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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Scribbler #8 - Game Sudoku

Release Date: January 10, 2011

Sudoku Puzzle

Print, Play Along, Win a Prize!

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Who needs numbers? We have games.

Your job is to fill in the Sudoku grid using the game components provided.

Good luck!

Send your solution to dave@thespiel.net.  PRIZE DEADLINE: Jan. 19, 2011

Download the puzzle using the links above.

Episode 118: Bring Out Your Dead

Release Date: Dec. 27, 2010

Running Time:  134 min.

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Show us your buboes. We get Medieval and play Rattus, trying to save as many people as we can from the Black Plague.

News & Notes: Nightfall, Ubongo Expansion, Boardgame News
The List: 
Rattus
Table Talk:  Castle Panic
Truckloads of Goober:  Last Call
Game Sommelier:  5 games for new game designers
Mail Bag:  Jaipur in orbit, Dice Sprites

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Episode 117: In the Pink

Release Date: Dec. 13, 2010

Running Time:  111 min.

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Paint the town. We swap camels, diamonds, and other trade goods playing Jaipur, a modern card game with a classic feel.

News & Notes: Dominic Crapuchettes, FFG Event Center, marathon man
The List: 
Jaipur
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Events
Truckloads of Goober:  Sumo Ham Slam
Game Sommelier:  5 games to pair with movies for a game/movie night
Mail Bag:  Kackel Dackel story, Elemental Clash

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Episode 116: Holiday Gift Guide 2010

Release Date: Nov. 29, 2010

Running Time: 151 min.

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Here's our list. Check it twice. With over 50 game suggestions in 11 categories, you're sure to find a great game for someone this holiday season.

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