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!


September 5, 2022 36 min

Nick shares his first impressions of 8 new-to-him board games:

0:53 - San Francisco
8:08 - Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition
11:47 - Lost Cities: Roll & Write
16:20 -  The Golden Ages
18:40 - Coloretto
20:37 - Poison
24:55 - Catherine: The Cities of the Tsarina
28:58 - Municipium

🚨There is only one week remaining before the close of the Trailblazers Kickstarter!  Support Bitewing Games and secure a copy of Trailblazers for yourself...

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Continuing on from last week's episode, Nick shares his Top 25 board games of all time!  He also shares where Bitewing Games' revealed publications would fit into his Top 100.

Trailblazers is now live on Kickstarter, and it has already raised over $100k!  Click here to check it out and support Bitewing Games.

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Buckle up!  Nick shares and discusses his updated Top 50 board games of all time list, beginning with games 50-26. 

Trailblazers launches on Kickstarter this week (Tuesday, August 16).  Check it out here.

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1:20 - Out with the ratings, in the with prognosis

Nick shares his first impressions of the following games:

5:22 - Indigo
8:02 - Savannah Park
10:08 - Railroad Revolution
14:29 - Spectaculum
19:46 - Super Skill Pinball: Ramp it Up
22:26 - Rumble Nation
25:47 - Azul: Queen's Garden
28:39 - An Empty Throne

Our next publication, Trailblazers, launches on Kickstarter next week.  Check out the pre-launch page and follow along.

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Nick shares his Top 10 Negotiation Board Games before revealing the next thrilling publications coming from Bitewing Games!

0:39 - Top 10 Negotiation Games
16:03 - Honorable Mentions
20:21 - Our Upcoming Negotiation Publications Revealed!

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Link to Zoo Vadis (and the epic box art)
Link to Gussy Gorillas

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In this episode of candid cardboard, Nick shares his 1st impressions of new-to-him games:

0:43 - The Great Zimbabwe
5:00 - Switch & Signal
10:54 - Longboard
14:45 - Carpe Diem
17:24 - Sumatra
23:00 - Green Team Wins
24:53 - Wonderland's War
28:10 - Beowulf: The Legend

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What are the best travel-friendly board and card games? These 19 portable games are perfect for any trip or outing.

Visit the Kickstarter Pre-Launch page for Trailblazers and click to be notified when it launches!

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After 6 months of publisher announcements and upcoming game research, Nick shares even more of his most anticipated games of the year—15 games in 15 minutes!

Check out our Trailblazers Kickstarter Pre-Launch Page and click to be notified the moment it launches.  Thanks for your support!

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Nick shares his 1st impressions of hot new games and stone-cold classics including:

0:56 - Into the Blue
6:47 - Ultimate Railroads / Russian Railroads
9:23 - Kingdom Builder
13:00 - Santiago
17:22 - Sound Box
25:30 - Faiyum
28:25 - Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation

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After receiving and playing a preview copy, Nick shares his full thoughts on the latest version of Ra by designer Reiner Knizia, artist Ian O'Toole, and publisher 25th Century Games.

Crowdfunding for Ra is still ongoing until May 25th.  You can find the Gamefound page here.  Preview copy provided to Bitewing Games by 25th Century Games.

Bitewing Games is planning to cover even more exciting releases from publishers including upco...

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Nick shares his 1st impressions of recently released and classic board games including the following:

1:15 - Foundations of Rome
6:00 - Excape / Rapido
8:35 - The Voyages of Marco Polo
11:26 - Meadow
15:11 - Iberian Gauge
19:54 - Rheinlander
23:28 - Mombasa
31:18 - Long Shot: The Dice Game

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Another month means another opportunity to get candid with cardboard!  Nick shares his 1st impressions of the following board games:

0:53 - Art Robbery
5:25 - Twice As Clever
7:19 - Orongo
10:58 - Bear Raid
15:38 - Ghosts of Christmas
20:18 - Factory Funner
25:46 - Pickomino Deluxe (Heckmeck Deluxe)
29:28 - Libertalia: Winds of Galecrest

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March 27, 2022 23 min

Nick shares his Top 15 Board Games of 2021!  

This list is a celebration of excellence in game design, illustration, and publishing.  The board games that made the Top 15 earned their place by bringing innovation, excellence, and (most importantly) enjoyment to our table and the industry.  2021 was a killer year for tabletop gaming; let’s explore 15 reasons why…

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In another round of Candid Cardboard, Nick shares his first impressions of the following board games:

0:43 - Caesar!: Seize Rome in 20 Minutes!
6:33 - Kemet: Blood & Sand — Book of the Dead Expansion
10:29 - So Clover
12:35 - Family Inc.
14:45 - Coloma
19:27 - Sheepy Time
22:20 - Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road
25:44 - Ark Nova

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Check out our upcoming game, Trailblazers

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Solo gaming is perhaps one of the biggest recent trends in the board and card game industry. 

As Bitewing Games will soon be publishing a quick & easy solo game of our own—Trailblazers by Ryan Courtney (which also plays up to 8 players)—now felt like the right time to investigate, assemble, and share our Top 10 Quick & Easy solo games.  At the end of this list, Nick will also be sharing more info about the Epic Solo Mode th...

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Nick shares his 1st impressions of the following board games:

1:00 - Mille Fiori (with comparisons to Witchstone)
7:20 - Pipeline: Emerging Markets
8:48 - Furnace
12:16 - Merchants of the Dark Road
15:37 - The Crew: Mission Deep Sea
17:10 - L.A.M.A. Dice
19:39 - Llamas Unleashed
23:43 - Brian Boru: High King of Ireland

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Movies, tv shows, books, and video games are famous for having spin-offs, but what about board games? Nick shares his top 10 spin-off board games plus more details on the upcoming Trailblazers from Bitewing Games and Ryan Courtney.

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January 16, 2022 24 min

It's the start of a new year, which means it's time to get hyped for new board games!  With all the "Most Anticipated Games of 2022" lists I've seen over the past few weeks, it feels like Bitewing Games is a little late to the party. On the other hand, I've been surprised to see very little overlap between my list and the many others out there. So today it is my honor to shine a spotlight on many promising—a...

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Nick shares his first impressions of the following board games:

0:53 - Scout
5:08 - Imperial Steam
9:39 - Keyflower
13:16 - Ankh: Gods of Egypt
18:40 - Rialto
21:06 - MicroMacro: Crime City

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December 20, 2021 48 min

In today’s episode, we’re going to sit back and look back on our board gaming experiences of 2021.  Nick is joined once again by Camille as they chat about their year in review including highlights, low points, most played games, and other Bitewing Games adventures...

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