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The Board Game Gateway Podcast is your light and fun entry point for people who want to know more about the board gaming hobby and games that are simple and easy to play. We record the podcast once a week with plans to grow a community of gamers and add more content in the future.
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Blood on the Clocktower is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2024 and Sydney is getting its first Blood on the Clocktower Convention coming to the roundhouse on July 6th and 7th. Ralph and Neeber are privileged to get to interview one of the organisers of the event, Theo.In this episode we take you through his relationship to the game, why run th…
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Welcome to Part 3 of our Blood on the Clocktower Deep Dive Series. Following our Intro to Trouble Brewing and Interview with the game designer Stephen Medway, we now bring you the Deep Dive into the 2nd script 'Sects & Violets'. We welcome special guest Avery, who is a following BotC storyteller and friend of the podcast. They will help Neeber and …
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This week Damien, Neeber and Ralph are back behind the microphones to talk about some of the games they have been excited about. Ralph has gotten the Digital turned analog Rogue-like card game Slay the Spire, Damien has decided to jump into the analog version of a digital-themed world in Android Netrunner and Neeber finally got his chance to play a…
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Neeber and Damien sit down to have a chat about some of the games that he got on his recent trip overseas. Some of the games that he has been able to get a hold of are super hard to get here in Australia and they happen to have so many good things about them. Neeber has also finally had a chance to play Arkham Horror the Living Card Game. He takes …
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Steven Medway is the Creator and Designer of one of the world's most popular Social Deduction games, 'Blood on the Clocktower' and the Board Game Gateway Crew are lucky to have him in the studio for an in-depth conversation.We talk about his inspirations, design philosophies, plans for the future, and much more. Damien, Ralph and Neeber are super e…
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The Board Game Gateway Podcast is back for Season 3. The same hosts you know and love but with New Energy, New Content and New Ideas.In this episode, Damien, Neeber and Ralph take you through their holiday gaming sessions as well as some of the funny and heated sessions they were a part of. Ralph and Damien review CanCon 2024, Neeber talks about th…
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SEASON 2 FINALE It's that time of the year when we present to you our Top 10 Gateway Games for 2023. These are not the games that were released this year but the ones that we think are the best to get people into the board gaming hobby. We welcome back special guest Georgee to the podcast as the overseer of the process we took to get to the final t…
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Welcome back to Part #2 of the Board Game Gateway Hosts Top 10 lists for 2023. In Part #1 we went through 10 to 6 and now we enter the pointy end where we will find out what the hosts top 10 games are. Blayke, Damien, Matt, Neeber and Ralph are all looking forward to sharing their favourite games and sharing many laughs along then way. We are closi…
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It's that time of year, it's the time when Christmas is just around the corner and the season finale is approaching. So you know what that means. It is time for the BG Gateway Top 10 Season to begin. In this week's episode we start with the Host's Top 10 Games for 2023 - Games #10 to #6. These are games that the hosts love and can not get enough of…
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Christmas is just around the corner and we are going to give you a list of recommended games that you can get to give someone who you don't know what to give. The rules are they must be around the $30 mark, available for purchase now and relatively small. Neeber and Damien also chat about some of the recent games they got to the table with Anhk: Go…
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Tea Games. Games that you can play on the couch with a cup of tea in your hand. There are plenty of these around and in this episode Neeber and Damien bring you 3 of them that we love to play. Pick all the clovers in Lucky Numbers, Push your luck whilst not rolling the poop symbols in Chicken and final trade all the camels for silk in our Gateway G…
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We have been teasing it for a couple of weeks now but it is finally time for us to announce what we have been working on for the last couple of months. Check the end of the podcast for the details. Neeber, Ralph, Damien and Blayke get around the microphones to discuss some new games that we have been playing. Damien introduces us to the Lovecraftia…
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Have you ever had an idea for a board game? Well, we have 3 of them ready to be critiqued by our lovely guest Mr. Rob Vella. He is a friend of the podcast and local board gamer but he is also a campaign designer for the Bolt Action tabletop game as well as an upcoming board game designer. This week's special segment is the board game Shark Tank whe…
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1 Year ago the world did not have the Board Game Gateway podcast and what a sad time that was. But now we have a chance to look back and celebrate 1 year of Neeber, Blayke, Damien, Matt and Ralph bringing you their insights and love for this amazing hobby. In this episode, we bring you a special Board Game Trivia. Each host has prepared a round of …
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Dice, Dice Trays, Game Inserts, 3d Printed Pieces and Modules. These are just some of the accessories you can buy/make to upgrade and enhance your board gaming experience and we are here to talk about what we own and why you may want them. As always we also have a chat about the games that we have been playing this week including the new recent Kic…
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Along with GooberCon Neeber likes to hold another game day that he calls "GooberCon Underground" and this is a day to play games of a more 'Heavy' style of play. Don't let that scare you off though as the boys will tell you some stories about why these games and why they caused raucous laughter and head-scratching moments. Neeber, Ralph and Matt wi…
