Reiner Knizia’s Tile-Laying Trilogy on iOS Part 2: Samurai

Samurai-Title_Screen

This is the second part of my discussion of Reiner Knizia’s influential and acclaimed tile-laying trilogy.  The first part discussing Through the Desert can be found here.  The next game we are going to discuss is Samurai, an area/influence capturing game set in feudal Japan.  As a bonus, I am also going to review the board game, because I own it and it is awesome. Continue reading

Share

Reiner Knizia’s Tile-Laying Trilogy on iOS Part One: Through the Desert

Through_the_Desert-Main

This is the start of a three part series about board game designer Reiner Knizia’s tile-laying trilogy. Reiner Knizia is probably the most famous and prolific board game designer ever, having designed over four hundred games that include dice, card, board, auction, and mobile (iOS) games. In 1997 and 1998 he published three games, Tigris and Euphrates, Samurai, and Through the Desert, that all used a tile-laying mechanic. Though he does not consider them to be a trilogy, they are collectively known in the board game community as the Knizia tile-laying trilogy. Continue reading

Share

Geek Music: The Mountain Goats

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats

1. Who is The Mountain Goats?

That’s not a typo. The Mountain Goats are essentially one guy, John Darnielle, who has worked with various bandmates throughout the years. But there is only one constant in The Mountain Goats, and often only one member, and that’s John Darnielle.

The Mountain Goats have been recording a sort of folk/alternative/rock style since the early 1990s. Their musical style is hard to describe, but imagine a guy playing an acoustic guitar whose favorite musical genre is heavy metal and you can maybe get close to The Mountain Goats’ sound.

Continue reading

Share

Carcassone on iOS: A Review

Carcassone is an outstanding introduction to European style board gaming and its iteration on iOS provides a cost-effective and fun means of learning and playing this tile-laying classic.  Depending on sales, it usually runs between four and five dollars in the app store and is an outstanding value, considering the board game is about twenty bucks on Amazon and you can play it with the computer for all those sad times you don’t have any friends.

Continue reading

Share

“You don’t watch Doctor Who?”

If you are a geek who hasn’t followed the adventures of Britain’s favorite time traveling alien, getting into the Who universe can seem a bit daunting. After all, the series originally ran for twenty-six years from 1983 until 1989. It was then revived in 2005 and continues today. There are, presently, eleven Doctors and countless companions to choose from. So, where to start? Today, I am going to help you start with the new Doctor Who by offering some unconventional advice.

Continue reading

Share