Episode 71: High-Risers
Release Date: Feb. 2, 2009
Running Time: 108 min.
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The alphabet of giants. We shake the buildings from our sleeves by playing Metropolys and Manhattan, two simple, elegant games about skyscrapers.
News & Notes: Gryphon Games Bookshelf Series, dICEHOUSES, Kingsburg Expansion
The List: Metropolys, Manhattan
Back Shelf Spotlight: Shark, Big City
Turckloads of Goober: Sky Runner
Mail Bag: Coleson syndrome, dice collection pics
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Gryphon Games Bookshelf Series Link
The Gryphon Games Bookshelf Series is a numbered collection of book-size games that will appeal to a wide array of players of all ages. The games in this series are of medium-weight strategy, featuring short, clear rules playable in under an hour. The series includes some previously out of print classic and a few new titles as well.
The DICEHOUSES Shanty reminds folks that there is no more efficient source of warmth than sitting across the table from one's family, some good friends or strangers and playing some good ol' table top games. Each of the 5 DICEHOUSES is stocked with The Book of Hoyle, playing cards, dice and games for all to play.
Sounds like they've been listening to the show? Or we're just drinking the same kool-aid...
Kingsburg Expansion BGG
The expansion is composed by five "modules". One or more modules can be added to the game in order to customize it to your liking (or to have a slightly different challenge each time).
Immortal Eyes Closes Down Link
Winning Moves Inc. is closing down its hobby game imprint, Immortal Eyes. Trans America, Vineta will remain available through the main company.
Jungle Speed on the Wii Link
Knuckle-busting card game from Asmodee Editions makes the leap to the Wii.
Claim colored neighborhoods and arrange your buildings in patterns to score points. The catch is, you have touse your buildings to bid on each construction site!
Play a grid card and place a skycraper in one of six cities on the board. Stack the towers higher and spread your buildings across the map in order to win the game. 1994 Spiel des Jahre winner.
Back Shelf Spotlight
Arrange buildings to cash in big time in this dog-eat-dog stock investing game.
Construct a model city using large plastic buildings. Size and type of building determines your score. Here's the official word from Torben Sherwood on the upcoming Valley Games reprint of Big City:
"The official release date is not exactly known at this time. We are having all of the buildings redrawn to give the game a new look, then those buildings will need to be moulded and made from our new plastics folks. Once that is complete then we will need to go through final looks of the artwork with the new pieces and we should be ready to print.
We are looking at Origins as a possible unveiling but it could be a bit later than that, it will just depend on how smoothly things go.
Our new direction is to try and offer up some pictures of the new buildings on our website as they develop so you can tell folks that will be the best place for updates on those."
Truckloads of Goober
Sky Runner BGG
Race to the top of a massive cardboard skyscraper!
The Game Sommelier
The challenge: five games Bill & Ted could play with the historical figures they kidnap in their time machine.
Medieval Babes - Poker BGG
Napoleon - King Me! BGG
Abraham Lincoln - Point of Law BGG
Thanks to donors:
Mark “The Nemesis” Wilder
Larry “The Apu” Kruger
Larry “The Mimix”Mendel
Philip “The Traitor” Hoffman
Patrik “Crazy Monkey” Stromer
Jerry “The Medic” Stovall
Jefferson “Catastrophe Tile” Ridpath
Dave has offered up some additional pictures of his dice and card collection.
Spiel-lingo includes a new term: Coleson syndrome. A new form of OCD?
New section on the web site will include segment descriptions and history of games covered.
Architecture is the alphabet of giants; it is the largest set of symbols ever made to meet the eyes of men. A tower stands up like a sort of simplified statue, of much more than heroic size.
- Gilbert Keith Chesterton, 1874 - 1936
Why, I just shake the buildings out of my sleeves.
- Frank Lloyd Wright
The back ground image for the episode album art is a still from Fritz Lang's silent film masterpiece, Metropolis.
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
Each city grid in Manhattan is a 3x3 grid, NOT a 9x9 grid.