On Air! with Board Game Night!

Hey hey! Earlier this year Nic and I traveled out to Los Angeles, California, to record a few episodes of the YouTube series Board Game Night! with the Board Game Geek crew. We had an incredible time with Lincoln, Nikki, and Dave; it was neat to see the studio, recording was fun, and the BGG crew are so friendly. One of our episodes went live a few days ago and I wanted to share it with you!

I also promised to write a little bit more about this adventure when the videos became available, and I’ll do that now. Nic and I flew out to LA and Lincoln and Nikki picked us up from the airport and put us up for a few days. They were lovely hosts and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with them. We got to hang out, play games, record several episodes of the show (in their amazing home studio), play pinball, eat great food, and watch movies. Lincoln is a collector and their home is filled to the gills with all sorts of fun including interesting china, geekery, board games, a playing card collection, an authentic, arcade-quality Muensters-themed pinball machine, and an incredible entertainment system that included surround sound and 3D viewing (which was so cool – 3D movies, at home!). Lincoln and Nikki are sweet and kind people and we really enjoyed getting to know them. It was a pleasure to spend time with them and Dave and Nic and I would have enjoyed our time there even if we wouldn’t have gotten to be on the show.

While we were there we toured a few game stores (how could we not?!) – check out this Game Store Quest! if you’d like my thoughts, as well as some pictures and info, on game stores in Glendale and Burbank, CA.

If you would like to see more pictures from this trip, or from any of my travels, follow me on Instagram at @sarahmtrager

New Episode of SOCMOM & Friends!

Hey hey. Its Thursday! On today’s episode of SOCMOM & Friends Nic and I discuss Convention Prep! Convention season is right around the corner – are you heading to any cons this year? I’ll be at conventions and trade shows all over the US! Check out my Schedule of Appearances to learn more about where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing.

A few notes:

(Spoiler alert: our copy of Swordcrafters is complete! Its just not the deluxe version. 😦 )

More info on Crank It Up can be found here.

The V Day giveaway mentioned on this episode can be found here.



March Smashness Update! + A Giveaway!

UPDATE: March Smashness 2019 is officially ON! Submit your bracket here!

UPDATE: We’ve unlocked the practice bracket! Print off one (or more!), play a game or several, and formulate your predictions for the first-ever March Smashness.


As a bonus for fans of both Crank It Up – The Smash Up Podcast and Settler of Catan Mayor of Machi Koro who post a picture/screen-cap of their filled-out practice bracket and tag #MarchSmashness2019 I will give away 2 of these jumbo, convention-exclusive AEG tote bags (pictured below)! Post your practice brackets with the hashtag #MarchSmashness2019 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram by Sunday, February 10th, 11:59 PM EST to qualify.

The giveaway is open to international participants. There is no cost to participate. A winner will be chosen randomly, on February 11th, and you will be notified if you win. If chosen, you must respond within 48 hours in order to claim your item; items not claimed within this timeframe will be forfeited. Item will be mailed no later than February 15th. Please let me know if you have any questions – you can comment on this post, shoot me a message by clicking here, or contact me through any of my social media.




March Smashness Key Dates:

Wednesday, February 6th – faction pairing announced, practice bracket unlocked

Monday, February 11th – bracket submissions open (marchsmashness.com)

Thursday, February 28 – bracket submissions close

Which faction pair do you think will come out on top?

New Episode of SOCMOM & Friends and a Schedule Change!

Hey hey! On today’s (very short) episode of SOCMOM & Friends I talk about a couple of the demo programs with which I am involved, specifically the AEG Vanguard and Double Exposure Envoy demo programs. We’re a little under the weather here at Trager House, so Nic did not join me on this episode and I kept it pretty short. On an unrelated note – we’re announcing a schedule change! On Wednesdays I have several weekly reports due at work and its become my busiest weekday, so we’re going to alter our release schedule a bit and we’ll now release new episodes of SOCMOM & Friends on Thursdays. I had initially wanted to give listeners something to look forward to mid-week, but this works out a little better for me and I hope it will for you as well. I hope you enjoy today’s episode!