Episode 140: Tentacular

Release Date: Nov. 14, 2011

Running Time:  149 min.

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Just lose, baby. We review Elder Sign, a Cthulhu-themed dice game and examine other games where winning isn't the main source of fun.

News & Notes: Quarriors expansion, Kobold Guide to Game Design
The List: 
Elder Sign

Back Shelf Spotlight:  Durak, Witch of Salem
Game Sommelier:  5 Euro games that could use added (Ameritrashy) thematic elements
Mail Bag:  
 Dice sculptures, NutaCon

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

Quarriors: Rise of the Demons BGG  |  Link

20 new custome dice with a ton of new abilities!

Kobold Guide to Board Game Design   Official Site

An invaluable resource for anyone interested in game design.

Spiel-a-thon! November 18th, 1-4 PM Dallas BGG Con! Link

The List

Elder Sign Official Site | BGG  

The musuem in Arkham is the site of an inter-dimensional portal, ready to unleash an unspeakable ancient horror upon the world. It's up to your band of investigators to stop this from happening by completing tasks and adventures using combinations of dice, equipment and allies.

Back Shelf Spotlight

Durak   Official Site | BGG


Witch of Salem   BGG


Truckloads of Goober

Two games that use cardboard in really innovative ways.

Ein Mann, Ein Spiel    BGG 

011  BGG 


The Game Sommelier

The Challenge: 5 games for Peyton Manning to play during his rehab from neck surgery

Stephen's Picks: 

Lost Cities, Asara, Tikal, Torres, Mississippi Queen

Pledge Drive 2011

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Mail Bag

Here's a link to the Cthulhu-themed gift wrap on Kickstarter.

Thanks to Tegan "The Shrimple" Kelly for a link to these amazing dice sculptures

NutaCon  Link 

Coming next year. March 17, 2012 in Medellin Colombia.


Music credits include:

'Namless Festival"  a collection of H.P. Lovecraft inspired ambient music   download

1920s Jazz Playlist  YouTube

Time Machine  by H.P. Lovecraft   buy the song

Wayfaring Stranger by H.P. Lovecraft  buy the song

That's the Bag I'm In  by H.P. Lovecraft  buy the song


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

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Special sneak peek at Baron Blade's Latest Scheme! New card art for Rook City!