Rank #1: Garrett's Games 590 - Deadline and Bob Ross Art of Chill
Shelley and I have a great time solving murder mysteries as hard-boiled detectives, then get all zen as we chill with Bob Ross.
Deadline by Adam West and Dan Schnake from WizKids
Bob Ross The Art of Chill by Prospero Hall from Big G Creative
And once those are discussed, it's time for Part 2 of our Essen Preview, looking at Halls 1, 2, and 3 this week!
Hope to see you in Germany!
Oct 22 2017
Rank #2: Garrett's Games 604 - Indian Summer and King's Will
Shelley and I get all Tetris-y again with the second nature-themed tile-laying game from Uwe Rosenberg, then plan out our estates in preparation for the King's visit.
Indian Summer by Uwe Rosenberg from Stronghold Games, Edition Spielwiese, and Pegasus
King's Will by Hans-Peter Stoll from ADC Blackfire and with development by Spielworxx
Jan 28 2018
Rank #3: Garrett's Games 698 - Zoom in Barcelona and Beth Heile of BGG!
Shelley and I have a great time racing around Barcelona taking photos in
Zoom in Barcelona by Núria Casellas, Eloi Pujadas, and Joaquim Vilalta from Cucafera Games
Then Beth Heile, the Geek Up Bits Goddess and fantastic on-camera interviewer joins me on the microphones from Essen for a discussion of coach houses, games, and bits.
Other games mentioned:
Glen More II
Quacks of Quedlinberg
Nov 17 2019
Rank #4: Garrett's Games 603 - Montana and Pulsar 2849
Shelley and I check out a western state, then head into space this week!
Montana by Rudiger Dorn from White Goblin Games
Pulsar 2849 by Vladimir Suchy from Czech Games Edition
Jan 19 2018
Rank #5: Garrett's Games 615 - Tony Boydell & Some of 2017's Best
Tony Boydell's on board this week from across the pond for a discussion of some of 2017's best (and worst) games. Here are some of the games we touch on Tony's Lists:
Top 10 of 2017
The Cousins War
Fox in the Forest
Fast Forward games
Heaven & Ale
Majesty: For The Realm
Honorable Mention for various reasons:
Palace of Mad King Ludwig
Rescue Polar Bears
Really Don’t Like:
Apr 09 2018
Rank #6: Garrett's Games 654 - Brikks and Forum Trajanum
Shelley and I have more fun with a roll & write polyomino game, then a fantastic time building our ancient Roman colonies.
Brikks by Wolfgang Warsch from Schmidt
Forum Trajanum by Stefan Feld from Stronghold Games
Jan 14 2019
Rank #7: Garrett's Games 713: Bruxelles 1897 and Masters of Renaissance
Shelley and I spend some time in late 19th Century Brussels, gaining influence with aristocrats, buying art, building buildings, and placing cards in an array in
Bruxelles 1897 by Etienne Espreman from Geek Attitude Games
and then head further back in time to a card-game version of Lorenzo il Magnifico
Masters of Renaissance by Simone Luciani and Nestore Magone from Cranio Creations
Mar 01 2020
Rank #8: Garrett's Games 706: Maracaibo, Chop! Chop!, and Tulum
Shelley and I talk through a couple of lighter games from Djeco that she can't wait to get into her classroom, as well as a MASSIVE and popular Essen 2019 title.
Chop! Chop! by Alexandre Droit from Djeco
Tulum by Hartmut Kommerell from Djeco
Maracaibo by Alexander Pfister from Capstone Games, Super Meeple, Game's Up, dlp Games, and others.
Jan 12 2020
Rank #9: Garrett's Games 53 - El Grande and Tal der Abenteuer
Shelley and I sit down to discuss a classic from Kramer and Ulrich, as well as a less important Reiner Knizia title.
El Grande from Rio Grande, designed by Kramer and Ulrich
Tal der Abenteuer from Parker, designed by Knizia
Jun 20 2015
Rank #10: Garrett's Games 600 - Palace of Mad King Ludwig and Otys
Shelley and I FINALLY get a finished copy of Palace of Mad King Ludwig to the table after playing a much different prototype version about 9 months ago, then get a chance to send our divers into the depths with Otys!
