Episode 39: Changelings
Release Date: October 1, 2007
Running Time: 102 min.
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Wonder Twin powers, activate! We play Blue Moon City, a board game based on a card game and Caylus Magna Carta, a card game based on a board game, plus we discuss the risks and rewards of changing classic games in reprints.
News & Notes: Key Harvest, Tzaar
The List: Blue Moon City, Caylus: Magna Carta
Name That Game: win a copy of Caylus Magna Carta from Time Well Spent
Backshelf Spotlight: Stratego, Fox & Geese
Truckloads of Goober: Starcraft the board game
Game Sommelier: Five games for a listener and his very picky wife
Mail Bag: "Colorizing" classic games
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Key Harvest Link
The latest game in Richard Breeze's Key series. Also available in a Master Print Edition under the title Demetra.
Changes to the Gipf Series: Tamsk Out, Tzaar In Link
The Gipf canon has been revised. Tamsk has been ousted (though it will live on as a stand-alone game) and a new title, Tzaar, will take its place.
The List (chosen by listener Simon Wilcock/Steerpike)
Blue Moon City BGG entry
A thematic sequel to the two player Blue Moon card game. Help rebuild a ruined futuristic city gathering crystals and dragon scales to become the leader.
Caylus: Magna Carta BGG entry
A streamlined version of the recent release Caylus. Gather resources, place workers and new buildings along the road to aid in the construction of a castle.
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 Scooterb23 our winner for episode 38!
Classic early strategy game that's an great stepping stone to games with greater depth.
Fox & Geese Link
Dating from 1400, teh fox tries to slaughter all the geese on the board before the geese can hem the fox in.
Truckloads of Goober
Starcraft: The Board Game BGG Entry
The latest hernia inducing offering from Fantasy Flight Games, based on the mega popular PC game from Blizzard.
The Challenge: (from listener Ron Barnette) Find five games Ron can play with his super picky wife!
|Battle Line||Thumbs Up|
|Mystery Rummy||Thumbs Up|
|Bucket King||Thumbs Up|
|Zaubercocktail|| Thumbs Up
|Space Dealer||Thumbs Down|
Next Challenge: Dave must make a do and don't list for a friend who has recently returned to gaming after a long respite: find five reprints of classic games that are either greatly improved by being updated or totally ruined by unnecessary changes.
New donors to The Spiel!
Greg "Slow Play" Williams
Barb "Meeplina" Jung
Derek "2-Stop Turn" Jung
Andrew "Collision Die" Butler
Listener Greg in Seattle sent us a great letter asking for our opinion on remakes or reprints of classic games. Is change a universal evil when returning to older games or is there room for some tweaking without doing irreparable harm?
I forgot to mention that Fox & Geese likely owes a great debt to an earlier viking game Hnefatafel
The painting in the episode title is by Scandinavian artist John Bauer . He is famous for his paintings of trolls and other mythic scenes and creatures. The scene depicted is two trolls leading a young changeling girl away.
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!