Episode 222: The Spiel on 7 Wonders: Duel

 

Release Date: Feb. 5 , 2016

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Running Time:   37 min.

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Is it possible to improve a classic? 

The card drafting game 7 Wonders stormed onto the scene in 2010 to overwhelming critical and commercial success. Players build toward one of the great wonders of the ancient world over three ages, scoring points for each area they develop: science, culture, military, commerce. It strikes an amazing balance between strategy, accessibility and speed of play. And best of all, it can accommodate up to 7 players.

Enter 7 Wonders: Duel. Same concept but designed solely for 2 players. The team of noted French designers Antoine Bauza and Bruno Cathala provide players with an experience that feels similar to the original yet filled with its own unique challenges and strategies. This is no cheap knock off or imitation. This is a game that can stand the test of time, just like it's cousin. Tune in to see why we think it deserves the very first... Spiel of Approval!

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Episode 221: Pingo Pingo is Major Fun

 

Release Date: Feb. 1 , 2016

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Space penguins guard The Golden Pineapple on a mysterious island.

You had me at space penguins... :)

Pingo Pingo is a wacky game driven by a 15 minute soundtrack. Using a deck of cards and your trusty rubber dart gun, you must face traps, cross rope bridges, avoid angry polar bears and hordes of pengiuns to collect the most treasure and escape before time runs out. Tune in to find out why Pingo Pingo is... Major Fun!

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Episode 220: Changes

Release Date: Jan. 18 , 2016

Running Time:   73 min.

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New year, new format. The Spiel and Major Fun have joined forces! We'll be reviewing games over the course of a season and bestowing each game reviewed with a Major Fun or Spiel of Approval award. In addition, we'll be producing roundtable interviews at GenCon and Essen with designers, publishers and artists in the industry.

The Spiel 2.0: We discuss the new format for the show
The Game Sommelier: 5 designers with whom Dave wants to design a game
The Game Sommelier: 5 Star Wars themed games that dont exist but should.

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Episode 219: Holiday Party

Release Date: Dec. 21, 2015

Running Time:    257 min

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Meat sticks and mickey fickeys. We are joined by a cavalcade of friends from around the world to celebrate the season with conversations filled with games, laughter and lots of geeky goodness.

Guests: Mark Smalley (Indianapolis, IN), Debbie Ohi (Toronto, Ont), Jeff Ridpath (Toronto, Ont), Darrell Ottery (Reading, UK), Daniel Jensen (Linkoping, Sweden), Mark Wilder (Chicago, IL), Ezra Denney, (Alameda, CA), Beth Heile (Chicago, IL), John Knoerzer (Chicago, IL), Doug Richardson (Gresham, OR), Jay Bartelt (Chicago, IL), plus Francie Broadie (Indianapolis, IN)!

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Episode 218: Dead In A Ditch

Release Date: Nov. 30 , 2015

Running Time:   142 min.

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You just have to tray. This grab-bag episode features a game review, two live segments recorded with Spielers and our 2015 holiday game gift guide.

The Review: The Bloody Inn, a card game with a deliciously dark and twisted theme. Players own an inn in rural 19th century France. Your get rich quick scheme is to kill and rob your guests without getting caught by the police.

The Recordings: We sat down with Francie Broadie, Doug Richardson, Ezra Denney, Paul Imboden and John Knoerzer during our recent trip to BGG Con in Dallas. We taped two classic Spiel segments - Back Shelf Spotlight and Truckloads of Goober - using the amazing BGG game library as the basis for games we selected for each segment. We also learn what happens when someone confuses a ditch with a tray...

The Gift Guide: We provide a rapid fire game buying gift guide with 20+ titles spanning a wide range of interests and experience levels.

News & Notes: Games Magazine Awards, Stronghold nabs Village, Life Is Card
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Fantasy Fantasy Baseball
The List: The Bloody Inn
Back Shelf Spotlight: live recording with Spielers at BGG Con
Truckloads of Goober: live recording with Spielers at BGG Con
Holiday Gift Guide: Over 20 great game gift selections

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Episode 217: There & Back Again

Release Date: Nov. 9 , 2015

Running Time:   164 min.

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The road goes ever on and on. We talk about three trips in this episode.

One physical - a travelogue of our recent trip to Essen.

One fictional - a review of Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor.

And one psychological - a review of ...and then we held hands.

The travelogue features segments on the International Game Fair at Essen, driving up a mountain in a Tesla, and a jewelry heist via an escape room.

Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor is a light dice game aimed at families with some fun player interaction. Be the first to guide your hobbit and the ring to Mount Doom before the Nazgul. 

...and then we held hands is an innovative card driven board game about a couple trying to save their relationship. You play together using cards from both hands to navigate toward the center of the board, trying to stay emotionally balanced. And here's the twist - you cannot talk about the game at all while you play.  You dance with and around you partner trying to anticipate his or her next move, hoping to keep the game from locking up, thus bringing your relationship to an impasse.

News & Notes: Spiel-a-thon, Tokyo Game Market, Dresden Files 
Travelogue: An account of our 10 days in Essen
The List: Lord of the Rings: Journey to Mordor, ...and then we held hands

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Essen 2015 - Amigo

Release Date: Oct. 23 2015

Running Time:  21 min.

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German publisher Amigo Spiele has catalog full of games that appeal to a wide audience of players. Seeing the red Amigo logo today means easy to learn, fresh gameplay and, most important, fun.

Editors Uwe and Christian join us to chat about several titles that embrace this philosophy.

A new deluxe edition the classic Elfenland includes the base game plus expansions and a new board. PLayers try to visit as many cities across the realm using fantastic methods of transportation including dragons, whales, pigs and trolls. 

Gipfelsturmer is a game from Friedemann Friese. Players roll dice combinations to push their wooden capricorns (ok, they're really goats) up different paths to the top of the mountain.

Roman Poker is a dice game from noted game historian and designer David Parlett. Players roll roman numeral dice to fill out a score sheet. The twist is your rolls must always form a valid roman numeral or you bust.

The Portal of Molthar is a card game where players travel into a world known through folklore and fairy tales. Collect magic pearls to activate character cards and be the first to gather 12 insignias of power.

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Essen 2015 - M.U.L.E. / Lautapelit

Release Date: Oct. 22 2015

Running Time:  21 min.

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Lautapelit is a Finnish company that distributes and sells games for the Nordic countries. In recent years, they have started publishing games for a worldwide audience with titles like Eclipse and Nations. 

Lautapelit founder Toni Niittymäki chats about the how the company got started and eventually evolved into a publisher.

Designer Heikki Harju also joins us to chat about Lautapelit's newest game M.U.L.E., a board game based on the beloved classic computer game.

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