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Preview: The Spiel

The Spiel

A show about games and the people who love them

Published: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 11:30:00 -0600

Last Build Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2006 11:30:00 -0600

Copyright: Copyright 2006-2016

Episode #285 - Majesty: For The Realm

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EDT

Majesty is an easy to learn, wonderfully elegant and interactive card game. Each player recruits subjects to help create a prosperous new realm. Each character offers a simple but specialized way to bring wealth, health and security to the crown.

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Episode #284 - The Lost Expedition

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EDT

Winner of The Spiel of Approval Award: The Lost Expedition! Written review by Stephen Conway. Designed by Peer Sylvester Art by Garen Ewing Published by Osprey Games 1-5 players 30-60 min ages 14+

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Episode #283 - Pocket Ops

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Pocket Ops written by Stephen Conway.

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Episode #282 - Raiders of the North Sea

Thu, 1 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EDT

In Raiders of the North Sea you assemble a crew, collect provisions and journey north to plunder... even if it ends in a glorious death! It's a worker placement game with a brilliant balance of strategy and simplicity. And a perfect intro to the genre.

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Episode #281 - Holiday Party 2017

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Robot cheetahs, dentures, musical failure, D&D resources, pooping Amazons, and board games galore. Join our cavalcade of misfit nerds for a freewheeling conversation spanning the wide world of geekdom. And be ready to laugh! A lot.

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Episode #280 - The Spiel on Ethnos

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

In Ethnos players vie for control of a fantasy realm by collecting and playing sets of cards. The game offers challenging decisions through simple to learn but innovative mechanics. Ethnos is familiar yet fresh - tense and interactive to the end.

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Episode #279 - Rhino Hero: Super Battle is Major Fun

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Rhino Hero: Super Battle written by Stephen Conway.

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Episode #278 - Codenames: Duet is Major Fun

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Codenames: Duet offers a tense two player transformation of the original. You and your partner must contact 15 agents using a grid of word cards and a very limited number of clues. The big problem is each of you only know half the agents in play!

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Episode #277 - Wordsy is Major Fun

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Wordsy written by Stephen Conway.

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Episode #276 - The Spiel on Photosynthesis

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 00:00:00 EDT

In Photosynthesis, each player tends a colorful cardboard forest, soaking in sunlight as it moves around the board. The game is beautiful inside and out - a wonder to behold on the table and its simple, elegant mechanisms provide hours of challenging fun.

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Episode #275 - Bonk is Major Fun

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Bonk written by Stephen Conway.

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Episode #274 - Word Slam is Major Fun

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Word Slam is a team-based word guessing game that forces each team to use a fixed set of words as clues. The word you want is never there, so the game pushes you to be creative with the words provided - to find freedom inside the limits imposed.

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Episode #273 - The Spiel on Custom Heroes

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Custom Heroes is an innovative twist on traditional climbing card games. You get to play with the makeup of the deck itself! Using transparent cards, you can make a low card high, turn a card wild, and more. Get rid of your cards 1st to score big and win.

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Episode #272 - Boom Blast Stix is Major Fun

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Boom Blast Stix written by Stephen Conway.

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Episode #271 - The Spiel on Planetarium

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

In Planetarium, cosmic forces are your playthings. You and your fellow players shape an entire solar system. Will the system support life or be filled with gas giants or barren radioactive moons? It’s up to you to decide.

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Episode #270 - Fuji Flush is Major Fun

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Fuji Flush is a wonderfully simple card game. Your goal is to flush all the number cards from your hand, one card at a time. It's a game about strength in numbers. And the more people you play with, the more fun the game becomes.

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Episode #269 - Twangled is Major Fun

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Twangled written by Bernie DeKoven.

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GenCon 2017

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Gen Con is a grand gathering of all things geek. Every slice of the nerd pie is here. This means everyone's Gen Con is different. This is the story of our Gen Con - a tale packed with guests, discussions of over 30 games, interviews, and lots of laughs.

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Episode #268 - Mole Rats in Space is Major Fun

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Few know that mole rats make the best astronauts. Your team of "ratstronauts" is facing a huge crisis - a space station being overrun by intergalactic snakes! Can you gather the right supplies and get to the escape pod? Just don't forget the duct tape!

