Episode 302: Ya Blew It!

Release Date: Sept. 19, 2018

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Running Time:   75 min.

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There are lots of gems buried in this here mine. It'll take some dynamite and a bit of luck to get the shiny ones you want without collecting cursed ones that'll cost you dearly.

In Ya Blew It, you roll your stick of dynamite (a nifty 8-sided die!) trying to scoop up the best claims of gems before the prospector decides to nab them all. Mining is a high risk and reward business, so you have to play your cards just right to know when to press your luck and when to play it safe. The more you can build and protect your glittering collection, the more you'll cash in for big points. 

Tune in to explore the game and learn why we think Ya Blew offers up a heap of simple, addictive Major Fun.

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Ya Blew It!      BGG  |  Wonder Forge  |  Buy

Designer: uncredited

Publisher: Wonder Forge

3-6 players  15-20 minutes   ages 8+   MSRP $16.99

The Meal

The Recipe: Cold Pork Loin Rice Salad


1-2 lb. Pork Tenderloin

1/2-1 lb. Red seedless grapes

-2 bunches green onions

1-2 boxes long grain and wild rice mix

8 oz. salsa( I use Newman's own Medium)

8 oz. fruit based salad dressing( a raspberry walnut, or orange sesame is nice).

Advice: tailoring amounts to size of pork loin. Bigger tenderloin is going to need roughly double of rice, grapes, and onions. 


Grill tenderloin as usual. I like to use indirect heat at first, then move pork over direct flame to finish. Best to get a slight char on outside of roast.

While pork cooks, start rice according to package directions. If you're using boxed rice, easiest is to cook in a large Pyrex bowl in microwave.

Wash and chop green onions.

Wash and halve red grapes.

Mix salsa and salad dressing together.

Once rice has cooked, add in onions and grapes. Stir in dressing and chill in fridge.

When pork is done, move to cutting board and cut into bite-sized chunks.

Add cooked pork to rice mixture, stirring to coat pork with dressing.

Chill an additional 30 minutes, if you can wait that long.

A nice crunchy garlic bread on the side wouldn't be out of place.

Stephen's variants: 

- steam rice instead of boxed rice.

- make dressing from scratch:

     2 parts balsamic vinegar

     1 part oil

     1/2 part mustard

     pinch of honey or sugar

     whisk together mustard and vinegar

     add oil and whisk again until emulsified to proper texture.

     add  herbs, berries to push the dressing toward different flavors.

- dust pork with brown sugar, onion and garlic power before grilling

- serve over bed of lettuce or use a tortilla and make a wrap

Games to Play with The Meal

La Granja: No Siesta

Galaxy Trucker

The Sorting Table

Welcome, Beth Heile, the newest contributor to The Spiel!

You can email Beth at beth@thespiel.net

Stay tuned for the first full episode of  The Sorting Table later this year.


Music credits include:

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly  |  The Danish National Symphony  

For A Few Dollars More  | The Danish National Symphony