Episode 142 - Easy Peasy

Release Date: Dec. 12, 2011

Running Time:  116 min.

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Lemon squeezy. Two surveys of games everyone can play. First, the Easy Play game series from Schmidt Spiele with reviews of Burgen Land and Finito. Second, we trace the ancestry of Finnish Lawn Bowling.

News & Notes:  Pastiche Int. Version, Wiz War, 1st & Goal, Top Promoter
The List:  
 Burgen Land, Finito
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Kyykka, Gorodki, Kubb, Molkky
Game Sommelier:  5 American games that would benefit from Euro mechanics
Mail Bag:  
 Durak history, Meeple plate, Elder Sign correction

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

Pastiche: International Edition BGG  |  Eagle Games


20 new custome dice with a ton of new abilities!

Wiz War   BGG | Official Site

An invaluable resource for anyone interested in game design.

1st & Goal   BGG | R&R Games


Top Promoter  KickstarterBGG  


The List

Schmidt Spiele Easy Play Series

Los Banditos

Level X


Tiki Topple

Top & Down

Big Points

Drachen Wurf

Easy Play for Kids





Burgen Land  BGG  


Build three colored castles by rolling dice and maneuavering the crown around the board to score and win.

Finito Official Site BGG  


Bingo meets dice with a twist: meaningful decisions! 

Back Shelf Spotlight

Kyykka   Finnish Skittles Assoc. | Wiki 


Gorodki    HistoryWiki | Int. Federation of Gorodki

Kubb  WI Kubb Assoc. | Wiki | Buy Kubb 

Molkky   Official SiteWiki | Buy Molkky

The Game Sommelier

The Challenge: 5 American games that would benefit from more Euro mechanics.

Dave's Picks: Monopoly, Risk, Quarriors, Star Wars: Queen's Gambit, Fireball Island 

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Mail Bag

Thanks to Kevin Rutherford for the awesome Meeple license plate!

Thanks to all the Spielers who wrote in to correct our  description of focusing during our review of Elder Sign.

Thanks to John McLeod for providing more information on the history of Durak.


Music credits include:

Easy Peasy  The Kinnardlys  |  Buy the song

Living on Easy Street  George Jones & Melba Montgomery  |  Buy the song

It's So Easy  Louis Jordan  |  Buy the song

Easy Lover  Jaded Heart  |  Buy the song

Nice 'n Easy  Frank Sinatra  |  Buy the song

Ease on Down the Road  Vocalicious  |  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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