I thought it might be nice to have a resource page where I could list links that I use regularly. That way if a site goes down, or I find something that works better, I can update the information at a single location rather than leaving an old post that may no longer be the best recommendation. Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list, but simply a summary of the sites and resources that I use regularly.
Boardgamegeek (aka The Geek)
Boardgamegeek is center of all boardgame knowledge, and is an invaluable resource to gamers at all levels of the hobby. Any game I’ve ever reviewed or discussed can be found through a simple search on the Geek. I get my news about games from the Geek. I keep track of my collection and my plays on the Geek. I download translations and read about strategies. I consult it when I have a question about the rules of a game. It is at the top of my resource page for a reason.
Funagain is a gaming retailer located in Ashland, Oregon. Not only do they often have copies of imported games that are difficult to find locally, they once helped my wife get her husband a very nice Christmas present. I think little things like customer service go a long way. If you make a purchase on Funagain because of something you learned about here on Gameguythinks, then you can show your appreciation by using my affiliate code P2RX when you make your order.
- Visit http://www.funagain.com
Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer, and while I don’t typically use it to purchase boardgames, I do use it for just about everything else from video games to toilet paper. Seriously, I have my toilet paper delivered directly to my house, along with hand soap, shampoo, dogfood, and feminine products for my wife and daughter that no man should ever be sent to the store to buy. If you are going to make a purchase on Amazon, you can show your appreciation for all of the back-breaking work I put into pressing my fingers on small square pieces of plastic by clicking on the banner at the bottom of the site or by using the following link.
- Visit http://www.amazon.com
Cool Stuff Inc. specializes in collectible card games, but they also sell board games and regular card games. They are very price competitive and will often have good sales. I try to shop local now, but I still will use Cool Stuff Inc. every so often to purchase single miniatures.
Game Surplus is often useful for finding imported games or games that are no longer in print.
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I think it’s nice to visit some of the publisher websites every so often. Publishers will often provide videos or offer downloads of game resources in a much more colorful and engaging format than you might see elsewhere. Remember that your browser can often be set up to translate a page if it’s not in English.
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Boardgame Links is a site that collects links to boardgame websites and then groups and arranges them by rank. While I don’t care for ranking processes, this site is a treasure trove of discovery. I’ve found a bunch of sites of which I was completely unaware.
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There are many high quality gaming podcasts out there, but I thought I would list the ones I listen to regularly. I don’t have a long commute to work, and I can’t really listen to podcasts while I’m working, so my list is really short. I recommend you check out BoardgamePodcasts.com and RPGPodcasts.com and find what’s right for you.
Boardgames To Go was started back in 2005 by my friend, Mark Johnson. He covers a wide range of topics and delivers it all with a combination of homespun wisdom and rocket scientist analysis. Check out episode BGTG 129 if you want to hear what I have to say about blogging here at Gameguythinks. If you want to listen to older episodes, visit his archive at http://www.boardgamestogo.com/.
The G2V Podcast deals with not only games and gaming, but also movies, television, books, toys, and more. It brings together the creative talents of writer Scott Alan Woodard and zombie expert Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg.
Garrett’s Games and Geekiness is a weekly gaming podcast produced by Doug Garrett and his wife Shelly. They have acess to new releases both domestic and imported. They’ve produced over 400 episodes, which is pretty damn impressive.
Nerd Poker is an RPG podcast that features comedian Brian Posehn and his funny friends. It’s NSFW and I don’t let my son listen to it, but I get a real kick out of it.
The Dice Tower Network is a group of podcasts and vlogs under the banner of Tom Vasel’s very popular podcast, The Dice Tower. I haven’t listened to all of the shows, but I can recommend the Dice Tower videos, Ludology, and On Board Games.
GameNight! is produced by Boardgamegeektv and features some very nice people playing through a game just like they would on a regular game night. Don’t be put off by the length of some of the videos. You can always move to the section that interests you the most.
- Visit GameNight! Episode List
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Disclosure: Please be aware that some of the links above are affiliate links, and that at no additional cost to you, I will earn a teeny tiny commission if you decide to make a purchase. Understand that I only recommend products or services that I actually use, because it would be super lame to do otherwise. The 25 cents I might make on that diet book or whatever is not worth the feeling of utter shame it would generate at the core of my being. If you would like to try something I recommend and think I deserve the tip for bringing it to your attention, then please use my affiliate link.