Brawling Brothers Boardgaming Podcast



The Brawling Brothers Boardgaming Podcast is a biweekly podcast that focuses on board games, card games and RPGs. The original Brawlers (Josh and Brandon) are 2 friends who like very different types of games. The show focuses on these differing preferences and (hopeless) attempts to sway each other's opinion. Each show includes light, friendly banter, a game review (in print), a combative segment called "Brawling and Boardgaming", a check in on BGG's "Hotness" and a brief discussion of a topic that has importance to us... Well, one of us, at least.While the "Brawling and Boardgaming" can get a bit heated at times, Josh and Brandon play games for the same reason: SOCIAL INTERACTION. The Brawlers love of meeting new people, playing games with old friends and interact with gamers all around the world is the simple reason that Brawling Brothers was founded.Join us as we attempt to spread our influence throughout the gaming community, encouraging people to form gaming groups, organize events, and evaluate just how great (OR NOT) those old games that Josh loves really are. Let's hope we can agree to disagree before a major fight breaks out!


  • Episode 150 :: For the First Time, For the Last Time

    13/07/2021 Duración: 03h55min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 7/13/21 This episode is brought to you by and Grand Gamers Guild. Godspeed, Brawlers. And thanks for all the churros.   Episode Timeline: Intro / Banter - 0:00:00 VM With Dracul and Igor - 0:06:28 Special THANKS to everyone - 0:11:19 VM With BAKER BOBO - 0:18:15 VM With John Wolff - 0:19:50 Conversation with Grand Gamers Guild - 0:20:35 VM With Owen Wilson - 0:48:43 VM With Tim - 0:50:07 Conversation with Power to the Meeple - 0:50:59 VM With Florida Baker - 1:21:45 VM With David of Man vs Meeple - 1:22:30 Board Game Stats with Noel - 1:23:38 VM With Chris VoodooChyl - 2:26:59 Feature Segment : Josh and Brandon TOP 10 BOARD GAMES - 2:29:13 Feature Segment : Live Play One Shot RPG with Ludie - 2:52:27 Board Game Timestamps: This section intentionally left blank.

  • Episode 149 :: Quick Popper

    10/06/2021 Duración: 02h35min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 6/10/21 This episode is brought to you by and Grand Gamers Guild. Now that Brandon has decided to catch up with the rest of the world and finish The Mandalorian, he & Josh discuss the 2nd season of the show in a SPOILER FREE fashion! While we have been busy with travel and interviews related to the last few shows, we have still managed to play some excellent games - We discuss Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates & Raccoon Tycoon (both from designer Glenn Drover), Mountain Goats ( & present our Nemesis Review!  We close up the show with a hilarious version of Questions from the Hat with Cat and Boardgame Bella (Jordan).  Come and laugh along with us! Don't forget that we need your voicemails for our final episode!  Call us TODAY at 575-616-2767(BROS) and contribute to The Brawling Brothers for the final time! Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:05:05 - Quick Popper #1 0:16:10 - The Mandalorian Chat 0:26

  • Episode 148 :: This Old Chesnut

    25/05/2021 Duración: 01h53min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 4/27/21 This episode is brought to you by Travel has opened back up and Jordan and Brandon intend to travel the world!  First stop, New Orleans - second stop, a  chestnut farm? Josh's game group is back together and Descent was on the menu!  The Brawling Brothers present their Lockup: Breakout review as well as offer up thoughts on Ruthless + Ruthless: Tall Tales.  The episode is wrapped up with a special announcement that all the Brawlers in Brawling Land should tune in for. 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:02:40 - Josh Gets his gaming group back 0:04:40 - Brandons Life Changes / Congrats Jordan 0:13:34 - Brandon Travels to New Orleans 0:30:30 - TNT - NOW -- ft. Star Wars Unlock 1:05:56 - TNT - TOMORROW --  ft. Lockup: Break Out 1:35:40 - Feature Segment : A Special BB Announcement Board Game Timestamps: Beyond the Sun - 0:50:12 Descent - 0:57:50 LockUp : BreakOut Review - 1:05:56 Q.E. - 1:00:30 Ruthless + Ruthless: Tall Tales - 1:17:55 St

