The Chairmen of the Boards

The Chairmen of the Boards

The Chairmen of the Boards is a podcast about board games, board game culture, and the trials of adult male virginity.
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    TCOTB St. Patty's Day Special

    Top O' The Morning to ya, Chairfans!

    In honor of this year's St. Patty's day, Jesse made his way to the end of the rainbow to track down the game designer for the most Irish board game of all time: Inis. To his surprise, he found a Spanish Frenchman: Christian Martinez.

    In this Ep, Jesse and Christian discuss his Cúchuliainn* achievements. (That's Celtic for 'Herculian', Chairfans. Try keeping up with your Celtic lore!)

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    Pitch, Please

    I have an even more insufferable alternative title, too: "Pitches Be Crazy"

    But two people who sure aren't suffering are Fred Benenson and Alex Hague; Co-Creators of Pitch Deck, the world's latest and greatest party game.

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    War Cults: Cults About War

    Having completed a cursory review of the American Civil War (the war voted least amenable to a Heavy Metal Soundtrack) our intrepid Chairmen agreed they deserved a treat. They decided to seek an audience with the most metal game designer of all time: Nate Hayden.

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    War Games: Game about War (Vol 2)

    In volume 2 of TCOTB's new 900 Volume series on War Games, Boards Chairman Jesse Mayhew and Intrepid War Games Correspondent Pete Martyn take a further leap back in time to The Civil War; a period both Chairmen agree to be 'The Dark Ages of War:' no more Suits of Armor, but not yet any tanks! An era where men ran at one another with rather uninspired grey and blue pajamas and dull bayonets. Historians agree; it is the least amenable war to a Heavy Metal Soundtrack.

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    War Games: Games About War (Volume I)

    In this Season 2 Premiere, TCOTB introduces our new 900 volume series on War Games; a review of every last war game designed by mankind. We will cover everything from the earlest conflicts between neanderthals and homo sapiens, to Holy Wars, to Mommy Wars.

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    Lord Commander of the Nerd's Watch

    Nerds gather, and now his watch begins.

    It shall not end until his death. He shall take no wife, hold no hands, father no children.

    He shall wear no crowns and win no glory. (Unless you count the victory point track In Blood Rage or the Crown Counter In Citadels. These are obvious exceptions that we shouldn't have to point out.)

    He shall live and die at his post, He is the Foam LARP sword in the Darkness. The Watcher on the Wall (of discounted non-mint condition pre-owned games).

    He is James Olchowski, Lord Commander of the Nerd's Watch - and you owe him your allegiance!!

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    Do you think you have what it takes to run an arcade bar? Do you, punk? Do you like hunting down CRT monitors? Getting ripped off by shady restaurant equipment wholesalers? Securing health code certifications? No?

    Neither do your pals, The Chairmen, but we did the next best thing: host a Q&A with George Myers and Greg Stutsman, the wily restauranteurs behind The Quarters, western Massachusetts’s premier video game arcade/watering hole, right off the beloved Rail Trail bike path.

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    Wherefore art thou, Daviau?

    If you've never played a boardgame before and think that this podcast is about proper corporate boardroom etiquette, it may interest you to know that Rob Daviau is an award-winning game designer whose games have been sold world-wide. He is the co-designer of Pandemic Legacy (Season 1), the highest-rated game on

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    Fire and Ice. Light and Darkness. Sigfried and Roy. Such are Arvid and Jesse, the Chairmen of the Boards.

    This week, the Chairmen get down ’n dirty with the video game Bloodborne – nay, the oeuvre of Japanese game design maestro Hidetaka Miyazaki. Arvid, if ever he ran into Miyazaki, would probably start furiously humping his leg like a horny little dog. Arvid thinks Miyazaki is the best!

    Jesse? Not so much.

