Mar 222012

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The Game Night Guys are Brian, Curtis, and Mike. Each week two of them play a different board game during their show. The Game Night Guys have been podcasting since August 2010. The shows artfully blend comedy with an introduction to the featured game.

I’m one of those people who prefer a podcast that publishes shorter episodes. My favorite time to listen to a podcast is during breaks at work or while walking nearby trails. A 30-minute show is the perfect length for me. Game Night Guys keep their shows between 25 and 45 minutes in length with most episodes lasting close to 30 minutes. If you prefer to spend an hour plus with a podcast, you can easily enjoy several shows in a row.

One of the strengths of this podcast is the smooth way the hosts use comedy to enforce their review. When they tackled the Battlestar Galactica Game the guys were clearly frustrated by the rules. Eventually they drifted off to discussing the Battlestar Galactica reimagined series as a way to showcase the difficulties in playing the game.

When they tried the Titanic board game listeners were also treated to the guys donning foreign accents in feeble, yet hilarious, attempts to mimic the awful writing found on some of the games cards. This made me want to play the game more than if they gave a brief exposition of the rules.

Listener feedback is also very important to the Game Night Guys. Brian, Mike, and Curtis are active on Twitter, quickly respond to listener communication (at least mine), and are genuinely excited to chat with listeners. They have a telephone number listeners can record messages onto, which proved invaluable for their promo contest, along with standard e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.

My tweeting them resulted in a surprise acknowledgment in the show notes of the Bananagrams episode. Spending just five minutes listening to the show will have you hooked. One word of warning before you listen to their show. They are not averse to using swear words and sexual innuendo. This isn’t a show to listen to sans headphones nor one to listen to with the little gamer. Then again, maybe others will want to know why you’re laughing so hard at the discussion of Titanic’s poop deck.

So far I’ve listened to half a dozen episodes and there has not been a dud. As a fellow podcaster I can assure you that is no easy feat. Game Night Guys have rocketed to the top of my list of favorite gaming podcasts. They’re gametastic!

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the Wargaming Recon podcast. He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

  2 Responses to “Podcast Recommendation: Game Night Guys”

  1. Thanks so much for your very kind review. We are glad you are enjoying the show and appreciate the support.

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