Episode 50: It's In The Bag
50: It's In The Bag
Release Date: March 17, 2008
Running Time: 98 min.
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Much better than a pig in a poke. We reach into our bag of tricks and find two light but surprising little games: the abstract award-winning Qwirkle and the latest from German designer Freidemann Freise, Felix the Cat in the Sack.
News & Notes: Gary Gygax R.I.P., Expansions galore, Yetisburg
The List: Qwirkle, Felix, the Cat in the Sack
Name That Game: Win Qwirkle from Mindware
Backshelf Spotlight: Bucket King, Krieg & Frieden
Truckloads of Goober: Roads & Boats
Game Sommelier: Five games for musicians to play during session breaks
Mail Bag: Geek lists, game logging
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Gary Gygax, R.I.P. Link
The game world has lost one of its most influential players with the passing of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons. He is responsible for millions of hours of fun and enjoyment by gamers around the world. Would that we could all leave such a fine legacy. His impact on games and gamers will continue to be felt for many many years to come.
Settlers of Catan Adapter Kit Link
The 4th edition of The Settlers of Catan (Settlers-2007)provides an outer frame that encloses the 19 hexes that make up the island of Catan. This adapter kit provides that frame, the frame extension pieces for the 5-6 player extension, and the harbor pieces that allow you to vary the harbor locations from game to game. This adapter kit also allows you to use the Catan: Seafarers® 4th edition with 3rd or pre-2007 editions of Settlers. This adapter kit will be available mid-March 2008.
Descent: Road to Legend Link
Thurn & Taxis: All Roads Lead to Rome Link
Two expansions in one box. 1st expansion: The players (clerics) try to arrive at the right time to be received in audience by the pope. 2nd expansion: The postal staff still helps you - but now you can draw additional city cards, get victory points or even set a new house.
Race for the Galaxy: Gathering Storm Link
This first expansion for Race for the Galaxy adds cards, a 5th player, and other ways to expand your universe.
St. Petersburg: The Banquet Link
The expansion cannot be played alone, but must be played with Saint Petersburg. The expansion is actually two in one. It contains "The Banquet", previously available in Spielbox magazine and new cards and components to allow play with up to 5 players.
Pillars of the Earth Expansion Link
With this expansion, new elements of the novel come into the play. The players can put mercenaries for the crusades at the disposal of the king, send their building masters to Toledo or take over the office of the tax collector. And with the enclosed material can be played with a fifth or sixth player.
Four Score and Seven Yetis Ago… On the bloody fields of Pennsylvania in 1863, two great armies collided to decide the fate of a nation. The South rose, and the North responded with fervent mettle. As every schoolchild knows, at the forefront of the battle stood the mighty Yetis, white-furred giants imported from the wilds of Canada to shred the opposing front lines.
Match shapes or colors to create the board and score points in a crossword style pattern. Simple to learn but full of great strategy, Qwirkle feels like a classic in the making.
Nine auctions for mystery cats in sacks. Some cats are lovable and nice; some cats are mangy and full of fleas. Collect the most points (and mice) and walk away the winner.
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 Edmund Hack our winner for episode 49!
Protect your pyramid of buckets from rampaging barnyard animals!
Krieg & Frieden BGG Entry
Buiild a giant wooden cathedral with help from your workers and knights.
Roads & Boats BGG Entry
Suggested by listener Robert Martincic. Any game with over 1200 pieces in the basic set is absolutely a goober game!
The Challenge: Five games for musicians to play during session breaks. At least two fo the games must have a musical connection.
|Advanced Mastermind||Thumbs Up|
|King Me!||Thumbs Up|
|Takt Voll (suggested by Ken Shogren)||Thumbs Up|
|Yikes (game designed by Dave)||Thumbs Up
Next Challenge: Five fun games that are overlooked because of their goofy themes.
Thanks to donors Scott "The Shogun" Loeffler, Chris "Mayor of Arkham" Maier, and Brennan "Sheep Master" Martin
Ian Mackey has a Geek List at BGG dealing with tips using x-acto knives and game collecting.
Ben Lott also has a nice Geek List covering our Game Marathon episode.
Ken Shogren has a cool Board Game Tracker to record each game he plays.
Snoozefest also has a great game log with a link to download it here .
Carlos Hernandez caught a mistake in the rules rundown for Felix The Cat in the Sack. I (Stephen) said that two matching dogs cancel each other out, but the rule is ANY two dogs in the same lot cancel each other out.
Several listeners (including middleclassjoe below) have written in to note that Maura Kalusky does the art for many of the Friedemann Friese game, including Felix The Cat in the Sack. I mistakenly attributed the art to Friedemann. Sorry, Maura! Here's a link to her web site
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!