Episode 104: Spiel des Schpiel 2010

104: Spiel des Schpiel 2010

Release Date: June 7, 2010

Running Time: 135 min.

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The Prize.  Movies have the Oscars. Games have the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year). We play and review Dixit, Identik, and Roll Through the Ages - three of five nominees - in an effort to predict the winner later this month.

News & Notes: Spiel des Jahres & Kinderspiel des Jahres recommendation lists
Nominee #1: Dixit
Nominee #2:
 Identik

Nominee #3:  Roll Through the Ages
Mail Bag: Irondie, Spiel dinner: Origins

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Episode 103: Earth, Wind & Fire

103: Earth, Wind & Fire

Release Date: May 24, 2010

Running Time:  129 min.

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Smoke monsters need not apply. We assemble a team to hunt mystical treasures in Forbidden Island and flip medieval coins to construct castles and cathedrals in Builder's Duel.

News & Notes: boardgames.com sells for 450K, Tien Zi Que, Marrakech makeover
The List: Forbidden Island, Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel
Kid's Table: 
Sleeping Queens

Truckloads of Goober:  Hookum
Game Sommelier:  5 games you can improvise from natural materials

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Episode 102: Y Not?

102: Y Not?

Release Date: May 10, 2010

Running Time:  135 min.

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All in favor, say Y. From the temples of Assyria to the pachyderms of Bombay, we review two titles from publisher Ystari Games.

News & Notes: Dungeonquest, Thru the Portal, Iron Die, Geekway to the West
The List: Assyria
Table Talk: 
B
ombay
Truckloads of Goober:  Cyclades
Game Sommelier:  5 area control games for players new to the genre
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Yacht

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Episode 101: How You Like Them Apples?

101: How You Like Them Apples?

Release Date: Apr. 26, 2010

Running Time:  118 min.

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Like peas and carrots. We serve up your recommended daily allowance of games featuring fruits and veggies including: Fruit Fair, a la Carte, and a Hoosier classic.

News & Notes: Yahtzee Scratch-off, iPad board games, Invaders from Outer Space
The List: Fruit Fair
Table Talk: 
Bacchus' Banquet

A History of Games in 100 Objects:  A kernel of corn
Truckloads of Goober:  a la Carte
Game Sommelier:  5 games we have covered in the past with staying power
Kid's Table: 
Ringo Flamingo

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Episode 100: Roll, Turn, Flip

100: Roll, Turn, Flip

Release Date: Apr. 12, 2010

Running Time:  139 min.

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Dice. Tiles. Cards. We celebrate hitting triple digits with 3 reviews that fit our slogan, including an in-depth look at Macao.

News & Notes: New show segments, video series
The List: Macao
Table Talk: 
Chaos

Back Shelf Spotlight:  Carcassonne: Catapult
Game Sommelier:  5 great Spiel moments over the past 4 years
Notes from the OCD: 
Building a game closet

Scribbler #6:  Download (pdf) Spiel Super-Trivia!

Prize Deadline Extended: May 5th

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Episode 99: Trumped Up

99: Trumped Up

Release Date: Mar. 29, 2010

Running Time:  123 min.

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Tricks are treats. We explore the history and evolution of trick and trump games from Pinochle to modern titles like Triumvirate, Sticheln and Die Sieben Siegel.

News & Notes: Haggis, Sticht Oder Nicht, Spielbox Update
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Pinochle
T
he List: Sticheln, Triumvirate, Die Sieben Siegel
Game Sommelier:  5 essential trick-taking games for a new player
Mail Bag: 
New players in Sweden, new curlers in PA, kickstarter.com

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Episode 98: Lighter Fare

98: Lighter Fare

Release Date: Mar. 15, 2010

Running Time:  128 min.

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Bite size. Nine full reviews of games you can play in 5-40 minutes.

News & Notes: Right Ascension, Penguin Angel, Nuns on the Run
The List:
Bezzerwizzer, Gracias, Triviathon, Sushi Roll, Word of the Street, Nanuk, 7 Ate 9, Super Circles
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Chaos Marauders

Game Sommelier:  5 games for St Patrick's Day
Mail Bag: 
Game Journals, Errata, Indy Boardgamers gathering, Amazon.de

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Episode 97: Longshanked

97: Longshanked

Release Date: Mar. 1, 2010

Running Time:  132 min.

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To arms! Wargames with legs. We review three simple, but very strategic titles enjoyable by non-wargamers, including an in-depth look at Hammer of the Scots.

News & Notes: New England Rails, Dixit 2, Uncle Skunkle Games
The List:
Hammer of the Scots
Table Talk: 
Manoeuvre
Back Shelf Spotlight:  The Battle for Hill 218

Game Sommelier:  5 electric games that are more than gimmicks
Mail Bag: 
Lucio's angst, BGDF

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Episode 96: Going Once

96: Going Once...

Release Date: Feb. 15, 2010

Running Time:  116 min.

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Going twice, Sold! We push up the bid to play two unusual auction games from the pioneer prairies in Homesteaders to the blistering kitchens of Restaurant Row.

News & Notes: Spielbox redux, Mystery Express, Dominion Alchemy/Prosperity
The List:
Homesteaders
Table Talk: 
Restaurant Row
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Auf Achse
Truckloads of Goober:  high tech and board games collide!
Game Sommelier:  5 games for fans of the Saints
Mail Bag: 
Haggis!

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Episode 95: The Unusual Suspects

95: The Unusual Suspects

Release Date: Feb. 1, 2010

Running Time:  99 min.

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Elementary! We don our deerstalkers and our treasure hunting boots to play Tobago and Epäillyt, two deductive reasoning games.

News & Notes: Gary Gygax Auction, Spielbox Magazine, Forbidden Island, Asteroyds
The List: Tobago

Table Talk: 
Epäillyt
Back Shelf Spotlight:  Attacke/Ivanhoe/Gem Dealer
Game Sommelier:  5 games that can be made of food and still be playable
Mail Bag: 
Food game suggestions, Games with Hayden

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

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