Episode 406 - Golem

Release Date: Sept 26, 2022

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Running Time:  150 min

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Prague, 1584. A small group of rabbis study the Kabbalah, hoping to unlock the hidden language of Creation. With the Jewish Quarter under threat, the time has come to put that secret knowledge into action. A lump of clay shaped into human form is brought to life with a single word.

You are its creator. Your creation is the golem.

Golem is a game of cosmic forces and practical magic. Over four turns you will select marble and rabbi actions from the synagogue, studying ancient books, constructing powerful artifacts, and building golems to serve the community. The problem is control. Each decision you make leads to a chain of consequences filled with reward and ruin. The burdens of creation are great. Only those with wisdom and foresight will be able to reign in this massive, beautiful, unweildy monster of a game.

Take a deep dive into Golem with us, explore the history that inspires the game and discover how it celebrates the many joys of thoughtful play.


A Game Night Grab Bag segment with Gubbins!

Episode 405 - Café

Release Date: Sept 12, 2022

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Running Time:  101 min

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The coffee craze has hit Portugal and there's a fortune to be made supporting its growing café culture. Can you create a successful supply chain harvesting, drying, roasting and delivering coffee beans to meet the demand for this magic drink?

Café is a game of engine building and efficiency. Over eight short turns, can you arrange your cards so the connected icons provide you with the actions you need? Café presents players with a puzzle-within-a-puzzle of enterprise and order fulfilment. Play with precision and purpose and your coffee will fill the finest cups with lattes, cappucinos, and espressos from Lisbon to Porto.

Listen in to explore Café and discover how it earns our Spiel of Approval.


A Meal segment featuring a delicious chicken stew recipe paired with a political game

AND... a brand new segment called TARDIS games!


Episode 404 - Picture Perfect

Release Date: August 29, 2022

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Running Time:  38 min

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This party is in full swing. The food is a sumptuous feast for the senses. The music is lively and many are dancing. The conversations are a buzzing mixture of laughter and wit on subjects mundane and profound. There’s just one last detail to capture the moment… a picture!

You have been hired to commemorate the event with a group photo, showcasing the guests. It seemed like a simple job until each guest pulls you aside with a list of requests: I cannot stand next to him. I need to be on the left but make sure I am in front of her. I’m allergic to dogs, make sure that mutt is as far away from me as possible. It will take your expert skills to accommodate all their special needs, arranging and rearranging the guests and get everyone lined up just right.  

Picture Perfect is a game of logic and space with a technological twist. Over six rounds, can you puzzle out how to arrange all the party guests in a cardboard diorama? When you’re ready, snap a a photo with your phone and compare to see whose picture is closest to perfect.

Listen in to explore the game and discover why we think it is Major Fun!

Episode 403: Kabuto Sumo

Release Date:  August 15, 2022

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Designer: Tony Miller  Art: Kwanchai Moriya

Publisher: Boardgametables

2-4 players  | 15 min  |  ages 6+  | 3 min to learn | MSRP $44


If you listen closely you can hear it… KLONK! The mighty Kabutomushi, the magnificent Rhinoceros beetles are knocking heads, sumo wrestling. Their epic duels in the World Insect Wrestling Championship are the stuff of legend! Now, you and a swarm of challengers are here to contend for titles and your place in history. Position is everything. It will take balance, steady hands (and maybe a little luck) to push and pivot your opponents from the ring!

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Episode 402 - Mind MGMT

Release Date: June 30, 2022

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Running Time:  115 min

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Hidden in plain sight, Mind Management, is a shadow organization renting space in your head. They’ve been there for years. And if you believe them, life would be incredibly worse without their efforts to keep major disasters from becoming global catastrophes. Psychic espionage they call it. They can bend reality as you know it. Or break it.

Right now, Mind Management is recruiting new agents in Zanzibar. But today won't be easy. There’s a rag-tag group of Rogue Agents scouring the city, trying to stop the Recruiter at any cost.

Mind Management is a one against many game of hidden movement and deduction based on the brilliant graphic novel series of the same name by Matt Kindt. Rogue Agent players race against time to locate the Recruiter before that player rounds up enough new trainees. The game can be played as a stand alone experience or as part of a series, where the rules and the stakes are raised with each new game.

