Patrick and Eric in the Morning

As part of their favorite designer series Patrick and Eric this time chose to discuss Friedemann Friese.


  • Power Grid
  • Power Grid Cards
  • Power Grid Factory Manager
  • Fauna
  • Friday
  • Copy Cat  deck-building, worker-placement, drafting race game.
  • 504 
  • Fabled Fruit


  • Power Grid
  • Fauna 
  • Friday
  • Fuji Flush
  • Folder
Direct download: 37_Patrick_and_Eric.mp3
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Episode 36

Patrick and Eric discuss "Abstract Games"

“Abstract” from BGG:

"Abstract game" often refers to games of perfect information with alternating turns and no randomness; usually for 2 players. e.g. Chess or Go.

It is also often used to refer to a game without a theme (regardless of the game mechanics). E.g. Backgammon or Tantrix.

It is also often used to refer to games that are "mostly" perfect information and "mostly" lacking in theme (leading to even more confusion and disagreement about whether a given game is an "abstract game" or not).


  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Xiangqi
  • Go
  • Mancala
  • Reversi/Othello (1883)


  • Gipf Series (Gipf, Yinch, etc)
  • Shobu
  • Canosa
  • Tak
  • Blokus
  • Amazons
  • Onitama
  • Quoridor 
  • Quarto
  • Quantik

Abstracts with Theme:

  • Battle Sheep
  • Patchwork
  • Hive
  • Santorini

Abstracts with Luck:

  • Backgammon
  • Nova Luna
  • Qwirkle
  • Number 9
  • Ingenious

Abstracts with Theme and Luck:

  • Azul and sequels
  • War Chest
  • The Duke
  • Calico
  • Seikatsu
Direct download: 36_-_Patrick_and_Eric_in_the_Morning_-_Abstracts.mp3
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Episode 35

Patrick and Eric discuss favorite Racing Games

They start up talking about growing up watching real racing.


Long Shot: The Dice Game 

Long Shot the Original

Camel Cup

Mint Julep

Snow Tails

Formula D



Rallyman/Rallyman GT

Thunder Alley


Wacky Races

Power Boats (remade as Powerships)


Flamme Rouge

Steampunk Rally

Quicksilver (balloons)

Missippi Queen (steam paddleboats)

Oden’s Ravens


Granite Game Summit show 3/13/21 at 11:00am




Direct download: 35_-_Patrick_and_Eric_in_the_Morning_-_Racing_Games.mp3
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Patrick & Eric in the Morning Episode #34 - Catching Up

Recorded Sunday 1/24

Recent Plays:

  • Deckscape - Escape from Alacatraz
  • Burgle Bros 2 
  • The Search For Planet X
  • Three sisters - see notes below
  • Underwater Cities - yucata
  • Longhorn
  • Elfenland (Bga)
  • Letter Tycoon 
  • Near and Far
  • Takenoko (Pandas)  

 BGA Update:

  • Carcassone Hunters and Gatherers
  • Alhambra
  • No Thanks
  • Rolled West  
  • Paris Connection
  • Claim It - Yucata

Granite Game Summit 2021 - VIRTUAL

Patrick & Eric in the Morning - Live Show Saturday 3/13/2021 - Cartographers and maybe other roll and writes.

Three Sisters is a strategic roll and write from designers Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback.

Three Sisters is a backyard farming roll and write. Three Sisters is named after the Indigenous agricultural technique that is still widely used today. Three different crops—in this case, pumpkins, corn, and beans—are planted close together. Corn provides a lattice for beans to climb. The beans bring in nitrogen from the air into the soil, and the squash provides a natural mulch ground cover helping to reduce weeds and keep pests away.

The player sheets have several areas: Your field, divided into six zones, each containing the three crop types, and various other areas related to additional actions you can take: Fruits and flowers, beehives, and a shed with tools that have special abilities. 

All the crops, fruits, flowers, and hives are represented by mini-tracks. The areas are interconnected to other elements in the game, giving you bonuses along the way. Many crops generate goods that are used to unlock bonus actions. Advancing on all of these tracks offers various amounts of points, advancements, and bonuses.

So basically combo driven roll and write that is a spiritual successor to Fleet Dice coming to KS March 9.

Direct download: 034_Patrick_and_Eric_in_the_Morning_-_Catching_Up.mp3
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A sort of Patrick & Eric in the Morning episode - but this episode we invited on Charles from the Things of No Interest Blog to discuss the 31 games released on Board Game Arena during the month of December.

12/01: Thurn & Taxis, from Andreas Seyfarth & Karen Seyfarth, 2006 Spiel des Jahres

12/02: Welcome to… / Welcome to New Vegas, from Alexis Allard & Benoît Tupin

12/03: 99, public domain

12/04: Flaming Pyramids, designed by Norbert Abel

12/05: Small Islands, designed by Alexis Allard

12/06: Map Maker, designed by Louis Lafair, Joshua Lafair, Becca Lafair

12/07: Solo Whist, public domain

12/08: Kami, adapted from Goïta Shogi

12/09: Luxor, from Rüdiger Dorn, 2018 Spiel des Jahres nominee

12/10: Hungarian Tarokk, public domain

12/11: Cacao, from Phil Walker-Harding, 2015 Spiel des Jahres Recommended

12/12: Piraten Kapern, from Haim Shafir

12/13: Off the Rails, from Andrew Platt, Stuart Platt

12/14: Connect 6, from Professor I-Chen Wu

12/15: Spades, public domain

12/16: Saint Petersburg, from Bernd Brunnhofer, 2004 Spiel des Jahres Nominee

12/17: Cribbage, from Sir John Suckling

12/18: Yokai, from Julien Griffon

12/19: Quantik, from Nouri Khalifa, from Gigamic’s Classic game line

12/20: Nanga Parbat, from Steve Finn

12/21: Oh-Seven, from Alex Weldon

12/22: Bandido, from Martin Nedergaard Andersen

12/23: Concept, from Gaëtan Beaujannot & Alain Rivollet, 2014 SdJ Nominee

12/24: Haiclue, from Will Leaf

12/25: Via Magica, from Paolo Mori, reimplementation of Rise of Augustus

12/26: Martian Dice, from Scott Almes

12/27: Dungeon Roll, from Chris Darden

12/28: Con Sonar!, from Christian Boutin

12/29: Big Time Soccer, from Andrew S. Fischer

12/30: Forbidden Island, from Matt Leacock, 2011 Spiel des Jahres Nominee

12/31: Klaverjassen, public domain


Patrick Hillier @overthehillier

Eric Buscemi @EricBuscemi

Charles Hasegwa @charleshasegawa

Direct download: WDYPTW_PE_and_C_discuss_BGA.mp3
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