Episode 210: Sondry Folk

Release Date: May 4, 2015

Running Time:   161 min.

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That toward Caunterbury wolden ryde.

We delve into the history and literary legacy of one of England's most famous cities by exploring two board games: Canterbury and The Road to Canterbury.

In Canterbury, players are Saxon lords in the Dark Ages building the city district by district. In The Road to Canterbury, players are pardoners accompanying Chaucer's pilgrims, tempting them into sins which only you can absolve... for a price.

News & Notes: Origins Awards, Kniziathon, Stalingrad, Rattle Battle & Grab the Loot
The List: Canterbury, The Road to Canterbury
Game Sommelier: 5 up-and-coming designers that could be the next Stefan Feld.

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Episode 209: Point Salad

Release Date: Apr. 13, 2015

Running Time:   175 min.

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Hold the croutons. 

Point Salad is a term most often applied to the games of Stefan Feld. To do well at Feld's games, you cannot pursue a single path to victory. His games push you to score in a variety of ways. Whether geared for kids or the high strategy crowd, each Feld game is a "point salad" and the fun and challenge comes from creating the best mix.

We celebrate 9 years of The Spiel with an episode showcasing the work Stefan Feld. We explore his 10 year career and then review his two latest games: La Isla and Aquasphere.

La Isla is a card driven board game where explorers search for extinct species. Aquasphere is an intricate worker placement game where players conduct research in an underwater lab programming robots and fending off the dreaded octopods.

News & Notes: One More Roll, GTG & Dice Hate Me, GenCon does the right thing
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Knot Dice, Dice boxes, Dice poppers, Titan series
Back Shelf Spotlight: Feld Ludography
The List: La Isla, Aquasphere
Game Sommelier: 5 co-designers for Stefan Feld

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Episode 208: Captains of Industry

Release Date: Mar. 23, 2015

Running Time:    min.

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Blood, sweat & gears. We clock in and review Kanban and Factory Fun, two very challenging but very different games built around an industrial theme. Kanban is a many-layered simulation of a Japanese auto factory. Factory fun is an abstract puzzle where players are rewarded for making crazy, convoluted machines. 

We also learn about Knock Down Barns from designer Greg Burhop. This game is made from reclaimed barn wood and involves building and destroying barns with tiny foam marshmallows.

News & Notes: Nippon, Les Poilus
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Far Space Foundry, Wizards of the Wild, Thunderbirds
The List: Kanban, Factory Fun
Truckloads of Goober: Knock Down Barns

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Episode 207: Cubism

Release Date: Mar. 2, 2015

Running Time:   173 min.

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Roll over Picasso. We review Waggle Dance, Praetor and Dice Brewing. Each game uses dice in a fun, creative way: to make honey, to build Hadrian's wall and to make beer. We also receive a visit from listener Jay Bartelt for a special in-person Game Sommelier segment. 

News & Notes: The Next Great American Game, Quebec Hassles Game Store Owner
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Floating Market, Renaissance Wars, Tao of Peg, Brewin' USA, Cypress Inheritance
The List: Waggle Dance, Praetor, Dice Brewing
The Game Sommelier: 5 games to pair with a 5 course gourmet meal

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Episode 206: Old School

Release Date: Feb. 9, 2015

Running Time:   150 min.

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Back in the day... We review Murano and Royals, two new titles that call back to the first generation of "euros" that sparked the Renaissance in modern board games. Murano is a tile laying game about Italian glass makers that features a communal rondel of actions. Royals is a card driven area control game about rival families vying for titles across Europe. Both games are have an easy-to-learn elegance which allows players to discover greater depth and strategy without having to fight the rules. These games aren't retro. They've simply returned to their roots.

News & Notes: Holiday Game Sales Report, Mattel's CEO resigns, Marco Polo, DC Crisis #2, Asmodee buys Ystari and Pearl 
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Pencil Dice, M-80, Trickerion
The List: Murano, Royals
Back Shelf Spotlight: Richelieu
The Game Sommelier: 5 old school games that don't get enough love

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Episode 205: Programs! Get Your Programs!

Release Date: Jan. 19, 2015

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Code monkeys. We explore 3 games in the programmed movement genre. Robot Turtles teaches programming skills to toddlers. Colt Express pits a posse of bandits against each other on a cardboard train. And Empire Engine is a steampunk micro-game that uses cards as gears in a machine.  

News & Notes: Asmodee release schedule, Ravenburger/Brio merge, Battleshops, new Sentinels games, Lanterns, Suburbia 5 Star, Giocomics, Pictomania, Spiel 2015 Schedule
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Conan, Scopa Oscura, Orleans, Kiqsuyapi
The List: Robot Turtles, Colt Express, Empire Engine
Truckloads of Goober: Roborama
Back Shelf Spotlight: Swashbuckler

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Episode 204: Holiday Party - Peanut Gallery

Release Date: Dec. 22, 2014

Running Time:    240 min

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Heile recommended. Join us for a virtual cocktail party to celebrate the season. We bounce through a variety of geek related round table topics, play some silly games, listen to some bad jokes and laugh. A lot. 

Guests: Mark Smalley (Indianapolis, IN), Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games - Somerset, NJ), , Mark Wilder (Chicago, IL), Ezra Denney, (Alameda, CA), Beth Heile (Chicago, IL), John Knoerzer (Chicago, IL), Doug Richardson (Gresham, OR), Jay Bartelt (Chicago, IL), plus Francie Broadie!

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Episode 203: Beyond Scrabble

Release Date: Dec. 8, 2014

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Wordly wiser. We explore two word games with a modern twist. Paperback  is a deckbuilding game where players build words to complete pulp novels. Typo 2D is a tile laying game where players build word fragments in a grid.

News & Notes: BGG Con, Asmodee/FFG merger, Murano, League of Gamemakers
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Biblios Dice, Helvetia Cup, New Bedford
The List: Paperback
Truckloads of Goober: Tug of Words
Back Shelf Spotlight: Typo, Typo 2D
Game Sommelier: 5 word games where the playing field is level for all involved, even English majors.

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Episode 202: Suitcase Six-Pack

Release Date: Nov. 17, 2014

Running Time:   min.

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Backpack booty. From pill bugs and puzzles to a dice rodeo, we review half a dozen games small enough to travel but big enough to provide hours of fun. Titles include: Samsara, Assel Schlamassel, El Gaucho, Romans Go Home, Col-Or-Form and Diamonds.

News & Notes: FFG LCGs, Munchkin store, India Supreme Court, Wars & Battles App
Crowdfunding Round-Up: Steampunk Rally, Zero Day, Oddball Aeronauts 2
The List: Samsara, Assel Schlamassel, El Gaucho, Romans Go Home, Col-Or-Form, Diamonds

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