Episode 49: Great Wall of Dice
49: Great Wall of Dice
Release Date: March 3, 2008
Running Time: 96 min.
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Barbarians at the gates? Get rolling! We build a small but great wall in Chang Cheng and use dice to hire advisors to protect His Majesty's realm in Kingsburg.
News & Notes: GenCon Chapter 11, FFG-GW, Days of Wonder prices
New Sponsor: Gateplay.com
The List: Chang Cheng, Kingsburg
Name That Game: Win Knowbody Knows from Uncle Rez and Rage from Fundex
Backshelf Spotlight: Saboteur, Careers
Truckloads of Goober: Mr. Gameshow
Game Sommelier: Five games with some luck for strategy purists
Mail Bag: Ubongo extreme, curling love, and Mosquito tiles
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Gateplay.com - new Sponsor Link
They carry a great selection of gateway games for players of all experience levels, including some really excellent game bundle deals. Thanks to Gateplay for sponsoring the show!
GenCon files for Bankruptcy Link
A strategic move to consolidate their funds due to a lawsuit from LucasFlim.
Fantasy Flight board games for Games Workshop Link
Shortly after shuttering their own board game efforts, Games Workshop has inked a deal with Fantasy Flight giving them license to publish board and card games from their back catalog including Talisman.
Days of Wonder Raises US Prices on Most Games Link
Citing rising material and fuel costs, Days of Wonder has raised the prices On most of their games by $10.
Just in time for Spring Training, a great new card driven baseball game that really captures the ebb and flow of the real thing!
Become one of the 4 officers of the Emperor and try to increase your reputation by building the Great Wall and trying to defend against the Mongol hordes.
You have five years (turns) to curry favor with the King's advisors to expand your fiefdom and defend the realm.
Mystery Connection Contest
Can you find a connection between these two games? We find a mystery connection each episode and challenge you, the listener, to hunt for it! Post your guesses to the Forum . Find the connection and you could win a pair of coveted custom Spiel Dice!
Congratulations to Ben Lott our winner for episode 48!
You are dwarves digging for gold in the depths of a mine when suddenly, the pick-axe breaks, and the lantern goes out. The saboteur has struck again! But who is the saboteur and will he (or they!) stop you from reaching the treasure? If you succeed, gold awaits you. If you don't, then to the victor goes the spoils. Whoever has the most gold nuggets after three rounds is the winner.
First on the scene in the 1950’s and out of print for the past five years, Careers is again available with its original play, look and feel. Each player chooses his own personal success formula and then embarks on an exciting variety of career paths, hoping to be the first to complete their quest for fame, fortune and happiness!”
Mr Gameshow BGG Entry
I ask you, who wouldn't want an animatronic Wink Martindale robot to play games with?
The Challenge: Five games with some luck or randomness for players who prefer pure strategy (perfect information) games.
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Next Challenge: Five games for musicians to play during breaks at a show or recording session.
Thanks to donors Curtis "The Titan" Anderson and Brian "Fire & Axe" Strange
Thanks to Jon LaChance and Eric Michael Summerer for sharing some curling love.
Michal Walczak-Slusarczyk in Cracow, Poland generously offered to send us some Mosquitos for Hive, but John Yianni, the designer of the game, beat him to the punch!
I (Stephen) said the Ubongo Extreme pieces were traingular like tangrams and they're actually hexagonal.
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!