Review: Champions of Midgard (and expansions!)

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Did you think SU&SD only scoured new releases for the very best games? Oh goodness no. This week Paul examines Champions of Midgard, a 2015 game of running around a town, assembling a posse of dice and launching them at the biggest monster who's currently available.

But wait! There's more! Paul's also spent some time with the Dark Mountain and Valhalla expansions. He's been high, and he's been low. And we'll tell you what else- he's had a very good time.


Our Shopping Guide to the Best Cheap Board Games!

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Paul: Hot summer strawberries! It’s the middle of August, the sun is (sometimes) in the sky (here it’s mostly just windy) and this is the season that you finally get into board games. It’s an intimidating prospect: you’ve eyed those enormous boxes on the shelves with price tags that would make a banker blush, but this really doesn’t have to be a hobby that destroys your wallet.

Wait! What’s that noise? An approaching siren? An… ice cream van?! It’s me pedalling furiously toward you in the Shut Up & Sit Down Budget Bus, adding a host of surprising prices in this sequel to our indispensable article, How To Build an Amazing Board Game Collection for $10. GET ON BOARD.


Games News! 20/08/18

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Paul: What’s that in the sky, soaring above us?! Is it a bird? A plane? Is it the GAMES NEWS, descending down upon us to… No, it is a bird. Oh no. It’s dead. Quinns, the bird is dead.

Quinns: That’s OK, I was just on my way to bury this copy of Risk. We’ll pop the bird in the box.

Paul: OK, but hurry back! There’s a news story in the Games News’ news about the Dune games that will soon be news?


Podcast #84: The Post-Gen Con Blowout!

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Can you hear a distant rumble of people applauding, firing party poppers and doing synchronised donuts in their cars? Don't panic! Nothing could be more natural when our post-Gen Con podcast rolls around. It's possible that there's never been such a diverse and exciting array of games tucked into a single SU&SD podcast.

Today, Paul and Quinns exchange first impressions of Keyforge: Call of the Archons, Fantasy Flight's new collaboration with Richard Garfield where every deck ever printed will be unique to you. Up next is Gen 7, the dramatic and curious sequel to Dead of Winter that takes place aboard a generation ship. Then there's Nyctophobia, a game where all but one player is blindfolded and being hunted by a murderer. Critical Mass, which might be the best game of mecha-on-mecha violence ever made? Railroad Ink, which is the first roll-and-write game we've found that could steal the throne from Welcome To. And the pair close by talking about The Estates, which is both the meanest and most devious game of auctions that Quinns has ever experienced.

Among those six games are no less than four contenders for the prestigious SU&SD Recommends badge. You heard it here first- the rest of 2018 is going to be absolutely fabulous.

UPDATE: We now have a complete transcription of this podcast, courtesy of SU&SD fan InkyBloc!


Games News! 13/08/18

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Quinns: Oh my goodness. As always, a deluge of announcements came out of Gen Con this year. We should probably start by covering all of the news to gush forth from the excellent studio that is Fantasy Flight Games.

The centrepiece of this press conference? Keyforge. A new card game from Richard Garfield, designer of both Magic: The Gathering and Netrunner, that uses very advanced technology. In fact, the technology behind printing Keyforge is so bonkers that just about everybody in the audience couldn’t wrap their heads


Podcast #83: The Villain’s Criminal Google

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Pop on your monocle and climb into your biggest chair, because this is a podcast where we are most definitely the bad guys.

First off, Matt and Quinns discuss the be-hyped box of Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game with the help of some royalty-free music. Next, the pair shatter a few dreams with their description of Disney's Villainous board game. There's then a quick discussion of Cryptozoic's Wallet, in which a mob boss has the wallet of a... 9-year-old boy? Finally, the group plumb the depths of Google in a few rounds of Weird Things Humans Search For.

Enjoy, everybody! And look forward to podcast #84, because it's gonna be a stormer.


Review: Lowlands

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This week Paul and Quinns are excited to examine Lowlands, a svelte and confident sheep farming game in the style of venerable designer Uwe Rosenberg, BUT WITH A TWIST. At the end of the game your herds might wash away in a dreadful storm.

Only one question remains. What wool they think of it?


Where to find us at Gen Con 2018!

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Quinns: Hey all! Some final reminders of where you can see us at this week's big show in Indianapolis.

Our extravagant live stage show will be on Thursday at 10am. The good news is, they gave us the main stage that seats 1,200 people! The bad news is, that's the same exact time the main hall opens. You know, the one with all the games in?

To make the most of what we're calling "the death slot", we're planning to give you our early impressions on some VERY hyped games, like Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, Disney's Villainous, even the bizarre creation that is Cryptozoic's Wallet.  Why not come along to this first, and THEN hit the hall when you know which games to queue for?

At 3pm that same day we'll be doing a bit of work as presenters, revealing some upcoming videogame adaptations of board games at What's New at Asmodee Digital With Shut Up & Sit Down. Come along for at least one announcement that blew my mind when I first heard about it...

Paul: We’ll also be doing a signing session on Saturday the 4th at midday, where we will sign everything except Matthew.

Thanks everybody!


Games News! 30/07/18

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Paul: Welcome back once again, dear readers, to the Games News lab, where fresh Games News stories are grown in special hydroponic vats and tended carefully until, at last, they are ready to be released to-

Quinns: ANOTHER ONE’S ESCAPED.

Paul: QUARANTINE PROTOCOL GAMMA. ENGAGE DEFENSE TURRETS. EVACUATE THE BIODOME. THE WORLD ISN’T READY FOR THE NEWS OF GEN7.

Good grief, this is two weeks in a row that Plaid Hat games are leading our Games News, but Gen7 is none other than the second "Crossroads" game. In other words, it's the long-awaited spiritual sequel to Dead of Winter.


New SHUX ’18 announcements! (Come to our party!)

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Quinns: Hey, did you know Shut Up & Sit Down is doing its second con this year? Did you know it's now officially the BIGGEST board game convention IN ALL OF CANADA?

These three days of 24/7 gaming are going to be - if it's at all possible - even better than last year. This time we'll have booths from all of the industry's big board game publishers, a ridiculous array of special guests, and more silly events than you could feasibly watch.

However, we are now 70% sold out of tickets. If you want to join all of the swell people who've snagged tickets early, you can do so right here, at Shux.Show.

Thanks everbody!