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Bush’s Board Game Thing Episode 24: Ladybird Express

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Bright and beautiful! Bush's Board Game Thing sees Andy Bush celebrating board games and the experience of gaming with friends Jess Temby and Brian Murphy. Each week, expect passion, enthusiasm, and multiple trips through gaming wormholes. This podcast is powered by Zatu - we're making sure the board game cogs keep on turning. Each week, I'll be bringing you the best bits here on the blog and letting you shop the podcast! In Bush's Board Game Thing Episode 24, the team delves into the artistic side of the board game world.

Do you have something that you'd like to share with the team? Maybe a great board game idea? Even when and where you like to listen to the podcast, set the scene. Email podcast@zatu.co.uk if you want to get involved with the podcast. For example, if you have any board game disputes, let Andy and co get to the bottom of it!

The team are joined in this episode by photographer, Ross Connell of More Games Please, a big name in the board game photography world. Together, they discuss the attractive games to have on your shelf!

Colt Express

Perfect for game lovers and artists alike, Colt Express combines the two with its take on the wild west. The characters in this game come with a checkered past. Outlaws, robbers, and bandits are brought to life in Colt Express with card cut-out 3D characters. This game requires an ounce of craftiness as it is up to players to assemble the locomotive the characters intend to heist.

Character profiles come on a card snippet, looking as if they've been lifted straight from a western comic book.

Colt Express comes not with a board, but with a set. It is the ideal choice for anyone looking for a flare of dramatic art with their game.

Modern Art: The Card Game

Next up is a game that is not only beautifully illustrated but one that fully immerses players in the art world. Players take on the role of both buyer and seller in Modern Art: The Card Game. An eye for art is essential in this game as players must bid for the ones they consider most valuable. Pick the right one and you will sell your way to victory, choose a dud and you'll find yourself penniless and cast out of the art dealing game.

High Society 

High class and haute. This card game created by Spiel des Jahres award winner, Reiner Knizia, takes its inspiration from classic art-nouveau style.  In High Society, keeping up appearances is key and your reputation must stay squeaky clean (Minus a few unavoidable scandals, of course). Hobnobbing with paupers is forbidden and will have you kicked out of high society. Similarly to Modern Art: The Card Game, you're aiming to achieve the most wealth in High Society.

It is obvious that High Society's stunningly illustrated character cards is why it has made itself it  onto this Bush's Board Game Thing's list. Yet, with its quick set up, easy to learn rules, and replayability it is one of the most fun card games, as well as one of the most beautiful.

The Beautiful Ending

That's Bush's Board Game Thing Episode 24, the art special all wrapped up.

You can catch up on all previous episodes of Bush’s Board Game Thing on any streaming service. In the meantime, you can check out our podcast-approved collection right here on the Zatu website. There you can find all the games we’ve discussed on every episode of the podcast, all in one convenient place.

You can shop everything from episode 24 in our handy podcast collection.

Until next week, gamers!