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The Spiel

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A show about games and the people who love them

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A show about games and the people who love them

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59 Ratings
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best gaming podcast so far

By evidence based - Jul 11 2014
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Well written and researched, providing a timely information on the boardgame hobbie.

The spiel

By Chris manning - May 22 2010
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The best boardgame podcast period!

iTunes Ratings

59 Ratings
Average Ratings
48
7
3
0
1

best gaming podcast so far

By evidence based - Jul 11 2014
Read more
Well written and researched, providing a timely information on the boardgame hobbie.

The spiel

By Chris manning - May 22 2010
Read more
The best boardgame podcast period!

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The Spiel

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A show about games and the people who love them

Episode #292 - Cursed Court

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Cursed Court is a clever auction game that draws its inspiration from stud poker. Each season, you bid on a noble or group of nobles based on hidden and public information. Bid wisely, you'll gain influence at court. Bid poorly, you'll be scrubbing pots!

Apr 16 2018

1hr 14mins

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Episode #319 - Flotsam Fight

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Flotsam Fight is a card shedding game that plays like an old classic. Put as many treasure cards as you can onto lifeboats. Problem is, each treasure only fits onto certain boats. And as they fill up, you don't want to be stuck with an armful of big loot!

Apr 15 2019

56mins

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Episode #335 - 5211

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5211 is a press-your-luck card game with deep roots in casual classics. It's a modern game that can be as thinky as you want it to be, but it is also a bridge for social interaction, inspired by card nights with family and friends from days gone by.

Oct 14 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode #330 - Krass Kariert

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Krass Kariert is the free-spirited granddaughter of several beloved classic card games. It combines elements from ladder games like Tichu, trick-taking games like Euchre, shedding games like Uno, and adds a dash of Poker just for fun.

Sep 03 2019

57mins

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GenCon 2019 - Iterative Game Design

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We assemble a group of renowned designers to examine the process and protocol that goes into iterative game design. Panelists: Ted Alspach, Tom Lehmann, Justin Gary, Elizabeth Hargrave, Ben Rosset

Aug 16 2019

53mins

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GenCon 2019 - Thinking Inside the Box

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How can cardboard, wood, and plastic create such magic? We examine the incredible amount of time and creativity that goes into every bit and how that shapes our experience with a game. Panelists: Beth Heile, Frank Jager, Jean-Francois Gagne, Scott Hill

Aug 15 2019

54mins

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GenCon 2019 - The Expanding Board Game Market

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The board game market has grown dramatically over the past two decades. We examine the market today from an industry perspective and look to see where it might be headed. Panelists: Stephen Buonocore, Shari Spiro, Kathleen Mercury, Morgan Dontanville

Aug 13 2019

53mins

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Episode #315 - Gugong

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Ming Dynasty China. The Emperor rules from the Imperial Palace, the Gugong. You are the head of a noble family, bribing palace officials with extravagant gifts, hoping to gain power and influence. Four days separate you from glory or disgrace.

Mar 18 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode #322 - Forbidden Sky

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High above the clouds, you discover an abandoned station from a lost space-faring civilization. There’s just one problem: a deadly storm is coming. To survive you must create a real electrical circuit and launch the last rocket into... the Forbidden Sky!

May 06 2019

1hr 25mins

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Episode #299 - Heaven & Ale

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In Heaven & Ale, you are the master brewer at a German monastery in the Middle Ages. Gather hops, water, barley, and yeast and recruit monks to build your brewery. Each decision leads to an innovative scoring system that packs a great cerebral punch.

Jun 14 2018

1hr 58mins

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GenCon 2019 - Redefining the Boundaries of Play

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There’s a new wave of drama-driven games fueled by tragic events and topics not often associated with fun. We examine how this new genre redefines the boundaries of play. Panelists: Rory O'Connor, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Michael Fox

Aug 09 2019

49mins

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Episode #327 - Detective

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Detective is a drama-driven game fueled by tragic situations we normally don't associate with fun. It provides an immersive and innovative experience by embracing technology, allowing Detective to expand the boundaries of what games can be.

Jun 17 2019

2hr

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GenCon 2019 - Mental Health and the Power of Board Games

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We examine how games can be a powerful and positive force on many different levels related to mental health with teachers, professionals and players. Panelists: Bebo, Sen Foong Lim, Bruce Voge, Katie Aidley, John Knoerzer

Aug 08 2019

47mins

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Episode #326 - Holding On

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Holding On offers a game experience like no other. It is a drama-driven game that redefines the boundaries of play. We play through the decisions that define Billy's path. And in doing so, we are invited to reflect on our own.

Jun 03 2019

1hr 25mins

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Episode #300 - Anansi and Take The A Chord

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The Coleson-Conway era of The Spiel comes to a close with a celebration of our shared passion and love of trick-taking card games. We review Anansi and Take the A Chord plus we delve into the history of Jeux de Tarot.

Jun 26 2018

2hr 30mins

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Episode #314 - Just One

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Just One is a cooperative party game. 13 cards stand between everyone playing and perfection. Can you use your powers of imagination and inference to avoid synching up with anyone else at the table?

Mar 04 2019

1hr 13mins

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Episode #312 - Piepmatz

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A flock of little songbirds gather at the feeder to eat. One by one, different birds hop on the perch and carry away their meals, large and small. Can you gather the best collection of bird and seed cards while avoiding greedy squirrels and angry crows?

Feb 18 2019

1hr 14mins

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Episode #309 - Holiday Party

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Old pillow cases, burritos filled with pop rocks, nutmeg jail, and Gobblesquatch From Tasmania to Norway and Toronto and across the USA, join our party of misfit nerds for a festive, freewheeling conversation spanning the wide world of geekdom.

