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Garrett's Games and Geekiness

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 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 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!

46mins

22 Oct 2017

Rank #1

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

35mins

28 Jan 2018

Rank #2

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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 Mystery House Kraftwagen Thebes Targi Quacks of Quedlinberg Krass Kariert

34mins

17 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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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 and  Pulsar 2849 by Vladimir Suchy from Czech Games Edition

34mins

19 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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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 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

1hr 5mins

9 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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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 and Forum Trajanum by Stefan Feld from Stronghold Games

47mins

14 Jan 2019

Rank #6

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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

28mins

1 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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

35mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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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

38mins

20 Jun 2015

Rank #9

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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 and 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

44mins

25 Dec 2017

Rank #10

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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 and Das Vermächtnis des Maharaja by Michael Schacht from Abacusspiele

29mins

30 Apr 2017

Rank #11

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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

38mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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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. 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 

36mins

9 Apr 2017

Rank #13

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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

44mins

24 Mar 2019

Rank #14

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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

44mins

3 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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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 and Transatlantic by Mac Gerdts from PD Verlag

33mins

23 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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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 and Gugong by Andreas Steding from Game Brewer

37mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #17

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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 and  Altiplano by Reiner Stockhausen from dlp Games

34mins

23 Feb 2018

Rank #18

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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 and Jorvik by Stefan Feld from Stronghold Games

40mins

14 Nov 2016

Rank #19

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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

37mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #20