The Game Kennel
Summary: Hosting a successful board game or card game means selecting the right game for the players at the table. On every episode you will hear a solid overview and discussion on a new game and where it fits best in your arsenal of entertainment. Weather you are a retailer or collector, this show will arm you with what you need to know before taking the game from the shelf.
The newsrams wrap up the season and take off on vacation leaving Claire to manage the studio. Planned destinations include London, Toledo, Giza, Italia, Lascaux, and Las Vegas. Before going, the sheep make some suggestions to improve the game Elk Fest.
Angus reports on a catastrophic mash-up between Journey to the Center of the Earth (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=80&stock=MFG3306&name=Journey+to+the+Center+of+the+Earth) and Whitewater (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=374&stock=MFG4129&name=Whitewater). Claire makes a mistake that embarrasses the newsrams. The sheep compare Empire Builder (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=105&stock=MFG4500&name=Empire+Builder) and Steam (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=111&stock=MFG4551&name=Steam).
Patrician (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=5&stock=ASI5752&name=Patrician) (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/patrician.jpg) Designed by: Michael Schacht Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Play Time: 50 minutes Throughout the Middle Ages, wealthy and influential men and women across Italy wished to prove their importance. They desired a solid, visible symbol of their power and prosperity. So, they built magnificent tower-like buildings: the more influential the family, the taller the towers! But the competition never let up, and if a family should ever lose influence, newer, taller towers quickly appeared. As a master builder of these "Patrician Towers," you stand ready to profit from the vanity of these patrician families. You will build their towers, adding floor after floor. And when the towers are complete, you will be there to take the credit! In Patrician, players compete to build the tallest towers in cities across Italy. You must shrewdly accept the building orders of the patrician families to position yourself in the right place at the right time. Play your cards right, and your name will be famous among the rich and powerful!
Derek presents the board game Wacky Wacky West (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=87&stock=MFG4104&name=Wacky+Wacky+West). This another genius game by Klaus Tueber of Catan fame. Take turns directing rivers and railroads through the old west town of Rossdorf. Protect your buildings by taking advantage of the politics and wacky laws protecting the existing outhouse infrastructure. This funny theme has some serious consequences to the citizens of the town. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/wackywest.jpg) Designed by: Klaus Teuber Players: 2-4 Play Time: 30-45 minutes Ages: 8+ MSRP: $35.00
Brenda shares Lemming Mafia (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=342&stock=MFG4121&name=Lemming+Mafia) with us, the board game of Laughingly Larcenous Leaping Lemmings. Bid on which lemming will be the first to jump off the pier and manipulate them as they make the lethal run. This family game is light, fun, and adorable. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/lemmingmafia.jpg) Designed by: Michael Rieneck Players: 3-6 Play Time: 20 minutes Ages: 8+ MSRP: $35.00
Ron tells us all about Tigris & Euphrates (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=99&stock=MFG4116&name=Tigris+%26+Euphrates). This tile placement and area domination game puts you in the cradle of civilization. You must balance influence in key areas of development while placing yourself strategically against your opponents. This one is great for conflict and deep thought. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/tigris.jpg) Designed by: Reiner Knizia Players: 3-4 Play Time: 60-90 minutes Ages: 10+ MSRP: $55.00
Derek takes us on a paradise building and dice throwing adventure with the board game, Lords of Vegas (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=341&stock=MFG4120&name=Lords+of+Vegas). This area control game has a unique risk element when trying to dominate the real estate on the freshly forming Las Vegas strip. Put your hard hat on. Building in this town may be about making deals, but it isn't about making friends. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/vegas.jpg) Designed by: Mike Selinker, James Ernest Players: 2-4 Play Time: 60-90 minutes Ages: 12+ MSRP: $45.00
Brenda tells us the story of two elk, Jule and Ole that must reach the other side of the river where the grass is always greener. The first one across the river wins at Elk Fest (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=97&stock=MFG4114&name=Elk+Fest). This is a simple and fun dexterity game that takes almost no room to play. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/elkfest.jpg) Designed by: Hermann Huber Players: 2 Play Time: 10-15 minutes Ages: 6+ MSRP: $20.00
Dave presents 1853: India (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=118&stock=MFG1853&name=1853+India). In the latest edition of the 18XX series, you build your rail empire across imperial India. Its all about engineering the best route across the map. Strap yourself in for several hours of fun with this one. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/1853.jpg) Style: Board Game Designed by: Phillip J Smith, Francis Tresham Players: 2-6 Play Time: 360 minutes Ages: 16+ MSRP: $75.00
Ron shares the Catan Histories board game, Settlers of America: Trails to Rails (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=212&stock=MFG3203&name=Catan+Histories:+Settlers+of+America+Trails+to+Rails). This game took off like a freight train, becoming popular very quickly. Experience manifest destiny as you build trails and rails across America. This game sets itself apart by keeping the Catan feel while also creating a strong addition to Mayfair's famous rail games. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/settlersofamerica.jpg) Style: Board Game Designed by: Klaus Teuber Players: 3-4 Play Time: 90-120 minutes Ages: 10+ MSRP: $55.00
Ron shares the Settlers of Catan board game expansion, Catan Seafarers (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=57&stock=MFG3063&name=Catan:+Seafarers+Game+Expansion). For Settlers of Catan fans, this expansion give you tons more to explore. Brave the dangerous seas around the islands and experience several scenarios that come packaged in the game. This one will keep you playing for a long time. For an even closer look, watch the white glove demo (http://www.pulpgamer.com/whiteglovemovies/135001/catan-seafarers/). (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/catansea.jpg) Style: Board Game Designed by: Klaus Teuber Players: 2-4 Play Time: 60-90 minutes Ages: 12+ MSRP: $42.00
Dave explains the board game, Oceania (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=90&stock=MFG4107&name=Oceania). Explore and discover islands as you bring tiles into play. Challenge yourself for high score or go head to head with another. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/oceania.jpg) Designed by: Klaus Teuber Players: 1-2 Play Time: 10-30 minutes Ages: 8+ MSRP: $15.00
Dave show us the board game, Conflict of Heroes: Awaking the Bear (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=197&stock=AYG5001&name=Conflict+of+Heroes:+Awakening+the+Bear). This war game is done Eurostyle and is just one of the Conflict of Heroes series. The blend of historical accuracy and strategic flexibility quickly made this one a favorite among our crew of players. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/awakeningthebear.jpg) Designed by: Uwe Eickert Players: 1-4 Play Time: 60-240 minutes Ages: 14+ MSRP: $80.00
Ron explores the explosive dice game, Le Boomb (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=243&stock=MFG73101&name=Le+Boomb). We all work together to come up with a number of variants and applications to blowing up your friends. Some variants require added beverage of your choice. Style: Dice Game Players: 1-99 MSRP: $4.50
Ron shares the board game, Streetcar (http://mayfairgames.com/game.php?id=31&stock=MFG0479&name=Street+Car). Quickly build an efficient route across New Orleans and make the required stops. Use your opponents wisely to complete your track and your inaugural run before anyone else. (http://images.pulpgamer.com/webart/streetcar.jpg) Style: Board Game Designed by: Stefan Dorra Players: 2-6 Play Time: 60 minutes Ages: 10+ MSRP: $30.00