Do you play board games?
If you do, you're in the right place. We're a group of writers, videographers, coders and designers who want to create a glittering home for you.
If you don’t play board games, you're also in the right place, because we want to show you how amazing these things are. The amount of talent in today's scene is awe-inspiring, and it's all dedicated to letting you enjoy yourself with your loved ones. Isn't that something?
Anyone looking for our old episodes will find them right here.
Shut Up & Sit Down is...
Quintin Smith / @quinns108
Beaten savagely by his step-father (at chess), Quinns’ goal in life is to get people playing anything else. “Chess is OK,” he said, yesterday, “But is it as good as Twister? Think about it.”
In 2011, Quinns was arrested for drunkenly attempting to dismantle his local book shop’s board game section. Shut Up & Sit Down is his community service.
He’s friends with...
Paul Dean / @paullicino
Paul, who stares at self descriptions like a deer caught in car headlights, has been spotted playing board games since the 1980s. Of course, it’s not how long you’ve been playing that matters, but how much you care, and Paul’s real problem was that he never cared to stop.
It’s his fault Shut Up & Sit Down is called what it is, as opposed to, you know, something sensible. Paul does not have a favourite type of dog, but his favourite concept is compatibilism.
He’s a fan of...
Matt Lees / @jam_sponge
After years of begrudgingly accepting Monopoly and Risk, Matt discovered Diplomacy and Cosmic Encounter. After a friendship-ruining invasion of Calais and the unveiling of THE LUNAR CANNON, it felt like there was no looking back.
Since then it's become his mission to get those who roll their eyes to start rolling dice instead. When he isn't performing cardboard baptisms Matt makes videos about videogames, and records a rather blue comedy podcast.
He practices his high-fives with...
Brendan Caldwell / @brendy_c
Brendan was rescued from a bog by team SU&SD in the summer of 2012. Initially malnourished and severely dehydrated, he has since come far in his contributions to the site.
When Brendan isn’t board gaming, he is kept in a cupboard and fed biscuits through a gap in the door. Brendan’s preferred aroma is that of subconscious terror and he spends up to five hours a day practising his scuttle.
He's vaguely aware of...
Mike Urbanski / @mikeurbanski
Half programmer, half board gamer, half lover, Mike is a disturbing 150% of a normal human being who has dedicated his career to making board games better for everyone through technology.
If this were A Game of Thrones, while the rest of SU&SD made mistakes and had ill-advised sex with one another, Mike would be the Tyrion Lannister. Not much to look at, but passable with an axe.
He went to high school with...
Josh Greco / @josh_greco
The only member of SU&SD whose fertility has been proven, it's fitting that Josh is the designer on the team, providing our handsome front-end.
He likes to say he "Saw the design [of SU&SD] in the eyes of [his] baby girl," which is a bit disturbing and we don't like to think about it. Mostly because she doesn't play board games yet.