Episode 34: Bullet Barons
34: Bullet Barons
Release Date: August 6, 2007
Running Time: 97 min.
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Click, Click, Boom! Our nerves of steel are put to the test playing Russian Roulette in Kablamo! and bidding for a coal powered empire in Industria.
News & Notes: Walk the Plank, Gen Con plans (Spiel-a-thon!)
The List: Kablamo, Industria
Back Shelf Spotlight: Roma, Babel
Truckloads of Goober: Arbos
Notes from the OCD: Collecting series, Storing games, Shuffling
Mail Bag: Dice article, Iron Sommelier, Parsec Award Nomination
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Walk the Plank link
Nifty new trump game where you must take a trick or you walk the plank!
Gen Con Plans
Spiel-a-thon (Sponsored by Rio Grande Games)
When: Friday, August 17
Open gaming 10 AM - 7 PM
Spiel-a-thon: 7 PM - midnight
Where: Omni Hotel, Fischer B Room (map)
Come meet us, play Rio Grande Games, and win fabulous prizes! When we heard Rio Grande was not going to have a booth at Gen Con this year, we asked them if they wanted to team up so our listeners and the gaming public could still get a chance to play.
From 10 AM to midnight, you'll have a chance to play the latest and greatest Rio Games from Europe and beyond! We'll arrive at 7 PM with a lineup of contests, prizes! It is sure to be a fun time and I hope we'll see lots of you there!
Podcast Panel: The Game Review
Friday, August 17, 3 PM Location: TBA
We will discuss our game review process with a fun group of podcasters.
Saturday, August 18, 7 - 9 PM
Where: Hyatt Hotel (map)
Paul Tevis of Have Games Will Travel has organized an informal mixer for podcast hosts and listeners. Dave has to work, so it will just be Stephen in attendance. Come by, have a drink and a chat, and maybe even a game or two.
Late Night Gaming
We hope to do as much pick-up late night gaming as we can throughout Gen Con. We'll probably set up camp somewhere near the open gaming rooms in the convention center in the wee hours of the morning. Look for us there!
Come Say Hello!
Don't be nervous or intimidated. We want to meet you and know who's listening! We're just two dorks with microphones. If you spot us at the con and you say "Truckloads of Goober!" to us, you just might win a cool prize!
Name That Game
Congratulations to Carlos Hernandez and Simon Wilcock for solving the Name That Game puzzle in Episode 33!
Time Well Spent is now sponsoring the game giveaway for Name That Game! The prize for this epsiode is a copy of Jenseits von Theben. Sweet!. Thanks to TWS and remember, supporting our sponsors helps support us, too!
If you have a puzzle you'd like to hear as part of Name That Game, send it in !
Fill your revolver, spin the cylinder, flip your bullet token and hope you still have your head whne the dust settles!
Funky auction mechanic parcels out technologies that form the basis for the Industial Revolution and beyond.
Back Shelf Spotlight
Dice based 2-player game where you scramble not to lose your victory points faster than your opponent
The meanest of all the Kosmos 2 player games by far! Build your temples up by knocking your opponent's down.
Truckloads of Goober
Build a tree out of wooden tubes and leaves from a wobbly wooden base
Notes from the OCD
Tips for collecting games in a series
Questions about storing games, cards, and shuffling.
Dave Shapiro has written a well-reasoned treatise on dice and randomness in games.
David Reed suggests doing an "Iron Sommelier" segment (a la Iron Chef) and have a listener challenge one of us to find five games for the Sommelier challenge. Great idea, David!
We have been nominated for a Parsec Award . How cool is that? Thanks to whoever nominated us!
Send in your own Spiel promo mp3 and we'll work it into the show some time. "I'm X and you're listening to The Spiel!"
We forgot to update our count on The List . I knew we would forget something! We added about 10 new games from Origins, but we played 2 off The List. So the current unplayed count stands at 154.
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!