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Spiel des Jahres Special Episode

By sconway - Posted on 27 May 2008

We had a great time and a great response last year to our Spiel des Jahres special episode, we are going to try it again.

We may need some serious help from the Spieliverse to pull it off!

Since several of the nominated games are not available in an English version, we are scrambling to order, receive, play, and record the show before the winner is announced.

Here's where we are at so far:

Stone Age - have it

Wie Verhext - ordered German edition from Time Well Spent

Marrakech - checking with Fundex Games (who is distributing Gigamic games here in the US)

Blox - need to order from overseas

Keltis - need to order from overseas

If anyone knows of a place to order either Keltis or Blox (and possibly Marrakech depending on what we find out from Fundex) from a retailer here in the United States, please let us know. If you own a copy of either game and would be willing to let us borrow it to play and return to you, let us know. If you know of a European retailer you trust with both games in stock, let us know!

I think the Spiel des Jahres show will be really fun if we can find a way to get the logisitcs worked out. Any advice or help you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Spiel on!


BigFriendlyDave's picture
Ordering Keltis and Blox from amazon.deThey've got both games in stockDave
sconway's picture

Hey Dave.

Good idea! I hadn't thought about I had been looking a several small online european game stores but wondered if anyone had recommendations about which businesses were the best.

BigFriendlyDave's picture

I'll be honest - I haven't ordered anything from Germany since Adam Spielt went away, more because there's usually an english version available almost at the same time as any German version.  Though I might have to go and order the expansion of Burg Appenzell (aka Chateau Roquefort).  When I first brought BA along to the gaming group there was an order placed with Adam Spielt for 4 more copies - not bad for a gaming group of 7.

Plus you always take a small gamble as to the language independance of games.  I, for one, was not in the mood to do a paste up of Agricola.



Steerpike's picture


what is your time scale on this ?

I will be in Germany 16th June and then in Indianapolis on 7th July. I can be your personal courier if this links in with your show timetable (I have no idea when the spiel de jahres nominations go through ?).

Let me know....

sconway's picture

Thanks, Steerpike!

Unfortunately, we are under a much more severe time crunch to make this work out.

The Spiel des Jahres winner is announced June 30.

This means we need to have the games in hand around the 16th in order to have time to play them and then record and edit the show.

You're on the right track, though. At this point we have Stone Age, Marrakech and Witch's Brew.  Keltis and Blox we are going to have to order or get from Europe some way, somehow.

I got word back from Jay at RIo Grande and he isn't able to grease the wheels for us this time.

Seems like that leaves two options.

There are a few European game stores online that seem to carry both titles. I was hoping for some guidance from listeners recommending a trustworthy and reliable shop, since it is essential that the games arrive in a certain time-frame

If there are any kindly European listeners out there who could, say, walk into a game store right now and purchase Keltis and Blox and then send them to us, we would be happy to pay for them (and send you some Spiel dice as a small thank you!).

I'm going to have to set some plan into motion very soon so we have time for the games to make the trip overseas.

Let me know if anyone has any suggestions or ideas here or you can email me


I have a friend in London who might be able to help. Contact him via email at and mention my name in the subject line and how
I directed you to him, and tell him what it is that you need, and he just might be able to find and send what you are looking for. Sincerely, Jason "The Provost" Lukac.

J Moody's picture

Sounds like London has a dark side. The boardgame mafia perhaps?

sconway's picture

Thanks, Jason!

Late last night, I found a German company willing to work with us to get the games in time ( I had to pull the trigger on the order to get the package in the mail, so I'll have to wait for another excuse to use your London connection.  Even though the timing didn't work out, your help is very much appreciated.

I like the way you think, JMoody. Shady dealers swapping board games in back rooms. That's my kind of town.


Fortunately I'm not under such a time constraint, but I'm going to be getting all of the nominees too. :) Have fun and I'm looking forward to the episode. I'm glad you got it worked out!!



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