Episode 414 - Awkward Guests

Release Date: December 19, 2022

Download:  Enhanced  | MP3

Running Time:  109 min

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Mr Walton was killed in his study. And all the guests at Walton manor have good reasons to want him dead. Can you and your fellow detectives step in and find the murderer? Starting with a few leads, you must piece together the crime by asking questions and sharing information. Timing is everything. Gather enough evidence to support your theory and you'll solve the case before everyone else.

Awkward Guests uses an ingenious deck of cards to generate thousands of cases, each with a different outcome. With seven different difficulty levels and a companion app that allows co-op and solo play, this game is an open invitation to any fan of mysteries to channel their inner Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, or Jessica Fletcher for an evening of crime-solving fun.

Listen to explore the game and decide for yourself if we make a compelling case for the latest winner of our Spiel of Approval!


A holiday-themed Meal segment! We offer up recipes for a snack and a game to give Santa a break on Christmas night.

Awkward Guests 

Designer: Ron Gonzalo García

Artist: Samuel Gonzalo García, Laura Medina Solera

Publisher:  Megacorpin Games | BGG Entry

2-5 players  45 minutes  ages 10+   MSRP $45

Time to teach/learn:  10 minutes

The Meal

There's an added holiday challenge to the segment this time. Each contributor was asked to provide a recipe and a game that would entice Santa to take a break to eat/play on Christmas night.

Thanks to Paco Jaen for playing along and sending us a delicious set of recipes! Check out Paco's work at GMS Magazine and his YouTube Channel So Play We All


Stephen  |  Recipe: 7 Layer Bars  |  Game: Horrified: American Monsters

Recipe: 7 Layer Bars

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 25 mins | Servings: 1 pan (approximately 18-24 bars)


1/2 cup (4 ounces) butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs, about 8 whole graham crackers
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk


Heat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Combine it with the graham cracker crumbs in a bowl and mix well. Spread and evenly pat the crumb mixture in the bottom of the baking pan.

Sprinkle the semisweet chocolate chips evenly over the crumb mixture, followed by an even layer of the butterscotch chips, the flaked sweetened coconut, and finishing with the chopped walnuts.

Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the bars, without stirring, so the layers remain intact.

Transfer to the oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Cool the pan on a rack and then cut into bars.

Serve and enjoy!

The Game: Horrified: American Monsters  |  Ravensburger  |  BGG Entry


Doug  |  Recipe: Onion, Cranberry & Brie Tarts  |  Game: Tussie-Mussie

Onion, Cranberry & Brie Tarts

Prep Time: 10 mins  | Cook Time: 30 mins | Servings: 12


1 sweet onion
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp brown sugar
2 sheets puff pastry (thawed)
3 tbsp cranberry sauce
6 oz brie cheese
Dried thyme


Heat the oven to 375 F.

Melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat. Chop onion into long strips and combine with butter.

Sprinkle in brown sugar and stir until coated.

Cook onions over medium low heat until they are a deep brown carmel color (approx. 15 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool.

Remove brie from rind and cut ito 12 cubes.

Unroll puff pastry and cut each sheet into 6 sections.

Lightly grease a muffin pan and place a section of puff pastry into each space in the tin., pressing down to form a cup.

Divide carmelized onions between the 12 puff pastry cups.

Nestle cube of brie on top of the onions.

Drop 2-3 dollops of cranberry sauce around each cube of brie.

Brush edges of pastry with remaining butter.

Sprinkle with thyme.

Bake tarts for 20-25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and bottoms are crispy. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Tussie-Mussie |  Button Shy GamesBGG Entry


Paco  |  Recipe 1: Huevos en Cocotte  |  Recipe 2: Turrón

Stephen  |  Game 1:  Gudetama |  Game: Deep Sea Adventure

Huevos en Cocotte

Prep Time: 10 mins  | Cook Time: 20 mins | Servings: 12


1 large leek
1 dozen eggs
blue cheese
heavy cream
olive oil
12 ramekins


Heat the oven to 350 F.

Slice leeks into thin medallions (thickness of a coin)

Heat up butter and olive oil in a pan.

Add leeks to pan and cook slowly until translucent and soft.

Place a layer of leeks into the ramekins

pour 1 tbsp heavy cream onto the leeks in each ramekin

add a sprinkle of crumbled blue cheese on top

crack an egg on top of this mixture in each ramekin.

season with salt and pepper and your favorite herbs

Place ramekins in a tray or casserole dish filled with hot water.

Place tray or casserole dish into oven and bake for 20-30 minutes until egg whites are solid.

The Game: Gudetama |  Renegade GamesBGG Entry


Turrón (Spanish Soft Nougat)

Prep Time: 5 mins  | Cook Time: 10 mins | Servings: 16


3-4 tbsp honey
120 g sugar
1/2 tbsp cinnamon
zest from 1/2 a lemon
300 g roasted and peeled almonds


Place the sugar, honey, zest, and almonds into a blender/food processor.

IMPORTANT! Pulse the mixture to mix everything together, do not leave blender on for extended periods or the blades will get too hot and the mixture will get to oily. The mixture should be sandy when it is ready. A few lumps of almonds is totally fine.

press the mixture into a shallow mold or cookie sheet (1/2 inch thick layer).
weigh the mixture down and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours)

Cut into pieces and you will be closer to heaven. ;)

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Music credits include:

The Mystery of Number 5  |  by Jimmie Rodgers | the song

Theme from Murder, She Wrote | by John Addison | the song