Episode 149: Settlers of Canada

Release Date: Apr. 2, 2012

Running Time:  165 min.

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Canoes and cannonballs. Join us for an in-depth review of A Few Acres of Snow, Martin Wallace's deck building board game. We row through the rivers and forests of the North to settle the fate of the French & Indian War and then wind the clock forward to look at another colonial-era dice and card based battle game: 1812 - The Invasion of Canada.

News & Notes:  Dominare, Kingdom Builder: Nomads, Going Cardboard review
The List:  A Few Acres of Snow
Back Shelf Spotlight: New England 
Playbill: 1812 - The Invasion of Canada

Game Sommelier:  Games as teaching tools
Mail Bag: Advanced Civ, Bombshell

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

Dominare    BGG


A new line of games from AEG using euro-style mechanics but tied together by a fictional world, the city-state of Tempest. Characters in the city will apear as game elements in different forms through out this trilogy of games. Dominare is due out in October.

Kingdom Builder: Nomads  BGG

First big expansion to Donald X Vaccarino's tile laying gateway game from Queen.

Going Cardboard  Link

The List

A Few Acres of Snow  BGG  |  Treefrog Games

Take command of British or French forces in the 18th century and try to assert your nation's dominance in North America. A deck-building board game that is far from your typical dusty old war game


1812: The Invasion of Canada  BGG | Academy Games

A fast paced, dice and card battle game which allows five players to determine the outcome of The War of 1812. 

Back Shelf Spotlight

New England  BGG

An often overlooked auction-based, tile laying game that asks players to balance settling with the need for crops and livestock.

The Game Sommelier

The Challenge: Five games to use as teaching tools that won't get old after many plays.

Stephen's Selections

10 Days in... Series

Advanced Civilization




Mail Bag

Thanks to Brad Brooks for telling us about his Dad (Norv Brooks) who was the original programmer behind Avalon Hill's PC version of Advanced Civilization!

Thanks to Ken Sommerville for his impressions of Nuremburg's Toy and Game fair compared to the NY Toy Fair.

Thanks to Dave Girling for telling us about Bombshell. yikes!


Music credits include

The Lakes of Canada    by   The Innocence Mission   |   the song

Several selections from the album The War That Made America by Brian Keane

A Few Acres of Snow   |   the song

Young Washington's Theme   |   the song

French Tavern  |   the song

William Pitt's Deal   |   the song


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

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Great show. 

Thanks, Keith!