Episode 52: Noble Niblicks
52: Noble Niblicks
Release Date: April 14, 2008
Running Time: 108 min.
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Break out your nine iron and flibberty-gibbets. The Spiel turns two! We take on Coppertwaddle a medieval card game with a rich (fake) history and we roll our way through Box of Golf in all its wooden splendour.
News & Notes: Stone Age, Rapscallion, España 1936, Dave's Database
The List: Coppertwaddle, Box of Golf
Name That Game: Win Qwirkle, Mosquito Tiles, Spiel dice, & a mystery game!
Backshelf Spotlight: Luck Plus, Password
Truckloads of Goober: Mouse Chaos
Game Sommelier: Five alternatives to Diplomacy that play in 2 hours.
Mail Bag: Mike Selinker upcoming games, Listener's Choice, Exactly!
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Players struggle to survive the Stone Age by working as hunters, collectors, farmers, and tool makers. As you gather resources, and raise animals, you work to build the tools needed to build your civilization. Players use 40 stone age men in 3 phases. The first phase players place their men in regions of the board that they think will benefit them, including the hunt, the trading center, or the quarry. The second phase activates one of these areas. In the third phase, players must have enough food available to survive. Note: Michael Tummelhofer is the pen name for the designer of Saint Petersburg Bernd Brunnhofer (the adding of Michael Bruinsma and Jay Tummelson is just a thank you for the good economic partnership).
As a sophisticated Victorian era card player, you'll stop at nothing in order to obtain a decisive advantage over your adversaries, even if it means using methods that are...well, less than respectable.
In Rapscallion, players vie for the best poker hand by bidding for playing cards using unique bidding cards and powerful Rapscallions. During each hand, players obtain more powerful bidding cards by giving up playing cards already won. Points are given for the best hand, certain types of hands, and for other criteria, until one player reaches 100 points.
ESPAÑA 1936 is a game that simulates the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). It is played on a board depicting Spain and divided in connected zones, with counters representing each army. It has cards to develop the events of the war and to modify decisive battles. Some of the important real Spanish Civil War events will happen in the game, mainly through playing cards. But it is possible to change the course of history.
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At last, Dave's game database is ready for public consumption! You can download it by clicking the link above. The database was built using Microsoft Access.
A medieval themed card game that uses collectibl card game style mechanics without being collectible! First player to fill their domain with four Noble and four Peasant Threlms wins.
Slide the lid off the ingenious wooden box and you're ready to play 18 holes of golf. A press you rluck style dice game with a surprising amount of strategy and tension.
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!
Congratulations to Chris DeFrisco our winner for episode 51!
Roll dice match them to your stacks of eight cards and be the first one to get rid of them all. Cards with special abilities can help or hurt you. Simple, addictive, fun.
A great game show that makes a fantastic party/parlor game. Try to get your partner to guess the password by giving them one word clues. Make Allen Ludden's day. Give this classic a try!
Truckloads of Goober
Mouse Chaos BGG Entry
Any game with a kitchen table, a mini persian rug, and cheese covers HAS to be featured in this segment of the show!
In this game, you have a set of mice to which you need to get to your nest. The problem is you don't know which mice are yours! Maneuver four mice into the nest and then check the color on the bottom of each mouse to see if they match.
The Challenge: Five Diplomacy alternatives (negotiation & backstabbing) that can be played in 2 hours.
|You're Bluffing||Thumbs Up|
|Dragon's Gold||Thumbs Up|
|I'm the Boss||Thumbs Up|
|Cutthroat Caverns||Bonus Pick|
Next Challenge: Five games that match anniversary themes for years 1-5 (paper, cotton, leather, fruit/flowers, wood).
Thanks to donors Timothy "Hive Mind" Harshbarger and Larry "The Mimix" Mendel!
Mike Selinker wrote in to quibble over calling him insane for one of his latest games: Yetisburg. Civil War with Yetis... You be the judge! He has several other new titles coming out this year: Link 26 , Dust & Sin , Harrow , Veritas , a trading object game from Duncan Yo-Yo, revised editions of Attack and Falling, and 2 yet to be named titles from Bucephalus Games. For more info on Mike and his work, check out lonesharkgames.com.
Here's a link to Lima, Ohio . Exactly where Dave was born.
Stone Age credits Michael Bruinsma and Jay Tummelson as designers. This was done by the designer as a thank you for the good economic partnership between the designer and publisher.
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!