Episode 89: Threatening Pinocchio

89: Threatening Pinocchio

Release Date: Oct. 26, 2009

Running Time:  138 min.

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No strings attached. The gloves come off when we fight as storybook characters in Scary Tales and weasel our way to power and influence in Revolution.

News & Notes: Opera, Metal Meeples, Dixit wins Juego del Año, Play - Modena, Italy
The List: Revolution, Scary Tales
Table Talk: Arctic Scavengers
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Truckloads of Goober:  Nelly Nilpferd and 4 others
Game Sommelier:  5 games to play while trapped in the restroom
Mail Bag: gaming therapy for autism

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Episode 88: Small Press Pow-Wow

88: Small Press Pow-Wow

Release Date: Oct. 12, 2009

Running Time: 138 min.

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Size doesn't matter. For us, it's all about fun. From games made at the kitchen table to up-and-coming entrepreneurs, we play Kachina and The Great Potlatch, two recent titles from publishers Small Box and Bucephalus Games.

News & Notes: Macao, Dungeon Lords, Jaipur, Tobago, Day & Night
The List: Kachina, The Great Potlatch
Table Talk: Quackery
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Captain Treasure Boots

Truckloads of Goober:  Goober up your game
Game Sommelier:  5 games to play while holding a newborn.
Mail Bag: Kazaam Dice, Monopoly as escape device

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Episode 87: Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

87: Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

Release Date: Sept. 28, 2009

Running Time: 134 min.

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Tumble along with the tumblin' tumble-cubes. We dive into Dave's greatest passion in games: dice! We shake our way from the wild West to ancient Egypt, reviewing Dice Town and Ra: the Dice Game. 

News & Notes: Chessex Europe, Arkham Horror Dice, Libraries Got Game
The List: Dice Town, Ra: The Dice Game
Table Talk: Letter Roll
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Hoo Hey How

Truckloads of Goober:  Tumblin' Dice
Game Sommelier:  5 games with randomizers that would be made better w/ dice.
Mail Bag: Avus Autorennin, Major Fun in Indy, Ancient game components & more

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Episode 86: Parimutuel Acquaintances

86: Parimutuel Acquaintances

Release Date: Sept. 14, 2009

Running Time: 146 min.

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A gaited community. From dice mayhem at the horse track to flower trading that would make day traders blush, we look at Long Shot and Tulipmania 1637.

News & Notes: International Gamer Awards, Space Hulk, Spiel-a-thon
The List: Long Shot, Tulipmania 1637
Table Talk: Bridge Troll
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Les Passe Trappe

Truckloads of Goober:  Ido
Game Sommelier:  5 games for a disaster preparation/recovery course
Mail Bag: Headless Hollow Reference Sheets, responses from Kevin Cook

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Episode 85: Gen Con 2009, Part 2

85: Gen Con 2009, Part 2

Release Date: Aug. 31, 2009

Running Time: 131 min.

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This is how we roll. We conclude our con coverage with 9 interviews, including two amazing dice men: Col. Louis Zocchi and Kevin Cook, owner of the world's largest dice collection.

Interviews: Steve Jackson Games, Filsinger Games, CHITAG, GameScience Dice, Kevin Cook, HL Games, Smirk & Dagger, P9 Gaming, Duncan Toys

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Episode 84: Gen Con 2009

84: Gen Con 2009

Release Date: Aug. 17, 2009

Running Time: 101 min.

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House call. As the Gods of Geekery descend on Indianapolis for Gen Con, we score interviews with game publishers large and small, including a chat with one of the world's most prolific and respected game designers, Dr. Reiner Knizia.

Interviews: MayDay Games, The Game Crafter, Mattel, Days of Wonder, Reiner Knizia, Caledea, Small Box Games, Bucephalus, Paul "Prof" Herbert

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Episode 83: On Your Mark...

83: On Your Mark...

Release Date: Aug. 3, 2009

Running Time: 120 min.

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Get set... Go! We tackle two race games with interesting twists: hiking for lost gold on a 3-D board in Timber Tom and a mad grab for fuel tanks in Hurry 'Cup!

News & Notes: GenCon iPhone App, Ninja vs Pirates, Pony Express & more
The List: Timber Tom, Hurry 'Cup!
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Barbarossa, Briscola

Truckloads of Goober:  Labyrintus
Game Sommelier:  5 games for a disaster preparation/recovery course
Mail Bag: Dungeonquest correction, Dominion for the young, Pandemic x2

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Scribbler #4 - Dem Bones

Scribbler #4 - Dem Bones

Release Date: July 20, 2009

Match-Up Puzzle

Print, Play Along, Win a Prize!

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Dave needs your help. He keeps his dice in trays, separate from his games.
The problem is, he can’t remember which games go with these dice.
Your challenge is to match the dice to the correct game title for each number listed. As added incentive, players with the most correct responses will be placed into a drawing for one of two FREE GAMES: Race for the Galaxy and Airships, courtesy of The Game Preserve.

Send your solutions to stephen@thespiel.net.  Good Luck!

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Episode 82: Origins 2009

82: Origins 2009

Release Date: July 6, 2009

Running Time: 142 min.

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Get your lanyard and badge ready. We're off to Columbus Ohio for Origins Game Fair. Our tour of the exhibit hall leads us to fourteen interviews with game publishers large and small.

News & Notes: Spiel des Jahres Winner Announced, Scribbler #4 coming soon
Interviews: Z-Man, Wattsalpoag, Uber Goober, Tangent, Jolly Roger, Jeezle Pete's, Out of the Box, Slugfest, Geek Chic, Gorilla Games, Billiboards Carrom, Cheerful Entertainment, Funmaker, Ape Games

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Episode 81: Spiel des Schpiel 2009, Part 2

81: Spiel des Schpiel 2009, Part 2

Release Date: June 22, 2009

Running Time: 128 min.

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Decision time. Five nominees, four weeks, one chance to predict the winner. We review and discuss Fauna and Finca, the final two games in contention for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award.

News & Notes: Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus, Foundation bundle donations
Nominee #4: Fauna
Nominee #5:
Finca

Predictions:  Favorite Game, What Should Win, What Will Win
Mail Bag: Duck Duck Go Variant rules, monster dice, and more

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

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