How to Play Mysterium!

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By SU&SD on April 25, 2016

We reviewed Mysterium so early (and so breathlessly) that we never got to do a video on it. Gaw bless these rules explanations for letting us fix that!

Mysterium didn't so much replace Dixit as murder it in the attic with the mantelpiece clock, and Asmodee's new edition is just gorgeous. In fact, we're planning a full Let's Play as soon as the Hidden Signs expansion arrives, which could be as early as next month!

SU&SD Play... Eldritch Horror!

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By SU&SD on April 23, 2016

Inspired by Lovecraft's impossible dimensions, we've attempted to squeeze a game of Eldritch Horror, one of the most epic board games of all time, into a single Let's Play video! And to make our lives even harder, we squeezed in both the Forsaken Lore and the Under the Pyramids expansions.

Anyone who missed Quinns' review of this disasterpiece can find it right here. In short, this is an absolutely bizarre game. Alternately epic and personal, scary and silly, too generous or too unfair, it's a tremendously hard thing to review. But it's also fascinating to watch. So pull up a pew, get yourself a beverage, and see if this slimy, tentacular box has a place on your shelf.

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Podcast #40: Reiner Knizia's Relationship Simulator

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By SU&SD on April 20, 2016

Matt, Paul and Quinns have met once again to create a board gaming Voltron! Albeit one with three hearts and no brain. You'll find this towering chat-robot squatting in our podcast section.

Games discussed in this prestigious 40th episode include And Then We Held Hands, Ra, Through the Ages, FUSE and A Fake Artist Goes to New York. If you're looking for the Tuesday Knight Games podcast featuring Matt, you'll find it right here.

We also chat about board game boxes and sustainability and end with a lovely interview with Plaid Hat's Isaac Vega, who wants to tell us all about the new standalone expansion for Dead of Winter: The Long Night.

Enjoy, everybody!

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GAMES NEWS! 18/04/16

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By SU&SD on April 18, 2016

Paul: Quinns, what’s going on? Why is there a spotlight? Why’s there a leather chair? What happened to our usual set?

Quinns: Paul, ask me some questions entirely at random!

Paul: Oh God what now.

Quinns: Also I’ve set up a countdown clock and buzzer!

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Review: Brass

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By Quintin Smith on April 15, 2016

OH MY GOODNESS! Just one week on from Paul tackling Through the Ages, Quinns is cracking open another board game classic. Brass is an incredibly nuanced game of carving out the industries of England's industrial revolution that dates all the way back to 2007, when Elvis Presley was on the radio and Vietnam was all anyone could talk about.

Will we recommend this game? Will Quinns have anything informative to say about England? Click play, and find out.

How To Play Memoir ‘44!

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By SU&SD on April 11, 2016

In some ways, Memoir '44 is the game that birthed SU&SD. Paul and Quinns were playing a long campaign of this definitive game of toy soldiers when they decided to create a board game web series. Historians can find our ye olde review of Memoir right here (timestamp 15:01), filmed on a borrowed camcorder on a sweltering summer's evening.

A more recent Memoir video we did is our Operation Overlord Let's Play. While Memoir's campaign books make it a longer game and the Breakthrough rules are there if you want to make it more tactical, Overlord is what you get if you want an epic experience.

If only all games could be tailored to the same extent! What a world that would be.

Review: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

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By Paul Dean on April 8, 2016

Steady your socks, folks, this week's review is a bumper one! Paul has been looking at Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, the latest version of Through the Ages. To many, this is new iteration of a modern classic, yet another fine work by talented game designer Vlaada Chvátil. What did Shut Up & Sit Down make of it? And is everybody feeling okay?

We should warn you that, as well as Paul, this video also contains some slight flashing or strobing at a particular point.

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Review: X-Wing's Eighth Wave of Expansions!

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By SU&SD on April 7, 2016

[Oh my goodness, so many words! Following on from writer Chris Thursten's awesome article about his first X-Wing tournament, he's back with seven separate, hilarious reviews of X-Wing's newest ships.

(Header image courtesy of BGG user Xander Fulton!)]

Chris: As of March, the latest round of expansions for Fantasy Flight's enormously popular spaceship miniatures game, X-Wing, is finally and fully here. The first - er - wave of Wave 8 arrived in December, so a few of these ships and cards have had longer to bed in than others. Even so, it's time to round the lot of them up and force them to answer hard questions, like: WHAT DO YOU BRING TO THE GAME? WHY ARE YOU NICE? WHY DO I FEEL COMPELLED TO OWN YOU? And: IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE FOR THE SAME WAVE TO ARRIVE TWICE? WOULD THAT NOT MAKE IT TWO SEPARATE WAVES, LIKE, IN BOTH A MARITIME AND A PHILOSOPHICAL SENSE?

The answer to that last one is evidently 'yes', by the way. Haha! Eat it, Heraclitus!

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