Episode 62: Killer Blimps
62: Killer Blimps
Release Date: Sept. 8, 2008
Running Time: 112 min.
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Dirigibles by gaslight. We race to build the Hindenburg wiith dice playing Airships and take turns tracking down Jack the Ripper or plotting his escape in Mr. Jack.
News & Notes: Stained glass d20, Game on podcast, International Gamer Awards
The List: Airships, Mr. Jack
Name That Game: Win Rat Hot
Backshelf Spotlight: Great Dalmuti, Upwords
Truckloads of Goober: Akaba
Game Sommelier: 5 games you can play without needing to move the pieces yourself
Mail Bag: Baby Jung, War of the Ring Corrections, Delicious Library 2
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Artist John Talrico creates these amazing works of art. Perfect keepsake for any gamer. You can roll them. Once.
Game On with John and Cody Link
A new podcast about games produced by our pal John Richard and his pal Cody. Check it out!
Battle Lore sold to Fantasy Flight Games Link
Days of Wonder has announced the sale of the entire Battle Lore board game franchise to Fantasy Flight Games. We hope this means Days of Wonder will be returning to more traditional board games with their next releases!
New series of board games to teach children manners. Dave needs the whole set.
International Gamer Award Nominees Announced Link
The International Gamers Awards were created to recognize outstanding games and designers, as well as the companies that publish them. The awards are truly international in scope, with committee members representing countries throughout the world. The hope is that this will lead to greater exposure for these wonderful games to more and more people and help spread the word of the "wonderful world of gaming" on a global scale. Thanks to game reviewer/luminary Greg Schloesser for sending us a list of the nominees!
A light fast-paced dice game where players compete to build airships using dice combinations and cards, hopefully culminating with the construction of the Hindenburg.
An elegant and easy-to-learn 2-player game where you take turns trying to capture the infamous Jack the Ripper or plot a way for him to escape London by dawn. There are also two expansions to Mr. Jack which I failed to mention in the review. The Carriage and The Extension
Mystery Connection Contest
Can you create a connection between these two games? Post your connections in our forums and you could win a set of custom Spiel dice! Remember the more left of center your connection, the more likely you'll get our attention.
The Great Dalmuti BGG
Game designer Richard Garfield's variation on a classic ladder-style card game (like El Presidente or Asshole) is by far one of our favorite informal party games. No matter the crowd, once you start playing, you won't want to stop. And it's even better with silly hats.
Quick and dirty Scrabble cousin where you build your words on top of each other by stacking your letter tiles to get more poin
Truckloads of Goober
A ridiculously fun dexterity game where you use a rubber bellows to blow your flying carpet around the bazaar to gather up gifts and treasures.
The Challenge: Five games a person with two broken arms (after a freak trumpeting accident) could play without needing to touch his/her pieces.
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Next Challenge: 25 games to assemble bundles to donate to children's hospitals. After the success of the Spiel-a-thon, our plan is to compile the best possible list of games to donate to children's hospitals. And we want your help! Stephen will start the challenge, but we need your input to make the list reflect the best that the wide world of games has to offer! Remember, we need games that can fit a wide variety of ages ( from kids 4-16 years old) and the games must also be in print. Feel free to email Stephen with your suggestions!
Thanks to donors Misha "Keeper of the Comfy Chair" Nosiara, Jim "The Ripper" Grosch, David "Brass Master" Mitchell, Dale "Invoker of Ra!" Larson
Congratulations to listeners Derek and Barb Jung on the birth of their son, Kenneth James (Sai-Cheung) Jung!
Our pal Jason Ober takes us to task over a few rules goofs during our review of War of the Ring.
Samuel Williams writes in to suggest Delicious LIbrary 2 for creating a digital catalog of your game collection. Available for mac users only.
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!