Episode 78: Driven to Abstraction
78: Driven to Abstraction
Release Date: May 11, 2009
Running Time: 142 min.
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These games have potential, literally. If there's a modern rival to chess, it's the Gipf Project. In this mega-episode, we play Ultimate Gipf and the final game in the series, Tzaar.
News & Notes: Game Journals, Fits, Mensa Winners, Qwirkle Cib
The List: Ultimate Gipf, Tzaar
Back Shelf Spotlight: Breakthru
Table Talk: Miracle Five
Truckloads of Goober: Yali
Game Sommelier: 5 games for the 5 Star Trek Captains
Mail Bag: Poisoned Poll, Spiel Index, Swedish "Millionaire"
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
Spiel Game Journals Link
We are offering Spiel-themed Game Journals as a way to help support the show. Thanks to Genimuse and Brad Keen for their help! Click here for more information
A new Tetris-y simultaneous puzzle game from Ravensburger and Reiner Knizia.
Mensa Mind Games Winners Official Site
The Mensa Select Game Award Winners for 2009 have been announced:
Cornerstone - Good Company Games - BGG
Dominion - Rio Grande Games - BGG
Marrakech - Fundex Games - BGG
Stratum - Family Games America - BGG
Tic-Tac-Ku - Mad Cave Bird Games - BGG
This new variant on Qwirkle allows you to roll your pieces in order to get a more favorable group of symbols or colors.
Origins Awards Nominees Link
The list of nominees for the 35th annual awards is now available!
Your Move! Link
New sponsor, new dice, time for a new contest. Introducing Your Move! Head over to the forum to see the format for the new contest. Over time, we'll have several varieties of Your Move contests and cycle through them. The emphasis in Your Move is on participation. Name That Game may burn your brain, but this one shouldn't. We'll pick a winner at random from all the entries and the winner will receive a set of coveted Spiel dice!
WThe Gipf Project sets the standard for modern abstract strategy board games. Ultimate Gipf involves using Potentials, pieces that are loaded onto standard discs each with its own set of moves and rules. These potentials echoe game mechanics and themes from the other six games in the Gipf Project: Tamsk, Zertz, Dvonn, Yinsh, Punct, and Tzaar.
The final game in the Gipf series replaces Tamsk as one of the core titles in the Project.
Back Shelf Spotlight
Classic 3-M game which is a descendant of Hnefatafl
Miracle Five BGG
Light, fast strategy game from Bandai with echoes of Go and Pente.
Truckloads of Goober
Teeter-totter board indicates when one player's turn ends and the other's begins.
The Game Sommelier
The challenge: 5 games to fit each of the 5 Star Trek Captains.
Musketeers - Archer BGG
New Challenge: 5 games to play on a school bus
Donors - Pledge Drive 2009
Thanks to the following donors/subscribers:
Timothy "The Zookeeper" Stellmach
Tom "Omaha Beach" Gurganus
Brian "Fire & Axe" Strange
Ken "Mr. Corkinole" Maher
Joe "El Grande" Cochran
Chris "That's My (Fly) Fish" Johnson
Christopher "The Haunter" Pastore
Leigh "Dice with Death" Caple
Robin "The Potentializer"
Congrat to listener Patrik Stromer for winning big on Millionaire!
Thanks to Simon "The Ziggurat" Wilcock for the cool Hungarian playing cards.
Thanks also to Andres Pabon for compiling a fantastic index of all the games we have covered in *every* episode of the show and posting them to Board Game Geek! Here's the Geek List.
The background artwork in the Episode Title is a Color Study by Wassily Kandinsky, a noted abstract artist.
Music credits (courtesy of Ioda Promonet) include:
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!