Episode 144: For Honor & Empire

Release Date: Jan. 23, 2012

Running Time:  144 min.

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Deck building: the next generation. From galactic conquest to warring gods, we review Core Worlds and Ascension: Storm of Souls, two of the newest titles in the genre.  

News & Notes:  Hive Pocket, L5R PnP, Rockband Manager, Star Trek Catan
The List:  
 Core Worlds
Playbill:  Ascension - Storm of Souls
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Fzzzt!
Notes from the O.C.D.:  How to organize card game rules
Mail Bag:  NFL Pool winner

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

Hive Pocket BGG  |  Gen42 Games


A new pocket sized version of the abstract classic, debuting at Nurnberg and available in the US some time in March.

Legend of the Five Rings: Free Print & Play  Link 

The Legend of the Five Rings is FREE to print and play through the end of March 2012. NINE fully playable printable decks, one for each Clan. And these are not beginner decks, these have rares and were designed to hold their own at tournaments.

Rockband Manager   BGG | Fantasy Flight Games


SFind your drummer and head out on tour. Use your talented stars to record killer albums, book sweet gigs, perform sold-out shows, and gain decibels to win the game. Bid for new gear and opportunities to improve your group's sound. Throw a cheap shot at your rivals by engaging in some hijinks. There are multiple roads to glory in this game, so you must develop a plan to rise above the competition. Are you ready to rock?

Star Trek Catan   BGG | Kosmos


Players start the game with two small space stations at the intersection of three planets, with each planet supplying resources based on the result of a dice roll. Players collect and trade these resources – Dilithium, Tritanium, food, oxygen and water – in order to build spaceships that connect regions in the galaxy, establish small and large space stations at new intersection points in order to increase resource acquisition, and acquire development cards that provide victory points (VPs) or special abilities.

On a dice roll of 7, a Klingon ship swoops in to prevent resource production on one planet, while taxing spacegoers who hold too many resources.

The one new element in Star Trek Catan compared to the Settlers version is a set of character cards, each featuring one of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Scott, Uhura, Chekov, Chapel, Rand or Sarek. Each character card has two special powers that the holder can use on his turn, such as a forced trade.

The List

Core Worlds  BGG  |  Stronghold Games 


Over the course of 10 turns, assemble a deck of cards to battle of the remnants of a once mighty galactic empire.


Ascension: Storm of Souls BGG  | Gary Games 


This expansion takes players into the chaos following the Fallen One's demise. As Samael's monsters run wild and his minions conspire, the world is being slowly overtaken with souls that should have moved on. Are you ready for the new challenges that Vigil's future holds?

The 200-card set features tons of new cards and mechanics, in addition to a new Event card type.

Backshelf Spotlight

Fzzzt! BGG  |  Surprised Stare  


Mechanics collect robots from an assembly line to create crazy machines for points. An auction-style deck building game. 

Virtual Spiel-a-thon Answers

Round 1  (pdf)

Semi-final (pdf)

Final (pdf)


Mail Bag

Congrats to Geoff for winning our 2011 NFL Pool!

Check out Trent Howell and the Board Game Family on a local TV segment talking about building traditions.  Link



Music credits include:

Empire   by Jukebox the Ghost  |  the song

Honor Among Thieves  by Bob Pressner  | the song

Empire Theme    Empire Total War  | the song

Applecore  by Lionel Hampton  | the song

Galactic Empire State of Mind  by College Humor  | the song


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

Starting decks in Core Worlds do not have different card backs. They have icons on the cards depicting the faction.

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