Garrett's Games and Geekiness

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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Ted Alspach, Doug Richardson, Ric Bretschneider, Shelley, and a host of others join in on the mics for a conversation about the good, the bad, and possible future titles too!

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Ted Alspach, Scott Caputo, Joe Huber, Matt Leacock, and Susan McKinley Ross join the gamers at the table in the conference room once again for Meeplefest Night 1, Part 2!

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Shelley and I get Rome: Rise to Power with its trademarked 'Rise to Power' dice placement system, as well as the cute mice/cat/dog cheese-getting game that is Go Da Cheese.

Rome: Rise to Power by Elad Goldsteen from Golden Egg Games


Go Da Cheese by Hisashi Hayashi from OKAZU Brand


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Shelley and I finally get a chance to play the 3rd nominee for the 2016 Spiel des Jahres, then try out a Michael Schacht card game with cool mechanisms but bad graphic design.

Imhotep by Phil Walker-Harding from Kosmos


Crimson Crush by Michael Schacht from White Goblin

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Ted Alspach, Scott Caputo, Joe Huber, Matt Leacock, and Susan McKinley Ross join the gamers around the table for a discussion of the SdJ and KdJ winners, then we delve into where the sparks and ideas for designs come from.

It's Meeplefest time once again!

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:47pm EDT

Shelley and I spend time playing through the new version of Medici from Grail Games (which includes a great 2-player game), as well as two of the new Target-exclusive releases - Ticket to Ride: First Journey and Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City.

Medici by Reiner Knizia and from Grail Games

Ticket to Ride: First Journey by Alan Moon and from Days of Wonder


Machi Koro: Bright Lights, Big City by Masao Suganuma from IDW and Pandasaurus

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Shelley and I tackle the BIG new game from Okazu (and forthcoming from TMG), then race through the woods while avoiding bears and hopefully heading in the right direction!

Yokohama by Hisashi Hayashi from Okazu Brand and Tasty Minstrel Games


Bear Valley by Carl Chudyk from Stronghold Games

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:11pm EDT

Shelley and I head back to the 2014 Kennerspiel des Jahres winner Istanbul to play its Mocha and Baksheesh expansion, then we try out the new and, yes innovative deck builder Mystic Vale and its 'card building' mechanism.

Istanbul Mocha and Baksheesh by Rudiger Dorn from AEG and Pegasus


Mystic Vale by John D. Clair from AEG

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:20pm EDT

Shelley and I finally got our hands on a pre-release copy of America and talk about it more extensively, then we try out another Deinko game with quasi-cooperation as thieves.

America by Ted Alspach and Friedemann Friese from Bezier Games


Double Mission: Beyond the Object by Evan Song from Deinko Games

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:41pm EDT