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 576 - Spires and Clank!

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Shelley and I enjoy two disparate games this week, building Spires through drafting and bidding, as well as building decks and exploring a dungeon while trying not to make too much noise!

Spires by T.C. Petty III from Nevermore Games

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Clank! by Paul Dennen from Dire Wolf and Renegade



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Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:27 pm
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Garrett's Games 575 - Medici: The Card Game and Kerala

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Shelley and I enjoy a new Knizia title from Grail Games, and a great new title-laying game from KOSMOS.

Medici: The Card Game by Reiner Knizia from Grail Games

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Kerala by Kirsten Hiese from KOSMOS

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Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:30 pm
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Garrett's Games 573 - Barenpark and Century: Spice Road

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Shelley and I try out two recent releases that are on the lighter side of the spectrum this week - and that many are currently thinking about buying:

Century: Spice Road by Emerson Matsuuchi from PlanB Games

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Barenpark by Phil Walker-Harding from Mayfair/Lookout

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Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:26 pm
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Garrett's Games 571 & 572 - Mondrian & El Dorado, then Sagrada & Mystic Vale's second expansion

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Travels mean I haven't posted information about the past 2 weeks of podcasts, but we try not to miss a week for our loyal listeners. Here's what you may have missed on the last 2 podcasts:

Episode 571:

Shelley and I finally get that dice game that Tony Boydell of Surprised Stare fame was raving about back on Episode 562, and enjoy an SdJ nominee before we knew it was nominated.

Mondrian The Dice Game by Israel Cendrero and Sheila Santos from Tranjis Games

and

Wettlauf nach El Dorado by Reiner Knizia from Ravensburger

Episode 572:

Shelley and I get a chance to roll dice and create stained glass windows, then build our cards in different ways while employing leaders to help our cause!

Sagrada by Adrian Adamescu and Daryl Andrews from Floodgate Games

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Mystic Vale: Vale of the Wild by John D. Clair and from AEG

Go to www.garrettsgames.com or Stitcher to listen, Subscribe on Apple's podcast site, or listen on the links below:

Episode 571:


Episode 572:
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Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:55 pm
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Garrett's Games 570 - Strike and Dice Stars

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Shelley and I had some fun with a couple of dice games that Belgian friends Surya and Miriam brought with them on a California visit.

Strike by Dieter Nüßle from Ravensberger

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Dice Stars by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc from Matagot and Wizkids

Listen at www.garrettsgames.com (for older episodes too!) as well as Stitcher and the link below, OR subscribe on iTunes/Apple Podcasts
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Mon Jun 5, 2017 3:37 pm
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Garrett's Games 569 - SdJ and KedJ Nominee and Recommended Discussion

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Shelley and I spend this episode going through the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres nominees and recommendations with our initial thoughts.

Listen on the link below, at www.garrettsgames.com, on Stitcher, or subscribe on the Apple Podcast store.



Spiel des Jahres Nominees:

Kingdomino by Bruno Cathala from Blue Orange and Pegasus

Magic Maze by Kasper Lapp from Pegasus and Sit Down!

Wettlauf nach El Dorado by Reiner Knizia from Ravensburger

SdJ Recommended:

Deja Vu by Heinz Meister from Amigo

Dodelido by Jacques Zeimet from Drei Magier

Fabled Fruit by Friedemann Friese from 2-F Spiele and Stronghold

Klask by Mikkel Bertelsen from Competo and Game Factory

Shiftago by Frank Warneke and Robert Witter from WiWa Spiele

Tempel des Schreckens by Yusuke Sato from Schmidt

Word Slam by Inka and Markus Brand from KOSMOS



Kennerspiel des Jahres Nominees:

Exit: The Game by Inka and Markus Brand from KOSMOS

Raiders of the North Sea by Shem Phillips from Garphill Games

Terraforming Mars by Jacob Fryxelius from Stronghold

Kennerspiel des Jahres Recommended:

Captain Sonar by Roberto Fraga and Yohan Lemonnier from Matagot and Pegasus

Big Book of Madness by Maxime Rambourg from Iello and Heidelberger

Great Western Trail by Alexander Pfister from Stronghold, Eggertspiele and Pegasus

The Grizzled by Fabien Riffaud and Juan Rodriguez from CMON
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Tue May 30, 2017 2:34 pm
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Garrett's Games 568 - Yokohama Redux and NMBR9

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Shelley and I return to Yokohama this week, then explore building with numbers!

Yokohama by Hisashi Hayashi from Tasty Minstrel Games

(originally discussed last August on Episode 527 - http://bit.ly/2rubbXr

and

NMBR9 by Peter Wichmann from Abacusspiele

Seems we were wrong in our SdJ prediction! Next week's episode will be our discussion of May 22's announcements.

Enjoy!

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Garrett's Games 566 - Orleans + Invasion Expansion (#1) and Fuji Flush

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Shelley and I jump back into Orleans, a game we enjoyed from a couple of years ago to try out a couple of the first expansion's modules (and talk about the base game a bit more), then check out a very green card game from Stronghold Games!

Orleans + Orleans Invasion by Reiner Stockhausen, Inka Brand and Markus Brand from Tasty Minstrel Games

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Fuji Flush by Friedemann Friese from Stronghold Games

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Mon May 8, 2017 3:44 pm
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Garrett's Games 564 - Vignobles and Mystic Vale Expansion #1

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Shelley and I check out a game on wine making, then see how well the first Mystic Vale expansion works, especially given Shel's love of the original.

Vignobles by Fabrice Arcas and Guillaume Peccoz from Ludocom

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Mystic Vale: Vale of Magic by John D. Clair from AEG

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Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:15 pm
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Garrett's Games 563 - Freaky and Da Yunhe

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Shelley and I try out two games that it turns out she didn't like at all, though I found some merit in both...

Freaky by Leo Colovini from Amigo

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Da Yunhe Der Grosse Kaisercanal by Björn Müller-Mätzig from Müller-Mätzig Spiele

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