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The Spiel is a show about games and the people who love them. Each episode, we review and discuss a new board game or card game. Each game reviewed receives a Major Fun or Spiel of Approval award, our badge of quality. Older episodes (220 and earlier) feature a variety show format with game reviews and interviews. We here at The Spiel know fun. We are passionate about play as an essential and often forgotten part of life as we grow. Our goal is open a door to the wider world of games to as many people as we can. Have a listen. I hope you'll be inspired to find a friend and play!

The Spiel is a show about games and the people who love them. Each episode, we review and discuss a new board game or card game. Each game reviewed receives a Major Fun or Spiel of Approval award, our badge of quality. Older episodes (220 and earlier) feature a variety show format with game reviews and interviews. We here at The Spiel know fun. We are passionate about play as an essential and often forgotten part of life as we grow. Our goal is open a door to the wider world of games to as many people as we can. Have a listen. I hope you'll be inspired to find a friend and play!
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The Spiel is a show about games and the people who love them. Each episode, we review and discuss a new board game or card game. Each game reviewed receives a Major Fun or Spiel of Approval award, our badge of quality. Older episodes (220 and earlier) feature a variety show format with game reviews and interviews. We here at The Spiel know fun. We are passionate about play as an essential and often forgotten part of life as we grow. Our goal is open a door to the wider world of games to as many people as we can. Have a listen. I hope you'll be inspired to find a friend and play!

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Episodes

GenCon 2018 - The Art of the Pitch

8/14/2018
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The art of the pitch is a learnable skill. We discuss the essential elements of a successful pitch, plus tips and tricks to help make your game design stand out from the crowd. Panelists: Mike Selinker, Stephen Buonocore, Tim WK Brown, Erica Bouyouris

Duration:00:34:59

GenCon 2018 - Games As Teaching Tools

8/13/2018
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Games can be brilliant teaching tools both in the classroom and beyond it. We discuss how each panelist uses games in creative ways to facilitate learning and develop life skills. Panelists: John Knoerzer, Beth Heile, Kathleen Mercury

Duration:00:42:20

GenCon 2018 - Representation in Board Games

8/10/2018
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As publishers, designers, and players, what choices can we make and what steps can we take to help the world of games include and reflect the vast variety of fun loving players in it? Panelists: Sen Foong Lim, Maggi Cottrell, Isaac Vega, Katie Aidley

Duration:00:57:00

GenCon 2018 - Game Development

8/9/2018
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We delve into how different designers and publishers approach game development, hoping to gain a better appreciation of how important this step is to the life of any game. Panelists: Matt Leacock, Christopher Badell, Ray Wehrs, Jason Hill Geoff Engelstein

Duration:00:39:53

Episode #300 - Anansi and Take The A Chord

6/26/2018
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The Coleson-Conway era of The Spiel comes to a close with a celebration of our shared passion and love of trick-taking card games. We review Anansi and Take the A Chord plus we delve into the history of Jeux de Tarot.

Duration:02:30:02

Episode #299 - Heaven & Ale

6/14/2018
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In Heaven & Ale, you are the master brewer at a German monastery in the Middle Ages. Gather hops, water, barley, and yeast and recruit monks to build your brewery. Each decision leads to an innovative scoring system that packs a great cerebral punch.

Duration:01:58:02

Episode #297 - Decrypto

5/28/2018
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Your team of spies intercepts a secret transmission. 3 words. A code tied to a sequence of numbers. Can you decipher this sequence when the pressure is on? Remember, the other team is trying to unravel your sequence at the same time! Welcome to Decrypto!

Duration:01:20:01

Episode #295 - Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time

5/10/2018
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Professor Evil uses his time machine to rob the world of priceless antiques. Your group has been sent to rescue treasures before they are locked away. It's charming, engaging, great for players young and old, and sure to provide many hours of Major Fun.

Duration:01:45:31

Episode #292 - Cursed Court

4/16/2018
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Cursed Court is a clever auction game that draws its inspiration from stud poker. Each season, you bid on a noble or group of nobles based on hidden and public information. Bid wisely, you'll gain influence at court. Bid poorly, you'll be scrubbing pots!

Duration:01:14:49

Episode #290 - Pioneers

4/2/2018
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Pioneers is a gateway game for a new generation. You’ll discover new layers of depth and fun by charting different paths with each pioneer you settle. Best of all how everyone else plays will change your decisions and let you see the game in a new light.

Duration:01:21:59

Episode #289 - Santa Maria

3/19/2018
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It's the 16th century and you're in charge of a fledgling colony in the New World. Santa Maria is a dice-based action selection game which offers a fantastic variety of strategic decisions. The game is constantly challenging and consistently fun.

Duration:01:24:36

Episode #286 - Ancestree

2/28/2018
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Ancestree is a tile drafting game where each player cultivates a family tree. You'll build dynasties, marriages, and wealth to score points. The game is wonderfully simple to learn but the scoring system makes each decision matter and each decision fun.

Duration:01:07:59

Episode #285 - Majesty: For The Realm

2/18/2018
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Majesty is an easy to learn, wonderfully elegant and interactive card game. Each player recruits subjects to help create a prosperous new realm. Each character offers a simple but specialized way to bring wealth, health and security to the crown.

Duration:01:04:39

Episode #282 - Raiders of the North Sea

1/31/2018
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In Raiders of the North Sea you assemble a crew, collect provisions and journey north to plunder... even if it ends in a glorious death! It's a worker placement game with a brilliant balance of strategy and simplicity. And a perfect intro to the genre.

Duration:01:07:34

Episode #281 - Holiday Party 2017

12/21/2017
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Robot cheetahs, dentures, musical failure, D&D resources, pooping Amazons, and board games galore. Join our cavalcade of misfit nerds for a freewheeling conversation spanning the wide world of geekdom. And be ready to laugh! A lot.

Duration:02:35:59

Episode #280 - The Spiel on Ethnos

12/4/2017
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In Ethnos players vie for control of a fantasy realm by collecting and playing sets of cards. The game offers challenging decisions through simple to learn but innovative mechanics. Ethnos is familiar yet fresh - tense and interactive to the end.

Duration:00:58:09

Episode #278 - Codenames: Duet is Major Fun

11/20/2017
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Codenames: Duet offers a tense two player transformation of the original. You and your partner must contact 15 agents using a grid of word cards and a very limited number of clues. The big problem is each of you only know half the agents in play!

Duration:01:00:39

Episode #276 - The Spiel on Photosynthesis

11/1/2017
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In Photosynthesis, each player tends a colorful cardboard forest, soaking in sunlight as it moves around the board. The game is beautiful inside and out - a wonder to behold on the table and its simple, elegant mechanisms provide hours of challenging fun.

Duration:00:42:11

Episode #274 - Word Slam is Major Fun

10/17/2017
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Word Slam is a team-based word guessing game that forces each team to use a fixed set of words as clues. The word you want is never there, so the game pushes you to be creative with the words provided - to find freedom inside the limits imposed.

Duration:00:50:14

Episode #273 - The Spiel on Custom Heroes

10/3/2017
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Custom Heroes is an innovative twist on traditional climbing card games. You get to play with the makeup of the deck itself! Using transparent cards, you can make a low card high, turn a card wild, and more. Get rid of your cards 1st to score big and win.

Duration:01:11:21