Palace of Mad King Ludwig by Ted Alspach from Bezier Games
Otys by Claude Lucchini
Thanks to everyone for listening - we made it to 600!!! - and if you can sponsor the podcast, please do so at www.patreon.com/garrettsgames
Dec 25 2017
Rank #11: Garrett's Games 565 - Liguria and Das Vermachtnis des Maharaja
Shelley and I take a gander at another Queen deal from Amazon, as well as a solid new card game from one of our favorite designers.
Liguria by Alessandro Zucchini from Queen Games
Das Vermächtnis des Maharaja by Michael Schacht from Abacusspiele
Apr 30 2017
Rank #12: Garrett's Games 695 - Vinyl and Barrage
Shelley and I have fun building our respective record collections in our games of
Vinyl by Eric Alvarado from Talon Strikes Studios
then compete to dam rivers and generate power for our respective countries in
Barrage by Tommaso Battista and Simone Luciani from Cranio Creations
Oct 28 2019
Rank #13: Garrett's Games 562 - Tony Boydell and Reflections on 2016
Tony Boydell joins me for the third April in a row to discuss some of the games we've played since Essen, as well as reflecting on the publication of his latest, Guilds of London.
Round House from EmperorS4
Adrenaline from CGE
Scythe from Stonemaier
Terraforming Mars from Stronghold Games
Mondrian The Dice Game from Tranjis Games
Feast for Odin from Z-Man/Feuerland Spiele
Cottage Garden from Edition Spielewiese/Stronghold Games
First Class from Hans im Glück/Z-Man
New Bedford from Greater Than Games
Fabled Fruit from 2F-Spiele/Stronghold Games
Here's a link to last year's episode (Episode 511):
and the one from 2015 (Episode 458):
Apr 09 2017
Rank #14: Garrett's Games 664 - Tudor and Wingspan
Shelley and I work hard to gain favor and move up the ranks in Henry VIII's court in
Tudor by Jan Kirschner from Academy Games
and then get out our binoculars and play amateur ornithologists in
Wingspan by Elizabeth Hargrave from Stonemaier Games
Mar 24 2019
Rank #15: Garrett's Games 661 - Cabo and Teotihuacan: City of Gods
Shelley and I get a chance to preview the forthcoming Bezier Games' title
Cabo by Mandy Henning and Melissa Limes from Bezier Games
and then have fun burning our brains, building a pyramid, and attempting to earn the gods' favors in
Teotihuacan: City of Gods by Daniele Tascini from NSKN Games
Mar 03 2019
Rank #16: Garrett's Games 611 - Transatlantic and Concordia Gallia/Corsica
Shelley and I look back to Mac Gerdts' older title Concordia, then take on his Essen 2017 release Transatlantic
Concordia Gallia/Corsica by Mac Gerdts from PD Verlag
Transatlantic by Mac Gerdts from PD Verlag
Feb 23 2018
Rank #17: Garrett's Games 659 - Fine Sand and Gugong
This week Shelley and I enjoy some sand castle building from Stronghold Games, then have a bit less fun (possibly due to playing it 2-player) trying to win the favor of the Emperor.
Fine Sand by Friedemann Friese from Stronghold Games
Gugong by Andreas Steding from Game Brewer
Feb 18 2019
Rank #18: Garrett's Games 610 - Merlin and Altiplano
Shelley and I move in circles around the Round Table, then head south for some fun with alpacas!
Merlin by Stefan Feld and Michael Rieneck from Queen Games
Altiplano by Reiner Stockhausen from dlp Games
Feb 23 2018
Rank #19: Garrett's Games 541 - Cottage Garden and Jorvik
Shelley and I head out to the Tetris-style gardens of Cottage Garden by Uwe Rosenberg, then head north to get a taste of Viking culture with Jorvik by Stefan Feld.
Cottage Garden by Uwe Rosenberg from Edition Spielwiese
Jorvik by Stefan Feld from Stronghold Games
Nov 14 2016
Rank #20: Garrett's Games 682 - Cosmic Run: Regeneration and Architects of the West Kingdom
Shelley and I send our ships out into the void to find new planets to settle before they are wiped out by meteors in
Cosmic Run: Regeneration by Steve Finn from Dr. Finn's Games
and then work to collect resources, capture other players' people, and build structures or the cathedral in
Architects of the West Kingdom by Shem Philips and SJ Macdonald from Renegade Game Studios
Jul 29 2019