Vox Republica 156: BGG Recap & Game Gifts For Non-Gamers

Episode 156

Length: 1:05:40

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DESCRIPTION: Game nights may have been lacking lately, but Ryan returns from BGGCon to make up for that with plenty to spare! In this episode Erin and Ryan recap some of the highlights of this years’s BGGCon and then pivot into the holidays by suggesting some games you can offer up at holiday events filled with adults who may not have touched a game since Monopoly.



  • None! Because of BGGCon!

QUICK TOPICS – (1:11):

  • BGGCon! Ryan discusses – at length – a number of game highlights, as well as his favorite part of the convention.


  • Rather than rattle off our own version of a holiday gift guide, we take a different angle going into the holiday season talking about games to bring to events that will appeal to a wide crowd – be they gamers or not.
    • The best Yankee Swap games are abstract, accessible, and easy-to-learn.
    • This leads to suggestions ranging from some classic non-gamer games (like LCR) to some great Gateway level alternatives, like Splendor.

PLUGS – (1:04:57):

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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.