Episode 126: London's Calling
Release Date: May 2, 2011
Running Time: 157 min.
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From Hell. Slip into the foggy gaslit streets with us for an in-depth review of Letters from Whitechapel, a game where players try to plan or prevent Jack the Ripper's killing spree.
News & Notes: Hasbro woes, Deadwood, Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype
The List: Letters from Whitechapel
Table Talk: The Game of Great Detectives - Sherlock Holmes
Back Shelf Spotlight: Bakerstreet
Game Sommelier: 5 games Tom & Eric (The Dice Tower) are terrible at but love to play
Mail Bag: yucata.de, TableCon, dice pics
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
Hasbro Game Profits down Link
Mass market game sales are down significantly in the first quarter of 2011 while industry sales as a whole remain strong. The one bright spot for Hasbro is sales for Magic: The Gathering continue to be very good.
New Western gun-dueling game from Fantasy Flight set for release this Summer.
Winner of the 2011 Mensa Select Award, this game was inspired by a children's game invented by H.G. Wells and G.K. Chesterton in the late 19th century.
The streets of Whitechapel provide easy prey for bloody minded Jack the Ripper. A team of players (the police) try to track a single player (the killer) down over the course of four nights and bring him to justice.
The Game of Great Detectives - Sherlock Holmes
Each player dons the deerstalker and tries to solve a crime in this card game. Your job is to assemble a set of evidence card: crime, suspect and motive, using Detection Points as currency.
Back Shelf Spotlight
An ambitious card game that involves bidding, area control, set collection and memory. Play numbered cards to evidence stacks to bid/win letter cards in an attempt to assemble a continuous sequence of letters and solve the case.
The Game Sommelier
The Challenge: issued to Tome Vasel and Eric Summerer of The Dice Tower
5 games they are terrible at but still love playing
Next Challenge (courtesy of Eugene Loh in Singapore):
5 games for a reality TV show where 10-20 contestants compete by playing board games each episode.
Pledge Drive 2011
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Chris Marling wanted to remind folks about yucata.de, a great free source for play-by-email games.
Mark Taylor sent us a fun pic of Spiel dice in action. Post yours to the forums here.
Music credits include:
Jack the Ripper by Jack & The Rippers | Buy It
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