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We're back! After a bit of a midseason break the Board Game Gateway is back with content ready to go and games that need to be talked about. This episode focuses on the Game Day "GooberCon" that Neeber hosts every year for his friends and family. We chat about all the games that got played and some of the fun stories that we will now be telling for…
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How do you start a Board Game Group? Well, we have the man who started our local group on the podcast tonight and we are going to pick his brain about everything Board Game Group and Community Group related. Please welcome our friend Rhys to Episode 34 of the Podcast. Before we get to our discussion topic for today we will talk about a couple of ga…
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Ralph is back and we have another cracking episode for you this week. We get chatting about some of the unique and diverse games that we have been playing with Damien kicking it off and chatting about 51st State, Ralph talks about the 100% waterproof game of Too Many Bones and Neeber fan girls over the nerdiest part of any game the tech tree, in Be…
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"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" - William ShakespeareWelcome back to the Board Game Gateway Podcast, after a week off our hosts Neeber, Damien and Matt are ready to take you through some of the games that they have had the pleasure of playing over the past fortnight. Neeber has been playing his latest discovery of Stellaris Nexus, M…
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"An the Oscar goes to....." The nominees have been announced and this week we are actually going to have a chat about the 2023 Spiel des Jahres nominees Dork Romantik, Fun Facts and one of Neeber's new favourite Roll 'n' Write Next Station: London. Your hosts Neeber and Damien are back for another 1 on 1 discussion about some games they played duri…
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*Sung to We built this city on Rock and Roll* "We Built Bean City, we built bean city, we built bean city on Rock and Roll!" Monopoly, Risk, Cluedo. You have to keep one, sell one and burn the other in HOLY FIRE! What would you select? In this episode, Neeber, Damien, Matt and Ralph go through a whole bunch of different game lists figuring out whic…
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Board Games are not immune to the trends of the world and with a lot of people downsizing their lives, we have found that there are plenty of games that are taking popular big box games and making them small, tight and excellent 1 vs 1 experiences. Splendour, 7 Wonders and Kingdomino are just a few examples of games that have "Duel" versions of the…
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After a massive Episode 32, we are back for another episode. In this episode, our main discussion topic centres around dice and exciting ways that games add mechanics to them to create interesting experiences and games. We also have a review of Neeber's first Blood on the Clock Tower Event, Damien tells us how he has been keeping sane during his is…
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For the first time this year, we have all 5 hosts in the studio, and we are bringing you the Board Game Geek Top 100 Draft Special.We are very excited to bring you this very special episode of the Board Game Gateway Podcast. We are tackling the Board Game Geeks Top 100 Games in a battle to create the best 5 game collection in a draft format. This i…
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“You can't triple stamp a double stamp Lloyd” - Dumb and Dumber Welcome to the new Board Game Gateway Studio, it's lovely to have you here. In this week's episode we have a lot going on and we are excited to have you here. Neeber and Damien give us a recap of the BGBBQ Autumn Game Day Event and tell us about some of their highlights including a pla…
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“Only in the agony of parting do we look into the depths of love.” - Leo Buscaglia Let's think about the games that got us into the hobby. When was the last time we played them and thought about them? In this episode, we go back and revisit the games that got us into the hobby and ask the question do they still hold up all these years later? Also i…
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"SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!!!!" - Game of Thrones, Shame Lady There is a place on every board gamer's shelves designated for games that have never been played. The 'shelf of shame' contains some of our mistakes, our embarrassments and our future plans so in today's episode, we are going to air out some of our skeletons. We also welcome back guest host Da…
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*SINGS* "Big Booty Boxes, WHAT! Big, Board Game Booty, OKAY! I like them Big Board Game Boxes!" - Ralph 2023 This week we welcome another Guest to the Board Game Gateway Studio. Friend of the show Damien joins Neeber, Ralph and Matt to have a chat about how his son has gotten into Marvel Champions as well as our Gateway Game of the week 6nimmt, but…
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"This Kickstarter Campaign contains more plastic than a Kardashian who is about to hit the red carpet." Chaos returns to the Board Game Gateway Studios in this episode as we welcome back Matt after a break. Neeber and Ralph try to reign him in so we can chat about the grandfather of the modern board gaming scene in "Catan". We also recap some of th…
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"It's Time to D-D-D-D-D-Duel!" - Yu-Gi-Oh Half the hosts but just as much content. This week Neeber and Ralph sit down to have a chat about some of their favourite 2-player games that they have been playing lately. If you are looking for something to play with a partner, significant other or even someone that you just met we have some great options…
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Games have a place at the tables in our homes but what about those tables in local pubs and taverns? In this week's episode Neeber, Blayke and Ralph chat about why your local pub/tavern is a perfect venue for you and your friends to play some board games. We also talk about some of the games that we have played this week including revisiting a clas…
