Garrett's Games and Geekiness

Shelley and I get a chance to learn some Japanese painting techniques with the beautiful and fun Kanagawa, then try to make the most from our herds of cattle in Great Western Trail!

Kanagawa by Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier from Iello


Great Western Trail by Alexander Pfister from Stronghold Games and eggertspiele


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:28pm EST

Shelley and I go heavier, then lighter this week with

Lorenzo il Magnifico by flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, and Simone Luciani from Cranio


Kingdomino by Bruno Cathala from Blue Orange


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

Shelley and I head out to the Tetris-style gardens of Cottage Garden by Uwe Rosenberg, then head north to get a taste of Viking culture with Jorvik by Stefan Feld.

Cottage Garden by Uwe Rosenberg from Edition Spielwiese


Jorvik by Stefan Feld from Stronghold Games


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:28pm EST

Shelley and I spend some time playing three VERY different games at a Post-Essen Weekend.

Flamme Rouge by Asger Harding Granerud from Lautapelit

a quick and interesting card game

Dodelido by Jacques Zeimet from Drei Magier Spiele

a small-box card game that requires quick thinking and pattern recognition


Capital by Filip Milunski from Granna

A Cities/7Wonders mash up about the re-building of Warsaw

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:32pm EST

Shelley and I have some fun with the brand new DICE VERSION of the fantastic La Granja - La Granja No Siesta!  Then, after a quick wander around the game room at our weekend Post-Essen festivities, we build a 3-D rendering of the Colosseum in Die Baumeister des Colosseum.

La Granja No Siesta! by Andreas Odendahl from Stronghold Games


Die Baumeister des Colosseum by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede from Schmidt Spiele

Other games mentioned as I wandered the room:

Fabled Fruit

Great Western Trail


Terraforming Mars

Mi Tierra: New Era

Power Grid Card Game

Flamme Rouge

Key to the City: London

Cottage Garden

Oracle of Delphi

Chariot Race


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:48pm EST

Shelley and I get a chance to review our first Essen 2016 release - Fabled Fruit from Friedemann Friese and Stronghold Games - then we have three 'At The Fair' recordings with Shelley and me, Scott 'Aldie' Alden of BGG, and Mark Johnson of Boardgames To Go!

Fabled Fruit by Friedemann Friese from Stronghold Games

Feast for Odin



and others!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:03pm EST

Shelley and I take on two games that fell flat for both of us.

Blood Rage by Eric Lang from Cool Mini or Not


My Fair Princess by Kuro from Manifest Destiny

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:54am EST

Shelley and I get a chance to try out two possible entries in NEXT year's SdJ competition, and you'll be able to find them throughout Essen THIS WEEK!

Costa Rica by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert from Mayfair/Lookout


Dream Islands by Lorenz Kutschke from Schmidt Spiele


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:33am EST

Shelley and I get a chance to discuss one of the newer titles from Stronghold Games that will be available in Germany in less than 2 weeks, then we tackle the Essen Spiel 2016 Preview on BGG and I go through the ones I must track down!


City of Spies by Gil d'Orey and Antonio Sousa Lara from Stronghold Games

The games discussed from the Preview:

Amigo/Small Card Games/2-Player Games (under E20)

  • Bohnanza Das Duel
  • Freaky
  • Naova
  • Schwupps
  • X Nimmt!
  • Capital Lux - drafting/own tableau or common…
  • Clown Standoff - trick taking with some push your luck
  • Zany Penguins - cute cards/interesting tactics & drafting
  • Legendary Inventors
  • Noxford
  • Grand Bazaar (Small card game that takes up to 7 players!)
  • Fruit Spy (cute artwork/rethemed Knizia)
  • Tallinn plays quickly, expansions available (Blindes Huhn & Visby last year)
  • What’s Up - cute card game/video
  • Hanamikoji (2-player, gorgeous cards!)
  • Jolly & Roger (2-player) - comment on blog that it’s been tested with couples a lot.
  • Rival Kings (2-player)
  • Agamemnon (2-player) Osprey Games

Interesting New/Newer Publishers

  • Ave Roma
  • Beer Empire (Boards&Dice) does this do for beer what Vinhos/Viticulture did for wine?
  • Barcelona: The Rose of Fire - 19thC city building. Avoid unrest while gaining prestige (Devir)
  • Capital - Granna, and the building/re-building of Warsaw
  • Round House - Clans compete for prestige in rural China (EmperorS4)
  • Plus Ultra: The Court of Emperor Charles V (Meridiano) Medium Weight drafting
  • Sweet Nose - Candy Eating! (MO ZI Game)
  • Da Yuhne: Der Grosse Kaiserkanal (Müller Mätzig Spiele Verlag)

Heavier Probably or MUST HAVES

  • Lorenzo il Magnifico - Cranio/Designers of Grand Austria Hotel/Tzolkin
  • Rhodes - new one from The Game Master
  • Airlines - Golden Egg
  • First Class: Unterwegs im Orient Express (HiG/Z) designer of Russian RR, Trambahn
  • Ulm - R&R, Strong recommendation from Ted
  • Luther: Das Spiel (need to read up on it and see how language dependent)
  • Flamme Rouge - Cycling game from Lautapelit
  • The Colonists (Mayfair/Lookout) - Possibly as big as will make its way over here…
  • Oracle at Delphi - Stefan Feld
  • Papa Paolo - Quined Games & pizza making
  • Key to the City: London - Richard Breese
  • North American Railways - Spielworxx is always putting out great stuff!
  • Solarius Mission - Spielworxx & designed by the La Granja designers
  • Colony
  • Guilds of London
  • Railroad Revolution - What’s Your Game’s 2016 entry
  • Feast of Odin - another BIG game from Uwe, using the Tetris-style pieces

Stronghold Titles

  • La Granja No Siesta
  • Great Western Trail
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Sola Fide

Lighter Fare That Looks Interesting

  • Kingdomino
  • Cottage Garden (Uwe with tetris-esque pieces)
  • Touria - The Brands & R&R Games
  • Kanagawa - Card drafting and a game about painting.
  • Dokmus - Area Control & 20-30 minutes (Lauta)
  • Honshu - Trick Taking & map building! (Lauta)
  • Slide Blast - Waterslide building/tile laying
  • Sail Away (Mattel) Light resource collection with some ‘take that’ elements...Styx
  • Chariot Race (Matt Leacock, interactive, but uses some of the Roll Through The Ages ideas)
  • Coal Baron Card Game
  • Die Baumeister des Colosseum - Klaus Jurgen Wrede
  • Noch Mal! - Dice game from the Brands
  • Mondrian The Dice Game
  • Pandemic Iberia - LOVED getting this variant to the table

Odds & Ends/Expansions

  • Order of the Guilded Compass - New remake of Alea iacta Est
  • Knights/Chevaliers - Single-player and comic book form, intrigues
  • Rome: Rise to Power - Revolt! Expansion
  • Carcassonne Star Wars Expansion
  • Russian Railroads: American Railroads
  • Concordia Gallia/Corsica


Direct download: GarrettsGames535.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:21pm EST

Shelley and I check out two great games we had a fantastic time playing for the past couple of weeks:

Scythe by Jamey Stegmaier from Stonemaier Games


The Pursuit of Happiness by David Chircop and Adrian Abela

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:29pm EST