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The Spiel #179 - Kennerspiel des Schpiel 2013

2013-06-23 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

High stakes, higher strategy? The Kennerspiel des Jahres is given to the best advanced board game of the year. From Belgium to Italy to a realm in need of heroes, we review Bruges, Palaces of Carrara and Legends of Andor and try to predict the winner.…

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The Spiel #178 - Kinderspiel des Schpiel 2013

2013-06-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Child's play. From treasure hunters to mechanical towers and crazy cosmic cows, we review three games nominated for the Kinderspiel des Jahres (German Children's Game of the Year) and try to predict the winner.…

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The Spiel #177 - Twist, Slide, and Climb

2013-05-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Mind manipulators. We review 3 family friendly games that mess with your head in 3 different ways: Just In Time (twist your pieces to solve timed puzzles), Dotzee (a slide puzzle with dice), and Clubs (a mash up of Spades and ladder games like Tichu).…

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The Spiel #176 - Space Monkeys

2013-05-12 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

A well-placed banana. From comrades in rockets to apes in bumper cars, we review Kosmonauts and Spin Monkeys - two programmed movement games that give us a fresh look at the genre.…

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The Spiel #175 - In Praise of Folly

2013-04-28 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Roll over, Erasmus. We travel back to Elizabethan England for an in-depth look at Noblemen, a game about managing country estates and attending masquerade balls. The goal? Impress the Queen. …

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The Spiel #174 - Blood, Sweat & Tears

2013-04-14 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Built to last. We celebrate the show's 7th anniversary with blocks of marble and tiki huts. We review of Palaces of Carrara and Hawaii, two games about building that offer challenge and strategy from a set of seemingly simple choices.…

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The Spiel #173 - Sim Chitty

2013-03-31 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Urban cardboard jungles. We review three games, each with their own take on urban planning: from the futuristic treehouses of Ginkgopolis to the crowded streets of Suburbia to the far flung shore of France and the walls of Saint Malo.…

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The Spiel #172 - Game, Set, Match

2013-03-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Rummy revisions. We review A Fool's Fortune and Morels two set collecting card games that breathe new life into this well known and time tested genre, plus the first in a series of interviews with Major Fun, Bernie DeKoven.…

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The Spiel #171 - If Charlemagne Was A Badger

2013-03-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

A world built with 36 cards. We delve into the Decktet, an ingenious set of double suited cards, a Tarot deck from a parallel dimension, and a sandbox for innovative game design. From trick taking to resource management, we review four of Decktet games.…

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The Spiel #170 - All Access

2013-02-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Fun for all. From sausage dice to treasure on the high seas, we review four games you could teach/play/enjoy with almost any group of players: Wordaround, Wurfelwurst, Tokaido and Pirate Dice.…

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The Spiel #169 - Spielfest 2013

2013-02-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Northern Exposure. Join us for a live recording at Spielfest, a two-day gaming event hosted by Snakes & Lattes, a board game cafe in the heart of Toronto.…

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The Spiel #168 - O Brave New World

2013-01-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Welcome to Tempest. This fictional city-state is the setting for a series of games from publisher AEG. Conspire & connive; duel & deliver. Each game tells a story and gives players a new way to explore the world. We review the first four Tempest titles.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #10 - Ten Little Words

2013-01-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Word Block Puzzle by David Coleson. Assmeble word blocks to find 10 game titles. Don't worry; there's a clue for each bit included. Solve the puzzle and you could win a prize!…

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The Spiel #167 - Soy Sauce Samurai

2012-12-23 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Honor, glory and geishas. Feudal Japan is our destination. We review Yedo, an auction based worker placement game where noble houses compete for the Shogun's favor by completing secret missions.…

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The Spiel #166 - 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

2012-12-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Give the gift of play. With over 40 game suggestions in 10 categories, you're sure to find a great game for someone this holiday season.…

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The Spiel #165 - Essen Sampler

2012-11-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Fill your plates. We serve up a nice slice of our interview coverage from the largest game fair in the world, the Essen International Spieltag.…

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The Spiel #164 - St. Bernardus #12

2012-11-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Games around the globe. We report back from our latest adventure in Europe, covering the International Spieltag in Essen, Germany and filming a travelogue in Belgium.…

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The Spiel #163 - Robots & Rondels

2012-10-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Going the distance. We review Milestones, a road building game that mixes abstract strategy with custom rondels, and dive into Smash Up, a genre bending card game chock full of pirates, ninjas, zombies and robots.…

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The Spiel #162 - Drawn & Quartered

2012-09-23 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Cube-a-licious. We review Seasons, a dice-driven card drafting duel between wizards, and take a closer look at Dungeon Fighter, a dice bouncing dexterity game that is equal parts crazy, stupid, silly, and fun!…

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The Spiel #161 - GenCon 2012 - Part 3

2012-09-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Con-clusions. We finish our GenCon coverage with 15 interviews including chats with artists, board game cafe owners, publishers, and Ken St. Andre, designer of Tunnels & Trolls, the 2nd role playing game ever published.…

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The Spiel #160 - GenCon 2012 - Part 2

2012-09-02 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

More gab about games. Our GenCon coverage continues with a collection of interviews including chats with a renowned dice collector, a balloon artist and the cast of characters from board games come to life PLUS conversations with noted industry publishers.…

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The Spiel #159 - GenCon 2012 - Part 1

2012-08-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Unconventional conversations. We dive into GenCon with a dozen interviews with some industry giants (Richard Garfield, Bruno Cathala), some influential newcomers (TableTop, The Game Whisperer) and some great game publishers.…

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The Spiel #158 - Iftah Ya Simsim!

2012-08-05 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Magic words. We review Sidibaba, a game that pits a team of players against the Leader of the Thieves in a timed race to find treasure and escape. We also look at an innovative dice driven train game, Rolling Freight.…

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The Spiel #157 - Bridging the Gap

2012-07-22 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

That first step is a doozy! We review Rio d'Oro, a dice game that pits adventurers in a race to collect gold across a rickety 3-D bridge.…

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The Spiel #156 - Kennerspiel des Schpiel 2012

2012-07-08 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Use your grey cells. The Kennerspiel des Jahres recognizes the best strategy game of the year. From a deadly mountain peak to the bandit filled desert to the workshops of a medieval town, we review the 3 nominated games and try to predict the winner.…

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The Spiel #155 - Spiel des Schpiel 2012 - Part 2

2012-06-24 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

The big red pawn. From high stakes dice to story telling donkeys, our award season coverage continues with in-depth reviews of Vegas and Eselsbrücke, the final two nominees for the Spiel des Jahres, the most prestigious trophy in the game playing world.…

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The Spiel #154 - Kinderspiel des Schpiel 2012

