Review: Quacks of Quedlinburg

Do you feel a faint stirring in your heart? That'll probably be because of Quacks of Quedlinburg, a game about stirring, excitement, dread, capitalism, and even more stirring. It's also the second game about managing your own personal gambling den we've reviewed recently, following on from the very good Space Base. But this is better.

Special thanks to Wizarding Harry of Wizarding Harry's Child Wizarding School for Top Wizarding Harrys for being such a superb special guest.


SU&SD Play… The Champion of the Wild, Live!

matt vs. bat, the mating habits of manta rays, crippling penguillt
Remember our review of party game The Champion of the Wild? Well, we had so much fun with it that we decided to turn it into a live show at PAX Unplugged, featuring Jonathan Ying, Alan Gerding, and multiple facts about manta ray sex.

Also, remember how our review of party game The Champion of the Wild caused it to sell out? For anyone still craving a copy, the game is back on Kickstarter right now, with all sorts of little improvements.

EDIT: ...Little improvements, and some new play variants including the way we play in this very video. Wow!

Enjoy the show, everybody! And huge thanks to our guests for being such good sports, as well as to everybody in the audience for being the real champions.


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.


Podcast #90: The Generation Train

saxomophone, grasping at grasshoppers, oily caviar, desperate bakeries
Oof! Matt and Quinns have thundered unsteadily into 2019 with a podcast overloaded with games.

There's Blackout: Hong Kong (again), Just One (a party game), Sumer (which isn't a board game), Quacks of Quedlinburg (which is a board game), Schummel Hummel (or "Cheating Bee"), The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 (a game of the film), Pipeline (which doesn't have that many pipes actually) and Gen 7: A Crossroads Game (our first disappointment of the year).

After that, we're sad to report that the structural integrity of the podcast collapsed, killing everyone inside.

Extra special thanks to musician and super cool guy Mr. Steve Davit for hooking us up with those sexy new musical stings, and helping us to make our 2019 that much brassier.


GAMES NEWS! 21/01/19

whither falafel, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Puggsy was C.R.A.P.
Matt: Good MORNING Shut Up & Sit Down Shupuppers. That’s my new name for anyone reading the news right now - you can’t do anything about it, I’ve sent the stickers to print. It’s a bright and bracing day in London and I am positively brimming with vigor and vizz - partially because of a chilly morning bike ride, but mostly because of the weekend efforts of everyone involved in Hbomberguy’s charity stream.

Raising almost $350,000 for the UK trans support charity Mermaids - in response to other mainstream funding being cancelled after a campaign of organised spite - this colossal achievement had me grinning all weekend at the sheer joy of what now seems possible. A US Congresswoman dropping in on a Donkey Kong 64 stream is exactly the tenor of madness that I get out of bed for - but the whole event has flicked some sort of switch in my head, and I now feel so much better about reality in general. So if you were involved in that in any way - thank you!

Quinns: Wow! I just spent the weekend making some falafels.


Review: Treasure Island

Mr. Bimble, private pirates, one riddle udder, velveteen booties
"Start as you mean to go on," as they say. That's why for our first review of 2019 we picked a fantastic game, put on the loudest shirts that Matt owned, broke out the eyeliner, and squeezed in an homage to The Muppets.

Don't get distracted by all of those lovely colours, though. Featuring a bit of bluffing, a bit of logic, a bit of deduction and a lot of laughter, Treasure Island is a game that deserves some serious consideration.


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.


Announcing our 2018 Donor Drive!

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Quinns: Hi everybody! It's that time again. If you've enjoyed the work we've done this year, or if we've just helped to point you towards some great games, please consider donating to Shut Up & Sit Down.

And this month, we've got a little bonus for you! If you enjoyed the little trip down memory lane in this video, the unedited 30 minute video of us commentating on early Shut Up & Sit Down will be in this month's donor newsletter. And however much you choose to donate to us, you'll get your cute self on the mailing list.

Thank you, everybody. It's been a pleasure and a privilege to spend the year working for you. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and pick up some festive snacks for our special, extra-long Christmas stream that we'll be doing tomorrow! So far we're planning on playing (a) Keyforge, and (b) a jigsaw puzzle, because why the hell not?


Review: Keyforge

smash dad, keyforge kitchen, let me into your house im gonna be sick
For our last review of the year, Matt pulled out all the stops... and then Quinns appeared and started plugging them back in again.

It seems this pair can't quite agree on Keyforge. Is it fun, or not-fun? Is the business model good or bad? Is the universe a joke or a failure?

Let us know your experience with Keyforge in the comments! Whatever our thoughts on it, Keyforge's staggering initial sales hint that this game is going to be with us for quite some time.