Show #28: Forbidden Desert, and D-Day Dice

In Show 28.0 of Gameopolis, Mark and Jeff inadvertently do a cooperative games extravaganza. But before any of that starts, observing tradition there is discussion of a Dusty Old Box…Actually it's a bag of Dusty Old Things (which sounds like an allergist's nightmare). Mark very enthusiastically describes the Dusty Old Things that Jeff presents him. After that it's a quick visit to our listener mailbag before we launch into the main show topics.

Mark takes the first main segment of the show, with coverage of Forbidden Desert: long-awaited sequel to Forbidden Island. He covers the rules, the most obvious differences and similarities with Forbidden Island, and --of course-- talks about the quality of the game components.

After Mark's main segment, Jeff dives into a second main segment on Valley Games' D-Day Dice, with focus on the rules of play, and the publisher's very clever use of game components.

We'd love to hear from you, so if you get a moment, please post a comment to this blog entry (at or, or send us an email at!

  • 00:00:00 Prelude
  • 00:01:35 Dusty Old Box
  • 00:10:39 Listener Feedback
  • 00:16:00 Happy 4th birthday, Gameopolis
  • 00:17:34 Forbidden Desert, by Gamewright Games
  • 00:40:10 D-Day Dice, by Valley Games
  • 01:09:46 Signoff

Stay tuned for Show 28.5 --our session report on one of these filler games-- coming at you faster than a raging sandstorm!

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  • Hey Mark and Jeff! Congratulations on 4 great years worth of podcasting!! I've enjoyed them all and this latest was no exception. I loved the Dusty Old Box segment as it reminded me of those old solo game books that I've still got. They ones you guys talked about I never happened to run across, but I bought a couple of different series in the same vein. The first I discovered was the 'Fighting Fantasy' series by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. (This isn't the American Steve Jackson of Car Wars fame, by the way, but Steve Jackson of England who co-founded Games Workshop and the Warhammer 40k games). They did a ton of those books. Dell published the US editions, but only up to the first twenty-six books or the like. In England I think they ran up to forty or fifty books! I found these in the mid eighties or so. Some ten years later I ran across another English series that was imported to the US called the 'Lone Wolf' books. Both of these series let you make decisions as to what you wanted to do, but also you had to roll dice to and survive combats to advance. I played several of the 'Fighting Fantasy' books, but only got a ways into the first 'Lone Wolf' book, I don't recall why I didn't get further now. Since you guys talked about that style of books it makes me want to did out mine and start playing them again! Especially since I've not played about 80% of the total that I have! If I wait much longer, I'll be retired before I get started. Of course if I did, then I'd have plenty of time to play! Also great review of the games. I'd heard of the 'D-Day Dice' game but never really looked into it. Now after hearing Jeff's review I really want to get it. You guys can be dangerous to my wallet! After listening to your other podcasts over the years I've gone out and bought 'Crimson Skies' and all the expansions for it, some of the 'Battleground Fantasy Warfare' decks, 'Command and Colors Ancients' just to name a few. I guess adding one more won't make any difference now (as long as my wife doesn't find out!) I was wondering if you guys have any game companys that you tend to like most of what they do? Such as for me, I've got a growing appreciation for Worthington Games. They make some really fun, light or introductory level wargames. Some of my favorites so far are: 'Cowboys The Way of the Gun', 'Victoria Cross II', 'Napoleon's War The 100 Days', and 'Hold the Line' to name a few. Have you tried any of their games? I think you'd enjoy them if you did. Keep up the good work and I look forward to many, many more fun podcasts!

    posted by: Rick on 2013-09-25 01:22:03

  • I'd heard of D-Day Dice, but not really paid much attention to it or bothered to find out anything about it, but now that I've listed to you guys talk about it, I'm really interested. I've already picked up the whole Crimson Skies game and add-ons because of you guys and something else that slips my mind at the moment. Now I want to get the D-Day Dice game too! You guys are not good for my wallet. Great show as usual and I can't wait for the next episode. Take care!

    posted by: Rick on 2013-09-19 01:30:59

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