Episode 26 - Machiavelli's Mullet
26: Machiavelli's Mullet
Release Date: April 2, 2007
Running Time: 102 min.
Business in the front, party in the back. We plot and scheme to elect the Pope in The Prince, spaz out combining cornrows in Wig Out, and nibble our way from plankton to sharks in Chomp.
News & Notes: Stonehenge, Tannhauser
The List: The Prince, Wig Out, Chomp!
Backshelf Spotlight: Seasons, Mississippi Queen
Truckloads of Goober: Ubongo
Game Sommelier: guest challenge from Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower
Mail Bag: Kosmos Cage Match, The Great Game Tree, Knizia Dice Games, OCD issues
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Five games in one box, each with a different designer: Richard Garfield, Richard Borg, James Enrest, Bruno Faidutti, Mike Selinker. Here's the link to Mike Selinker's game design diary.
Alternate history World War II squad level adventure board game where Germany tries to enlist occult forces to win the war.
The Prince link
Warring Renaissance families wheel and deal to weild the most influence over the military, art and religion, including a vote for Pope at the end of each round.
Wig Out link
Simple matching game for kids with great hairstyle themed art.
A speedy ocean themed food chain game. Think underwater war with a twist.
Mystery Connection Contest
Can you find a connection between these two games? We find a mystery connection each episode and challenge you, the listener, to hunt for it! Email us with your guess and you could win a pair of laser cut custom Spiel dice !
Congratulations to Dustin in NY for winning the connection contest for Balloon Cup and Space Beans from Episode 25!
Seasons - The Calendar Rummy Game BGG entry
Clever rummy variant with bonuses for season themed melds.
Mississippi Queen BGG Entry
Mark Twain! Steamboat river racing down the Mighty Mississippi!
Truckloads of Goober
Ubongo BGG Entry
72 gems, 36 double sided puzzle boards, and cool player pawns!
The Challenge (courtesy of Tom Vasel from The Dice Tower ): Find five Renaissance themed trading games that are fun because of the theme.
The Prince link
Traders of Genoa link
Age of Renaissance link
Poll: Results from last poll New Poll: What games should we play for the Listener's Choice Episode (#28)?
Jim Grosch suggests a Kosmos two player cage match to see who is the best gamer: Dave or Stephen.
Many listeners wrote in with suggestions of games to play from our List, including A Game of Thrones, Die Macher, Hacienda, and Yspahan.
Adrian in Perth gives a great report on their first Euro Games Fest event.
Scotty in MS plays a variant of Balloon Cup that is closer to the original intentions of the designer.
Michael Leibig has a interesting concept, the orthagonal game list, which leads me to expound on my own Great Game Tree
Dave in Milwaukee wants our Dave tested for OCD, plus some GenCon questions.
Our friend Jason in Indy scolds me for not sharing Dave's infamous Balloon Cup d4 story.
Several messages from new listeners. Welcome aboard one and all!
Brad in MO pointed Dave to Reiner Knizia's web site for some free dice games!
Brandon in MO confesses he's a goober disciple. He wants to buy games just so he can organize them.
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!