2012-06-10 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Kids at heart. From dragonknights and toad slime to cheese stealing ghosts, we review the 3 nominees for the Kinderspiel des Jahres, Germany's Children's Game of the Year, and try to predict the winner.…

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The Spiel #153 - Spiel des Schpiel 2012 - Part 1

2012-05-27 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Win-win-win. The Spiel des Jahres is more than Germany's Game of the Year. It's an institution. And home to the 3 most prestigious awards in the industry. We begin our award coverage with a review of Kingdom Builder, 1 of 3 Spiel des Jahres nominees.…

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The Spiel #152 - From Russia With Love

2012-05-13 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Fun from the frozen north. We review 3 titles from Russian publisher Right Games: Evolution, Potion Making Practice and The Enigma of Leonardo. …

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The Spiel #151 - Hot Stuff

2012-04-29 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Find 'em hot and leave 'em wet. Firefighter Captain Brian Strange visits the padded cell to give us an expert's perspective on Flash Point - a board game of teamwork, burning buildings and daring rescues.…

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The Spiel #150 - Deck of Many Things

2012-04-15 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Think inside the box. That's exactly what Adlung Spiele does. Their card games redefine the notion of what card games can be. We review 8 titles: choosing roles, flipping carpets & slapping bugs. So many kinds of fun, all from a simple deck of cards.…

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The Spiel #149 - Settlers of Canada

2012-04-01 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Canoes and cannonballs. Join us for an in-depth review of A Few Acres of Snow, Martin Wallace's deck building board game. We row through the rivers and forests of the North to settle the fate of the French & Indian War.…

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The Spiel #148 - Circle the Wagons

2012-03-18 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

The whole pint. We settle a patch of land on the banks of Plum Creek, reviewing Walnut Grove - a fast, fun mash-up game that includes tile laying, worker placement and a rondel.…

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The Spiel #147 - The Yellow Cake Is A Lie

2012-03-04 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Gone fission. We review The Manhattan Project, a game where players race to build an atomic bomb, plus we look back at an influential classic: Advanced Civilization.…

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The Spiel #146 - Bear Spray and the Big Apple

2012-02-19 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

So nice, they named it twice. Dave reports back from Toy Fair 2012 with 10 interviews, plus a review of a new family card game, Let's Take A Hike.…

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The Spiel #145 - Middle Weights

2012-02-05 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

What's next? We review Airlines: Europe and Fortuna, two middle weight games that can draw new players deeper into the hobby - games that strike a great balance between strategy and fun in under 90 minutes.…

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The Spiel #144 - For Honor and Empire

2012-01-22 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Deck building: the next generation. From galactic conquest to warring gods, we review Core Worlds and Ascension: Storm of Souls, two of the newest titles in the genre.…

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The Spiel #143 - Come On Down!

2011-12-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

You're the next contestant. We review two more Easy Play titles: Drachen Wurf and Big Points. Then, join us for the virtual Spiel-a-thon, an audio game show with fabulous prizes. …

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Ravensburger

2011-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Board games meet technology. Michaela Magin introduces 3 new titles with electronic elements.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Gen-X Games

2011-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Vintage airplanes, new battles, and a daring escape! Guillermo Soria gives a tour of Air Show, a 2 de Mayo Expansion, and Stalag 17.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Minion Games

2011-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Adventure, arks, and nuclear bombs. James Mathe discusses Venture Forth and Kingdom of Solomon and previews The Manhattan Project.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Hans im Gluck

2011-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Gods, gold, and sandy beaches. Mortiz Brunnhofer introduces three titles: Pantheon, Stone Age: Style is the Goal, and Hawaii.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Adlung Spiele

2011-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

So many possibilities with a simple deck of cards. Bernhard Naegele gives a tour of four new titles: Flying Carpet, Cock-a-Doodle-Doo- Bah!, Taureg, and Ladybug and So.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Kosmos

2011-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

3 new games from 3 great designers. Carol Rapp introduces Rapa Nui (Klaus-Jurgen Wrede) , Helvetia (Matthias Cramer) and Ankh Morpork (Martin Wallace).…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - On the Cards

2011-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Designer Sebastian Bleasdale discusses On the Cards, a game which allows players to mix and match rules from a variety of classic card games.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Eagle/Gryphon Games

2011-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Keith Blume introduces a full lineup of games from Eagle including 1812: The Invasion of Canada, Dragon Rampage, Mirror Mirror and new editions of Can't Stop and Montage.…

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The Spiel #142 - Easy Peasy

2011-12-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Lemon squeezy. Two surveys of games everyone can play. First, the Easy Play game series from Schmidt Spiele with reviews of Burgen Land and Finito. Second, we trace the ancestry of Finnish Lawn Bowling.…

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The Spiel #142 - Easy Peasy

2011-12-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Lemon squeezy. Two surveys of games everyone can play. First, the Easy Play game series from Schmidt Spiele with reviews of Burgen Land and Finito. Second, we trace the ancestry of Finnish Lawn Bowling.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Amigo

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Bernd Keller gives a tour of four new games from Amigo: The City, Friesematenten: Die Schattenmanner, Rio d'Oro, and Carre.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Amigo

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Bernd Keller gives a tour of four new games from Amigo: The City, Friesematenten: Die Schattenmanner, Rio d'Oro, and Carre.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Noris Games

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Janko Franke shows us Noris' first board game using the ToyStick pen to enhance gameplay.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Martin Wallace

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

From Discworld to the French & Indian War to orangutan filled forests, Martin discusses the development of his most recent designs: Ankh Morpork, A Few Acres of Snow, and Old Men of the Forest.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Martin Wallace

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

From Discworld to the French & Indian War to orangutan filled forests, Martin discusses the development of his most recent designs: Ankh Morpork, A Few Acres of Snow, and Old Men of the Forest.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Portal Publishing

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Rafal introduces Pret-a-Porter, a game about the competitive world of high fashion and New Era, the latest game set in the world of Neuroshima Hex.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Portal Publishing

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Rafal introduces Pret-a-Porter, a game about the competitive world of high fashion and New Era, the latest game set in the world of Neuroshima Hex.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Zoch Verlag

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

From Rhino poop to the streets of ancient Rome, Alfredo Berni gives us a tour of eight games from Zoch including: Das Is Der Wurm Drin, Fuchs und Fertig, Kalimambo, Schnapp's, Wollmilchsau, Tante Trudel'ss Trodel, Avanti, and Aquileia…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Zoch Verlag

2011-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

From Rhino poop to the streets of ancient Rome, Alfredo Berni gives us a tour of eight games from Zoch including: Das Is Der Wurm Drin, Fuchs und Fertig, Kalimambo, Schnapp's, Wollmilchsau, Tante Trudel'ss Trodel, Avanti, and Aquileia…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Mammut

2011-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Norwegian designer Kristian Ostby talks about Mammut, a stone age game where players must decide how best to divide up the spoils of a great hunt.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Mammut

