Podcast. If you are a person you have family and if you are a gamer you want to play games at some point with said family. In this episode we discuss all the aspects of playing games with our families - from kids...

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