The Good, the Board, and the Ugly is the antithesis of an echo chamber. On the contrary, its cornerstone is diversity in game taste. Among the hosts and wide range of regular guests, you are guaranteed to hear not only an approximation of your own viewpoint but its polar opposite, as well. All contributors share a passion for gaming and a desire to delve deep into discussion.
Brief host bios: Andrew Denison prefers heavy, complicated games and has been earned the nickname "the Mathochist". Opaque, economic, Trent Hamm, the "Game Mage" has been gaming for decades and plays every type of game out there, Ameritrash, Euro, family, economic, you name it: Trent plays it. Except Splendor. Trent HATES Splendor. Speaking of hate, host Joe Sallen loathes game altering randomness, fact which many believe characterizes him as a Eurogamer. In his view of the existential debate of gaming, mechanisms come before theme. Come celebrate the ever expanding world of tabletop gaming with the GBU!
Additionally, get the most from your time spent gaming with help from The Sallen Coefficient, a video review series by Joe Sallen. In each video, Joe explores multiple aspects of the game and how they contribute to its overall efficacy as entertainment. The eponymous Coefficient refers to the depth of a game in relation to the time you'll spend playing and learning it. Joe challenges himself to delve deeper than ever-present subjective qualifiers like "fun", "good", and "I like it" that require the audience to have prior knowledge of the reviewer's tastes. Each video review will leave you with a profound understanding of the game and, most of all, an idea of whether or not to bring it to your table.
I'm Joe, and I'm opening up in this episode. I talk briefly about Blue Moon City, Pax Pamir 2, Heaven and Ale, and Samurai. I may not be on the show for a while. Until I'm back again, have a great time gaming.
Andy and Joe run down some of their favorite mechanisms and why they’re their favorites.
Andy and Trent are fools rushing in to talk about difficult themes!
Andy, Trent and TC talk about the games that blew their minds!
The four hosts talk about the ways variants change the games play!
Joe fills more than an hour with reviews and rants
Andy, Trent, and Joe humble themselves looking around at the field of board game reviewing.
TC, Trent, Andy, and Joe follow how Kickstarter’s role in the hobby has changed over time.
Trent, Andy and Joe compare and contrast the experiences best suited for tabletop with those best for video games!
Andy, TC and Joe conjure up some ideas for games that will probably never get made.
A shout-out to the unpredictable weather in Iowa for making this episode possible.
Eric Buscemi joins GBU to discuss his work connecting gamers with Punchboard Media!
GBU is back and talking about the little games, those sweethearts that take up hardly any space!
All four of the usual suspects list places they want to visit thanks to a game!
Andy, Trent, and Joe take on Vasel’s and Quinn’s Law in an episode that proves Murphy’s Law.
The full GBU crew interviewed Tom Russell of Hollandspiele (before it was cool).
And now for something nobody asked for! Joe reviews the Oracle of Delphi and Jimmy Dean Breakfast Frittatas.
This is not even close to a top ten, due to the egregious amount of honorable mentions.
A Flight Plan of Gaming Personalities.
Keeghan, one of the chairpeople for a local convention, discusses what goes on behind the scenes to make Gamicon 2019 a reality!
TC, Trent, Andy, and Joe each give the top five games they anticipate in the upcoming year, 2019!
Andy discusses the top games he played for the first time in 2018.
TC’s Top Ten of 2018, with a CONTEST!
Trent gives his top ten games of 2018.
Trent, Andy, and Joe talk about the way choice of words can reveal a gamer’s perspective.
The Council of Four is intact for a discussion about behaviors that can draw players into the Black Hole of Gaming.
Andy, TC, and Trent discuss their experiences as consumers of podcasts, videos, blogs, and related board game media.
You thought you were going to get board games from a tabletop podcast? No No No!