Patrick and Eric in the Morning

Episode 19 - Solo games recorded 11/9 

Purely Solo

  • Friday
  • Pentaquark
  • Deep Space D-6
  • Hostage Negotiator
  • Coffee Roaster Saashi (Stronghold reprinting)

Should only be played solo

  • SOS Titanic
  • Sprawlopolis
  • Nemo’s War
  • One Deck Dungeon
  • Cooperative games (per Eric) — Burgle Bros
  • The Game

Solo Designers

Shadi Torbey:

  • Onirim
  • Castellion
  • Sylvion
  • Nautilion
  • Aerion

Todd Sanders:

  • Aether Captains
  • The Draugr
  • Pulp Detective
  • Mr. Cabbagehead

Can be played Solo

  • Roll and Writes
  • Rolling America
  • Ganz Schon Clever
  • Welcome to Dino World
  • Exit, Unlock Games (see episode 6)
  • Cooperative games (per Patrick)
  • Spirit Island
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Clank! - with App
  • Viva Java Dice
  • Scarabya
  • NMBR9

Not great (not bad games just bad solo versions)

  • Spell Smashers
  • Star Trek: The Dice Game — reimplemented as Astroforce
  • Sagrada
Direct download: 19_-_Patrick_and_Eric_in_the_Morning_-_Solo_Games.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

This episode is an audio capture of a recent appearance of Patrick and Eric on BJ's Boardgame Gumbo Facebook live talk show.

Direct download: 18_Patrick__Eric_in_the_Evening_with_Boardgame_Gumbo.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

Episode 17

Patrick & Eric discuss favorite and less than ideal board game expansions.

Board Game Gumbo upcoming show Tuesday 10/29/19 at 9:30 EST.

Meeple Overboard sent out a tweet asking for your top 5 expansions. Their response was that they had only played one of mine - so I guess we need to talk about them here.  

Discuss Extensions vs Expansions, Expand alone (such as Ticket to Ride Europe)


  • Power Grid: any map. More of the best game ever.
  • Pandemic: On the Brink added roles & play modes.
  • Ticket to Ride: USA 1910. Bigger cards & more routes
  • Flash Point: Fire Rescue Urban Structures & 2nd Story. More options & characters & tokens.
  • Lord of Vegas UP
  • Wits and Wagers - Vegas playmat - expands  Wits & Wagers Party 


  • Marvel: Legendary -- Most of them, as the base game is FAR too easy without any of the expansion masterminds.
  • Jamaica: The Crew -- Actually makes the game easier to teach as it simplifies the treasures.
  • Raiders of the North Sea: Hall of Heroes -- Love the addition of the mead hall, great for adding a little extra to the game.
  • Sprawlopolis: Beaches -- Love the added spatial restrictions and that it makes the city a bit bigger.
  • Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport -- Basically, the blueprint for how to make a good expansion. Adds interesting decisions without adding too much complexity and very little rules overhead.
  • Clank -- New maps are great if you play a lot. Keeps the game from getting stale.
  • Summoner Wars -- But this gets away from the true meaning of expansions, as any two factions play standalone. This is more of the serialized LCG content model.

Mixed Bag:

  • Kingdomino: Age of Giants -- Like the additional scoring bonuses, meh on the actual Giants
  • King of Tokyo: Power Up -- Yay, the monsters are now all unique! Boo, now some of them seem much stronger than others!
  • Carcassonne: The Catapult - stupid fun
  • El Grande - King and Intrigue are for experienced players only


  • 7 Wonders: Leaders -- I don’t feel this adds enough to the game to justify the extra draft in the beginning of the game.
  • Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets -- I love the base game, but it doesn’t need this extra stuff. Tracking swans isn’t adding fun to the game.
  • Can't Stop: Rolling down the highway - why does this need to exist?

Francis Tresham memorial

Direct download: 17_Patrick_and_Eric_in_the_Morning_-_Expansions.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Patrick & Eric started to talk about expansions but quickly veered off into discussion about Kickstarter and other topics.  Recorded on 10/5/19.




Legends of Sleepy Hollow


Campaign update -




Sovereign Skies


Kickstarter CEO Statement


Loanshark Games comments


Cleopatra and the Society of Architects


Scott King Calendar










Break Kickstarter: Soup!


Bag of Spiders

Tower by the Warden


Wendy’s RPG


Eric: @ericbuscemi

Patrick: @overthehillier

Direct download: 16_-_Patrick_and_Eric_in_the_Morning_Kickstarter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:04pm EDT

Recorded 09/07/2019 - Patrick & Eric discuss their favorite two player games.

Met the listener Nathan Boster





Lost Cities

Lost Cities (Rivals) actually 2-4

Star Realms

Ascension (1-4 per BGG)




Two-Player Versions of Existing Games


7 Wonders Duel

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small

Imhotep Duel

Kingdomino Duel

Codenames Duet

Bohnanza: The Duel


Direct Conflict Games

Magic the Gathering

Summoner Wars

Dice Masters

Star Wars: Destiny

Pixel Tactics


Battle Con



Othello (or Reversi?)


