Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Garrett's Games & Geekiness #113

What follows are "addendum notes" to my most recent appearance on Doug Garrett's excellent podcast, Garrett's Games & Geekiness. If you want to listen to it, you can check it out at Garrett's Games & Geekiness. This particular show was recorded on May 9th, 2008, at Doug & Shelley's home in Mountain View, CA.

Who To Listen To

I mentioned that I "listen" (well, read) some particular folks to see if I should seek out a game:
I also mentioned two other good friends who I don't always agree with but whose opinions are quite helpful: I inadvertently neglected a couple of other names that might be helpful for you: Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel

Braeden & I are in the ninth scenario (of 10 scenarios) in a campaign game of this classic "Ameritrash" game of aliens vs. corporate mercs. Each of us are playing two teams of merc (Doomtroopers) as some of the scenarios don't work 1 on 1. Braeden's currently winning - but a lot is riding on the final scenario. And, of course, we're having a blast playing it!

If you're a fan of Space Hulk and/or Doom: The Board Game and/or Descent: Journeys in the Dark, this is a simpler game in that vein that is intended for multiple players.

Descent: The Road To Legend

My instructions were not followed: Grey Ker managed to get killed TWICE this weekend while I was gaming at Doug's. Sigh.

Of course, as badly as the heroes are doing right now, this campaign may not go the full 80 hours. Sheesh.

Im Reich der Wüstensöhne

The new Entdecker variant game (only available currently in Germany) is In the Realm of the Desert Sons. If you'd like to play it online, you can do so FREE at until the end of May. (Thanks to W. Eric Martin of BGN for noticing this.)

Theme Is Gooder

I was saying nice things about R-Eco... and in the process, ended up cracking on Coloretto for being theme-less. I stand by my comments - theme is important, even in a filler. And, because I'm a nice guy and want to help out, here's some other nicely themed fillers:
  • Zahltag - a construction game where you try to submit the lowest bid for contracts
  • The Game of Life Card Game - which actually feels more like real life than The Game of Life
Boycott?! Are You Kidding Me?

This thread is what I'm ranting about on the podcast... and, btw, the current estimate for release date for The Gathering Storm is June/July of this year. (Which is going to be a big time for me, game-wise, what with my pre-order copy of Agricola arriving about the same time and the new Heroscape stuff due to ship around that time. Yikes.)

Tal der Abenteuer: Die Schatzsuche im Himalaja

Tal der Abenteuer = Advanced

Both games are designed by Reiner Knizia... both games use movement cards for movement & scoring... both games look like race games but aren't exactly race games after all...

However, I like Tal der Abenteur a LOT more than I liked Honeybears. Tal has more interesting board play, a better theme & a viable option for playing with 2 players.

1/2 a Podcast

That's right - I'll be back again next week... enjoy!

1 comment:

ironcates said...

You might as well retire Grey Ker. If I can spawn Razorwings or Blood Apes to get back there he's toast :)