Episode 72: Viva Los Juegos
72: Viva Los Juegos
Release Date: Feb. 16, 2009
Running Time: 119 min.
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No pasarán! From building towers of people in Catalonia to manning the barricades in Madrid, we play España 1936 and Castellers, two games from Brazilian publisher Devir.
News & Notes: LEGO Board Games, Keltis & Pandemic Expansions, Space Alert
The List: España 1936, Castellers
Back Shelf Spotlight: Papillons, Dancing Eggs
Truckloads of Goober: Kamisado
Game Sommelier: Five games you can lose pieces but not ruin the game
Mail Bag: Puzzle game suggestion, Flying Turtle correction
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
LEGO Announces Board Game Series Link
Backed by designs from Dr. Reiner Knizia, LEGO is releasing a series of ten board games later this year (August). Titles include: Ramses Pyramid, Creationary, Baugeschick, Minotaurus, RoboChamp, Magikus, Lava Dragon, Race 3000, and Lunar Command Pirate. The games will be released in August and will cost between 10-35 euros. Sorry Americans, the games will only be available in Europe.
Keltis Expansions Link
The Spiel Des Jahres winner has spawned a new generation of expansions and sibling games. Yes, the board game version of the card game Lost Cities is turning back into a Keltis themed card game. They might be trying to milk this one a little too much...
Pandemic: On The Brink Expansion BGG
On the Brink adds new roles, new variants, and new diseases to the game. Some new roles include the Archivist, The Generalist and the Bio-Terrorist. That's right, you can even play against this role while fighting the game itself. Variants include mutations, 5th player rules, new special events to add to the game. A 5th disease can be added to the game under some variants. What's cool is that you can mix and match the variants, rules, roles, etc.
Space Alert Coming to America Link
CGE announced that Rio Grande Games will be distributing its 2008 hit Space Alert in the US. If everything goes as planned, it will be available in the first half of April.
Rewrite or recreate history as you decide the outcome of the Spanish Civil War.
Stack your people wisely, paying attention to color and numbers on your wooden castellers.
Back Shelf Spotlight
Try to arrange a layout of butterfly cards to match your secret goal.
Drop, snatch or run to collect your eggs. Then, balance them on your shoulder, chin or head according to the roll of the dice. First person to drop an egg ends the round.
Truckloads of Goober
Colorful abstract strategy game with dragon towers and rings.
The Game Sommelier
The challenge: five games you can lose several components and the game is still playable.
Go - BGG
Bausack - BGG
Ta Yu - BGG
Mancala - BGG
Tantrix - BGG
New Challenge: five games with Spanish designers or publishers.
Dave owns up to his goof. There is, in fact, no new version of Shark from Flying Turtle. Thanks to Donald Dennis (of On Board Games) for catching the mistake!
Tim Shippert has created an online version of the dice/puzzle game Bongo. Check it out!
Ken Maher is offering his entire game design library to download FOR FREE! Here's the site.
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The background image for theis episode is a poster from the Spanish Civil War era announcing a village ball being held despite the hostilities. Link Other posters featured in the enhanced version are also posted at The Visual Front. and here.
War songs included in the show:
Republican: No Pasaran! and Quinto Regimento Link
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
Devir has offices and a large presence in Spain, but the company is actually Brazilian.