Plaid Hat Podcast

It's the Plaid Hat Podcast!

A bi-monthly podcast hosted by Niki talking all things Plaid Hat Games, playing silly games, and interviewing cool people. Theme song by Alex Eding.


November 17th, 2021

Jerry's new cooperative deck building game Familiar Tales has finally been announced! We talk to Jerry about the game's development and have all the juicy details about this amazing fantasy adventure!

Theme by Alex Eding!

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October 14th, 2021

Niki quizzes Bistro, Joe and Kendall about their favorite Autumn things. We also discuss Plaid Hat's attendance at PaxUnplugged this year and what's going on with Summoner Wars and Ashes Reborn shipping delays.

Theme by Alex Eding!


September 30th 2021

Instead of attending Gen Con this year the Plaid Hat Games crew got together for a summit. We streamed some games, played some prototypes and went to an escape room. Do we still like each other? Gotta listen to find out!

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September 7th 2021

Jerry, Colby and Niki talk about Plaid Hat Games decision not to attend conventions this year. They share some of their favorite Gen Con memories and are joined by a world famous board game comedian!

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Sign up for the AshCon tournament here!

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August 17th, 2021

Nick takes a look at Joe's custom Fiona Mercywind deck that uses Time and Sympathy magic, and gives tips and hints for Ashes Reborn deck building.

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Watch Joe and Nick battle it out! 


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August 5th, 2021

Tournaments! What's going on with Ashes Reborn and Summoner Wars tournaments?! We've got the answers in this episode. Plus we compete in the ultimate Olympic rules quiz.

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July 20th 2021

This episode we're hanging out and talking about what's been going on at the Plaid Hat Games warehouse regarding Ashes and Summoner Wars. Plus lots of talk about M. Night Shyamalan movies, Loki and basketball. 


June 29th, 2021

Time to check in with the remote crew of Plaid Hat Games! Jerry, Kendall and Bistro let us know what they've been up to this year, including what it's like to lose power during an ice storm, and what games to play during a power outage.


June 15th 2021

We check in with Donald about the possible development of the Sewer Froglodytes. He pitched this Summoner Wars faction to Colby on the podcast and the two of them have been talking about these sticky froggies ever since. 


June 2nd, 2021

The Plaid Hat crew talks about their first game night together after receiving their Covid vaccinations. Find out what games they played and if any cheaters showed up!


April 27th 2021

In this episode Niki, Donald and Joe pitch Summoner Wars faction ideas to Colby! Which faction will be a winner, which is a dud? Listen to find out what Colby thinks and then head over to our twitter page to cast your vote!

Parental discretion is strongly advised for this episode.

April 19th, 2021

This episode is all about Ashes Reborn and Summoner Wars! Nick gives tips on how to easily upgrade your Ashes collection, and Joe updates us on what's going on with Summoner Wars Online!

There are two more weeks left to pre-order Summoner Wars Online. 

The brand new Ashes Reborn Deluxe Expansion Breaker of Fate will go out to Reborn subscribers next month. Subscribe now!


March 16th 2021

We talk to actor Ricco Fajardo about voicing Captain Lory in the new scenario for Forgotten Waters - Kraken's Eye. Plus we find out who would be the best pirate - Ricco, Bistro or Niki. 

Kraken's Eye will be in the first ever DLC Pack for Forgotten Waters available for download on March 19th via Plaid Hat's web-store.

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March 5, 2021

Summoner Wars Second Edition was announced on Monday with the pre-order period lasting until May 1st. This episode has Colby, Bistro and Niki answering the community's questions about this exciting new edition.

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Theme by Alex Eding.

February 16, 2021

Our first episode of 2021 is here! Try not to get too excited as we talk about everything that's happening with Plaid Hat Games this year - Summoner Wars Second Edition, Ashes Reborn and the Forgotten Waters Expansion!

Plus Nick and Joe play the game 2020 or No!

December 22, 2020

The very last episode of 2020! Roy Cannaday from The Dice Tower joins us to say goodbye to this horrible year and to talk about what we're most excited for in 2021.

Follow Roy on Twitter! @epicgamingnight

Theme by Alex Eding


December 8, 2020

We've got your Ashes Reborn information! Reborn developer Nick gives an update on the game while Bistro talks Ashes lore. Colby teaches us about play testing math and Niki shares her sledding experience.

Plus our Holiday Sale is going on right now at!


November 24, 2020

Only two team members remain in Texas. Join us as we catch up with Kendall and Jerry about what they're working on and how the Lone Star state has been treating them.


