Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Board Games with Panda is board game podcast where we talk about the games that we love and the community around them.

We have a rotating schedule. Every other week, we release an episode highlighting the games we've been playing and give our quick thoughts on them. We then go over a topic that we find interesting in the hobby.

On the opposite weeks of those episodes, we release our review episodes where we dive a bit deeper into a single game and give a breakdown on what we think of the Components, Rules, Art, and Mechanisms.

 Recently Played

10 recent


How to Contact Us


Twitter: @BoardGamePanda

BGG Guild:

Instagram: boardgameswithpanda

BGG: Panda07Cromusz (collection is maintained under Cromusz)

Sep 1, 2017

This week, we go over our experiences at Gen Con 50 in Indianapolis! We had such a wonderful time meeting so many wonderful people and playing many great games. Find out what ended up coming home with us as well as our favorite game of the convention!


Gen Con continued it's impressive size with turnstile attendance of 207,979.  


1:00 Pre-Gen Con events

  • 5:45 Gen Con Day 1

Thursday Morning

  • 8:15 Grabbing the games off of our list
  • Greyfox: Champions of Midguard expansions/mat
  • Renegade: Chaos at the booth
  • Restoration Games Bundle: Downforce, Stop Thief, Indulgence
  • Bezier Games: Whistle Stop

  • 13:00 Cheapass Games
  • Butten Men, Tak, Pairs, Kill Doctor Lucky Expansion

  • 14:38 Nerd Night
  • 15:50 Flamme Rouge
  • Photosynthesis, Go Nuts for Donuts
  • 17:20 Fantasy Realms
  • 18:03 Charity Auction
  • 20:20 Red Scare


  • 21:45 Second attempt at picking up Ex Libris
  • 24:41 First impressions of Ex Libris
  • 27:14 Meeting with Lance at TMG
  • Orleans Expansion, Lumeria, Ars Technica
  • 28:23 Hot Shots by Fireside Games

  • 30:26 Dice Tower Live Show
  • 32:15 Fireball Island Announcement
  • 33:11 Overlight announcement from Renegade Games
  • 33:58 Ticket to Ride map reveal by Alan Moon
  • 34:51 Coaster Park by Pandasauras Games

  • 36:25 Five Minute Dungeon

  • 38:56 Rolling Dice and Taking Names Meetup / Strike Tournament

  • 43:49 Late night gaming with friends

  • Our greatest game of Spyfall ever


  • 46:57 Red Rocket Farm art
  • 47:54 Pirate Lab game bag
  • 49:09 By Order of the Queen (meeting designers/artists)
  • 50:00 Spy Club by Foxtrot Games

  • 55:56 The Secret Cabal Meetup
  • Crowd, Food, Raffle
  • 59:15 Crossfire

  • 1:00:00 Truck Off
  • 1:03:25 Spirit Island


  • 1:05:43 Near & Far ; Empires of the Void

  • 1:08:55 Sunday Funday

  • 1:10:20 Recap of our Top 5 games we were excited to demo
  • 1:11:05 Expansions we were excited to buy
  • Harry Potter, Dead of Winter Warring Colonies, Blue Happy Salmon, Terraforming Mars, Champions of Midguard: Valhalla and Dark Mountains, Sherriff of Nottingham Merry Men, Dark Tales: Little Mermaid, Snow White, and Little Red Riding Hood
  • 1:14:40 Top Games we were excited about picking up
  • Stop Thief, Flick 'Em Up Dead of Winter, Klondike Rush, Indulgence, Mountains of Madness, Whistle Stop, Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Ex Libris, Codenames Duet, Deckscape
  • 1:20:55 Downforce
  • 1:24:21 Photosynthesis
  • 1:25:50 Favorite Game of the Convention: Spirit Island