Garrett's Games and Geekiness

Douglas Garrett

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Doug Garrett and his wife Shelley discuss and review the strategy/designer board games they play on this weekly podcast. Interviews with notable names in the hobby, along with designers and publishers, are part of the show.

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Garrett's Games 840: Yokohama Roll&Write and Kero

This week Shelley and I get ANOTHER Roll & Write version of a title we already love to the table Yokohama Roll&Write by Hisashi Hayashi from Okazu Brand then check out a 2-player game from a few years back that had been sitting on the shelf for far too long - the Mad Max imspired Kero by Prospero Hall from Hurrican You can help support the podcast by checking out our Games For Sale Google Doc. Pick out a few games that are priced to sell and then just pay shipping to have them arrive on your doorstep. You'll help keep our little podcast running and have new games ready to hit the table. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16ovRDNBqur0RiAzgFAfI0tYYnjlJ68hoHyHffU7ZDWk/edit?usp=sharing You can also support the podcast by going to www.patreon.com/garrettsgames Sorry for the less than stellar quality if the sound on this (and last week's) podcasts. I forgot to plug the recorder into the miser properly, hence the echo-y sound quality. I hope the content is still worth your time.

27m
Aug 07
Garrett's Games 839: Expedition and Fire & Stone

This week Shelley and I get an oldie but goodie to the table playing  Expedition or Expedition Famous Explorers (along with a couple of other names) by Wolfgang Kramer from Ravensburger, Queen Games and 8th Summit among others. then we try out a brand new title from the designer best known for Carcassonne Fire & Stone by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede from Pegasus Spiele You can help support the podcast by checking out our Games For Sale Google Doc. Pick out a few games that are priced to sell and then just pay shipping to have them arrive on your doorstep. You'll help keep our little podcast running and have new games ready to hit the table. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16ovRDNBqur0RiAzgFAfI0tYYnjlJ68hoHyHffU7ZDWk/edit?usp=sharing You can also support the podcast by going to www.patreon.com/garrettsgames Sorry for the less than stellar quality if the sound on this (and next week's) podcasts. I forgot to plug the recorder into the miser properly, hence the echo-y sound quality. I hope the content is still worth your time.

21m
Jul 31
Garrett's Games 838: Beyond the Sun and Forgotten City

Shelley and head to out space to design tech trees and explore the galaxy in  Beyond the Sun by Dennis K. Chan from Rio Grande Games then we head into the mystical realm and explore The Forgotten City by Ying-Tan Liu from TWOPLUS Games Be sure to check out our list of games for sale - good deals and you just have to pay shipping - there are even some Freebies with purchase! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16ovRDNBqur0RiAzgFAfI0tYYnjlJ68hoHyHffU7ZDWk/edit?usp=sharing You can also sponsor the podcast at www.patreon.com/garrettsgames  

23m
Jul 24
Garrett's Games 837: Momiji and Franchise

Shelley and I check out a quick card game with beautiful artwork Momiji by Dario Massarenti and Francesco Testini from Japanime Games and Deer Games then we pull one that's been sitting onthe shelf unplayed and realize we had been missing out on Franchise by Christwart Conrad from Queen Games Be sure to check out our list of games for sale - good deals and you just have to pay shipping - there are even some Freebies with purchase! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16ovRDNBqur0RiAzgFAfI0tYYnjlJ68hoHyHffU7ZDWk/edit?usp=sharing You can also sponsor the podcast at www.patreon.com/garrettsgames  

22m
Jul 17
Garrett's Games 836: Corrosion and Majolica

This week Shelley and I run workshops to create beautiful tiles, then head into a steampunk world of grit and grime in Majolica by Yu Wang from Blue Magpie Games and  Corrosion by Stefan Bauer from Deep Print Games and Capstone Games Help support the podcast by sponsoring us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/garrettsgames or buy some games that are priced to sell - you just pay for the games you want, possibly choose a "Free With Purchase" title, and pay shipping. I'll wrap them up carefully and send them on their way to you! Check out the list of games at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16ovRDNBqur0RiAzgFAfI0tYYnjlJ68hoHyHffU7ZDWk/edit?usp=sharing  

29m
Jul 10
Garrett's Games 835: Imaginarium and Magnefix

This week Shelley and I build steampunk animal/mech hybrids in IMAGINARIUM by Bruno Cathala and Florian Sirieix from Bombyx then have fun playing with plastic magnetized frames in MAGNEFIX by Roberto Fraga from Amigo