2011-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Norwegian designer Kristian Ostby talks about Mammut, a stone age game where players must decide how best to divide up the spoils of a great hunt.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Abacusspiele

2011-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Mattias Wagner talks about new editions of the classic dice game Spiel and gives an overview of Airlines Europe.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Abacusspiele

2011-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Mattias Wagner talks about new editions of the classic dice game Spiel and gives an overview of Airlines Europe.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Philippe des Pallières

2011-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Designer and publisher Philippe des Pallières talks about the anniversary edition off Werewolf, and a new edition of the bluffing game Skull & Roses.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Philippe des Pallières

2011-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Designer and publisher Philippe des Pallières talks about the anniversary edition off Werewolf, and a new edition of the bluffing game Skull & Roses.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Let's Take A Hike

2011-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Bears, blisters, and heavy backpacks. The trail can be a dangerous place! Max Michael from Stratamax games introduces their newest family card game.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Let's Take A Hike

2011-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Bears, blisters, and heavy backpacks. The trail can be a dangerous place! Max Michael from Stratamax games introduces their newest family card game.…

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The Spiel #141 - 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

2011-11-27 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Games for the naughty and the nice. With over 40 game suggestions in 10 categories, you're sure to find a great game for someone this holiday season.…

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The Spiel #141 - 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

2011-11-27 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Games for the naughty and the nice. With over 40 game suggestions in 10 categories, you're sure to find a great game for someone this holiday season.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Wiraqocha

2011-11-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Didier Delhez of Sit Down! Games gives a tour of Wiraqocha, a steampunk dice game set in the jungles of South America.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Wiraqocha

2011-11-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Didier Delhez of Sit Down! Games gives a tour of Wiraqocha, a steampunk dice game set in the jungles of South America.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Antoine Bauza & Piero

2011-11-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Designer Antoine Bauza and artist Piero talk about collaborating on Ghost Stories, plus some news about an upcoming expansion to 7 Wonders.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Antoine Bauza & Piero

2011-11-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Designer Antoine Bauza and artist Piero talk about collaborating on Ghost Stories, plus some news about an upcoming expansion to 7 Wonders.…

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The Spiel #140 - Tentacular

2011-11-13 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Just lose, baby. We review Elder Sign, a Cthulhu-themed dice game and examine other games where winning isn't the main source of fun.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Eggertspiele

2011-11-12 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Peter Eggert introduces a new title, Santiago de Cuba, and hints at some upcoming releases.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Artipia Games

2011-11-12 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Konstantinos Kokkinis introduces Drum Roll. Each player steps into the ring to manage a traveling circus.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Heidelberger Spieleverlag

2011-11-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Christoph Lipsky talks about three new titles: The Last Banquet, Gully Pirates, and Dungeon Fighter. These games range from sneaky to whimsical to downright silly!…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Stronghold Games

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Stephen Buonocore gives us a tour of four new releases: Panic Station, Confusion, Core Worlds, and Outpost.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Wilderness

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Enoch Fryxelius chats about Wilderness, a hand-crafted board game of survival and strategy built and designed by his brothers.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Baby Boom

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Designer Max Valembois chats about Baby Boom, a light strategy dice game where the dice are never rolled.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Goliath Games

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

We learn about several fun titles from Goliath - Sammy Seal, Pop the Pig, and Time No Time. Games for kids and kids at heart.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Christophe Boelinger

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Game designer Christophe Boelinger talks about his new abstract strategy game Sarena, plus a variety of other game related topics.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Susan McKinley Ross

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

2011 Spiel des Jahres Winner Susan McKinley Ross talks about her experience winning gaming's prestigious award for Qwirkle.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Bezier Games

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Ted Alspach chats about the latest greatest games from Bezier, including Mutant Meeples, Tiebreaker, and Ultimate Werewolf: Artifacts…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Shitenno

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

We learn about Shitenno, a new game from Ludonaute, set in feudal Japan.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Dungeon Petz

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

We chat with designer Vlaada Chvatil about his newest title, Dungeon Petz from Czech Games Editions.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Mesa Board Games

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Wine, water, and garbage! A talk with designer Gil d'Orey about three new games from Portugal: Vintage, Agua, and Lixo.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - Space Maze

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

A chat with designer Michel Baudoin about Space Maze. Maneuver your team of colorful wooden aliens to recover an ancient relic buried in an ever-changing maze.…

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The Spiel at Essen 2011 - European Society of Board Game Collectors

2011-11-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

A chat with Rudolf Ruhle, President of the European Society of Board Game Collectors and a tour of their Cars & Games exhibit.…

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The Spiel #139 - Best & Wurst

2011-10-30 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Prost! We return from Germany and provide an account of our experience at Ludo Fact and the International Spieltag in Essen.…

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The Spiel #138 - Ripping Yarns

2011-10-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Come fly the Zeppelin filled skies. We review Fortune & Glory a game of spine tingling pulp adventure and look at other games where story is king.…

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The Spiel #137 - Word Up

2011-09-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Dial "L" for Latin. Vulgar Latin, that is. We review De Vulgari Eloquentia, an eccelectic but compelling medieval game where players help create the Italian language.…

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The Spiel #136 - Qye Qye, Quirdy

2011-09-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Wake up! We review Uluru, a crafty customizable puzzle game about granting wishes to cosmic Dreambirds. Plus, we take a look at the new dice-building game Quarriors.…

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The Spiel #135 - GenCon 2011- Part 2

2011-08-28 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Meet the people behind the games. Conversations with publishers of games for kids and families as well as games for players interested in deeper strategy and high adventure.…

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The Spiel #134 - GenCon 2011

2011-08-14 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Geeks in the Heartland. We bring you over a dozen interviews with publishers, designers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs, each a different slice from the great gaming pie.…

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The Spiel #133 - Deep Roots

2011-07-31 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Ginnungagap! Team up with your fellow Norse gods in Asgard to protect the nine realms hanging from the World Tree, Yggdrasil. Dig into our in-depth review of this cooperative game from Z-Man.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #9 - Word Scramble

2011-07-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Word Scramble Puzzle by David Coleson. name all the pieces in the puzzle and unscramble their first letters to find the answer. Don't worry; there's a clue for each bit included. Solve the puzzle and you could win a prize!…

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The Spiel #132 - Origins 2011

2011-07-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Where gaming begins. Join our tour of the trade show which includes 23 interviews with publishers, designers, and writers and information on over 50 games.…

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The Spiel #131 - Kennerspiel des Schpiel 2011

2011-06-19 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Mind games. From pyramids and guild halls to the fields of Agincourt, we review nominees for the "expert" category of gaming's Oscars, the Kennerspiel des Jahres, and predict the winner.…

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The Spiel #130 - Kinderspiel des Schpiel 2011

