Episode 99: Trumped Up
99: Trumped Up
Release Date: Mar. 29, 2010
Running Time: 123 min.
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Tricks are treats. We explore the history and evolution of trick and trump games from Pinochle to modern titles like Triumvirate, Sticheln and Die Sieben Siegel.
News & Notes: Haggis, Sticht Oder Nicht, Spielbox Update
Back Shelf Spotlight: Pinochle
The List: Sticheln, Triumvirate, Die Sieben Siegel
Game Sommelier: 5 essential trick-taking games for a new player
Mail Bag: New players in Sweden, new curlers in PA, kickstarter.com
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
A ladder-style game from Sean Ross with some very interesting twists including wild cards and bonuses for cards left in opponents' hands. Any fan of Tichu should be interested in getting a plateful of Haggis to the table.
Sticht Oder Nicht BGG
The time honored conflict between bees and swordfish (wtf?) is renewed in this new trick taking game.
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Possibly the most evil trick-taking game on the planet. Declare your misery suit before each round. You score face value for each misery card you take but only one point for each other card you collect.
A very clever indirect trick taking game for 2 players. Play a hand of 3-7 tricks to send a senator to vote for one of the Triumvirate. When one General has three votes, the player with the greatest number of legion cards pledged to his service will win the round.
Decide how many tricks you'll take and what suits they will be before you play each round. Here's the catch: everyone can see your predictions! You can also choose to play as the Saboteur, trying to stop everyone from making their bids.
Back Shelf Spotlight
A classic trick taking trump game that never goes out of style. Bid to determine trump, score your melds, the play your hand and be the first partnership to reach the target score.
Truckloads of Goober
1300 cards, including the original game and expansions all organized into 52 card decks usable for any classic card game.
The Game Sommelier
The challenge: 5 essential trick-taking games for new players.
Next Challenge: 5 favorite Spiel moments from the past 100 shows.
Thanks to Shelly "Not Dead Yet" Fowler for pointing us to Kickstarter.com, a great resource for aspiring game designers (or podcasters!) in need of start-up money for new projects.
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!