17m
Jul 03
Garrett's Games 834: Carnegie

Shelley and I talk a bit about our wonderful trip to Portugal from which we just returned, and then discuss the new big-box game from Quined Games Carnegie by Xavier Georges

29m
Jun 26
Garrett's Games 833: Long Shot - The Dice Game and Paris + l'Etoile Expansion

Shelley and I place our bets as we play a GREAT new title from Perplext  Long Shot: The Dice Game by Chris Handy then pull a great recent title off the shelf once again to discuss its L'Etoile expanion Paris by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling from Game Brewer

25m
Jun 19
Garrett's Games 832: Zapotec and Veggies

Shelley and I head to Oaxaca and play  Zapotec by Fabio Lopiano from Board&Dice then we get healthy and eat our vegetables in Veggies by Jog Kung from Devir  We also mention Cafe by Rola and Costa from PYTHAGORAS in our discussion of Veggies as a better implementation of the tableau building by overlaying cards mechanism. Check it out!

23m
Jun 12
Garrett's Games 831: Living Forest and a Discussion of Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres nominees

Shelley and I got a chance to play Living Forest by Aske Christiansen from Ludonaute and discuss it, along with the other Kennerspiel des Jahres and Spiel des Jahres Nominees and Recommended Games. SDJ NOMINEES: Cascadia by Randy Flynn from Flatout Games and KOSMOS Scout by Kei Kajino from Oink Games and One More Game! Top Ten by Aurelien Picolet and Cocktail Games SDJ RECOMMENDED: 7 Wonders: Architects echoes: The Dancer Magic Rabbit My Gold Mine So Clover! Trek 12: Himalaya KDJ NOMINEES Cryptid from Hal Duncan and Ruth Veevers and Osprey Games 7 Skelling Games Dune Imperium by Paul Dennen and Dire Wolf Living Forest  KDJ RECOMMENDED: Ark Nova Khora: Rise of an Empire Witchstone

29m
Jun 05
Garrett's Games 830: Golem

Shelley and take on a single game once again this week. This time the physical size isn't as huge as last week, but the depth is certainly there! Golem by Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, and Simone Luciani from Cranio Creations

30m
May 29
Garrett's Games 829: Foundations of Rome

Shelley and I tackle a literally HUGE game this week...it's so big it deserved its own show! Foundations of Rome by Emerson Matsuuchi from Arcane Wonders

23m
May 22
Garrett's Games 828: Top FIVE Roll & Write/Draw & Draw Games

Shelley and I take a break from reviews to reflect on our favorite Roll & Write or Draw & Draw games, a newer genre that certainly has exploded in the past few years. SHELLEY'S HONORABLE MENTIONS: Silver & Gold by Phil Walker-Harding from NSV On Tour by Chad DeShon from Boardgametables SHELLEY'S TOP 5: 5) Explorers by Phil Walker-Harding from Ravensburger 4) Hadrian's Wall by Bobby Hill from Garphill Games, CMON Global & Renegade Game Studios 3) Second Chance by Uwe Rosenberg from Edition Spielwiese and Stronghold Games 2) The Clever Series (Ganz Schon Clever/That's Pretty Clever, Doppelt so Clever/Twice as Clever, Clever Hoch Drei/Clever Cubed) by Wolfgang Warsch from Schmidt Spiele and Stronghold Games 1) Welcome To... (+New Las Vegas, The Moon, etc.) by Benoit Turpin from Blue Cocker Games and Deep Water Games DOUG'S HONORABLE MENTIONS: On Tour by Chad DeShon from Boardgametables Let's Make A Bus Route The Dice Game by Saashi from Saashi & Saashi DOUG'S TOP 5: 5) Biblios Quill & Parchment by Steve Finn from Dr. Finn's Games 4) Trails of Tucana by Eilif Svensson and Kristian Amundsen Ostby from Aporta Games, Matagot, and Pegasus Spiele 3) Hadrian's Wall by Bobby Hill from Garphill Games, CMON Global & Renegade Game Studios 2) The Clever Series (Ganz Schon Clever/That's Pretty Clever, Doppelt so Clever/Twice as Clever, Clever Hoch Drei/Clever Cubed) by Wolfgang Warsch from Schmidt Spiele and Stronghold Games 1) Welcome To... (+New Las Vegas, The Moon, etc.) by Benoit Turpin from Blue Cocker Games and Deep Water Games OTHER ROLL & WRITES/DRAW & DRAWS MENTIONED AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW THAT WE HAVE PLAYED & REVIEWED: Isle of Cats Explore & Draw Three Sisters Cartographers & Cartographers Heroes Rustling Leaves Blatterrauschen Patchwork Doodle Qwixx/Quixx on Board Divvy Dice Anubixx Hex Roller Bloom Brixx Encore!

