Episode 300: Anansi and Take The A Chord

Release Date: June 26, 2018

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Running Time:   150 min.

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The Coleson-Conway era of The Spiel comes to a close with a celebration of our shared passion and love of trick-taking card games.

We review Anansi and Take the A Chord and delve into the history of Jeux de Tarot.

Anansi is a role-selection trick taker where players gain the abilities of animals from West African myths. Score points based on the tricks you take and avoid becoming the Fool.

Take the A Chord is a jazz themed trick taker where the Key (and the game) can change with a single card. Watch out for improvisations and try to take just the right number of tricks to win.

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

The Spiel by the Numbers

As the Coleson-Conway era of The Spiel comes to an end, it seems fitting to look at what we've accomplished over 12+ years.

556 Episodes (300 game review episodes, 226 convention episodes)

That's 25 days and 10.5 hours of audio programming.

The Spiel has over 2.8 million downloads since 2006.

Games reviewed: 518

Number of games played/considered for review: 3,500 - 4,000 (this is a very conservative estimate)

Spiel Segments

Back Shelf Spotlight: 124 segments - 217 games covered

The Game Sommelier: 138 segments - 874 games covered

Truckloads of Goober: 109 segments - 127 games covered

Anansi & The Box of Stories      

Level 99 Games  |  BGG  |  Buy

Designer: Ken Maher   

Artist: Stephanie Johnson

Publisher: Level 99 Games

3-8 players  15 - 30 min   ages 8+   MSRP $25

Take the A Chord      

Saashi & Saashi  |  BGG  |  Buy

Designer: Saashi   

Artist: Takako Takari

Publisher: Saashi & Saashi

3-4 players  30 min   ages 10+   MSRP $25

Back Shelf Spotlight: Jeux de Tarot

Pagat  |  BGG  |  Buy  | Reference Card:  Side 1  |  Side 2

The Game Sommelier

The Challenge: Five games to pair with five of Dave's favorite memories from 12+ years on The Spiel.

Dave's Selections:

Love Letter


Around the World in 80 Days

Santa Maria

Funny Friends


Music credits include:

Anansi Song Story   by Agya Koo Nimo  |  the song

Take the A Train  by Nikki Yanofksy  |  the song

Changes  by Moby Grape  |  the song