Episode 225: Fuse is Major Fun

 

Release Date: Mar. 7 , 2016

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Running Time:   45 min.

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Red alert! Dozens of bombs are hidden across the decks of your ship. Can your team find defuse them all before time runs out?

Fuse is a 10 minute cooperative dice game. Bomb cards have a recipe of numbers and/or colors needed to defuse them. The team must roll and negotiate to collect dice in order to fill each bomb's recipe and move on to defuse all the bomb cards in the deck before time runs out.

Fuse is easy to learn, fast to play, hard to win and amazingly addictive. That is a winning recipe for Major Fun! Tune in to learn more about Fuse and why it deserves the award.

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Episode 224: The Spiel on Burgle Bros

 

Release Date: Mar. 1 , 2016

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Get Together. Get the Loot. Get Out.

Burgle Brothers is a cooperative heist game that is clearly inspired by the wonderful cinematic tradition of films like Ocean’s 11, The Italian Job, Topkapi, The Great Train Robbery and modern films like the newer Oceans movies Inception, and one of my new favorites, Tower Heist. You have a crew of specialists ready to help you infiltrate a bank or an office or even Fort Knox. The goal? Find the safe on each floor of the building, crack it, grab the loot and escape to the roof where a helicopter awaits to whisk you away to safety.

This game emphasizes teamwork and builds in many fun heist movie moments filled with suspense... when your careful plan hangs in the balance and moments of panic... when everything falls apart and you have to come up with a new plan on the fly.

Tune in to find out why Burgle Bros deserves the Spiel of Approval!

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Episode 223: Strike is Major Fun

 

Release Date: Feb. 15 , 2016

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Designer: Dieter Nüßle

Publisher:  Ravensburger

2-5 players  ages 8+  MSRP $20

 
 

Sometimes the simplest things in life are the most fun, or, in the case of Strike, Major Fun!

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Episode 222: The Spiel on 7 Wonders: Duel

 

Release Date: Feb. 5 , 2016

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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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