Category: State of the Saurus


Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Machi Koro, Reviews, State of the Saurus, Tammany Hall/ 1

BBQ, White Pants and Machi Update

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This State of the Saurus will focus mainly on Bar-B-Que. Because…Labor Day. Also, the millions and millions of white pants that will no longer be worn—except in Miami where the dress code calls for only white pants, all the time, all year long.

All right, let’s begin… JUST KIDDING. We know y’all want to know about the status of one Machi Koro. So, let’s get on it:

Good news! The shiny, new, bootiful print run is ON A BOAT. (Happy dance!) And because we love you so much, we’ve got some picks of the final print run to share with you below:

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Machi was delayed due to some production issues. They were not major, but we here at Pandasaurus pride ourselves on quality. And anything below the very best is just not good enough. We hated this being delayed. We hated even more how many of y’all were pretty darn bummed because of the delay, and to you we want to say THANK YOU! Thanks for your patience, for your loyalty as a Panda S customer, and for your boundless love of this tiny little game. You guys have really gotten the word out, given the world Machi fever, and seriously rock.

In other Machi news, Geek Dad (the famed blog previously of Wired fame) wrote a full, fantastic review of our little game in which he implores readers to “pay a visit to lovely Machi Koro” (it was mentioned in his Best of Gen Con, but an actual review is now here). Some choice gems from Jonathan Liu:

~”What I love about Machi Koro is that it’s so simple to learn, and even though there’s a lot of luck involved, much of the gameplay is about deciding how to take advantage of the odds.”

~”Since Machi Koro was one of the few games I picked up during Gen Con, I got a head start learning it and playing it, and my kids have really enjoyed playing it with me… It’s all about turning your town into a powerful economic engine.”

~”You’ll have to wait a couple weeks before it’s available in the US, but keep an eye out for Machi Koro. It may be a small town, but it’s definitely worth a visit.”

But that’s enough of that for now, because we’ve got some other tricks up our sleeves. On the same boat is a reprint of something near and dear to our heart, the one and only game of political backstabbing and corruption and our first game ever, TAMMANY HALL! It’ll be here soon, the box will look a little different, but it’s the same great game y’all love. Be sure to ask your FLGS about it.

Also hitting the same time is Kill Shakespeare. It’s the Battle of the Bard, IDW’s first foray into games based on their hit comic book series by the same name. Kill Shakespeare was designed by Thomas and Wolfe, the gents behind Yedo, so we’ve got a feeling you hardcore gamers out there are gunna like this one.

PANDA S SEAL OF APPROVAL TIME: We’d also like to report on the game we played at NYEEK, our local game night, this week. This was one of N’s prized scores from Gen Con and we can’t do enough cheerleading (with handstands!) for Sheriff of Nottingham. The game is duplicitous in all the right ways. If you’re in the mood for one heck of a bluffing game (we’re talking layer upon layer upon layer of deceit) nab this one IMMEDITATELY. We were in stitches.

Until next time friends, happy gaming and don’t let anyone ANY ONE give you flack for wearing that Spiderman onesie to bed… Like someone I know…

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Posted on /by Molly Wardlaw/in Machi Koro, Machi Koro Harbor Expansion, Reviews, State of the Saurus

Life After Gen Con

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It’s been a crazy post-Gen Con week here at Pandasaurus HQ, and I must say that while the coffee in our lives may have indeed improved vastly, we are missing the hell out of all of y’all. There’s no better feeling than that of being around the good, like-minded peeps that are proud to call themselves board game geeks!

Speaking of which, Forbes just reported that there were more than 56,000 of you lovelies there; double the number of Gen Con attendees just five years ago. That’s crazytime, y’all! Table top gaming is growing, big time. And nothing could be better for the world than more Agricola and Sherriff of Nottingham and less Monopoly and Sorry. Sorry, Sorry.

I should also note that in addition to all of you, N also misses Pizza Hut (they don’t have them in NYC). Sad, I know. We’re surrounded by delicious, big-slice pizza, yet not a drop of the Hut for him to drink…

But back to the State of the ‘Saurus! We’ve got some stuffs to say!

First off, we know y’all are clamoring for a little piece of Machi Koro, and we hear ya loud and clear—we want nothing more than to get it into your paws! Sadly, there have been some completely unforeseen production delays. We wanted to make 100 percent sure that the final copies were completely up to our high production standards. Nothing but the best. BUT it will be out in a few weeks. So soon! And in the meantime some additional cool Machi-things happened this week, like:

-The beloved blog Geek Dad calling it out as one of the few games he actually got the chance to play at Gen Con. Jonathan Liu dubbed it “a delightful surprise” and revealed an upcoming review. We agree. But it’s not a surprise for us. Not sure where that leaves us… NEXT!

-The upstanding Canadians behind Watch It Played posted not one, but two Machi vids. Here’s the How to Play vid—which is super awesome if you’re wanting to learn. Rodney provides the best step-by-step guide we’ve come across heretofore.

Next up is their play through. Again, super helpful if you’re learning. Also, that family is insanely cute—good luck in Japan, Andrea! And because they’re so stinking cute, we’ll just maybe forgive them for calling Mr. Pandasaurus a “Pegasaurus.”

And once you’re done checking out the base game with that vid, check N and I on BGG’s Gen Con 2014 coverage where we show off the shiny, new Machi Koro Harbor Expansion!! Warning: I am shy and am cursed with the sad affliction known as RBF—DON’T JUDGE ME!

Check it out here, action (or in my case, inaction) starts at 2:00.

For videos where both people actually talk on camera, check out this BGG clip of the Great Kevin Wilson speaking with N about his upcoming X-Files game. Best moment: Beth Heile geeking out about X-Files parties in college. Check it out here, action starts at 5:30.

And that’s it for this week’s installment of the State of the ‘Saurus. Tonight there will be lots of beer and Sheriff of Nottingham at our local game night. The gods are good.

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*Photo courtesy of Geek Dad