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.


May 7th, 2024


Joe and Donald discuss their ultimate goal in life - being in a dad band, along with the new Summoner Wars factions releasing next week.

Plus they participate in a game where they guess and discuss Board Game Geek ratings for classic tabletop games.

The Storm Goblins and Shimmersea Fae faction decks release next week and will be playable on on the 14th!


April 17th, 2024

Ashes Red Rains designer Nick gives an update on what's happening with the Ashes Reborn line. The divine magic set Siege of Lordswall is due to release very soon! Plus Joe quizzes Niki and Nick on their Ashes card lore. See whose brain is full of flavor text knowledge.

Subscribe to Ashes Reborn through Team Covenant


March 12th, 2024

This summer we'll boldy go where Plaid Hat Games has never gone before - Kickstarter!

For the first time ever we'll be using the popular crowdfunding site to launch Jerry Hawthorne's (Stuffed Fables,Mice&Mystics) newest title - Wandering Galaxy: A Crossroads Game. In this episode we give a sneak peek of what to expect in this upcoming Space Opera, and find out what science fiction media inspires us.

Plus we discuss why we've decided to utilize crowdfunding after 15 years of straight to retail publishing for new game releases.


Get Notified for Wandering Galaxy Kickstarter Launch


February 27th, 2024

Get ready for the best science and history lesson of your life!

Colby, Joe and Niki share some exciting news about Summoner Wars Online, coming soon to iOS and Android! 

Colby gets confused by Fae fantasy creatures and they discuss other upcoming factions - including the electrifying Storm Goblins!

Get notified for the launch of Wandering Galaxy - coming this summer.


January 30th, 2024

Our First Episode of 2024!

Each of us at PHG have a few gaming resolutions for the New Year and we're sharing them with the world. Will we make that Commander deck? Finally finish Tears of the Kingdom? Play games with gasp strangers?! Now y'all gotta hold us accountable!

Plus we tease a new board game that we're announcing next month!


December 12th, 2023

On this episode of the Plaid Hat Podcast we discuss our experiences at PAXUnplugged, from games to food and bathroom emergencies! We also let listeners know what's coming up at the beginning of 2024 with Ashes Reborn and Summoner Wars 2nd Edition.

This is the last episode of 2023, so get your Plaid Hat fix before the year ends!

Theme song by Alex Eding!

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Ashes Reborn playmats can be found here! And don't forget to become a subscriber.


November 21st, 2023

We discuss our upcoming Plaid Friday sale that starts this Wednesday, November 22nd! Get 30% off select Summoner Wars and Ashes Reborn games. 

Plus we'll be at PAXU in a few weeks demoing Freelancers: A Crossroads Game.  

Nick, Donald and Niki also talk about what they're most thankful for since Thanksgiving is almost here. *Spoilers: Nick has been playing a lot of Ticket to Ride Legacy with the gaming group he's thankful for.


October 24th, 2023

Colby and Niki recap their experience at Essen Spiel this year along with demoer Philipp. Find out how Germany treated the Plaid Hat crew in their first fair there since becoming independent again! Theme music by Alex Eding!

September 15th, 2023


Find out what's coming up next for Summoner Wars Second Edition from designers and developers Colby and Joe! The Goats and Vamps are coming this month, so make sure to become a subscriber today to be among the first to receive these new factions!

Try Summoner Wars for free at

Theme song by Alex Eding!


August 30th, 2023

Ashes Reborn Update!

The newest Red Rains Expansion Set - The Frostwild Scourge just released to Team Covenant Subscribers. Now find out what is next for Ashes Reborn with the developer and Red Rains designer Nick Conley. Also featuring special guests Lark and NoSuchMethod, both veteran playtesters for Plaid Hat Games!

Become an Ashes Reborn subscriber through our partners Team Covenant.

Theme by Alex Eding.


August 17th, 2023


Gen Con 2023 was fun, exhausting, and turned out to be Plaid Hat's best Gen Con ever!

We released our new game Freelancers: A Crossroads Game at the con, and our booth was popping. Find out what else made this year's convention special, what our favorite games were, and how many of us came home sick in this episode!

Theme music by Alex Eding!


June 9th, 2023

We follow up with Kuni, one of the creators of Super Auto Pets, about what's new for their fantastic auto battler game. SAP has some exciting updates coming, and some are available now! Kuni talks about building community and responding to playtesters that you may or may not agree with.

Play Super Auto Pets for FREE!

Theme song by Alex Eding!


