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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.

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.




Garrett's Games 771: Mini Express and Space Lunch

Shelley and I gather gorgeous food and beverages in the quick Space Lunch by Simona Greco and Marco Rava with art by Natalie Dombois from ThunderGryph Games then we build train routes through the US and Europe and purchase shares in various train companies in Mini Express by Mark Gerrits from Moaideas Game Design


Garrett's Games 770: Hats and Faiyum

Shelley and I draft hats and manipulate their values in order to attend the Mad Hatter's party in Hats by Gabriele Bubola from ThunderGryph Games then we drain swamps, work the fields and build roads and other structures in Faiyum by Friedemann Friese from BoardGameGeek and 2FSpiele


Garrett's Games 769: Canvas and Viscounts of the West Kingdom

Shelley and I paint cool layered pictures in Canvas by Jeffrey Chin and Andrew Nerger (with art by Luan Huynh) from Road To Infamy Games Then we travel through the circular realm gathering goods, constructing buildings, obtaining manuscripts and venturing to the castle in Viscounts of the West Kingdom by Shem Phillips and SJ Macdonald from Garphill Games


Garrett's Games 768: Hallertau and Monasterium

Shelley and I build and improve our towns through resource collection and farming in Hallertau by Uwe Rosenberg from Lookout Games and then work hard at dice drafting and novice assigning in Monasterium by Arve D. Fühler from dlp Games


Garrett's Games 767 - Merv and Pandoria Merchants

Shelley and I journey along the Silk Road in Merv: The Heart of the Silk Road by Fabio Lopiano from Osprey Games then we roll & write in a fantasy landscape in Pandoria Merchants by Jeffrey D. Allers and Bernd Eisenstein from Iron Games


Garrett's Games 766 - Praga Caput Regni and Carcassonne USA Maps

Shelley and I compete to build Prague in Praga Caput Regni by Vladimir Suchy from Rio Grande Games and then we check out two new USA maps - West & East - for the classic Carcassonne by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede from Hans im Glück


Garrett's Games 765: Renature and Glasgow

Shelley and I work to build up the city of Glasgow in Glasgow by Mandela Fernandez-Grandon from Lookout Games and then send out domino-covered animals into fields to plant trees in Renature by Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer from Capstone Games


Garrett's Games 764: Blue Moon City and Red Peak

Shelley and I head all the way back to 2006 to enlist dragons and build fantasy buildings to gain crystals for offerings in Blue Moon City by Reiner Knizia from Fantasy Flight Games then work together to run from an erupting volcano and escape from Red Peak by Carlo A. Rossi from Ravensburger


Garrett's Games 763: Maglev Metro and Cloud City

Shelley and I build cool, 3-D towers and bridges in Cloud City by Phil Walker-Harding from Blue Orange Games then have a fantastic time building metro route for our cool train car and awesome meeples in Maglev Metro by Ted Alspach from Bezier Games


Garrett's Games 762: Rajas of the Ganges Goodie Boxes & Atlandice

Shelley and I head to the Ganges river valley once again to check out a bunch of expansions that come in TWO Goodie Boxes for Rajas of the Ganges by Inka and Markus Brand from R&R Games then we draft dice and attempt to save important valuables from the sinking city of Atlantis in Atlandice by Shaun Graham and Scott Huntington from Ludonaute


Garrett's Games 761: Babylonia and Flandern 1302

Shelley and I work with our nobles and farmers to establish dominance in Babylonia by Reinder Knizia from Ludo Nova then build different aspects of 6 cities in Flanders to gain majorities in Flandern 1302 by Wolfgang Panning from Queen Games


Garrett's Games 760: Parks + Expansion, Parks Memories, and Thurn & Taxis + Expansions

Shelley and I spend some time hiking through and camping in our National Parks in PARKS & PARKS Nightfall Expansion by Henry Audubon from Keymaster Games then we try to tap into our memories about those parks in PARKS Memories by Kyle Key from Keymaster Games after which we head to Europe to build post offices in Thurn & Taxis, with its Power & Glory, All Roads Lead to Rome, and The Princess's Courier expansions by Karen & Andreas Seyfarth from Rio Grande Games


Garrett's Games 759: Lost Cities - Auf Schatzsuche and Tawantinsuyu

Shelley and I check out yet another variation on a Knizia classic in Lost Cities: Auf Schatzsuche by Reiner Knizia and from KOSMOS then we bring another heavy weight to the table, enlisting our workers and priests to direct our work in Tawantinsuyu: The Inca Empire by David Turczi from Board&Dice


Garrett's Games 758 - Beez and Tekhenu

Shelley and I collect pollen with our awesome 3-D bees in Beez by Dan Halstad from Next Move Games then we draft dice from around a 3-D obelisk, trying desperately to balance our pure & tainted dice and appease the gods in Tekhenu by Daniele Tascini and David Turczi from Board&Dice


Garrett's Games 757: Whistle Mountain and Red Cathedral

Shelley and I fly our different sized dirigibles to gather resources and create machines and scaffolding to build a train trestle in Whistle Mountain by Scott Caputo and Luke Laurie from Bezier Games then we compete to gain the most prestige as we build some of the towers of Moscow's Red Cathedral by Sheila Santos and Israel Cendrero from Devir


Garrett's Games 756: Little Town and Lost Ruins of Arnak

Shelley and I compete to construct the best buildings and take advantage of their resources, while feeding our people in Little Town by Shun and Aya Taguchi from Iello Then we find our way onto the Island of Arnak, exploring its treasures and trying to find advantages as we overcome fear in Los Ruins of Arnak by Elwin and Mín from Czech Games Edition We also mention Shun Taguchi's previous title King of Frontier and how both it and Little Town Builders were picked up by bigger publishers...


Garrett's Games 755: Bonfire and Trimau - Grand Tour

Shelley and I attempt to get rid of all of the cyclists in our hands in Trimau: Grand Tour by Takahiro Amioka from KogeKogeDo then delve deeply into the world of gnomes and Guardians as we try to light the long-dormant fires of Bonfire by Stefan Feld from Hall Games and Pegasus Spiele


Garrett's Games 754: Sovereign Skies and Robin of Locksley

Shelley and I explore space and establish diplomatic ties with various planets in Sovereign Skies by Aaron Andrew Wilson from Deep Water Games then we compete to be the best robber of the rich in Robin of Locksley: Contest of Thieves by Uwe Rosenberg from Wyrmgold and Rio Grande Games


Garrett's Games 753: Paris and Ticket to Ride - Amsterdam

Shelley and I build and then obtain businesses in Paris to gain prestige through our ownership in Paris by Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling from GameBrewer and the we build cart routes through the Golden Age of Amsterdam in Ticket to Ride Amsterdam by Alan R. Moon from Days of Wonder


Garrett's Games 752: Fafnir and Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Two chicken-themed games this week! First, we're foxes trying to get as many chickens as possible for dinner in Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! by chad Elkins from 25th Century Games Then, we bid for the best eggs from the chicken in Fafnir by Jun Sasaki from Oink Games