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    ZCON: An Oral History

    Having narrowly survived his encounter with The Virgin Queen and with the scent of pie in the air, Board Chairman Jesse Mayhew sensed it was time to begin his annual pilgrimage to ZOMGALOMECON: the most feared and respected housecon in all of Guilford, Vermont.

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    Deflowered: The Chairmen Play The Virgin Queen

    To give you an idea of how grueling a session of The Virgin Queen truly is, Google's Go Computer was slated to sit down at the table with us, and upon processing the rule book, it promptly hanged itself.

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    Everybody Must Get Stonemaiered

    If The Chairmen of the Boards are the proverbial Lewis & Clark of Board Game Podcasting -- forever pushing the boundaries and chasing that ever-elusive horizon -- then surely Jamey Stegmaier is the Amerigo Vespucci of Board Game Crowdfunding.

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    La Règle des Jeux - Partie Deux

    Disclaimer: The podcast app won't let us start an episode with "The," Chairfans, thus last episode's clever attempt at an allusion to Jean Renoir's 1939 masterpiece of French Cinema "The Rules of The Game" was dead on arrival. Could this spell the end of smart-ass episode titles and descriptions for our beloved Agents Provocatuers? Is this Tim Cook's pathetic attempt at trying to take The Chairmen out of the podcast game and putting a stop to them once and for all? Unfortunately Ol' Tim didn't factor in our rudimentary French!

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    The Rules of the Games - Part 1

    Their podcast broke all the rules. Now the original bad boys of board game podcasting have the gall to talk to us about rulebooks!?

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    Boardroom Sessions - Joshua A. C. Newman

    Like Ken and Ryu but with far less fan-generated Yaoi erotica, the bad boys of board game podcasting are back with another piping-hot episode, delivering more hadoken fireballs and uppercuts to the board gaming establishment.

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    Boardroom Sessions - Pat King

    Like a far less controversial and problematic Dukes of Hazzard, the boys are back - sliding across the hood of a non-confederate dodge charger and straight into the front seats of a brand-spanking new episode!

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    Tapping Back In

    It's been over 15 years since Chairman Jesse Mayhew last sat down for a round of Magic: The Gathering™. But when the boys catch wind of a pre-release tourney for Oath of the Gatewatch™ happening in their very own town, Jesse is left with no choice but to defend his honor and reenter the world's deadliest living card game.

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    We Need to Talk About Victory Tracks

    First Rihanna dropped ANTI, then Beyonce (supes jealz of all the attention) debuted Formation. Now, both ladies will have to take a back seat as the public turns their attention to the latest hot track from the original Bad Boys of Board Game Podcasting.

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    Board Rage

    In this episode the bad boys of board game podcasting are back to discuss 'dealbreakers' - board game mechanics that can compromise an entire game.

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    Gamer Field Guide: Volume I

    What John James Audubon did for the titmouse, the Chairmen will now do for all of gamer-kind. They won't stop until they have categorized every last genus of board gamer on earth.

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    Boardroom Sessions - Isaiah Mann

    Not since Sean Penn's sit-down with El Chapo has an interview been more shocking and controversial. GlowLime Games Executive Director Isaiah Mann agreed to be blindfolded and escorted to the Chairmen's Secret bunker. The interview that followed would bring the gaming public to its knees.

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    Widely considered to be the Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky of the board gaming podcast canon, Arvid and Jesse truly defined an era, and their influence can still be felt today.

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    Getting High on Gateway Games

    Hot on the heels of episode 3 - it's episode 4!

    Having declined several buyout offers by Rupert Murdoch, Arvid and Jesse return to the mic with some no holds barred banter about gateway games. These are the games your mother warned you about.

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    Video Killed The Board Game Star

    It's been almost several days since The Chairmen of the Boards debut episode, and the board game world remains in a state of unbridled panic.

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    Let The Games (and Podcast) Begin

    The Chairmen's debut episode: writer and world builder Arvid Nelson and ardent fanboy Jesse Mayhew take the board game world by storm. Never has a podcast about board games been so raw, so real.

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