Episode 25 - You Look Marbleous!
25: You Look Marbleous!
Release Date: Mar. 19, 2007
Running Time: 94 min.
Driven to abstraction. From archaeology to pachinko in less than two hours, we play Mykerinos and Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine, two fast fun abstract strategy games.
News & Notes: Chupacabra, Sakkara, 1701, Notre Dame
The List: Mykerinos, Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine
Backshelf Spotlight: Balloon Cup, Space Beans
Truckloads of Goober: Through the Desert
Collector's Corner: How to organize, inventory, and protect a new game
Mail Bag: Nicknames! Romantic Game list, a pronunciation guide
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Take on the role of the fabled goat sucking creature of the night and feast on your opponents herds!
Battle Lore Epic Rules link
Rules and scenarios available online for registered owners of the game.
Newest Kosmos two player game to be published in English
Anno 1701 link
Kosmos 2 player game only available in Europe
Notre Dame link
Newest Alea big box game (#11 in the series. Dave is alredy drooling)
Mykerinos BGG entry
Archaeologists compete to gather the best treasures and place them in the best spots in the museum. Theme is a little pasted on, but it's a solid game and fast paced.
Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine link
Middle Managers make marbles move mostly by manipulating machine parts.
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 Matthan in VA for winning the connection contest for Caesar & Cleopatra and Zaubercocktail from Episode 24!
Balloon Cup BGG entry
Tile flipping cube collecting game of short balloon hops to acquire trophies.
Space Beans BGG Entry
Bohnanza's kid brother. It's gets a lot of grief, but stands nicely on it's own.
Truckloads of Goober
Through the Desert BGG Entry
175 pastel plastic camels. Need I say more?
The Challenge: returns next week with Dave facing a challenge from Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower !
Topic: how to organize, inventory, store, and protect a new game in your collection.
1. Do a complete check of all components (use the list provided in the rules as a check off sheet)
2. Look at how the game will be set up when played and try to organize the components so it will be easy to set up when you get it out.
3. The Spine Test. To determine whether the in box insert is going to work, tip the box on its spine to see if any of the components move around
4. Little plastic baggies. Multiple sizes are available at craft stores or online Here's a short list of places to look.
5. Never use Rubber bands with card decks. They'll damage the cards!
6. Use foam cboard to fill spaces to keep things from moving around inside the box.
NEW DONORS! GAME NICKNAMES
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (we hope!) Filmspotting, a fun podcast on movies, gives all its donors movie themed nicknames as a way of saying thanks. We're going to give game themed nicknames to our donors from now on. So, I present to you...
Ben "The Brick" Tichy in Calistoga
"Trademaster" Bay-Wei in Foster City
Jeffrey "Mayor of Catan" Myers in Albuquerque
Ryan "The Roadbuilder" Bruns in Utah
David "Two Sheep Shy of a" Shapiro in Milwaukee
Poll: Yes, we forgot to mention the poll. We'll remember next episode!
Phil in Scotland says thanks for help with his survey
Ryan in Utah asks about our game classes at the library.
Gregory in Seattle shows us some love and then takes up the Romantic Game challenge from Episode 23 and rips the Sommelier crown from Dave!
John Lund corrects our Hoosier pronunciation of Sommelier. Truth hurts!
Ron Barnette in IL was glad to hear Tactics II in our list on The Dice Tower
Simon in England corrects some miscues in our rules rundown of Caesar & Cleopatra
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
Yes, I did say "Strike heart in the fear of goats...." D'oh!