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.
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!
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse welcome a fifth: Ted Castronova, designer of 2040 American Abyss, an expansion map for Andean Abyss.
Those games you just shouldn’t bring with you to game night…
Tales from Tabletop Dystopia with Andy, Joe, and TC…
What’s ESSENtial at Essen 2018? Come find out with Joe, Trent and Andy.
The Good, The Board, and The Ugly gives these games the second chance they deserved!
Tips for First Time Game Teachers from The Good, The Board, and The Ugly!
The full quartet joins to debate unstable games.
David joins TC, Andy, and Joe again as they debate the merits of digital board games.
“Wow, that game was better than I expected!” - Not Andy
Remember, kids: Smoking is bad for you!
Scratches on an abandoned basement wall
Must Drop It. Must Drop It. Must Drop It. Must Drop It....
Veteran listeners may remember special guest David S. from episodes in which he recorded in Joe’s basement. Now, he’s sharing his experience as a gamer relocating to a new gaming scene.
Lumin has taken the last year for a bit of early life retirement, exploring game conventions across the country and soon to be world with an emphasis on competitive gaming. He's a super nice guy who's here to make you jealous.
Deckscape Heist in Venice is the third in a series of Escape Room in a Deck games. It is the most straight forward and easiest to access, but how does it hold up to the metric of the Sallen Coefficient?
Trent and Joe attended Gen Con 2018. Neither really got to play many board games. Instead, they spent time each doing different things. Joe was in the dealer hall getting coverage of the new hotness. Trent was with his family crafting and participating in uniquely Gen Con events.