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About The Spiel
The Spiel is a show covering the world of board and card games since 2006.
Our primary broadcast medium is audio but we also produce documentary films.
Episodes 1-220 feature a variety show format with news, in-depth game reviews and segments celebrating various aspects of games old and new. Explore our episode archive for hundreds of hours of content.
In 2016, Stephen accepted a promotion to the rank of Major Fun. Major Fun is an internationally recognized award for kids and family games created by Bernie DeKoven.
As a result, The Spiel and Major Fun have joined forces moving forward!
This combined force now features 30 in-depth game reviews each season. The season is divided into 2 parts: February - June and August - December.
Each month, we release 3 game reviews. Two audio reviews are released at the beginning of the month and one written review is posted to the site in the middle of the month.
Each game featured is the recipient of an award: Major Fun or the Spiel of Approval.
Major Fun games are games geared toward kids and families or parties.
Spiel of Approval games are games that feature more complexity and depth: medium to heavy weight strategy games.
These awards are badges of quality. We play many games but only a select few earn this distinction. PUblishers can include the award seal/graphic on the game box.
In addition to game reviews, The Spiel records interviews with designers, publishers and artists at the largest game conventions in the world: GenCon and Essen.
From 2011-2015, we released dozens of short interviews focusing on new releases at each game fair.
Starting in 2016, our coverage will focus on 7 roundtable discussions - each one on a specific topic featuring an interesting mix of movers and shakers in the game industry.
We here at The Spiel know fun. We are passionate about play as an essential and often forgotten part of life as we grow. Our goal is open a door to the wider world of games to as many people as we can.
Have a listen. I hope you'll be inspired to find a friend and play!