  • Episode 147 :: Mystery Stick

    11/05/2021 Duración: 02h12min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 4/27/21 This episode is brought to you by Grand Gamers Guild & Join Josh and Brandon as they explores the very edges of the galaxy in their Beyond the Sun Review!  If a review of one AAA-title isn't enough for you, how about TWO?  We dive deep with our Dwellings of Eldervale Review and discuss the true mystery in this episode - the mystery of The Mystery Stick!  Josh and Brandon close up the show with the long awaited 2020 Board Game Awards!  Tune in to find out what game wins GAME OF THE YEAR, Brawlers Choice, BADASS Brawler of the Year and much more! Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:05:00 - Discord Highlights 0:09:15 - Mystery Stick 0:19:32 - TNT - NOW : ft. Beyond the Sun Review 1:01:00 - TNT - TOMORROW : ft. Dice of Dragons 1:07:48 - Feature Segment : Brawling Brothers Board Game Awards 2020 Board Game Timestamps: Beyond the Sun Review - 0:19:32 Dice of Dragons - 1:01:00 The Dwellings of Eldervale - 0:37:57

  • Episode 146 :: Beards & Bombs

    27/04/2021 Duración: 02h14min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 4/27/21 This episode is brought to you by Grand Gamers Guild & Josh has a new look and it's been haunting Brandon's dreams!  The 2nd Annual Brawlers Choice voting is underway - cast your vote and be heard!  Josh and Brandon discuss a handful of exciting new boardgames they have been playing, including Black Angel and a BUNCH of Dominion expansions.  Tune in for the Tawantinsuyu review and then learn all about the thinky new card game from Grand Gamers Guild - Aldabas! If you're some light hearted conversation, you will love the chat with Seppy Yoon of Fight in a Box.  Josh and Brandon close up with show with an exciting activity - re-ranking the BGG top 500.  Tune in for board game chatter, stay for the laughs and jabs. GAME ON, BRAWLERS! Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:04:28 - Brawling Brothers Brawlers Choice Award - VOTE! 0:05:30 - Josh's New Look 0:14:55 - TNT - THEN ft. Dominion 1:01:50 - TNT - TOMORROW ft. Aldabas 1

  • Episode 145 :: Joy of the Stick

    13/04/2021 Duración: 02h23min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 4/13/21 This episode is brought to you by Grand Gamers Guild & Join Josh and Brandon as they discuss all the exciting GAMES they've been playing, digital and analog!  Including It Takes Two, Firenze, Faiyum Review, Block and Key Review, Tournament at Avalon and so many more. The Brawling Brothers announce their second annual Brawlers Choice award - nominations are now open and they need all the Brawlers in Brawling Land to contribute.  What was YOUR favorite game last year? Tell us about it over on the guild.  The show is closed up with an in depth look at some of our favorite games from our favorite designers (No spoilers.... You have to listen!).  Brawl on, baby!

  • Episode 144 :: Hope on the Horizon

    23/03/2021 Duración: 01h54min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 3/23/21 This episode is brought to you by Grand Gamers Guild & Join Josh and Brandon for their first themed episode in a very long time - This time we celebrate the greatness of Sherlock Holmes and explore a handful of Sherlock themed board games.  Tune in for a look at Beyond Baker Street, Foul Play, The Sherlock Files VIII and the Van Ryder "Graphic Novel Adventures" Sherlock Holmes: Four Investigations. Josh and Brandon finally dig into the exciting new AEG title, Mariposas! Find out what they think in their Mariposas Review and hang out for the DEEP DIVE preview of Dive, an upcoming game of observation from Sit Down Games. Episode 144 is wrapped up with a look at the mover's and shaker's according to BGG - we focus on the 10 biggest board game movers as it pertains to recent BGG Rankings! Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:03:00 - A Sherlock Themed Episode 0:06:00 - Gen Con and Origins Dates 0:12:00 - TNT - THEN ft. 221

  • Episode 143 :: TREASURE!

