We had an amazing conversation with Donald Dennis of the On Board Games Podcast. This was a substantial, challenging, and interesting discussion about what makes for a great tabletop puzzle game experience, some of the negative trends we’re seeing, and where we hope the genre is going.
Timestamps & Relevant Links
At 1 hour 40 minutes in length, it’s a long conversation. We broke out and timestamped the conversation so that you can zero in on the topics that interest you most.
The meatiest parts of the conversation are bolded.
0:00 – Introductions
3:10 – Escape room tours & how we go about constructing them
5:20 – About Room Escape Artist & how we approach reviews
7:41 – What tabletop games have we been playing lately? Pandemic Season 1, Exit: The Game – Sinister Manor (review to come), Unlock: The Tonipal’s Treasure, Journal29 & its sequel Journal29 Revelation (review to come, eventually), and Librarians Almanac (review not yet published).
19:00 – Our desire to play games that are easy to pick up without learning tons of rules
20:00 – How many escape rooms we’ve played, how we fund this, our new Patreon, how we operate, and what we want to transform REA into
28:00 – The rise and fall of Choose Your Own Adventure books and what they mean for tabletop escape games
57:00 – Tabletop games & expectation-setting
1:38:30 – David makes a definitive statement regarding the character of Han Solo.