Garrett's Games and Geekiness

Shelley and I check out 2 of R&R Games' Essen 2017 releases this week. A heavier Euro called

Ulm by Günter Burkhardt

and a lighter more luck-based title

Touria by Inka and Markus Brand, and Michael Rieneck

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Shelley and I took advantage of a Queen Games sale on Amazon to pick up some of their newer titles to check out.  This episode we try TWO of them with mixed results.

World Monuments by Piero Cioni


Glüx by Jakob Andrusch


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Shelley and I try out two games back in August for your consideration:

Sifaka - a first release from Azao Games and designed by Christian Kruchten and Jean-Claude Pellin where you are lemurs searching for mangoes on a grid you build over the course of the game.


Tumult Royal(e) - from KOSMOS and designed Klaus and Benjamin Teuber where players race to gather materials and build statues celebrating their own glory.

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Shelley and I have some fun on this August-recorded episode of two Essen 2015 releases.

Joraku by Iori Tsukinami from Moaideas Game Design


Domus Domini by Heinz-Georg Thiemann

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Shelley and I checked out the card game version of Coal Baron, then tried out the re-theming of a game from a few years ago!

Coal Baron: The Great Card Game by Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer from Stronghold, eggertspiele, and Pegasus


Fields of Green by Vangelis Bagiartakis from Stronghold and Artipia


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Shelley and I check out a couple of lighter games, then delve into the busily designed pizza delivery game Papa Paolo.

Honshu by Kalle Malmioja

Papà Paolo by Fabrice Vandenbogaerde from Quined Games


Bubblee Pop by Gregory Oliver from Bankiiiz Editions


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Shelley and I tackle three 2-player-only games this week, discussing

Sola Fide: The Reformation by Jason Matthews and Christian Leonhard from Stronghold and Spielworxx

Hanamikoji by Kota Nakayama from emperorS4


Jolly & Roger by Shaun Graham and Scott Huntington from Abacusspiele

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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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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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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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