Episode 152: From Russia With Love
Release Date: May 14, 2012
Running Time: 124 min.
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Fun from the frozen north. We review 3 titles from Russian publisher Right Games: Evolution, Potion Making Practice and The Enigma of Leonardo.
News & Notes: Wrong Chemistry, Sausage Dice, Mensa Awards
Right Games Reviews: Evolution: The Origin of Species, Potion Making Practice, Enigma of Leonardo
Back Shelf Spotlight: Sceptre 1027 A.D.
Game Sommelier: 5 out of print "grail" games to play
Mail Bag: Dwarf/Orc dice, Hike on Easter Island, Lyle Otterbein
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
Wrong Chemistry Kickstarter
Manipulate tiles and discs to create patterns that match your chemical element cards.
Sausage dice. Need we say more?
MENSA 2012 Mind Games Awards Link
A Qwirkle-ish card game where players score by creating patterns based on similarities or differences.
A modular board, abstract strategy game whereplayers attempt to surround opponent's pieces as the board shrinks.
Mine Shift Mindware
Manipulate the mine tiles while trying to move your pieces toward your opponent's home area.
Snake Oil Link
Try to sell your fake product to an unsuspecting buyer by making the best 30 second pitch.
Tetris Link Techno Source
Drop your tetraminos into the slide rack and score points based on the lines you create.
Guide your organisms through the game by adding different traits and abilities which will help them eat and survive.
Mix simple potions using recipes and the table of elements to score points and enable you to mix bigger and more powerful spells.
Dave made a very helpful potion table showing which ingredients are used in each potion. Download the PDF
Play cards to your grid hoping to create matches of 3 identical icons. Collect enough keys by making matches to win the game.
Back Shelf Spotlight
Sceptre 1027 A.D. BGG
A 4 player chess variant that adds terrain and a modular board.
The Game Sommelier
The Challenge: 5 out of print "grail" games you'd like to play
Thanks to Larry Mendel for the links to these cool Orc/Dwarf dice.
Thanks to Allen Chen for sending in this great picture of his sons Bryson and Peyton playing the card game Hike on Easter Island!
Thanks to Lyle Otterbein for his Kickstarter stretch goal ideas.
Music credits include
Kalinka Red Army Choir | the song
Morning Gymnastics (Утренняя гимнастика) Vladimir Vysotsky | the song
Moscow to Odessa (Москва - Одесса) Vladimir Vysotsky | the song
Cosmonaut Petrov Red Elvises | the song
All Agreed (Все решено) Elvira T | the song
About You (Около тебя) Elka | the song
From Russia With Love Giuliano Palma & the Bluebeaters | the song
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
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