2011-06-12 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Kids at heart. From magnetic wizards and sliding monsters to racing worms, we review the nominees for the most prestigious award for children's games, the Kinderspiel des Jahres, and try to predict the winner.…

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The Spiel #129 - Spiel des Schpiel 2011

2011-06-05 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

There can be only one. Winner, that is. We review the nominees for the most prestiigious award in gaming, The Spiel des Jahres, and try to predict the winner.…

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The Spiel #128 - Crispy Mister

2011-05-29 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

The secret is butter. We whet our appetites with an in-depth review of The Secret of Monte Cristo, followed by a look at two games first published in magazines.…

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The Spiel #127 - Show Me the Monet

2011-05-15 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

True Colors. Grab your brush, step up to the easel and join us for a review of Pastiche, a game about mixing paints to create famous works of art.…

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The Spiel #126 - London's Calling

2011-05-01 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

From Hell. Slip into the foggy gaslit streets with us for an in-depth review of Letters from Whitechapel, a game where players try to plan or prevent Jack the Ripper's killing spree.…

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The Spiel #125 - Wag the Dog

2011-04-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Unleashed. We celebrate 5 years of The Spiel by wagging The Long Tail of gaming, reviewing 9 old obscure and off-the-wall games. …

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The Spiel #124 - Orc Week

2011-04-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

It's not easy being green. We delve into a treasure trove of fantasy themed games including Defenders of the Realm and Thunderstone: Dragonspire.…

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The Spiel #123 - The Postman Always Brings Dice

2011-03-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

What's the rumpus? We dive into the dark waters of international smuggling for a review of Cargo Noir plus three other brand new titles: Nightfall, Chronicle and Shake 'n Take.…

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The Spiel #122 - Eric Clapton's Underwear

2011-03-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Synchronize your watches. We fire up the TARDIS for a time travel adventure, including a review of the clock winding brain burner Khronos, a look back at a classic Doctor Who title, and a dive into the history of the sand timer.…

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The Spiel #121 - A More Perfect Union

2011-02-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

We the people. We break out the powdered wigs to review Founding Fathers, a game where players write or rewrite history by creating the Constitution.…

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The Spiel #120 - Sun, Whisky, and Sea Monsters

2011-02-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Island hoppers. We travel to Samoa, Atlantis and Scotland to review Hotel Samoa, Survive: Escape from Atlantis and Glen More.…

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The Spiel #119 - Classics Revisited

2011-01-23 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Everything old is new again. We review Rowboat, TZQ, Shokoba, and Booray: four card games that seek to adapt or reacquaint us with the classics Spades, Mah Jongg, Scopa, and Bourré.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #8 - Game Sudoku

2011-01-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Sudoku Puzzle by David Coleson. Fill in the grid with the game components provided. Solve the puzzle and you could win a prize!…

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The Spiel #118 - Bring Out Your Dead

2010-12-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Show us your buboes. We get Medieval and play Rattus, trying to save as many people as we can from the Black Plague.…

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The Spiel #117 - In the Pink

2010-12-12 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Paint the town. We swap camels, diamonds, and other trade goods playing Jaipur, a modern card game with a classic feel.…

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The Spiel #115 - The Stars, Our Dicetination

2010-11-14 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Deep space is our dwelling place. We grok the new dice game Alien Frontiers, racing to set down roots on a strange new world.…

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The Spiel #114 - Wards and All

2010-10-31 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Who's the boss? We head to the polls, using slander and strongarm tactics to win elections in Tammany Hall.…

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The Spiel #113 - Deciphered

2010-10-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

An enigma, wrapped in a riddle. We dust off our deductive muscles and try to crack Code 777, a brain-burning game with roots in Indian Poker.…

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The Spiel #112 - Grind Joints

2010-10-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Luck, be a lady tonight. We put the sin in Sin City, rolling dice to build casinos along the original Strip in Lords of Vegas.…

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The Spiel #111 - Hear Me Roar!

2010-09-19 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Winter is coming. In our first Book Club episode, we discuss A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin; then we play and review the board game and the card game based on the novel. Are they worthy of Westeros?…

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The Spiel #110 - A Bushel and a Deck

2010-09-05 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

And a barrel and a heap. We shuffle off to ancient Eygpt and Brittany to take a closer look at two small press card games: Armorica and Nile.…

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The Spiel #109 - GenCon 2010 - Part 2

2010-08-22 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Games are global. From France and Belgium to Korea and Mongolia and back, all at one convention. We conclude our GenCon coverage with a dozen interviews including a chat with the great designer, Tom Wham.…

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The Spiel #108 - GenCon 2010

2010-08-15 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

The best four days in gaming. We give you a view from the trade show floor with a dozen interviews featuring publishers, designers and collectors.…

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The Spiel #107 - Cubism

2010-08-01 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Forget Picasso. Bring on the dice! We roll through Asteroyds, winding toward three other titles, obscure and sublime, that feature 'dem bones.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #7 - Big Deal

2010-07-18 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Match-Up Puzzle by Stephen Conway & David Coleson. Match each of 40 cards with its correct title. Solve the puzzle and you could win a free game!…

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The Spiel #106 - Origins 2010

2010-07-04 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 3s

Con-versations. We take you on an extended tour of the trade show floor with 19 interviews, featuring publishers and designers big and small.…

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The Spiel #105 - Spiel des Schpiel 2010 - Part 2

2010-06-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

There can be only one. We review A la Carte and Fresco, the final two nominees for the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year) and predict the winner before the official selection.…

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The Spiel #104 - Spiel des Schpiel 2010

2010-06-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

The Prize. Movies have the Oscars. Games have the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year). We play and review Dixit, Identik, and Roll Through the Ages - three of five nominees - in an effort to predict the winner later this month.…

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The Spiel #103 - Earth, Wind, & Fire

2010-05-23 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Smoke monsters need not apply. We assemble a team to hunt mystical treasures in Forbidden Island and flip medieval coins to construct castles and cathedrals in Builder's Duel.…

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The Spiel #102 - Y Not?

2010-05-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

All in favor, say Y. From the temples of Assyria to the pachyderms of Bombay, we review two titles from publisher Ystari Games.…

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The Spiel #101 - How You Like Them Apples?

