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Greatway Games

A podcast about board gaming, gaming culture, and the people involved. Let's talk about the best parts of gaming! We're going to shine a spotlight on all games and gaming-adjacent topics that make us feel happy and proud to be part of this community.
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Aug 6, 2018

Over the last few years, it seems that there has been a rise in games with violent themes - whether borne of intellectual properties or not. This month we take an overall look at violent and non-violent games and their themes, the difference between them and the impact of their art and gameplay for the experience. We also discuss that what’s violent to one person might not be to another. This is a big topic, so we skimmed through a number of topics rather than doing a deep dive. We start back with homework, talk about our little critters and share what’s making us happy, as always.

Jul 2, 2018

Balancing life in general can be tough - we talk this month about keeping balanced during games, balancing games with other hobbies and with daily life. There’s a lot of plates to keep in the air! It can be different for everyone, but there’s something to take home in our chat whether you need tips to keep focused on games, broaden your interests or split your time wisely in life. As always we chat about our little critters in pet corner, and talk about what’s making us happy right now. Enjoy your summer!

Jun 11, 2018

This month, we answer listener questions. Hear us tackle topics such as our favorite color to play in games, dangerous wildlife of Australia, what our dream board games would be and more! We are skipping homework because summer time! But we do as always do our pet corner segment and share what’s making us happy. Thanks, folks!

May 7, 2018

 

This month, we chat about the way that games are represented in pop culture, and the way that pop culture is represented in games. From little cameos of games in TV to fake games being made real, IPs being brought into gaming and more, there’s no shortage of connection between games and pop culture. We also follow up on last month’s homework, have a chat about our critters in Pet Corner and discuss what’s making us happy. Also: a giveaway!

 

Houkago Saikoro Kurabu [After School Dice Club] is the manga Nicole mentioned.

Apr 2, 2018

This month, guest John DuBois joins us to talk about accessibility in tabletop gaming. We cover not just physical accessibility, but discuss topics like language, cognition, and socio-economic factors. A couple of resources mentioned: Meeple Like Us and Gaming for Justice.

 

As always we wrap up with Pet Corner, and What’s Making Us Happy this month! We hope you enjoy, and let us know what you think of this topic over on our BGG podcast page or on Twitter.

Mar 5, 2018

Adrienne, Nicole, and Erin discuss the pros and cons of legacy games, from Charterstone to Seafall to Pandemic (and everything in between). Don't worry, though - no real spoilers. 

 

 

Feb 5, 2018

Adrienne, Erin, and Nicole take on the idea that games are "just" games. In some ways, that true, but games mean different things for different people.

 

Also, we have a new contest going on. Enter here

And finally, get in on the in-VOICE-tigation here

Jan 2, 2018

This month, we talk about how we react to and deal with problematic themes in games, or games that are problematic overall for certain situations. Whether they're classics, upcoming on Kickstarter, or the new hotness, what can we do to address what makes us uncomfortable? Where do our real life experiences and games cross over and how can that be negotiated? After that discussion, we have our homework segment, what's making us happy and pet corner, as always. Happy new year, folks!

Dec 4, 2017

Episode 14: Conventional Wisdom

 

Avonelle Wing from Double Exposure joins us this month to talk about what makes a convention inviting and welcoming. Avie’s got years of experience of running conventions, and most recently ran Metatopia in early November. Her actions and advice are fabulous!

 

We also go over our homework from last (last) time. Erin had some sites recommended to her: http://jeuxsoc.fr/, https://www.trictrac.net/, http://www.oyunbazlar.com/]. Nicole had an Italian reviewer recommended, as well as some Spanish language folks: @D_a_dos @APJUEGOS @Juegos221B @unnaLMM on Twitter.

 

And as usual, we have Pet Corner, and What’s Making Us Happy!. Happy December, all!

Nov 6, 2017

Episode 13: Super Happy Game Time!

This month, we have a little Greatway Games retrospective. We talk about what our initial mission was, where that’s gone over the last 12 months, what Patreon and our community means for us, and being part of the Inside Voices network. We answer some listener questions, go over some giveaways and then cap everything off as usual with Pet Corner & What’s Making Us Happy. Thanks for joining us!

Oct 3, 2017

Hey all! This month, Adrienne is off on Maternity Leave and so Erin and Nicole talk about whatever they want!

Which is board games!

And media!

And being board game media!

