Episode 362 - Nova Luna

Release Date: November 23, 2020

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Running Time:  85 min.

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We humans are caught in a cosmic conversation with the Moon. Its monthly dance pulls at our planet. Nova Luna (New Moon) is the start of another cycle; it has come to symbolize a new beginning, a chance to plan for the future.

Nova Luna is an abstract game of new beginnings. Players select and place colored tiles from the Moon clock, hoping to create patterns which allow them to place scoring tokens on the tiles. As the moon moves through its cycle, new choices and strategies will arise. The moon will talk to you through her tiles. Listen close and you’ll make the right connection.

Tune in explore the game and discover why it earns our Spiel of Approval.

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Nova Luna   Edition Spielwiese | Stronghold Games  |  BGG 

Designer: Uwe Rosenberg, Corné van Moorsel

Publisher: Edition Spielwiese, Stronghold Games, White Goblin + 4 others

Artist: Lukas Siegmon

1-4 players  30-45 min.  ages 8+   MSRP $50

Time to teach/learn: 5 minutes


The Meal

Stephen's Selection

Recipes: Crabwiches & Cheese Pennies  |  Game: Tussie Mussie  

Doug's Selection

Recipe: One Pan French Onion Chicken  | Game: Castles of Burgundy

Stephen's Recipe - Crabwiches


1 stick Butter, softened
1 jar Old English Cheese Spread (Kraft) 1 7oz. can Lump Crabmeat
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 1⁄2 tsp Mayonnaise
Dash Garlic Powder
6 English Muffins

Preheat oven to broil. Combine butter and cheese spread. Add mayo, Worcestershire, and garlic powder until well mixed. Spread mixture onto English muffins.

Freeze the muffins with the spread for at least 10 minutes.

NOTE: you can leave the crabwiches frozen at this stage for use later. We often make a double batch to have a quick appetizer on hand.

Remove from freezer and cut muffins into small wedges (make them bite- sized).

Place oven rack at highest level. Broil the wedges for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.

Serves 12.

Stephen's Recipe - Cheese Pennies


2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated 2 sticks Butter, softened
2-4 tbsp Cold water
2 Cups Rice Krispies
1 tsp Salt
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
Preheat oven to 400

Combine flour, cheese, butter and salt in large bowl. Add cold water to moisten as needed. Fold Rice Krispies and Worcestershire into dough. Form dough into 1” balls (a melon baller works well) and place onto an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten balls with a fork in a criss- cross pattern (like a peanut butter cookie).

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Makes 3-4 dozen.

Tussie Mussie         Button Shy Games |  BGG


Doug's Recipe - One Pan Pork Chops and Rice


3-4 chicken breasts (depending on size)

1-1/2 oniona

2 tablespoons flour

1-1/2 cups beef stock

3-4 slices Gruyere or other white cheese

How To Prepare

Season chicken with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and paprika.

Add oil to a heated skillet and sear chicken breasts, 3 minutes per side.

Remove chicken and add butter and oil to pan.

Add sliced onions to pan and cook for 15 minutes.

Add flour and stir to thicken.

Add stock and season.

Bring to a boil and re-introduce chicken to pan,

Lower heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Top breasts with cheese and cover pan to allow cheese to melt.

Castles of Burgundy      Ravensburger  |  BGG


Music credits include:

There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder  by Tex Ritter  |  the song

Bad Moon Rising  by Henry & the Bleeders  |  the song