Episode 23 - Tony Danza & Co.

23: Tony Danza & Co.

Release Date: Feb. 19, 2007

Running Time: 79 min.

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ep 23

Cue the laugh track. We play Conquistadors in Pizarro & Co. and Capitalist pigs in I'm the Boss, two games that lead to big deals and big piles of cashola.

News & Notes: Rage Reprint, Perth Game Group, Make: Magazine, Receda Cube
The List:
Pizarro & Co., I'm the Boss
Backshelf Spotlight:
Pirateer, Pente
Truckloads of Goober:
Game Sommelier:
Five games for a romantic getaway
Mail Bag:
Cleopatra corrections, Renfield print and play, Light Speed

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.


Game News & Notes

Rage Link

Great beer & pretzels trump game reprinted by Fundex.

Items of Note

New Game Group forming in Perth, Australia: Euro Games Fest

James Ernest article on Game design in Make: Magazine Issue #8

Receda Cube found! Season 1 of PerplexCity ends, Season 2 coming soon!

New site is up and running! Thanks to Ben in CA for our first donation!


The List

Pizarro & Co. BGG entry

Bid for the services of famous European explorers in this inventive modular auction game.

I'm the Boss BGG Entry

16 deals, 6 investors and only one Boss per deal. A recipe for mayhem and fun!

Backshelf Spotlight


Mystery Connection Contest
Can you find a connection between these two games? We find a mystery connection each episode and challenge you, the listener, to hunt for it! Email us with your guess and you could win a pair of laser cut custom Spiel dice!

Congratulations to Herb in NC for winning the favorite CheapAss Game contest from Episode 22!

Pirateer BGG entry

Maneuver your ship to the center island and return to home port with the treasure in this modern cousin to Backgammon.

Pente BGG Entry

Go-lite. Place your glass stones on a 19 by 19 grid and try to get five in a row or capture five pairs from your opponent.


Truckloads of Goober

Neolithibum BGG Entry

Cavemen compete to stack rocks on a tree stump altar to find pieces of a Bear skull. I am not making this up!


Game Sommelier

The Challenge: find five games for you and your partner for a romantic getaway.

Challenge submitted by Tim Koffley in Seattle. Thanks, Tim!

Dave's List

Stephen's Vote

Dirty Minds Thumbs Up
Hearts Thumbs Down
Rosenkonig Thumbs Up
Relationship Tightrope Thumbs Down
Sorry! Come on!

Next week's challenge:

Stephen must find five games for a Star Wars party.

Mail Bag

Tim in OH and John Tessier caught some rules goofs in our rundown of Cleopatra & the Society of Architects in Episode 22.

Dani in NC reminds us that Renfield is now a free play and print game

John in OK reccommends Light Speed hip-pocket game from CheapAss.



In the Pizarro & Co. rundown, we failed to mention that the money bidding cards are worth different amounts of victory points at the end of the game. The larger the bid card the less victory points they are worth at game's end.

Although our roving reporter Mike didn't find the new Talisman at Toy Fair, the fine folks at boardgamenews.com did. Here's a picture of a prototype of the new game!

The new Talisman will be released on October 7th and retail for $50. The game will be available in the U.S. only through Alliance Game Distributors.


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


My original inspiration for the challenge that I posed *was* actually the game Rosenkonig. I saw the roses and Valentine's Day was approaching and I wondered if there were other 2-player games that could possibly be construed as having a romantic element (*sans* porno soundtrack, thank you!). Relationship Tightrope is a good fit but it's for a minimum of 3 players.

My votes:

Dirty Minds: DOWN
Hearts: DOWN
Rosenkonig: UP
Relationship Tightrope: DOWN
Sorry: SIDEWAYS (i laughed)

So since this challenge crashed and burned so badly I guess I'll have to research games on my own. Maybe they don't exist. Your picks have not encouraged me ;)

Nice try.



Tim, Sorry the sommelier picks did not help you in your search for romantically themed games for two. My original intent was to find games that were indeed romantic. After a bit of research, I found that all the games marketed as romantic games were really just tools used to enhance sexual foreplay. By the time I realized that the games I was looking for did not exist, it was too late for me to change gears

Crash and burn is a great way to describe it. heh.

We'll see what Dave has to say, but you certainly had Dave squirming with this challenge. And it's always good to get Dave every once in a while! We never tell each other our picks before we record, but Dave did warn me that he had some real "winners" for the Sommelier this week. And boy did he!

Maybe we'll have to give this one a go next year just to see if we can top it. Crap, that means it will probably fall to me!

Thanks for the great challenge.




Just listened to your review of I'm The Boss, sounds like a winner for me.

Thanks :D

Hey Subey.

If you like alot of mayhem, chaos, and general craziness when you're playing games, I'm the Boss is a lot of fun. It makes a nice filler game, too, since the game can end as early as deal #10.



I've had my eye on an "Oh Hell"-like game, except it's Wizard. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/1465 . Ever heard of it? For what it's worth, it's got twice as many people rating it on BGG, and has a higher overall rating.

I have played Wizard many times. It is a great game. The three main differences are: 1) In Rage, your hand size starts at ten and is reduced by one card in each successive hand. In Wizard, your hand size starts at one and is increased by one in each successive hand. 2) In Rage the total number of tricks bid cannot equal the total number of tricks available. In Wizard the total number of tricks bid may or may not equal the total number of tricks available. 3) Rage has special cards that give bonuses and penalties to the winner of the trick and other cards that change or eliminate trump right in the middle of a hand. Wizard has none of these cards. It is this unpredictable zaniness that casts my vote in favor of Rage. Dave