Episode 48: Worker Bees
48: Worker Bees
Release Date: February 18, 2008
Running Time: 100 min.
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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
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!
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
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.
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?
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 Bruno Depascale our winner for episode 42!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!