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Every time you shuffle a deck of cards you are creating a unique sequence of cards that has never been seen before in history, statistically. There are more card combinations than stars in the Universe. Don't believe us? It was on an episode of QI so it must be real. We welcome a new guest to the Board Game Gateway Podcast this week with Ralph's Co…
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Do you find it hard to make new friends in this day and age? Do you find yourself looking at your game collection and wondering why you have no one to play it with and why your friends don't have every night free to knock out an epic game? Well maybe you need to expand your groups and maybe some new friends are waiting just around the corner. In th…
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Welcome to Season 2 of the Board Game Gateway Podcast. We are rested, recharged and ready to go for a new year of Board Gaming and Tabletop time. This week we have a look at what it is we have been playing over the holidays including The Kings Dilemma, Heat: Pedal to the Medal, Ready Set Bet!, Bus and our Gateway Game of the Week Kites. There is a …
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Welcome to the Board Game Gateway Christmas Special and our Season 1 Grand Finale. It is the season for joy, the time for giving and we are excited to do our first-ever annual gift exchange where 3 of our hosts buy a game gift for the other host. What games have they decided that the other would like? Well, you are going to have to tune in to find …
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Description Welcome to Episode 20 and the Board Game Gateways Top 10 Gateway Games of 2022. This is a list compiled by your hosts but none of them knows what will come out on top. Our special guest Georgee has graphics, envelopes and information that none of the boys has seen before so you will find out as they find out what collectively they have …
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“Would it make you feel better if I pretended not to be making it up as I go along? In that case, I know exactly what I'm doing, but please don't ask me about it in any great detail.” - Eddie Robson, Doctor Who Unbound: Masters of War Description It is officially summer and that means are coming to the end of 2022, are we begin to wrap up the year …
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"Luck be a lady tonight, just be a lady tonight" - Sky Masterson Description Luck, Randomness and Variability are spread throughout board gaming as what they bring to the table leads to many interesting board states and challenges we have to overcome. However, these can also bring problems and headaches that gamers just have to put up with. So let'…
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"Shawty's like a memory in my head and I can't keep up and I'm feeling like. Nah na na na every day like my board games stuck on replay!" - Rodeo, Iyaz Description Board Games are inherently designed to be played more than once but what is it about games that make us want to come back and play them again? This is our discussion topic for this episo…
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"I would have never picked this off the shelf, nothing about 'Isle of Cats' appealed to me and then I played it, what a juxtaposition" - Matt Glynn | BG Gateway Description A lot of weight is put into the first impressions and many games have a theme and artwork that to many may not have "mass market" appeal. How many games do we pass that could be…
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"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." - William Shakespeare Description Spooky Scary Halloween! Welcome to the Halloween special of the Board Game Gateway Podcast with all four hosts here for your listening pleasure. We go through some of the latest games we have been playing over the past week including Isle of Cats (aga…
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"If you're not first, your last" - Ricky Bobby Description Humans have always wanted to get places fast, and first and preferably both of these at the same time. In board games, we have an entire genre of games devoted to all things racing. In this episode, we dive into games that deal with racing as their theme. Whether it be racing cars, bikes, h…
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"No, I do not have a favourite child. How dare you ask me that!" - The Parent who definitely has a favourite child Description Welcome to Part II of Episode 13. We continue to work down the list of our favourite games and in this episode, we countdown #5 to #1. Which games have woven their way into the host's heart? Which games have proven themselv…
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"When I see the Ten Most Wanted Lists... I always have this thought: If we'd made them feel wanted earlier, they wouldn't be wanted now." - Eddie Cantor Description People have been asking and now we are delivering in a 2 part special episode where all the hosts disclose their top 10 board games. These lists were very hard to create and honestly, t…
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"If a work of art is rich and vital and complete, those who have artistic instincts will see its beauty, and those to whom ethics appeal more strongly than aesthetics will see its moral lesson. It will fill the cowardly with terror, and the unclean will see in it their own shame." - Oscar Wilde Description There are so many games coming out now and…
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“Is it a boy? Is it a girl? It's a.....Strategic Deck Builder with Route Building and Real-Time Worker Placement. What does any of that mean? I guess it is time to find out” Description: You could be forgiven for thinking that board games are all like monopoly and scrabble but you sir/madam would be wrong. There is an absolute plethora of genres an…
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“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” - Steve Jobs Description: Board games are not just thinking puzzles that are designed to give satisfaction to the analytical left s…
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"Do you love sitting down to figure out the logic behind a sudoku puzzle? You are going to love these games that we have on offer for you." Description: All of the hosts are back and we have a great episode for you. Not to mention that our host for this evening is Blayke which in and of itself is going to cause a great time but the discussions are …
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