2010-04-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Like peas and carrots. We serve up your recommended daily allowance of games featuring fruits and veggies including: Fruit Fair, a la Carte, and a Hoosier classic.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #6 - Spiel Super-Trivia

2010-04-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

100 Spiel-related trivia questions written by listener David Schuth. Solve the puzzle, send us the answer.…

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The Spiel #100 - Roll, Turn, Flip

2010-04-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Dice. Tiles. Cards. We celebrate hitting triple digits with 3 reviews that fit our slogan, including an in-depth look at Macao.…

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The Spiel #99 - Trumped Up

2010-03-28 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Tricks are treats. We explore the history and evolution of trick and trump games from Pinochle to modern titles like Triumvirate, Sticheln and Die Sieben Siegel.…

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The Spiel #98 - Lighter Fare

2010-03-14 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Bite size. Nine full reviews of games you can play in 5-40 minutes. Titles include: Bezzerwizzer, Gracias, Triviathon, Sushi Roll, Word of the Street, Nanuk, 7 Ate 9, Super Circles, and Chaos Marauders.…

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The Spiel #97 - Longshanked

2010-02-28 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

To arms! Wargames with legs. We review three simple, but very strategic titles enjoyable by non-wargamers, including an in-depth look at Hammer of the Scots.…

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The Spiel #96 - Going Once...

2010-02-14 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Going twice, Sold! We push up the bid to play two unusual auction games from the pioneer prairies in Homesteaders to the blistering kitchens of Restaurant Row.…

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The Spiel #95 - The Unusual Suspects

2010-01-31 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Elementary! We don our deerstalkers and our treasure hunting boots to play Tobago and Epäillyt, two deductive reasoning games.…

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The Spiel #94 - A Real Page Turner

2010-01-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Tome sweet tome. We travel the lands of Valdora, a board game where the roads are filled with gems and patrons and the cities guard giant wooden books.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #5 - Say What?

2010-01-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Quote Fall Puzzle by David Coleson. Solve the puzzle, send us the answer. Correct entries could win a Game Goody Bag from Essen!…

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The Spiel #93 - Relic Wranglers

2009-12-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Holy hand grenades. We play Colonia, a game about collecting dusty old bones and shiny baubles to push medieval merchants to fame and fortune.…

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The Spiel #92 - Going Geek

2009-12-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Geeks in the heart of Texas. We report back from BGG Con in Dallas with an in-depth look at The Adventurers, full details on the Spiel-a-thon, and mini-reviews of 10 different titles.…

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The Spiel #91 - Present & Accounted For - 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

2009-11-22 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

A package deal. We kick start this holiday season with over 50 game suggestions in dozens of categories and for budgets of all sizes.…

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The Spiel #90 - All Aboard!

2009-11-08 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

The jingle, the rumble, and the roar. We ride the rails touring the world of train games from simple to sublime, including an in-depth review of the modern classic: Age of Steam.…

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The Spiel #89 - Threatening Pinocchio

2009-10-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

No strings attached. The gloves come off when we fight as storybook characters in Scary Tales and weasel our way to power and influence in Revolution.…

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The Spiel #88 - Small Press Pow-Wow

2009-10-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Size doesn't matter. For us, it's all about fun. From games made at the kitchen table to up-and-coming entrepreneurs, we play Kachina and The Great Potlatch, two recent titles from publishers Small Box and Bucephalus Games.…

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The Spiel #87 - Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

2009-09-27 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Tumble along with the tumblin' tumble-cubes. We dive into Dave's greatest passion in games: dice! We shake our way from the wild West to ancient Egypt, reviewing Dice Town and Ra: the Dice Game.…

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The Spiel #86 - Parimutuel Acquaintances

2009-09-13 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

A gaited community. From dice mayhem at the horse track to flower trading that would make day traders blush, we look at Long Shot and Tulipmania 1637.…

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The Spiel #85 - Gen Con 2009, Part 2

2009-08-30 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

This is how we roll. We conclude our con coverage with 9 interviews, including two amazing dice men: Col. Louis Zocchi and Kevin Cook, owner of the world's largest dice collection.…

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The Spiel #84 - Gen Con 2009

2009-08-16 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

House call. As the Gods of Geekery descend on Indianapolis for Gen Con, we score interviews with game publishers large and small, including a chat with one of the world's most prolific and respected game designers, Dr. Reiner Knizia.…

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The Spiel #83 - On Your Mark...

2009-08-02 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Get set... Go! We tackle two race games with interesting twists: hiking for lost gold on a 3-D board in Timber Tom and a mad grab for fuel tanks in Hurry 'Cup!…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #4 - Dem Bones

2009-07-19 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Match-Up Puzzle by Stephen Conway & David Coleson. Solve the puzzle, send us the answer. Correct entries could win a free game!…

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The Spiel #82 - Origins 2009

2009-07-05 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Get your lanyard and badge ready. We're off to Columbus Ohio for Origins Game Fair. Our tour of the exhibit hall leads us to fourteen interviews with game publishers large and small.…

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The Spiel #81 - Spiel des Schpiel 2009 - Part 2

2009-06-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Decision time. Five nominees, four weeks, one chance to predict the winner. We review and discuss Fauna and Finca, the final two games in contention for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award.…

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The Spiel #80 - Spiel des Schpiel 2009

2009-06-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Jury's out. Five nominees, four weeks, one chance to predict the winner. We review and discuss Dominion, FITS and Pandemic, three games in contention for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award.…

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The Spiel #79 - You Know, For Kids!

2009-05-23 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Say goodbye, Candyland. No need to cringe on family game night. We review a slew of games aimed at kids that adults will enjoy, too, including Kayak Chaos and Duck! Duck! Go!…

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The Spiel #78 - Driven To Abstraction

2009-05-10 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

These games have potential, literally. If there's a modern rival to chess, it's the Gipf Project. In this mega-episode, we play Ultimate Gipf and the final game in the series, Tzaar.…

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The Spiel #77 - Paradise Lost

2009-04-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Letter perfect. We build ancient monuments and wonders to impress the King in Utopia and spell our way Boggle-style through hedge rows in Amuse Amaze.…

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The Spiel #76 - A Kind Word & A Gun

2009-04-12 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

An offer you can't refuse. We play by mob rule this week, packing heat and hijacking hooch with two gangster themed games: Chicago Poker and Family Business.…

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The Spiel #75 - Plan 9

2009-03-29 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Ground Control to Major Tom. We take to the stars to haul freight for The Man in Galaxy Trucker and then battle through a collapsing star to become the Galactic Emperor.…

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The Spiel #74 - Can't We All Just Get Along?

2009-03-15 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Board games are team sports, too. There are plagues to fight and a village to defend! We dive into Pandemic and Ghost Stories, two in the latest wave of co-op "us vs. the world" games.…

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The Spiel #73 - Espadas & Cigarros (Swords & Cigars)

2009-03-01 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Avoid the Lulo List. More games inspired by the Spanish speaking world. We duel for glory in Toledo and angle for rum and power in Cuba. Plus two classic card games little known to gringos.…

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The Spiel #72 - Viva Los Juegos

2009-02-15 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

No pasarán! From building towers of people in Catalonia to manning the barricades in Madrid, we play España 1936 and Castellers, two games from Spanish publisher Devir.…

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The Spiel #71 - High-Risers

2009-02-01 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

The alphabet of giants. We shake the buildings from our sleeves by playing Metropolys and Manhattan, two simple, elegant games about skyscrapers.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #3 - Back to Basics

2009-01-18 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Laddergram puzzle created by David Coleson. Print, solve, send us the answer. Correct entries could win a free game!…

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The Spiel #70 - Hernandez

2009-01-04 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Puzzle primer. We explore a new trend: the convergence between puzzles and games. We review six different titles including On the Dot, three forms of Ubongo, Code Omega and Santy Anno.…

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The Spiel #69 - Spicy!

