Episode 81: Spiel des Schpiel 2009, Part 2
81: Spiel des Schpiel 2009, Part 2
Release Date: June 22, 2009
Running Time: 128 min.
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Decision time. Five nominees, four weeks, one chance to predict the winner. We review and discuss Fauna and Finca, the final two games in contention for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award.
News & Notes: Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus, Foundation bundle donations
Nominee #4: Fauna
Nominee #5: Finca
Predictions: Favorite Game, What Should Win, What Will Win
Mail Bag: Duck Duck Go Variant rules, monster dice, and more
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
Pegasus expansion adds two new supplemental game boards featuring the Battlestar Pegasus and the planet of New Caprica, seven new characters, a new Cylon Locations overlay, two plastic Basestars, as well as new Destination, Crisis, Loyalty, Quorum, Super Crisis, and Skill cards.
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 newly minted Spiel dice!
Fauna is a game about animals, but it’s also a game about educated guesses. Place your betting cubes on the board, wagering on the animal’s location its weight, its height, perhaps even the length of its tail. After bets are placed and the animal’s information is revealed, you score points based on these cubes. You’ll score points for being right on the money. But in many cases, you’ll also score for being close. Shuffle up a new animal from the deck of cards and you’re ready to go again. First player to reach a set score (determined by the number of players) wins the game!
A colorful game with more depth than first meets the eye. Maneuveer your workers on the windmill to gather fruit. Use your carts to deliver your wares to Mallorcan villages with rapidly changing tastes.
Donors - Pledge Drive 2009
Thanks to the following donors/subscribers:
Ben "Wonder Brick" Tichy
Mike "Sente Sucks" Bazynski
Rick "Braaains!" Baptist
"Cribtastic" Christopher Onstad
Misha "Keeper of the Comfy Chair" Nosiara
Darren "The Dominionator" Bezzant
Duck Duck Go! designer Keving G. Nunn sent us a link to a variant rule.
Alex from the Game Preserve clued us in on monster dice from Maow Miniatures
Larry "The Mimix" Mendel found a great dice game compendium set.
Check out Lost Dice a neat home brew variant for Lost Cities using dice.
Our Spiel-themed Game Journals have arrived!
Spiel meet-up for dinner and drinks Friday night, 6:30 Barley's Brewing Company (467 North High St. Columbus, OH)
The background artwork is a picture of the completed Cribbage Tree!
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!