Episode 135: GenCon 2011 - Part 2

Release Date: Aug. 29, 2011

Running Time:  107 min.

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Meet the people behind the games. Conversations with publishers of games for kids and families as well as games for players interested in deeper strategy and high adventure.

Interviews: 

Moosetache Games
Quebec (Le Scorpion Masque)
Villagers & Villains (Studio 9 Games)
Chaotic Connections
AEG
Haywire Group
Sentinels of the Multiverse

Flying Frog Productions
FoxMind Games
"Prof" Herbert (artist)
Jeff Ryan (writer)

Out of the Box

Kevin Cook (dice collector)
and much more!

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Episode 134: GenCon 2011

Release Date: Aug. 15, 2011

Running Time:  115 min.

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Geeks in the Heartland. We bring you over a dozen interviews with publishers, designers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs, each a different slice from the great gaming pie.

Interviews: 

Wiz Kids
Node (Level Zero Games)
North Star Games
Ludo Fact
Stomple (Spinmaster Games)
Asmadi Games
Plaid Hat Games

Fireside Games
Asmodee
Snakes & Lattes
Tasty Minstrel

Dabong (Astute Games)

Zombie State Games
and much more!

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Episode 133: Deep Roots

Release Date: Aug. 1, 2011

Running Time:  165 min.

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Ginnungagap! Team up with your fellow Norse gods in Asgard to protect the nine realms hanging from the World Tree, Yggdrasil. Dig into our in-depth review of this cooperative game from Z-Man.

News & Notes: Int. Game Photo Contest, Rowboat Tournament, Walnut Grove
The List: 
Yggdrasil
Truckloads of Goober:  Escape the Mad Mummy
Playbill:  BITS, Hanabi
Mail Bag:  Dice sculptures, Scopa in B&N, Music

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Scribbler #9: Win Me! Win Me! (Word Scramble)

Release Date: July 18, 2011

Word Scramble Puzzle

Print, Play Along, Win a Prize!

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How well do you know your game components?

Your job is to name all the pieces in the puzzle and unscramble their first letters to find the answer. Don't worry; there's a clue for each bit included. If you do get stuck, use some Google-fu, head to boardgamegeek.com, or conspire with fellow Spielers right here!

Good luck!

Send your solution to dave@thespiel.net.  PRIZE DEADLINE: Aug. 8, 2011

Download the puzzle using the links above.

Episode 132: Origins 2011

Release Date: July 4, 2011

Running Time:  211 min.

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Where gaming begins. Join our tour of the trade show which includes 23 interviews with publishers, designers, and writers and information on over 50 games. 

Interviews: 

Cambridge Games Factory
Asmodee
Michael Jaworski Games
Battle Bunker Games
Clever Mojo Games
Stronghold Games
Out of the Box Games
Table Tactics
Jolly Roger Games
Table of Catan

Ape Games

Amarillo Design Bureau
Minion Games
Game Brotherz
Tartan Grizzly
Stratamax Games
Erfworld
Ichabod
Designer: Kevin Nunn
Chivalry Games
American Throttle
Diamond K
Small Box Games
...and more!

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Episode 131: Kennerspiel des Schpiel 2011

Release Date: June 20, 2011

Running Time:  211 min.

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Mind games. From pyramids and guild halls to the fields of Agincourt, we review nominees for the "expert" category of gaming's Oscars, the Kennerspiel des Jahres, and predict the winner.

The Nominees: 7 Wonders, Strasbourg, Lancaster
Recommended List: 
Die Burgen von Burgund, Luna
Predictions:  Our favorite, our selection, who will win

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Episode 130: Kinderspiel des Schpiel 2011

Release Date: June 13, 2011

Running Time:  147 min.

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Kids at heart. From magnetic wizards and sliding monsters to racing worms, we review the nominees for the most prestigious award for children's games, the Kinderspiel des Jahres, and try to predict the winner.

The Nominees: Magician's Kitchem, Monster Trap, There's A Worm In It
Recommended List: 
Der Grosse Kullern, Kissenschlacht, Zicke Zacke, Das Grosse Tier-Rätsel, 1000 Une Ein Schatz, Pappsatt, Grimaffen, Kleine Frschmusik, Magors Lesezauber, Banana Jump, Schätzinsel, Escape from T-Rex
Predictions:  Our favorite, our selection, who will win

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Episode 129: Spiel des Schpiel 2011

Release Date: June 6, 2011

Running Time:  142 min.

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There can be only one. Winner, that is. We review the nominees for the most prestigious award in gaming, The Spiel des Jahres, and try to predict the winner.

The Nominees: Qwirkle, Forbidden Island, Asara
Recommended List: 
Geistesblitz, Blockers, Uluru, Mondo, Skull & Roses, Sun Sea & Sand, Freeze, Safranito
Predictions:  Our favorite, our pick, who will win

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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
The List: 
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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