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This week on The Game Table we catch up with Nathan Cocks, ex-videogames journo turned boardgame junkie, as he brings us up to speed on the health of the boardgame industry over the past few years.

Nathan brings around 20 suggestions for great games you could hunt down that you may not have heard of – avoiding the obvious stuff like Catan and Ticket To Ride, digging into the deeper stuff out there that is amazing fun for all sorts of different kinds of experiences.

Plus we drop a few tips on sites and Australian events to help you dive deeper into the boardgame scene.

Click through to see links to many of the boardgames mentioned during the show!

Dave Jansen stops by The Scrapyard to dive deep on 8.2 and the state of the raiding scene just as Mythic Eternal Palace gets set to drop.

With a fresh Race To World First kicking off, we look at the controversy around Method and Red Bull falling out, wanting to see more guilds being involved, and what we hope the right way to run this all might be.

Plus we enter a big old rabbit hole around the lore of the expansion and where we think, and where we hope, things will take us as we head toward the next expansion.

Is it time already? It’s the sign of a healthy period for the game when a new expansion sneaks up on us rather than us desperately wishing for new cards to shake up a stale meta.

Instead, Saviors of Uldum arrives like an exciting surprise! Yay!

And carrying on the Year of the Dragon storyline, after the villains steal Dalaran we see the League of Explorers return to save the day.

Massive kudos to the wonderfully dry-as-a-dead-stick delivery from Hadidjah Chamberlin. An almost British quality deadpan!

So far we’ve seen three big new aspects of the expansion:

  • Reborn: restores a minion to life with 1 health after it dies
  • Plague: a massive board wide spell effect of some kind
  • Quests: new quests that change your hero power when completed

The new set will keep rolling out lots of new cards and info over coming weeks, as is the usual routine.

Plus the set will launch on/around August 7, 2019.

Chris Perkins and Joe Manganiello sit down with The Game Table for a conversation at D&D Live 2019.

We explore the nature of D&D being an improv game that has long-term continuity, and how the stakes are raised when there’s an audience. How Chris feels about being a celebrity in his own right now. And how D&D actually is a game where we spend a lot of time ‘playing’ it on our own between sessions.


A fantastic and fun conversation with two of the most prominent D&D names around. One embedded within the art of the game for decades, the other one of the games most prominent super fans who has a character that is now becoming canonical (Arkhan the Cruel).

Thanks to Wizards of the Coast and Good Games Australia, we’re giving away the two latest D&D books plus some D&D Live 2019 tidbits as part of the launch of The Game Table podcast.

Byteside has just launched The Game Table, our podcast covering all things tabletop. The opening series of episodes has been interview after interview with cool folks we sat down with at D&D Live 2019 in Los Angeles. So we’re running a special giveaway to big up our favourite RPG to celebrate!

The prize pack features the following books and extras:

  • The new Acquisitions Inc sourcebook, thanks to Good Games Australia
  • The new Ghosts of Saltmarsh campaign book, thanks to Wizards of the Coast
  • An exclusive sticker sheet from D&D Live 2019 with a bunch of shiny stickers around the Descent Into Avernus theme of the show

Mike Mearls, Dungeons & Dragons Creative Director and lead developer on the 5th Edition rules, and B. Dave Walters, storyteller, writer, Dungeon Master, Maze Arcana cast member, and co-host of Geek & Sundry’s Ask Your Black Geek Friend, sit down with Seamus for another episode of The Game Table.

Another of our great D&D Live 2019 sessions, we explore why being geek has become perfectly acceptable in the mainstream, and what the 5th Edition rules have done so well to open the hobby up to so many new players.

Another D&D Live 2019 conversation for you! Today it’s Kate Welch, Game Designer at Dungeons & Dragons, and Patrick Rothfuss, bestselling author.

Both play characters in the Acquisitions Incorporated universe of games, Kate as Rosie Beestinger in the ‘C Team’ game, and Patrick as Viari in the core Acquisitions Inc liveplay games.

We discuss the art of making characters and that morphs into a discussion on the easy choices you can make on the path to being a great DM.

Seamus chats to Deborah Ann Woll and Xander Jeanneret, two great performers from the Relics & Rarities liveplay D&D show. Deborah is the DM and regularly brings other celebrities who have never played before onto the show to join in the action.

We talk about actors and their secret D&D games, their journey with D&D over recent years and what its like to share what can be revealing game experiences with an online community.

It’s just you and your old pal Seamus, recapping and catching up on all the latest Blizzard news from recent weeks. Enjoy!

We’ve got WoW 8.2, HotS updates, new Diablo seasons, WoW Classic and more. Some thoughts on what seems like a great rhythm of back and forth between WoW ‘modern’ and WoW Classic too.