Garrett's Games and Geekiness

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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Shelley and I try out the new Star Wars version of Carcassonne, then add the expansion to The Golden Ages, called Cults and Culture.

Carcassonne Star Wars by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede from Hans im Gluck

The Golden Ages by Luigi Ferrini


The Golden Ages: Cults and Culture Expansion by Luigi Ferrini, both from Stronghold Games

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Shelley and I get in a few plays of Chronicler, where we spent time quickly building civilizations, then tried our hands at amusement park building with Alan's Adventureland, before breaking out a 4-player game of Karuba.

Chronicler by GB Kim and Kim sung hun from Deinko

Alan's Adventureland by Alan Ernstein from Rio Grande


Karuba by Rudiger Dorn from HABA

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Shelley and I continue to enjoy summer by getting together with some friends and trying out the new version of Sushi Go, as well as a rip off of Cards Against Humanity, and also try out some TV programming.

Sushi Go Party by Phil Walker-Harding from Gamewright

Prime Time by Elad Goldstein from Golden Egg Games


Dick: A Card Game Based on the Novel by Herman Melville from Why so Ever

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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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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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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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