14 | The Mind and Illusion (Why Didn’t I Think of That?)

The Mind – is it a game? an activity? an experience? an experiment? It’s a game… it’s definitely a game. But with that out of the way, is the insane amount of buzz for such a simple card game justified? With the imminent Pandasaurus release of The Mind here in the United States, we place our hands into the center of the table, draw a deep breath, and take an in-depth look at The Mind.

In addition, we cover another Wolfgang Warsch card game from 2018 you may not have heard of, Illusion.

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13 | New York Slice (Don’t Play When Hungry)

We love a good theme, and New York Slice by Bézier Games may be the best, most thorough implementation of theme in a board game that we’ve seen. In this case, it’s pizza! From the awesome, photorealistic pizza tiles (thin slice, of course), to the menu rulebook, to the guest check scorepad, it’s pizza from start to finish. The game box even opens like a pizza box!

However, theme alone a good game does not make, so in this episode we break down New York Slice to see if you should place an order to have it delivered hot and ready for your game collection!

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11 | NMBR 9 (THS GM S FN)

The best way to highlight how we feel about NMBR 9 is we decided to buy it about halfway through our first play with a friend’s copy. At least two other friends we have introduced it to have also gone out and purchased their own. So I guess don’t listen to this episode if you’re in the middle of a board game buying moratorium. But seriously, it’s easy to see what’s so appealing about NMBR 9 – it’s a fun puzzle with rules that can be explained in one minute and a play time of around 10 minutes. If you like Tetris, you’ll love this game. If you don’t like Tetris, you’ll still probably like this game. And even if you don’t… 10 minutes.

Also in this episode, we drink a tasty “big, bold Cabernet” (finally) and discuss some recent plays including Keyflower, Agricola, and Downforce.

Lastly, we’re heading to Dice Tower Con! If you’re there, look us up… we’d love to meet you and maybe play a game.

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9 | Century: Spice Road (Trading Cubes for Other Cubes)

You are a spice trader along the famed Spice Road, risking your life and fortune to trade two red cubes for a green and three yellows. Ok, so Century: Spice Road is a game where you collect cubes, which you trade in for better cubes, which you use to claim victory points. Typical Euro stuff right there. But you know what? That’s exactly what we love!

We have introduced this game to so many friends and… you know what? They love it too.

On this week’s episode, we share our thoughts on the first game in the “Century” trilogy – Century: Spice Road!

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1 | Sagrada (Fun with Grozing Pliers)

It’s not every day that we’re drawn to a game JUST because of how it looks on the table, but Sagrada was one of those games. The dice and player boards are stunning, but does the gameplay live up to the flashy components? We discuss, this week on the show!

The star of the show are those beautiful player boards and dice.

The player boards clearly draw direct inspiration from actual stained glass from the Sagrada Familia.

The Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain is the oldest, unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world. The life’s work of Antoni Gaudí, it is truly a breathtaking blending of gothic architecture and intricate stained glass.

Sagrada captures the theme of stained glass making in a fun, compact, satisfying experience. Check it out and let us know what you think about Sagrada!

Also on this week’s show, we ruminate on a recent escape-room-in-a-box fail with Unlock! Squeek and Sausage.

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