Episode 416 - Scribbly Gum

Release Date: March 13, 2022

Download:  Enhanced  | MP3

Running Time:  115 min

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It’s Autumn in Australia and you’re a Scribbly Gum moth, looking for the best places to lay your eggs. Behold the mighty eucalyptus! Lots of shelter for for your larvae as they burrow between the layers of bark, old and new. They’ll dig back and forth growing and moulting until the time comes  to munch their way to daylight. When the old bark falls away, their scribbles tell a story on every tree.

Scribbly Gum is a flip and write game. Each turn a movement tile is flipped and players direct their larvae by drawing paths through the layers of tree bark, hoping to gather food to complete meals. After three rounds of twisting and turning paths, the most well fed moths will emerge the winner!

Listen in to explore the game and take a fun side trip with our resident entymologist, Lucio Rodriguez, to learn more about the Scribbly Gum moth.


A quadruple sized Meal segment featuring four recipes paired with four game recommendations, including contributions from Doug, Stephen, Lucio (The First Airbender) and Paco from GMS Magazine and So Play We All.

Scribbly Gum

Designer: Phil Walker-Harding

Artist: Meredith Walker-Harding

Publisher:  Joey Games  |  BGG Entry

1 or more players  10 minutes  ages 6+   MSRP $35 AUD ($32USD)

Time to teach/learn:  2-3 minutes

Scribbly Gum Moths

Thanks to Lucio Rodriguez, our resident entymologist!

Check out his new show The First Airbender.

Ogmograptis scribula Meyrick

Article on Scribbly Gum Moths

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

The Meal

Thanks to Lucio Rodriguez and Paco Garcia-Reed 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: Baked Chicken Parm  |  Game: Ready Set Spaghetti

Recipe: Baked Chicken Parm

Prep Time: 30-40 mins | Cook Time: 15-25 mins | Servings: 8 cutlets


4 chicken breasts

bread crumbs


condensed milk




parmesan cheese



olive oil & garlic (sliced) (if crisping up in the pan



Pound flat

Three step breading - seasoned flour, condensed milk, breadcrumbs with herbs

Refrigerate overnight

Place on baking sheet

Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness

For crispier parm there’s one more step

Heat up olive oil and garlic in a pan.

Brown each fillet quickly in the pan and sprinkle with parmesan

If you’re doing it without crisping in the pan, sprinkle parm and maybe even some mozzarella while they bake.

Serve with spaghetti and a nice red sauce doctored to your taste


The Game: Ready, Set Spaghetti  |  BGG Entry


Doug  |  Recipe:  Coccoi e Corcoriga |  Game: Delicious

Coccoi e Corcoriga

Recipe at Pasta Grammar


Delicious |  Pencil First GamesBGG Entry


Lucio  |  Recipe:  Torta |  Game: Roco Ranger

Torta w/ Flank Steak

Prep Time: 10-15 mins  | Cook Time: 15-20 mins | Servings: 4 + leftovers


Bolillo or Telera rolls, halved
1-2 pounds of Flank steak
Worcestershire (Wu-stuh-shur) sauce
American cheese slices (Kraft singles)
Grill pan (preferred, not required)


Grill the flank steak, splashing both sides with Worcestershire sauce until medium rare to medium. Chop into quarter-inch pieces. If using a grill pan, don’t clean the pan, set it aside to use later.

Cut avocado into thin slices (1-2 mm).
Cut quarter-inch slices of tomato.

Inside the roll, put a thin layer of mayonnaise on both sides. Pile on the chopped flank steak (I do at least a half inch of meat, basically what I can just get to balance on the bread). Top this with an American cheese slice. Next put on a layer of tomato, followed by a layer of avocado slices. Close the sandwich, add a thin layer of butter on the top of the roll—place this side onto your grill pan. Press down on sandwich, 30-60 seconds—doesn’t need to be constant pressure, but we do want to crisp the bread and flatten the sandwich. Butter the bottom side of the roll before flipping. Grill the other side as above, again applying some pressure.

Roco Ranger | Rolling Rhino Gamese  |  BGG Entry


Paco  |  Recipe : Broccomole | Game:  Nakum

Recipe: Broccomole

Watch Paco make Broccomole here!

The Game: Nakum |  Eclipse EditorialBGG Entry


Apropos of Nothing

Peanut Paste


Cricket Ice Cream


The Deluge

The Fabelmans


Interstitial music credits include:

Scribbly Gum Smokehouse  by Desmond Cheese  |  the song

Scribbly Gum Suites  by Nigel Helyer

A Moth and A Flame  by Georgia Gibbs  |  the song