Episode 66: Hail to the Chief
66: Hail to the Chief
Release Date: Nov. 3, 2008
Running Time: 145 min.
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I am not a crook... or a jelly donut. But if I play my cards right, I could end up President of the United States! In this Democracy-sized special, we play 1960: Making of the President, a board game that simulates the contentious election campaign between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
News & Notes: Paleo, Space Alert, Boardgaming Finland, Mow 'Em Down
The List: 1960: The Making of the President
Name That Game: Win Rage
Backshelf Spotlight: Mr. President
Truckloads of Goober: Schrille Stille
Game Sommelier: 5 games guaranteed to make Stephen refuse to play
Mail Bag: many faces of Atmosfear, Stephen at BGG Con.
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Zombies on Xbox Live in 2009 Link
Twilight Creations' classic B-movie undead bloodfest makes its way to the online arena some time next year.
Part Crokinole, part euro game. A dexterity based flcking game involving explorers and mercenaries discovering and ancient city.
From the Designer of Galaxy Trucker come Space Alert, a cooperative game where players take on the role of crew members of a ship trying to survive a series of encounters dictated by a CD which is played during the game.
Designer Matt Saunders game is about competing landscape companies trying to gain lucrative contracts. Players must balance their equipment and money as the city expands and more contracts become available.
No , not a game about golf or that thing you put on your car to keep it from being stolen. The Club is a a board game about love and about people's need to meet one another. That's right. A game about clubbing. The board is the dance floor and by placing tiles you match up couples to "score."
Boardgaming Finland Podcast Link
Antti "Cane" Koskinen has a great game-related podcast based in Helsinki, Finland. He has 20 episode available in Finnish. Recently, he has started an English version of his show! Some days Dave and I still struggle with our native language, so it's really impressive (not to mention cool!) that Antti is taking the time and effort to produce mutli-lingual shows! Check it out.
Massive deluxe edition of the Tolkien masterpiece from Phalanx Games. Wooden box carved and painted like a book, pre-painted minis, illustrated board. Amazing!
An historical simulation board game using a mixture of card and cube mechanics to represent all the key elements of the American electoral process. A must-play or must-own for any player interested in history, politics, or really fun games.
Mystery Connection Contest
We'ew changing it up on your this time. Instead of our normal contest, send us your best election related story. There's a forum here where you can share the story with everyone or, if your prefer, you can email us directly. We'll pick our favorite story and the winner will get a set of custom Spiel dice.
Mr. President BGG
3M classic bookshelf election game. Players select candidates and use vote cards, debates, and advertising to seed each region with enough support to win the general election.
Truckloads of Goober
Schrille Stille BGG
A secret ballot based game about competing Record label owners trying to get their bands to the top of the charts. The game uses the funkiest vote tallying mechanism I have ever seen!
The Challenge: 5 games Dave likes that Stephen will refuse to play. This challenge comes from Gregory in Seattle. His goal is to find out what games we really despise. As a form of restitution, Gregory has agreed to pay $2.50 to the Spiel Foundation for each thumbs down Dave gets.
|| Thumbs Down
|Starfarers of Catan
|| Thumbs Up
Next Challenge: Stephen's turn to pick 5 games he likes that Dave will refuse to play.
Tim W.K. Brown gave us some great background information on Atmosfear and its connection to Nightmare, another VCR based board game. After a little digging, we also discovered that there are many additional editions of Atmosfear made and sold in Europe and especially Australia.
I'm going to BGG Con in Dallas late this month (Stephen, that is). I'm looking forward to meeting some Spielers and playing a ridiculous number of games. Woo hoo!
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!