Episode 32: Spiel des Schpiel

32: Spiel des Schpiel

Release Date: June 25, 2007

Running Time: 98 min.

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And the winner is... We play all five games nominated for the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year) and then we try to predict the winner!

News & Notes: Origins plans, Spiel T-Shirts, Contest news
The Nominees:
Arkadia, Zooloretto, Thief of Baghdad, Jenseits von Theben, Yspahan

Our Predictions: tune in to find out!

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Episode 31: Samurai Slum Lords

31: Samurai Slum Lords

Release Date: June 11, 2007

Running Time: 98 min.

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Sayonara, squatters. We play Shogun and Landlord, proving that the best evictions often come at the end of a katana (or a tower full of little wooden cubes).

News & Notes: Wings of War Minis, Leaping Lemmings, Sponsors!
The List:
Shogun, Landlord
Time Well Spent Contest: win Notre Dame, Colosseum, and Factory Fun!
Backshelf Spotlight:
Adel Verpflichtet, Balderdash
Truckloads of Goober:
Battle Masters
Game Sommelier:
Five games you can quit/join mid-game without ruining the game
Mail Bag:
Game of the Day, Nerdy to Cool, Goal Die mystery solved, GenCon auction

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Episode 30: The Golden Hippo

30: The Golden Hippo

Release Date: May 28, 2007

Running Time: 87 min.

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Skullduggery! Sometimes sneaky is better than strong. We fight over carcasses in Scavenger Hunt and pilfer treasure from lost tombs in Incan Gold.

News & Notes: Cartagena 2, Gipf Set 3, Spiel des Jahres Nominees, Blackbeard
The List:
Scavenger Hunt, Incan Gold
Backshelf Spotlight:
Filthy Rich, Liar's Dice
Truckloads of Goober:
Duel in the Dark
Game Sommelier:
Five games for a Cub Scout campout with 20+ people
Mail Bag:
Dice video, Homebrew dice towers, Hearts strategies, Sheepshead

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Episode 29: My Hacienda For A Vowel!

29: My Hacienda For A Vowel!

Release Date: May 14, 2007

Running Time: 80 min.

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Fire up those branding irons! There's livestock to round up and words to bluff or spell when we play Hacienda and Letterhead.

News & Notes: Arkadia, Valley Games new releases, Visa sponsors LIFE
The List:
Hacienda, Letterhead
Backshelf Spotlight:
Quarto, Flinch
Truckloads of Goober:
Ponte del Diavolo
Game Sommelier:
Five games to play with co-workers at lunch
Mail Bag:
Locke's board game, Hordes of the Things, Sayings with meeples in Dutch

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Episode 28 - Listener's Choice

28: Listener's Choice

Release Date: Apr. 30, 2007

Running Time: 100 min.

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Turn the tables! We let you call the shots. From The List to The Game Sommelier, every segment in the show comes from listener suggestions and submissions.

News & Notes: Mr. Jack, Walter Hunt's GoF blog, Name That Game
The List:
Die Macher, Railroad Tycoon
Backshelf Spotlight:
Skittles, Shove Ha'penny
Truckloads of Goober:
Fire & Axe
Game Sommelier:
Five games for a LOST party that reflect the characters
Mail Bag:
Tom Vasel's Sommelier response, storing games when traveling

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 27: Diceversary!

27: Diceversary

Release Date: Apr. 16, 2007

Running Time: 101 min.

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The Spiel is one year old! To celebrate, we roll our way through two games with loads of dice: Battleground Fantasy Warfare and To Court the King.

News & Notes: I Don't Know, What Do You Want to Play, Robotic Mah Jongg Table
The List:
Battleground: Fantasy Warfare, To Court the King
Backshelf Spotlight:
The Magnificent Race, The Omega Virus
Truckloads of Goober:
Lifeboats
Game Sommelier:
Five games for blind and sighted players to play together
Mail Bag:
Listener's Choice Poll, Reboog, and Notes from the OCD

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Episode 26 - Machiavelli's Mullet

26: Machiavelli's Mullet

Release Date: April 2, 2007

Running Time: 102 min.

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Business in the front, party in the back. We plot and scheme to elect the Pope in The Prince, spaz out combining cornrows in Wig Out, and nibble our way from plankton to sharks in Chomp.

News & Notes: Stonehenge, Tannhauser
The List:
The Prince, Wig Out, Chomp!
Backshelf Spotlight:
Seasons, Mississippi Queen
Truckloads of Goober:
Ubongo
Game Sommelier:
guest challenge from Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower
Mail Bag:
Kosmos Cage Match, The Great Game Tree, Knizia Dice Games, OCD issues

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Episode 25 - You Look Marbleous!

25: You Look Marbleous!

Release Date: Mar. 19, 2007

Running Time: 94 min.

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Driven to abstraction. From archaeology to pachinko in less than two hours, we play Mykerinos and Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine, two fast fun abstract strategy games.

News & Notes: Chupacabra, Sakkara, 1701, Notre Dame
The List:
Mykerinos, Marvin Marvel's Marvelous Marble Machine
Backshelf Spotlight:
Balloon Cup, Space Beans
Truckloads of Goober:
Through the Desert
Collector's Corner:
How to organize, inventory, and protect a new game
Mail Bag:
Nicknames! Romantic Game list, a pronunciation guide

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Episode 24 - Sic Transit Gloria

24: Sic Transit Gloria

Release Date: Mar. 5, 2007

Running Time: 88 min.

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I didn't know Gloria was sick. Ancient Rome is crumbling as the Goths swarm down from the north. We play Senators racing to escape the Eternal City in Gloria Mundi, the first collaborative effort from James Ernest and Rio Grande Games.

News & Notes: Taluva, Phill Rogers' survey, Spiel classes in Zionsville
The List:
Gloria Mundi
Backshelf Spotlight:
Zauber Cocktail, Caesar & Cleopatra
Truckloads of Goober:
Tide of Iron
Game Sommelier:
Five games for a Star Wars party
Mail Bag:
To Court the King, correction of a correction, game podcasts & wives

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Episode 23 - Tony Danza & Co.

23: Tony Danza & Co.

Release Date: Feb. 19, 2007

Running Time: 79 min.

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Cue the laugh track. We play Conquistadors in Pizarro & Co. and Capitalist pigs in I'm the Boss, two games that lead to big deals and big piles of cashola.

News & Notes: Rage Reprint, Perth Game Group, Make: Magazine, Receda Cube
The List:
Pizarro & Co., I'm the Boss
Backshelf Spotlight:
Pirateer, Pente
Truckloads of Goober:
Neolithibum
Game Sommelier:
Five games for a romantic getaway
Mail Bag:
Cleopatra corrections, Renfield print and play, Light Speed

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