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Geek Discussion: Getting into the Board Game Hobby- 46

Episode Overview

In this “Geek Discussion” Episode of Season 5 of Board Gaming with Education, Dustin brings on Jay and Spencer to talk about getting into the board game hobby. Be sure to listen in to hear about some pointers they have about getting into the hobby and helping others enter the hobby. In this episode, they cover one gaming term: “fiero.” Listen in to hear them discuss this term and what it means. They also share actionable items that you can do to participate in the conversation: New board game hobbyist- Tweet @bge_games or comment on Facebook to let us know about a new game group, board game cafe, or friendly local game store you’ve discovered recently. If you have been in the hobby for a while, how did you first get into the hobby? And what do you do to help others get into the hobby?” Listen in and let us know what you think!

Jay runs the Asian board game review site called Cardboard East. Spencer owns a vegan restaurant in Taipei called Ooh Cha Cha. He also wrote and designed the RPG system The Northern Realm.

Read more about the episode and take a look at the games they talk about in this episode below.

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Episode Topics

Amped Up Learning- 1:40

Amped Up Learning, a teacher owned company, that strives to make
learning fun, engaging and competitive with their unique games and
teacher-created lessons.

Check out their game FRECK!- A new tabletop card game AND classroom resource aimed at teaching your students key social studies vocabulary in an engaging, competitive & creative way. Easy-to-learn game steps, quick-hitting clues & dynamic gameplay make FRECK! a must-have for every history classroom.

Jay and Spencer- 2:40

Jay and Spencer co-host the Board Gaming with Education Geek Discussion Episodes! They will be around a lot for Season 5. Be sure to listen in to get to know Jay from Cardboard East and Spencer from the vegan restaurant Ooh Cha Cha and designer of Northern Realms.

Each episode will include three segments- homework review, the “What does Spencer know?” segment (discussion of gaming terms), the episode topic, and homework for the next “Geek Discussion” Episode.

Homework Review- 3:40

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Jay talks about how he completed his homework and used the discussion from the last “Geek Discussion: Teaching Board Games” episode to teach and learn the game Gloomhaven. Jay and his game group paired the theme with rules of the game. They also used the theme as the deciding factor for rules that they may not be very clear on.

“What Does Spencer Know?” (Gaming Terms): “Fiero”- 10:45

Dustin, Jay, and Spencer discuss the term “fiero.” This term is used to describe a time in a board game, or other game when you are very excited to pull off some amazing feat in the game. Listen to hear more about their discussion on this term.

Getting into the Board Game Hobby- 19:40

In this Geek Discussion Episode, Dustin, Jay, and Spencer dive into the topic of discovering the board game hobby. They all share their experiences first entering the hobby and share tips for newcomer to the hobby. Dustin, Jay, and Spencer all have different background and experiences with the board game hobby. Be sure to listen in to hear their stories and tips for getting into the hobby.

Spencer talks about his time during a heat wave in St. Loius. He played Monopoly for seven days straight! He share his experience playing with his neighbor growing up and how this started his love for the hobby.

Jay shares the first time he found board games in his brother’s closet, and the first game he fell in love with, Risk. He also tells a story about his trips to piano lessons to then stop at the comic book shop and check out all the games. Spencer then shares his rock collection. Huh…?

Board Game Geek: Jay recommends going to the site Board Game Geek to browse the massive amounts of games on the website. Spencer suggests starting on the top 10 list.

Board Game Podcasts: Besides our podcast, Jay recommends checking out some podcasts, like The Dice Tower.

Spencer shares his story about playing Lord of the Rings Risk for several days in college. They could not finish their six-hour games, so they would always fall asleep. He shares his story about his roommate staying up all night, then waking him up to finish the game.

Friendly Local Game Store (FLGS): Check out a board game store nearby. They likely host board game nights you can join.

MeetUps: Check out the website MeetUp and search for local game nights. Also, check out these Facebook Groups: Board Game Revolution, Board Game Exposure, THE BOARD GAME, and Board Game Spotlight. Make a post in one of these groups and see if there is anyone in your area playing games!

Board Game Publishers: Sometimes, board game publishers will run game nights for new games coming out. You can find some of these events and join them to learn how to play the games. This way they will teach you how to play!

Jay, Spencer, and Dustin gives some recommendations about games to try out if you are new to the hobby.

Homework

New board game hobbyist- Tweet @bge_games or comment on Facebook to let us know a new game group, board game cafe, or friendly local game store you’ve discovered recently. If you have been in the hobby for a while, how did you first get into the hobby? And what do you do to help others get into the hobby?” Find us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know!


Throughout the episode several games are mentioned. If any of these games sound like something you might enjoy playing yourself or in your class, you can help support our podcast by purchasing these games through our Amazon affiliate links. We will earn a small commission at no expense to you. Check out the games in the blog post.

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