    09/03/2021 Duración: 02h01min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 3/9/21 This episode is brought to you by Josh and Brandon have one hell of a mail call followed by the real surprise in this episode - a real life TREASURE HUNT!  They flash back to look at a cut-throat a treasure of yesteryear - Lowenherz by Klaus Teuber, offer up their Kanban EV Review as well as discuss their recent plays of Llama, Trekking the World, Jaws of the Lion and Back to the Future: Back in Time.  Josh and Brandon look at the exciting upcoming video game from Asmodee Digital and Fantasy Flight Games, Arkham Horror: Mothers Embrace, followed by their review of Meeples & Monsters!  We show is closed out with more details on the real life TREASURE HUNT - The Brothers tell the tale of The Secret: A Treasure Hunt, covering some of the finds that have already been made and discussing the 9 treasures that haven't! Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:17:05 - TNT - THEN : Featuring Lowenherz 0:34:04 - TNT - NOW : Featuri

  • Episode 142 :: Holler at Yer Toe

    23/02/2021 Duración: 02h27min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 2/23/21 This episode is brought to you by Grand Gamers Guild & Join Josh and Brandon as they discuss their most recent boardgame plays, including: Our Hallertau review, Cubitos review, Renature and Pillars of the Earth.  We also have dove (head first!) into Pandemic Legacy Season 0.... Tune in for NO other reason than to hear how painful this is for Josh!  Did you know that both Carcassonne AND Ticket to Ride have Anniversary editions coming out this year? We'll give you all the details! We close out the show with an in depth discussion on...... TELEVISION!  We name our favorite streaming services and discuss the shows that we are completely obsessed with!

  • Episode 141 :: Quintus? No, Sextus!

    09/02/2021 Duración: 01h42min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 2/9/21 This episode is brought to you by Josh and Brandon are back at it in Episode 141, this time talking puppies, McDonalds Happy Meal Toys, video games and even a little board games!  The Brawling Brothers reveal their Christmas Haul and discuss some of the games they are the most excited to play in the upcoming weeks, including Pax Pamir, Racoon Tycoon and Kanban EV. The guys discuss their most recent plays of Pan Am & For Glory, plus they offer up their Castles of Tuscany Review and CloudAge Review.  The show is wrapped up with discussion of exciting new kickstarters; Cult of the Deep and Mouse Cheese Cat Cucumber. Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:03:35 - Apologies with Josh 0:06:00 - Video Games 0:15:15 - McDonalds Board Games 0:18:17 - Powered by Power to the Meeple 0:19:40 - TNT - Then -- Acquisitions 0:36:00 - TNT - Now -- Featuring Castles of Tuscany Review 1:23:25 - TNT - Tomorrow -- Featuring Cult of the Deep

  • Episode 140 :: New Year, New You

    26/01/2021 Duración: 01h40min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 1/26/21 This episode is brought to you by Grand Gamers Guild &  Our expectations were that 2021 would start with a bang, and boy were we right!  Find out why the Brawling Brothers have been MIA at the turn of the year, then hang out to hear about some of the games we have been playing recently, including Flamme Rouge, Dune Imperium, Wingspan and more.  We also offer up our Endangered Review, as well as relive the excitement of Joshs' most recent Axis and Allies campaign! Noel and Jordan join us to discuss the best (and worse) of 2020 and we collectively look ahead and make some predictions on 2021. Technical Notes: We somehow managed to prove that 2020 lingers - a dead hard drive sends the end of our NOW segment and our entire TOMORROW segment into a tailspin, as a result we lost For Glory (Spielcraft Games) and Cult of the Deep (B.A. Games).  Stay tuned for our recut of that content in Episode 141.

  • Episode 139 :: Christmas Bonanza 2020

    22/12/2020 Duración: 02h34min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 12/22/20 This episode is brought to you by  Thanks to the great pandemic of 2020,  this years holiday celebration is particularly important. Join Josh and Brandon as they look at favorite holiday traditions, including favorite Christmas movies!  A quick call on the War Room Red Phone insures that the North Pole has Christmas COMPLETELY under control.  Our recent plays have included some of the best games of the year - check out our thoughts on Detective Modern Crime Board Game - Season 1, Lost Ruins of Arnak, Dune Imperium and The Kringle Caper are all discussed at length - then we discuss some exciting upcoming releases, like: Darwin's Journey, SOS Titanic DELUXE and Vindication + The Chronicles Expansion. We wrap the show up with a Christmas celebration of our own!  Join us as we open our Secret Santa gifts, and revisit our favorite Brawling Brothers Christmas carols from years past. Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:07:2