16m
May 15
Garrett's Games 827: Boonlake and First Empires

Shelley and I get heavy as we wander downriver in Boonlake by Alexander Pfister from Capstone Games and dlp Games then we get dicey as we attempt to raise our levels and take over lands in First Empires by Eric B. Vogel from Sand Castle Games

32m
May 08
Garrett's Games 826: My City (part 2) and Isle of Cats Explore & Draw

Shelley and I delve once again into Dr. Knizia's legacy game, talking about the latter chapters of  My City by Reiner Knizia from Kosmos after we spend some time with the little brother of Isle of Cats - this week it's  Isle of Cats: Explore & Draw by Frank West from City of Games

21m
May 01
Garrett's Games 825: My City Part 1 and Azul: Queen's Garden

Shelley and I discuss the first 1/2 of My City by Reiner Knizia from KOSMOS (with a few spoilers), but first we tackle the FOURTH in the Azul series Azul: Queen's Garden by Michael Kiesling from Next Move Games

29m
Apr 26
Garrett's Games 824: Obsession Expansions and The Three Sisters

Shelley and I return to Victorian England this week for a look at the Upstair/Downstairs and Wessex expansions for Obsession by Dan Hallagan from Kayenta Games then we head out into the garden and work with corn, beans and pumplins in the new roll & write Three Sisters by Ben Pinchback and Matt Riddle from Motor City Gameworks and 25th Century Games

26m
Apr 17
Garrett's Games 823: Obsession and Micro Macro - Crime City

Shelley and I put on our "Where's Waldo?" hats to solve some crimes in Micro Macro - Crime City by Johannes Sich from Edition Spielwiese and Pegasus Spiele the head back to Victorian England and become landed gentry courting the Fairchilds in Obsession by Dan Hallagan from Kayenta Games (KG)

22m
Apr 10
Garrett's Games 822: Caper Europe and Isle of Cats Expansions

Shelley and I enjoy a 2-player-only game of competing groups of thieves stealing precious artifacts in Caper: Europe by Unai Rubio from Keymaster Games then we head back to The Isle of Cats by Frank West from City of Games  to explore some of the recent expansions, including the Boat Pack, Kittens & Beasts, and Kickstart Expansion 2

24m
Apr 05
Garrett's Games 821: Ark Nova and Paris: La Cité de la Lumière

Shelley and I get another BIG game to the table this week, delving into zoo building and animal acquisition in Ark Nova by Mathias Wigge from Capstone and Feuerland Spiele  then we check back into Paris: La Cité de la Lumière by Jose Antonio Abascal Acebo from Devir to see how the Paris: Eiffel expansion works with the base game

42m
Mar 27
Garrett's Games 820: Bitoku and Welcome to the Moon (Part 3 - Campaign Mode)

Shelley and I take on the BIG, colorful new Devir game Bitoku by Germán P. Millán from Devir and then finish up our discussion of  Welcome to the Moon by Alexis Allard and Benoit Turpin from Blue Cocker and Pegasus Spiele  with a discussion of how the campaign mode works

34m
Mar 20
Garrett's Games 819: Welcome the the Moon Part 2 and

Shelley and I continue our in-depth exploration of  Welcome to the Moon by Alexis Allard & Benoit Turpin from Blue Cocker Games and Pegasus Spiele (boards 5-8) and then head back into the Middle Ages in Italy with Citta-Stato by Simone Cerruti Sola from Giochix.it

28m
Mar 13
Garrett's Games 818: Welcome To The Moon (part 1) and Origins: First Builders

Shelley and I take our first journey to the moon this week in Welcome to The Moon by Alexis Allard and Benoit Turpin from Blue Cocker, Dude Games, and Pegasus Spiele then we look back on an alternative reality when otherworldly helpers lent a hand to establish humanity's biggest projects in  Origins: First Builders by Adam Kwapinski from Board&Dice and CMON Global

38m
Mar 06
Garrett's Games 817 - P'achakuna and La Granja

This week Shelley and I duel by making llama deliveries in P'achakuna by Stefan Kraft and Moreno Vogel from Treecer then make more elaborate deliveries from our farms to town in a re-review of La Granja by Adreas 'ode' Odendahl and Michael Keller originally from Spielworxx and recently Kickstarted from Board&Dice    

24m
Feb 28
Garrett's Games 816: Top Tens for 2021!

