Arcs is 2024’s Best New Board Game

Arcs is really something special, and I hope this chunky ol’ review reflects that. This video is the first in a two-part review of Leder’s freak spin on the “Space Game” genre, and despite the extravagant length of this video, its conclusions are very simple; this kind of game is a rarity, and should be cherished. Rarely does something manage to be so boldly innovative as well as so sharply considered – a risky gambit of a game that pays off beautifully.

I hope this game is a collection staple for many in the years to come, and I hope a jumbo-sized video like this might help to show folks why.

Enjoy!

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Podcast #257 – Big Buildings, Bigger Creatures

The Famous Shut Up & Sit Down ‘Goblin Outro’

On this terrifyingly tall episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Matt and Tom are checking out some games with BIG THINGS in ‘em! Skyrise is the latest from Brass: Brum publishers Roxley Games and has you making great stinkin’ scrapers, and Leviathan Wilds from new publisher Moon Crab Games gets us climbing the backs of crusty creatures. It’s a good pair of games!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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Review: Shikoku 1889

yum yum yum, the delicious taste of window

Tom’s dipped his toes into the 18XX genre with Shikoku 1889 – a game about doing trains, making money, and… soft roleplaying?

We tried a new approach with this one – a more quick and silly look at something that we might not usually play, and hopefully? It paid… dividends…

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Podcast #256 – Iron/Wood and Un/Daunted!

Imagine a 256 Player Game of Undaunted where you smush all the sets together and everyone plays one card in a 128 card hand

On this VGA-Compliant episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are chatting about two excellent asymmetric games they’ve been dabbling with recently! First up is Ironwood – a game where wood and metal collide in a Root-Lite frenzy of asymmetric squabbling – followed by Undaunted 2200: Callisto – the newest, most lunar entry into the Undaunted series! Have a great weekend! Tap below for full timestamps and more info!

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Podcast #255 – Dragons & Demolitions

Thanks to Ryan Freeman specifically for always reading the descriptions xx

On this rambling, tangient-rich episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Pip chat Wings and Wyrms in a creature feature on Wyrmspan! Then, we take a break from the hotness to discuss an old classic that Tom was bored to tears by; Roborally.

Have a great weekend! 

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Review: Thunder Road: Vendetta

This week Matt is back to doing whatever it is that Matt seems to do best? Thunder Road: Vendetta is one of the more recent releases from Restoration Games, and we were honestly surprised by how much we liked it – packing chunky silly fun into a slim and lovely box, and with game design that actually makes the most out of its plastic components. Strap in, nitro up, and be aware that Matt won’t be partially naked for more than the first few seconds of the video. It’s an ancient SU&SD tradition, OK?

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Podcast #254 – Dungeons & Directors

i thought about doing a cipher but i needed to eat some lunch, sorry

On this freshly sloganed episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Emily huddle around the boardgame campfire to tell tales about games of old. Or new. They’re all new games and I’ve wasted this pastoral image in an unfitting manner. Too late now! Nobody reads these descriptions and I’ve got stuff to do! We’ve gotta get going! On this podcast we talk about Kinfire Chronicles: Nights Fall, Hollywood 1947, and Vampire Village – a fine crop of funky boards.

Have a great weekend!

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Review: Slay the Spire

i’m so sorry bloodborne: the board game one day I will play you and all will become clear

Slay the Spire has long been one of Shut Up & Sit Down’s very favourite deckbuilders, so we were immediately intrigued by its new cardboard iteration – Slay The Spire: The Board Game. Will it work? Will it be fun? Will it be as good as the video game?

Tom’s got the answers. Well, he’s got his answers.

Enjoy!

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The Top 100 Board Games of All Time – Episode 3: Galaxy Trucker

It’s actually just regular trucker, none of our criticisms are valid, oopsie doopsie

We’re back with yet another episode of Shut Up & Sit Down’s very own self-imposed sisyphean task: The Top 100!

This time, Tom and Matt are chatting about Galaxy Trucker, gimmick games, and ‘having a bad time in space’. It’s been too long since we’ve sat down to this game, and we had a great time – so great, in fact, that we’ll likely make our very daft playthrough available to donors in the near future.

Thanks for watching everyone! We’ll have some more three-person episodes very soon!

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