  • Episode 138 :: Mystery Beef Van

    24/11/2020 Duración: 01h38min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 11/24/20 This episode is brought to you by and Thunderworks Games. Josh and Brandon have a host of contests to wrap up, but none will ever be as fun as Brawlers insulting Josh for prizes!  Don't forget to sign up for Brawling Brothers Christmas Bonanza - our gift exchange is always exceptional, and we love seeing happy Brawlers!  We take a deep dive look with our Rococo Deluxe Review!  Tune in to find out if we think Rococo Deluxe should be on every gamer's shelf.  We also look at Bites, Unlock: The Tonipals Treasure, Star Wars: Unlock! and Polis.  We wrap up this action packed episode with a rare treat - a video game review!  Listen in to find out what we think of Phasmophobia, the hot new indie game that has you hunting ghosts and cowering in corners! Episode Timeline: 0:00:44 - Introduction 0:05:00 - Hitster Giveaway 0:07:00 - Curmudgeon Giveaway 0:08:00 - The Brawlers insult Josh (Featuring Grant Lyon) 0:25:31 - TNT: Then 0:45:55 - TNT

  • Episode 137 :: Laughter is Our Tonic

    10/11/2020 Duración: 02h09min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 11/10/20 This episode is brought to you by and Thunderworks Games. JAM PACKED full of board game reviews!  We give our thoughts and opinions on Qwinto, Red Cathedral, QE, Cindr, Honeybuzz and more!  We look into the future and tell you that Hitster, Kokopelli and Townfolk Tussle are all hot, hot, hot!  We wrap up the show with a hilarious discussion with comedian, Grant Lyon. Join along and laugh with us as we discuss the life of a comic and Grant's transition to boardgame designer! Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 : Intro / Banter 0:22:45 : TNT - THEN 0:23:55 : TNT - NOW 1:23:20 : TNT - TOMORROW 1:22:05 : Feature Segment : Interview with Grant Lyon Board Game Timestamps: Cindr - 0:47:50 Curmudgeon - 1:51:00 Hitster - 1:00:36 Honey Buzz - 0:53:35 Kokopelli - 1:07:25 QE - 0:35:50 Qwinto - 0:23:55 The Red Cathedral - 0:29:45 Townfolk Tussle - 1:16:22

  • Episode 136 :: Horror in the War Room (6E)

    27/10/2020 Duración: 02h15min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 10/27/20 This episode is brought to you by and Thunderworks Games. 2020 continues to provide the horror around here - learn all about our newest SCARE in our annual Halloween Episode - Welcome to the Horror in the War Room!  Josh and Brandon get an unexpected voicemail from a seasonal favorite.  Josh spends an evening at 13 Dead End Drive and lives to tell about it.  Spooky games is always the theme around here for Halloween - this year we experienced Paranormal Detectives, The Shining, Mystery House, and the beautiful werewolf game - Armata Strigoi. Our look to the future is an exciting one, featuring Shadow Network, Concordia Digital and Descent: Legends in the Dark. No Halloween celebration would be complete without a spooky story - Happy Halloween, Brawlers!  Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 : Intro / Banter 0:09:15 : VM with Dracul and Eyegore 0:14:35 : TNT - THEN 0:26:23 : TNT - NOW 1:13:41 : TNT - TOMORROW 2:07:50 : Feature Segment : Ghost

  • Episode 135 :: Roll & Flip

    13/10/2020 Duración: 02h07min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 10/13/20 This episode is brought to you by, Thunderworks Games and Unforgiven: The Lincoln Assassination Trial. Josh and Brandon discuss excitement 20 years in the making, the Baldurs Gate III Early Access! You can't count back 20 years without tripping over Tribune (2007) and Josh is delighted to have Brandon discuss his plays! Majority of our "big game plays" over the last month have involved Tekhenu, and we are excited to talk about it. We plugged in some filler games, around our Tekhenu plays, and can wait to talk about Point Salad, Lanterns and Silver and Gold! Our TOMORROW segment is jam packed - we'll leave some of it as a surprise, but want to mention our  Cartographers Heroes Review as well as our kickstarter preview of Unforgiven: The Lincoln Assassination Trial. We close out the show with an intimate chat with Tim Virnig, Pitchman extraordinaire for Thunderworks Games.   Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 - Intro / Banter 0:02:58 - Mo

