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 848: Essen Want List Part 2 + The Gardens

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Shelley and I dip our toes once again into the Essen Wantlist this week, but start by looking at another recent Kickstarter arrival

The Gardens by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert from Grail Games

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Here's the list of Essen games discussed:

Evergreen (Horrible Guild)

The Great Split (Horrible Guild)

Make It Happen (Indie Boards & Cards)

Galenus (Ion Game Design)

Discordia (Irongames)

HITSTER (Jumbo)

Expedition (Korea Boardgames Co.)

Nirvana (Korea Boardgames Co.)

Targi: Die Bonus-Box (KOSMOS)

Nimalia (La Boite de Jeu)

Tribes of the Wind (La Boite de Jeu)

Atiwa (Lookout Games)

1998 ISS (Looping Games)

Fantasy Pub 2nd Ed (Looping Games)

Precognition (Ludonaute)

Air Mail (Ludonova)

Sabika (Ludonova)

Deities (Mandoo Games)

Evora (MEBO Games)

YIMBY (Mondainai)

Maui (Next Move Games)

Town 66 (Oink Games)

The Master Builders of Cologne (Ornament Games)

Village Rails (Osprey Games)

The Wolves (Pandasaurus Games)

80 Days (Piatnik)

Eleven: Football Manager Board Game (Portal Games)

Flowar (Ediciones Primigenio)

Moesteiro (Pythagoras)

Pessoa (Pythagoras)

Quinto Imperio II (Pythagoras)

Future Energy (Queen Games)

Helsinki (Queen Games)

Powerline (Queen Games)

Keydom's Dragons (R&D Games)

Dom Pierre (R&R Games)

Chronicles of Avel (Rebel Studio)

Meadow: Downstream Expansion (Rebel Studio)

San Francisco (Rebel Studio)

Take a Seat (Salt & Pepper Games)

Clever 4 Ever (Schmidt Spiele)

Virtu (Strohmann Games)

Dulce (Stronghold Games)

Amalfi: Renaissance (Sylex)

Clockworker (Sylex)

Colorado (Sylex)

Applejack (The Game Builders)

Yosemite (WizKids)

Awimbawe (Explor8)

Crossing Oceans (PD Verlag)

Pictures X-Mas (PD Verlag)

Santiago (Trefl)

Uptown (Trefl)
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Garrett's Games 847: Essen Want List Part 1 + Keystone North America

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Shelley and I dive into the first part of my Essen Want List this week, but start by looking at a recent Kickstarter arrival

Keystone: North America by Jeffrey Joyce and Isaac Vega from Rose Gauntlet Entertainment

Then it's Part 1 of my Essen "Interested" list (in alphabetical order based on publisher - list below).

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Here is the list of games:

Findorff (2-F Spiele)

The Council of Shadows (alea)

Puerto Rico 1897 (alea)

Autobahn (Alley Cat Games)

Eternal Palace (Alley Cat Games)

Armadillo (AMIGO)

Dice Hunters of Therion (AMIGO)

Sauscharf (AMIGO)

Revive (Aporta Games)

Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Collector's Edition (Bezier Games)

Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition (Bezier Games)

Sync or Swim (Bezier Games)

FIKA (Board Game Circus)

Garden Nation (Board Game Circus)

Oros (Board Game Circus)

Founders of Teotihuacan (Board&Dice)

Loot Box #1 (Board&Dice)

Terracotta Army (Board&Dice)

Tiletum (Board&Dice)

Project L: Finesse Expansion (Boardcubator)

Project L: Ghost Piece Expansion (Boardcubator)

Terra Nova (Capstone Games)

Zookeepers (Cardslab)

Orichalque (Catch Up Games)

Come Together (Chilifox Games)

My Shelfie (Cranio Creations)

Starship Captains (Czech Games Edition)

Heat: Pedal to the Metal (Days of Wonder)

Caldera Park (Deep Print Games)

Skymines (Deep Print Games)

Woodcraft (Delicious Games)

Home Sweet Home - or Not (Devir)

Lacrimosa (Devir)

The Red Cathedral: Contractors Expansion (Devir)

Winter (Devir)

Catherine: The Cities of the Tsarina (Capstone/dlp games)

