Review: Spirit Island

Racist Jelly Babies, Nobody Likes Drowning, Tom Hates Spirit Island!!!

It’s taken us SO LONG to make a Spirit Island video that it’s only appropriate that somebody is PUNISHED. It’s true that back in the day we covered it a bit, but it’s fair to say that this co-op classic had yet to get the love from us that it deserved. But is all well on our precious little island, or do we detect the vile tendrils of HATRED? Does someone HATE this game?? Oh my!

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This Week On Shut Up & Sit Down…

Tom: Hoooo boy it’s warm out today folks. Team Shut Up & Sit Down are doing their very best to stay hydrated and happy so that we can still chip away at some soft-serve content for you to enjoy (preferably in a cool room with a damp towel on the head).

We had some technical difficulties at the back end of last week that have pushed that review into this week! Expect to see it on Wednesday or Thursday whilst we polish it up for delivery.

Friday is, as always, ‘the pod-day’. Ava and I are talking about a bouquet of games we’ve been playing recently – FlickFleet, King of 12, Museum: Suspects and Caper: Europe! You can hear us begin to get loopy in the heat on that one.

That’s all for this week! I’m chugging a big glass of ice water and setting up Shinkansen: Zero-Kei (is it any good? I’m about to find out!) What have you been up to, everybody?  

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Podcast #189 – Our First Impressions of Undaunted: Stalingrad!

That One Guy You Hate, Undaunted: XCOM, It Is Summer Oh No

In this militaristic episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt have been playing a whole bunch of Undaunted: Stalingrad! A larger, legacy-lite version of the Undaunted system! Is it good? Is it… Not? Does it accurately depict the horrors of war? All this salient information and more awaits… Have a great weekend, everybody! Thanks to our amazing community, podcast transcripts are available here, and are usually completed within a few weeks of the podcast’s release.

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This Week On Shut Up & Sit Down…

Tom: Hello all! How’s things? I’ve had an eventful weekend of not doing much – though on Sunday I nipped to the beach and took part in the great British tradition of “having some cans”. I returned home to make pasta, and only when my housemate saw the “recipe” I’d hastily scrawled with a felt-tip pen did I realise that maybe I was just a touch too wobbly to be near any sharps. I settled on the other great British tradition of “crisps for dinner”. That’s all for this new edition of “Tom’s Mundane Weekend News”. Tune in next week for hair-raising tales of shower unblocking.

But enough about me, what about us? What are we making for you, hot off the backs of our summer donation drive? This week brings two spicy gems. Thursday bears a review of a modern classic – a game that hasn’t yet been given the review treatment but is near and dear to plenty of people; one that Matt is a new fan of and I’m a touch more sceptical about. How exciting!

Then, on Friday, we’ve got the delayed Undaunted: Stalingrad podcast. I promise we’ll talk about it this week after pushing it back a touch – it’s an enticing box.

That’s this week! What have you been up to, everybody?  

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Podcast #188 – How Do You Pitch a Game? (w/Tim Clare)

Salt the circle, Pitch me an elevator, Poet card revoked

Ava: Well look at that! It’s an interview. Well something like that. I spent the evenings of the ‘United’ Kingdom’s Game Exposition chatting with my favourite podcaster-poet-editor-writer Tim Clare, then convinced him to get together to have a chat about a thing. We’re offering tips and thoughts on how to ‘pitch a game’, both at a convention, and in your very own home. Do we stay on topic? Occasionally! But hopefully it’s a fun listen.

Go find Tim on twitter or his very own website timclarepoet.co.uk. I genuinely think Death of a Thousand Cuts, and particularly the couch to 80k bootcamp/100 day writing challenge are the absolute best ways to get stuck into creative writing, and his first page critiques (the reason I thought he’d be a great person to speak to about this) are the absolute best writing advice you can get! Check him out, he’s lovely.

I’m hoping to put together a few more interviews and other ‘special’ podcasts over the coming months, so do let us know what you think. Opinions and suggestions welcome to [email protected] or on our website. If it doesn’t sound up your street, do feel free to skip it! It’ll probably be a normal pod with more familiar voices next time you visit!

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Everything is fine!!

Gosh, what a normal week we’re having! Another normal week in this wholly normal year. And what could be more normal than our bi-annual reminder that we are actually just humans with gas and electric bills!

We do hope you enjoy this silly bit of video, regardless of whether or not you’re currently cushioned enough to allow you to chuck us a couple of quid.

We love doing this, we love making you smile each week, and we hope that we can continue to do both for the foreseeable future.

Thank you for watching, from the whole team!

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This Week On Shut Up & Sit Down…

Tom: Readers, I’ve won, but at what cost. On last week’s podcast, Quinns alluded to our racketball sessions, and his victory over me on the courts. I could not cope with it, and so, I truly put in my all yesterday – and won. I took to Twitter to gloat, but now I am defeated. My legs are killing me. My wrist is totally borked. I’m so very sleepy. Let me tell you about what is happening this week on ‘This Week On Shut Up & Sit Down’ so I can go and lie down.

This week is a nice simple one! Sometime in the Wednesday/Thursday reviewzone, we’ve got not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, but seven games up for review. The theme? That strings them all together? Well, it’s a bit boring. I’ll let you discover it yourself to avoid disappointment.

Friday’s podcast is going to be all about Undaunted: Stalingrad – a first-impressions from myself and Matt talking about this souped-up version of one of the team’s favourite games. This thing is quite something.

That’s it! Eight games are being covered this week, and, I’ll go ahead and say it, all of them are gr-EIGHT! Tee hee. What a time to be alive and playing board games!

What have you been up to, everybody?

 

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Podcast #187 – More Podcasts About Buildings and Villages

The Dry Games Special, Sponsored by Shut Up & Sit Down, The Wad Bizard

In this deeply sponsored episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about two ferociously dry games. First up is the pastoral human-collector Villagers, and second up is the vertical build-em-up Akropolis. We also take some time to defibrillate the podcast back to life by talking a little bit about Rush Out, our favourite Shut Up & Sit Down video review that came out this week. Enjoy!

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Review: Rush Out!

This week’s video has Tom evolving into his final form: BAD WIZARD. It also features a sentient vegetable, and murders with a hammer – so there’s a chance that broadly speaking, things “started to get away from us” a little. This All-vs-1 game of Real-Time Rollin’ game Rush Out! is a treat that surprised us, and it might surprise you!

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