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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

Episode #335 - 5211

10/14/2019
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5211 is a press-your-luck card game with deep roots in casual classics. It's a modern game that can be as thinky as you want it to be, but it is also a bridge for social interaction, inspired by card nights with family and friends from days gone by.

Duration:01:19:30

Episode #334 - Space Explorers

10/1/2019
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Space Explorers is a richly thematic card game inspired by Soviet-era agitprop art. Driven by a wide range of action and card synergies, the game is simple to learn but packs a compelling amount of depth into a 30 minute experience.

Duration:01:05:02

Episode #331 - Dekalko

9/16/2019
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Dekalko is a drawing game that is not a drawing game. Everyone gets a picture and must get others at the table to guess the picture without seeing the picture itself. How you get there requires a quick hand, a pen, and almost no artistic skill.

Duration:01:08:01

Episode #330 - Krass Kariert

9/3/2019
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Krass Kariert is the free-spirited granddaughter of several beloved classic card games. It combines elements from ladder games like Tichu, trick-taking games like Euchre, shedding games like Uno, and adds a dash of Poker just for fun.

Duration:00:57:03

GenCon 2019 - Iterative Game Design

8/16/2019
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We assemble a group of renowned designers to examine the process and protocol that goes into iterative game design. Panelists: Ted Alspach, Tom Lehmann, Justin Gary, Elizabeth Hargrave, Ben Rosset

Duration:00:53:31

GenCon 2019 - Thinking Inside the Box

8/15/2019
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How can cardboard, wood, and plastic create such magic? We examine the incredible amount of time and creativity that goes into every bit and how that shapes our experience with a game. Panelists: Beth Heile, Frank Jager, Jean-Francois Gagne, Scott Hill

Duration:00:53:33

GenCon 2019 - Indie Publisher Round Table

8/14/2019
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We sit down with a group of successful publishers for a wide-ranging discussion related to the challenges, lessons, advantages and pitfalls of being an independent publisher today. Panelists: Maggie Clayton, Gil Hova, Julie Ahern, Tim Fowers

Duration:00:50:31

GenCon 2019 - The Expanding Board Game Market

8/13/2019
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The board game market has grown dramatically over the past two decades. We examine the market today from an industry perspective and look to see where it might be headed. Panelists: Stephen Buonocore, Shari Spiro, Kathleen Mercury, Morgan Dontanville

Duration:00:53:02

GenCon 2019 - International Trade and the Business of Games

8/12/2019
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The business of games is a complex global engine. We discuss how various parts of this trade engine fit together and how tariffs can jeopardize the health of the industry as a whole. Panelists: Mike Selinker, Daniel Zayas

Duration:00:48:41

GenCon 2019 - Redefining the Boundaries of Play

8/9/2019
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There’s a new wave of drama-driven games fueled by tragic events and topics not often associated with fun. We examine how this new genre redefines the boundaries of play. Panelists: Rory O'Connor, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Michael Fox

Duration:00:49:57

GenCon 2019 - Mental Health and the Power of Board Games

8/8/2019
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We examine how games can be a powerful and positive force on many different levels related to mental health with teachers, professionals and players. Panelists: Bebo, Sen Foong Lim, Bruce Voge, Katie Aidley, John Knoerzer

Duration:00:47:44

Episode #327 - Detective

6/17/2019
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Detective is a drama-driven game fueled by tragic situations we normally don't associate with fun. It provides an immersive and innovative experience by embracing technology, allowing Detective to expand the boundaries of what games can be.

Duration:02:00:03

Episode #326 - Holding On

6/3/2019
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Holding On offers a game experience like no other. It is a drama-driven game that redefines the boundaries of play. We play through the decisions that define Billy's path. And in doing so, we are invited to reflect on our own.

Duration:01:25:31

Episode #323 - Egizia

5/20/2019
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In Egizia, players sail ships carrying workers and stone to build mighty monuments for the Pharaoh. The river offers great rewards and abilities as it flows ever Northward to the sea. And therein lies the challenge!

Duration:01:08:03

Episode #322 - Forbidden Sky

5/6/2019
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High above the clouds, you discover an abandoned station from a lost space-faring civilization. There’s just one problem: a deadly storm is coming. To survive you must create a real electrical circuit and launch the last rocket into... the Forbidden Sky!

Duration:01:25:46

Episode #319 - Flotsam Fight

4/15/2019
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Flotsam Fight is a card shedding game that plays like an old classic. Put as many treasure cards as you can onto lifeboats. Problem is, each treasure only fits onto certain boats. And as they fill up, you don't want to be stuck with an armful of big loot!

Duration:00:56:03

Episode #318 - Coimbra

4/1/2019
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In Coimbra, each player is the head of a family selecting dice to gain influence over important members of society within the city: the clergy, the scholars, the merchants, and the civic leaders.

Duration:01:22:03

Episode #315 - Gugong

3/18/2019
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Ming Dynasty China. The Emperor rules from the Imperial Palace, the Gugong. You are the head of a noble family, bribing palace officials with extravagant gifts, hoping to gain power and influence. Four days separate you from glory or disgrace.

Duration:01:08:20

Episode #314 - Just One

3/3/2019
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Just One is a cooperative party game. 13 cards stand between everyone playing and perfection. Can you use your powers of imagination and inference to avoid synching up with anyone else at the table?

Duration:01:13:30

Episode #312 - Piepmatz

2/17/2019
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A flock of little songbirds gather at the feeder to eat. One by one, different birds hop on the perch and carry away their meals, large and small. Can you gather the best collection of bird and seed cards while avoiding greedy squirrels and angry crows?

Duration:01:14:02