Monday!

What have you been playing lately? Anything more challenging than expected or that you liked and felt confident you wouldn’t prior to playing?

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Podcast #226 – Earthborne Rangers and Great Machines

On this eco-mechanical episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt chat about two very different – but very thematic – games! First up are Matt’s early impressions of Earthborne Rangers – a massive game about protecting and engaging with the environment from one of the folks who made Twilight Imperium happen. Then, our dynamic duo shift gears to talk about their time about causing and preventing riots in the one-v-all game of prediction; City of the Great Machine.
Have a great weekend, everybody!

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Summer Update

Hello! Hello! We’re excited to reveal to you all a NEW THING, and our plan for 2023 and beyond! Check out the video (and the future newsletter!) for the deets – in the meantime we’re thrilled to be leaping into unknown waters! Thanks so much for watching and supporting, folks!

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Podcast #225 – Golem Down!

Note: Sorry about the audio on this one! Some very jacked up mics produced a lot of room noise that was hard to scrub. We’ll have this fixed in a couple episodes!

In this clay-based episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are talking about a cluster of games they’ve played together recently. First up is a lengthy chat about Golem – the crunchy, Italian-designed eurogame based on the folkloric Jewish automata (it’s quite good!). Then, a couple of very speedy chats about Resist! (a fantastic solo game where you play as the SPANISH revolution) and Stomp The Plank (a great push your luck game we recently reviewed).
Have a great weekend, everybody!

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Review: Stomp the Plank

ELEPHUN-TIMES AHOY! This week’s video is about Stomp The Plank, a dexterity game that’s arguably for children but has stolen our hearts regardless. Mixing horrible push-your-luck mechanics with a truly adorable selection of plastic elephant pirate-things, this magnetic wonder is a delight for all ages and an easy recommendation. ENJ(AH)OY!

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Stomp the Plank

You are young and mischievous pirates. Try to steal treasures from captain Giraffe’s chest while accusing your fellow pirates. But be careful because if you get caught, you’ll walk the plank! For each treasure you manage to steal, your opponent will end up with a crate at the end of their plank…which might just tip … Read more

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This July In Shut Up & Sit Down!

Tom: Hello Gamers; big and small and wide and tall. This is going to be a very brief ‘This Month In’ because July is, to quote myself right now, ‘Popping Off’! Let’s GET TO IT!

The big event early this month is that we’ll be spilling every single bean on all our future plans in a summer update video and newsletter. The video itself will give you the rough idea; but if you’re a donor to the site the next newsletter in your inbox will be absolutely rammed with details about all the new plans we’re going to tinker with in the near future. Videos! We’re actually recording a bunch of reviews for the future, so you might see a small dip in the pace we’ve been setting recently, and a surge of content when the games we’re chatting about actually release. We will have a video very soon, though, for a game you couldn’t possibly predict! We’re also hoping to have recorded a bit of a convention report whilst we’re at RopeCon in Helsinki; so expect no video that week whilst we’re busy getting beaten by the Finns, and a bruised and bloody report soon after.

Podcasts! We’ll be chatting about Golem, we’ll be rambling about My Island, we’ve got further thoughts about Iki, we’ve entered My Gold Mine, we’re taking on the Great Machine, and we’ve… Zoo Vadis’ed? So many games, lots of them good, and we’re jazzed to tell you more about them all. We’re also trying to record more in-person pods – they’re lovely for energy and ease and so I think, perhaps, going back to them might be the way forward.

Streams we’re running will be kept continually pretty chill and inconsistent, as per usual. It’s fun to hang out exactly when I’ve the energy for it, and so far the slightly pottering pace has been perfect!

That’s all for this month! Plenty to come very soon…

What have you been up to, everybody?

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Podcast #224 – Welcome to EARTH

In this loamy episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Matt are taking a little wander through the hills and valleys of… a rather complicated engine builder. We’re talking about recent BGG darling Earth and its soil-based engines, alongside a few brief chats about seance-based deduce-em-up Phantom Ink and mud-based clean-em-up Dirty Pig. Matt also has a few words to say about the student games we got to briefly drop in on at the recent UK Games Expo!
Have a great weekend, everybody!

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Review: Iki

Iki! Today on the show, Tom (and a tiny, tiny bit of Matt) are taking a look at a 2015 competitive shopping game where you compete to be the best merchant in all of “one particular street in Japan”. Is it good? How’s the expansion? Find out right here!

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IKI: Akebono

IKI: Akebono introduces a new location to discover in Edo: the bridge of Nihonbashi, which expands the main street and offers players new opportunities. Players can stop at the bridge to meet famous personalities from the Edo era (like Hokusai Katsushika, Sanyo Rai or Tokunai Mogami) and to trade with the ships (built by the … Read more

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