The State of Games, Ep. 112 – The One About Gen Con 2016

The summer is drawing to a close and, with it, so is the season for big conventions. None are bigger each year than Gen Con, and this year was the biggest yet, scattering all four of us from the podcast to the four winds only to see each other sporadically. But, with the distance comes opportunity, as we all get to share very different experiences for all of you to enjoy, dear listeners. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 111 – The One About Running With The Bulls

It’s time for the really big show! That’s right, it’s time to get our butts to Indianapolis for Gen Con! It’s hard to believe it’s here again so soon, and even as I post this a day before I’m leaving I still have about a week’s worth of work to do. It’ll all be worth it, though, to see the sights, the spectacles, and the super gamers having fun. Also, I’m really looking forward to some super spicy shrimp cocktail. Seriously. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 110 – The One About Mt. Gamesmore

Coming at you live from RuthCon, it’s The State of Games! Jessica and I got a chance to record in person this episode at RuthCon 2016, hosted by our friend Ruth Boyack. It was pretty awesome, and better organized than both Origins and GenCon combined. TC joined us via Skype and we talked about some pretty geeky game design business, but it turned out to be one of our best episodes yet. So get comfy, grab your encyclopedia of classic game design, and crank it up! Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 100 – The One About the State of Games

It’s hard to believe that almost exactly five years ago we plunged headlong into the podcasting world with the debut of The State of Games. It was just Cherilyn and me back in those wild west days of yesteryear, and it really feels like it was two blinks in the past. There’s been so much change between then and now, both in the hobby, in business, and in personal life, but at least one thing has stayed the same – being able to speak my mind about my favorite things and bring board gaming love to so many more. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 87 – The One About Growing New Gamers

One of the many benefits of our recent survey was to ask listeners what they’d really like for us to talk about, and plenty of you requested tips for getting new gamers into the hobby. We’ve responded with a great episode on how experienced gamers can best evangelize to those new gamers, either in your Friendly Local Game Store, or amongst your less-experienced friends and family. Hopefully you’ll all find this guide to growing new gamers helpful as we all work to build upon this great hobby! Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 85: The One About Gaming Potpourri

We typically like to keep our format pretty consistent on The State of Games, but from time to time we have so much to talk about that we just have to throw convention out the window. Speaking of conventions, we give a good overview of what to expect in booth #703 at Origins Game Fair, so give this a listen and we hope to see all of you in Columbus, Ohio from June 3-7! Be there or be square. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 81: The One About Unpopular Mechanics

Some State of Games podcasts are influenced by the whimsy of the industry and some are just filled with our own internal discussions. This one has it all. From TC’s struggle with overused mechanics in games to what might cause a company to declare bankruptcy, we cover the gamut. It’s a big community out there, after all, and we care about it. Come listen to us ramble and rant about every little corner – and stick around for our love for all of it. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 76: The One About the Fireside

So, what to do – it’s the holiday season and we don’t want to be lost in the hubbub of every other podcast talking about games for the family gathered around the Christmas table. Then the bright idea struck – what about all those poor souls who lose power during a snowstorm for the holidays? Yeah, that’s the ticket! And, so, we put our stockinged heads together and came up with some of the best and brightest for when you don’t exactly have the brightest of circumstances. Enjoy! Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 72 – The One About Making Good Decisions

Making decisions can sometimes be hard, but when you make a really good decision, not much is more satisfying. In boardgames we all make decisions constantly – what to play, how to play, how to react when we get beat. But there are also a lot of decisions that are made outside of the game, during production, design, and publication. This podcast is about all of those decisions – good, bad, and downright ugly. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 71 – The One About GrandCon 2014

Con season is winding down, but there was one last little hurrah to make before the long, cold winter: GrandCon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GR is a hotbed of boardgaming enthusiasts and designers, much like the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area – plus, they also have great beer, just like we do! So despite the 12 hour drive, it was pretty much a win/win situation with board games, beers, and some of the best darn people in the hobby. Read More  Read More