Nerdy Board Games – Episode 005

February 7, 2018
board games for adults

Believe it or not, these are some of the LESS nerdy board games we play!

Embrace the dorkiness, strategy board games are here to stay! Nerdy board games are a big part of our lives and for good reasons: they’re fun (duh), they teach us to think strategically when it comes to managing limited resources, and of course they can help you save money by keeping you from going out and blowing through your entertainment budget! Plus, when was the last time you sat down face to face with your friends for some old fashioned analog fun? In this episode, Joel and I cover the many reasons why you need to be playing nerdy board games. And at the beginning of this episode we popped open a barrel aged sour ale – Golden Angel by Wicked Weed Brewing which you can find and learn all about on Untappd. If you enjoyed this episode, be sure to subscribe and review us in iTunesStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts!

Wicked Weed Golden Angel
Here’s a list of our favorite board games for adults, ranked from easy and fun, to complex and crazy fun:
  1. Kingdomino
  2. Ticket to Ride
  3. Splendor
  4. Carcassonne
  5. Catan
  6. Acquire
  7. Viticulture
  8. Puerto Rico
  9. Agricola
  10. Nations

Or just start browsing over at Board Game Geek and find your new favorite board game on your own! Did we leave a good one off our list?- comment below and let us know what we should be playing!


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7 comments on “Nerdy Board Games – Episode 005

  1. Adam Stanley Feb 14, 2018

    Have you guys played Castles?

    • I haven’t. Just did a quick search, Castles of Mad King Ludwig? If so it looks great and you’ll need to teach us!

  2. Just picked up and played Splendor with the kids tonight. It’s a lot of fun! Thanks for the recommendation. -Nik

    • I absolutely love Splendor. Glad you are enjoying it, Nik! We played a lot of Kingdomino this past week. Check that one out too if you haven’t yet!

  3. Tori Jackson Jan 7, 2019

    Board Games have been such a huge part of my life (I didn’t realize it wasn’t a thing all families did until I met my fiancee!)

    An interesting variation on strategic board games are two cooperative board games my family recently bought (my dad decided we need to stop tearing each other apart in Catan)

    They are Between Two Cities and Forbidden Desert.

    Between Two Cities is my favorite of the two, while Forbidden Desert is a group survival game that plays slightly like the Oregon Trail card game, but way more strategic.

    Absolutely love board games and believe it is some of the most valuable family time. Thank you guys for such a wonderful podcast!

  4. Ellen Richard Feb 15, 2019

    Another couple of great games are:
    Evolution (there is another version called climate, really good way to up the anti and change things up)
    Aeon’s end (amazing replayability, cooperative game)
    Dice thrones

  5. Just started listening to this podcast and it’s fantastic! I heard the board game episode and i needed to share one of my favorite games. It is not necessarily a board game but more of a strategic card game called Munchkin. It’s created by Steven Jackson and they have more than 15 different types. I play weekly with 2/3 of my friends and we love it! If you haven’t played you should check it out.