2008-12-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Itatake mas. With chopsticks in hand and sake cups full, we dig into Wasabi, a tile laying game between rival sushi chefs. Dave also reports from the Obsessive Collector's Desk on card and dice organization.…

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The Spiel #68 - That's A Wrap - 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

2008-12-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

We got game. Lots of 'em. With over 50 gift suggestions in dozens of categories, you're sure to find a great game for almost everyone on your list.…

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The Spiel #67 - Party On!

2008-11-16 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Schwing! With family gatherings just around the corner, we try out Good Question and Say Anything, two new party games with wild questions and hilarious answers.…

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The Spiel #66 - Hail to the Chief

2008-11-02 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

I am not a crook... or a jelly donut. But if I play my cards right, I could end up President of the United States! We play 1960: Making of the President, a board game that simulates the contentious election campaign between Richard Nixon and JFK.…

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The Spiel #65 - Touching Buffy

2008-10-19 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

If the apocalypse comes, beep me. First we take a trip to Colonial America to battle classic horror movie villains in A Touch of Evil. Then we enroll at Sunnydale High and try to dust The Master playing Buffy The Vampire Slayer.…

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The Spiel #64 - Vox Populi, Vox Ludorum

2008-10-05 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

The voice of the people is the voice of games. Populism rules the day. We pander to the Roman public for seats on the council in Municipium and follow up with Gridstones and Gubs, two titles by new and independent game designers.…

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The Spiel #63 - T For Two

2008-09-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Volcanos and snake-haired gods. We build towers and temples on a fiery island in Taluva and guide ancient Etruscan oracles to a sacred altar in Tuchulcha, a wacky Parcheesi variant.…

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The Spiel #62 - Killer Blimps

2008-09-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Dirigibles by gaslight. We race to build the Hindenburg wiith dice playing Airships and take turns tracking down Jack the Ripper or plotting his escape in Mr. Jack.…

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The Spiel #61 - GenCon 2008 - Part 2

2008-08-24 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Please, sir, may I have some more? The second half of our convention coverage features nine interviews about new games from the blasphemous to the sublime. We wander from ancient Rome and Troy to the gritty tech-noir streets of Murder City.…

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The Spiel #60 - GenCon 2008

2008-08-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Spiel on! The greatest four days in gaming... right in our back yard. In addition to interviews and reports from the Spiel-a-thon, we invite three other Spielers to a round table discussion about the convention.…

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The Spiel #59 - There and Back Again

2008-08-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Mordor or bust! Each year we allow our listeners to program every segment of one show. This year's episode features an in-depth look at War of the Ring, a strategy board game pitting two players in a struggle to rewrite the history of Middle Earth.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #2 - My Favorite Pastime- Period!

2008-07-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Crossword puzzle created by David Coleson.…

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The Spiel #58 - Origins 2008

2008-07-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

It's Convention season. That means we dive into the trade shows to bring you the latest. We have 15 interviews covering no less than 30 games! From party games to war games and everything in between, I bet there's a title that'll catch your attention.…

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The Spiel #57 - Spiel des Schpiel 2008 - Part 2

2008-06-19 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

I'd like to thank the Academy... Part 2 of our special Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), coverage. We play all five nominees and try to predict the winner.…

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The Spiel #56 - Spiel des Schpiel 2008

2008-06-18 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Envelope, please. In anticipation of the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), one of the most prestigious awards in the board game world, we play all five nominees and try to predict the winner.…

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The Spiel - Scribbler #1 - BGG Top 50

2008-06-08 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

A new feature for The Spiel! Print and play puzzles. First up, a word search.…

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The Spiel #55.5 - When It Rains, It Pours

2008-06-08 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Timber! A tree falls on our padded cel, so the next full episode will be in two weeks. We discuss our upcoming summer schedule, including the Spiel des Jahres spectacular, Origins, Gen Con, and Listener's Choice shows.…

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The Spiel #55 - Just For The Halibut

2008-05-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Gone fishin'. The bait: wooden penguins and little rubber worms. We strike bargains with talking fish and dive under the ice looking for the big catch playing If Wishes Were Fishes and Hey! That's My Fish!…

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The Spiel #54 - The Short List

2008-05-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Eight quickies. Whether you need a game for a lunch break at work or to play with your kids for half an hour, it's good to have some filler games in your bag of tricks. We reach into our bag give you the scoop on eight titles, each reviewed in 5-7 minutes…

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The Spiel #53 - Reds & Feds

2008-04-27 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Stand down from DEFCON 2! We rewrite history, replaying the Cold War not once, but twice in this superpower sized episode. We tackle Twilight Struggle and Cold War: CIA v KGB.…

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The Spiel #52 - Noble Niblicks

2008-04-13 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Break out your nine iron and flibberty-gibbets. The Spiel turns two! We take on Coppertwaddle a medieval card game with a rich (fake) history and we roll our way through Box of Golf in all its wooden splendour.…

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The Spiel #51 - Take Me Out to Olympus

2008-03-30 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Play ball! But forget the steroids; we've got Divine Intervention. Just in time for Spring Training, we play Pizza Box Baseball, a light card-driven simulation. Then we ascend to the heavens to protect four mythical races in Age of Gods.…

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The Spiel #50 - It's In The Bag

2008-03-16 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Much better than a pig in a poke. We reach into our bag of tricks and find two light but surprising little games: the abstract award-winning Qwirkle and the latest from German designer Freidemann Freise, Felix the Cat in the Sack.…

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The Spiel #49 - Great Wall of Dice

2008-03-02 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Barbarians at the gates? Get rolling! We build a small but great wall in Chang Cheng and use dice to hire advisors to protect His Majesty's realm in Kingsburg.…

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The Spiel #48 - Worker Bees

2008-02-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Roll up your sleeves. Time to get your hands dirty. We chop wood and cut stone to build Kingsbridge Catehdral in Pillars of the Earth and send our swarms out to surround Queen bees in the strategy classic Hive.…

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The Spiel #47 - 26.2 (Marathon!)