May 19th, 2023

We celebrate Plaid Hat Games 14th Birthday and Colby's 41st on this episode. And yes, they fall on the exact same date - May 12th! Colby is forced to show off his celebrity age knowledge, and we basically goof around for the entire time. 

Theme song by Alex Eding!


May 2nd, 2023

We talk to Freelancers: A Crossroads Game illustrators Allison Carl and Sam Mameli aka Skullboy. Their combined artwork immerses players into the fantasy world of Freelancers. We discuss their experiences with Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Mahjong and more!

More information about Freelancers, and get 10% off your preorder by going to

Find Allison's artwork here! Sam aka Skullboy aka Better Legends can be found here


April 18th, 2023

Colby and Nick give us the scoop on all the hot updates for Summoner Wars Second Edition! We've got card errata news, Summoner Wars Online updates and a tease of the upcoming Goats and Vamps!

Watch Colby play his daily game on our Twitch channel

Sign up to become a Summoner Wars Subscriber to be among the first to receive new products, Free or discounted shipping and full access to Summoner Wars Online.

Theme song by Alex Eding.


April 5th, 2023

Lead game developer and Ashes Reborn: Red Rains designer Nick Conley gives us the scoop on what's coming up for Ashes Reborn.  Find out about the upcoming online tournament AshCon 4, the new Chimera expansion set The Frostwild Scourge plus new card errata and OP rules!

Sign up for AshCon 4 here

Subscribe to Team Covenant's subscription plan to be among the first to receive The Frostwild Scourge.

Theme song by Alex Eding


March 30th, 2023


Announcing Plaid Hat Game's newest game - Freelancers: A Crossroads Game. Fantasy adventure in the ruins of tomorrow! Become a Freelancer taking on quests and earning titles in hopes of becoming legendary enough to carve your name on the pipes of the capital! The follow up to Forgotten Waters will release summer 2023, and we have all the details here.


Get notified when the preorder campaign begins in June and receive 10% off your Freelancers copy. 


Theme song by Alex Eding!

March 21st, 2023


Lindsey Rode and Isaac Vega from Rose Gauntlet Entertainment join us on this episode to discuss their upcoming game Wild Gardens. We talk about the creation of their company, the delights of foraging and, of course, board games!

Wild Gardens hits Backerkit on Wednesday March 22nd, 2023! Sign up to be notified when the preorder launches.

You can find all your Rose Gauntlet news here.



February 7th, 2023


On this episode we talk to game designer Sawyer West about his first published game Hickory Dickory! Get to know this new designer and what got him into the board game industry. This unique worker rotation and placement, set collection, pick up and deliver board game is available in stores now.


January 23rd, 2023

Find out what's new in 2023 for Summoner Wars Second Edition! This episode features James Sitz, the first ever lead playtester for Summoner Wars. We discuss upcoming factions and new card errata. Plus deck boxes and accessories are now available on our web store!

Find James on Twitter @PlaidHatJames and on Discord as jexik.

Theme song by Alex Eding!


December 28th, 2022

We talk to Steven from Team Covenant about the new solo and cooperative mode for Ashes Reborn and what players can expect out of the new set. Red Rains: The Corpse of Viros releases in February and players will get to take on the evil Chimera that has risen in the town of Viros.

Subscribe to Team Covenant's Ashes Subscription to be among the first to receive new Ashes products!

New to Ashes but want to get into the new Red Rains mode? Preorder a bundle pack from PHG.

Theme song by Alex Eding!


December 16th 2022

PAXU 2022 Recap! Colby, Joe, Niki and Donald went to Philadelphia and ran the Plaid Hat Games booth at PAXU this year. They demoed Hickory Dickory for the very first time, played some fun games and ate some delicious food! This convention is one of their favorites to attend so find out how this years experience went!


November 15th, 2022

On this episode we talk about what we'll be up to at PAXUnplugged. If you're going to this Philly convention swing by Booth 3322 to demo all of Plaid Hat's newest games. We also drop some sweet Summoner Wars updates. Plus Niki has an asthma attack leaving Donald to host the 2nd half of the episode. Will he crash and burn? Only one way to find out!

Theme song by the amazingly talented Alex Eding! 


October 18th, 2022

In this episode we talk about our upcoming game Hickory Dickory, which will be available for preorder starting October 20th!

Plus Joe hosts the Plaid Hat version of Password where Colby/Niki team up against Jerry/Donald to see who can guess words associated with Plaid Hat Games the fastest!

Go to to find out more about the royal scavenger hunt. Make sure to sign up for 10% off before preorders start.


Music by Alex Eding!


