Episode 181: Major Fun!

Release Date: July 22, 2013

Running Time:  116 min.

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Bernie DeKoven is Major Fun. He has dedicated his life to the idea of fun and the importance of play for all - young, old and everywhere inbetween!

Part 3 of our interview with Bernie explores the end of his time at the Games Preserve (a commune in PA focused on games), his planning of a public play day for Philadelphia in 1976, his involvement with the inventors of the Whole Earth Catalog and finally his first experiences as a video game designer in the 80s. 

News & Notes: Scopa, Incredibrawl, The Agents, Casual Game Insider, Freedom- The Underground Railroad, Prosperity, Voluspa, GenCon booth
Interview:  Bernie DeKoven, Part 3
Game Sommelier (Doug Richardson): 5 games to play with 5 famous playwrights

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

News & Notes

Scopa: Gamers Edition    Now Available on Kickstarter!

Our version of the classic Italian card game with a modern twist... meeples, dice dominoes and cards in place of the historical suits!

GenCon Booth - Scheduling Interviews Now!

We will be covering GenCon this year from our very own media booth on the trade show floor! Look for us next to the Game Salute Booth. We'll have a small video set with cameras, lights and microphones running.

We will be recording interviews Thursday - Saturday from 10:30 - 5:00. If you are a publisher or a designer and would like to sign up for a 30 minute time slot, please contact us!

Spiel Dinner - Friday, August 16, 6:30 Milano Inn

We can seat 16-20 people for our annual meetup. Please RSVP to stephen@thespiel.net if you would like to attend as space is limited! Milano Inn is a great locally ownd Italian restaurant. We are able to reserve a private dining room for free provided all diners order at least $15 in food/drink over the course of the evening.

Incredibrawl  Kickstarter

The Agents  Kickstarter

Freedom - The Underground Railroad  Kickstarter


Casual Game Insider   Kickstarter

Prosperity   BGG

Voluspa   BGG  | Stronghold Games


FallCon   Link


Bernie DeKoven, Part 3  Major Fun | Deep Fun

The Game Sommelier 

On the hot seat: Listener Doug Richardson  Challenge from: Stephen

The Challenge: 5 games you would want to play with the following playwrights: David Mamet, Anton Chekov, August Strindberg, August Wilson, and Tom Stoppard. Doug also had to select a play and a line of dialogue to go with each choice (see Doug's film challenge for Stephen from Episode 174).

Mamet - Cards Against Humanity

Chekov - Chess

Strindberg - Gloom

Wilson - Replay Baseball

Stoppard - Riff Raff


Music credits include

La Tragedia Del Compa Man   Los Dareyes De La Sierra   the song

Buddy Holly  Vitamin String Quartet  the song

Another Brick in the Wall  Vitamin String Quartet  the song


I'm sure there are some goofs in there somewhere. Let us know if (when?) you find one!

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