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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! 23/07/18

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Paul: Quinns, what is it that you have there, under one of your many board gaming arms?

Quinns: What, this? This little thing under my tertiary limb? Why, it’s only the latest announcement from Plaid Hat games, their fancy new Neon Gods. Doesn’t it look pretty, Paul? Doesn’t it look like an imaginative cross between roller derby, cyberpunk and Adventure Time? Doesn’t it also look… CURIOUSLY FAMILIAR?

Paul: ...!!

Quinns: Ha, you've figured it out, haven't you? Yes, I believe that Neon Gods is nothing less than the mutant child of early Plaid Hat classic City of Remnants, a game we were delighted by all the way back in 2013.


SU&SD Take on The Board Game Geek Top 100: 80-61

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Review: Descent 2nd Edition
Paul: Our exhaustive look at the games jostling their way about BoardGameGeek’s Top 100 continues! Today, we have everything from international illness to urban development to mischievous academics. Oh, and opinions. Always with the sassy opinions. ONWARD.

SU&SD’s Top 25 Games Ever! #25 to #21

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SU&SD's Top 25 Games Ever! #25 to #21
Quinns: Oh my GOODNESS GRAVY, this week we're giving you something you've been asking for for 3 and a half years. A list of Shut Up & Sit Down's top 25 games of all time, ordered from our least most favourite to most most favourite, and all just time for Christmas.

An awful lot of thought, time and love went into this list, so we very much hope you enjoy it. We'll be posting one instalment a day, right the way through to the end of the week. A bit like an advent calendar, except too short and every day it's just us again. You're probably best off taking it back to the shop.

Without further ado, let's KICK THIS BABY OFF A NOTCH.


The Opener: Pandemic, Expansions & Penicillin

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The Opener is back with another perfect game to start your board game night, your collection, or set your friends down the Cardboard Path. It's Pandemic and penicillin! Meaning a whiskey cocktail called a penicillin. Going to your friends' house and eating their mold colonies is not only unpalatable, it's quite rude.

It might sound less attractive than Skull & Roses with fresh pizza, but you haven't lived until you've had a great game of Pandemic. Catching that redeye flight to Seoul, praying you can prevent an outbreak? Driving around Africa, crates of your precious cure rattling around in the back of your jeep? That's the good stuff, and it gets even better with Pandemic: On the Brink, and even more nightmarish with Pandemic: In the Lab.

G'wan! Treat yourself and pick up a copy. No other game is this tense and rich, and yet this accessible.


Lord Smingleigh On… House Rules, Pt. 2

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Lord Smingleigh On... House Rules, Pt. 2
[Did you all catch Lord Smingleigh's Introduction to House Rules last week? Naturally, an exploration on making games simpler should be followed with notes on making them trickier...]

No time for a long introduction! Grab your hat, coat, and thrashing-stick and come with me. This time I maunder about some house rules the Gaming Chums use to ratchet up the tension and increase the complexity of games, and possibly to increase the conflict and turn the finest of friends turn into slavering killbeasts*.



Games News! 01/07/13

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Games News! 01/07/13
Quinns: Glass making! That's something we all have a passion for, right? I'm sure there isn't a child reading this who doesn't dream of growing up to make glass. Ah, the heat of the furnace! The otherworldy, suggestive nothingness of the... the glass. Where would we be without glass? We'd be sat in the dark counting our armpits, that's where.

Which is, of course, why the noble Uwe Rosenberg, designer of such crushing hits as Agricola and Le Havre, has announced his next game will be Glass Road: A game of supervising a glass workshop in 14th century Bavaria.

Now, I'll admit there's a small chance that you might not be excited by medieval glasswork. If that's the case, don't worry! Theme aside, this looks like a lovely game.


Games News! 15/04/13

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Games News! 15/04/13
Quinns: The other week I was in a board game shop, doing my thing, when the girl I was with asked where the games were that weren't oppressively nerdy.

Her and I aren't talking anymore, obviously, which is annoying because this week's news features NOTHING but games with approachable themes. Not so much as ONE grimy alien or breastplate in sight.

Impossible, you say? Hard to believe? See for yourself.


Season 2 – Episode 5

The summer of 2012 is over! It’s disappearing, like a boiled egg into the hungry belly of time. But don’t be sad! The Summer Special, the biggest episode of board game review show Shut Up & Sit Down ever, is here to help.

We’re reviewing games that are that much more relaxing! …which isn’t to say we don’t get a bit worked up. About all of them.

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