September 20th, 2022


This episode features a very special guest - Kuni one of the co-creators of Team Wood Games, the team responsible for our favorite online game Super Auto Pets! Listen as the Plaid Hat Crew fawns over Kuni and barrages him with one question after another about the best emoji battler out there!

Play Super Auto Pets!

Try your hand at Summoner Wars!

Theme song by Alex Eding. Contact him at for all your music and vo needs.


September 8th, 2022

Summoner Wars Update! We've got all the hot Summoner Wars 2nd Edition news this episode. Find out what's next for this thrilling dueling card game!

Play Summoner Wars Online! 

Theme Song provided by Alex Eding!


August 23rd, 2022


We recap our Gen Con experiences with our guest and booth demoer Gabe Meyer! Find out who won our Ashes Reborn and Summoner Wars Gen Con tournaments, and what our favorite games of the convention were.

Theme music by Alex Eding!

August 2nd, 2022


Brooke Nelson with Leder Games joins us on this episode. We talk about how she got into the board game industry and what exciting things Leder Games has planned for Gen Con this year. Plus she gives us some foodie tips for Indianapolis.

Follow Brooke on Twitter.

Theme song provided by Alex Eding!


July 12th, 2022

We talk about the board games that have grabbed our attention recently, plus Niki hits the Plaid Hat crew with some board game tv trivia! Who will win this friendly game of pop culture along with Niki's respect? Theme song provided by Alex Eding!

Sign up for the Summoner Wars Gen Con Tournament!

Sign up for the Ashes Reborn Gen Con Tournament!

June 28th, 2022


On this episode we share our experiences with "communities" both in and outside of board games. We talk aout the good, the bad, and everything in between.

We'd like to hear your stories about communites! Email us at [email protected]

Theme song provided by Alex Eding!


June 7th, 2022

The developers of Summoner Wars 2nd Edition talk about what the future holds for this dueling card game, including possible errata. PLUS we announce the grand prize for our Gen Con tournament!

Sign up for the Gen Con tournament!


May 18th, 2022

Find out what's in store for Ashes Reborn, including the upcoming AshCon 2 online tournament and Gen Con 2022 Tournament!

Dimona and Hope's decks were just released to subscribers and we announced newcomers Tristan and Rowan. There is some exciting stuff happening with Ashes Reborn. Get all the details now!

AshCon 2 signup 

Gen Con Tournament signup


April 26th, 2022

We had our second company summit where we playtested new games, played A LOT of Super Auto Pets, and failed to escape a spooky escape room. Plus a teaser to a follow up of our favorite pirate game!

Theme by Alex Eding!


April 7th, 2022


These past few weeks have been filled with fun trips from GAMA to beautiful islands. Find out which Plaid Hatter had the best vacation! Plus news on Summoner Wars and Ashes Reborn.


March 16th, 2022

This episode we're joined by two of the fantastic actors whose voices can be heard in the new Familiar Tales board game app - Elizabeth Maxwell and Jim Foronda!   We talk about their favorite games, recommend some board games and talk about the weirdest acting gigs they've ever had!


March 1st, 2022


It's our first episode of 2022! Plaid Hat has a lot of exciting things planned for this year, and we're talking about some of them on this episode! Plus we argue over how the office game of Neptune's Pride went, the harrowing experience of unpacking Familiar Tales copies (Available Now) and news about the upcoming Summoner Wars factions and Ashes Reborn expansion decks!

Theme by Alex Eding!


December 21st, 2021


It's our last episode of 2021! And we're talking about the magical week we spent in Philadelphia - Eating amazing food, exploring the city (on our way to eat food) and running our booth at PAXU. Find out how it went!

Theme by Alex Eding!


December 7th, 2021

The Plaid Hat crew is ready for PAX Unplugged! We talk about what's gonna be at our booth and details for the Ashes Reborn and Summoner Wars tournaments.

Theme 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!

PreOrder Familiar Tales!


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!

Theme by Alex Eding!

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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!

Theme by Alex Eding!

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.

Take a peek at Joe's deck here:

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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.

Theme by Alex Eding.


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.

For more info and to pre-order Summoner Wars -

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.


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This summer we'll boldy go where Plaid Hat Games has never gone before - Kickstarter!

For the first time ever we'll be using the popular crowdfunding site to launch Jerry Hawthorne's (Stuffed Fables,Mice&Mystics) newest title - Wandering Galaxy: A Crossroads Game. In this episode we give a sneak peek of what to expect in this upcoming Space Opera, and find out what science fiction media inspires us.

Plus we discuss why we've decided to utilize crowdfunding after 15 years of straight to retail publishing for new game releases.

Get Notified for Wandering Galaxy Kickstarter Launch



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