On March 14th We’re Streaming The Estates!

not since primary school have coloured blocks been so fraught
Quinns: Hey everybody! Just a heads-up that on Thursday the 14th we'll be streaming one or two games of The Estates, a simple yet legendarily cruel auction game of (a) trying to work with your friends to construct just two short streets, (b) failing, and (c) fleeing the country with whatever money you managed to embezzle.

We talked a bit about this game back on podcast #84 and while we decided that it had a couple of problems that made it unsuitable for review, we realised it would be a perfect thing to stream. And as an added bonus, Matt and I will be joined on the stream by our very first intern, Ms. Kylie Wroe! Talk about one heck of a first day at work...

So, if you'd like to join us as we make each other swear, sweat and pray the mayor doesn't visit, be sure to click Follow on our Twitch page to get an email when we kick things off. But as always, don't worry if you can't make it on the day. The stream will be available as a Twitch video on demand for 60 days after the stream, and we'll be uploading it to YouTube after that.

Cheers!


GAMES NEWS! 04/03/19

a dog becomes a waitress, matt falls in a well, wine for dinner again
Quinns: Matt left for a skiing holiday this weekend, while I stayed in and didn't just play Scrabble, I lost at Scrabble.

The less said about this horrid state of affairs, the better. I hope Matt skiis down a well. Let’s get on with the news.


It’s gonna be a wonky week

planet bunk, a drawing of a dreadnaught, the diary room pushed to its limits
Quinns: Hey everybody! After doing a nine hour(!) stream of Twilight Imperium this weekend, Matt and I are going to spend this week resting up and finishing up our quest to find this year's SU&SD interns.

Normal service (Monday news, Wednesday podcast, Friday review) will be resumed next week, although we're still going to be posting little bits for you to watch. Some of our best panels from SHUX '18 will be going up on our YouTube channel, and on Friday we'll post our playthrough video of SEAL Team Flix.

Best of all, you can watch our epic game of Twilight Imperium right here as a video-on-demand, but if you do that, we'd actually like to ask a favour...

In a couple of months we're going to upload this gargantuan 9 hour video to YouTube, but we want to start preserving some of the best comments from Twitch chat as text pop-ups within the YouTube video. So, pretty please, if you watch any of the video on Twitch and something in Twitch chat makes you laugh, could you leave a comment on this post with the line of chat, the username and the timestamp where it appears? You should be able to copy-paste everything you see, so it should be pretty easy.

Thanks so much everybody, and have a great week!


Today we’re streaming Twilight Imperium!

matt will be lions, elaine will be gnomes, quinns will be bad
Quinns: HELLO! After a literal week of preparation, today is the day we're going to be streaming a full game of Twilight Imperium 4th edition. And with a bit of luck, it's going to be the most exhaustive playthrough of Twilight Imperium that the internet has ever seen. We will have...

  • Our secret diary room for whenever players want to share their secret plans
  • A tactical overlay showing the map, the objectives and who's completed them
  • The "Galactic News" readout showing the best Twitch comments
  • And even more!

Obviously after the stream is over you'll be able to watch it as a Twitch video on demand, and after that's gone we'll be uploading it to YouTube, but if you want to come along and join in the fun we'll be starting at 2PM GMT, 9AM EST, 6AM PST.

See you there!


Reminder: Click “Follow” On Our Twitch Page!

push it, just push the button
Quinns: Hey everybody! If you've not checked out our live Twitch streams yet, you're officially missing out. They're basically an extra-long, live Let's Play, and I can now proudly say the channel has developed a frighteningly witty chat community. If you've been part of our chat over the last few months, thank you so, so much.

But here's the thing- you don't actually need to remember when we're streaming. If you just go to our Twitch channel and click on the button that reads "Follow", you'll get an email every time we start the show, which is once every couple of weeks. Also, you're adding follower count, which helps us out.

Tomorrow we're going to be trying the Great Western Trail expansion, Rails to the North, and the show after that... well, let's just say you won't want to miss it, and we'll be confirming more details shortly.

Oh, and did I mention our Twitch chat has a custom emote of the LADY ON THE CONCORDIA BOX? That's right! The wonders never cease.

Thanks again, everybody!


GAMES NEWS! 28/01/19

Embassador Toadly, crap magicians, delicious minerables, roly poly
Quinns: Matt, I started reading a book on the history of gambling on the weekend and I can’t stop telling all of my friends FACTS.

Did you know that roulette, one of the coolest-looking games of all time, was invented by the English? And did you know we called it roly poly? I’m relieved to say that the French got their hands on it and began rebranding the wheel almost immediately.

Matt: That’s--

Quinns: Did you know that in the world’s first casino was the Ridotto in Venice, opened in 1638? Public displays of excitement or sadness were forbidden, but there was a darkened Chamber of Sighs where “unlucky gamblers could moan with despair.”

Matt: Quinns, you know the rule.

Quinns: ...

Matt: Tell me the rule.

Quinns: ...when there’s work to do, facts have to wait.


The SU&SD Podcast is now available on Spotify

Quinns: Good news, everyone! The SU&SD board game podcast is now available on Spotify. If you'd like to listen to it, it can be found there now, in addition to the other places where it can usually be found. A short FAQ follows.

Q: Can I now listen to the SU&SD podcast on Spotify?

A: Yes

Q: Will brand new episodes of the SU&SD podcast be on Spotify?

A: Yes

Q: Using Spotify, can I now put the SU&SD podcast into my ears?

A: Yes

We hope that clears everything up! If you have any further questions about the SU&SD podcast being on Spotify, please leave a comment and I'll see if I can help out.


GAMES NEWS! 14/01/19

All Aboard the Wolf Train, Bilbo Bobbit, Badnik Tokens, Soundz Nize

Quinns: We’re awake! And alive! Shut Up & Sit Down is officially back in action, ready to spend another 12 months covering amazing board games. What new designs await us this year? What never-before-seen ideas will spring out and delight us?

Matt: What hellscape have you interrupted my slumber for? It’s 9am on a Monday morning and I’m looking at one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.

Quinns: Those are the goat entrails that I was reading, trying to divine what awaits us this year... Oh, no, sorry, that’s just Monopoly: Pizza edition.


10 Board Games to Buy the Enthusiast this Christmas

Quinns: I’m hoping that by now you’ve all seen Matt’s amazing video on big games to play with your family over Christmas. Didn’t he do a good job? And wasn’t it kind of hot seeing him dressed as a reindeer 30 seconds in?

But there’s simply no time to imagine stroking Matt’s downy fur, or his rock-hard antlers. Today I’m presenting our second (and final) holiday list feature: 10 strong gifts for the hobbyist board gamer in your life that you can actually buy.

That's because a lot of the hottest games this year, like Root, Brass: Birmingham and Welcome To, sold out almost instantly. Not so with this list! We’ve made sure each of these titles is in stock to buy in North America and the UK.


Games News! 10/12/18

dad's wrong again, one million million dolars, bring back pluto
Quinns: Good morning everybody! How are we all? Are we feeling Christmassy yet?

On second thoughts, perhaps we shouldn’t waste our energy on chit-chat. We have a dense and fibrous stack of news to get through, you and I. We’re going to be bloated with announcements by the end of this. Stuffed with stats. Packed with press releases.

Let’s start with the smallest announcement and see how we fare, eh? I'm talking about the tiny towns of Tiny Towns.