Shelley and I reflect on our plays of 'new to us' games in 2021 and choose our favorites (though we forgot one that both of us would have added to our lists!). HONORABLE MENTIONS (SHELLEY): Nidavellir by Serge Laget from GRRRE Games Ten by Johnson, Melvin & Stankewich from AEG Juicy Fruits by Christian Stöhr from Deep Print Games Meadow by Klemens Kalicki by Rebel Nanga Parbat by Steve Finn from Dr. Finn's Games HONORABLE MENTIONS (DOUG):  New York Zoo by Uwe Rosenberg by Capstone Games and Feuerland Spiele Cascadia by Randy Flynn from Flatout Games and AEG Llamaland by Phil Walker-Harding from Lookout Spiele (we may have said that this was by Uwe - oops!!!) On The Underground by Sebastian Bleasdale from Ludicreations Maglev Metro by Ted Alspach from Bezier Games SHELLEY'S TOP TEN: Point Salad by Johnson, Melvin, & Stankewich from AEG Evidence by Orestis Leontaritis from Edition Spielwiese and Pegasus Spiele Hadrian's Wall by Bobby Hill from Garphil Games and Renegade Game Studio Project L by Mikes, Soukal, & Spanel from Boardcubator Praga Caput Regni by Vladimir Suchy from Delicious Games and Rio Grande Games Explorers by Phil Walker-Harding from Ravensburger Savannah Park by Kramer & Kiesling from Deep Print Games and Capstone Games Mini Express by Mark Gerrits from Moaideas Game Design Flourish by Wilson & Wilson from Starling Games and Matagot DOUG'S TOP TEN: Café by Costa and Rola from PYTHAGORAS Faiyum by Freidemann Friese from 2F Spiele and Rio Grande Games Praga Caput Regni by Vladimir Suchy from Delicious Games and Rio Grande Games Meadow by Klemens Kalicki by Rebel Flourish by Wilson & Wilson from Starling Games and Matagot Project L by Mikes, Soukal, & Spanel from Boardcubator Let's Make A Bus Route: The Dice Game by Saashi from Saashi & Saashi Point Salad by Johnson, Melvin, & Stankewich from AEG Mini Express by Mark Gerrits from Moaideas Game Design Hallertau by Uwe Rosenberg from Lookout Spiele (and we both would have included Witchstone by Reiner Knizia from R&R Games in our Top Tens if we both hadn't had a brain fart)

42m
Feb 20
Garrett's Games 815: Dune: Imperium Rise of Ix and Brew

Shelley and I get the expansion to Dune: Imperium to the table Dune: Imperium The Rise of Ix expansion by Paul Dennen from Dire Wolf and Legendary and then get our potions going in  Brew by Stevo Torres from Pandasaurus Games

32m
Feb 14
Garrett's Games 814: Cryo and Dune: Imperium

Shelley and I enjoy two games set in the future Cryo by Tom Jolly Luke Laurie from Z-Man Games and  Dune: Imperium by Paul Dennen from Dire Wolf and Asmodee

31m
Feb 07
Garrett's Games 813: Cape May and Glass Road

Shelley and I spend time playing games set in the past with 2-word titles. First, we head to New Jersey to design one USA's first vacation spots in Cape May by Eric Mosso from Thunderworks Games then we head over to southern Germany to become craftspeople in Glass Road by Uwe Rosenberg originally from Z-Man Games and now re-released by Capstone Games

30m
Jan 30
Garrett's Games 812: Rossio and Key Market

Shelley and I place tiles in a beautiful square in Lisbon in Rossio by Orlando Sa from Pythagoras then harvest crops, play the markets, and develop apprentices in Key Market by David Brain from R&D Games  

25m
Jan 23
Garrett's Games 811: Savannah Park and Key Harvest

Shelley and I move animals around the savannah in  Savannah Park by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling from Capstone Games and Deep Print Games then we attempt to strategically draft tiles to build our fields in Key Harvest by Richard Breese from R&D Games and Rio Grande Games in 2007

33m
Jan 16