2008-01-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Not miles... hours! 24 of them. We set out to play games for 24 consecutive hours in order to get our unplayed list of games below 200. This episode was recorded as we played and documents the events of our day including session reports on a truckload of games both large and small.…

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The Spiel #46 - Stoned

2008-01-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 2s

Woah! Five games, five designers... all in one box. The stars align for us to play Stonehenge: The Anthology Board Game. We review all five games, each by a different renowned designer.…

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The Spiel #45 - Chicago Dogs and Duck Heads

2007-12-23 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Holiday hodge-podge. Reports and interviews from CHITAG (Chicago Toy and Game Fair) plus a review of Piratenbillard, a game where players use duck headed mallets to pop cannon balls across a wooden grid.…

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The Spiel #44 - Finger Flicking Good

2007-12-10 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Crack your knuckles and loosen up. We knock heads and little plastic men in our first Subbuteo Table Soccer match and then twist our fingers into pretzels balancing little foam balls playing Handy. Arthritis here we come!…

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The Spiel #43 - Unwrapped: 2007 Holiday Gift Guide

2007-11-26 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Say no to lame gifts. Give a game instead. We recommend over 50 games in twelve different categories to fit almost any person or budget. With this great list, you might even make a wish list of your own!…

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The Spiel #42 - Yo! Hemp Chicken

2007-11-12 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Baby needs a new pair of shoes. We build a casino empire in Vegas Showdown and climb the long ladder from Hemp Chicken to Dragon in the modern card classic Tichu.…

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The Spiel #41 - Boo!

2007-10-29 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Everything's better with Zombies. From a shooting gallery with garlic grenades to our very own zombie baseball team, we shamble our way through Vampire and Zombie Fluxx, two games that include a festival of undeadly delights.…

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The Spiel #40 - Board Game at the End of the Universe

2007-10-15 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Don't Panic. But get comfortable. Grab a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster from the bar settle in for our take on Twilight Imperium, a game of galactic conquest whose play time could be measured in light years.…

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The Spiel #39 - Changelings

2007-10-01 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Wonder Twin powers, activate! We play Blue Moon City, a board game based on a card game and Caylus Magna Carta, a card game based on a board game, plus we discuss the risks and rewards of changing classic games in reprints.…

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The Spiel #38 - Valhalla or Bust!

2007-09-17 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Y is for Yggdrasil. We load our longboats and set sail in search of adventure on the stormy North seas, playing Fire & Axe and Vikings. Surely, an episode worthy of the sagas!…

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The Spiel #37 - Off The Map

2007-09-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Cue the Indiana Jones music.We build routes for a very lazy London Passenger in On the Underground and globe trot from Cypress to Taiwan in 10 Days in Asia.…

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The Spiel #36 - Gen Con 2007 Part 2

2007-08-27 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

This time it's personal! You've heard the interviews (well most of them!), now hear from us. We give our report on our event, the Spiel-a-thon, panel discussions, Dealer's room hits and misses, and a game book that is not to be missed!…

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The Spiel #35 - Gen Con 2007 Part 1

2007-08-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Global geeks, global games. From Israeli brainteasers and Italian game publishers to carved dice from little Polish elves, part one of our convention coverage includes over a dozen interviews. Part Two will be released a week from today.…

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The Spiel #34 - Bullet Barons

2007-08-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Click, Click, Boom! Our nerves of steel are put to the test playing Russian Roulette in Kablamo! and bidding for a coal powered empire in Industria.…

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The Spiel #33 - Origins 2007

2007-07-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Wood burning, Richard Borg, and dismembered robots. We take an inside look at Origins International Game Expo.…

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The Spiel #32 - Spiel des Schpiel

2007-06-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

And the winner is... We play all five games nominated for the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year) and then we try to predict the winner!…

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The Spiel #31 - Samurai Slum Lords

2007-06-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Sayonara, squatters. We play Shogun and Landlord, proving that the best evictions often come at the end of a katana (or a tower full of little wooden cubes).…

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The Spiel #30 - The Golden Hippo

2007-05-28 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Skullduggery! Sometimes sneaky is better than strong. We fight over carcasses in Scavenger Hunt and pilfer treasure from lost tombs in Incan Gold.…

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The Spiel #29 - My Hacienda For A Vowel!

2007-05-14 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Fire up those branding irons! There's livestock to round up and words to bluff or spell when we play Hacienda and Letterhead.…

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The Spiel #28 - Listener's Choice

2007-04-30 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Turn the tables! We let you call the shots. From The List to The Game Sommelier, every segment in the show comes from listener suggestions and submissions.…

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The Spiel #27 - Diceversary

2007-04-16 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

The Spiel is one year old! To celebrate, we roll our way through two games with loads of dice: Battleground Fantasy Warfare, and To Court the King.…

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The Spiel #26 - Machiavelli's Mullet

2007-04-02 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Business in the front, party in the back. We plot and scheme to elect the Pope in The Prince, spaz out combining cornrows in Wig Out, and nibble our way from plankton to sharks in Chomp.…

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The Spiel #25 - You Look Marbleous!

2007-03-19 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Driven to abstraction. From archaeology to pachinko in less than two hours, we play Mykerinos and Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine, two fast fun abstract strategy games.…

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The Spiel #24 - Sic Transit Gloria

2007-03-05 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

I didn't know Gloria was sick. Ancient Rome is crumbling as the Goths swarm down from the north. We play Senators racing to escape the Eternal City in Gloria Mundi, the first collaborative effort from James Ernest and Rio Grande Games.…

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The Spiel #23 - Tony Danza & Co.

2007-02-19 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Cue the laugh track. We play Conquistadors in Pizarro & Co. and Capitalist pigs in I'm the Boss, two games that lead to big deals and big piles of cashola.…

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The Spiel #22 - You Bet Your Asp

2007-02-04 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Bet like an Egyptian. We get a good dose of corruption, cash, and deadly crocodile gods playing Wits & Wagers and Cleopatra & the Society of Architects.…

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The Spiel #21 - Ewe Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry

2007-01-22 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Lou Ferrigno, eat your heart out! It doesn't take gamma rays to make us see green, just two sets of horribly organized rules. We play Shear Panic and Marvel Heroes. One's a keeper, the other's a dud.…

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The Spiel #20 - Lore & Ladders

2007-01-08 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Chock full of goobery goodness! We click with Lexio, a Korean tile game with Chinese roots, and charge head long into Battle Lore, waging table top fantasy battles with hundreds of miniatures.…

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The Spiel #19 - Cold Fusion

2006-12-18 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Recycle, reuse, replay! We warm up with a Mah Jongg variant called Forbidden and then tap into Power Grid, a game where garbage and wind can lead to vitctory.…

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The Spiel #18 - Wrap It Up 2006 Holiday Gift Guide

2006-12-04 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

A special holiday game gift guide! Over 50 game recommendations for gamers of all ages and games of all flavors.…

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The Spiel #17 - I Coulda Been a Contenda!

