Episode 103: Earth, Wind & Fire

103: Earth, Wind & Fire

Release Date: May 24, 2010

Running Time:  129 min.

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Smoke monsters need not apply. We assemble a team to hunt mystical treasures in Forbidden Island and flip medieval coins to construct castles and cathedrals in Builder's Duel.

News & Notes: boardgames.com sells for 450K, Tien Zi Que, Marrakech makeover
The List: Forbidden Island, Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel
Kid's Table: 
Sleeping Queens

Truckloads of Goober:  Hookum
Game Sommelier:  5 games you can improvise from natural materials

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

Boardgames.com sells for $450K link

Fantasy Flight is reprinting the Games Workshop classic. The new edition is set in the Runebound realm of Terrinoth.

Tien Zie Que Official Site | BGG


A two-player Mah Jongg variant from Z-Man Games.

Marrakech Gets a Makeover Official Site | BGG


New cover art by Mary Cardouat (Dixit).

The List

Forbidden Island Official Site | BGG

Your team must find the four elemental treasures on this mysterious island before it sinks and takes you with it!

Pillars of the Earth: Builder's Duel  Official Site | BGG

The latest game based on Ken Follet's medieval novels pits the Prior and the Bishop in a battle to complete their castle/cathedral.

The Kid's Table

Sleeping Queens Official Site | BGG 


Use your Kings, knights, and a little math to wake a dozen queens under a powerful spell. Invented by a six year old girl, Miranda Evarts!

Truckloads of Goober

Hookum Official Site | BGG 


A new stylish four-person version of the English pub classic Ringing the Bull.

The Game Sommelier

The challenge: 

5 games you could improvise from natural materials


Elk Fest


Ricochet Robots


Next Challenge: 5 games whose components you could use to help you survive in the wilderness.

Dice Auction!

Bid here on a pair of very rare 100th Episode dice. Great way to add to your collection and help support the show.


Music credits (courtesy of Ioda Promonet) include:

"This Island Earth" by Tycoon  -  buy the track

"Waving or Drowning" by Jonah Matranga  -  buy the track

"Newcastle" by Shelley Phillips & Friends  -  buy the track

"Church on Saturday Night" by Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys  -  buy the track

Non-Ioda tracks

"Let's Groove" by Earth, Wind, & Fire  -  buy the track

"Shining Star" by Earth, Wind & Fire  -  buy the track

"Got to Get You Into My Life" by Earth, Wind, & Fire  -  buy the track


I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!


 Hey Stephen,

Your official link for Sleeping Queens take you to ystari's website.

This should be the link: Sleeping Queens' Official Site

Thanks for catching the goof, Bran.

I have fixed the link.

 Ah, Ye Olde Trippe to Jerusalem.

Many a happy pint there. I think they stopped using the Hookey there a long while ago. Health and safety and all that (it's in the main bar and travels across everyone's head, as I recall).


Who was the dude who worked on the art for Wars of the Roses? There's a game ripe for the goober segment. The largest and heaviest player screens I have ever had the pleasure of using.

I didn't remember any hooks or bulls when I was there, but it was crowded and the cider was flowing pretty well, too.

Ben "The Noble Ne'er-do-well" Nelson is the graphic artist in question. I saw the game at Geekway to the West but did not get a chance to play. The player screens are mega-chunky!