Episode 38: Valhalla or Bust!
38: Valhalla or Bust!
Release Date: September 17, 2007
Running Time: 91 min.
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Y is for Yggdrasil. We load our longboats and set sail in search of adventure on the stormy North seas, playing Fire & Axe and Vikings. Surely, an episode worthy of the sagas!
News & Notes: Essen impulse guide, Knizia video game deal, Franz Benno Delonge
The List: Fire & Axe, Vikings
Name That Game: win a copy of Vikings from Time Well Spent
Backshelf Spotlight: Odin's Ravens, Mamma Mia
Truckloads of Goober: Pillage & Plunder
Game Sommelier: Five games for a car trip you can play with the drive
Mail Bag: Mars Sommelier responses, Kosmos Cage Match update, Buckeye Game Fest
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Dave's Impulse Buyer's Guide to Essen
Three games Dave wants sight unseen for a variety of reasons.
In the Year of the Dragon Link
Knizia Inks Deal to Develop Video Games for 360, DS, PC.
Thanks to Zach Toups for sending in this story. Reiner Knizia is working with Merscom to creat new titles and port some of his boards games to the Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and PC platforms. Here's the press release. Link
Franz Benno DeLonge Link
It is with a heavy heart that we mention the passing of game designer Franz Benno Delong. He was only 50 years old. Mr. DeLonge had 13 games to his credit including Container, due out at Essen this year. His other titles include: Big City, Dos Rios, Fjords, Goldbräu, Hellas, Kunstmarkt, Manila, Nah Dran!, TransAmerica, TransEuropa, Zahltag, Zanzibar
Fire & Axe BGG entry Asmodee site Ragnar Brothers site
Trade, Raid, and Settle your way to dominate the seas and have your journeys spun into the great sagas.
Vikings BGG entry
Auction and tile laying hybrid with fun viking meeples and cost wheel of blood!
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! Post your guesses to the Forum . Find the connection and you could win a pair of custom Spiel dice !
Congratulations to Simon Wilcock/Jonathan Moody, our winner for episode 37!
Odin's Ravens Link
Race your Raven to the end of the landscape cards before Odin cards keep you at bay.
Mamma Mia Link
Stack the discard deck with pizza topping cards to build and score your orders.
Truckloads of Goober
Pillage & Plunder BGG Entry
Dexterity game that pits Viking brothers Pillage and Plunder against each other, stacking treasure barrels on a rocking wooden ship named Draco.
The Challenge: (from listener Tim Medin) Find five games to play on a car trip with the driver.
|Trivia Games||Thumbs Up|
|20 Questions||Thumbs Up|
|Think Outside of the Box Puzzle Cards||Thumbs Up|
|Bethump'd with Words Game Book|| Thumbs Up
|Point of Law||Thumbs Up|
Next Challenge: Stephen must find five games for a listener whose wife has every selective game tastes
New donors to The Spiel!
Brad Brooks (Spiel user: beehive) responds to Stephen's picks for the Mars Sommelier challenge
Greg Lam suggests dexterity games... in spaaaace!
Jason Ober wants an update on the Kosmos Cage Match. Stephen is ahead 2 to 1.
Thanks again to Carlos Hernandez for providing the Name That Game Puzzle for Episode 37.
While the original Bethump'd with Words board game is out of print, the book edition is still available and many of the other Bethump'd titles are still for sale from Mamopolaire, the publisher. Link
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!