Garrett's Games and Geekiness

Shelley and I get three newer (though not Essen) titles to the table this episode. Actually we recorded this back in September, but this is a perfect time with the holiday crush to get this one out to you.  All of these would make solid last-minute holiday presents.

Elevenses by David Harding from Adventureland Games (this was a Kickstarter)

Nehemiah by Lukasz Wozniak from Gry Leonardo

Star Realms by Robert Dougherty and Darwin Kastle from ADC Blackfire Entertainment


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Shelley and I take on two more new releases

Planes by David Short, published by AEG Games

El Gaucho by Arve Fühler, published by Argentum Verlag


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Shelley and I have some fun with Andreas Steding and Stephan Feld's latest releases, The Staufer Dynasty and La Isla respectively.

The Staufer Dynasty by Andreas Steding from Z-Man Games (2-5 players, 20 min./player)

La Isla by Stephan Feld from alea/Ravensburger (2-4 players, 45-60 minutes)



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Shelley and I take on two more Essen releases - one of which has just been released to stores here in the US - and have some fun talking about the experience (and the fun we had playing them).

On the docket:

Kanban: Automotive Revolution by Vital Lacerda, published by Stronghold Games

Artificium by Timofey Shargorodskiy, published by Lifestyle Boardgames Ltd.


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Shelley and I discuss two games that work well with up to 6 players, so you can have more family members enjoying fun stuff for the holidays!

Happy Pigs by Kuraki Mura from Swan

Coly Express by Christophe Raimbault from Ludonaute


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This week's episode is all about different types of games.  We run the gamut from small card game, through light kid-friendly filler, to heavy weight economic game.  On the docket are

Hamsterbacke by Francesco Berardi and published by Amigo

Ivor the Engine by Tony Boydell and published by Surprised Stare

Panamax by Gil D'Orey, Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro, and Paulo Soledade published by Stronghold Games

Fun Essen titles worth investigating!

Direct download: GarrettsGames438.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:36 AM

Shelley and I tackle three smaller titles, then delve into a medium-weight game that's not deck building, but is instead BAG building!

King's Pouch by Keewoong Kim from Divedice

Rolling Japan and Edo Yashiki by Hisashi Hayashi from OKAZU Brand

Red7 by Carl Chudyk and Chris Cieslik from Asmadi Games


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Shelley and I discuss one of the two games we played while still in Essen - Absacker - then take on two of Mayfair/Lookout's latest - Patchwork and Murano.

Absacker by Leo Colovini and Dario de Toffoli

Patchwork by Uwe Rosenberg

Murano by Inka and Markus Brand


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Shelley and I cover two of our recent Essen acquisitions:

Royals by Peter Hawes from Abacusspiele


Versailles by Andrei Novac and NSKN Games

Direct download: GarrettsGames435.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:10 AM

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



Direct download: GarrettsGames434.mp3
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