Episode 125: Wag the Dog
Release Date: Apr. 18, 2011
Running Time: 161 min.
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Unleashed. We celebrate 5 years of The Spiel by wagging The Long Tail of gaming, reviewing 9 old obscure and off-the-wall games.
News & Notes: boardga.me, Show Business, Upper Deck: Evolution
The List: Irondale
Back Shelf Spotlight: Muzundrum, Senet, Image
Truckloads of Goober: Astron, Sinking of the Titanic, Lie Detector, Robot Quiz
Game Sommelier: 5 games that are more fun to lose
Mail Bag: Sommelier suggestions, Shapeways dice, Catapult
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
New link shortening service for the board game community.
StManage your band and create the next generation of stars. Eye-poppingly colorful import from Polish publisher Sinonis.
Upper Deck: Evolution Cards Official Site
NCard sized LCD screens that play 1 minute video highlight reel loops. A novelty in the trading card world could be the beginning of a trend in gaming? Hopefully these cards fare better than the ill-conceived Haircut Signature cards, featuring strands of hair from famous historical figures. Just what every collector needs a locke of George Washington's hair. Creepy.
Expand the city of Irondale by placing your buildings in the best locations, determined by building type, ability and master plan. Simple to learn but deeper strategies await.
Battle Bots meets Robo Rally. Maneuver your seven robots using programmed movement over the course of 3 rounds to the center of the arena to score the most points.
Back Shelf Spotlight
Musical Scrabble played with funky 12-sided dice. Play triads up and down on the board and scales left and right. Warning: dice may also be used to invoke the powers of the "Muzoracle!"
Found in tomb paintings in 3500 BC, Senet is one of the oldest if not THE oldest board game known in recorded history. What began as a simple diversion became a matter of mythic proportions to the Egyptians.
Play cards to create the identity of 4 well known people. The more cards played, the more you'll score but also the more risk someone else will change a key element and claim them instead.
Truckloads of (Vintage) Goober
Rolling map moves by under player's rocket ships as the race progresses!
RPlace the suspects in the black box, place the probe into a series of holes and watch for the read out for news of their guilt or innocence. Claims to be non-electronic, but we have our doubts. Then again, maybe it's powered by gnomes...
Also known as Abandon Ship, the board features the ill-fated ship on a pivot which lists and eventually sinks beneath the waves.
Circular question cards are placed in the box. The robot asks a question and you must answer. Move the robot to the answer circle and your mechanical quix master will point to the correct response.
The Game Sommelier
The Challenge: 5 games that are more fun to lose
Games Where Losing Is Very Likely
Games Where Story Is More Important
Games I am Terrible At But Still Love Playing
Games Where Losing Is Winning
Next Challenge (for Tom & Eric of The Dice Tower):
5 games they are terrible at but still love playing
Pledge Drive 2011
Show your financial support for The Spiel. Help us reach our goal of inspiring 25% of our audience to make a contribution. Click here to contribute.
Several Spielers sent links to Shapeways dice, including these spiffy Thorn dice.
Martin Boiselle has offered up one of his latest designs, a trick taking game called Catapult, to the Games by Spielers for Spielers forum.
Music credits (courtesy of IODA promonet) include:
No IODA tracks this time
Black Dog by Boys from County Nashville | Buy
Bird Dog by The Everly Brothers | Buy
My Dog's Got No Nose by Listen with Sarah | Link
Dogs, Part 2 by Woolen Men | Link
Rain Dogs by Tom Waits | Buy
I Like Dogs by Dave Merson Hess | Link
Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton | Buy
Hound Dog in the Window by Homer & Jethro | Buy
Black Dog by Orchestre National De Jazz | Buy
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!