Episode 100: Roll, Turn, Flip
100: Roll, Turn, Flip
Release Date: Apr. 12, 2010
Running Time: 139 min.
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Dice. Tiles. Cards. We celebrate hitting triple digits with 3 reviews that fit our slogan, including an in-depth look at Macao.
News & Notes: New show segments, video series
The List: Macao
Table Talk: Chaos
Back Shelf Spotlight: Carcassonne: Catapult
Game Sommelier: 5 great Spiel moments over the past 4 years
Notes from the OCD: Building a game closet
Scribbler #6: Download (pdf) Spiel Super-Trivia!
Prize Deadline Extended: May 5th
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
Scribbler #6 - Spiel Super-Trivia!
100 questions written/compiled by listener David Schuth. The most correct answers will win a copy of Hobby Games: 100 Best courtesy of The Game Preserve.
Portuguese merchants angle for the most prestige by delivering trade goods and establishing a foothold on the Chinese island of Macao. Uses a fun dice-driven mechanic to collect and disperse action cubes each turn.
Back Shelf Spotlight
The wackiest expansion to the Carcassonne series by far. Use a wooden "catapult" to flip tokens in one of four different ways: hit meeples, seduce meeples, target a tile, or try to snatch one in mid-air.
A quick, quirky card game that takes its inspiration from Go-Fish and Rummy. Collect sets and Order cards, while trying to avoid the dreaded Chaos cards which will nullify all your points.
Notes from the OCD
Game closet shelf height recommendations.
Long game shelves: 20+"
Large game shelves: 14"
Small game shelves: 9"
The Game Sommelier
The challenge: 5 favorite Spiel moments from the past 100 shows.
Next Challenge: 5 games with staying power, titles we have returned to or pine away for since covering them on the show.
News & Notes
New Show Segments
Kid's Table: 5 minute reviews of great family titles
Book Club: we'll read books in advance, discuss them and their spin-off games
A History of Games in 100 Objects: a survey of the history of games using 100 specific objects related to games as a springboard for each segment (thanks to Simon Wilcock aka Steerpike for suggesting this idea)
Designer's Workbench: 12 interviews with designers, one each month. Released as a stand alone segment within The Spiel feed.
Leave us voice mail on Skype! Our account name is: thespiel.
Webcam game sessions: spectating, possibly playing.
Live call-in segments
Live video streaming from conventions (with interviews, etc.)
The Video Series
12 episodes per season, each focusing on a specific classic game title.
Act One delves into the history of the game
Act Two show you how to play
Act Three features interviews with individuals and groups playing and supporting the game today with tournaments, clubs etc.
At its core, its a documentary series about the history of board and card games, but we'll approach the subject inspired by the comic and off-kilter wackiness of shows like Good Eats and Top Gear. As the show continues from season to season, we'll include nostalgic and modern titles as well, but the show will always be grounded in the amazing treasure trove of obscure and unknown classic games.
I'll have formal business plan available for review by the end of this month. We plan to be shooting by Summer and for the pilot episode to premiere this Fall!
Music credits (courtesy of Ioda Promonet) include:
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!