Episode 30: The Golden Hippo

30: The Golden Hippo

Release Date: May 28, 2007

Running Time: 87 min.

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ep 30

Skullduggery! Sometimes sneaky is better than strong. We fight over carcasses in Scavenger Hunt and pilfer treasure from lost tombs in Incan Gold.

News & Notes: Cartagena 2, Gipf Set 3, Spiel des Jahres Nominees, Blackbeard
The List:
Scavenger Hunt, Incan Gold
Backshelf Spotlight:
Filthy Rich, Liar's Dice
Truckloads of Goober:
Duel in the Dark
Game Sommelier:
Five games for a Cub Scout campout with 20+ people
Mail Bag:
Dice video, Homebrew dice towers, Hearts strategies, Sheepshead

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Game News & Notes

Cartagena II Link

New mechanics and new goals make this look like a keeper.

Gipf Project Set 3 Link

At last! The final set of Gipf potentials is available.

2007 Spiel des Jahre Nominee Link (German)

The Thief of Baghdad link

Yspahan link

Zooloretto link

Jenseits von Theben link

Arkadia link

Blackbeard link

The classic Avalon Hill pirate game is back with a new rules set!

The List

Scavenger Hunt BGG entry | Official Site

Drag a giraffe neck or the business end of a hippo back to your lair, score points and win the game!

Incan Gold BGG entry

A new version of Diamant. Press your luck as you venture further into the temple for treasure or trouble!

Backshelf Spotlight

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 Ben Tichy in Calistoga, CA our winner for episode 29!

Filthy Rich Link

Buy business signs and place them into a three ring binder, roll dice and score some cash, unless someone turns the page and puts a sign over yours!

Liar's Dice Link

It has many names, but at its core it is a classic roll and bluff game.

Truckloads of Goober

(submitted by David Siskin)

Duel in the Dark BGG Entry

World War II air combat game over Germany. Loads & loads of goober!





Game Sommelier

The Challenge: find five games for a Cub Scout Troop to play on a camping trip.

Thanks to listener Brad Sanford for this challenge

Dave's List

Stephen's Vote

Pass The Bomb Thumbs Up
White Elephant Exchange Thumbs Up
Pictionary/Win, Lose, or Draw Thumbs Up
A to Z Thumbs Up
Liar's Dice Thumbs Up
Stephen's List
Pass The Bomb


That video with all of the stop-motion dice can be found on YouTube at http://youtube.com/watch?v=N5XVeENmLMk

Mark (a.k.a. JoeyHemlock)
Chicago IL

I have to admit, I've been coming to think of my creations as Pig Towers, they work so well when my daughter and I play pass the pigs. Not to mention when you want to roll those cosmic cows.

Tim, the important question to ask is:

Do the pigs ever get caught in the towers?

Nice dark place for makin' bacon...



Your goober game reminds me of a similar game, Wings of War. It's basically a miniatures game without the minis, using cards to maneuver your plane and trying to shoot down the enemy. Best of all, it's REALLY easy to learn and play. And now they've upped the goober ante with Wings of War Miniatures which have a small plane and little acrylic pegs to show the altitude you're at. I've played the base game (with basic rules), and it's LOTS of fun. I'm hoping to pick up some minis at Origins and try it with altitude rules and the cool goobery toys!

Mark (a.k.a. JoeyHemlock)
Chicago IL

OOoooh! Those planes look nifty! Thanks for bringing them to my attention. My wallet may not like it, but I do!

We have actually played Wings of War and we both really liked it. A fun mix of maneuvering, strategy, and a little bit of luck. That altitude rules would certainly add a new dimension to the game, for sure (ouch that pun even hurt me a little).

I'll be on the lookout for the new goobery add-ons at Origins and GenCon, too!

I recognize the second picture. It was from the May encounter in Lisbon (Portuguese boardgamers organize a games day every month in Lisbon). It was a 5 vs 5 battle, and I was there controlling a Sopwith Camel. That picture was taken the day the minis arrived (they are very popular among our gaming community). Weeks later, in Leiria, we played it again (5 vs 5) but this time on a scenario with trees, roads, rivers and bridges. It was awesome!

I never expected to saw that picture on The Spiel website!
Looking across the space, we are looking back in time.

I remember you mentioning that you liked the word "skullduggery", but did you mention the game!?

Skullduggery the game is actually a recent Mensa Select winner: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/24151

Enjoyed the show, keep it up!

Petaluma, CA

Avast! I missed that one! In fact, I wasn't even really aware of that game company, so double thanks, matey!

I especially like the little painted pirate figurines.