Step right up boys and girls, step right up! Prepare to be astounded and amazed, excited and entertained, overwhelmed and occupied by the freakish sights that only your ears can behold! That’s right folks, were going uncaged this week, so there’s no rules, no order, and no stopping the freakshow geek show! Join us this week as we discuss a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole bunch of other stuff! Open up your pocket books, get in tune with your psychic side, and kiss the bearded lady good-bye as you settle in for a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage.
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 →
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 →
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.
I’ve become addicted to both physical and digital board games, so I thought I’d share the love and give you all a run down of some of the card games I’ve been playing recently on my iPad. Continue reading →
HEY YOU GUYS!!!! This week it’s a blast to the past and a chance at redemption as we’re joined in the Goondocks by none other than our very own Jared the Intern, fresh off the plane from the middle of nowhere (aka Missouri). Join us as we discuss our geektastic viewing of the classic adventure film, The Goonies. Grab your Baby Ruth, set booby-traps for the Fratellis, and Truffle Shuffle your way to somewhere comfortable as you prepare to hear our thoughts on the search for One-Eyed Willie’s gold on a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!