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Episode 44: Teaching Board Games

In Episode 44 of Cards and Cubes, we talk about our continuing trend of playing trick-taking games like The Bottle Imp and Indulgence. Then we discuss Ginkgopolis and Suburbia.

Our topic today is “Teaching Board Games” where we examine our personal early experiences, learnings, recommendations, and differing teaching styles when explaining board games.

Games on the Horizon this week are: Zing! or Sluff Off!, Dealt!, Scout!, Black Angel, Cryo, and Magna Roma.

0:00 – Intro

1:03 – Trivia: How many game mechanics are there according to BoardGameGeek?

Games Played
10:33 – The Bottle Imp
20:53 – Indulgence
34:11 – Ginkgopolis
42:40 – Suburbia

Teaching Board Games
55:12 – Intro
56:02 – Developing the skill of teaching board games
56:55 – Evolution of board game teaching process and bad teaches
58:33 – Mismatched expectations, picking appropriate games
59:55 – Attributes of a good teach
1:02:16 – Philosophy of teaching games and focusing on explaining the win condition as opposed to the theme first
1:07:45 – Points in Eurogames, and explaining the game vs giving strategy tips
1:10:42 – Focusing on objectives and points of interest
1:12:24 – Warnings about huge pitfalls, “don’t be in that situation”
1:14:02 – The balancing act of teaching
1:14:57 – Teaching games at SaltCON
1:15:41 – Conclusion

Games on the Horizon
1:19:06 – Zing! or Sluff Off!
1:24:36 – Dealt!
1:26:50 – Scout!
1:30:17 – Black Angel
1:36:21 – Cryo
1:42:16 – Magna Roma

1:46:12 – Outro

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