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Episode #267 - The Spiel on Cottage Garden

Tue, 1 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Cottage Garden is a tile laying game that plays like an interactive puzzle. Your goal is to paint with peonies and petunias, planting and arranging the right mix of flower and foliage to create a relaxing and glorious garden in the limited space you have.

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Episode #266 - Beasts of Balance is Major Fun

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Beasts of Balance written by Stephen Conway. Beasts of Balance is a playful hybrid of analog and digital games. It combines the simple act of stacking with technological elements that enhance and expand gameplay in fun and unexpected ways.

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Episode #265 - Tricky Trunks is Major Fun

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Tricky Trunks embraces two simple ideas: find the pattern, collect plastic balls BUT... no hands allowed! Use this kooky elephant head instead. The game is a joy to play and most emphatically Major Fun!

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Episode #264 - The Spiel on Roll Player

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Every adventurer has a story. In Roll Player, you craft a hero for the ages, one die roll at a time. Part puzzle, part press your luck, Roll Player offers fun decisions even if you can't tell an orc from an elf or a scimitar from a Bohemian earspoon!

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Episode #263 - Ninja Camp is Major Fun

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Ninja Camp written by Stephen Conway. Whether you’re a hamster, a sloth or a platypus, Sensei Saru can teach you to master the arts of the shadow warrior. Enter the card arena for a grand melee and score the most to win the Sensei's favor.

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Episode #262 - Picassimo is Major Fun

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Picassimo is a party game where players create, disassemble and reassemble works of art. You’ll draw on a 6 part canvas and then mix up the parts. Hopefully someone can still see the essence of the drawing and guess the subject of your art!

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Episode #261 - The Spiel on Lorenzo il Magnifico

Mon, 1 May 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Lorenzo de Medici was Florence's favorite son and father of the Renaissance. But he didn't do it alone. Guide your family to power by sending your family to sponsor new developments. But beware the Pope. Show your faith or risk the wrath of the Church!

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Episode #260 - The Great Dinosaur Rush is Major Fun

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of The Great Dinosaur Rush written by Stephen Conway. Each player is a famous fossil hunter searching the prairie for bones. You will use these bones to physically build your own dinosaur each turn, hoping to score big in the museum exhibit.

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Episode #259 - Kingdomino is Major Fun

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Being King isn't easy. Some subjects like the forest, some like the swamp. It's your job to make sure they all have a place in your realm. Kingdomino mixes the classic tile laying game with several simple, clever modern twists.

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Episode #258 - The Spiel on Black Orchestra

Mon, 3 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EDT

In Black Orchestra, you are a member of a conspiracy that plots to kill Hitler before and during WW 2. You do this by gaining enough motivation and courage to go through with the deed without drawing too much suspicion to yourself and your compatriots.

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Episode #257 - Double Play is Major Fun

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Double Play written by Stephen Conway. Double Play is a set of word games with a twist. Every card in the deck is actually two letters depending on the direction you play the card.

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Episode #256 - Tak is Major Fun

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Tak comes to us from writer Patrick Rothfuss and designer James Ernest. Tak is universal, simple, elegant and accessible. A game that you can play anywhere, with anyone. A game that is beautiful because HOW you play matters as much as winning or losing.

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Episode #255 - The Spiel on Holmes: Sherlock and Mycroft

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EDT

1885. A bomb explodes in Parliament. Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes have 7 days to build a case to prove the innocence or guilt of a young man. Collect sets of evidence by selecting actions on character cards from Doyle's novels. May the best detective win!

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Episode #254 - Imagine is Major Fun

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Imagine written by Stephen Conway. Imagine is a party game where players use the language of symbols to communicate. Here's the twist. You can layer the transparent cards to create complex images or animate the cards to create a small story.

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Episode #253 - Game of Trains is Major Fun

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Game of Trains is a fast fun card game. Your futuristic train can't leave the station until all the cars are arranged from low to high. The artwork includes tons of nerdy references but the game itself is easy enough for your grandma to play and enjoy.

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Episode #252 - The Spiel on Hanamikoji

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Hanamikoji is a brilliant 2 player card game. You are restaurateur, trying to hire talented geishas. The beauty of the game is its simplicity. Four simple actions combine in various ways to create surprising, challenging and fun decisions on every turn.

