Garrett's Games and Geekiness

Shelley and I get Trains and its first Map Expansion to the table for a conversation on deck building with the addition of play to a board, then try out two from last year's Essen as well.

Trains + Map Expansion (Dominion with a board - which changes things in interesting ways!) by Hisashi Hayashi from AEG

Steam Park (great art and 3-D pieces!) by Buonfino, Silva and Sorrentino from Cranio Creations

SOS Titanic (innovative use of a spiral-bound book for the board/co-op) by Cathala and Maublanc from Ludonaute



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Category:general -- posted at: 10:48 AM

Recorded after getting a chance to play some titles that people brought to Meeplefest back in August, here are THREE two games and one expansion from Japanese designers:

Too Many Cinderellas (some interesting ideas about narrowing the possible choices for the title character) from Taikikennai Games

Isaribi (fishing and selling at market with special helper who facilitate the action) by Hisashi Hayashi and from Japon/OKAZU

Machi Koro Sharp (the second expansion for the buzz-worthy game from Essen 2013) by Masao Suganuma and from Foxgames/Grounding


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Category:general -- posted at: 7:49 PM

Shelley and I tackle the second 1/2 of BGG's Essen Preview, looking at games from publishers M-Z, as well as spending some time discussion Days of Wonder's latest, Five Tribes from Bruno Cathala.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:21 PM

Shelley and I go through the Essen Preview, highlighting games from publishers A-L, and also discuss a game we got a chance to play that will be available at Essen - La Granja from Spielworxx.


Head over to the guild on BGG to discuss the games YOU are anticipating.  Next week we'll deal with M-Z!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:30 AM

The group continues our discussion with more on camels (and the inclusion of Through the Desert in the mix), along with some iOS games that have been ported over, Tzolkin, Russian Railroads, and Glass Road.  We then delve into the topic of teaching games to others, as well as the need to CHOOSE fun when heading to the gaming table.



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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:51 PM

Playing experiences are a primary topic on this episode as Dave Gullett joins the gang from last week and delves into what makes a new game OK, though he loathes learning new games.  Then Susan McKinley Ross talks about Qwirkle's move to iOS and German licensing, and we discuss getting total strangers to buy 'our' games.  App versions are part of the discussion too.





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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:40 PM

Susan McKinley Ross joins in on the mics (along with last week's crew) and Erik Oliver shows up for a discussion of the games that sparked debate and enjoyment over the course of the weekend.  Those games include

Norderwind (North Wind)


Advanced Civilization





Glass Road

Camel Up

Das Letzte Kamel

Castle Dice

Power Grid

One Night Ultimate Werewolf

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:29 PM

Candy, Ric, Joe, Kevin, and Brett join Shelley and me for a conversation about the SdJ nominees/winners, what a 'game' is, and whether BGG needs to be more user friendly or is 'just right' as Goldilocks would say.

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:25 PM

Ted, Doug, Ric, Denis, Paul and a couple others join Shelley and me for a discussion of the state of Kickstarter, prototypes, development, and playtesting.  Then we talk about some of the latest titles we were able to get to the table.


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:10 PM

The group spends some time discussing SdJ and KdJ nominees and winners, then delve into a deeper discussion of design and publishing led by Ted's experiences in the field.



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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:34 PM