November 10, 2020

No need to ever listen to another podcast about board game rulebooks after this one! We talk to Rodney from Watch It Played and rulebook editor Jonathan to figure out how to write the perfect rulebook. Some heated discussions are coming your way as we definitely find the perfect solution.

Rodney can be seen on Watch It Played, or follow on Twitter. @WatchItPlayed

Follow Jonathan on Twitter! @nyphot

Theme by Alex Eding

October 27, 2020

Our Halloween Special is an incursion into the cursed world of Board with Life Adventures!

Members of PHG go on a doomed treasure hunt in a custom Trophy Dark session ran by Donald. Will anyone survive? Will we get every rule wrong? Only one way to find out!


October 13, 2020

The Plaid Hat Ohio crew talk about the new FREE companion app for Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein that was released just in time for Halloween. Plus Colby and Joe argue about Summoner Wars 2.0 playtesting!


September 15, 2020

Colby, Bistro and Joe conquer their fears and take on the spooky ghost pepper in the finale of Hot Topic. Will they be able to answer the question before their mouths catch on fire?


September 1, 2020

Colby and Bistro attempt to discover our special guest's identity in our new game called The Masked Gamer! Will they be able to unmask the gamer? Listen to find out!


August 18, 2020

Ashes is back! We talk to Steven from Team Covenant about the player-driven-production subscription plan that has allowed Plaid Hat Games to continue the popular expandable card game Ashes. Nick Conley, the game developer for Ashes Reborn, joins us as well about changes you'll see in Ashes Reborn. And Nick and Niki team up to answer all your Ashes Reborn questions!

Ashes 1.0 expansions are on sale right now on our web-store!


August 4, 2020

This episode Niki, Joe and Donald talk to Anairis Quinones - the actor who voiced Captain Raeni Swift for the Forgotten Waters app. They talk about pirates, video games and the state of Florida.


July 14, 2020

Colby, Niki and Donald talk to actor Megan Shipman - who not only voiced the fortune teller in the Forgotten Waters app, but also reads tarot cards. Colby gets a three-card reading from her about the future of Plaid Hat Games. Listen to find out if we're destined for fame or failure!


June 30, 2020

Jerry, Niki and Donald taste test the Forgotten Waters custom cocktails. Find out how good Niki did creating these beauties, or if she failed miserably. Plus Jerry provides some satisfying drink ASMR.


June 16, 2020

We continue the Hot Topic challenge as Colby, Joe, Bistro and our special guest Chad take on the spicy habanero. Can they make it through the entire episode without crying? Listen to find out!

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June 5, 2020

This episode Niki, Joe and Donald talk to Michelle Rojas - the actor who voiced Captain Bonnie Calhoun for the Forgotten Waters app. They talk about some of their nerdy hobbies - from anime to classic literature. And Niki brags about herself.

Forgotten Waters is now available at your FLGS!


May 20, 2020

Niki, Bistro and Donald talk to voice actor Monica Rial, who voiced Captain Claudia Stroopwafel in our newest adventure game - Forgotten Waters. We chat about anime, what an actual stroopwafel is and a lot about, probably too much, the romantic television show Outlander.


May 5, 2020

The Hot Topic Challenge continues as Joe, Bistro, Colby and Kendall take on the spicy serrano pepper as Niki answers very interesting, and not dumb, questions.

WARNING - This episode is not suitable for young children.


April 21, 2020

Colby, Bistro, Joe and Niki talk possible Forgotten Waters expansions, and answer lots of important questions sent in by listeners. It's a long one, folks.


April 7, 2020

Special guests Christopher R. Sabat and Donald Shults join Niki and Colby to talk about the recording of the Forgotten Waters voice acting that can be found in the app. Discuss how Covid19 has effected the recording and who the voice actors are.


March 31, 2020

The new segment Hot Topic is introduced in this episode, which has some of the Plaid Hat crew attempting to answer questions while eating spicy peppers. This week we begin with the mild jalapeno. Featuring Colby, Jerry, Bistro and Niki.


March 26, 2020

The three designers of Forgotten Waters - Isaac, Bistro and Joe - join Niki for an in depth discussion of their newest adventure game. Hear how they're handling social distancing; and Niki talks about her favorite pirate media.


March 17, 2020

After buying Plaid Hat Games back from Asmodee, Colby and the rest of the Plaid Hat crew discuss the future of the company and their new Crossroads Game Forgotten Waters. Joe talks about his favorite video game The Secret of Monkey Island and how it influenced him to make a pirate board game.


Featured Podcast

Learn about Familiar Tales! The newest cooperative deck-building fantasy adventure game by Jerry Hawthorne, the designer of Mice & Mystics and Stuffed Fables.





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