Episode 145: Middle Weights

Release Date: Feb. 6, 2012

Running Time:  135 min.

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What's next? We review Airlines: Europe and Fortuna, two middle weight games that can draw new players deeper into the hobby - games that strike a great balance between strategy and fun in under 90 minutes.

News & Notes:  7 Wonders: Cities, Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom, AD&D
The List:   Airlines: Europe
Playbill:  Fortuna
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Palazzo
Table Talk:  Eruption
Truckloads of Goober:  Noteability
Game Sommelier:  Games to predict the Super Bowl winner
Mail Bag:  Core Worlds/RFtG, Origins 2012

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

7 Wonders: Cities BGG 

A new expansion to  the Kennerspiel des Jahres winner due out in May.

Sorcerors of the Magic Kingdom  Link 

TAn interactive card based game played at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

AD&D Reprints    Wizards of the Coast

Wizards of the Coast is reprinted limited edition versions of the original Dungeon Master's Guide, Player's Handbook and Monster Manual. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Gary Gygax Memorial Foundation.

The List

Airlines: Europe  BGG  |  Rio Grande Games | Abacusspiele


A refinement/re-release of one of Alan Moon's early designs. Great introduction to stock buying/selling games. Looks like Ticket to Ride, but shares more DNA with Avalon Hill's classic Acquire.


Fortuna BGG  | The Game Master


Guide your Roman patrician to Rome along a road by using wine, grain, water and teh services of Legionaires and Vestal Virgins. Invoke Fortuna each turn rolling dice to garner the Emperor's favors.

Backshelf Spotlight

Palazzo   BGG    


Part of the Alea medium box series. Bid to collect sections of buildings and arrange them in tall towers to score points.

Table Talk

Eruption BGG  |  Stratus Games


Part of the Alea medium box series. Bid to collect sections of buildings and arrange them in tall towers to score points.


Truckloads of Goober

Noteability BGG 


A music themed party game with a mini electronic grand piano!

The Game Sommelier

The Challenge: select games to represent the 4 Conference Championship teams and predict the winner of Super Bowl XLVI.


Ravens: Crows 

Team from Boston: Mogel Motte


Niners: Incan Gold

Giants: Colossal Arena

Super Bowl XLVI

Giants: Colossal Arena

Team from Boston: Mogel Motte

Winner: Giants - Colossal Arena

Mail Bag

Robert "Tight Hat" Foose corrected a mistake from Episode 144. Ascension: Return of the Fallen is, in fact, a stand alone game if you play with 2 players. 

Sadly, we will most likely not be attending Origins 2012 this year. Due in part to the date change and our budget, we plan to pour our resources and time into providing great coverage of GenCon and Essen this year.


Music credits include:

What's In the Middle?    by The Bird and the Bee  |  the song

Stuck in the Middle with You  by Moon Loungers  | the song

Meet Me in the Middle of the Air  Paul Kelly & the Stormwater Boys | the song

In the Middle of the Night   By Amos Milburn | the song

Smack Dab in the Middle  by The Deep River Boys | 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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