Episode 192: The Game of Life

Release Date: Apr. 14, 2014

Running Time:  146  min.

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Puppet masters. We review Legacy and CV. Each game allows a player to shape the course of a modern life or a 17th century family through meaningful, sometimes gut-wrenching, decisions.

News & Notes:  Xalapa, Istanbul, Marvel Dice Masters
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Chopstick Dexterity Mega-Challenge 3000, Typo 2D, 1st & Goal Digital
The List: Legacy, CV
Game Sommelier:  5 games to use for leagues/events at a game store

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Episode 191: Cube-a-licious

Release Date: Mar. 31, 2014

Running Time:  118  min.

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Hip to be square. We review Amerigo and Ka-Boom, two games that use simple wooden cubes in very creative but very different ways. Amerigo has a cube tower that randomizes actions each turn. Ka-Boom has cube catapults players use to knock down opponent's towers.

News & Notes:  Panamax, KanBan, X-Files, NECA - Hastings merger
Crowdfunding Round-Up: SBoard Games Now Blind Accessible, Champions of the Galaxy Live Event
The List: Amerigo, Ka-Boom!
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Among the Stars
Truckloads of Goober: Navia Dratp

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Episode 190: Follow The Drinkin' Gourd

Release Date: Mar. 17, 2014

Running Time:  130  min.

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Left foot, peg foot, traveling on. We review Freedom: The Underground Railroad, a co-operative game where players take on the roles of brave Abolitionists tasked with the goal of ending slavery in the United States. You'll guide escaped slaves to safety in Canada and gather enough political and financial support for the Abolitionist movement to take hold as an influential force in American society.

News & Notes:  Desperados of Dicetown, Age of War, Purple Pawn - Toy Fair
Crowdfunding Round-Up: St. Petersburg, Tuscany, Biblios, Monster Chef, Mutant Chronicles, The Borderlands, Eternity Wars, Kingdom Bots
The List: Freedom: The Underground Railroad
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Enemy in Sight
Game Sommelier: 5 games that explore new aspects of history

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Scribbler #12: Title Hunt

Release Date: March 3, 2014

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The hunt is on! Can you find 26 Game Titles?

Each row of this puzzle is missing one letter (A-Z). Find the right letter and the title of a game will emerge. Once you have all the game titles, you can solve the second puzzle and maybe even win a prize.

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Send your solution to dave@thespiel.net.  

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Episode 189: Pole Position

Release Date: Feb. 17, 2014

Running Time:  126  min.

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Straight outta Krakow. We review two 2-player games from Polish publisher Galakta: King & Assassins and Metallum. Also, Bill Corey visits the padded cell to take a Sommelier Challenge and give us the scoop on the Spring Gaming Hoopla. 

News & Notes:  Spring Hoopla, La Isla, Bruges Expansion, Cardboard & Sun, Northstar Evolves, Belfort Expands, Tortuga, plus Crowdfunding Round-Up 
The List: King & Assassin, Metallum
Truckloads of Goober:  Space Sheep
Game Sommelier: 5 games to replace the weekly pub trivia quiz

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Episode 188: A Playful Path

Release Date: Jan. 27, 2014

Running Time:   139 min.

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Boggle jackets and Big Bird money. A conversation with Bernie DeKoven, the Grand Poobah of Fun and influential force in the world of games and play. We follow Bernie's career through mass market board games and the early days of video game design to his discovery of a Playful Path - a philosophy that stresses the importance of play throughout life and also the title of his latest book.

News & Notes:  Scopa for sale, International TableTop Day, new Treefrog titles, GW sales down, Florenza, Hoyuk, Zombie '15
Interview: Bernie DeKoven

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Episode 187: Read Between the Signs

Release Date: Jan. 13, 2014

Running Time:    min.

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I think icon. We review Concept and La Boca, two games that ask players to communicate in fresh and unexpected ways: Concept through symbols and La Boca through shapes and colors.

News & Notes:  Game of Thrones: Intrigue, Thunderstone: Worlds Collide, Kingmakers Game Parlor, Crowdfunding Round-Up 
The List: Concept, La Boca
Truckloads of Goober:  Euphoria 
Backshelf Spotlight: Endless Games - Oddly Obvious

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Episode 186: 2013 Holiday Party - Muffin Cups

Release Date: Dec. 23, 2013

Running Time:   164 min.

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Seasons Spielings! Eight guests/inmates from around the world join us in the padded cell to celebrate the holidays. Round-table discussions, Sommelier challenges, Swedish rhymes, bad jokes, and a visit from Lyle Otterbein fill this virtual party with good cheer.  

Guests: Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games - New Jersey), JP Decosse (The Board Room Game Cafe - Halifax, Nova Scotia), Greggory Delman (Lima, OH), Ezra Denney, (Alameda, CA), Daniel Jensen (Linkoping, Sweden), John Knoerzer (Chicago, IL), Doug Richardson (Gresham, OR), Mark Smalley (Indianapolis, IN).

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