Episode 121: A More Perfect Union
Release Date: Feb. 21, 2011
Running Time: 155 min.
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We the people. We break out the powdered wigs to review Founding Fathers, a game where players write or rewrite history by creating the Constitution.
News & Notes: Cheapass Games, English Fauna, Bits, Mohenjo-Daro
The List: Founding Fathers
Truckloads of Goober: Carcassonne anniversary items, Secret of Monte Cristo
Designer's Workbench: Games as simulations
Game Sommelier: 5 potentially offensive games
Mail Bag: Moons are not planets, Facebook Q&A
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
The Return of Cheapass Games! Link
Pioneer of small press game companies, Cheapass is releasing many of its titles as print and play downloads. They are using a donation model to generate funds and support for their business. If I didn't own virtually their entire catalog, I'd be in trouble already! I hope we see new titles from them soon.
English edition of Fauna Link
Fox Mind Games is publishing a version of the Spiel des Jahres nominee in English. The board will be double sided and feature metric and imperial measurements.
Pirates vs Dinosaurs Link
Upcoming title from Jolly Roger Games (publisher of Founding Fathers). Designed by Richard Launius. Players control pirate captains and their cutthroat crews, all with partial knowledge of the whereabouts of buried treasure on a forgotten Pacific island.
The catch? They don't know the island is the final home of dinosaurs, survivors of millions of years, and they aren't happy to let outsiders explore their island. Of course, the pirates also don't know that the island is sinking or that there are other pirates looking for the same treasure. Who will get away with the most loot and become the pirate remembered by history?
Follow up to the Tetris style puzzle game FITS, players arrange their domino like pieces to creat or avoid certain shapes to score points.
Gaming in Mohenjo-daro Link
Dissertation by Elke Rogersdotter, University of Gothenburg
The focal point for this study are game-related finds from the Bronze Age Indus Valley settlement of Mohenjo-daro, one of the largest urban settlements (ca. 2500-2000 BC).
At this site, almost every tenth find was related to leisure—dice or gaming pieces. And they’re not uniformly scattered. The artifacts are clustered together in what might have been ancient, say, gaming halls or courtyards.
These finds constitute a basis for an analysis of play as a social phenomenon, which is the main theme of this thesis.
Players take on the role of a influential member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Using delegate cards as voters, debaters or to enact events, you attempt to craft a document that aligns best the factions within your caucus, one article at a time.
Truckloads of Goober
The 10th anniversary edition includes special tiles, acrylic meeples, and a meeple shaped box!
Acrylic "phantom" meeples sold separately from the Jubilee edition.
Award winning dice game given a Carcassonne re-theming.
Spiffy looking marble slider determines actions each round!
Games as Simulations
Short list of titles/categories mentioned
wargames (real/imagined) - Squad Leader, Conflict of Heroes, Star Fleet Battles
sports games - Strat-o-matic, Pizza Box Football, Formula De
economic games (general or specific event) - Tulipmania, Agricola, Automobile, Monopoly
political games - 1960, Okolopoly, Die Macher
all-encompassing - Civilization, Through the ages, 20th Century, Life
literary - Lord of the Rings, Arabian Nights, Pillars of the Earth, Fury of Dracula
The Game Sommelier
The Challenge: 5 potentially offensive/controversial games
Road Kill Rally (gratuitous violence)
War on Terror (playing terrorists)
Funny Friends (sex/drug themes)
Mr. Jack (serial killing with a light tone)
Inquisitio (Spanish Inquisition - avoid being burned at the stake)
Lunch Money (beating up little kids, artwork)
Escape from Colditz (Nazis)
Next Challenge: 5 games improved by removing dice
Music credits (courtesy of IODA promonet) include:
No IODA tracks this time
Stars & Stripes Forever by the Muppets
Hail Columbia United States Marine Band | Buy It
Stony Point by David Hildebrand | Buy It
Named for the British stronghold on the Hudson that was captured in 1779 by General Anthony Wayne, this tune was very popular in the 1790's.
March to Boston by David Hildebrand | Buy It
Like "White Cockade", this simple American march was a great favorite in the army and in the parlor. It is played today by traditional musicians in New England under the title "Road to Boston"
A marching song for the grenadier units of the British military, the tune of which dates from the 17th century.
Free America | Buy It
Set to the tune of British Grenadiers, the lyrics are by Dr. Joseph Warren, of Boston. Warren was one of the original Minute Men. Warren was Chairman of the Committee of Safety in Boston in 1775 and the man who sent Paul Revere to Lexington to warn John Adams and John Hancock of the British advance, setting Revere off on his famous ride.
James Hewitt (June 4, 1770 - August 2, 1827) was an American conductor, composer and music publisher.
The 1970s classic.
Yankee Doodle Never Went to Town by Billie Holiday | Buy It
Yankee Doodle Bongo by Bob Rosengarden | Buy It
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!