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Episode #251 - Holiday Party

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Honshu is a map building card game set in feudal Japan and powered by a clever trick-taking mechanic. Each card you win must overlap with cards already in your domain. This means each card becomes a challenging mini-puzzle to solve.

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Episode #250 - The Spiel on Honshu

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Honshu is a map building card game set in feudal Japan and powered by a clever trick-taking mechanic. Each card you win must overlap with cards already in your domain. This means each card becomes a challenging mini-puzzle to solve.

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Episode #249 - Junk Art is Major Fun

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Junk Art written by Stephen Conway. Junk Art is a stacking game with fresh twist. It's really a dozen different games in one box. Your goal is to take random objects and build them into beautiful structures to meet different challenges.

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Episode #248 - Anaxi is Major Fun

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Anaxi written by Stephen Conway. Anaxi is a party game. Anaxi is a word game. In fact, it’s both. Anaxi celebrates the venerable Venn diagram by making the diagrams into engines for fun. Read on to find out why Anaxi is Major Fun!

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Episode #247 - Animals on Board is Major Fun

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Animals on Board written by Stephen Conway. A big flood is coming and so, you have decided to build an ark. Only problem is some guy named Noah got started way before you and he is claiming pairs of animals to take with him.

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Episode #246 - Rollers is Major Fun

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Rollers is a press-your-luck dice game inspired by darts. If you've ever played the dart game, Cricket, you'll see how Rollers is a clever re-imagining of this pub classic, playable by people of all ages. Tune in to see why Rollers is Major Fun.

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Episode #245 - The Spiel on Isle of Skye

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EDT

You are a clan chief, laying tiles to build your kingdom, trying to arrange features (including whiskey barrels) in order to score points. Tiles you place are determined by an auction in reverse. Build the best kingdom and you'll rule the Isle of Skye.

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Essen 2016 - Organized Play

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

This panel explores the different ways people around the world start, run and organize game groups, events or conventions. The goal is provide people with incentive or knowledge to participate in or even start a game group event or convention themselves

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Essen 2016 - Technology and Board Games

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Ignacy Trzewiczek, Ted Alspach and Joe Cochran explore the evolution of board games that embrace technology AND examine how the cardboard world influences the digital gaming world as well.

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Essen 2016 - History in Game Design

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Martin Wallace, Phil Eklund, Vital Lacerda and Max Michael share a deep and abiding passion for history. From research methods to the balance between simulation and gameplay, the panel discusses how and why they incorporate history into their game designs

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Essen 2016 - Designing Cooperative Games

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Matt Leacock (Pandemic, Forbidden Island/Desert) and Antoine Bauza (Ghost Stories, Hanabi, Samurai Spirit) discuss their passion for cooperative play and the challenges and differences in designing cooperative games.

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Essen 2016 - Global Game Makers

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Representatives from 3 of the largest manufacturers of board and card games, discuss the challenges they face when trying to make games for clients all over the world. Frank Jager (Ludo Fact) Shari Spiro (AdMagic) Michael Lee & Chris Matthew (Panda Mfg)

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Essen 2016 - The Impact of the Spiel des Jahres Awards

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

This panel explores the impact of the Spiel des Jahres awards - on the game industry, on the organization itself, on the designers and the publishers who win the awards. Tom Felber (SdJ Jury) Andreas Pelikan (designer/winner) Wittenstein (Eggertspiele)

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Essen 2016 - Publishing Games for the World

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A discussion exploring how publishers try to reach the world with their games. Nate Scheidler (Gigamic), Agnieszka Kopera (NSKN, Strawberry Studio), Konstantinos Kokkinis (Artipia Games), Nobuake Takerube (Japon Brand), Brandan Parsons (Brain Games)

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Episode #244 - Team Play is Major Fun

Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Team Play is game that draws deep from the well of classic card games. With hints of Rummy, Pinochle and even a little Euchre, anyone familiar with these classics will feel like you already know how to play. Tune in to learn why Team Play is Major Fun!

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Episode #243 - 3 Wishes is Major Fun

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of 3 Wishes written by Stephen Conway. 3 Wishes is a game of bluffing and deduction you can play in 5 minutes. Gain the genie's favor by collecting a wish for a superpower, a wish for world harmony and a wish for a gift to win the game.