Tune in for a deep dive into the game and the books, as well as a round table discussion with an intrepid group of dedicated Spielers recounting their adventures exploring Mind MGMT over many months.

SPECIAL GUESTS: Gubbins, Erwin Susara, Mike McMann

Episode 401 - Ouch!

Release Date:  June 29, 2022

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Designers: Romain Caterdjian, Théo Rivière

Publisher: Devir

2-5 players  | 10 min  |  ages 5+  | 3 min to learn | MSRP $10


You and your friends are out in the desert and everything is blooming, especially the cactus. You shouldn't touch… but they have so many pretty flowers! Risking a little prick, you can’t help but pick a few.

The goal in Ouch! is to pick the most flowers. Select a card, grab it by one side, and flip it over. If the side is clear, huzzah! Add it to your collection. If you're holding onto a side with thorns... cry "OUCH!" and drop it! There are bonuses for assembling colorful bouquets and gathering dangerous red blooms, plus snakes and foxes hidden in the desert who can help you.


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Episode 400 - Aves

Release Date: June 15, 2022

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Running Time:  180 min

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Seven fruits, seven feathers. The birds are playing a colorful game. When a red apple is eaten, a feather turns red. Eat a lime, a feather turns green. Can you be the first bird to collect all the colors and display them in your pretty plumage?

Aves is a card capturing / set collecting game with roots in the classics. It shares common ancestry with games like Gin Rummy and Scopa. It is also a game of simple, subtle, and sneaky strategies . Tune in to learn why we think Aves is a wonderfully accessible invitation to a lighter and brighter kind of fun.

This show also marks the 400th review episode of The Spiel!!

To celebrate, we invited Spielers from around the world to host seven different segments that have been part of the program over the past 16 years. This super sized show is filled with fan favorites, lots of laughs, and a ridiculous amount of board game hijinx. We hope you have as much fun listening as we did putting it together.


Episode 399 - 7 Wonders: Architects

Release Date: May 31, 2022

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Running Time:  86 min

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Can you construct a Wonder so grand it will forever leave your mark on history? As the leader of an ancient nation, this is your goal.

7 Wonders Architects is a quick-playing game of card drafting and empire building. Players score points for creating their Wonder, as well as military, cultural, and scientific accomplishments.

Inspired by its wildly successful sibling (7 Wonders), Architects builds a different kind of fun - one that is open and approachable by a broader audience.

Listen in to explore the game and learn why we think Architects is a wonder in its own right.


ALSO featured in this episode... Flicking Around with Bruce Voge! This installment features a Crokinole Board Buyer's Guide, chock full of great suggestions, insights, and advice whether you're just learning about the game or pondering adding a board to your game collection.


Episode 398 - Long Shot: The Dice Game

Release Date:  May 18, 2022

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Designers: Chris Handy

Publisher: Perplext

1-8 players  | 20-30 min  |  ages 10+  | 4-5 min to learn | MSRP $30


It’s going to be a great day at the track. Whether you’re here to bet on your favorite, cheer on the horse you own, or enjoy a mint julep in the stands, the excitement and anticipation builds as the field thunders around the last turn, headed for the home stretch!

Long Shot: The Dice Game is a roll-and-move-and-write game.

Each roll, a horse will gallop toward the finish line, dragging others along for the ride.

Each roll, you will have a chance to shape the outcome of the race and your fortunes with a variety of special actions: betting or buying horses, concessions, or equipment.

Will you play it safe to insure a solid payout or press your luck to cash in? Collect the most money to walk away the talk of the track.

Read on to explore this incredibly fun and flexible game.

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Episode 397 - Boomerang

Release Date: May 9, 2022

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Running Time:  32 min

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The best way to travel is boomerang style. Pick a place to start and go! The farther you wander, the better the trip. Grab a bus, or train, a plane, a bike, or a boat to see and do as much as you can before your vacation ends. Spot native animals, collect souvenirs, hike the great outdoors, and experience fine dining. And don’t forget to take some great pictures along the way!

Boomerang is a draft-and-write card game. Pick a location card, mark sites you visit on your map, and pass your hand to the next player. Try to build the best trip over a series of seven cards balancing multiple ways to score with each new destination

The Boomerang family of games covers Australia, Europe, and the United States.Each game provides a common core of rules with surprising and fun continental differences.

Tune in to explore the game and learn how the entire series earns BOTH awards!