Episode 80: Spiel des Schpiel 2009
80: Spiel des Schpiel 2009
Release Date: June 8, 2009
Running Time: 150 min.
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Jury's out. Five nominees, four weeks, one chance to predict the winner. We review and discuss Dominion, FITS and Pandemic, three games in contention for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award.
News & Notes: Spiel des Jahres & Kinderspiel des Jahres recommendation lists
Nominee #1: Dominion
Nominee #2: FITS
Nominee #3: Pandemic
Mail Bag: Dice-o-matic, Eeny Meeny, Origins meet-up
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
Spiel des Jahres Recommended Games
Four successful gemstone dealers in an ambitious competition: they want to equip magnificently their country estates -- with the profit made from the gemstone trade. To do that, they invest their money in mines, mining rights and the latest technologies. The player who has the most valuable park at the end of the game is the Lord of Diamonds!
Cows and flies are the main actors in Mow. Mow is a simple card-game for 2-5 players and is illustrated by Sandra Tagliabue. Players will gather points by creating a herd, but at the same time they have to avoid getting too many flies, or else their total score will be heavily reduced.
Players choose a potion card from their hand to add to one of three colored cauldrons, being careful not to let the pot go over a total value of 13. The player who causes the cauldron to go over 13 must take all of the cards within it, trying to avoid taking a potion mixed with poison. Be the player with either the most or none of any potion and you're safe - otherwise take the risk of receiving a deadly dose!
Cities is a fast, tactical placing and positioning game. It takes about fifteen to thirty minutes to play. Every player builds one of the following cities: New York, Paris, London or Berlin. Each turn you choose the best spot to place the new tile. As your city grows, you place tourists at attractions, terraces and parks. The player who has built the most attractive city and has placed his tourists in the best positions wins the game.
In MAORI, the players try to discover their own island worlds. On the islands they find, they can acquire palms and huts of their own. And there is more: boats increase the rate of discovery and shells provide additional options in this simple, yet sophisticated game.
The players try to fill their trucks as perfectly as possible. They start each round with a random selection of goods. Then the available trucks are revealed and everybody tries to get the one truck that is most useful for his goods. The players get negative scores if they packed their truck and it was too large (a lot of unused space) or too small (a lot of goods don't fit). So it's a matter of picking the right truck quickly.
Keep an eye on one-eye. Brave pirates, go forth! In the middle of the great ocean, lie the 8 islands where One-Eye has hidden his immeasurable treasures. Ducats, sabres, treasure chests and, of course, valuable jewels, are there to plunder. And all pirates want one thing only: to have the most! The players take what the others want and hinder each other whilst salvaging the treasure. And you’ll need plenty of sabres to defeat One-Eye, who keeps his beady eye on his treasure.
Hidden far away from our time lies a valley of unimaginable riches. Drawn by the lure of gold, silver and precious jewels, adventurers from all over the world soon find their way there. While some of them still carefully choose commissions and provisions, others quickly rush off to bring valuable gems back to their patrons. But those who wish for fame and fortune will have to be cleverer than their opponents!
Kinderspiel des Jahres Nominees
One player acts as wolf, and gives the other players 5 seconds time to hide their goat in one of seven furniture pieces. The Wolf then can look at 2 pieces and capture all the goats that are present there. The undiscovered goats get points.
It’s that time again. Just like every year, Farmer Bertram has planted the little seedlings in his field. And he put up the scarecrow to protect his crop from cheeky birds. But he should have thought of the snails. They are already looking forward to the delicious meal. The first to get eight plants with his rolling snail wins the game. The fast-paced rolling game for kids and adults.
Players have to estimate, if a number of wooden animals fit onto a raft. If everyone says "Yes!" another animal is added. If someone doubts, that all animals still fit, the others have to prove otherwise by actually putting them on the raft, and points are awarded accordingly.
A new memory game with magnets and hidden walls. Move your apprentice through the maze to try and collect treasures.
Participate in a racing around the treasures of the Island Realm! But watch out, the sea-routes to the islands are malicious: some would drive you to the islands, some would not. Just remember the correct route! The singular unfolding maps and the variable setting make each play exciting and new!
Kinderspiel des Jahres Recommended Games
6 Nimmt Junior BGG
Finde de Tiere BGG
Go Gorilla BGG
Schwarzer Kater BGG
Der Kleine Ritter Trenk BGG
Hungry Wolves BGG
Polizei- Alarm BGG
Your Move! Link
New sponsor, new dice, time for a new contest. Introducing Your Move! Head over to the forum to see the format for the new contest. Over time, we'll have several varieties of Your Move contests and cycle through them. The emphasis in Your Move is on participation. Name That Game may burn your brain, but this one shouldn't. We'll pick a winner at random from all the entries and the winner will receive a set of newly minted Spiel dice!
In Dominion, each player starts with an identical, very small deck of cards. In the center of the table is a selection of other cards the players can "buy" as they can afford them. Through their selection of cards to buy, and how they play their hands as they draw them, the players construct their deck on the fly, striving for the most efficient path to the precious victory points by game end.
Tetris-style tile-laying game with a great balance of strategy and luck.
Cooperative game that pits players against four diseases threatening to destroy humanity.
Donors - Pledge Drive 2009
Thanks to the following donors/subscribers:
Torben "Bacchanalia" Vang
Mark "Powderkeg" Rickards
Scott "Lake Geneva" Bartell
Adony "Mr. Flexible" Beniares
Thanks to Marcus Brissman for Supermarkey Psycho and a nice set of dice.
Dave has found his next project, a mini-Dice-o-Matic!
Check out Eeny Meeny, a new iPhone app from listener Brad Brooks.
Our Spiel-themed Game Journals are ordered and on their way. Pre-orders will ship out as soon as they arrive. OR if you are coming to Origins, you can pick up your journals in person.
Spiel meet-up for dinner and drinks Friday night, 6:30 Barley's Brewing Company.
The background artwork is a picture of what remains of the tree that nearly crushed Stephen's house one year ago. I am currently converting it into a cribbage table.
Music credits (courtesy of Ioda Promonet) include:
The new version of Poison, Baker's Dozen, is published by Playroom Entertainment, not Gamewright.
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!