Episode 127: Show Me The Monet
Release Date: May 16, 2011
Running Time: 146 min.
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True Colors. Grab your brush, step up to the easel and join us for a review of Pastiche, a game about mixing paints to create famous works of art.
News & Notes: Alien Frontiers translated, Nedderman Custom Dice, Lancaster
The List: Pastiche
Back Shelf Spotlight: Masterpiece
Truckloads of Goober: Back-of-the-board art
Playbill: Munchkin Zombies
Game Sommelier: 5 games to use on a reality TV show for gamers
Mail Bag: Periodic Table dice, Toruro on Pagat, Sommelier feedback
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
Ystari Games will be producing French, German, Spanish, and Italian language versions of Alien Frontiers for distribution in Western Europe and LocWorks will be producing and distributing Polish and Eastern European language versions of Alien Frontiers. Both LocWorks and Ystari expect late 2011 release dates. (for a full review of Alien Frontiers, check out Episode 115: The Stars Our Dicetination)
New edition which promises to be even more fun for kids and parents alike.
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. Help Henry V unify England and conquer France.
Abraham Nedderman Custom Dice Link
Carbon fiber, aircraft aluminum, machined, laser etched or screen printed, artist Abraham Nedderman makes his living creating dice of every shape and size.
Venture Forth Kickstarter
In Venture Forth, players have a party of adventurers who each have their own personal ambition. Achieving an ambition allows the player to convert that adventurer's "will" into points and to possibly level him up. All ambitions require the player to venture forth, which means moving his party from one site to another along a path. A combination of resource management, path planning, and timing will help you along the way.
Kamakura is a game of feudal Japanese warfare in which you attempt to defeat an opponent by taking their territories before they take yours; this is done by carefully choosing combinations of weapons, soldiers, and arrow barrages to attack with, while defending your own territories with a myriad of defensive techniques.
Play tiles, collect paint cards, use the palette to trade and mix them to create famous works of art!
Back Shelf Spotlight
The classic auction/bluffing from prolific designer and inventor Marvin Glass.
Truckloads of Goober
Take a moment to celebrate the art that never gtes a chance to be seen while you're playing: the art on the back of the board!
The latest incarnation of this crazy card combat game pits players (zombies) against a bevvy of puny human "monsters."
The Game Sommelier
The Challenge: (from listener Eugene Loh - Singapore) 5 games for a reality TV show where 10-20 contestants compete by playing board games each episode.
Around the World in 80 Games
Next Challenge: (submitted by Eric Bussé) 5 games connected to sites on the Unesco World Heritage Monuments.
Pledge Drive 2011
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Thanks to Scott McColgin for pointing us to Periodic Table dice!
Toruro is listed at Pagat thanks to Andrés Pabon's translation for The Spiel.
Ken Maher submitted a new game for our Games by Spielers for Spielers forum.
Music credits include:
Paint It Black by Hayseed Dixie | Buy It
Mona Lisa by Conway Twitty | Buy It
Vincent by Alma | YouTube
Pictures of Pandas Painting by They Might Be Giants | Buy It
New Coat of Paint by Tom Waits | Buy It
True Colors by Gennaro Cosmo Parlato | Buy It
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
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