The Board Game BBQ Podcast

Episode 192: Special Guest - Drake Villareal. Plus burncycle, Empires of the Void II, Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles

May 31, 2022

On Episode 192 we are joined by Designer and Developer, Drake Villareal. Drake talks about his recent move from California to Skopje in Macedonia, his new role at Final Frontier Games, and shares with us what projects he is currently working on including more Merchants Cove and a scoop on his next project! He also shares his insights into this week's Sizzling Games: burncycle, Empires of the Void II, and Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles.

In the Board Game Bracket we settle the last match-up, Barrage vs Raiders of the North Sea, before we cue up the next battle: Too Many Bones vs Pandemic Legacy. To make sure your favourite goes through to the next round make sure you vote on our socials.

Finally, in Swear An Oath, Conor didn't manage to get Nova or Ironheart to the table, Mitch started Aeon's End: Legacy of Gravehold with his daughter, and Def played 1960: The Making of the President. New oaths include Arcs (Def), play an online game that he's not working on (Drake), completing the first three levels of burncycle (Mitch), and Too Many Bones (Conor).


Sizzling Games: burncycle (42:45), Empires of the Void II (1:02:40), Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (1:11:20)

Board Game Bracket: (1:32:10)

Swear An Oath: (1:42:53)


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Has this episode left you with a thirst for more? Here are all of the games that we discussed:

Merchants Cove (2021) 

Bardwood Grove (2022) 

Endless Winter: Ancestors (2022) 

Solaria (2021) 

burncycle (2022) 

Too Many Bones (2017) 

Empires of the Void II (2018) 

Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles (2022) 

Runika and the Six-sided Spellbooks (2020) 

Barrage (2019) 

Raiders of the North Sea (2015) 

Pandemic Legacy (2015) 

Aeon's End: Legacy of Gravehold (2021) 

1960: The Making of a President (2007) 

Arcs (2023) 



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