Ten

Release: 11/29/2021    Download:  Enhanced  | MP3
Run Time: 81 min    Subscribe:  Enhanced  | MP3 | RSS

Ten is a press your luck card game with a twist. The goal is simple: assemble the longest runs of consecutive cards in four colors. How many cards are you willing to draw as you push two different totals closer and closer to ten? Use currency cards to buy from the market or win auctions for wild cards. Be careful, though! If you bust, everyone else may cash in.

Engaging, interactive, and filled with tough decisions, Ten is great for all ages. Listen in to explore the game and discover how Ten delivers on its promise of Major Fun.

ALSO in this episode… a Game Night Grab Bag segment featuring Brenna Noonan and Doug! The challenge: games where you build the board as you play.

Ten      

AEG  BGG  Buy 

Designer: Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, Shawn Stankewich

Artist: Shawn Stankewich

Publisher: AEG

1-5 players  15-30 min.  ages 10+   MSRP $20

Time to teach/learn:  2-3 minutes

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For info on the other segments featured on the show, check out the show notes at The Spiel!

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Interstitial music credits include:

Rotary Ten  by REM  |  the song

Count to Ten  by Timbuk 3  |  the song

Ten Years Gone  by Dread Zeppelin  |  the song

Cursed Court

Release: 4/16//2018    Download:  Enhanced  | MP3
Run Time: 74 min    Subscribe:  Enhanced  | MP3 | RSS

Each year, a different group of nobles comes to court, hoping to curry favor with the royals. From Spring to Winter, you and your fellow players watch from the shadows and try to predict who will appear, hoping to increase your fortune and power in the realm.

Cursed Court is a clever and wonderfully accessible auction game that draws its inspiration from an unlikely source: stud poker.

Each season, you will place a bid on a noble or grouping of nobles based on hidden and public information.

You share two face down noble cards, one with each neighboring player. The rest of the nobles are revealed one at a time, face up to all.

The problem is, your knowledge is always incomplete. You must place a bid after each card is revealed.

Do you bid on a sure thing, bluff to keep others from claiming the best nobles on the board, or take a risk hoping for a big payout?

Bid wisely and you’ll gain power and influence at court. Bid poorly and you might be scrubbing pots!

Nearly anyone can enjoy this inventive and beautiful mashup. It’s quick, simple, engaging, and full of tense moments with each new noble revealed.

Listen in to explore the game. You don’t have to have a royal pedigree to discover why Cursed Court is Major Fun!

Cursed Court

Atlas Games  |  BGG  |  Buy

Designer: Andrew Hanson   Artist: Lee Moyer

Publisher: Atlas Games

2-6 players  30 min   ages 10+   MSRP $50

For info on the Back Shelf Spotlight segment featured on the show, check out the show notes at The Spiel!

Music credits include:

Court of the Crimson King  by Cannata  |  the song

Birthday  by Mariachillout  |  the song

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