Board Game YouTube Channels to Watch (Part 2 of 2)

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Welcome to the second part of our feature on board game YouTube channels to watch. In case you missed the first post, here’s the link to part one.

Here we feature four more video series, each offering plenty of content for budding and veteran board gamers alike. Have any favorites among our recommendations? Any other board game video series you enjoy watching? Share away in the comments section below!

Board Game Brawl

BGB host Nick Meenachan loves board games and his passion abounds in every Board Game Brawl video. You can subscribe to his channel for board game and card game previews, reviews, unboxings, top ten lists, and more.

Pros:

  • Videos are very straightforward and easy to understand
  • Has strong and clear opinions of the games he reviews
  • Reviews Asian games and does Kickstarter update videos

Cons:

  • Few explanations of game rules
  • Few game playthroughs

Watch it Played

Rodney Smith hosts Watch it Played, the best video series on YouTube for learning how to play board games and card games.

Pros:

  • If you want to learn how to play a board game, this is the video series for you
  • Difficult-to-learn games? He will teach you how to play those too!
  • Videos where he plays games with his friends and family add more fun to the learning experience

Cons:

  • No board game reviews, Kickstarter game features, unpublished game previews, etc.
  • Watching Rodney Smith feels overly ‘classroomy’ at times

Rahdo Runs Through

Richard Ham is a retired video game designer now full-time board game aficionado. He publishes three videos per board game: (1) an introduction, (2) a run through, (3) a review, specifically with the goal of helping viewers decide whether or not a game is worth buying.

Pros:

  • The three-video format is amazing!
  • Generally only reviews games he likes, so if you are looking for sure recommendations, you’ll find them here
  • Runs through games with an imaginary player named Jen, who is actually his wife, which is cute

Cons:

  • Doesn’t review 9 out of 10 games presented to him, so you might not find the games you like
  • Dislikes Ameritrash* games, examples of which include Arkham Horror, Eldritch Horror, Battlestar Gallactica, Tales of the Arabian Nights (e.g. games this author loves)

*From the BoardgameGeek Glossary: Ameritrash is “a catchphrase for ‘American style boardgames.’ In general, this means games that emphasize a highly developed theme, characters, heroes, or factions with individually defined abilities, player to player conflict, and usually feature a moderate to high level of luck.”

Bonus:

Starlit Citadel

Kaja and Joanna are the duo behind the now defunct Starlit Citadel board game video series. Theirs is a great source of 10-minute-or-so  video reviews for viewers who don’t have the time or patience to invest in watching longer ones.

Too bad we won’t be getting new reviews from them in the future.

Pros:

  • Reviews are short and sweet. Enough to get a feel for whether or not a game interests you

Cons:

  • Kaja and Joanna are often awkward and uncomfortable on-camera and it shows
  • More serious gamers may find their videos lacking in nuance and information