Garrett's Games and Geekiness

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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Tony Boydell of Snowdonia and the forthcoming Guilds of London joins me this week for a discussion of his forthcoming title, as well as a look back, now that we're 6 months removed, on the games of Essen 2015.

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Shelley and I get a couple of limited-run Essen 2015 releases to the table that I obtained post-show.

Haspelknecht by Thomas Spitzer and produced by Quined Games has players digging for coal in the Ruhr area of Germany, using limited resources to obtain points over a 3-year period.

Bomarzo by Stefano Castelli and produced by has players tapping the powers of mythological gods to gain prestige and influence in various areas.

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Shelley and I get Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games back to the microphones for a discussion of recent releases like 504, Porta Nigra, La Granja, and The Golden Ages, as well as forthcoming titles like Bear Valley, Animals On Board, City of Spies, JORVIK and Terraforming Mars.  We even delve into Stronghold's classic titles that remain solid sellers like Survive and Code 777.


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Shelley and I check out two small-box card games this week, one that's excellent, and the other that's about dogs...

The Grizzled by Fabien Riffaud and Juan Rodriguez from Cool Mini or Not


Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Gary Dicken, Steve Kendall and Phil Kendall from The Ragnar Brothers


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Shelley and I discuss a Japanese game that takes place in Portugal and a German/Italian/American game that takes place in Austria!

Lisbon, The Gate To The World by Kenichi Tanabe from Colon Arc


Grand Austria Hotel by Virginio Gigli and Simone Luciani from Mayfair/Lookout


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Ted Alspach of Bezier Games joins us on the microphones for a discussion of the just-announced Colony (due this fall) as well as discussions of other titles, including America and One Night Ultimate Vampire.

Then Ray, co-owner of Game Kastle joins me for a discussion of the brand new Mountain View Game Kastle store.

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Shelley and I talk up a recent re-issue, as well as an Essen-released card game, and quickly talk up the latest micro games from Chris Handy and Perplext.

Circus Flohcati by Reiner Knizia from Grail Games

Pi Mal Pflaumen by Matthias Cramer from Pegasus Spiele


RUM, SOW, ORC, and GYM by Chris Handy and Perplext's PackO Games series that's now on Kickstarter.

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Shelley and I delve into the game that corresponds with this episode's number

504 by Friedemann Friese from Stronghold Games

but first discuss our completion of the first scenario of

TIME Stories by Manuel Rozoy from Space Cowboys

and a quick discussion of the card game

Linko by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling from Ravensburger


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Shelley and I finally got a chance to sit down and experience time travel and mystery with the co-op T.I.M.E. Stories, along with heading back to a tried and true favorite with a new twist!

T.I.M.E. Stories by Manuel Rozoy from Space Cowboys


Russian Railroads: German Railroads by Helmut Ohley and Leonhard Orgler from Z-Man

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