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Saturday, June 11, 2005

BGTG - June 11, 2005 (SR: Tonga Bonga, Crokinole, Fairy Tale)

Last week I joked that Tonga Bonga would be our Game of the Month. Here we were, playing it again--by request! Maybe it's meant to be. This time was different in that it was a 3-player game, and I won big instead of losing big. Then I got to try Ryan & Erin's new Crokinole board. It's not theirs, really--they bought it as a graduation gift for Erin's cousin. This board is from Crokinole World, namely Stan and Carl Hilinski. I purchased one of their boards a year ago for my brother, but I've yet to see it myself. In fact, I'd never seen or played on a Hilinski board in person. Now I can confidently say that they're of great quality.

My last game was Fairy Tale, a "German" game from Japan that mixes CCG-style card booster drafting with a straightforward scoring system and comfortable theme. The rest of the group went on to play Princes of Florence, but I knocked off early. Still have a couple comments about that game, though.

I started this show by reading from quite a lot of feedback. I'm still reading on the podcast just about everything that's emailed to me about it. That will probably taper off someday, but for now I'm having fun with it. Keep those cards & letters coming. :-)

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Tonga Bonga
Fairy Tale
Princes of Florence

Crokinole World (Brandywine and Viking boards)
Chris Brooks' boardgame blog


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Just finished part a - good show! FYI - the DoW picture of Pirate's Cove can be seen here:

It looks pretty awesome! I'm hoping they've improved their large-size M44 game, too - I'd like to play it at Origins this year! (The only other 8er game of M44 I've played was at GenCon last year, with the DoW guys.


1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this episode you didn't seem happy about Richard Berg's recent interview with Tom Vasel. What (in particular) did you not like about the interview?

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't happy about that interview, either. I guess that isn't quite right - rather, I wasn't very impressed with Mr. Berg. I agree with DWTripp's comment (copied into Tom's main posting) that Berg comes off as an "A-hole". I was so surprised/disgusted by Berg's comments that I added a comment to Tom's posting, where I spelled out the "A". Well, for the first time ever, I had my post deleted by Aldie for an "Ad hominem attack on Richard Berg." I'm not sure why it's so much worse spelling out A-, but there you have it.

I've enjoyed reading the series of interviews, and most subjects have been very gracious and informative. Berg is somewhat offputting ... I'm glad that I don't like wargames, anyway!


7:03 AM  
Blogger Mark Johnson said...

I don't want to delve into details on that Berg interview. I understand that's already happened on Consimworld. I just found the overall tone quite negative. Not Tom's fault, either.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can surely say, I don't like Session Blog now. I think I just don't know too much about the games and I can't really feel like I'm part of the game itself.

Well, at least you discussed a bit about the Crokinole boards. I found that very kewl.

- Anson

9:16 PM  
Blogger Mark Johnson said...

Anson, I think the Session reports are going to stay pretty much like they are. They're not intended to be full descriptions of the games, but rather a description of one particular play, especially the opinions it generated. I try to put most of the game titles into the show title, so you can use my own shownotes or other research (e.g. BGG) to learn a little about unfamiliar games before the podcast, if desired.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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11:56 PM  

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