Episode 70: Hernandez

70: Hernandez

Release Date: Jan. 5, 2009

Running Time: 118 min.

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Puzzle primer. We explore a new trend: the convergence between puzzles and games. We review six different titles including On the Dot, three forms of Ubongo, Code Omega and Santy Anno.

News & Notes: Baked Dice, Bits & Pieces Mag, Zooloretto Gorilla, Alhambra Gold
The List: On the Dot, Ubongo, Ubongo Extreme, Ubongo Das Duell, Code Omega, Santy Anno
Back Shelf Spotlight: Code 777, Take It Easy
Truckloads of Goober: Jungle Smart
Mail Bag: Haunting House suggestion, Japanese lesson, NFL Pool results

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Episode 69: Spicy!

69: Spicy!

Release Date: Dec. 22, 2008

Running Time: 100 min.

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Itadakimasu! With chopsticks in hand and sake cups full, we dig into Wasabi, a tile laying game between rival sushi chefs. Dave also reports from the Obsessive Collector's Desk on card and dice organization.

News & Notes:  Tigris & Euphrates, Princes of Machu Pichu, Evil Vendetta Pie Fight, Qwirkle Cubes, BGG App for iPhone
The List: Wasabi!
Notes from the OCD:
Card and dice storage tips
The Year in Review: a look back at our favorite moments of 2008

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Episode 68: That's A Wrap - 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

68: That's A Wrap

2008 Holiday Gift Guide

Release Date: Dec. 8, 2008

Running Time: 138 min.

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We got game. Lots of 'em. With over 50 gift suggestions in dozens of categories, you're sure to find a great game for almost everyone on your list.

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Episode 67: Party On!

67: Party On!

Release Date: Nov. 17, 2008

Running Time: 93 min.

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Schwing! With family gatherings just around the corner, we try out Good Question and Say Anything, two new party games with wild questions and hilarious answers.

News & Notes:  Dominion, Ferti & FRED, Fluxx 4.0, Loaded Questions: Political Party
The List: Good Question, Say Anything
Name That Game: Win Say Anything
Designer's Workbench:
Interview with North Star Games' Dominic Crapuchettes
Truckloads of Goober: Apples to Apples
Game Sommelier: 5 games guaranteed to make Dave refuse to play
Mail Bag:
1960 errata

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Episode 66: Hail to the Chief

66: Hail to the Chief

Release Date: Nov. 3, 2008

Running Time: 145 min.

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I am not a crook... or a jelly donut. But if I play my cards right, I could end up President of the United States! In this Democracy-sized special, we play 1960: Making of the President, a board game that simulates the contentious election campaign between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

News & Notes:  Paleo, Space Alert, Boardgaming Finland, Mow 'Em Down
The List: 1960: The Making of the President
Name That Game: Win Rage
Backshelf Spotlight:
Mr. President
Truckloads of Goober: Schrille Stille
Game Sommelier: 5 games guaranteed to make Stephen refuse to play
Mail Bag:
many faces of Atmosfear, Stephen at BGG Con.

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Episode 65: Touching Buffy

65: Touching Buffy

Release Date: Oct. 20, 2008

Running Time: 120 min.

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If the apocalypse comes, beep me. First we take a trip to Colonial America to battle classic horror movie villains in A Touch of Evil. Then we enroll at Sunnydale High and try to dust The Master playing Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

News & Notes:  Hexer von Salem, Ghost Stories, Witchcraft
The List: A Touch of Evil, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Board Game
Name That Game: Win Rage
Backshelf Spotlight:
The Keep, Wicked Witches Way
Truckloads of Goober: Atmosfear
Game Sommelier: 5 games to pair with movies for a Halloween party
Mail Bag:
NFL pool update, Haggis!

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Episode 64: Vox Populi, Vox Ludorum

64: Vox Populi, Vox Ludorum

Release Date: Oct. 6, 2008

Running Time: 112 min.

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The voice of the people is the voice of games. Populism rules the day. We pander to the Roman public for seats on the council in Municipium and follow up with Gridstones and Gubs, two titles by new and independent game designers.

News & Notes:  New World, IGA Winners, Turricula, Timber Tom
The List: Gridstones, Municipium, Gubs
Name That Game: Win Difference Between Women & Men
Backshelf Spotlight:
Battle Line, Mutant Chronicles
Truckloads of Goober: Animal on Animal
Game Sommelier: 30 games for senior citizen centers
Mail Bag:
music sellout, the goal die returns

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Episode 63: T For Two

63: T For Two

Release Date: Sept. 22, 2008

Running Time: 112 min.

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Volcanos and snake-haired gods. We build towers and temples on a fiery island in Taluva and guide ancient Etruscan oracles to a sacred altar in Tuchulcha, a wacky Parcheesi variant.

News & Notes:  Logan Stones, Northstar/Days of Wonder, daVinci/Alliance
The List: Taluva, Tuchulcha
Name That Game: Win Crocodile Pool Party
Backshelf Spotlight:
Quandary, Bosworth 
Truckloads of Goober: Meepile
Game Sommelier: 30 games for children's hospital play rooms.
Mail Bag:
NFL Pool update, Mr Jack and Airships corrections.

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