Episode 128: Crispy Mister

Release Date: May 30, 2011

Running Time:  140 min.

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The secret is butter. We whet our appetites with an in-depth review of The Secret of Monte Cristo, followed by a look at two games first published in magazines.

News & Notes: Walking Dead x2, Dragon Rampage, Kittens in a Blender
The List: 
The Secret of Monte Cristo
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Awful Green Things From Outer Space
Truckloads of Goober:  Farkle Frenzy
Playbill:  Great Western
Game Sommelier:  5 games based on UNESCO World Heritage sites
Mail Bag:  Pastiche feedback, alternat tv series, Nedderman dice


Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

The Walking Dead (based on graphic novel) Official Site | BGG


Coming soon from Z-Man Games.


The Walking Dead (based on TV series)   Official Site | BGG

Coming soon from Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Kittens in a Blender  Official Site

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. Help Henry V unify England and conquer France.

Dragon Rampage Official Site | BGG

Latest fantasy adventure game from distinguished designer Richard Launius.

The List

The Secret of Monte Cristo Official Site | BGG  |  Buy It   Starlit | BG Guy

Recover the remaining treasure left behind by Edmund Dantes by maneuvering your marbles on the action slide to position your men and your cards.


Great Western   BGG


Free rail game by Martin Wallace published in Spielbox Magazine. Definitely NOT a 2-player game, but shows great potential for 3 or 4.

Back Shelf Spotlight

Awful Green Things From Outer Space  Official Site | BGG

The classic gaem revamped with quality components and counters. Also includes former home-brew rules as "official" variants.

Truckloads of Goober  Official Site

Who doesn't need a dice bubble hub tower?


The Game Sommelier

The Challenge: (from listener Erike Bussé from Belgium) 5 games based on UNESCO World Hertiage sites that have not previously been made into games.



Great Ball Court of Chichen-Itza


Fraser Island

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump


Pledge Drive 2011

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Mail Bag

Great feedback on Pastiche from Adam Nielson, Remy Gibson, and Andres Pabon.

Thanks to Jesse Hickle for taking the reality TV series Sommelier challenge.

Stay tuned for cool custom dice prizes from Abraham Nedderman.

Check out Not Just Another Gaming Podcast, hosted by Jim Reed, Jeff Scott, and Matt McHale.


Music credits include:

Sandwich  by Parry Gripp  |  buy the song

Mademoiselle Croque Monsieur  by Thomas Ezekiel  | buy the song

The Count of Monte Cristo  by Three Day Threshold  |  buy the song

Champagne and Grilled Cheese  by Mikie Lee Prasad  |  buy the song

Grilled Cheese  by Elmer Fudd  | buy the song

Sandwiches Are Beautiful  by Fred Penner  |  buy the song


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

Sponsored Links: Starlit Citadel

Airlines Europe  Buy It

Scrumbrawl  Buy It


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7 Wonders: Leaders  Buy It  


Nobody But Us Chickens  Buy It


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Just because I live 20 minutes from there and am a bit of a trivia nut about these things, the Monte Cristo at Disneyland is no longer served at the Blue Bayou. It's on the menu at Cafe Orleans, an indoor/outdoor patio dining (full service) restaurant whose desk is just across the street from the Bayou.

If you guys ever want to come out here for a Monte Cristo dinner there, it's on me! :)


Thanks for the info. I saw a couple places reference Cafe Orleans but they didn't include the details, so I went with the place it was originally served. Getting hungry just thinking about it.... :)

Okay, finally at the end of the ep. One more note: Dave mentioned in the Starlit Citidel ad that Airlines Europe was the second life for that design of Alan Moon. It was actually the THIRD! :) Airlines Europe was indeed a descendant of Union Pacific. But Union Pacific was an interation of design on Airlines, a 1990 Moon design (which I own and happen to like quite a lot). Interesing, huh?

Very interesting. Planes, then trains and now back to planes again.

Obviously a game with some staying power but also with a bit of an identity crisis!

Funnily enough I have just returned from a holiday in France and Belgium and have been enjoying the eponymous Croque Monsieur. 

Although I have never read the original Count of Monte Cristo, I have read "The Stars' Tennis Balls" by Stephen Fry. I can highly recommend it for those who struggle with Dumas' original.

It's a modern retelling "virtually identical in all but period and style" (to quote Monsieur Fry) 

I love Stephen Fry but I haven't read that one. Have to add it to my list.

Jealous you live close enough to France/Belgium to get real Croque Monsieurs...