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

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

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

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

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

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Episode 94: A Real Page Turner

94: A Real Page Turner

Release Date: Jan. 18, 2010

Running Time:  115 min.

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Tome sweet tome. We travel the lands of Valdora, a board game where the roads are filled with gems and patrons and the cities guard giant wooden books.

News & Notes: Pillars of the Earth: Builder's Duel, The Game Makers
The List: Valdora

Table Talk: 
NHL Ice Breaker

Truckloads of Goober:  El Dorado
Scribbler:  Winner of the Essen Goody Bag announced
Mail Bag: 
Holiday haul, game-related tattoos

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Scribbler #5 - Say What?

Scribbler #5 - Say What?

Release Date: Jan. 4, 2010

Quote Fall Puzzle

Print, Play Along, Win a Prize!

Download: Scribbler #5 | Solution

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Can you decipher these words of wisdom? The letters in each vertical column go into the squares directly below them, but not necessarily in the order they appear. A black square indicates the end of a word. When you have placed all the letters in their correct squares, you will be able to read a quotation across the diagram from left to right.

Email us the solution to each quote for your chance to win an Essen Goody Bag donated by listener Joe Cochran (thanks, Joe!).

Send your solution to stephen@thespiel.net.  PRIZE DEADLINE: Jan. 13, 2010

Download the puzzle and the solution using the links above.

Episode 93: Relic Wranglers

93: Relic Wranglers

Release Date: Dec. 21, 2009

Running Time:  151 min.

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Holy hand grenades. We play Colonia, a game about collecting dusty old bones and shiny baubles to push medieval merchants to fame and fortune.

News & Notes: New 10 Days in Beautiful Africa, Sonic, Cardcassone, Haunted House
The List: Colonia

Back Shelf Spotlight: 
The Gambler

Truckloads of Goober:  Relic Raiders: Haunted Ruins
Game Sommelier:  5 games from the past decade that will stand the test of time
Mail Bag: 
Scopa addictions, Epäillyt, Railroad Dice, Fudge Dice, 2010 Resolutions

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 92: Going Geek

92: Going Geek

Release Date: Dec. 7, 2009

Running Time:  162 min.

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Geeks in the heart of Texas. We report back from BGG Con in Dallas with an in-depth look at The Adventurers, full details on the Spiel-a-thon, and mini-reviews of 10 different titles.

News & Notes: Andre the Giant, Nanuk, Spiel-a-thon results
The List: The Adventurers
Table Talk: mini-reviews of 10 titles
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Thunder Road, A Good Lie

Truckloads of Goober:  Spinball, Wey Kick, A la Carte, Colonia
Game Sommelier:  5 desert island games for our significant others

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Episode 91: Present & Accounted For - 2009 Holiday Gift Guide

91: Present & Accounted For

2009 Holiday Gift Guide

Release Date: Nov. 23, 2008

Running Time: 164 min.

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A package deal. We kick start this holiday season with over 50 game suggestions in dozens of categories and for budgets of all sizes. 

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

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