Episode 274: Word Slam is Major Fun


Release Date: Oct. 17, 2017

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Running Time:   50 min.

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Word Slam is a team-based word guessing game.

One teammate provides clues in the form of word cards on a rack.

Can your team guess the target word first?

Now this might sound like many other party games BUT... Word Slam does something different. Something noteworthy. Something ridiculously simple and ridiculously fun. 

Word Slam forces each team to use a fixed set of words as clues.

The challenge and the joy in the game comes from the very clever omissions from the decks of words you use as clues. The word you want is never there, so the game pushes you to be creative with the words provided. To find freedom inside the limitations imposed. 

This simple twist - limiting the language you can use to communicate with your team makes Word Slam both frustrating and fun, because, in a very real way, the fun comes from the frustration.

Listen in to learn more about the game and why we think it is unequivocally Major Fun!

Show notes continue after the break.

Episode 273: The Spiel on Custom Heroes


Release Date: October 3, 2017

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Running Time:   71 min.

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Custom Heroes is an innovative but very accessible twist on traditional climbing card games. The game allows you to do something almost unheard of: you get to play with the makeup of the deck itself!

Using transparent cards that stack together, you can make a low card high, a high card low, turn a card wild, even make a card count as two cards! But beware, every hero card you customize goes back into the deck and someone else may use that hero against you on the next round.

Get rid of your cards first to score big and win.

For anyone who enjoys games like Daifugo, President, Gang of Four, The Great Dalmuti or Tichu, Custom Heroes will feel familiar and yet wonderfully new and different.

Listen in to discover more about the game and why we think it is award worthy.

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 272: Boom Blast Stix is Major Fun


Release Date: Sept. 26, 2017

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Designer: uncredited

Publisher:  Moose Games

2+ pl  5-10 min ages 6+  MSRP $15



Boom Blast Stix is a spring loaded trap. 32 springs and 32 traps to be precise. Your goal is to set one of these mini traps, place it on the pedestal and hope you don’t set the pile of springs sproinging off in every direction!

Boom Blast Stix reminds us that dumb fun can be the absolute best kind of fun and that losing is actually winning with some games. It might sound dippy, I know, but trust me, Major Fun knows about these things!

Written review continues after the break.

Episode 271: Planetarium


Release Date: Sept. 18, 2017

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Running Time:   60 min.

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Imagine yourself 5 billion years ago out in the void, in the vast dark forever of space. A cosmic dance is unfolding before your very eyes. Indescribably massive clouds of gas and matter swirl and gather around a new protostar. Asteroids, planets and moons are born.

But here’s the thing.

You and your fellow players are not just witnessing these events. You are SHAPING THEM as they happen! This small solar system is your solar system and the choices you make playing Planetarium will shape this small corner of the universe. Will the system support life or be filled with gas giants or barren radioactive moons? Cosmic forces are your playthings. It’s up to you to decide 

Listen in to discover more about the game and learn why it has earned the Spiel of Approval Award!

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 270: Fuji Flush is Major Fun


Release Date: Sept. 7, 2017

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Running Time:   34 min.

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Fuji Flush is a wonderfully simple card game.

Your goal is to flush all the number cards from your hand, one card at a time. There are lots of low cards in the deck and fewer high cards.

The higher number you play, the more likely you are to flush it BUT here's the twist. If two players play the same number, they are added together. This means low cards can often band together to beat high ones.

It's a game about strength in numbers. And the more people you play with, the more fun the game becomes.

Show notes continue after the break.

Gen Con 2017


Release Date: August 24, 2017

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Running Time:   3 hr 3 min

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Gen Con is a grand gathering of all things geek. This year the convention celebrates its 50th anniversary with over 60,000 attendees! Every slice of the nerd pie can be found in Indianapolis for four wonderfully exhausting days of fun and games. 

This amazing variety means that no two people have the same Gen Con experience. Everyone's Gen Con is different.

This is the story of our Gen Con - a tale packed with special guests, discussions of over 30 games, interviews, and lots and lots of laughs.

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Episode 269: Twangled is Major Fun


Release Date: August 31, 2017

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Designer: uncredited

Publisher:  Mindware

4-8 pl  5-10 min ages 6+  MSRP $25



Twangled is a cooperative party game where players tie themselves in knots holding elastic bands. Using a foot spinner, each person steps over or under the bands until the whole group is one big "twangled" mess. The goal for the group is to then untangle itself so everyone is facing the center.

It's great for kids and adults alike, guaranteed to make you laugh, and owes a great debt to Knots and other wonderful cooperative games taught by the Dalai Lama of Playfulness, Bernie DeKoven. Who better to write our review of Twangled than Bernie himself?!

Read on to discover why Bernie loves Twangled and what makes it Major Fun!

Written review continues after the break.

Episode 268: Mole Rats in Space is Major Fun


Release Date: August 14, 2017

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Running Time:   50 min.

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It might come as a suprise to learn that mole rats make perfect astronauts.

Or maybe we should call them ratstronauts? 

Their skin can't feel pain. They can lower their metabolism and breathing. They’re resistant to cancer and can even survive without oxygen for a time.

You and your fellow players are mole rats living on a space station in a galaxy far far away.

Suddenly, the alarm blares... INTRUDER ALERT! The station is being overrun by intergalactic snakes!!

It’s up to your team to gather the right emergency supplies and find a way to the last escape pod before time runs out. Just don't forget the duct tape!

Listen in to discover why we think this cooperative game is great for kids and adults and is most definitely... Major Fun!

Written review continues after the break.


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