Today, we're doing our bit to rebuild society. Gin Rummy is most certainly a card game that doesn't suck. This is a tense, tight little race for 2 players that plays a lot like an affordable version of Arboretum.
What are some of your favourite games in the creepily-named "Rummy family"?
In fact, this is the most time we've spent on a single review since Matt's examination of Gloomhaven. However, we think this game is more than worth it.
You'll find out lots, lots more on Friday. Thanks for your patience!
This game has recently been gifted with The Traveller expansion, which Matt is convinced turns a good game into a great one by... adding a strange man who wanders around in circles? Can that be right?
Read our review of Altiplano's predecessor Orléans here.
This chat makes stops at the enormous new Race for the Galaxy spinoff New Frontiers, both expansions for Kemet, namely Ta-Seti and Seth, and The Quest for El Dorado, before terminating at the bizarre game of Tramways.
After that, Matt had to dash off to hospital for an "adrenaline test". We're not sure what that is, but we're pretty sure it involves him putting on electrodes and then doing a kickflip. Good luck, Matt!
As those of you who caught our unexpectedly tense stream of The Estates last week will know, today we’re about to start work with Kylie Wroe - our first intern of 2019! You’ll be reading and hearing bits from her in the future, but today you’re still lumped with Little Lees and Daddy Quinns, who will later be meeting to make a dent in our *teetering* stack of review copies.
Mr Quintin: please OPEN THE NEWS DOORS!
Huge thanks to Chris and Anni for their herculean efforts behind the desk that day. If you're at all into video games then be sure to check out their amazing video game documentary series, People Make Games.
Oh Hell is a trick-taking game for 3-7 players that might be the ultimate idle time waster. It's a short, simple game that somehow expands to fill a whole hour, like a wad of dough rising in the oven of your minds.
We talked a bit about this game back on podcast #84 and while we decided that it had a couple of problems that made it unsuitable for review, we realised it would be a perfect thing to stream. And as an added bonus, Matt and I will be joined on the stream by our very first intern, Ms. Kylie Wroe! Talk about one heck of a first day at work...
So, if you'd like to join us as we make each other swear, sweat and pray the mayor doesn't visit, be sure to click Follow on our Twitch page to get an email when we kick things off. But as always, don't worry if you can't make it on the day. The stream will be available as a Twitch video on demand for 60 days after the stream, and we'll be uploading it to YouTube after that.
Our top story this week is that I have just returned from a brief holiday and eaten a substantial quantity of tiny fruity meringues. I have never been so ready to be inundated with information about upcoming board games - Quintin, please tell me about a spooky team game, immediately.
Quinns: Yes sir!
...But what if you want a wobbly, complex, dirty design? Well, then you could pick up the Heroes & Hexes expansion, which Quinns also investigates in this video.
Have a great weekend, everybody!