Episode 188: Carnival of Monsters and Emergent Narrative in Board Games

Hey Now Everyone! In today's episode Chris has some family things to take care of but we have Don sitting in for the show! We talk about some great games we've been playing and give you a feature review of  Carnival of Monsters from the legendary designer Richard Garfield. Then Tony T takes over the mics to give you all the most important tabletop gaming news stories out there while the rest of us chirp in the background. And finally we discuss emergent narratives in board games.

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  • Carnival of Monsters Overview 01:07:31
  • Carnival of Monsters Review 01:12:22
  • Founders Update 01:39:03
  • News with Tony T 01:40:38
  • Emergent Narrative in Board Games02:41:46

Opening Banter and Reviews

Games of Yesteryear

Digital Games

Feature Review: Carnival of Monsters

The Royal Monstrological Society counts among its members the most renowned and respected experts in monster lore throughout the entire empire. Each year the Society permits only a single new member to join, so applicants compete to prove their worth with the most magnificent menagerie of monstrous beasts they can find... and capture. To aid in these quests of discovery the Society grants every aspiring monstrologist a small stipend, which they can use to hire additional experts and fund their journeys to the magical lands where the most exotic beasts reside. After four seasons of hunting, would-be members present their collections at the organization’s annual banquet, an event known as the "Carnival of Monsters". Carnival of Monsters is a card-drafting game in which players try to collect sets of Land Cards so they can capture and display strange and exotic Monsters, hire talented Staff to help run their enterprise, and pursue their own Secret Goals. Points are awarded for displaying Monsters, completing Goals, and earning Gold Crowns (Crowns) over four “Seasons” of play. In the end, the player with the most profitable and spectacular carnival is the winner!

Designed by Richard Garfield

Published by AMIGO

BoardGameGeek.com Entry

Founder’s Update

Gaming News by Tony T

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