Episode 55.5 - When It Rains, It Pours

55.5: When It Rains, It Pours

Release Date: June 9, 2008

Running Time: 16 min.

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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.

Tree Carnage: link to photo gallery
Schedule: June 23 - Spiel des Jahres, July 1 - Origins, July 15 - Summer Break
Scribbler #1: new feature included in The Spiel feed - print and play puzzles!
Spiel-a-thon!:
August 15, 5-10 PM, Rio Grande Game Room (210), GenCon 2008

Episode 55: Just For The Halibut

55: Just For The Halibut

Release Date: May 26, 2008

Running Time: 93 min.

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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!

News & Notes: Bridge class with a Life Master (Spiel discount), Monty Python Fluxx
The List: If Wishes Were Fishes, Hey! That's My Fish
Name That Game: Win 2 Mosquito Expansion Tiles for Hive
Backshelf Spotlight:
Corsari, Lindy
Truckloads of Goober: Chateau Roquefort
Game Sommelier: Seven games to match the continents
Mail Bag:
Gridstones, Ta Yu still in print

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 54: The Short List

54: The Short List

Release Date: May 12, 2008

Running Time:  100 min.

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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 different titles, each reviewed in 5-7 minutes.

News & Notes: Purple Pawn, Rio Grande Open Game Room / Spiel-a-thon!
The List: 8 short games each reviewed in 5-7 minutes! (Quicksand, Shake, Oh Wah Ree, Chess Equalizer, Beetelz, Knockabout, Deluxe Dirty Words, and 6 Nimmt).
Name That Game: Win Knowbody Knows
Backshelf Spotlight:
Ta Yu, Samarkand
Truckloads of Goober: Ritter Ohne Furcht und Tadel
Game Sommelier: takes a break this week
Mail Bag:
new web site! Listeners Choice voting ends 5/18, Saikoro

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 53: Reds & Feds

53: Reds & Feds

Release Date: April 28, 2008

Running Time: 127 min.

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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.

News & Notes: Merlin's Company, Online Hive Tournament
The List: Twilight Struggle, Cold War: CIA vs KGB
Name That Game: Win Portrayal
Backshelf Spotlight:
Conspiracy, Elkfest
Truckloads of Goober: Wadjet
Game Sommelier: Five games to match anniversary year themes.
Mail Bag:
Sommelier redux, Abbot's puzzle, Mr. Maura Kalusky

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 52: Noble Niblicks

52: Noble Niblicks

Release Date: April 14, 2008

Running Time: 108 min.

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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.

News & Notes: Stone Age, Rapscallion, España 1936, Dave's Database
The List: Coppertwaddle, Box of Golf
Name That Game: Win Qwirkle, Mosquito Tiles, Spiel dice, & a mystery game!
Backshelf Spotlight:
Luck Plus, Password
Truckloads of Goober: Mouse Chaos
Game Sommelier: Five alternatives to Diplomacy that play in 2 hours.
Mail Bag:
Mike Selinker upcoming games, Listener's Choice, Exactly!

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 51: Take Me Out To Olympus

51: Take Me Out To Olympus

Release Date: March 31, 2008

Running Time: 108 min.

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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.

News & Notes: Ticket to Ride Card Game, Kaleidos, Web Site issues
The List: Age of Gods, Pizza Box Baseball
Name That Game: Win Mosquito Expansion or Hive from John Yianni, the designer
Backshelf Spotlight:
Mexica, The American Dream Game
Truckloads of Goober: Descent
Game Sommelier: Five games with themes that keep people from trying them
Mail Bag:
Geekway to the West, Northeast Wars, Felix errata

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 50: It's In The Bag

50: It's In The Bag

Release Date: March 17, 2008

Running Time: 98 min.

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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.

News & Notes: Gary Gygax R.I.P., Expansions galore, Yetisburg
The List: Qwirkle, Felix, the Cat in the Sack
Name That Game: Win Qwirkle from Mindware
Backshelf Spotlight:
Bucket King, Krieg & Frieden
Truckloads of Goober: Roads & Boats
Game Sommelier: Five games for musicians to play during session breaks
Mail Bag:
Geek lists, game logging

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 49: Great Wall of Dice

49: Great Wall of Dice

Release Date: March 3, 2008

Running Time: 96 min.

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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.

News & Notes: GenCon Chapter 11, FFG-GW, Days of Wonder prices
New Sponsor: Gateplay.com
The List: Chang Cheng, Kingsburg
Name That Game: Win Knowbody Knows from Uncle Rez and Rage from Fundex
Backshelf Spotlight:
Saboteur, Careers
Truckloads of Goober: Mr. Gameshow
Game Sommelier: Five games with some luck for strategy purists
Mail Bag:
Ubongo extreme, curling love, and Mosquito tiles

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Episode 48: Worker Bees

48: Worker Bees

Release Date: February 18, 2008

Running Time: 100 min.

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

News & Notes: On the Dot, Metropolys, Aquaretto, no more Talisman
The List: Hive, Pillars of the Earth
Name That Game: Win Knowbody Knows from Uncle Rez Games
Backshelf Spotlight:
Torres, Iron Dragon
Truckloads of Goober:
Fat Demons (Dicke Damonen)
Notes from the OCD:
Build a database for your game collection
Mail Bag:
Game Storm and MavenCon

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Episode 47: 26.2 (Marathon!)

47: 26.2 (Marathon!)

Release Date: January 21, 2008

Running Time: 94 min.

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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.

Games Played: Ruse & Bruise, Unspeakable Words, Notre Dame, Weinhandler, Modern Art, Krone & Schwert, Augsburg 1520, Cash N Guns, Four Dragons, Digging, Quo Vadis, Lifeboats, Quao, El Capitan, Diceoku, Archaeology, Ballot Bots, Mister Bill, Pompeii, Showbiz Shuffle

Winter Break: The Spiel takes a week off February 4th. We'll be back Feb. 18th!

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