#169: Whale Riders



Our inaugural Mark Bigney is a Blithering Idiot Fest has arrived, and we can chronicle a minor subsection of things that make evident Mark is a not a smart man. Although this episode is jam-packed with content, even its confines cannot contain a comprehensive accounting; rest assured we will return to this topic in future instalments.

Games Played Last Week:
01:42 -Kemet: Blood and Sand (Jacques Bariot & Guillaume Montiage, Matagot, 2021)
09:24 -Scythe (Jamey Stegmaier, Stonemaier Games, 2016)
10:55 -Finished! (Friedemann Friese, 2F-Spiele, 2017)
15:51 -Groundhog Day: The Game (Prospero Hall, Funko Games, 2021)
22:27 -Street Masters: Aftershock (Adam Sadler & Brady Sadler, Blacklist Games, 2019)
24:11 -Imperium: The Contention (Gary Dworetsky, Contention Games, 2021)
29:25 -Commands & Colors: Samurai Battles (Richard Borg, GMT Games, 2021)
32:59 -Asgard’s Chosen (Morgan Dontanville, Mayfair Games, 2013)
(Variant: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1058313/solo-variant-more-tense-gameplay)
35:23 -Spirit Island: Jagged Earth (R. Eric Reuss, Greater Than Games, 2020)
39:53 -Galaxy Hunters (Daniel Alves, IDW Games, 2021)
46:30 -Field Commander: Napoleon (Dan Verssen, Dan Verssen Games, 2011)
50:27 -Tokaido (Antoine Bauza, Funforge, 2012)
52:01 -Splendor (Marc André, Space Cowboys, 2014)

News (and why it doesn’t matter):
52:42 Spiel des Jahres nominations
53:44 MicroMacro: Crime City: Full House
56:09 Descent: Legends of the Dark
57:00 BakaFire’s Are you telling me this genius scientist can’t get the first place?
57:47 Walker’s Who Asked for This? Talisman tabletop RPG, The Burn Book
59:08 Transformers deck-building game
59:47 Pixel Tactics digital

1:00:58 Feature Game: Whale Riders (Reiner Knizia, Grail Games, 2021)

I only played Whale Riders once. I am not feeling Whale Riders to be a Tier-S Knizia like T&E. It’s at least good though. But Knizia’s games usually take a few games to see the nuance so I’ll be playing more of it.


15 minutes. Last game I remember before I fell asleep was Groundhogday. Lol. Need to listen again. Comments about Kemet were interesting as I never played the first edition.

Finished is awesome. i play on the app but recently bought a paper copy.