Episode 38: Valhalla or Bust!

38: Valhalla or Bust!

Release Date: September 17, 2007

Running Time: 91 min.

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Y is for Yggdrasil. We load our longboats and set sail in search of adventure on the stormy North seas, playing Fire & Axe and Vikings. Surely, an episode worthy of the sagas!

News & Notes: Essen impulse guide, Knizia video game deal, Franz Benno Delonge
The List:
Fire & Axe, Vikings
Name That Game: win a copy of Vikings from Time Well Spent
Backshelf Spotlight:
Odin's Ravens, Mamma Mia
Truckloads of Goober:
Pillage & Plunder
Game Sommelier:
Five games for a car trip you can play with the drive
Mail Bag:
Mars Sommelier responses, Kosmos Cage Match update, Buckeye Game Fest

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Game News & Notes

Dave's Impulse Buyer's Guide to Essen

Three games Dave wants sight unseen for a variety of reasons.

Amyitis Link

Veritas Link

In the Year of the Dragon Link

Knizia Inks Deal to Develop Video Games for 360, DS, PC.

Thanks to Zach Toups for sending in this story. Reiner Knizia is working with Merscom to creat new titles and port some of his boards games to the Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and PC platforms. Here's the press release. Link

Franz Benno DeLonge Link

It is with a heavy heart that we mention the passing of game designer Franz Benno Delong. He was only 50 years old. Mr. DeLonge had 13 games to his credit including Container, due out at Essen this year. His other titles include: Big City, Dos Rios, Fjords, Goldbräu, Hellas, Kunstmarkt, Manila, Nah Dran!, TransAmerica, TransEuropa, Zahltag, Zanzibar

The List

Fire & Axe BGG entry Asmodee site Ragnar Brothers site

Trade, Raid, and Settle your way to dominate the seas and have your journeys spun into the great sagas.

Vikings BGG entry

Auction and tile laying hybrid with fun viking meeples and cost wheel of blood!

Backshelf Spotlight

Mystery Connection Contest
Can you find a connection between these two games? We find a mystery connection each episode and challenge you, the listener, to hunt for it! Post your guesses to the Forum . Find the connection and you could win a pair of custom Spiel dice !

Congratulations to Simon Wilcock/Jonathan Moody, our winner for episode 37!

Odin's Ravens Link

Race your Raven to the end of the landscape cards before Odin cards keep you at bay.

Mamma Mia Link

Stack the discard deck with pizza topping cards to build and score your orders.

Truckloads of Goober

Pillage & Plunder BGG Entry

Dexterity game that pits Viking brothers Pillage and Plunder against each other, stacking treasure barrels on a rocking wooden ship named Draco.

pillage and plunder


Game Sommelier

The Challenge: (from listener Tim Medin) Find five games to play on a car trip with the driver.

Dave's List

Stephen's Vote

Trivia Games Thumbs Up
20 Questions Thumbs Up
Think Outside of the Box Puzzle Cards Thumbs Up
Bethump'd with Words Game Book Thumbs Up
Point of Law Thumbs Up

Next Challenge: Stephen must find five games for a listener whose wife has every selective game tastes

Mail Bag

New donors to The Spiel!

Larry “The Mimix ” Mendel
Bill “The Vulch” Hand

Brad Brooks (Spiel user: beehive) responds to Stephen's picks for the Mars Sommelier challenge

Greg Lam suggests dexterity games... in spaaaace!

Jason Ober wants an update on the Kosmos Cage Match. Stephen is ahead 2 to 1.

Brad Keen wants everyone to know about the Buckeye Game Fest coming up Sept. 27-30 in Columbus, Ohio. It is sponsored by CABS , the Columbus Area Board Game Society. Link.


Thanks again to Carlos Hernandez for providing the Name That Game Puzzle for Episode 37.

While the original Bethump'd with Words board game is out of print, the book edition is still available and many of the other Bethump'd titles are still for sale from Mamopolaire, the publisher. Link

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


Hey, I'm a man of my word :-)

Please pass the Spiel Dice to Jonathan Moody.

[Great Episode - I'm all fired up to drink blood from the skull of my enemies now]

We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games

Thanks Steerpike!

I sent a note to Jonathan congratulating his victory by proxy but I have yet to hear back from him.

I so wanted to include the musical theme from the 1958 classic The Vikings in this episode, but it proved to be very difficult to find. It really would have set the right tone.

The movie stars Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Ernest Borgnine as Ragnar and is one of the last of the Hollywood epic films. A listener from Sweden, Patrik, wrote in to correct some of the inaccurate stereotypes concerning vikings that we are guilty of perpetuating, like the fact they did not wear horned helmets, etc. I first saw The Vikings in a Norse literature course where we were asked to spot all the inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the depiction of Viking culture. Nothing like Vikings with New York accents! Despite (or perhaps because of) these glaring errors it is highly recommended viewing if you like all things Viking, especially as part of a double feature with Erik the Viking !

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