Garrett's Games and Geekiness

This is the blog for the Garrett's Games and Geekiness weekly podcast. Started at the end of January 2006, Garrett's Games and Geekiness is my (Doug Garrett's) weekly podcast. Shelley, my wife, and I are joined occasionally by friends Ric Bretschneider, Greg Parker, Mark Jackson, Scott Alden, and game designers.

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Garrett's Games 459 - Waggle Dance and Spike

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Waggle Dance by Mike Nudd from Grublin Games Publishing

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Spike by Stephen Glenn from R&R Games

are on the docket today for discussion with Shelley.

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Mon Apr 13, 2015 5:55 pm
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Garrett's Games 458 - Tony Boydell and Favorite Game Plays of 2014

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Rather than the typical "Best Games of 2014" episode where we're limited to titles that debuted last year, Tony, Shelley and I choose our favorite games and gaming experiences from the past year.

Also, we are currently running an auction to support the podcast, clearing off the shelves to make way for new possible arrivals! Here's the link:

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/189624/garretts-games-2015...

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TONY'S LIST:

Libertalia

Keyflower

Deus

Historia

Red7

Cubist

Dragster

Patchwork

Colors of Kasane

Shephy



DOUG'S LIST:

One Night Ultimate Werewolf

Concordia (w/new expansion)

Colors of Kasane

Nehemiah

La Granja

Kaleido

KanBan

Machi Koro + expansions

Moscow to Paris

Panamax

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Punk Sucht Lady

Staufer Dynasty

El Gaucho

Colt Express



SHELLEY'S LIST

Rococo

Moscow to Paris

Happy Pigs

Castles of Mad King Ludwig

Splendor

Russian Railroads

HUE & GEM

Nehemiah

Tzolk'in The Mayan Calendar

Freedom: The Underground Railroad
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Garrett's Games 457 - Tony Boydell of Surprised Stare Games and Every Man Needs a Shed

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Tony Boydell joins Shelley and me for a discussion of the history of Surprised Stare Games, and the many titles he and his partner in the business have created, including Tony's own Scandaroon, Totemo, Fzzzt!, and Snowdonia. Tony also writes a GREAT blog here on BGG called Every Man Needs A Shed
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Garrett's Games 456 - Nations The Dice Game and Neptun

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Shelley and I talk through Nations The Dice Game, the much shorter dice-based version of Nations, as well and the new Queen/Dirk Henn game Neptun.

Nations The Dice Game by Rustan Hakansson from Lautapelit.fi

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Neptun by Dirk Henn from Queen Games

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Garrett's Games 455 - King of Frontier and Progress: Evolution of Technology

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Shelley and I get another cute little Japanese game to the table, this one a quick tile-laying super-fillerwith some nice action choices. Then, we try out a 7 Wonders-esque card-based tech-tree game with some interesting ideas, but not nearly as streamlined as the former.

King of Frontier by Shun from Studio GG

Progress: Evolution of Technology by Agnieszka Kopera and Andrei Novac from NSKN Games

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Garrett's Games 454 - Dreaming Spires and Mangrovia

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Shelley and I discuss my playings of Dreaming Spires, a new game from Game Salute, as well as Mangrovia, Zoch's 2014 entry into the gamers' market.

Dreaming Spires by Jeremy Hogan from Game Salute and Secret Games Company

Mangrovia by Eilif Svensson from Zoch Verlag

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Garrett's Games 453 - Abyss and Grog Island

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Shelley and I discuss the beautiful Abyss (is it a good game too?) and Grog Island, a lighter game from eggertspiele (especially given their recent output of games such as Yedo, Rococo, etc.).

Games Discussed:

Abyss by Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier (artwork by Xavier Collette) from Bombyx and Asmodee

Grog Island by Michael Rieneck from eggertspiele and Pegasus Spiele

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Garrett's Games 452 - Imperial Settlers and Fields of Arle

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Shelley and I tackle the re-development of 51st State and another farming game from Uwe Rosenberg this week.

Imperial Settlers by Ignacy Trzewiczek and from Portal Games reimplements his previous title 51st State and requires players to manage unique, player-specific decks over 5 rounds of play.

Fields of Arle by Uwe Rosenberg and from Z-Man uses some similar Agricola/Caverna mechanisms in a game for only 1-2 players that lasts 9 rounds. Choose your various actions wisely!

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Mon Feb 23, 2015 4:38 pm
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Garrett's Games 451 - Sky Tango (Sonne und Mond) and Orleans

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Shelley and I tackle two more Essen titles (yep, still more to review even in February!!!!), both of which are finding their way over to the States at this point. Sonne und Mond (as we call it here in the episode) has just been released to stores as "Sky Tango" here in the US. The other, Orleans, has just been funded through Kickstarter and is due out from Tasty Minstrel Games in September.

Sky Tango/Sonne und Mond by Johann Ruttinger and Jacques Zeimet from Z-Man/Drei Hasen in der Abendsonne

Orleans by Reiner Stockhausen from dlp Games/Tasty Minstrel Games

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Garrett's Games 450 - ZhanGuo and Trekking The National Parks

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Shelley and I trek around the US, then head to ancient China to unify the provinces. I Kickstarted Trekking the National Parks, and I'm glad to have this on the shelf for the nephews and non-gamers. ZhanGuo is a LOT heavier, but clear once you get your mind wrapped around it.

Trekking the National Parks by Charlie Bink (go to www.trektheparks.com)

and

ZhanGuo by Marco Canetta and Stefania Niccolini from What's Your Game

We also mention 2 titles from Game Salute:

Kerflip!

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Monsters and Maidens

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