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Episode 136: Qye Qye, Quirdy

Release Date: Sept 12, 2011

Running Time:  137 min.

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Wake up! We review Uluru, a crafty customizable puzzle game about granting wishes to cosmic Dreambirds. Plus, we take a look at the new dice-building game Quarriors.


News & Notes: FallCon, Alba Longa, Columbia Games deal, Test of Fire
The List:  Uluru
Truckloads of Goober:  Shogun/Samurai Swords/Ikusa

Back Shelf Spotlight:  Boggle
Playbill:  Quarriors, Color Stix
Game Sommelier:  BGG Top 5
Mail Bag:  Spiel lyrics, Games & Grub, Freyas


Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

FallCon Oct. 14-16 Link

FallCon is a boardgame and tabletop miniatures convention for the masses held every fall in Calgary. Consider FallCon a philosophical extension to those fun Friday game nights you spend with family and friends!


Alba Longa   BGG

Early Italy, 600 BCE – Five city states are vying each other for superiority in the region. Each player controls a city state and tries to be the first to have 16+ population and 10 monuments using dice selection and worker placement mechanics.

Columbia Games Try Before You Buy Deal

Try Hammer of the Scots, Richard III, or Julius Caesar for .99 cents. They'll mail you the game; try if for 30 days. If you like it, keep it for the full price. If you don't, send it back. Great way to try some great introductory level historical wargames!

Hammer of the Scots Deal

Julius Caesar Deal

Richard III Deal

Test of Fire Official Site | BGG

First title in a new American Civil War series of wargames designed by Martin Wallace

The List

Uluru Official Site | BGG  

Place "wish" cards on the board, flip the timer, and try to unravel the mysteries of Uluru by guiding each Dreambird to its proper position around the sacred mountain.

Back Shelf Spotlight

Boggle   Official Site | BGG

This classic probably isn't as old as you think. It was first published in 1972 and it was saved by an ad campaign featuring Boggle themed Cosmopolitan magazine covers!


Quarriors!   Official Site | BGG


Amass a set of dice creatures and spells to gain glory by bashing other's monsters and protecting your own. Over 150 custom dice included!

Color Stix  Offiical Site | BGG

A fast easy-to-learn puzzle game where players arrange wooden sticks to combine color blocks and score points.

Truckloads of Goober 

Shogun - Samurai Swords - Ikusa  Official Site | BGG



The classic GameMaster series game Shogun has returned as Ikusa. We take a look at the goober from then and now

The Game Sommelier

Thanks to Chris Marling for the Challenge. We had to reorder the top 5 games based on our tastes out of the top 10 rated games on BGG.

Chris polled several podcasters with this same challenge and has posted the results on BGG.

Dave's Picks:  Agricola, Caylus, Power Grid, Puerto Rico, Twilight Struggle

Stephen's Picks: Twilight Struggle, Puerto Rico, Agricola, Power Grid, Brass

Pledge Drive 2011

Show your financial support for The Spiel. Help us reach our goal of inspiring 25% of our audience to make a contribution.  Click here to contribute.

Mail Bag

Thanks to Ken Ferguson for the great Spiel theme-music lyrics!

Check out Games & Grub, a new gaming blog.

Two Spieler families have daughters named Freya. How wonderfully random and fun!


Music credits include:

Bye Bye Blackbird  by Billie Holliday  |  buy the song

Wangarja  by John Bennett  |  buy the song

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)  by Apassionante  |  YouTube  | Album

Bye Bye Birdie (Reprise)  by Ann Margaret  |  buy the song

Bye Bye Love  by The Ditty Bops  |  buy the song


During the Clever Mojo ad for Sunrise City, I mention the game will be available to retailers through the Springboard program which is powered by Game Salute. The web site for Springboard is   NOT as stated in the ad.

I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!

Sponsored Link: Starlit Citadel

Dwarf King  Buy It


Sponsored Links: Board Game Guy

Sunrise City Kickstarter


Alien Frontiers: Factions Kickstarter


 Sponsored Link: Table of Catan   Link


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During the Clever Mojo ad for Sunrise City, I mention the game will be available to retailers through the Springboard program which is powered by Game Salute. The web site for Springboard is   NOT as stated in the ad.

A small mixup with the ad copy resulted in this goof. Our apologies if we led you astray!


I loved the first entry of Spiel theme music lyrics!
On the subject of song lyrics, I was listening to the "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack recently and noticed how well some of the lyrics describe one of the Spiel hosts:

Bob liked to play his poker
Pinochle, whist and euchre
But shootin' dice was his favorite game.
I found out last Monday
Bob got locked up Sunday
They got him in the jailhouse way downtown.
He's in the jailhouse now.
He's in the jailhouse now.
I told him once or twice
To stop playin' cards and shootin' dice
He's in the jailhouse now.

Just substitute "Dave" for "Bob" and "padded cell" for "jailhouse"... :)

Then, this episode reminded me of one of my favorite lines from a song, from the Beastie Boys' "Puttin' Shame in Your Game":

I'm the king of Boggle!  There is none higher!
I get 11 points off the word 'quagmire'!

So I just decided I had to share.  Thanks for another great show!

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