Joan of Arc: Orleans Draw & Write (dlp games)

Rise (Capstone/dlp games)

Phraya (DMZ Games)

FYFE (Edition Spielwiese)

Voll auf die 18 (Edition Spielwiese)

Great Western Trail: Argentina (eggertspiele)

Honey Buzz (Elf Creek Games)

La Famiglia (Feuerland Spiele)

Sanssouci (Fractal Juegos)

Kunterpunkt: Das wuselige Wurfelspiel (Frechverlag)

Aleph Null (Frosted Games)

Rainforest (Funnyfox)

Caral (Funtails)

Treehouse Diner (Funtails)

Hippocrates (Game Brewer)

The Palaces of Carrara (Game Brewer)

Cracked/Code (Game Factory)

Festival (GDM Games)

Insecta: The Ladies of Entomology (GDM Games)

Akropolis (Gigamic)

The Gardens (Grail Games) - we discuss this NEXT WEEK!

Space Craft (Granna)

Nebel uber Carcassonne (Hans im Gluck)

Planet B (Hans im Gluck)
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Garrett's Games 729: UBike Tour: Taiwan and Remember Our Trip

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Shelley and I head to Asia this week, planning a bike trip around Taiwan in

UBike Tour: Taiwan by Chih-Fan Chen from Big Fun Games

then travel around Kyoto and Singapore in

Remember Our Trip by Saashi and Daryl Chow from Saashi & Saashi

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Garrett's Games 722: Montmartre and The Magnificent

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Shelley and I paint and sell our Impressionistic art to buyers in 

Montmartre by Florian Sirieix from Blam!

and then put on post-modern circus performances in 

The Magnificent by Eilif Svensson and Kristian A. Ostby from Aporta Games

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Garrett's Games 713: Bruxelles 1897 and Masters of Renaissance

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Shelley and I spend some time in late 19th Century Brussels, gaining influence with aristocrats, buying art, building buildings, and placing cards in an array in

Bruxelles 1897 by Etienne Espreman from Geek Attitude Games

and then head further back in time to a card-game version of Lorenzo il Magnifico 

Masters of Renaissance by Simone Luciani and Nestore Mangone from Cranio Creations

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Garrett's Games 712: Crystal Palace and Silver & Gold

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Shelley and I get another 'draw and draw' title to the table with

Silver & Gold from Phil Walker-Harding and Pandasaurus Games

then try something more meaty by heading to 19th Century England in time for the World's Fair in

Crystal Palace by Carsten Lauber from Feuerland Spiele and Capstone Games

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Garrett's Games 711: Orleans Stories and Carcassonne Maps

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Shelley and I get a classic game off the shelf with new maps and cool wrinkles that affect play with

Carcassonne Maps by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede from Hans im Gluck

Great Britain

France

Benelux

Iberian Peninsula

Germany

and then delve into the BIG BOX new permutation of Orleans

Orleans Stories by Reiner Stockhausen and dlp Games

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Garrett's Games 709: La Stanza, Pictures, and Artbox

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Shelley and I draw and recreate art this week with two art-focused games:

Pictures by Christian and Daniela Stöhr from PD Verlag

Artbox by Artem Lis from Jet Games Studio and Lavka Games

and THEN spend time hiring artisans and other famously creative people in

La Stanza by Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade from Quined Games

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Garrett's Games 708: Papillon and Nova Luna

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Shelley and I have a great time planting our flowerbeds, collecting gnomes and caterpillars, and placing butterflies in flowers while playing

Papillon by J.B. Howell from Kolossal Games

then get abstract and we place tiles in our own displays and try to race to get rid of our tokens in

Nova Luna by Uwe Rosenberg and Corné van Moorsel from Edition Spielwiese, Pegasus Spiele and Stronghold Games

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Garrett's Games 707: Trails of Tucana and Cooper Island

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Shelley and I take on another 'draw and draw' game this week, planning out our

Trails of Tucana by Eilif Svensson and Kristian Amundsen Østby from Aporta Games

then build our rival peninsulas both up AND out, then get in our boats to tour around

Cooper Island by Andreas ode. Odendahl from Capstone Games

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