Episode 136: Qye Qye, Quirdy
Release Date: Sept 12, 2011
Running Time: 137 min.
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Wake up! We review Uluru, a crafty customizable puzzle game about granting wishes to cosmic Dreambirds. Plus, we take a look at the new dice-building game Quarriors.
News & Notes: FallCon, Alba Longa, Columbia Games deal, Test of Fire
The List: Uluru
Truckloads of Goober: Shogun/Samurai Swords/Ikusa
Back Shelf Spotlight: Boggle
Playbill: Quarriors, Color Stix
Game Sommelier: BGG Top 5
Mail Bag: Spiel lyrics, Games & Grub, Freyas
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
FallCon Oct. 14-16 Link
FallCon is a boardgame and tabletop miniatures convention for the masses held every fall in Calgary. Consider FallCon a philosophical extension to those fun Friday game nights you spend with family and friends!
Alba Longa BGG
Early Italy, 600 BCE – Five city states are vying each other for superiority in the region. Each player controls a city state and tries to be the first to have 16+ population and 10 monuments using dice selection and worker placement mechanics.
Columbia Games Try Before You Buy Deal
Try Hammer of the Scots, Richard III, or Julius Caesar for .99 cents. They'll mail you the game; try if for 30 days. If you like it, keep it for the full price. If you don't, send it back. Great way to try some great introductory level historical wargames!
First title in a new American Civil War series of wargames designed by Martin Wallace
Place "wish" cards on the board, flip the timer, and try to unravel the mysteries of Uluru by guiding each Dreambird to its proper position around the sacred mountain.
Back Shelf Spotlight
This classic probably isn't as old as you think. It was first published in 1972 and it was saved by an ad campaign featuring Boggle themed Cosmopolitan magazine covers!
Amass a set of dice creatures and spells to gain glory by bashing other's monsters and protecting your own. Over 150 custom dice included!
A fast easy-to-learn puzzle game where players arrange wooden sticks to combine color blocks and score points.
Truckloads of Goober
The classic GameMaster series game Shogun has returned as Ikusa. We take a look at the goober from then and now
The Game Sommelier
Thanks to Chris Marling for the Challenge. We had to reorder the top 5 games based on our tastes out of the top 10 rated games on BGG.
Chris polled several podcasters with this same challenge and has posted the results on BGG.
Dave's Picks: Agricola, Caylus, Power Grid, Puerto Rico, Twilight Struggle
Stephen's Picks: Twilight Struggle, Puerto Rico, Agricola, Power Grid, Brass
Pledge Drive 2011
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Thanks to Ken Ferguson for the great Spiel theme-music lyrics!
Check out Games & Grub, a new gaming blog.
Two Spieler families have daughters named Freya. How wonderfully random and fun!
Music credits include:
Bye Bye Blackbird by Billie Holliday | buy the song
Wangarja by John Bennett | buy the song
Bye Bye Birdie (Reprise) by Ann Margaret | buy the song
Bye Bye Love by The Ditty Bops | buy the song
During the Clever Mojo ad for Sunrise City, I mention the game will be available to retailers through the Springboard program which is powered by Game Salute. The web site for Springboard is
http://www.gamesalute.com/Springboard NOT springboard.com as stated in the ad.
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
Sponsored Link: Starlit Citadel
Dwarf King Buy It
Sponsored Links: Board Game Guy
Sunrise City Kickstarter
Alien Frontiers: Factions Kickstarter
Sponsored Link: Table of Catan Link