Episode 62: Killer Blimps

62: Killer Blimps

Release Date: Sept. 8, 2008

Running Time: 112 min.

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Dirigibles by gaslight. We race to build the Hindenburg wiith dice playing Airships and take turns tracking down Jack the Ripper or plotting his escape in Mr. Jack.

News & Notes: Stained glass d20, Game on podcast, International Gamer Awards
The List: Airships, Mr. Jack
Name That Game: Win Rat Hot
Backshelf Spotlight:
Great Dalmuti, Upwords 
Truckloads of Goober: Akaba
Game Sommelier: 5 games you can play without needing to move the pieces yourself
Mail Bag:
Baby Jung, War of the Ring Corrections, Delicious Library 2

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Episode 61: GenCon 2008 - Part 2

61: GenCon 2008 - Part 2

Release Date: August 25, 2008

Running Time:   62 min.

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Please, sir, may I have some more? The second half of our convention coverage features nine interviews about new games from the blasphemous to the sublime. We wander from ancient Rome and Troy to the gritty tech-noir streets of Murder City.

Game Companies Interviewed:  Playroom Entertainment, Gale Force Nine, Kings of the Castle, Maxveld Games, Pinstripe Publishing, Roof on Fire Productions, Valley Games, Your Move Games, White Wolf Publishing

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Episode 60: GenCon 2008

60: GenCon 2008

Release Date: August 18, 2008

Running Time:   84 min.

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Spiel on! The greatest four days in gaming... right in our back yard. In addition to interviews and reports from the Spiel-a-thon, we invite three other Spielers to a round table discussion about the convention.

Game Companies Interviewed:  Ape Games, Asmodee Editions, Devir, Dwarven Sweatshop, Geek Chic, Gryphon Forge, Z-Man Games & THE Settler of Catan.

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Episode 59: There and Back Again

59: There and Back Again

Release Date: August 4, 2008

Running Time: 147 min.

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Mordor or bust! Each year we allow our listeners to program every segment of one show. This year's episode features an in-depth look at War of the Ring, a strategy board game pitting two players in a struggle to rewrite the history of Middle Earth.

News & Notes: Elementalis Expansions, Games by Spielers for Spielers
The List: War of the Ring
Name That Game: Win Knowbody Knows, courtesy of Uncle Rez Games
Backshelf Spotlight:
Ploy, Chinatown
Truckloads of Goober: Broadsides & Boarding Parties
Game Sommelier: Seven games to match the seven deadly sins
Mail Bag:
Subbuteo on the DS, School Library Journal Article, Galactic Emperor

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Episode 58 - Origins 2008

58: Origins 2008

Release Date: July 7, 2008

Running Time:  143 min.

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It's Convention season. That means we dive into the trade show booths to bring you the latest from game companies large and small. This year, we have 15 interviews covering no less than 30 games! Whether you're into party games, war games or somewhere in between, there's surely a title or two that will catch your attention.

Game Companies Interviewed:  Out of the Box, Bucephalus Games, R & R Games, Flying Frog Productions, Columbia Games, GMT, Osprey Publishing, Bandai, Paizo Publishing, Pair of Dice, Elfinwerks, Academy Games, Playroom Entertainment, Valley Games, North Star Games.

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Episodes 56 & 57: Spiel des Schpiel 2008

56 & 57: Spiel des Schpiel 2008

Release Date: June 19, 2008

Running Time:  79 min. | 89 min.

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Envelope, please. In anticipation of the Spiel des Jahres  (Game of the Year), one of the most prestigious awards in the board game world, we play all five nominees and try to predict the winner.

Nominee #1: Blox
Nominee #2: Marrakech
Nominee #3: Stone Age
Nominee #4:
Keltis
Nominee #5: Witch's Brew

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Episode 55.5 - When It Rains, It Pours

55.5: When It Rains, It Pours

Release Date: June 9, 2008

Running Time: 16 min.

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Timber! A tree falls on our padded cel, so the next full episode will be in two weeks. We discuss our upcoming summer schedule, including the Spiel des Jahres spectacular, Origins, Gen Con, and Listener's Choice shows.

Tree Carnage: link to photo gallery
Schedule: June 23 - Spiel des Jahres, July 1 - Origins, July 15 - Summer Break
Scribbler #1: new feature included in The Spiel feed - print and play puzzles!
Spiel-a-thon!:
August 15, 5-10 PM, Rio Grande Game Room (210), GenCon 2008

Episode 55: Just For The Halibut

55: Just For The Halibut

Release Date: May 26, 2008

Running Time: 93 min.

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Gone fishin'. The bait: wooden penguins and little rubber worms. We strike bargains with talking fish and dive under the ice looking for the big catch playing If Wishes Were Fishes and Hey! That's My Fish!

News & Notes: Bridge class with a Life Master (Spiel discount), Monty Python Fluxx
The List: If Wishes Were Fishes, Hey! That's My Fish
Name That Game: Win 2 Mosquito Expansion Tiles for Hive
Backshelf Spotlight:
Corsari, Lindy
Truckloads of Goober: Chateau Roquefort
Game Sommelier: Seven games to match the continents
Mail Bag:
Gridstones, Ta Yu still in print

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Episode 54: The Short List

54: The Short List

Release Date: May 12, 2008

Running Time:  100 min.

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Eight quickies. Whether you need a game for a lunch break at work or to play with your kids for half an hour, it's good to have some filler games in your bag of tricks. We reach into our bag give you the scoop on eight different titles, each reviewed in 5-7 minutes.

News & Notes: Purple Pawn, Rio Grande Open Game Room / Spiel-a-thon!
The List: 8 short games each reviewed in 5-7 minutes! (Quicksand, Shake, Oh Wah Ree, Chess Equalizer, Beetelz, Knockabout, Deluxe Dirty Words, and 6 Nimmt).
Name That Game: Win Knowbody Knows
Backshelf Spotlight:
Ta Yu, Samarkand
Truckloads of Goober: Ritter Ohne Furcht und Tadel
Game Sommelier: takes a break this week
Mail Bag:
new web site! Listeners Choice voting ends 5/18, Saikoro

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Episode 53: Reds & Feds

53: Reds & Feds

Release Date: April 28, 2008

Running Time: 127 min.

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ep 51

Stand down from DEFCON 2! We rewrite history, replaying the Cold War not once, but twice in this superpower sized episode. We tackle Twilight Struggle and Cold War: CIA v KGB.

News & Notes: Merlin's Company, Online Hive Tournament
The List: Twilight Struggle, Cold War: CIA vs KGB
Name That Game: Win Portrayal
Backshelf Spotlight:
Conspiracy, Elkfest
Truckloads of Goober: Wadjet
Game Sommelier: Five games to match anniversary year themes.
Mail Bag:
Sommelier redux, Abbot's puzzle, Mr. Maura Kalusky

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