Episode 9 goes down under to the outback of Australia where the Guys find crocs, and dirt, and game design. And you get bad, cheesy accents, too. Mike also gives his mea culpa for confusing some game rules for last week’s game pick, and Jason gets to rant again and provides one word so we get to label this explicit when we finally get this to go to iTunes. Yay! (Again, never F-bombs, and never as a substitute for um and uh. ) We also look at creating house rules and discuss why public libraries must be saved. Check out the show notes for details and links!
- Mike was lazy the past week and caught up on or discovered a lot of mystery shows via Netflix, including Murdoch Mysteries.
- Jason spent his waking hours working and playing Minecrack… er… Minecraft. He’s addicted to digging and building — especially the ‘shrooms.
- Welcome to NaGaDeMon — National Game Design Month! Like we didn’t have enough one-month challenges for November. Peril Planet has the details.
- SCIENCE! Japanese robots!! Toyota is putting out some assistive robotic devices that are totally not creepy looking. And they do more than dance. One attaches at the knee and braces down to the foot and uses computers and a gyroscope to assist relearning how to walk. See more here!
- Identity Games has released GameChanger, a board that attaches to the iPad via the dock connector and can track pieces moved on changeable skins — meaning multiple board games can be designed for it. But, at $80 and an unknown cost for games beyond the two it comes with, is it really the game changer it claims to be? While you listen to us, you can see it on their website.
- House rules! What are they? We look at the best time to complain about not having any.
- Wirt Public Library in Bay City, Michigan holds a live Clue game for Halloween and reminds us libraries are not just places to warehouse old paper. They are community centers, and they must be saved from shortsighted budget cuts.
Picks of the Week
- Mike: [amazon_link id=”1556347766″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Lord of the Fries by Steve Jackson Games [/amazon_link]
- Jason: [amazon_link id=”B00000IWH6″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Yahtzee by Hasbro[/amazon_link]. Or check out the [amazon_link id=”B003BMGU2G” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Super Mario edition[/amazon_link] or the [amazon_link id=”B003BM9IMA” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Muppets edition[/amazon_link] and more.
If your friendly local game store doesn’t have those games, click the links and nab them!