  • Episode 134 :: Digital Gaming Goodness

    22/09/2020 Duración: 02h25min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 9/22/20 This episode is brought to you by In this episode, our grumpy old man gets new neighbors and Jay Winter sends us an outstanding voicemail!  We conclude our discord giveaway of Glen More II, thanks to The Professor - and we talk about all sorts of digital gaming goodness, including a full fledged Monster Train Review!  We flash back to a boardgame of yesteryear with a in depth look at Kingsburg (2nd Edition), then discuss our plays of Barrage, Illusion, The Game: Quick & Easy, New York Zoo and Out of This World. Our TOMORROW segment is filled to the brim with goodness, including discussion about the upcoming Chronicles of Crime expansions, Anno 1800, The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game, Cloudage, Dinosaur World and the new Anachrony expansion, Future Imperfect.

  • Episode 133 :: JessupCon 2020

    09/09/2020 Duración: 02h40min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 9/9/20 This episode is brought to you by With the lack of conventions this year, we've decided to host 2 or 3 "mini-cons" for our local game group.  The last weekend of August saw us invade the beautiful and mysterious town of Cloudcroft, NM - JessupCon 2020... In the clouds!  Tune in and join special guests Jordan (Boardgame Bella), Johnny and Mo as they discuss our ridiculous accommodations, hordes of delicious food and days upon days of games!  We talk about our first plays of games like Trade on the Tigris, The Magnificent, Barrage and Medici.... And it would be a weekend full of games if we didn't pull out some Brawling Brothers favorites - we revisit Railways of the World, Brass, Stick 'em, Great Western Trail and so much more!  Join us and some of our best friends as we retell the epic weekend that was JessupCon 2020!  We also announce the upcoming Horror in the War Room, Halloween script contest - we want you to contribute!  Episode Time

  • Episode 132 :: The Brawlers Blend 2020

    25/08/2020 Duración: 02h26min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 8/25/20 This episode is brought to you by  Last year the Brawlers (our mixologists!) put together the finest blend of board games ever created.  It was dubbed the Brawlers Blend 2019 and became the standard for user-curated board game lists, all while boasting after-notes of vanilla and brown-sugar. Enter 2020 - the year of the BEAST. We knew we had to do something big - something even bigger than previous, so we scoured the countryside for those most capable of creating a delicious blend that could supplant the amazingly delicious work that we had previously created. Enter Mix Master Baker and Data-Lord Noel. Charged with creating something truly unique - something refreshing yet breathtaking. Mix Master Baker and Data-Lord Noel worked day and night to gather the information needed to create such a unprecedented experience, and we are here today to present the finest yet - The Brawlers Blend 2020! Join us in episode 132 to discover all of the B

  • Episode 131 :: The Stefan Feld Collection

    11/08/2020 Duración: 02h50min

    Recorded in War Room Studios - Albuquerque, NM : 8/11/20 This episode is brought to you by and Van Ryder Games. Well folks, our power problems are fixed thanks to Brawlers Kevin, ULF, Tim Root, Sal and Baker (ALLL THE BAKERS!). We discuss our upcoming adventures in Camp Capstone and learn about a nasty injury that Josh mysteriously received. Thanks to recent plays by Brandon and Jordan,  THEN is a flashback to a true classic - Agricola!  The NOW segment is full of gaming goodness, including a new Crossroads title from Plaid Hat Games, Forgotten Waters. We wrap the show chatting with Travis Reynolds of Queen Games.  Travis schools us in the ways of Craft Beer before he tells us all about the upcoming Feld Collection that will be hitting Kickstarter in mid-August. Episode Timeline: 0:00:00 Intro / Banter 0:08:45 Check in with the BB Guild 0:14:00 Gifts to WarRoom Studios 0:19:02 Camp Capstone 0:23:40 TNT - Then -- ft. Agricola 0:40:35 TNT - NOW 1:42:00 TNT - TOMORROW -- Hero Quest, Fuzzies and Fa

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