 

Here are links to the comic Nicole mentioned:

http://www.semicoop.com/

And Erin's BG Writer's Panel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNIp49Fnyhc&t=24s

 

 

Sep 11, 2017

The Greatway Crew talks about games that are bad, games that are good, and games that fall somewhere in between. We delve into what makes a bad game fun, or a fun game bad. 

 

Aug 7, 2017

This month, the Greatway Crew talks about the backlash against critical thought, and change, in board games. Where does it come from and what are some ways you can give and respond to feedback in a constructive way?

Jul 3, 2017

This month we talk about how online communities are important in our hobby as much as getting together in real life. We discuss how Greatway Games came to be out of becoming friends on Twitter, getting together with listeners at Origins and us facilitating our own little community, social media allowing us to keep in touch with people we've met, board game Twitter and other places to gather online and think about where the line is between online/offline communities and friendships. As always we have pet corner, and what's making us happy this month and our homework results!

Jun 5, 2017

This month, the Greatway Games team chat about making and makers and how that sits within the board gaming hobby. Join as to hear all the kinds of makers we discuss, along with our usual pet corner & what’s making us happy.

 

Here are some of the things we mentioned this episode: The Broken Token // Meeple Source // Sugar High Score on Twitter // Ambie from Board Game Blitz’s parody songs and the Board Game Blitz “Ballroom Blitz” parody // Actualol’s emo Pandemic Legacy song // The Happy Luza’s musical look at board games //

 

Don’t forget, we’ll be at Origins and we’re having a Greatway Gathering at 2pm on Thursday June 15th. Head to table GCCC-MGH T6-8 and look for us - play a game, grab some swag and bring us pics of your pets please and thank you.

May 1, 2017

This month we take a look at what burnout is, how it happens in the board gaming hobby, and what you can do about it! And, as usual, pet corner and what's making us happy make an appearance.


These are the three articles Nicole mentions:
http://travisseverance.com/blog/deluge-of-board-games
https://gil.hova.net/2017/02/21/gamer-fatigue-and-the-growth-of-the-hobby/

http://travisseverance.com/blog/deluge-of-board-games-designer-perspective-travis-chance

 

Apr 3, 2017

Erin, Adrienne, and Nicole talk about unpacking the pile of gaming shame - from unplayed games to guilty pleasures to Kickstarter hits.

Mar 6, 2017

Adrienne, Nicole, and Erin are joined by Pep MacDonald of Watch It Played to talk about teaching games!

 

Twitter!

Facebook!

BGG!

Snails AKA Nature's Turtles!

 

Feb 15, 2017

A short interlude between episodes of Greatway Games. Listen to hear what we've been playing and what we think of some recent board gaming news. 

We've also announced the winner of the Stardew Valley competition!

 

And here's the link we mention in the podcast: http://geekandsundry.com/4-women-in-tabletop-you-need-to-know/

Feb 6, 2017

This month Erin, Adrienne and Nicole take a trip into the comfort zone. We chat about what our personal comfort zones and gaming comfort zones are, a bit about where teaching games fits into that, comfort zones at gaming events, and how to go outside our comfort zones. And as always, we have pet corner, and what’s making us happy this week!

Don’t forget to come and find us on Twitter, Facebook and Boardgame Geek. And you can email us with your feedback at greatwaygamespodcast@gmail.com

Jan 2, 2017

Adrienne, Erin, and Nicole are joined by Courtney of the Bonus Round Game Cafe to talk about game-ish resolutions and how to start or join a game group near you! 

 

Also, we have a contest running! Click here to enter to win a copy of Stardew Valley, our favorite video game of 2016.

 

And don't forget to follow/like us on Twitter and Facebook!

 

Dec 6, 2016

Erin, Nicole, and Adrienne talk about gaming over the holiday season. How do you play games with your family? What are some great games to bring home for the holidays, or to share with the non-gamer folks in your life? 

Nov 7, 2016

Nicole, Adrienne, and Erin kick of Greatway Games with one of our favorite things about gaming - conventions! We talk all about our favorite cons, our best convention experience, and how attending conventions has changed our gaming lives. 

 

Then, of course, we talk about our pets.

Oct 26, 2016

Adrienne, Nicole, and Erin lay out the plan for Greatway Games, a new podcast discussing the best parts of board games and board game culture. We're going to be coming at you monthly with a positive spin on what's happening in the gaming world!

 

 

Music can be found here!

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