Episode 253: Game of Trains is Major Fun

 

Release Date: Feb. 13, 2017

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Running Time:   36 min.

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You are the engineer of a futuristic train and you have a big problem. All of the rail cars attached to your engine are in the wrong order! The cars are arranged from high number to low. You can't leave the station until all the cars are arranged from low to high. The first engineer to get their train in the proper order will win the Game of Trains!

Game of Trains is a fast fun card game. The artwork speaks to geek culture with tons of nerdy genre references but the game itself is easy enough for your grandma to play and enjoy.

This makes the game accessible to a wide audience.

It also makes the game Major Fun!

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Episode 252: The Spiel on Hanamikoji

 

Release Date: Feb. 6, 2017

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Running Time:   57 min.

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Hanamikoji is a street in Kyoto renowned for its many geishas who perform at restaurants and tea houses. 

Hanamikoji is also a brilliant two player card game.

In the game, you are the proprietor of a restaurant, trying to hire talented geishas to come work in your establishment. You'll do so by collecting items the geishas use in their art, hoping to curry their favor and win the game.

The beauty of the game is its simplicity. Four simple actions combine in various ways to create surprising, challenging and fun decisions on every turn.

Tune in to learn why we think Hanamikoji is amazing enough to earn both the Spiel of Approval Award AND our highest honor as a Keeper.

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Episode 251: Holiday Party

 

Release Date: Dec. 24, 2016

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Running Time:   210 min.

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Crotch chocolate, Mornington Crescent, bad jokes and The Ghost of Board Games Past...

Join our party of misfit nerds for a festive, freewheeling conversation spanning the wide world geekdom. Most of all, be ready to laugh!

Guests: Mark Smalley (Indianapolis, IN), Geir Harald Helgeid (Stavanger, Norway), Katherine Rosland (Stavanger, Norway), Darrell Ottery (Reading, UK), Daniel Jensen (Linkoping, Sweden), Mark Wilder (Chicago, IL), Ezra Denney, (Alameda, CA), Lucio Rodriguez (Riverside, CA), Beth Heile (Chicago, IL), John Knoerzer (Chicago, IL), Doug Richardson (Gresham, OR), Jay Bartelt (Chicago, IL), plus Francie Broadie (Indianapolis, IN)! 

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Episode 250: The Spiel on Honshu

 

Release Date: Dec. 19, 2016

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Running Time:   51 min.

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Honshu is a map building card game set in feudal Japan. You control a noble house, trying to expand your influence and fame over new lands. 

Cards are played in tricks much like a classic card game. The winner of each trick will get first choice of the cards played to add to his or her map. Each card you play must overlap with cards already in your domain. This means each card you add becomes a challenging mini-puzzle to solve.

Arrange your map to score points for cities, forests and lakes or create production engines that will fuel factories or give you more power to win tricks.

Honshu is deceptively simple, fast and fun

Tune in to explore the game and learn why it deserves the Spiel of Approval Award!

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Episode 249 - Junk Art is Major Fun

 

Release Date: December 12, 2016

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Designer: Jay Cormier, Sen-Foong Lim

Publisher:  Pretzel Games

2-6 pl  30 min ages 8+  MSRP $70

 
 

 

Art doesn’t have to hang on a wall or come in a gold frame. You can take random objects and build them into beautiful structures. Individually some people might see these pieces as junk but together because of the WAY you put them together your "junk" is ART !

You and your fellow artists are about to embark on a world tour to showcase your talent. Each city you visit will present new challenges to your creative energies. 

Junk Art is a stacking game with fresh twist. It's really a dozen different games in one box. Read on to discover why we think Junk Art is Major Fun!

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Episode 248 - Anaxi is Major Fun

 

Release Date: December 5, 2016

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Designer: uncredited

Publisher:  Funnybone Toys

2-6 pl  20 min ages 8+  MSRP $21.99

 
 

 

Anaxi is a party game. Anaxi is a word game. In fact, it’s both. Because Anaxi lives in the overlapping area between these two types of games.

In practice, Anaxi celebrates the venerable Venn diagram by making the diagrams into engines for fun. Read on to find out why Anaxi is Major Fun!

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Episode 247 - Animals on Board

 

Release Date: November 29, 2016

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Designer: Ralf zur Linde and
Wolfgang Senter

Publisher:  Stronghold Games, Eggertspiele

2-4 pl  30 min ages 8+  MSRP $29.95

 
 

 

You and your friends have heard a big flood is coming and so, naturally each of you has decided to build an ark in order to save as many animals as you can.

Only problem is some guy named Noah got started way before you and he is claiming pairs of animals to take with him. In fact, he’s made it illegal for anyone else to take pairs of animals with them.

Since Noah is kind of a jerk, when the flood comes and the arks depart, you want to have herds of... animals on board!

Read on to learn why Animals on Board is Major Fun!

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Episode 246 - Rollers

 

Release Date: Nov 15, 2016

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Running Time:   64 min.

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Rollers is a press-your-luck dice game inspired by darts.

Yes, you heard me correctly... darts! Players try to open and close 5 numbered columns on their number boards. When a number is opened and closed, others will pay you chips each time you roll this number for the rest of the round! 

Sound familiar? If you've ever played the dart game, Cricket, you'll see how Rollers is a clever re-imagining of this pub classic, playable by people of all ages.

Best of all, even if you've never thrown a dart in your life, you'll have no problem understanding why Rollers is Major Fun.

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Episode 245 - The Spiel on Isle of Skye

 

Release Date: Nov. 10, 2016

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The Isle of Skye is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with soft sand beaches, gently sloping hills, and impressive mountains. 

You play as a clan chieftan, laying tiles to build your kingdom, trying to arrange certain features (including whiskey barrels) in order to score points.

The tiles you place are determined by a sort of auction in reverse. You set out stacks of tiles and give them a value. If someone else is willing to pay, then they take them. If no one pays, then you do! Trying to balance enticing people to buy your tiles and not overpaying for others' tiles is the fun challenge at the heart of the game. 

In the end, the player with the best kingdom — and not the richest player — becomes the sovereign of the island.

Tune in to explore the game and learn why it deserves the Spiel of Approval Award!

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Essen 2016: Organized Play

 

Release Date: Oct. 29, 2016

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This panel explores the different ways people around the world start, run and organize game groups, events or conventions.

The groups can be formal or informal ones. Some may be affiliated with retail shops or cafes or libraries and others float from home to home. In Europe, local and regional governments might provide some assistance. Some events might be once a week, once a month or once a year in the case of conventions.

The goal is provide people with incentive or knowledge to see how they might be able to participate in or even start a game group, event or a convention themselves.

Our panel features:

John Knoerzer

Ezra Denney

Becky Ottery 

Darrell Ottery

Daniel Jensen

Katherine Rosland

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