Podcast #57: A Purple Boss, A Spicy Path

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Quickly, man the battlements! The podcastle is under attack from deadly waves of silence. Secure the chat parapets, and brace the gates of opinion!

In episode 57 of our award-winning podcast Quinns offers thoughts on I'm the Boss!, the first Sid Sackson game that this site has ever covered, while Paul takes a look at the new edition of Citadels, the first game to ever appear on SU&SD. Quinns has also played an advance copy of the much-hyped Century: Spice Road, while Paul rounds off this week's Fresco review by talking about that game's expansions.

There's combat juggling in the folk game section and the boys chat about why Virgin Queen was Quinns' lowest point, but perhaps the biggest surprise comes during our mailbag segment. We've received a reader mail that's made us question our entire attitude towards not just box inlays, but board games in general. Listen in horror as one listener's expensive opinion spreads across the very fabric of SU&SD, like a spilled glass of wine.


Podcast #56: Three Tough Guys and a Yamatai

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The stakes have never been higher! In this, the one and only 56th episode of the SU&SD podcast, renowned street warriors Matt, Paul and Quinns take a break from their usual areas of discussion (inner-city brawls, knife fights, how to stare down a local tough from sixty yards) to chat about board games, of all things!

Quinns has played new Days of Wonder beautypiece Yamatai, the group chat some more about the excellent Flamme Rouge, and inspired by Paul's Mythos Tales review there's a discussion on the future of mystery-solving games. We also answer the question on everyone's lips: Is Lego crap? Finally, we answer a reader mail about how to get the most out of a convention. Basically just make sure you have a friend to drag you out of the fight if you get knocked unconscious.

In other words, we're going mad. How many more episodes of this can we possibly do?

The answer: AS MANY AS IT TAKES.


Podcast #55: Teenage Monstrous Roman Soldiers

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You guys love podcasts! We literally know how to do them! With episode #55 of the SU&SD podcast we're committing to getting these bad babies out twice a month. If you like what you hear please do share it among your friends!

So what's in this one? Ooh, only Quinns discussing the electrifying yet accessible escape rooms of Unlock! (which has a free demo available online), the insanity of Magic Maze (which also has a free print-n-play version) and the challenging slumbers of When I Dream, while Paul outlines his pathetic enjoyment of Kingdomino and his struggling TV station in The Networks.

We close with Quinns talking about Snakes & Ladders after discovering an astonishing article on its history, and finish with a Christian folk game that leaves the pair even more speechless than usual. Let's just say that teenagers should never be given power, but especially not iron age judicial power. Enjoy, everybody!


Podcast #54: In A Bedroom With A Nasty Lich

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In this temporarily-educated instalment of the SU&SD podcast, Matt, Pip and Paul gathered at a hotel during the 2017 Game Developer's Conference. Their mission? To discuss the hot questions of the day.

Should liches be banned? Are humans secretly terrible at games? Why can't I have my raven back? When is an asteroid frustrating? Should SU&SD be on Pinterest? And most importantly, why do the world's best board game designers think the future is great for players?

We also reach into the mailbag to answer a question on trivia games, and discuss some deeply unprofessional games that are played by actors, on stage.

Commenters, what do you think? Should trivia games continue their slow death, or should we be huffing and puffing into their lungs like someone who kind of remembers CPR (but not really)?


Podcast #53: Matt and Quinns go to the Past!

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Like the plot of every time-travel movie ever, Matt and Quinns have officially gone too far into the past and may never be the same again.

In this unusually raunchy edition of the acclaimed SU&SD podcast the pair discuss/complain about some titans of the 80's and 90's- Space Hulk, Blood Bowl and Magic: The Gathering. Meanwhile, Paul offers much more sedate comments on Scythe and Santorini.

Finally, the group discuss some folk games sent in by an anthropologist... which are played by monkeys. Join us for the critical analysis of Magic, but stick around for our description "Hair In Mouth Game".

Have you played any games from your childhood recently? And were they rubbish?


Podcast #52: A Deception, a Dove and a Dungeon

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Get your pod-plates ready! We're serving up another steaming hot pot of chat.

Matt, Paul and Quinns discuss deck-building burgle box that is Clank!, they return once again to the irritatingly more-ish Black Stories, Quinns chats a bit about Deception: Murder in Hong Kong and they discuss the standalone expansion for Welcome to the Dungeon.

We hope you left room for seconds, because there's also a reader mail that asks what games Matt and Quinns organised at their respective weddings last year, and we unseal the Pandora's Box of folk games played by school teachers. Maybe don't eat that last bit, it's profoundly poisonous.


Podcast #51: The Pearple’s Choice Awards

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We don't want to tell you how to live your life but you might want to put on a tie or a string of pearls or BOTH before listening to this very classy podcast.

The results of the inaugral Pearple's Choice Awards are in and noteworthy hosts Paul Dean and Quintin Smith discuss the games that won Best Expansion of 2016, Best Reprint and (of course) Best Game. They chat about some old classics they've played over the festive season, like City of Remnants and Galaxy Trucker. Finally, they want to tell you about a folk game that's come all the way from Peru.

2016 has been a spectacular year for board games and once again, next year looks even more exciting. This can't be sustainable. Or can it?


Podcast #50: Our Top 5 Games of 2016!

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Hold onto your listicles, Paul and Quinns are celebrating the 50th ever Shut Up & Sit Down podcast (by recording a podcast (they are unimaginative)) and we want you to join us!

In this tawdry tornado of numerology the site's aged founders discuss Spyfall 2, Tyrants of the 1derdark and the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game (which has numbers in it) before dropping their respective top 5 board games of 2016. We'll warn you now, make sure you're sitting down when you hear Quinns' number one.

If anyone can't bear the wait until podcast #51, here are the winners of the Pearple's Choice Awards.

Enjoy, everybody!


Podcast #49: A Dream Home and an Ill Moon

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In what's surely our most mathematically pleasing podcast ever, today Paul and Quinns discuss 6 games (2 of which they'd recommend) before answering 4 emails and examining 2 folk games. What's next in this sequence? Why, your enjoyment of course!

Games discussed in this cast include the bucolic visions of Dream Home and Cottage Garden. We've got two spritely deck-building games, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and Aeon's End. We've also got two interesting spins on existing classics, 4 Gods being a wild interpretation of Carcassonne, and Mythos Tales as a Lovecraftian sequel to Consulting Detective.

Enjoy, everybody. And credit to Peter Dringautzki for the podcast image, with his beautiful photo of Cottage Garden!


Podcast #48: Complaining in the Crystal Maze

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Like a domestic Sisyphus, Paul and Quinns continue on their quest to play all of the things! Quick, listen to this podcast before their boulder of relevancy rolls back down the side of Mount Internet.

This month games discussed include Pax Pamir! Conan! Game of Thrones: Hand of the King! A Touch of Evil! And litttle Schotten Totten! Of course we've got our usual special features in the form of listener mail and the Folk Game of the Month, but there's even more besides. Always keen to go the extra mile for the podcast, Quinns visited a real-life Crystal Maze and Paul had sex with a beast.

What new game have you been enjoying recently? It doesn't have to be a new release, just new to you. Let us know!