Episode 88: Small Press Pow-Wow
88: Small Press Pow-Wow
Release Date: Oct. 12, 2009
Running Time: 138 min.
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Size doesn't matter. For us, it's all about fun. From games made at the kitchen table to up-and-coming entrepreneurs, we play Kachina and The Great Potlatch, two recent titles from publishers Small Box and Bucephalus Games.
News & Notes: Macao, Dungeon Lords, Jaipur, Tobago, Day & Night
The List: Kachina, The Great Potlatch
Table Talk: Quackery
Back Shelf Spotlight: Captain Treasure Boots
Truckloads of Goober: Goober up your game
Game Sommelier: 5 games to play while holding a newborn.
Mail Bag: Kazaam Dice, Monopoly as escape device
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
At the end of the 17th century, Macau, the mysterious port city on the southern coast of China, is a Portuguese trading post in the Far East. The players take on the role of energetic and daring adventurers. Many exciting tasks and challenges await the players, whether they are a captain, governor, craftsman or scholar. Those who chose the wisest course of action, and have the best overall strategy, will earn the most prestige at the end.
Have you ever ventured with party of heroes to conquer dungeons, gain pride, experiences and of course rich treasure? And have it ever occured to you how hard it actualy is to build and manage such underground complex filled with corridors and creatures? No? Well now you can try. Put yourself in role of the master of underground, summon your servants, dig complex of tunnels and rooms, set traps, hire creatures and try to stop filthy heroes from conquering and plundering your precious creation. We can guarantee you will look on dark corners, lairs and their inhabitant from completely different perspective!
Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city. But that's not enough for you, because only the merchant with two Seals of Excellence will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja's court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.
Chests full of gold are buried in the jungle – rumors have it that one of them is hidden next to a hut near the island’s largest mountain. Another is hidden where the roar of an untamed river can be heard, it is said. Through the fronds of a palm tree, the proud gaze of a mysteriously scrunching statue casts its spell on the unwary treasure hunter …
2009 International Gamers Awards Announced Link
Strategy Game: Le Havre Two Player Game: Day & Night
Le Havre is an economic and "worker placement" game in which players must distribute goods and make good use of buildings and clever combinations in order to amass the largest fortune.
Sisters Day and Night stand on opposite sides of the valley of emptiness, a spine-chilling place with floating boulders, used ever since the Dawn of Time and Memory to battle for justice. The goal is to build two Temples and in doing so honor the gods and enforce justice.
Spiel-a-thon 2009 Link
Saturday, Nov. 21 4:30 - 7:00 PM. Come join us for fun, games, and help support a great cause.
Welcome to Our Newest Sponsor: Starlit Citadel! Link
Based out of Vancouver, B.C., Starlit Citadel offers a huge selection of titles (over 1200 in stock) at some of the lowest prices North of the border! For American customers, check out their selection of harder to find import games. The Citadel could be a great option instead of paying for costly overseas shipping. They also offer Small Press Contests each month with prizes. We're glad to have them as our first international advertiser and we look forward to telling you more about their business in the coming months.
Strategic tile placement game that combines Scrabble style mechanics with special abilities for each tile.
Build totems, perform rituals, give gifts and try to become the the most respected member of your clan by being the most generous player.
The Royal family has fallen ill and it's your job to save some of them. Cure or kill pox ridden aristocrats in an effort to become the next Royal Physician.
Back Shelf Spotlight
A pirate combat par excellence! Seek out treasures and enhancements to your ship and deliver them back to port. Be the first to collect 30 points and you'll take home the title: Captain Treasure Boots!
Truckloads of Goober
A Goober segment without a game. Wha? We discuss how to take goobery elements you have at home and enhance any game experience.
The Game Sommelier
The challenge: 5 games to play to introduce to new gamers BUT games you can play while holding a newborn in one arm.
Donors - Pledge Drive 2009
Thanks to the following donors/subscribers:
Brandon "The Chancellor" Jones
Nikki "Sopwith Camel" Sagle
James "Twonky" Burns
Randy "Draw Four" Welker
Thanks to the many listeners who mentioned the great article on Monopoly and its role in helping POWs escape from prison camps. Link
Thanks to David Siskin for the tip on Kazaam Dice
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!
I state there are 8 phases to each day in The Great Potlatch. There are only 6.