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Episode #242 - The Spiel on Among Nobles

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EDT

In Among Nobles, you are the timeless overseer for an aristocratic European family. You guide them through marriages, warfare, commerce and influence across the continent. Most prestige wins the game. Tune in to see why it earns a Spiel of Approval Award!

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Episode #241 - Mmm! is Major Fun

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Mmm! written by Stephen Conway. Mmm! is a cooperative game where players work together to cover every food item displayed in the pantry with a mouse token before the mean black cat reaches the door.

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Episode #240 - The Spiel on Oh My Goods!

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Oh My Goods is a small game that packs a huge punch. Using 110 cards, you build factories to create production chains, turing basic resources into more valuable goods. Each round offers a press your luck decision that makes the game challenging and fun.

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Episode #239 - Chronicler is Major Fun

Tue, 6 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Chronicler is a small game with large aspirations. Tell the story of your civilization through the tools and structures you choose to build in 20 minutes or less. Tune in to learn what we love about Chronicler and why it deserves the Major Fun Award.

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Episode #238 - Ice Cool is Major Fun

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Ice Cool written by Stephen Conway. Ice Cool is a dexterity game where players will take turns flicking their penguins through a 3 dimensional school trying to either catch fish or catch the students skipping class.

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Episode #237 - The Spiel on My Village

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

My Village is a game where players tell the story of an entire medieval community. Will your village focus on commerce, a magnificent church or a town council? Your decisions wind the clock forward; your decisions ultimately decide who lives and who dies.

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GenCon 2016 - Narrative in Game Design

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

We explore the importance of narrative in game design with a panel of some of the best storytellers in the world of gaming. Ignacy Trzewiczek (Portal), Richard Launius, Christopher Badell (Greater Than Games), Scott Hill (Flying Frog Productions).

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GenCon 2016 - Consolidation in the Board Game Industry

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

There have been waves of consolidation within the board game industry over the past 3 yrs. Is this a sign of a healthy industry or the start of a cycle that leads to less competition? Eric Summerer (Dice Tower) Lance Myxter (Undead Viking) Doug Richardson

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GenCon 2016 - Designing Games with a Partner

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Matt Leacock, Rob Daviau, Bruno Faidutti and Bruno Cathala explore the process of co-designing games. Why work together? How do they divide up the work? How do they playtest? How do they deal with conflict? How do they know when the game is done?

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GenCon 2016 - The Art of the Matter: Aesthetics and Game Development

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

From the artwork on and in the box to the components to the layout and logo, we examine the effort that goes into making a game visually engaging. Panelists include: Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games) Stephan Brissaud (Iello) Kevin Brusky (APE Games).

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GenCon 2016 - So, You Want To Start Publishing Games

Sat, 13 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Our panel gives advice they wish they had received when first starting out. What pitfalls can new publishers avoid? Ted Alspach (Bezier Games), Paul Bender (Greater Than Games), Tim Fowers (Fowers Games), Travis Worthington (Indie Boards and Cards).

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GenCon 2016 - Women Building Careers in the Game Industry

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A round table discussion exploring the different ways the game world is evolving as more women work and play in the world of games. Panelists: Lea Culliton (HABA USA), Brittanie Boe (Game Wire), Tanya Thompson (Marbles), Donna Jaffe (Peaceable Kingdom).

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GenCon 2016 - Designing Games for Kids

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A round table discussion on the challenge of designing games for kids. Our panel features Markus Nikisch (HABA), Brandan Parsons (Blue Orange), Josh West (ThinkFun) and Bernie DeKoven (Major Fun).

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Episode #236 - Karuba is Major Fun

Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Karuba is an island with hidden treasures. Your goal is to lead a team through the jungle along the smartest route to riches. Deceptively simple, Karuba uses a bingo-like system to offer players a wonderful strategic puzzle for players young and old.

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Episode #235 - The Spiel on Paradox

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Paradox written by Stephen Conway. Inspired by Match-3 games like Bejeweled, Paradox asks players to manipulate a grid of colorful discs to gather resources and save the past present and future of 15 different worlds.

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Episode #234 - Deep Sea Adventure is Major Fun

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Deep Sea Adventure is a wonderfully simple press your luck dice game from Japan with a devilishly fun twist: when you press your luck, you press EVERYONE'S luck! If too many divers get greedy, no one may make it back to the boat.

