44: Politics, premium bits, and remakes (guest: James Hudson)
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How should game publishers and designers respond to recent political events? We also talk about premium components (the business behind them and how we do our own upgrading) and reissued/remade games like King of Tokyo Dark and Kemet: Blood and Sand.

James Hudson, senior director of tabletop gaming at Skybound Games (Sorcerer City, Superfight, Tidal Blades) joins us this week for this discussion.

Here's a full list of games discussed on the show:

Intro

  • The Grimm Masquerade
  • Guardian's Call
  • Sorcerer City
  • Wonderland's War
  • Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef

Christina's topic: How should game publishers respond to calls for more inclusiveness vs. "less politics" in games?

  • Dead of Winter
  • Summoner Wars
  • Bloodstone
  • The Grimm Forest
  • Guardian's Call

Shoe's topic: Board game remakes...do you buy them?

  • Dune
  • King of Tokyo
  • King of Tokyo: Dark
  • Kemet
  • Kemet: Blood and Sand
  • Caylus
  • Caylus 1303
  • Tribune
  • Last Bastion
  • Ghost Stories
  • The Castles of Burgundy
  • Carpe Diem
  • Egizia
  • Egizia: Shifting Sands
  • Tokaido

Mike's topic: What are some premium upgrades you've personally added to games?

  • The Castles of Burgundy
  • The Estates
  • Blood Rage
  • Rising Sun
  • Concordia
  • The Grimm Forest
  • Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
  • Chaos in the Old World
  • Dune
  • Crusaders
  • The Crew

James's topic: Deluxe components from the manufacturer's perspective

  • The Grimm Forest
  • Sorcerer City
  • Zombicide
  • B-Sieged
  • Copenhagen
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Blood Rage
  • Gloomhaven
  • Gùgōng
  • Bloodstone
  • Tidal Blades: Heroes of the Reef
  • Valor & Villainy
  • Pebble Rock Delivery Service

Final thoughts

  • The King's Dilemma
  • Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
  • Lords of Vegas
  • Star Trek: Ascendancy
  • Twilight Imperium
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