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Episode 6: Monkey Pirates


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 Show Notes: Jun 20, 2006


Game News & Notes

Lexio   BGG Entry 

A beautiful new tile game in the tradition of Great Dalmuti & Gang of Four.

Dead Money   BGG Entry

Zombies in the Old West playing poker. How can you go wrong?

The List

Tortuga   BGG entry    

A 2-player pirate card game. Too structured! Pirates crave chaos!

Monkey Mission   BGG Entry   Made for TV Movie

Colorful, fun in-the-board style memory game with great components.

Backshelf Spotlight:  24 (see the connection?)

Euchre  BGG Entry   History Debate   Rules   Links

Backgammon   BGG Entry    Glossary   History   Clubs

Truckloads of Goober

Bausack: Sac Noir   BGG Entry    

Uber Goober this week. Fun stacking game with wild shaped pieces

Game Sommelier

The Challenge: Dave is an 8th grader. He's got to do a book report for your class on a famous novel. Instead of doing the typical boring speech, he decides to find a game based on the book and use it to help illustrate and explain the story by teaching and then playing the game.

Find five games based on books where the story is deeply rooted in the mechanic or process of playing the game. No pasted on themes! In other words, the teacher has to be able to tell you’ve actually read the book from your choice of game.

Dave's List

Stephen's Vote

The Hobbit Thumbs Up
Lord of the Rings Thumbs Up
Beowulf Thumbs Up
Around the World in 80 Days Thumbs Up
The Fury of Dracula Thumbs Up

A perfect score! Dave has earned the right to keep his title for another week.


Stephen claimed Euchre was over 200 years old when guessing the connection between the two Back Shelf Spotlight Games.  Though there is a great debate about the origins of the game, it probably did not come into existence in its current form until the 1850's. I'm sure there are more goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!





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