• Kellen graces us with his absence, which means it's time for Mark and Neilan to start talking numbers. Specifically, player numbers. We're talking about optimal player counts for games, whether games ever mean what they recommend on the box, and how well they scale. Before we count to ten, we talk about Vindication, Royal Palace, Throw Throw Burrito, and Pipeline.

  • Kellen's back, which some might say is too many hosts - apt, because we're an episode of extremes today. We're talking about games that are too simple, too complicated, too short, or too long, that might otherwise have been among our favourites. Before we venture outside the Goldilocks zone, we talk about Q.E., Cartographers, and City of the Big Shoulders.

  • Gen Con! It's time yet again for freezer pants, gourmet coffee and going between the sheets. Join us for our quick day one impressions from the floor, and I mean that quite literally.  We talk about Gravity Superstar, Wakanda Forever, Mechanica, Mister Face, Nine Tiles Panic, Visitor in Blackwood Grove, and Letter Jam.

  • Look, there's only so much time in the day, so we don't get to play every game we ought to. But some of those missed games hurt more than others, in fact, some of them are downright shameful. This week we're counting down the top five games we're ashamed that we haven't played. Before we atone, we also talk about Kobayakawa, Taj Mahal, and Twilight Imperium (Fourth Edition).

  • We just flew in from Indianapolis, and boy are our arms tired! From carrying all these games. But, more than the games, it's the people you meet that make the memories, so we're recovering from a very long weekend at Gen Con by telling some of our favourite little stories from the floor.

  • Gimmicks are elements of a game that are the fundamental selling point, the core attention grabbing mechanic or experience that the game is built around. This episode, we're breaking down gimmicks in board games, figuring out if they're good or bad for the hobby, and talking about some of the most notable. 

  • Iain has been trying to bring the Brainwaves garden under control but much to his annoyance has found the place overrun by wrestling Gnomes. 

  • The team dare to roll and welcome the excellent Mike Barnes back to the cast. This episode we cover the announcement of the Teburu smart board, along with how to pronounce it, Spiel des Jahres winners, deaths of some giants of the industry, Digital innovations and much more. In Brainstorm we turn our attention to the biggest conventions and ask if there are just too many games.

  • This episode Iain and Jamie are joined by guest reporter and actual journalist Owen Duffy. Together they dive into this cast's news including new Kickstarter guidelines, review bombing on BGG, Cyberpunk 2077 coming to tabletop and much more! In our Brainstorm discussion we pick Owen's brains about the state of boardgame Journalism.

  • This week on Brainwaves we are bringing you a series of interviews we conducted at Tabletop Scotland. This convention took place in Perth on the 24th and 25th of August, 2019. We spoke to the sponsors of the convention, various retailers, exhibitors and some friends of the show. We hope you enjoy.

  • We're running components through our fingers this week, because we're ranking our favourite games that require dexterity. Whether it's flicking, stacking, or balancing, dexterity games tend to offer a respite from brain burning crunchiness, and a chance to exercise actual muscles. Before our hands tremble, we talk about The Wizard Always Wins, Genoa, and Paku Paku.

  • Join Matt Loter at the World Boardgame Championships 2014 as he interviews Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games. They talk about Space Cadets: Dice Duels - Die Fighter, Among the Stars, Panamax and other new/upcoming Stronghold releases. Steve drops the hot scoop on Space Cadets: Away Missions. It will change your life.



  • Join Matt Loter at the World Boardgame Championships 2014 as he interviews Uwe Eickert of Academy Games. Seriously, I don't know where to start to describe this interview. Topics range from Academy Games used as training games for the Army Marine Corps, to vibrators, to monks, to women war gamers and "wife games." Some of the games discussed include the Conflict of Heroes series, Freedom - The Underground Railroad, 1775 - Rebellion, and their newest game Fief - France 1429.



  • Everyone is on their very best behavior for our very special surprise guest on this very special holiday episode of the FATcast.

  • Matt, Josh and Octavian discuss the best video games, movies, music and comics of 2011. They share childhood holiday memories, and we discover who was naughty and who was nice.

  • Special guest Dan Raspler discusses Scorched Earthand DC comics.

  • Special guests Curt and Justin of Smirk & Dagger Games.

  • The FATCast is recorded live in Uba’s basement by the amazing Engineer Al. Big ups to El Jimador Tequilla and Red Stripe Beer for fueling this edition. Topics covered include: The Legend of Drizzt, Eaten By Zombies, NYCC, Pauley Shore, a discussion of who is the sexiest Disney Princess (spoiler alert: it’s Matt) and a whole lot more.

    Will Kenyon’s short story collection: The One That Got Away

    Fabian Rangel Jr’s Revenge Rooster (which got cut from this episode, so now you'll have time to read it before we discuss it in the next episode): Revenge Rooster One Shot

    We shamelessly "borrow" a sweet riff from our friend’s band The Risk Taken.

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  • The FATCast is recorded live in Uba’s basement by the amazing Engineer Al. Some of the features in this episode include Nexus Ops (HALL OF FAAAAAME!), King of Tokyo, Star Wars: The Old Republic, LOTS of listener email, DuckTales, Before Watchmen and the creative process. Josh manages to continue his streak of talking about Batman EVERY EPISODE. Our controversial question to set the comments aflame: what's the most overrated AT game?

  • The hot dish this episode features include Pax East report, Rex and Dune, Dungeon Command, Thunderstone Advance, Wiz-War (HALL OF FAAAAAME!), news from Playdek, Nightfall IOS.

    The FATCast is recorded live in Uba’s basement by the amazing Engineer Al.