Episode 70: Hernandez
Release Date: Jan. 5, 2009
Running Time: 118 min.
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Puzzle primer. We explore a new trend: the convergence between puzzles and games. We review six different titles including On the Dot, three forms of Ubongo, Code Omega and Santy Anno.
News & Notes: Baked Dice, Bits & Pieces Mag, Zooloretto Gorilla, Alhambra Gold
The List: On the Dot, Ubongo, Ubongo Extreme, Ubongo Das Duell, Code Omega, Santy Anno
Back Shelf Spotlight: Code 777, Take It Easy
Truckloads of Goober: Jungle Smart
Mail Bag: Haunting House suggestion, Japanese lesson, NFL Pool results
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
The classic returns. It features 50 alien races, flare cards to boost their powers, 100 plastic ships, a host of premium components, and all-new tech cards that let players research and build extraordinary technological marvels!
Gingerbread Dice Link
Homemade 20-sided dice. Tasty!
New expansion tile to the 2007 Spiel des Jahres winner. The first player to fill his 6-space enclosure, takes the gorilla enclosure from the middle of the table. The owner of the gorilla enclosure may once during the game place a drawn tile (also a coin tile) directly into his zoo instead of on a delivery truck.
Bits & Pieces Magazine Official Site
A new print publication set to debut in February 2009. Each issue will include 10 reviews: 2 classic games, 2 fillers, and 6 new games or hidden gems.
Gridstones on Amazon Link
Alhambra Gold Edition Official Site
The golden anniversary edition version of the 2003 Spiel des Jahres offers new game material. This includes wooden fountains and an embroidered cloth bag, adding more atmosphere to the game!
Pattern matching game with four transparent polka dotted cards. Great for players of all ages.
Use tetris-style pieces to fill a puzzle grid before your opponents.
Ubongo Extreme BGG
Like Ubongo? This sequel ratchets up the difficulty by using hexagonal pieces. There's also a free expansion designed by Ted Alspach: Ubongo Craxy Expansion.
Ubongo Das Duell BGG
Two player Ubongo. Both players try to solve the same puzzle.
Align rectangular strips to form a column of symbols
After a long night partying, 7 pirates and a seagull are looking for their ship:the notorious Santy Anno! Crazy combo of logic puzzle and musical chairs.
Back Shelf Spotlight
Code 777 BGG
Secret love child of Sleuth and Indian Poker. Answer questions and try to deduce your three secret numbers.
Arrange your hex tiles to create color lines and patterns to score.
Truckloads of Goober
Jungle Smart BGG
Rearrange three chunky wooden animals by forming nonsense phrases
The Game Sommelier
Thanks to Carlos Hernandez, namesake of this episode, for agreeing to take the Sommelier Challenge!
The challenge: find five more puzzle style games you might not know about
Navigate your robot to a target in the least number of moves.
Rearrange tiles to get the yellow and black taxis to their destinations
To play Carrousel, you don't have to be a knight, jockey or a cossack. A little speed and observation will do. Find the right color combinations and move your horses quickly before your opponents do it for you!
At the end of each stage, thieves will steal goods from the caravans when they stop at an oasis. Each player must engage in a Sudoku-like analysis of the clues he is given to determine which pitches in the new oasis will be struck by thieves and which will be safe places for him to rest his camels. As the round progresses, you gain more information about where the thieves will be. The object of the game is to be the trader left with the most value in goods when you reach Timbuktu.
Roll a colored die to randomly pick a colored chip or you make an exchange based on a series of equations. The goal is to end up with the right combination of chips to get one of the target cards.
Pattern matching dice game. Find the right combination and declare the correct animal before your opponents.
Combination of speed and deduction. Determine the criminal and declare the guilty party through a series of clue cards.
After all players have simultaneously reserved an "mirror axis" on the board, a mirror will be used to determine which parts of the board are multiplied and which are left hidden. The player with the most points after 10 puzzles wins the game.
Thanks to donors Quinn "Swing State" Munnerlyn III, Jeffrey "Mayor of Catan" Myers, Jonathan "Commanded & Colored" Moody, and Bob "Sultan of Souks" Wilson
Steve Donohue recommends adding the expansion to Haunting House.
Denny Yori catches my mangled Japanese spelling of itadakimasu in the last show description.
Congratulations to Derek Jung, winner of the 1st annual Spiel NFL Pool! He wins a Spiel T-Shirt.
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
Ubongo Extreme's puzzle pieces are color coded and you use a particular set of colored pieces when solving the puzzle in a given round. You don't roll a die as in Ubongo.