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Episode #233 - Nitro Glyxerol is Major Fun

Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Nitro Glyxerol is a chemical mixing dexterity game. Shake and slide colored cubes through a maze as fast as you can. But be careful! Precision is as important as speed in this game. And beware the dreaded mouse poop cube. It could get in the way!

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Episode #232 - Too Many Cinderellas is Major Fun

Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Too Many Cinderellas written by Stephen Conway. Convince the Prince to marry a Cinderella of your choosing by manipulating a deceptively simple logic puzzle. Who says logic games have to be dry and boring? They can be whimsical and fun.

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Episode #231 - The Spiel on TIME Stories

Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 EDT

If Quantum Leap was a board game, it would be TIME Stories. Your team is thrown back in time to prevent damage to the timeline. It's a co-op story driven puzzle solving game - a cardboard console - each deck a cartridge you plug in for new kinds of fun.

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Episode #230 - Favor of the Pharaoh is Major Fun

Mon, 2 May 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Favor of the Pharaoh is a recipe filling roll-and-keep dice game. Start as a peasant and rise through Egyptian society by rolling increasingly difficult combinations. Tune in to learn why this game deserves BOTH the Major Fun and Spiel of Approval awards!

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Episode #229 - Dr. Eureka is Major Fun

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Dr. Eureka written by Stephen Conway. Mix the right molecules in three test tubes to create formulas as fast as you can. A clever combo of speed and caution that make it Major Fun!

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Episode #228 - The Spiel on Mombasa

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EDT

In Mombasa, players invest in chartered companies, forerunners of modern corporations. An elegant system of card play is used to explore the impact of 4 companies expanding across Africa. A deep subject & a challenging game worthy of our Spiel of Approval

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Episode #227 - New York 1901 is Major Fun

Fri, 1 Apr 2016 00:00:00 EDT

In New York 1901, you try to build the greatest skyscrapers in Manhattan. More brainy than zany, this tile laying game game allows players to shape the city from a deceptively simple series of choices. Tune in to learn why New York 1901 is Major Fun!

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Episode #226 - The Spiel on Ascension: Dreamscape

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Ascension: Dreamscape written by Stephen Conway. Battle cosmic forces by building a deck of cards filled with powerful heroes and machines from otherworldly realms. Read on to discover why Dreamscape has earned the Spiel of Approval award.

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Episode #225 - Fuse is Major Fun

Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Red alert! Dozens of bombs are planted across the decks of your ship. Can your team defuse them before time runs out? Fuse is a 10 minute cooperative dice game. It's easy to learn, hard to win & amazingly addictive. That's a winning recipe for Major Fun!

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Episode #224 - The Spiel on Burgle Bros

Tue, 1 Mar 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Get Together. Get the Loot. Get Out. Burgle Brothers is a cooperative heist game that is clearly inspired by the movies and built around teamwork. Tune in to find out why it deserves the Spiel of Approval award.

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Episode #223 - Strike Is Major Fun

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EDT

A review of Strike written by Stephen Conway. Strike is a game that takes something as simple as gravity and turns it into an enjoyable, compelling and addictive experience for players of all ages.

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Episode #222 - The Spiel on 7 Wonders: Duel

Fri, 5 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EDT

In 7 Wonders: Duel, players compete to build ancient civilizations over 3 ages. The game owes a debt to its wildly successful card drafting cousin but is filled with unique challenges & strategies. Tune in to learn why it deserves The Spiel of Approval!

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Episode #221 - Pingo Pingo is Major Fun!

Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:00:00 EDT

Pingo Pingo is a wacky game driven by a 15 min. soundtrack. Using a deck of cards and your trusty dart gun, you must face traps, cross rope bridges, avoid polar bears and hordes of space penguins to collect the most treasure & escape before time runs out.

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The Spiel #220 - Changes

Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 EDT

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 one with a Major Fun or Spiel of Approval award. We'll also be producing roundtable interviews at GenCon and Essen.

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The Spiel #219 - Holiday Party

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:00:00 EDT

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.

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The Spiel #218 - Dead in a Ditch

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EDT

You just have to tray. This grab-bag episode features a review of The Bloody Inn, a card game with a deliciously dark and twisted theme, plus two live segments recorded with Spielers at BGG Con in Dallas and our 2015 holiday game gift guide.

