This month the Competitive CoupleCast goes a bit meta, as this episode is themed around board game themes!

Charlotte and Jamie share their thoughts on two Mars-themed games, Pocket Mars and Terraforming Mars. Our regular feature Gullible Gamer is reversed, as Charlotte challenges Jamie to identify the fake Monopoly theme in a line-up. And the duo discuss all things theme – what themes are we drawn to? What themes are off-putting? And ultimately, what is more important to us, theme or mechanic?

Episode Timestamps

00:00 – Episode start

01:40 – First impressions on two Mars themed games!

01:56 – Pocket Mars

05:14 – Terraforming Mars

17:15 – Gullible Gamer – This time, Charlotte shares 5 different Monopoly themes with Jamie, and it’s his job to spot the fake Monopoly game.

22:15 – Discussion of board game themes. How important is theme in a board game? What themes draw us to a game, and what themes are off-putting to us?

39:20 – Podcast end

Episode Links

Where to find Episode 6: Board Game Themes

Available through most major podcast providers, including Spotify, Anchor and iTunes.


Music: “Obliteration” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0