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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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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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Long running podcast, great perspective

By Joe Andrews12 - Aug 29 2019
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I'm a big fan of Doug and Shelly's podcast, listening since the very beginning. I've purchased lots of games based on their reviews and have avoided some duds as well. I like the game explanations, but even more, I like the different perspectives about games they present. I feel like I'm at the table with them, with my glass of wine, enjoying a game discussion. Highly recommended.

Good stuff for Eurogamers

By Dice All Day - Dec 26 2013
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A consistently upbeat, thoughtful, and informative tour of new Eurogames, though the married hosts never, ever have a strong disagreement about anything, so you're really just getting one voice, with the other being fairly redundant. The dry recitations of game mechanisms can become old after a while, as can the recent (2013) adoption of a single sponsor who is discussed ad nauseum.

iTunes Ratings

60 Ratings
Average Ratings
47
11
2
0
0

Long running podcast, great perspective

By Joe Andrews12 - Aug 29 2019
Read more
I'm a big fan of Doug and Shelly's podcast, listening since the very beginning. I've purchased lots of games based on their reviews and have avoided some duds as well. I like the game explanations, but even more, I like the different perspectives about games they present. I feel like I'm at the table with them, with my glass of wine, enjoying a game discussion. Highly recommended.

Good stuff for Eurogamers

By Dice All Day - Dec 26 2013
Read more
A consistently upbeat, thoughtful, and informative tour of new Eurogames, though the married hosts never, ever have a strong disagreement about anything, so you're really just getting one voice, with the other being fairly redundant. The dry recitations of game mechanisms can become old after a while, as can the recent (2013) adoption of a single sponsor who is discussed ad nauseum.
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Garrett's Games and Geekiness

Latest release on Oct 11, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Garrett's Games 590 - Deadline and Bob Ross Art of Chill

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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

and

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

46mins

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Rank #2: Garrett's Games 604 - Indian Summer and King's Will

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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

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King's Will by Hans-Peter Stoll from ADC Blackfire and with development by Spielworxx

Jan 28 2018

35mins

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Rank #3: Garrett's Games 698 - Zoom in Barcelona and Beth Heile of BGG!

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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

Mystery House

Kraftwagen

Thebes

Targi

Quacks of Quedlinberg

Krass Kariert

Nov 17 2019

34mins

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Rank #4: Garrett's Games 603 - Montana and Pulsar 2849

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Shelley and I check out a western state, then head into space this week!

Montana by Rudiger Dorn from White Goblin Games

and 

Pulsar 2849 by Vladimir Suchy from Czech Games Edition

Jan 19 2018

34mins

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Rank #5: Garrett's Games 615 - Tony Boydell & Some of 2017's Best

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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

Nusfjord

Azul

Calimala

The Cousins War

Mini Rails

Gentes

Fox in the Forest

John Company

Seasons (revisited)

kingdomino

Bottom feeders 

Gier

Fast Forward games

Doug's Lists:

Top 11:

Azul

Altiplano

Biosphere

Codenames Duets

Gentes

Heaven & Ale

Iquazu

Majesty: For The Realm

Pulsar 2849

Riverboat

Santa Maria

Honorable Mention for various reasons:

Palace of Mad King Ludwig

Rescue Polar Bears

Cousins’ War

Destination X

Calimala

Really Don’t Like:

Agra

Feuville

Merlin

Montana

Apr 09 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #6: Garrett's Games 654 - Brikks and Forum Trajanum

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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

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Forum Trajanum by Stefan Feld from Stronghold Games

Jan 14 2019

47mins

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Rank #7: Garrett's Games 713: Bruxelles 1897 and Masters of Renaissance

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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

28mins

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Rank #8: Garrett's Games 706: Maracaibo, Chop! Chop!, and Tulum

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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

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Maracaibo by Alexander Pfister from Capstone Games, Super Meeple, Game's Up, dlp Games, and others.

Jan 12 2020

35mins

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Rank #9: Garrett's Games 53 - El Grande and Tal der Abenteuer

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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

38mins

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Rank #10: Garrett's Games 600 - Palace of Mad King Ludwig and Otys

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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

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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

44mins

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Rank #11: Garrett's Games 565 - Liguria and Das Vermachtnis des Maharaja

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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

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Das Vermächtnis des Maharaja by Michael Schacht from Abacusspiele

Apr 30 2017

29mins

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Rank #12: Garrett's Games 695 - Vinyl and Barrage

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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

38mins

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Rank #13: Garrett's Games 562 - Tony Boydell and Reflections on 2016

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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.

Games discussed:

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):

http://garrettsgames.com/garretts-games-511-tony-boydell-of-surprised-stare-games

and the one from 2015 (Episode 458):

http://garrettsgames.com/garretts-games-458-tony-boydell-and-favorite-game-plays-from-2014 

Apr 09 2017

36mins

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Rank #14: Garrett's Games 664 - Tudor and Wingspan

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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

44mins

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Rank #15: Garrett's Games 661 - Cabo and Teotihuacan: City of Gods

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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

44mins

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Rank #16: Garrett's Games 611 - Transatlantic and Concordia Gallia/Corsica

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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

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Transatlantic by Mac Gerdts from PD Verlag

Feb 23 2018

33mins

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Rank #17: Garrett's Games 659 - Fine Sand and Gugong

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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

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Gugong by Andreas Steding from Game Brewer

Feb 18 2019

37mins

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Rank #18: Garrett's Games 610 - Merlin and Altiplano

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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

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Altiplano by Reiner Stockhausen from dlp Games

Feb 23 2018

34mins

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Rank #19: Garrett's Games 541 - Cottage Garden and Jorvik

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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

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Jorvik by Stefan Feld from Stronghold Games

Nov 14 2016

40mins

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Rank #20: Garrett's Games 682 - Cosmic Run: Regeneration and Architects of the West Kingdom

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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

37mins

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