Garrett's Games and Geekiness

Shelley and I aborted our first playing of Blood Rage (and talk about it a bit), then delve more deeply into

Alienation by Chris and Coryn Lombardi


The Foreign King by Javier Garcia from Giochix


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Shelley and I spent some time in Tahoe hiking, then playing some games once we got home.  These two were not well liked by Shelley, though I liked one of them.

Bohemian Villages by Reiner Stockhausen and from dlp Games


World's Fair 1893 by J. Alex Kevern and from Foxtrot and Renegade


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Shelley and I had a GREAT time finally getting a chance to play the 2014 Kinderspiel des Jahres winner that's due in the US within a month, and one of the three SdJ nominees for this year!

Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters by Brian Yu from Mattel


Karuba by Rudiger Dorn from HABA

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Shelley and I have a BUSY week, so it's time for a short, one-game episode this time. This week we get in a couple of plays for a discussion of 

Dice City by Vangelis Bagiartakis from AEG and Artipia Games


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

Shelley joined the weekly gaming group with the guys for a playing of the new Hans im Glück release from Matthias Cramer, then I snag yet another 'not-yet-reviewed-from Essen' release off the pile for some 4-player auctioning of chickens!

Dynasties: Heirate & Herrsche by Matthias Cramer from Hans im Glück


Blindes Huhn (or Blind Hen) by Heike Risthaus from Ostia Spiele

FUHN Stuhff!

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Shelley and I get Quadropolis to the table this week for discussion (2 'Classic' game plays, 1 'Expert' game play), finding it quite enjoyable, then spend some time talking about some of the games on the Opinionated Gamers' lists for Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres (Nominations & Recommendations out tomorrow/Monday, May 23).

Game Discussed: Quadropolis by Francois Gandon from Days of Wonder

Awards Picks:

SdJ Winner: Codenames

Other Nominees: Animals On Board, then Lanterns/Medieval Academy/Karuba

KdJ Winner: Pandemic Legacy

Other Nominees: Quadropolis, then Isle of Skye/Porta Nigra/Steam Time/Grand Austria Hotel (or maybe Castles of Burgundy Card Game which we didn't talk about on the podcast???)


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:18pm EDT

Shelley and I get a chance to try two fun new games this week while appreciating a nice bottle of dry Muscat from Zind Humbrecht and some Kouign Amann from Manresa.

Animals On Board by Ralf zur Linde and Wolfgang Sentker from Stronghold Games


Legends by Knut Happel and Christian Fiore from Ravensburger

Great stuff!!!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

Shelley and I take some time and delve into Medieval Academy, a game some have been talking up as a possible SdJ nominee, then we check out the card game version of Stefan Feld's Castles of Burgundy.

Medieval Academy by Nicolas Poncin from Blue Cocker and Iello


Castles of Burgundy the Card Game by Stefan Feld from alea and Ravensburger

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Shelley and I check out new games from Hisashi Hayashi (of Trains, String Railways, Sail to India, fame), as well as Kenichi Tanabe (of Kaigan and Lisbon/Lisboa fame) after we talk about Jesse Li's Guns & Steel.

Guns & Steel by Jesse Li from Grail Games and Moaideas

Minerva by Hisashi Hayashi from Japon/Okazu


Balloon Challenge by Kenichi Tanabe from Colon Arc

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Shelley and I try out the second expansion to Mac Gerdts' great game Concordia, Concordia Salsa, then have some fun with Time travel in a steampunk-based Steam Time!

Concordia Salsa by Mac Gerdts from PD-Verlag and Rio Grande


Steam Time by Rudiger Dorn from KOSMOS


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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT