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Episode 48: Worker Bees

48: Worker Bees

Release Date: February 18, 2008

Running Time: 100 min.

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ep 48

Roll up your sleeves. Time to get your hands dirty. We chop wood and cut stone to build Kingsbridge Cathedral in Pillars of the Earth and send our swarms out to surround Queen bees in the strategy classic Hive.

News & Notes: On the Dot, Metropolys, Aquaretto, no more Talisman
The List: Hive, Pillars of the Earth
Name That Game: Win Knowbody Knows from Uncle Rez Games
Backshelf Spotlight:
Torres, Iron Dragon
Truckloads of Goober:
Fat Demons (Dicke Damonen)
Notes from the OCD:
Build a database for your game collection
Mail Bag:
Game Storm and MavenCon

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Game News & Notes

Metropolys Official Site | BGG Entry

The awe-inspiring Metropolys is in effervescence! Talented Urban planners and architects rival each other to make luxury, elegant buildings of glass and steel defying the laws of balance grow from the ground. Who will eventually impose their style to leave an indelible trail in the history of the city? The answer is in your hands!

On the Dot Official Site | BGG Entry

An American reprint of the French game, Vitrail. See spots like never before! In this amazing brainteaser, try to arrange four transparent squares so they perfectly match the pattern shown on the dots card. Flip, rotate, and overlap the squares to make a “spot on” copy. The challenge is to figure out how they all fit together. Play by yourself or race against others in a Dot-to-Dot Dash.

TransAmerica shifts to Immortal Eyes Imprint BGN Story

Heroscape shifts to Wizards of the Coast BGN Story

Games Workshop Abandons Board Games BGN Story

Hasbro buys Cranium Franchise for $77.5 M Reuters Story

The List

Hive Official Site | BGG entry

Hiveis a board-less, strategic game for 2 players ages 8 and up. The object of the game is to surround your opponent's queen bee while trying to block your opponent from doing the same to your queen bee. Each player has 11 tiles, all in all, representing 5 different insects. The players take turns, either choosing to add a tile to the hive or moving a tile in the hive.

Pillars of the Earth Official Site | BGG entry

Prior Phillip of Kingsbridge has a glorious vision. To build the largest, most beautiful cathedral in England. To accomplish the task, Phillip recruits the most renowned builders in the country. However, the fate of the Cathedral is constantly threatened by all manner of catastrophes and oppositions. The Pillars of the Earth is based on Ken Follett's best-selling novel. Players join together to help build Kingsbridge Cathedral. Using your workmen and resources, you must wisely deploy assets to overcome unexpected difficulties and shortages to prove yourself the greatest builder of them all! Will your efforts be recognized when the Great Cathedral at Kingsbridge is complete?

Backshelf Spotlight

Mystery Connection Contest
Can you find a connection between these two games? We find a mystery connection each episode and challenge you, the listener, to hunt for it! Post your guesses to the Forum . Find the connection and you could win a pair of coveted custom Spiel Dice!

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Congratulations to Bruno Depascale our winner for episode 42!

Torres BGG Entry | Official Site

A series of devastating tornadoes, unleashed by enemy mages in the recent war has left all the king’s castles in ruin. Only the foundations of these once magnificent monuments remain. He has charged his sons with rebuilding his castles and promised the throne to the one who can rebuild the tallest and largest castles. Each prince has 6 knights to supervise the building.

Iron Dragon BGG Entry | Official Site

Science, fantasy, and trains mix in the popular game of fun and finances, Iron Dragon. Players lay track across a mythical realm filled with wizards, elves, and rainbow bridges. Genetically-engineered dragons pull boxcars loaded with jewels, magical items, and other treasures from city to city. Dangerous jungles must be crossed, rivers forged, and orcs bribed, as players plan routes and amass money in an attempt to create a fantasy empire. There was an expansion published by Tom Wham (the designer) which is currently offered for sale only through his web site (scroll down half way to find it)

Truckloads of Goober

Fat Demons (Dicke Damonen) BGG Entry | Official Site

A bag of colored string and wooden pawns is all you need for a magical battle between ghosts and demons for control of the world.

fat demon

Notes from the Obsessive Collector's Desk

Dave gives advice on setting up a database for you game collection. He's even willing to share his own database with you! Give him a week or two to make it presentable to the general public and we'll post it here for you to download. Believe me, it's worth the wait!

Mail Bag

Thanks to donors Ian "Canal Maniac" Fleming and Mark "Marathon Man" Weaver

Mark Santillo gave us some great info on GameStorm (March 28-30) a large regional game convention in the Portland Oregon metro area.

John Richard, a local listener and moderator on the GenCon forums, wnated us to know about MavenCon , coming up March 5-7 right here in Indianapolis


Jason Ober pointed out that in Pillars of the Earth the first player gets one opportunity per turn to toss a master builder back into the bag and redraw.

I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!

echack's picture
You mentioned that it was odd for a game to be based on a novel. Well, the book was a huge hit in Germany (6 years on the best seller list!) before the English-speaking world. So it would be a reasonable topic for a German company to pursue. The non-standard d6 in the game (2,3,3,4,4,5) is called an "averaging die" in wargaming circles. I first got some for a Napoleonic miniatures set in the 70s. It has the same average as a d6, but a smaller standard deviation.
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You know, I don't know if it's because we've been playing the board game recently and it's been on my mind, but I have noticed the Pillars of the Earth novel in a lot of places in big displays recently - bookstores (duh) but also places like Target. Perhaps they're just dumping the excess hardcover inventory on discount stores, I dunno. By all accounts, I've heard it's a great read. I have an unread "List" of books to which I'll have to add it.

Thanks for naming the averaging die, too.

You've probably seen the novel so much because it has been christened by Oprah to be one of her "book club" picks. I actually heard of the game first, then happened to see part of her episode on the novel and I must say, I want to pick it up. My wife was the one who had the show on, btw...
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The other reason that you may see the book around at the moment is that a sequel has just been published ("World's End" or something). It's an ok novel - it's not going to win any great literary awards but it is a fast paced and absorbing story, if a little obvious at times and with some dubious medieval history. ------------------------------------------------- We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games

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