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The Spiel #217 - There & Back Again

Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:00:00 EDT

The road goes ever on and on. We talk about three trips: 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.

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Essen 2015 - Amigo

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EDT

Seeing the red Amigo logo on a game means easy to learn, fresh gameplay and, most important, fun. Editors Uwe & Christian join us to chat about several titles that embrace this philosophy: Elfenland Deluxe, Gipfelsturmer, Roman Poker & Portal of Molthar.

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

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:03 EDT

Lautapelit founder Toni Niittymäki chats about how his Finnish company started as a Nordic game distributor & evolved into a publisher. Designer Heikki Harju discusses Lautapelit's newest game M.U.L.E., a board game based on the classic computer game.

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Essen 2015 - HUCH! & friends

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:02 EDT

German publisher HUCH! & friends offers a wide variety of games in its catalog from silly games for kids to games with strategy and depth for older players. Tina Landwehr chats about Flying Kiwis, Gum Gum Machine, Tornado Ellie, Pronto & Think Str8.

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Essen 2015 - Crash Games

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:01 EDT

Patrick Nickell is off the leash! He joins us to chat about 3 games from Crash: Where Art Thou Romeo?, Council of Verona: Corruption & Pirate Den.

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Essen 2015 - Phil Eklund

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EDT

Phil Eklund's games emphasize scientific & historical simulation with layers of detail. Phil chats about this unique approach to game design and his latest game, Neanderthal. Guide 1 of 3 human species through the Ice Age to shape human culture.

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Essen 2015 - Post Scriptum

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:03 EDT

Italian company Post Scriptum publishes games in-house & works as a freelance developer. Founder Mario Sacchi chats about this dual approach to game development. Designer Luigi Cornaglia discusses how Post Scriptum helped publish his first game, Zena 1814

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Essen 2015 - Czech Games Edition

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:02 EDT

Jana Zemankova chats about several new releases from CGE from heavy strategy to party game and everything in between including: Through the Ages, Prodigal's Club, Codenames and expansions for Tash Kalar and Galaxy Trucker.

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Essen 2015 - Stronghold Games

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:01 EDT

Stephen Buonocore is joined by his podcast pal, designer Ignacy Trzewiczek, to talk about their co-production of Ignacy's game, Stronghold. Then we delve into several new games including: 504, Porta Nigra, The Golden Ages and New Dawn.

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Essen 2015 - Portal Games

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EDT

Polish designer Ignacy Trzewiczek chats about crafting a new streamlined edition of his first design, Stronghold, a game about a castle under siege. We also discuss his love asymmetrical games like Stronghold and another new title, Convoy.

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Essen 2015 - 504

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:03 EDT

Designer Friedemann Friese​ chats about the inspiration behind and development of 504, a modular game system that can be combined to create 504 different games.

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Essen 2015 - Pacal's Rocket

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:02 EDT

Dieter Strehl from Piatnik chats about Pacal's Rocket, a family game based on the notion that Mayan civlization was built by alien technology. Move your starship around the city in order to place energy stones in a pattern to build pyramids and score.

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Essen 2015 - Hans im Gluck

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:01 EDT

Moritz Brunnhofer chats about two new editions of Carcassonne. Star Wars adds factions and dice combat to the tile laying classic. Over Hill & Dale was commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of Health. Send your meeples on hikes and harvest food to score.

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Essen 2015 - Board Game Advent Calendar

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EDT

Matthias Nagy is the creative force behind the Board Game Advent Calendar. Behind each door is an original expansion for a game. 24 in total from 21 different publishers. Matthias chats about making this ambitious project a reality in less than a year.

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Essen 2015 - Nippon

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:03 EDT

Portuguese designers Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade chat about the inspiration, research and development behind Nippon, a game that depicts the rapid industrialization of Japan in the late 19th century.

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Essen 2015 - Deinko

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:02 EDT

Minwoo An from Korean board game publisher Deinko chats about the growth of gaming in Korea from an educational activity for children to the spread of game cafes. We also discuss two new titles from Deinko, Chronicler & Double Mission: Beyond the Object.

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Essen 2015 - Big Fun Games

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:00:01 EDT

Yang and CC from Big Fun Games chat about the state of games and gaming in Taiwan We also discuss two new titles: one serious (EU: The Board Game) and one silly (Butts Away! Heroes).

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