The State of Games Episode 68 – The One About Themes

stateofgameslogonewPossibly one of the most hotly-contested topics in board gaming is theme, and with good reason – many gamers want to feel as though they are immersed in a game as they thwart their opponents and come up with a winning strategy. But is theme everything? Can you enjoy a game that has no apparent theme? And what, exactly, creates that immersive experience? It is these questions, and more, that lie within the heart of this podcast.

chaostleLinks to important things mentioned on the podcast:

The Compounded Geiger Expansion

The Unpub Network

Belle of the Ball

Bottom of the 9th


Twilight Imperium

Last Night on Earth



Compounded: Geiger Expansion

New Bedford


Eldritch Horror


7 Wonders

Imperial Settlers


St. Petersburg


Weapons & Warriors

Weapons & Warriors pics below!








VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game (It’s here – get your copy now!)

Compounded (All sold out! But an expansion and second printing is on Kickstarter now!)

The Great Heartland Hauling Co. (All copies have been hauled away – but you can pre-order the second edition!)

VivaJava: The Coffee Game (Sold out!)

Carnival (Currently sold out – but you can pre-order the second edition!)


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One Response to “The State of Games Episode 68 – The One About Themes”
  1. Lee says:

    I’m reminiscing about my old Crossbows and Catapults game now that I played with my brother growing up. I still remembering those discs caroming off the plastic blocks and sliding along our wood floors. That was quite thematic and fun. On the opposite side of the theme spectrum, I heartily recommend Clans as a game with a very light theme (it’s practically an abstract), but don’t let that deter you as it’s a really good game. It plays quick and provides plenty of tense decisions, and even includes some bluffing. It’s an older game, but worth seeking out.

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