Episode 40: Board Game at the End of the Universe
40: Board Game at the End of the Universe
Release Date: October 15, 2007
Running Time: 117 min.
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Don't Panic. But get comfortable. Grab a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster from the bar settle in for our take on Twilight Imperium, a game of galactic conquest whose play time could be measured in light years.
News & Notes: Star Craft Swag, Game Prices, Utopia, Adam Spielt Closes
The List: Twilight Imperium
Name That Game: Win a copy of Ricochet Robots from Time Well Spent
Backshelf Spotlight: Master Labyrinth, Ricochet Robots
Truckloads of Goober: Abbey of the Wandering Books
Game Sommelier: Five game reprints to try or avoid
Mail Bag: World's Greatest Dice Roll
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Starcraft Swag Available at Local Game Stores Link
(Thanks to listener David Schuth for the info) When you pre-order StarCraft: the Board Game before Monday, October 22, 2007 through your Friendly Local Game Store or on the FFG Online Store, you can receive three high-quality art prints featuring images from the upcoming StarCraft 2 videogame: One 24" x 36" poster depicting a Terran Marine, and two 8-1/2" x 11" prints—one a Dark Templar, and the other showcasing scenery from the StarCraft universe.
Court Decision Influences Game Price Policies?
Listener Edmund Hack and I started a dicsussion along these lines after the last episode.What do you think? Read more in the forum.
The rich king of Utopia invites princes from the greatest known civilizations (Persia, China, Maya, Greece and Egypt) to come to live in his city. Princes bring all the diversity of the architectural style of their civilization. As the King’s intendant, you are mandated to welcome and look after the princes who arrived at gates of the city. Each step of city construction gives you notoriety. The first player to reach 50 prestige points, ends the game and the player with the most points wins.
Adam Spielt Closing At the End of the Year Link
Adamspielt.de has been a great source for online game orders for those of us not lucky enough to live in Germany. The sad news is they have decided to discontinue the mail-order portion of their business at the end of 2007. They have been known for their excellent customer service and obsessive attention to packing every game with care. They are having a close-out sales to clear out their inventory, so you might want to check out adamspiel.de for some deals.
An epic empire-building game of intersteller conflict, trade, and struggle for power. Players take the roles of ancient galactic civilizations, each seeking to sieze the imperial throne via warfare, diplomacy, and technological progression.
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 AGAIN to Scooterb23 our winner for episode 39 ! Most creative guess also earns a set of dice this week, so congrats go to Splusmer, too!
Master Labyrinth Link
Navigate your pawn to collect various spell ingedients in a shifting maze made of tiles.
Ricochet Robots Link
It's a puzzle... it's a game... it's both! Use four robots and walls on a factory floor to find the shortest path to guide a 'bot to its target.
Truckloads of Goober
The most expensive goober game ever featured. There are only 200 copies of the game in existence and each goes for 2,600 Euros or $3,100! Hand carved pieces, hand painted board, gold inlaid wooden letter holders. Thanks to Christof von Zadel from Dresden for bringing this game to our attention!
The Challenge: find five reprints of classic games that are either greatly improved by being updated or totally ruined by unnecessary changes.
|Winner's Circle (improved)||Thumbs Up|
|Robo Rally (ruined)||Thumbs Up|
|Titan: The Arena (improved)||Thumbs Up|
|Cosmic Encounter (ruined)|| Thumbs Up
|Acquire (improved)||Thumbs Up|
Next Challenge: A reprise of the last challenge! A do/don't list for game expansions. Make a list of five game expansions that are worthy additions or ruin the original.
New donor to The Spiel!
"Five Card " Nancy Pogel
Listener Hans Van der Drift (Brisbane Australia) brought this to our attention:
Kevin Rohrer wanted us to know about LAGcon in Louisville, KY November 9-11 details are available on our forums .
Andrew Rustleund writes in to say we are messing with his head. "Every time I heard the Truckloads of Goober intro, when I hear "you can't judge a book by its...", instead of filling it in with "cover", I always hear "goober". You can't judge a book by its goober. (If you listen past the end music you'll hear Dave saying it, too! It took Dave six tries NOT to say it. Heh!)
Tim Phelps writes: "I noticed a rules goof you guys made when playing Fire and Axe. When you raid a town, you can only make up to 3 attempts. If those all fail, then you have to wait until your next turn to try again with any remaining crew members you may have."
Could we say "without further ado" more times in this show? I don't think so...
Here's a recipe for a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster.
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!