Episodes 56 & 57: Spiel des Schpiel 2008
56 & 57: Spiel des Schpiel 2008
Release Date: June 19, 2008
Running Time: 79 min. | 89 min.
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Envelope, please. In anticipation of the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), one of the most prestigious awards in the board game world, we play all five nominees and try to predict the winner.
Nominee #1: Blox
Nominee #2: Marrakech
Nominee #3: Stone Age
Nominee #4: Keltis
Nominee #5: Witch's Brew
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Spiel des Jahres Nominees
Designers: Wolfgang Kramer, JurgenGrunau, Hans Raggan
Players: 2-4 | Ages 8 & Up
Get out your forklift! In this abstract building game, you must use tactics and good luck to erect the most valuable towers. Trouble is , you might not be the one to clear them and score the points! An elegant fast-paced game with more strategy than first glance.
Designer: Dominique Ehrhard
Publisher: Gigamic | Fundex
Players: 2-4 | Ages 6 & Up
The bazaar is bustling: it’s the big day at the rug market! You are a salesperson trying to attract Assam the merchant to take notice of your wares . Assam will move about the board using dice and you'll place your rug (actual cloth rug pieces) on top, hoping to gain payments from other players.
Designer: Michael Tummelhofer
Publisher: Hans im Gluck | Rio Grande Games
Players: 2-4 | Ages 10 & Up
Players struggle to survive the Stone Age by working as hunters, collectors, farmers, and tool makers. Using combinations of dice, cards, and tiles you gather resources, raise animals, and work to build the tools needed to build your civilization.
Designer: Reiner Knizia
Players: 2-4 | Ages 8 & Up
Keltis owes a great debt to Knizia's early masterpiece, Lost Cities. In Keltis, players use numbered cards to move as far as they can along the paths of stone. You must choose whether to play your cards in ascending or descending value. Your score will depend upon how far your figures have advanced along the paths.
Designer: Andreas Pelikan
Players: 3-5 | Ages 9 & Up
"I'm the Snakehandler!" "No, I'm the Snakehandler!" In Witch's Brew, players use cards and compete to take on roles which will help them complete recipes for potions to score points.
Thanks to donors Larry "Chairman of the Board" Kruger, and Adony "Agricoler" Beniares
Andres Pabon from Colombia wrote in with some great information on some classic Spanish card games he enjoys, especially Toruro. He sent us the complete rules to the game and I can't wait to give it a try!
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!
Steve Cates found an error in our rundown of Stone Age. "The penalty for starvation doesn't include losing all your resources, just lose 10 vp." Thanks for keeping us honest, Steve.