Bitewing Games Podcast

Bitewing Games Podcast

At Bitewing Games, our mission is to create and share classy board games that bite. For hobbyist gamers, this podcast will help you to explore your own tastes in the hobby and perhaps discover your next favorite game that fits those tastes. For game designers, this podcast will offer you more tools to add to your utility belt and metrics to measure your projects by. Subscribe to our newsletter at, follow us on social media, and stay tuned for exciting things to come!


November 21, 2023 36 mins
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Nick is joined by fellow Reiner Knizia Enthusiasts, Scott and Jared, as they draft and discuss the B-Side games (underdogs, hidden gems, unsung newcomers, etc.) from Knizia's catalogue.

Cast your vote (and enter the contest to win a free game) here.

Join the Reiner Knizia Enthusiasts Discord Server here.

Check out the Ultimate Reiner Knizia Ranked Tier List here.

Preorder Cascadero and Casc...

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Nick shares his 1st impressions of EIGHTEEN Reiner Knizia board games in this marathon episode of candid cardboard:

1:23 - My Island
5:18 -
Galaxy Cat Extension
9:16 - Pick a Pen Trilogy (
Crypten, Riffen, Tuinen)
13:19 -
17:11 -
Sunrise Lane / Rondo
23:13 -
Amun-Re: The Card Game
27:11 -
Karate Tomate
31:35 -
36:08 -
Silver Screen
40:27 -
Sushi Bar (Sushizok im Gockelwok)...

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September 21, 2023 39 mins

Nick shares his 1st impressions of a whopping 10 Reiner Knizia board games spanning a wide range of genres.

1:10 - Foodie Forest
6:38 - Dragon Land
10:36 - Medici: The Dice Game
14:38 - The Lord of the Rings
17:17 - Chartae
20:53 - Lost Cites: Rivals
23:37 - Cheeky Monkey
25:56 - High Society
30:48 - Res Publica
33:42 - Classic Art

Follow the Kickstarter page for Cascadero &...

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In celebration of our newly revealed tile placement games, Nick shares his Top 15 Tile Layers!

Learn more about our new Knizia titles: Cascadero and Cascadito

Follow the Kickstarter page for Cascadero and Cascadito

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Nick shares his first impressions of 7 recently released board games:

0:48 - Archeos Society
6:11 - Judge Domino
9:00 - Stick Collection
11:37 - Ninja Master
15:40 - Viking See-Saw
19:30 - That's Not a Hat
22:39 - Challengers!

Check out our Kickstarter campaign for Spectral and Trailblazers: Sasquatch here.

Now available from our webstore —
Zoo Vadis and Gussy Gorillas. Order ...

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In this episode, Nick shares the interesting tale of how Spectral went from a game he had zero interest in all the way to his absolute favorite game of its genre... a game that he loves so much that he had to publish it himself. Who doesn't love a good underdog story? 😉

Check out the Kickstarter campaign for Spectral here.

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July 27, 2023 22 mins

Nick shares 23 of his most anticipated board games and crowdfunding campaigns for the second half of 2023.

Check out the Kickstarter Page for Spectral & Trailblazers: Sasquatch Expansion Here

Subscribe to the Bitewing Games Newsletter Here

Other cited podcast episodes:

Full thoughts on Pick-A-Pepper and Wandering Towers

Top 15 Games of 2022

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We all have our favorite genres and mechanisms of board games... from deck building to roll & writes to area control and more. In this episode, Nick explores 10 board game genres, identifies their common weaknesses, and highlights specific games that defy those weaknesses.

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Nick shares his 1st impressions of new-ish and upcoming board games including:

0:49 - Wandering Towers
4:38 - Pick-A-Pepper and Abluxxen
9:49 - Circus Flohcati
13:08 - Trajan
16:49 - QE: Commodities (expansion)
20:23 - 7 Wonders: Architects
23:02 - Mille Fiori: The Masterpieces (expansion)

Join the Reiner Knizia Enthusiasts Discord Server Here

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Nick shares his 1st impressions of a rather solid batch of 7 board games:

0:42 - Big Top
3:51 - Hallertau
6:29 - My City: Roll & Build
15:29 - Yokohama
17:51 - Earth
23:00 - Inside Job
27:14 - Pollen

Order Trailblazers (and other Bitewing titles) from our new webstore here.

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Today Nick is sharing his Top 10 Logic Deduction Games, and be sure to stick around for the grand reveal of Bitewing Games’ next big project!

Check out our new game here.

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Nick shares his 1st impressions of newer board games including:

0:38 - Dandelions
3:28 - High Score
9:11 - Turncoats
13:02 - Paint the Roses
19:00 - Cascadia
22:55 - SWAT!
24:49 - nana

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  •  Zoo Vadis becomes available for preorder
  • Trailblazers becomes available on our webstore
  • We reveal new information about our upc...
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In this Galactic Renaissance Preview, Nick dives deep into this cosmic spiritual cousin of the legendary board game, Inis!

Galactic Renaissance launches on Kickstarter on March 21st. Check it out here.

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The hunt is on, and Nick has been tearing through even more board games by Reiner Knizia in a quest to uncover hidden gems. Featuring his first impressions of:

0:45 - Lost Cities: The Board Game
3:45 - Odd Socks / Relationship Tightrope
7:18 - Wiener Walzer
10:56 - Medici: The Card Game
13:58 - Forbidden City
18:44 - Cat Blues / Katzenjammer Blues

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Kyle is back on the show with Nick to discuss board game modules. When do they go too far? How are they different from variants and expansions? 

Games discussed include: 

  • Trailblazers
  • Clever 4 Ever
  • Zoo Vadis
  • Whale Riders
  • Bohnanza
  • Taverns of Tiefenthal
  • Our upcoming Ryan Courtney deduction game and Reiner Knizia tile placement game
  • And more!

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Today's round of candid cardboard is extra special in that it includes Nick's 1st impressions of the hotly anticipated upcoming game Galactic Renaissance. But before we get to that, let's explore 6 other games he has been playing lately...

0:42 - Undaunted: Stalingrad
4:45 - Spots
10:04 - Gutenberg
13:17 - Blood Rage
17:51 - Skymines
20:35 - Terra Nova
23:02 - Galactic Renaissance

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February 1, 2023 20 mins

2022 has come and gone, which means it’s time again to celebrate the best new board games of the year!

Check out the Kickstarter page for Zoo Vadis and Gussy Gorillas

Thanks for your support!

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Some of the hottest board games of 2022 are still hitting Nick's table and he's ready to share his first impressions of the following:

0:43 - Axio / Ingenious
4:41 - Turing Machine
9:45 - Planet Unknown
14:37 - Horrified: American Monsters
19:36 - Heat: Pedal to the Metal

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January 9, 2023 28 mins

Nick has researched and uncovered 27 — count 'em, TWENTY-SEVEN — exciting games set to release this year. Come check out what upcoming releases might be worthy of your wishlist...

For links to (and more info on) these games, head over to the blog post version of this podcast episode.

We're launching Zoo Vadis and Gussy Gorillas on January 24th via Kickstarter! Be sure to follow this link and click to be ...

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