Review: Amun-Re

This week on the show, Tom and Quinns take on the first in a double-bill of Reiner Knizia classics reprinted by modern publishers! It’s Amun-Re this time – the 2003 Nile-Em’-Up that features “Pyramids”, “Points”, and “Peculiarly Long Acrostic Poems”! The boys also take a minute to talk about the expansions provided by Alley Cat Games in this new 20th Anniversary Edition, as well casting their critical eye over the recent 25th Century Games reprint of Ra. It’s a good one! Enjoy!

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Dr. Reiner Knizia’s Ra, a gripping auction game of dynasty-building, has been redesigned and republished by Windrider Games. Ancient Egypt awaits your guidance, from building stunning monuments that will stand for millennia to cultivating formative agriculture, art, astronomy, religion and writing. Outbid your fellow advisors for the most impactful elements of society so your name might go down in history with the exceptional civilization you have overseen from the very beginning.

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Everyone knows of the pyramids on the Nile — eternal monuments of a powerful and beautiful culture that can still take our breath away. The players (leaders of a royal Egyptian family) choose their sites, build their pyramids, and thank Amun-Re and the other gods for their bounty. In Amun-Re, each pharaoh wants to build … Read more

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Hi folks! We wanted to put out a quick announcement that the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast is going to take a very small break, for a few weeks. A spread of bad luck with recording, a few bouts of illness, some planned holiday and a couple of imminent conventions have left us little … Read more

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Review: Bohnanza

It’s the beans game – and a review that’s something of a cursed chalice for team SU&SD – a filming session where seemingly everything went wrong based on half a script excavated from a Google Drive. Bohnanza (and Bohnanza:25th) is a game near and dear to Tom’s heart, and hopefully this fully unhinged first half and ponderous second makes for a compelling case as to why this horrible yellow box deserves a spot in your collection.

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Bohnanza: 25th Anniversary Edition

In Bohnanza, you plant, then harvest bean cards in order to earn coins. Each player starts with a hand of random bean cards, and each card has a number on it corresponding to the number of that type of beans in the deck. Unlike in most other cards games, you can’t rearrange the order of … Read more

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Bohnanza is the first in the Bohnanza family of games and has been published in several different editions. In the game, you plant, then harvest bean cards in order to earn coins. Each player starts with a hand of random bean cards, and each card has a number on it corresponding to the number of … Read more

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#232 – Tom and Pip Touch Grass

On this verdant episode of the Shut Up & Sit Down Podcast, Tom and Pip have a chat about the nature-based-games they’ve been digging into recently – Evergreen and Planted! Enjoy!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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This September in Shut Up & Sit Down!

Tom: September already? Summer literally collapsed in front of my very eyes here in Brighton, where the weather took a harsh left-turn into dribblesville. It’s SAD over here all of a sudden. But I’m HYPE about this month!

Four gleaming-hot videobabies for you to clap your peepers on this month – a cracking vid from Emily about a tiny little eurogame, a soon-to-be-filmed vid from Matt about a much hyped eurogame, and a couple videos from me about small card games – one classic and one brand new. It’s a zero-Quinns month, but his videos are both timed releases for October, so you’ll see more of him there where we’re covering two chunky (and very good!) boxes from Dr Kniz himself.

Podcasts are always a bit of an unpredictable soup based on what we have and haven’t played, but you can expect them to trickle out at their usual pace whilst we work on a few behind-the-scenes bonuses – more on that in our August and September newsletters.

That’s the month! Nice and simple before we hit ‘CHUNKY OCTOBER’ and ‘BIG NOVEMBER’ which are jam-packed with some real cracking titles. 

What have you been up to, everybody?

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Review: 5 Solo* Games Reviewed in 5* Minutes!

In her debut review, new hire Emily has rounded up FIVE of the best solo-gaming experiences you can have RIGHT NOW. Grove – a petite 9 card puzzle to grow the most citrus, Resist! – a highly thematic hand-management game of Spanish resistance, Next Station: London – a flip-and-write of messy railway network construction, and For Northwood! – a lovely little trick-taker where making friends has never felt so helpless. She even finds time to squeak in a review of Dorfromantik: the board game – a peaceful campaign tile layer about building your own sweet little village. So many games for a debut! How will Emily handle the pressure?? Remarkably well, actually – she’s put us all to shame. Enjoy!

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