Episode 128: Crispy Mister

Release Date: May 30, 2011

Running Time:  140 min.

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The secret is butter. We whet our appetites with an in-depth review of The Secret of Monte Cristo, followed by a look at two games first published in magazines.

News & Notes: Walking Dead x2, Dragon Rampage, Kittens in a Blender
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The Secret of Monte Cristo
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Awful Green Things From Outer Space
Truckloads of Goober:  Farkle Frenzy
Playbill:  Great Western
Game Sommelier:  5 games based on UNESCO World Heritage sites
Mail Bag:  Pastiche feedback, alternat tv series, Nedderman dice

 

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Episode 127: Show Me The Monet

Release Date: May 16, 2011

Running Time:  146 min.

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True Colors. Grab your brush, step up to the easel and join us for a review of Pastiche, a game about mixing paints to create famous works of art.

News & Notes: Alien Frontiers translated, Nedderman Custom Dice, Lancaster
The List: 
Pastiche
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Masterpiece
Truckloads of Goober:  Back-of-the-board art
Playbill:  Munchkin Zombies
Game Sommelier:  5 games to use on a reality TV show for gamers
Mail Bag:  Periodic Table dice, Toruro on Pagat, Sommelier feedback

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Episode 126: London's Calling

Release Date: May 2, 2011

Running Time:  157 min.

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From Hell. Slip into the foggy gaslit streets with us for an in-depth review of Letters from Whitechapel, a game where players try to plan or prevent Jack the Ripper's killing spree.

News & Notes: Hasbro woes, Deadwood, Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype
The List: 
Letters from Whitechapel
Table Talk:  The Game of Great Detectives - Sherlock Holmes
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Bakerstreet
Game Sommelier:  5 games Tom & Eric (The Dice Tower) are terrible at but love to play
Mail Bag:  yucata.de, TableCon, dice pics

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Episode 125: Wag the Dog

Release Date: Apr. 18, 2011

Running Time:  161 min.

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Unleashed. We celebrate 5 years of The Spiel by wagging The Long Tail of gaming, reviewing 9 old obscure and off-the-wall games.

News & Notes: boardga.me, Show Business, Upper Deck: Evolution
The List: 
Irondale
Playbill:  R.U.M.B.L.
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Muzundrum, Senet, Image
Truckloads of Goober: 
Astron, Sinking of the Titanic, Lie Detector, Robot Quiz
Game Sommelier:  5 games that are more fun to lose
Mail Bag:  Sommelier suggestions, Shapeways dice, Catapult

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Episode 124: Orc Week

Release Date: April 4, 2011

Running Time:  138 min.

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It's not easy being green. We delve into a treasure trove of fantasy themed games including Defenders of the Realm and Thunderstone: Dragonspire.

News & Notes: Fortune & Glory, Artus, SdJ Scholarship, 2010 industry report
The List: 
Defenders of the Realm
Playbill:  Thunderstone: Dragonspire
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Advanced Heroquest
Truckloads of Goober: 
Catan Tables
Game Sommelier:  5 games where people can jump in late
Mail Bag:  Sommelier responses, Studio Descartes, Robo Derby Express

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Episode 123: The Postman Always Brings Dice

Release Date: Mar. 21, 2011

Running Time:  126 min.

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What's the rumpus? We dive into the dark waters of international smuggling for a review of Cargo Noir plus three other brand new titles: Nightfall, Chronicle and Shake 'n Take.

News & Notes: Hike, Mirror Mirror, Winter Tales
The List: 
Cargo Noir
Playbill:  Nightfall
Table Talk:  Chronicle
The Kid's Table: 
Shake 'n Take
Game Sommelier:  5 gamerly games improvised from classic games
Mail Bag:  Lost die, Balloon Tardis, Dave turns 28

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Episode 122: Eric Clapton's Underwear

Release Date: Mar. 7, 2011

Running Time:  156 min.

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Synchronize your watches. We fire up the TARDIS for a time travel adventure, including a review of the clock winding brain burner Khronos, a look back at a classic Doctor Who title, and a dive into the history of the sand timer.

News & Notes: Guards! Guards!, Awful Green Things, China Daily article
The List: 
Khronos
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Doctor Who: The Game of Time & Space
A History of Games in 100 Objects:  The Sand Timer
Game Sommelier:  5 games improved by removing dice

Mail Bag:  Ludology, Uno float pics, German game company map

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Episode 121: A More Perfect Union

Release Date: Feb. 21, 2011

Running Time:  155 min.

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We the people. We break out the powdered wigs to review Founding Fathers, a game where players write or rewrite history by creating the Constitution.

News & Notes: Cheapass Games, English Fauna, Bits, Mohenjo-Daro
The List: 
Founding Fathers
Truckloads of Goober:  Carcassonne anniversary items, Secret of Monte Cristo
Designer's Workbench:  Games as simulations
Game Sommelier:  5 potentially offensive games

Mail Bag:  Moons are not planets, Facebook Q&A

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Episode 120: Sun, Whisky, and Sea Monsters

Release Date: Feb. 7, 2011

Running Time:  103 min.

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Island hoppers. We travel to Samoa, Atlantis and Scotland to review Hotel Samoa, Survive: Escape from Atlantis and Glen More.

News & Notes: Qwarriors, King of Tokyo, Geekway to the West
The List: 
Hotel Samoa
Table Talk:  Glen More
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Survive: Escape from Atlantis
Game Sommelier:  5 games to connect Uno and Mah Jongg

Mail Bag:  Gong cases for Crokinole, Toruro-Booray connection

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Episode 119 - Classics Revisited

Release Date: Jan. 24, 2011

Running Time:  140 min.

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Everything old is new again. We review Rowboat, TZQ, Shokoba, and Booray: four card games that seek to adapt or reacquaint us with the classics Spades, Mah Jongg, Scopa, and Bourré.

News & Notes: Uno turns 40, Alvin & Dexter, 1955, Boardgameinfo.com
The List: 
Rowboat, Tien Zi Que
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Shokoba, Booray

Game Sommelier:  5 games to connect Rattus and Last Call
Mail Bag:  Plague movie, Spiel interview, tile bags, and a bet

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