Episode 200: CC
Release Date: Sept. 22, 2014
Running Time: 173 min.
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You just have to play. We celebrate our 200th episode with reviews of Enigma and Doodle City, a segment honoring the meeple, a look back at a gambling game named after a female Pope, plus a super-sized Game Sommelier with three tough challenges.
News & Notes: FallCon, Asmodee/Days of Wonder, Eclectic Games, Spiel stats
The List: Enigma
Playbill: Doodle City
Back Shelf Spotlight: Pope Joan
Truckloads of Goober: Meeples
Game Sommelier: 3 challenges!
Complete Show Notes continue after the break.
News & Notes
The best game convention in Alberta returns this October 3-5.
Gaming Hoopla Link
A great regional weekend of gaming for a great cause. all proceeds from the convention go to the American Cancer Society. I'll be attending next weekend and I'll be running some fun events.
Asmodee - Days of Wonder Link
French publishing giant Asmodee agrees to purchase Days of Wonder, publisher of Ticket to Ride, Small World and many successful gateway games.
Eclectic Games Link
Congrats to Becky and Darrell Ottery for winning Retailer of the Year for 2014 for the city of Reading UK!
**Special thanks also to Becky for painting the awesome Spiel Meeples you see pictured above in the Episode album art!
We need 8 volunteers to write questions for our annual charity fundraiser for The Spiel Foundation. If you are interested, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Spiel by the Numbers
Web site: 200,000 unique visitors annually.
Downloads of audio programs since 2006: 1.25 million
Creative Content Made by The Spiel
Total number of pieces of creative content produced since 2006: 455
this total includes:
regular episodes of The Spiel: 200
audio convention coverage 93
video convention coverage: 148
Scribblers (print and play puzzles): 13
Amount of time it would take to listen to all audio content: 18 days 4 hours 9 min.
Amount of time it would take to watch and listen to all Spiel content: 19 days 14 min.
Longest episode: Episode 169 Spielfest - 3 hours 35 min.
Shortest episode: Episode 2 King Me! - 53 minutes
Amount of time we have spent producing 200 episodes of The Spiel (using a very low estimate of 25 hours per episode): almost 7 months
Back Shelf Spotlight: 111 segments - 187 games covered
Game Sommelier: 126 challenges faced - 814 games covered
Number of challenges faced by Dave: 54
Number of challenges faced by Stephen: 58
Number of challenges faced by others: 8
Truckloads of Goober: 102 segments - 112 games covered
Name That Game Puzzles: 100
Table Talk / Playbill: 36 segments - 49 games covered
Notes from the OCD: 7 segments
The List: 166 segments - 349 games covered
Total number of games covered in all segments of The Spiel: 1,516
Total number of games with formal reviews on The Spiel: 400
Number of games played but not covered on the show: 1200-1600
easily 3-4 times the number of games reviewed on the show. Let's be conservative and say for every 1 game reviewed and covered on the show, theres one that doesn't. That's 800 games in 8 years which translates to almost 2 new games played every week for eight straight years. More likely, the number of games played but not reviewed on the show is 1200-1600 games. Crazy!
Truckloads of Goober
Back Shelf Spotlight
The Game Sommelier
On the Hot Seat: Dave and Stephen
Three challenges for us! The first two challenges are from Spieler Jay Bartelt and one challenge from ourselves!
Challenge 1: 5 games we are still playing and we think are still awesome.
Challenge 2: 5 games we have covered that are no longer our cup of tea.
Challenge 3: 5 games that will be played 200 years from now.
Music credits include:
A Hundred Dreams from Now by Ray Bryant Trio | the song
Guitar Boogie Twist by Lester Lanin | the collection
200 Turkeys by The Big Jazz Thing | the song
Tequila by The Three Suns | the collection
300 Pounds of Joy by Howlin' Wolf | the song
One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces by Ben Folds Five | the song
I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere
Let us know if (when?) you find one:
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