2006-11-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

All class, no bums. We play two prize fighting games: Buccaneer and Aqua Romana, both runners up for the 2006 Spiel des Jahres, the German Game of the Year.…

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The Spiel #16 - In The Cards

2006-11-06 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Shuffle up, and deal! We look back 400 years to play Scopa, a classic card game that feels modern and then play Parlay, the secret love-child of Scrabble and Poker.…

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The Spiel #15 - Mmm... Brains!

2006-10-23 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

George Romero would be proud. First we hack our way through waves of the living dead in Zombies Widescreen Edition and then we play poker as zombies in Dead Money. Just remember to aim for the head!…

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The Spiel #14 - Nosferatu

2006-10-09 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Grab your garlic and wooden stakes, we take a trip through Transylvania to play Vampire Hunter and Dawn Under. Who says the undead are no fun? …

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The Spiel #13 - Expand-o-Matic

2006-09-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

But wait, there's more! Our first all expansion edition. We play cards with green haired punk hobbits in Blue Moon and take on a weather changing beaver in Spirits of Niagara.…

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The Spiel #13 - Expand-o-Matic

2006-09-25 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

But wait, there's more! Our first all expansion edition. We play cards with green haired punk hobbits in Blue Moon and take on a weather changing beaver in Spirits of Niagara.…

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The Spiel #12 - Going Postal

2006-09-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Strap on the mailbag and hitch up the wagon! We deliver our verdict on Thurn & Taxis, the 2006 Spiel de Jahres winner, and Big Top, a circus themed variant of a card game classic.…

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The Spiel #12 - Going Postal

2006-09-11 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Strap on the mailbag and hitch up the wagon! We deliver our verdict on Thurn & Taxis, the 2006 Spiel de Jahres winner, and Big Top, a circus themed variant of a card game classic.…

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The Spiel #11 - Gen Con Part 2 - Rio Grande

2006-08-28 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

A Rio Grande Games extravaganza! Listen for a play test report on five new games from Rio and then our interview with Jay Tummelson, the founder of the company and architect of the euro game revolution.…

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The Spiel #10 - Gen Con Part 1

2006-08-21 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Nerd up! Put on your badges and head for the dealers room, we're going to give you a geek's eye view of Gen Con, the world's largest game convention.…

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The Spiel #9 - Myth & Match

2006-08-07 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Release the Kraken! We take an in-depth look at Mare Nostrum with the Mythology Expansion and go for a short cruise with Reiner Knizia's Loot.…

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The Spiel #8 - Whodunnit?!

2006-07-28 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Put on your Deerstalker and massage those grey cells, we dive into three mystery games: Inkognito, Mystery on the Nile, and 221 B Baker St.…

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The Spiel #7 - Power to the Meeples!

2006-07-04 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Serfs up! Get ready for guild power struggles and try to keep your farmers our of prison. We take on Flandern 1302 and Carcassonne: The Tower, two medieval themed games where the peasants, the meeples, take center stage. …

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The Spiel #6 - Monkey Pirates

2006-06-20 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Two bargains, one steal. From the high seas to ancient jungle temples, we fight our way through Tortuga and strike gold with Monkey Mission.…

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The Spiel #5 - Renaissance Rockets

2006-05-22 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

We play our way from the past to the future, covering Klaus Teuber's Anno 1503 and Richard Garfield's Rocketville. Two great designers, but alas, only one great game. …

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The Spiel #4 - Cheese Canister

2006-05-13 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

We circle the wagons to play Go West and then head for Sid Sackson's Bazaar. The title, you ask? Dave has a Lactaid moment discussing dice games.…

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The Spiel #3 - Cry Havoc

2006-05-03 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Let slip the dogs of war. We play a card game that combines an early Renaissance war with poker. Seriously. We're not kidding. We also play Clippers. Be glad it was us and not you!…

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The Spiel #2 - King Me

2006-04-22 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Crack open that bottle of Cabernet and pass the Camembert! We play and discuss Louis XIV, an influence based, tile-flipping game from Alea/Rio Grande Games. Truckloads of Goober makes its debut with Britannia.…

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The Spiel #1 - Second Pilot

2006-04-15 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

The original pilot for the Spiel was lost, so this is our fresh start! You'll find out who's behind the Spiel and why we're doing this. We discuss/review Trias & King of the Beasts, the two latest games off The List, our decade old challenge is to play down our ever-growing list of unplayed games. We also discuss new game releases, and introduce several new segments including the Backshelf Spotlight, Truckloads of Goober, and the Game Sommelier.…

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The Spiel #11 - Gen Con Part 2 - Rio Grande

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

A Rio Grande Games extravaganza! Listen for a play test report on five new games from Rio and then our interview with Jay Tummelson, the founder of the company and architect of the euro game revolution.…

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The Spiel #10 - Gen Con Part 1

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Nerd up! Put on your badges and head for the dealers room, we're going to give you a geek's eye view of Gen Con, the world's largest game convention.…

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The Spiel #9 - Myth & Match

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Release the Kraken! We take an in-depth look at Mare Nostrum with the Mythology Expansion and go for a short cruise with Reiner Knizia's Loot.…

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The Spiel #8 - Whodunnit?!

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Put on your Deerstalker and massage those grey cells, we dive into three mystery games: Inkognito, Mystery on the Nile, and 221 B Baker St.…

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The Spiel #7 - Power to the Meeples!

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Serfs up! Get ready for guild power struggles and try to keep your farmers our of prison. We take on Flandern 1302 and Carcassonne: The Tower, two medieval themed games where the peasants, the meeples, take center stage. …

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The Spiel #6 - Monkey Pirates

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Two bargains, one steal. From the high seas to ancient jungle temples, we fight our way through Tortuga and strike gold with Monkey Mission.…

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The Spiel #4 - Cheese Canister

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

We circle the wagons to play Go West and then head for Sid Sackson's Bazaar. The title, you ask? Dave has a Lactaid moment discussing dice games.…

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The Spiel #5 - Renaissance Rockets

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

We play our way from the past to the future, covering Klaus Teuber's Anno 1503 and Richard Garfield's Rocketville. Two great designers, but alas, only one great game. …

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The Spiel #3 - Cry Havoc

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

Let slip the dogs of war. We play a card game that combines an early Renaissance war with poker. Seriously. We're not kidding. We also play Clippers. Be glad it was us and not you!…

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The Spiel #2 - King Me

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson

Crack open that bottle of Cabernet and pass the Camembert! We play and discuss Louis XIV, an influence based, tile-flipping game from Alea/Rio Grande Games. Truckloads of Goober makes its debut with Britannia.…

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The Spiel #1 - Second Pilot

0000-00-00 :: Stephen Conway & David Coleson
Length: 1s

The original pilot for the Spiel was lost, so this is our fresh start! You'll find out who's behind the Spiel and why we're doing this. We discuss/review Trias & King of the Beasts, the two latest games off The List, our decade old challenge is to play do…

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