Space Lions: The Story of Twilight Imperium

sexy turtles, a deadly broom-gun, a glass birthing canal, death by box
We've come a long way, baby!

Six years ago SU&SD published a review of the grand, weird game of Twilight Imperium 3rd edition. Today, we present a first for the board game industry. Please enjoy our amateur attempt at a documentary on the history of the game - which is really the history of Fantasy Flight Games - and the development of the new, shiny, 4th edition. Huge thanks to our donors, without whom this project (which we started work on back in 2015!) would never, ever have been possible.

As you buckle your seatbelt for this ride through time and outer space, please bear in mind that the doc doesn't cover the nitty-gritty of game mechanics that have changed from 3rd to 4th edition. We'll be covering that in our forthcoming review of Twilight Imperium 4th ed, which Quinns will be creating since he had almost no involvement in the doc.

Instead, we tried to make the documentary of broader interest, so please consider sharing it with board game-curious friends. Or just tell your mum it's Netflix? That might work.

Enjoy, everybody!


Announcing the SU&SD Twilight Imperium Mini-Doc!

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Big news everyone! Fantasy Flight Games have just announced a new edition of their galaxy-sized flagship game, Twilight Imperium. Which means we can announce something of our own... !

Here at Shut Up & Sit Down we've been huge fans of Twilight Imperium since we reviewed the 3rd edition all those years ago. It's the grandest, silliest game that we know; an epic brawl featuring everything from capitalist cats to a race of sentient vegetables. So back in 2014 we got to talking with owner of Fantasy Flight and original designer of TI Christian Peterson, one thing led to another, and we agreed to document the process of making TI 4th edition.

How do you go about making the grandest board game in the world even more grand? Find out later this month!


Announcing our 2017 Summer pledge drive!

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Hello everybody! It's been 17 videos, 14 podcasts and 55 articles since we asked our audience for donations in (who could forget?) our Christmas advert.

Today, we're once again asking you to give as much or as little as you can afford. Please, click here (or if you'd prefer, click the seductive, golden button in the upper-right) to join the thousands of people who've donated to SU&SD in the past, paying us to keep working, and to keep finding great games.

The above video says it all, but two things bear repeating. First off, we're putting up two videos in the next two weeks to make up for starting the pledge drive today. And second, we really are confident that the next six months will be the greatest in the site's history. There is so much cool stuff coming up.

We hope you're having a great summer, and thanks for sticking with us for just over six years of Shut Up & Sit Down.

Who wants another six?


SU&SD Presents: A Feast of Friends!

your mum is a murderer, undermining a war, an expensive potato clock
The third talk from our V&A collection is a sneak preview of a new talk that Quinns is working on. OooOOOooh!

A Feast of Friends is Quintin's overlong, years-late answer to the question everyone asked when he left the video games press for board games, which was "Isn't that a step down?" No, no it isn't. Board games are beautiful, important and have a glittering future, and this is why.

Enjoy, everybody!


SU&SD Presents: British Board Games 1800-1920, by Holly Nielsen

Modesty, Decreptitude, Despair, Poverty, Also wargames are a thing
Continuing our collection of talks filmed during the V&A's Board Game Study Day, here's 15 minutes from journalist and historian Holly Nielsen on the hilarious, horrifying history of British board games.

Huge thanks to Holly for letting us host this talk. It's just too much fun. Next time you buy a game that's a little less than perfect, why pop this talk on? You'll feel very lucky about the state of your board game collection, we guarantee.


SU&SD Presents: Board Gaming’s Golden Age! (2017 update)

how's everybody doing, this is the wrong talk, how much time do i have?, a stony pro
Hi everybody! Remember Quinns' old talk on the current "golden age of board games"? Here's a new performance of it! It's a lot like the old talk, but snappier, more informed and down from a whopping 45 minutes (you can still watch the original here) to just 15 minutes. Perfect for sharing with your friends or perennially-bemused relatives.

This talk was just one of several snappy and informative talks given during a contemporary board game study day at London's prestigious Museum of Childhood, and it's not the only one we filmed, either. This week we'll be uploading three more, including a brand new talk from Quinns!

Stay tuned, everyone, and thanks to everyone who came down on the day.


Please Donate to Our Internet Web Site?

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Hey you!

You might have noticed that a lot of work goes into Shut Up & Sit Down. This month we're asking for you to become one of the donors who make that possible.

Never mind "digging deep"- if every person reading this had a just a paddle in their pockets that would more than suffice for Team SU&SD to keep the lights on for another 6 months. If you donate by December 18th you'll receive our donor newsletter telling you everything we're planning for 2017, and you'll also have supported us in our quest to make play better.

We talk a little about inclusivity in the above video, which always results in some people asking why we keep banging on about it. This month we found we had one more reason why: It turns out that while women are only a fraction of our viewership, they're disproportionately more likely to make a donation to SU&SD.

Finally, if you have any questions regarding donations, please email [email protected]

Thank you all for another incredible, loved-up six months. And do look forward to the next two weeks on the site! We have one or two very exciting slabs of calorific Christmas content coming your way.

- Team SU&SD


Review: Cat On Yer Head with 200 Players!

are you winning or losing, who wants to be a hole, alcoholic mice
Here's something a little different! During a live podcast at the UK Games Expo we finally had an opportunity to play Cat On Yer Head, a game designed entirely for crowds. So we thought, why not film it? And why not do Shut Up & Sit Down's first ever collaborative review, with Paul and Quinns presenting, Matt and Pip doing some panicked camerawork and 200 SU&SD fans lending a hand?

Because you know what they say. You can never have too many cooks.

Enjoy, everybody! If you'd like to buy Cat On Yer Head either digitally or as a physical book, you can do so via the above link.


Podcast #44: The video!

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Hot diggity and a lack of dignity! It's the second podcast we recorded live at the 2016 UK Games Expo. This time we offer definitive feels on Spiel des Jahres-nominted games Karuba and Imhotep, as well as chatting about Beyond Baker Street, Yeti, Coup: Rebellion G54 and a game jam winner called Lantern. We also ask an important question: Have you started building your mausoleum?

If you'd rather listen to this as a slim-fit podcast, you can do so right here. But you'll miss Matt and Pip having some trouble with their stools...


Podcast #43: The video!

dressage, penguin punishment, an actual pandemic, a shit egg
Long and spicy like a hot dog, the 43rd EVER SU&SD podcast is HERE! Quickly, consume the whole thing before it starts disintegrating and leaking board game mustard into your lap.

In this cast Matt, Paul, Pip and Quinns met up with 300 fans in a sweaty room at the UK Games Expo to discuss what they'd been playing. That meant The Ravens of Thri Sahashri, Ice Cool, Treasure Hunter, the Horses & Stagecoach expansion for Colt Express, Codenames: Pictures, Czech Games' new game Adrenaline and more besides! Finally, we end with an electrifying game of Question Wood Toy Folds High. Can Matt fix his losing streak?

If you'd prefer to enjoy this video on the move, it's available as a humble podcast right here. The comments are separate on each post, though, so CHOOSE WISELY. Are you team podcast, or team video?