Episode 47: 26.2 (Marathon!)
47: 26.2 (Marathon!)
Release Date: January 21, 2008
Running Time: 94 min.
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Not miles... hours! 24 of them. We set out to play games for 24 consecutive hours in order to get our unplayed list of games below 200. This episode was recorded as we played and documents the events of our day including session reports on a truckload of games both large and small.
Games Played: Ruse & Bruise, Unspeakable Words, Notre Dame, Weinhandler, Modern Art, Krone & Schwert, Augsburg 1520, Cash N Guns, Four Dragons, Digging, Quo Vadis, Lifeboats, Quao, El Capitan, Diceoku, Archaeology, Ballot Bots, Mister Bill, Pompeii, Showbiz Shuffle
Winter Break: The Spiel takes a week off February 4th. We'll be back Feb. 18th!
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game Marathon: Games Played
Players employ witches, alchemists, assassins, kings, traders, and others to earn good reputations in their fields of endeavor; but the players must protect them from certain attacks of the other players.
Decode the ancient secrets of R'lyeh by forming words with the letters you find in this sanity-sapping letter game. The more angles that appear in the words, the greater their mystical value, but beware! For each word that is created, you must roll a sanity check against its value to see if the word's power drives you mad!
In the shadow of the Notre Dame cathedral, the players compete for prosperity and reputation. Each family controls one of the 3 -5 boroughs that surround the site of Notre Dame. As head of his family, each player tries, through clever use of his action cards, to advance the power and prestige of his family, but beware the rats! Penalties are assessed those who do not take care of the health of the people who live in their borough.
n the world of wine auctions, you need to know when to buy and sell for the most profit. In Weinhändler, you compete to create the most valuable wine cellar. Buy the best wines you can acquire and arrange your wine groups to increase their overall value. Use your business sense and your wine stock to become the ultimate Weinhändler!
Players compete to gain the most money by buying and selling paintings at auctions and reselling them for profit. Whoever offers the top bid owns the painting and sells it at the end of the round. The price the painting fetches is based on the popularity of the artist and how well his paintings have sold in the past. The player with the most money at the end of four rounds of buying and selling wins.
Krone & Schwert BGG Entry
Build cathedrals and cities, consolidate power and try to claim the crown long enough to tax your fellow nobles and gain victory.
In the 16th century Jakob Fugger built an impressive trading empire centered in Augsburg. He earned so much money, that he was able to loan large amounts to royals in need of cash. As the royals were often unable to repay the loans, Jakob was more than willing to accept the special privileges the could offer instead - privileges that allowed him to become even richer and more powerful! Players take on the role of Jakob and compete to earn the most prestige by loaning money for privilege.
In an abandoned warehouse, a band of gangsters is splitting their latest haul, but they can't come to an agreement on the split. It's time to let the guns do the talking, and soon everyone is aiming at everyone… All you have to do is stay alive and have the most money at the end of the game!
In Four Dragons players compete to be the dragon who summons the rains and saves the villages and the harvests. The game is one of trick-taking, but points are not what they seem, for points are scored only if specific combinations of cards are captured! And for players who prefer not to count cards, the game requires that all cards played remain face up - without taking away from the strategy of the game and thus making the game more competitive.
Digging BGG Entry
In Reiner Knizia's first published game, there are nine mine-opening cards and nine mine-closing cards. To score any points you've got to play gold, silver or copper cards onto the corresponding open mine and then close it. Trouble is, your opponents can close your mine before you want or even try to steal it with bandit cards -- a tough gauntlet to run, but here and there a few points trickle through and into the scoring column.
Each player starts at the bottom of the political ladder, and tries to move up the board through the committees to reach the Senate. In true Roman fashion, the road to power is strewn with laurels; to win the player must reach the Senate and collect deals and promises, not all of which they have to keep. Players can also use Caesar's favor to advance. But there is only room for five senators at the top....
In Lifeboats, players use their cards to vote for which boat moves closer to safety, which boat springs a leak and who gets thrown overboard. Negotiation skills are a must and backstabbing will not be uncommon - after all, you will do whatever is necessary to get your sailors to shore... and so will everyone else!
What is QUAO you ask? QUAO (pronounced ‘cow') is the absolute, supreme ruler of an unruly wasteland at the edge of civilization where attempts at democracy are futile. QUAO is the ultimate dictator — and evil bovine with secret Rules. What does it mean to be QUAO? Being Quao means you know the rules and everyone else has to figure them out. As you play this fast and fun card game, you'll be challenged to discard all your cards first to win each round, as you try to become the QUAO.
You are a reputable merchant in the 15th century, sailing to strategically important cities of the Mediterranean, building warehouses in these cities and fortresses to protect them. It is your ambition to become the most mighty and successful merchant of all. But you will succeed only if you manage to establish your warehouses in as many cities as possible and if you build your warehouses and fortresses in the most flourishing cities. The player owning the most money at the end of the game is the most renowned merchant and winner of the game.
Part puzzle, part game, a great way to combine luck with the ultra-popular math grids. Use your chips to buy dice and their numbers from other players to use on your sheet!
You are an archaeologist working the dig sites of the Egyptian desert. Search for the right pieces to complete torn parchments, broken pots and other priceless artifacts. Explore an ancient pyramid hoping to uncover a huge stash of treasure! Trade shrewdly at the local marketplace to increase the value of your collection. Sell your treasures to the museum at just the right time for maximum profit. But beware, the desert also has its dangers! A devastating sandstorm can throw your expedition into disarray, and cunning thieves lurk around the dig site ready to steal your prize discovery!
You are a politician, and your position in the race depends on your ability to fundraise, advertise, debate and speak to your contingency at the right time and place. Advance your campaign, solidify your position, put yourself in the spotlight as you strategically maneuver around your opponents!
Inside Mister Bill's restaurant, waiters and cooks rush about preparing and serving favorite foods from around the world. Customers hungrily watch dishes pass by with sushi, omelettes, or even pizza! However, some say that the owner of the restaurant, Mister Bill, has the most expensive prices in the whole city! So,... who wants to pay his... bill?
Come to beautiful Pompeii with this exciting game! You will use cards to attract your Roman friends and relatives to the town. But hidden in the deck is the dreaded Vesuvius card! Once this card is drawn, the volcano will erupt, raining fire onto the unsuspecting city! Now you must struggle to escape the doomed city, rushing to avoid the constant streams of lave that threaten to engulf your people! Will you be able to save them all? The player with the most survivors will be the winner!
Collect actors and directors, then combine them with stunts, special effects or other pluses to make the biggest box office hits. Out-mogul your friends - or if that doesn't work try giving them bad ratings or a drinking problem! The most fun you can have without making it into Entertainment Weekly!
Congratulations to Marty Hoover, winner of the Name That Game contest from Episode 46! Marty wins a copy of Archaeology The Card Game courtesy of Adventureland Games.
Also, congrats to JEEP, the winner of the Backshelf Spotlight Connection Contest from Episode 46. JEEP wins a set of coveted Spiel dice for his connection between Grass and Druidenwalzer: hippies!
We many new donors and that means game themed nicknames for each of them! Our sincere thanks and appreciation go out to:
Steve “The Autoduelist” Donohue
Ken “Mr. Crokinole” Maher
Mark “The Nemesis” Wilder
Aaron “Count of Carcassonne” Lambert
Kas “Expedition Alpha” Robson
Krista “Whonuu She Was So Good” Taylor
Mark “Ubongonista” Taylor
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!