45: Streamable games, big-name licenses, and that X factor (guest: The Op's Pat Marino)
Play • 1 hr 14 min

We talk (non-roll-and-write) board games that are perfect for streaming to your friends, and we delve into how a game company like The Op works with so many big-name licenses (Marvel, Harry Potter, and...um, Golden Girls).

Plus, what is that X factor that makes a game really great? And Mike Zipkin gives impressions on Nintendo's Clubhouse Games.

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

Intro

  • Star Wars: Dark Side Rising
  • Harry Potter: Death Eaters Rising
  • Die Hard: The Nakatomi Tower Heist
  • Monopoly
  • Yahtzee
  • Scrabble
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Telestrations
  • Clubhouse Games
  • Russian Railroads
  • Grand Austria Hotel

Christina's topic: Streamable non-roll-and-write games

  • Blank Slate
  • Just One
  • Hues and Cues
  • Codenames
  • MonsDRAWsity
  • Telestrations: Upside Drawn
  • Telestrations

Shoe's topic: Game design when working with different licenses

  • Courth of the Dead: Mourner's Call
  • Scooby-Doo: Escape from the Haunted Mansion
  • The Shining: Escape from Overlook Hotel
  • Monopoly Hallmark Channel Board Game
  • Unlock!
  • Munchkin
  • Codenames
  • Match-o-Rama
  • Quests of Yore: Barley's Edition

Pat's topic: That X-factor in gaming

  • Russian Railroads
  • Just One
  • Codenames
  • Hansa Teutonica
  • The Gallerist
  • Kanban
  • Terraforming Mars
  • The Quacks of Quedlinberg
  • Hues and Cues
  • Court of the Dead: Mourner's Call
  • Tiny Towns
  • Medium

Mike's topic: Nintendo's Clubhouse Games

  • Clubhouse Games
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Yacht Dice
  • Mancala
  • Shogi
  • Go
  • Connect 4
  • Uno
  • Hanafuda
  • Texas Hold 'Em
  • Ludo
  • War
  • Takoyaki
  • Air Hockey
  • Darts
  • Bowling

Final thoughts

  • Blank Slate
  • Court of the Dead: Mourner's Call
  • The Batman Who Laughs Rising
  • Plankton Rising
  • Quests of Yore: Barley's Edition
  • Forgotten Waters
  • Era: Medieval Age
  • The Shipwreck Arcana
  • Smartphone Inc.
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