Dec 21 2018

3hr 19mins

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Episode #308 - Rajas of the Ganges

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Rajas of the Ganges is a beautiful reflection of eastern philosophy. It's a game about balance and karma. Find harmony between two separate scoring tracks to succeed and spend karma wisely to change your fate and reap rewards in the end.

Dec 10 2018

1hr 28mins

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Essen 2018 - The 25 Year Club

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Michael Schacht, Bruno Faidutti, and Martin Wallace have a special perspective on the playful world we live in. They helped create it. Listen and learn from some of the masters of modern game design.

Nov 02 2018

52mins

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Episode #337 - The Crew

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The Crew is a cooperative trick-taking card game. 50 increasingly challenging missions tell the story of your crew's journey to Planet 9. How well can you work together when communication is limited as you cross the vast expanse of space?

Dec 05 2019

1hr 49mins

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Essen 2019 - The Art & Science of Playtesting

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Panelists: Bruno Cathala, Antoine Bauza, Friedemann Friese, Rikki Tahta, Smoox Chen

Nov 13 2019

40mins

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Essen 2019 - The Con Game

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Panelists: Ted Alspach, Tiffany Caires, KJ Lee, Beth Heile, Michał Zwierzyński

Nov 12 2019

56mins

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Essen 2019 - Teaching & Learning Board Games

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Panelists: Stella Jahja, Beth Heile

Nov 11 2019

47mins

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Essen 2019 - What A Difference a World Makes

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Panelists: Issac Childres, Julie Ahern, Ezra Denney, Błazej Kubacki

Nov 08 2019

50mins

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Essen 2019 - Love & War

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Panelists: Martin Wallace, Katie Aidley, David Chircop, Max Michael

Nov 07 2019

45mins

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Essen 2019 - Reiner Knizia

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Guest: Reiner Knizia

Nov 06 2019

48mins

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Essen 2019 - Life of the Party

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Panelists: Frank DiLorenzo, Darrell Ottery, Thomas Provoost, Vlaada Chvatil, Rikki Tahta

Nov 05 2019

48mins

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Episode #335 - 5211

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5211 is a press-your-luck card game with deep roots in casual classics. It's a modern game that can be as thinky as you want it to be, but it is also a bridge for social interaction, inspired by card nights with family and friends from days gone by.

Oct 14 2019

1hr 19mins

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Episode #334 - Space Explorers

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Space Explorers is a richly thematic card game inspired by Soviet-era agitprop art. Driven by a wide range of action and card synergies, the game is simple to learn but packs a compelling amount of depth into a 30 minute experience.

Oct 01 2019

1hr 5mins

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Episode #331 - Dekalko

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Dekalko is a drawing game that is not a drawing game. Everyone gets a picture and must get others at the table to guess the picture without seeing the picture itself. How you get there requires a quick hand, a pen, and almost no artistic skill.

Sep 16 2019

1hr 8mins

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Episode #330 - Krass Kariert

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Krass Kariert is the free-spirited granddaughter of several beloved classic card games. It combines elements from ladder games like Tichu, trick-taking games like Euchre, shedding games like Uno, and adds a dash of Poker just for fun.

Sep 03 2019

57mins

Play

GenCon 2019 - Iterative Game Design

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We assemble a group of renowned designers to examine the process and protocol that goes into iterative game design. Panelists: Ted Alspach, Tom Lehmann, Justin Gary, Elizabeth Hargrave, Ben Rosset

Aug 16 2019

53mins

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GenCon 2019 - Thinking Inside the Box

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How can cardboard, wood, and plastic create such magic? We examine the incredible amount of time and creativity that goes into every bit and how that shapes our experience with a game. Panelists: Beth Heile, Frank Jager, Jean-Francois Gagne, Scott Hill

Aug 15 2019

54mins

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GenCon 2019 - Indie Publisher Round Table

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We sit down with a group of successful publishers for a wide-ranging discussion related to the challenges, lessons, advantages and pitfalls of being an independent publisher today. Panelists: Maggie Clayton, Gil Hova, Julie Ahern, Tim Fowers

Aug 14 2019

50mins

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GenCon 2019 - The Expanding Board Game Market

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The board game market has grown dramatically over the past two decades. We examine the market today from an industry perspective and look to see where it might be headed. Panelists: Stephen Buonocore, Shari Spiro, Kathleen Mercury, Morgan Dontanville

Aug 13 2019

53mins

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GenCon 2019 - International Trade and the Business of Games

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The business of games is a complex global engine. We discuss how various parts of this trade engine fit together and how tariffs can jeopardize the health of the industry as a whole.  Panelists: Mike Selinker, Daniel Zayas

Aug 12 2019

48mins

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GenCon 2019 - Redefining the Boundaries of Play

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There’s a new wave of drama-driven games fueled by tragic events and topics not often associated with fun. We examine how this new genre redefines the boundaries of play. Panelists: Rory O'Connor, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Michael Fox

Aug 09 2019

49mins

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GenCon 2019 - Mental Health and the Power of Board Games

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We examine how games can be a powerful and positive force on many different levels related to mental health with teachers, professionals and players. Panelists: Bebo, Sen Foong Lim, Bruce Voge, Katie Aidley, John Knoerzer

Aug 08 2019

47mins

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Episode #327 - Detective

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Detective is a drama-driven game fueled by tragic situations we normally don't associate with fun. It provides an immersive and innovative experience by embracing technology, allowing Detective to expand the boundaries of what games can be.

Jun 17 2019

2hr

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