Episode 102: Y Not?

102: Y Not?

Release Date: May 10, 2010

Running Time:  135 min.

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All in favor, say Y. From the temples of Assyria to the pachyderms of Bombay, we review two titles from publisher Ystari Games.

News & Notes: Dungeonquest, Thru the Portal, Iron Die, Geekway to the West
The List: Assyria
Table Talk: 
Truckloads of Goober:  Cyclades
Game Sommelier:  5 area control games for players new to the genre
Back Shelf Spotlight: 

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

Dungeonquest Official Site | BGG

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

Thru The Portal  link


A new digital gaming magazine produced in the UK.

Iron Die Official Site | BGG

Amazing collectible metal dice from Italy!

Geekway to the West  link


Fun affordable weekend getaway hosted by a great  gaming community in St. Louis.

The List

Assyria Official Site | BGG

Build ziggurats, place huts, feed your people and hope to survive the coming floods!

Back Shelf Spotlight

Yacht  Official Site | Wiki

From its origins in Latin America as the game Generala, to the shipboard favorite of a Canadian couple, we look into the origins of the most popular dice game of the last 100 years.

Table Talk

Bombay Official Site | BGG 


Load up your pachyderms and sell bundles of silk for the best price.

Truckloads of Goober

Cyclades Official Site | BGG 


Bid for the services of the gods to control the isles.

The Game Sommelier

The challenge: 

5 area control games for players new to the genre



El Grande


1960: Making of the President

New classics


Small World

Lesser known titles




Chang Cheng

Next Challenge: 5 games you can improvise from natural materials


Music credits (courtesy of Ioda Promonet) include:

"Tell Me Why" by Matthews Southern Comfort - buy the track

"Why" by Krispy - buy the track

"Here Comes the Flood" by Call It Arson - buy the track

"Flood" by Sheree Plett - buy the track

"Why" by Heidi Happy - buy the track

"Wonder Why" by 4 to the Bar - buy the track


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


Ok, someone needed to call Dave out on his poking fun of the squirrel game collection - was he serious? :)~

I guess Dave could say it takes one to know one...



 I'm willing to make a Paypal donation to the first podcaster that actually pronounces "Cyclades" correctly ! 


I had a professor in college whose main degree was in Classics and he pronounced it as Dave did in the show.

He was a midwesterner like me, so I'll admit iit could be our local dialects trumping proper form. Right or wrong, I'm williing to stick with my robed scholar.

Speaking of pedantry, when I was at uni in Lincolnshire, I went hiking one day trying to find Belvoir Castle. I asked for directions at a local pub and they had no idea where I was talking about. I was saying Bell-VWA (in my best French accent). Finally, someone said, "Oh, do you mean Beaver Castle?"

Yes. Apparently, yes, I did.

Point made. :)

 Indeed in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire "Belvior" is pronounced "Beaver"

In Oxford "Magdalene College" is pronounced "More-dlin College"

and on the south coast of england the five "Cinque Ports" (of which there are now seven), which were built to keep the French out, are referred to as the "sink ports" (no irony or pun intended it seems)

but then these are local anglicised place names. If there was a "Cyclades, Indiana" then I'm sure Dave's pronunciation would be ok.

However, I'm presuming that the game is named after the group of islands in Greece.


Anyway, Scott Nicholson has already won the award in BGWS #066 where he expresses similar frustration, this time directed at Mr Vasel. 


Great show made even more great by the repeated use of the word Ziggurat.

I kept thinking you were talking about me !

I would agree that Muncipium is a much overlooked area control title. I was surprised at how many tough decisions were packed into this tight little game.

We thought about adding subliminal Steerpike pictures to the enhanced feed every time we said Ziggurat. Or maybe we did...

I am glad I am not the only one who thinks Municipium is a hidden gem. It's one of Knizia's best efforts in the past few years, I think.

 I need to go back and check the feed !