Episode 64: Vox Populi, Vox Ludorum
64: Vox Populi, Vox Ludorum
Release Date: Oct. 6, 2008
Running Time: 112 min.
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The voice of the people is the voice of games. Populism rules the day. We pander to the Roman public for seats on the council in Municipium and follow up with Gridstones and Gubs, two titles by new and independent game designers.
News & Notes: New World, IGA Winners, Turricula, Timber Tom
The List: Gridstones, Municipium, Gubs
Name That Game: Win Difference Between Women & Men
Backshelf Spotlight: Battle Line, Mutant Chronicles
Truckloads of Goober: Animal on Animal
Game Sommelier: 30 games for senior citizen centers
Mail Bag: music sellout, the goal die returns
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
This Carcassonne style game begins on the east coast of America in the Colonial era. As they explore westward, they build towns, farms, paths, and compete to score more points than the others players. As exploration moves to the west, players who are slow to complete the features they have started will find themselves left behind - with no points!
International Gamers Award Winners Announced Link
In the general strategy (multiplayer) category the winner the 2008 IGA was awarded to Agricola. In the 2-player category, the winner was 1960: Making of the President. Congrats to all involved!
Descend deep into the interior of the earth, as you lead the three adventurers from Jules Verne’s classic novel: Professor Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel and their guide Hans. Begin your amazing journey with entry through the crater of the dormant Icelandic volcano Snaefells. Explore a dense forest of giant mushrooms, traverse a turbulent underground ocean, before you are hurled out of an Italian volcano to return to the earth's surface.
Really interesting article on ancient dice and dice towers (turricula). Thanks to Michael Edwards at Board Game Geek for posting a link on the forums.
Divided Market in Korea and planned economics in China are sure to make these boards a great challenge.
Pattern matching, pattern making game. Add or subtract stones from the board to match pattern cards in your hand. First player to make matches with all the cards in their hand wins the game. Elegant and deceptively strategic.
Players are each in control of a powerful family and try to strategically place their family members in the various institutions throughout the municipium and gain the support of the citizens; Scholars, Merchants, Soldiers, Priests and possibly even the Praefect. At various times in the game, if a player has the most influence in an institution, the player can exert the power of that institution and gain the support of certain citizens.
GUBS is a card game of wit and luck. Using a single GUBs deck, up to 6 players of nearly any age can enjoy a fast-paced, often hilarious game in which all sorts of creative card combinations are possible. To win, you must be the player with the most Gubs on your side when the game ends.
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.
Two opponents face off across a 'battle line' and attempt to win the game by taking 5 of 9 flags or 3 adjacent flags. Flags are decided by placing cards into 3 card poker-type hands on either side of the flag (similar to straight flush, 3 of a kind, straight, flush, etc). The side with the highest 'formation' of cards wins the flag.
Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel BGG
In Mutant Chronicles, you control one of five corporations: Imperial, Cybertronic, Mishima, Capitol, or Bauhaus. With your own unique expertise, you make decisions and plan your strategies. Each successful mission brings you to a new one with a different Citadel layout and different events that can help or hinder you in battle. Each promotion gives access to more powerful weaponry! The strike on the Nepharites is beginning! Grab your Punisher Shortsword and your Plasma Carbine and make your mark in the Mutant Chronicles!
Truckloads of Goober
Tier auf Tier (Animal on Animal) BGG
It's not what you think. It's a nice, very clean game of animal stacking fun. 29 wooden animals from penguins and hedgehogs to frilled lizards and alligators.
The Challenge: 25 games to assemble bundles to donate to senior citizen centers. After the success of the Spiel-a-thon, our plan is to compile the best possible list of games to donate to senior centers. And we want your help! Dave 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! Feel free to email Stephen with your suggestions!
|Mexican Train Dominos
| Non-Gamer Games
| Apples to Apples
| Box of Golf
| Cloud 9
| Incan Gold
| On the Dot
|Gang of Four
|Jenseits von Theben
|Lost Cities: The Board Game (Keltis)
|Mystery of the Abbey
|Pillars of the Earth
|Settlers of Catan
|Thurn & Taxis
Next Challenge: 5 games to play around water (pools, on a boat, etc.) tha't won't get ruined if they get wet.
Thanks to donors Allen "The Praefect" Tabor
Larry "The Mimix Mendel accuses us of selling out. Apparently Nadine Velsquez likes our theme music, too.
Matthan in Virginia helps spread the myth of The Goal Die. He found one of his own!
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!