Xiangqi (Chinese Chess)



The Duke

War Chest

Hive (made of phenolic resin ie Bakelite)







Android: Netrunner

Skulk Hollow


Mr. Jack / Pocket

Getaway Driver



Card Games

Fox in the Forest

Fox in the Forest Duet (upcoming cooperative version)

Circle the Wagons

Ahead in the Clouds





Hollandspiele Interview mentioned 

Twilight Struggle

Star Wars X-wing/Armada/Rebellion (2-4)

Star Trek Fleet Captains (2-4)



Android NetRunner

Skulk Hollow 

Mr. Jack

Blood of an Englishmen

The Ravens of Thri Sahashri 

Getaway Driver



Hidden Gems



En Guard (Eric needs to play)

Odin’s Ravens

Direct download: 15_two_player_games2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Patrick and Eric return to discuss

Roll and Write, Rando Writers, or Flipp and Fills whatever you may call them.

Games discussed

Spare Time Bowling





Ganz schön clever

Dizzle (Brandon Kempf review mentioned)

Tag City

Avenue / Kokoro: Avenue of the Kodama

Welcome To…

Chroma Cubes

Rolled West

Clip Cut Parks

30 Rails

Railroad Ink

Castles of Burgundy the Dice Game

La Granja: No Siesta


Imperial Settlers

Kingdomino Dice Game

Copenhagen: Roll & Write



Pentathlon (link to Dale Yu’s write up)

Rolling Japan/America


Knapp Daneben! (Close to the Mark!)

Criss Cross (jump jump)


Direct download: 14_Patrick_and_Eric_in_the_Morning_-_Rando.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Flashback episode with the return of:

Rory's Story Cubes

Jamie Maltman

The Valiant Variant by Carl & Ali

Vs Spencer Kellis

That Thing With by Chad McCallum

The Spotlight On Segment by Eric Buscemi

Direct download: WDYPTW_Very_Special_Flashback_Episode_Final.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

Patrick & Eric recap their trip to Origins 2019 focusing on hits and misses as a follow up to their preview issue 011.


Hit: Rolled West

Miss: Naga Raja


Hit: Copenhagen

Miss: Letter Jam Demo


Hit: Slide Quest

Miss: Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein


Hit: Lockup: A Roll Player Tale

Miss: Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein

Shared hit. Semi-regular Power Grid - Brazilian Map with Jon and Emily Detmer and Daniel Newman.

Patrick's Power Grid blog

Eric's Origin's Recap 

Direct download: 13_Patrick_and_Eric_in_the_Morning_-_Origns_Recap.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 7:23am EDT

In episode 12 - Patrick and Eric talk about what they do when they host a game day.  Everything from invites, to snacks to of course what games to play.

Direct download: 12_Patrick_and_Erick_in_the_Morning_-_Hosting_a_game_day.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

Episode 11 the Origins Preview

Recorded on 6/8/19

Games discussed:


7 Souls

Lanterns Dice: Lights in the Sky

Lockup: A Roll Player Tale

Dead Man's Cabal

The Few and Cursed

The Refuge: Terror from the Deep


Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein

UBOOT: The Board Game


Dark Domains

In the Hall of the Mountain King


Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal



LOTS: A Competitive Tower Building Game

Letter Jam

Snail Sprint!

Giant Rhino Hero

Rival Networks

Mississippi Queen

Punchboard Media Meetup - Friday at 9:30 in the Unpub Room A123 - A125

Find out more about Origins at our Cubist Appearance

@ovethehillier Thur AM-Sunday

@ericbuscemi Wed-Saturday PM

Direct download: 11_Patrick__Eric_in_the_Morning_-_Origins_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

Patrick and Eric start of some spoiler talk about Avengers:Endgame - skip to 8:02 or so to miss this part.  

They they talk about growing up and playing games with their mothers and current gaming with their kids and their mothers.

Direct download: 10_WDYPTW_Patrick__Eric_-_Mothers_Day.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Patrick & Erick continue their discussion of their trip to the Granite Game Summit in Nashua, NH


Lords of Vegas

Tag City



Tokyo Highway

Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig


Just One


5 minutes dungeon


Direct download: 09_Patrick_and_Eric_G2S_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14am EDT

Patrick and Eric discuss a recent trip to Granite Game Summit board game convention in Nashua, NH. Part one of two.


Games Discussed:

  • Cribbage
  • Piepmatz
  • Chai
  • War Chest
  • Handsome
  • Jamaica
  • Cleopatra and the Society of Architects
  • Burgle  Bros
  • High Rise
  • Vikings
  • Kings Cribbage
  • Las Vegas
  • The Magnificent Race
Direct download: Patrick__Eric_in_the_Morning_08_G2S_Part1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:46am EDT

Patrick & Eric use Sturgeon's Law that 90% of everything is crap to talk about just about everything but board games.

Direct download: Patrick__Eric_in_the_Moring_Episode_07_Sturgeons_Law.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

Glen discusses errata; Seal Team Flicks, Whistle Stop, and Pandemic Anniversary Edition.

Joshua discusses heavy hitters he is excited for in 2019.

Age of Steam Deluxe, On Mars, Snowdownia Master Set, Escape Plan, Pax Premier, Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea, Roads and Boats reprint, Food Chain Magnate Ketchup Expansion, Dominant Species: Marine 

Chad returns discussing his thoughts on Gen 7.

Direct download: The_Shuffle_Episode_05.mp3
Category:Board Games -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

Patrick and Eric chat about the holidays and then move on to the different types of escape room in a box style games they have played.

Direct download: patrick_and_eric_episode_06_escape_room_games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am EDT