Episode 73: Espadas & Cigarros (Swords & Cigars)
73: Espadas & Cigarros
Release Date: Mar. 2, 2009
Running Time: 130 min.
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Avoid the Lulo List. More games inspired by the Spanish speaking world. We duel for glory in Toledo and angle for rum and power in Cuba. Plus two classic card games little known to gringos.
News & Notes: Dominion promo cards, Córdoba, Jugamos Todos, Alea Expansions
The List: Toledo, Cuba
Back Shelf Spotlight: Toruro, Mus
Truckloads of Goober: Tango
Game Sommelier: 5 Spanish games English speaking players may not know about
Mail Bag: NorthEast Wars, Tantrix online
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
Dominion Promo Cards for $.01 from BGG Link
2 sets of promo cards for the Dominion board game by Rio Grande Games. You'll receive both sets (Envoy and Black Market) along with detailed rules specific for the two cards. Each set will include 10 cards for play as well as one different backed Randomizer.
Asociacion Cultural Jugamos Todos Link
A group aiming to promote modern boardgames as a form of social and cultural leisure for everyone. They organise different activities open to the public during the year, plus special events.
Alea Treasure Chest BGG
- New buildings for Puerto Rico
- New buildings for San Juan
- A new 'gimmick' for both San Juan and Puerto Rico
- Nine new cards for Notre Dame
- A small set of new events for In the Year of the Dragon
- Building the Chinese wall for In the Year of the Dragon
- Material for a 6th player in Witch's Brew
- 'Magic abilities' for Witch's Brew
- Amulets for Witch's Brew. For a more exciting game with less players.
- A new table for Louis XIV
Córdoba is a 2 player mathematical card game set in this historic city's period of splendour, when it was the capital of al-Andalus, from 1300 to 800 years ago. Designed by Reiner Knizia, the game won't be at sale anytime and can't be found in stores. If you want to get one, you'll have to pay attention and participate in the activities of Jugamos Tod@s. Book your trip to Córdoba now!
Craft the finest swords using steel, gems and strategy and deliver them to the Emperor who resides in the Alcazar. But beware, your rivals' blades will be drawn and there are sure to be duels in the streets.
Under turbulent circumstances, Cuban villages strive for independent wealth and influence. With raw materials to trade or make into valuable commodities like rum and cigars, it's a race to see which village can find the most success. But keep in mind, one must always pay attention to Cuba's ever-changing laws and manipulate them to your best advantage.
Back Shelf Spotlight
Toruro Rules (PDF) Edited from instructions sent by Andres F. Pabon
A trick-taking gambling game popular in South America, especially Colombia. Special thanks to Andres F. Pabon for introducing us to the game!
A 4-card poker-style gambling game played with partners where no money need change hands and gestures signaling the contents of one's hand is legal!
Truckloads of Goober
Colorful wooden dancers grace the game board!
The Game Sommelier
The challenge: five Spanish games English speakers probably don't know about.
Córdoba - Link
Cafe Race - BGG
Tobynstein - BGG
Gaudi - BGG
Sombra Sobre Isla Negra - BGG
New Challenge: five games with a co-op element but are not co-op games
Thanks to Crusher Crancko for his Geek List!
Thanks to repeat donor Brennan "Sheep Master" Martin
Northeast Wars is coming in April. Register today!
The background image for this episode features pictures of cuban cigars and a cigar label, the Alcazar in Toledo, and a selection of swords from the period of the game.
Music credits (courtesy of Ioda Promonet) include:
Benedetti & Svoboda "Tarantas" from "Echoes Of Spain"
Jaap de Kwaasteniet "Los algodones" from "Streetorgan 'The Cuban' - Salsas & Merengues"
Los Cuatro De Belen "El Que Siembra Su Maiz" from "Los 30 Grandes Exitos De La Musica Cubana"
Los Cuatro De Belen "Guantamera" from "Los 30 Grandes Exitos De La Musica Cubana"
Tango Lorca "Nuestra Hora Favorita" from "Mujer Sola"
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
I totally forgot to mention the Movement Bonus Tile in my discussion of Toledo! Instead of selecting a fencing tile, you can select the Movement Bonus Tile. This enables you to play one card of a DIFFERENT number when moving your swordsmiths along the road. This card can be played at the beginning or end of your movement phase. It is VERY useful, but beware, if you still have the movement bonus tile at the end of the game, it is worth -2 victory points. You can exchange it at a Fencing Master business for a fencing tile before the end of the game to avoid this penalty.