Episode 24 - Sic Transit Gloria
24: Sic Transit Gloria
Release Date: Mar. 5, 2007
Running Time: 88 min.
I didn't know Gloria was sick. Ancient Rome is crumbling as the Goths swarm down from the north. We play Senators racing to escape the Eternal City in Gloria Mundi, the first collaborative effort from James Ernest and Rio Grande Games.
News & Notes: Taluva, Phill Rogers' survey, Spiel classes in Zionsville
The List: Gloria Mundi
Backshelf Spotlight: Zauber Cocktail, Caesar & Cleopatra
Truckloads of Goober: Tide of Iron
Game Sommelier: Five games for a Star Wars party
Mail Bag: To Court the King, correction of a correction, game podcasts & wives
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Game News & Notes
Taluva is an island shrouded in secrecy where raw elemental powers prevail. In this tile laying game, players attempt to find the best place to build their huts, towers, and temples on a constantly changing landscape.
Phill Rogers' Board Game Thesis Survey
Phill is a student at Abertay Univeristy in Dundee Scotland. He's finishing his honor's thesis this semester, but he needs our help. His thesis deals with the overlap and convergence of traditional board games and computer games. He writes, "I am looking at the processes and considerations computer game designers have to look at when they decide to convert an existing boardgame into a computer/console based version." The main question his thesis poses is:
Is it possible to create a set of design heuristics that facilitates the “easy” translation of a tradition analogue table-based board game into a digital computer version?
Phill is gathering research to support his thesis in the form of an online survey. It is concise and well organized, so it shouldn't take more than a few minutes to lend a hand. If you'd like to participate, please use the link listed below. Let's help a fellow Spieler graduate and, perhaps, influence the future of games as we know them!
Spiel Classes: March 12, April 12
The fine folks at the Zionsville Library (a northern suburb of Indianapolis, map ) have asked us to teach two classes on games! The initial classes will be more lectures and demonstrations in format, but if all goes well, our hope is to offer future classes on a weekly or monthly basis to teach and play a new game with a group each session. These first classes are for the uninitiated, so they'll be a little basic for most game geeks. If anyone is local, feel free to come and heckle us!
When you think of board games, you probably think landing on that Boardwalk hotel for the sixth time, your Aunt finding a word that uses her Q and her X, or that endless game of Candyland with your kid brother. When we think of board games, we think of building a kingdom with castle, road, and farm tiles, or trading wool cards for grain to keep your colonists from starving, or connecting wooden railways in a race across
A deck of cards is like a door that leads to a thousand different destinations. Flip any card and a game can twist in new and unexpected directions. David Coleson and Stephen Conway are here to keep you from getting lost! Whether you’re an old pro who just needs a refresher or you can’t tell your Left Bauer from your Right, David and Stephen will open the doors to some classic card games, including Cribbage, Canasta, Euchre and more. A rules packet will be available for every attendee.
Gloria Mundi BGG entry
Escape to Carthage before the Goth arrives to sack Rome's riches in this first collaboration between James Ernest and Rio Grande Games.
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! Email us with your guess and you could win a pair of laser cut custom Spiel dice !
Congratulations to Paul Eastland for winning the connection contest for Pirateer and Pente from Episode 23!
Zaubercocktail BGG entry
Collect funky spell ingredients for recipes in this wild and wooly free-for-all trading game
Caesar & Cleopatra BGG Entry
Any game with an orgy card belongs in your collection! Influence Patricians in the Senate to determine which great leader will rule supreme.
Truckloads of Goober
Tide of Iron BGG Entry
This squad level World War Two gooberfest is due out in April. At a glance, it looks like a cross between Memoir '44 and BattleLore.
The Challenge: find five games for a Star Wars party
Thanks to listener Jeff Myers in NM for sending in the challenge!
|Star Wars: Escape from the Death Star||Thumbs Up|
|Star Wars: Epic Duels||Thumbs Up|
|Star Wars Miniatures Battles||Thumbs Up|
|Star Wars: Battle at Sarlac's Pit|| Thumbs Up
|Star Wars: Lightsaber Dueling||Thumbs Up|
Next week's challenge:
Postponed for a week. New segment debuts next time: Collector's Corner
A BIG THANK YOU to Bay in CA for your donation! You help keep the show rolling.
Housekeeping: Poll wrap-up, Frappr map, iTunes reviews
Brad Keen give us a report on To Court the King.
Mosse in Finland encourages other listeners to check out our show notes.
Dwayne in OK corrects our correction of Cleopatra & the Society of Architects. The wall pieces score bonus points for mosaic tiles the touch, not vice versa.
T J Clark has a great story about game podcasts and his wife.
I'm sure there are some other goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!