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!

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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

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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. 

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Episode 90: All Aboard!

90: All Aboard!

Release Date: Nov. 9, 2009

Running Time:  166 min.

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The jingle, the rumble, and the roar. We ride the rails touring the world of train games from simple to sublime, including an in-depth review of the modern classic: Age of Steam.

News & Notes: 18EZ, Days of Steam, Cleopatra's Caboose
The List: Age of Steam
Table Talk: Chicago Express
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
TransAmerica: Vexation

Truckloads of Goober:  Railways of the World
Game Sommelier:  5 non-train games with train game mechanics
Mail Bag:
CHITAG, Hive iPhone app, Owz That dice

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Episode 89: Threatening Pinocchio

89: Threatening Pinocchio

Release Date: Oct. 26, 2009

Running Time:  138 min.

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No strings attached. The gloves come off when we fight as storybook characters in Scary Tales and weasel our way to power and influence in Revolution.

News & Notes: Opera, Metal Meeples, Dixit wins Juego del Año, Play - Modena, Italy
The List: Revolution, Scary Tales
Table Talk: Arctic Scavengers
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Truckloads of Goober:  Nelly Nilpferd and 4 others
Game Sommelier:  5 games to play while trapped in the restroom
Mail Bag: gaming therapy for autism

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Episode 88: Small Press Pow-Wow

88: Small Press Pow-Wow

Release Date: Oct. 12, 2009

Running Time: 138 min.

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Size doesn't matter. For us, it's all about fun. From games made at the kitchen table to up-and-coming entrepreneurs, we play Kachina and The Great Potlatch, two recent titles from publishers Small Box and Bucephalus Games.

News & Notes: Macao, Dungeon Lords, Jaipur, Tobago, Day & Night
The List: Kachina, The Great Potlatch
Table Talk: Quackery
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Captain Treasure Boots

Truckloads of Goober:  Goober up your game
Game Sommelier:  5 games to play while holding a newborn.
Mail Bag: Kazaam Dice, Monopoly as escape device

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Episode 87: Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

87: Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

Release Date: Sept. 28, 2009

Running Time: 134 min.

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Tumble along with the tumblin' tumble-cubes. We dive into Dave's greatest passion in games: dice! We shake our way from the wild West to ancient Egypt, reviewing Dice Town and Ra: the Dice Game. 

News & Notes: Chessex Europe, Arkham Horror Dice, Libraries Got Game
The List: Dice Town, Ra: The Dice Game
Table Talk: Letter Roll
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Hoo Hey How

Truckloads of Goober:  Tumblin' Dice
Game Sommelier:  5 games with randomizers that would be made better w/ dice.
Mail Bag: Avus Autorennin, Major Fun in Indy, Ancient game components & more

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Episode 86: Parimutuel Acquaintances

86: Parimutuel Acquaintances

Release Date: Sept. 14, 2009

Running Time: 146 min.

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A gaited community. From dice mayhem at the horse track to flower trading that would make day traders blush, we look at Long Shot and Tulipmania 1637.

News & Notes: International Gamer Awards, Space Hulk, Spiel-a-thon
The List: Long Shot, Tulipmania 1637
Table Talk: Bridge Troll
Back Shelf Spotlight: 
Les Passe Trappe

Truckloads of Goober:  Ido
Game Sommelier:  5 games for a disaster preparation/recovery course
Mail Bag: Headless Hollow Reference Sheets, responses from Kevin Cook

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