The Spiel is a show about games and the people who love them. Each episode, we review and discuss a new board game or card game. Each game reviewed receives a Major Fun or Spiel of Approval award, our badge of quality. Older episodes (220 and earlier) feature a variety show format with game reviews and interviews. We here at The Spiel know fun. The Spiel and its media network are part of The Spiel Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to making the world a more playful place. We believe play is a powerful positive force in the world. Our goal with the show is open a door to the wider world of games to as many people as we can. Have a listen. I hope you'll be inspired to find a friend and play!
Episode #402 - Mind MGMT
Take a deep dive into this remarkable one-against-many game of hidden movement and deduction based on the brilliant graphic novel series by Matt Kindt.
Episode #401 - Ouch!
A review of Ouch! written by Doug Richardson.
Episode #400 - Aves
Aves is a card game with roots in the classics. It is also a game of simple, subtle, and sneaky strategies. To celebrate our 400th review episode, we invited Spielers from around the world to host 7 different segments featured over the past 16 years.
Episode #399 - 7 Wonders: Architects
7 Wonders Architects is a quick-playing game of card drafting and empire building. Inspired by its wildly successful sibling (7 Wonders), Architects builds a different kind of fun - one that is open and approachable by a broader audience.
Episode #398 - Long Shot: The Dice Game
A review of Long Shot The Dice Game written by Stephen Conway.
Episode #397 - Boomerang
The Boomerang family of games are draft-and write games. Build the best trip over seven cards, balancing multiple ways to score. Pick and place and go! The farther you wander, the better the trip.
One of the best among many
There are a lot of board game podcasts out there. This one stays focused on games, it's well-produced and informative, and fun to listen to. Don't pass it up.
A show about board games that goes into depth without going to sleep...wonderfully detailed gameplay descriptions and an unfaltering enthusiasm for the hobby! Well worth your time.
A must for boardgamers
Excellent production, interesting segments and engaging hosts combine to feed the hungry boardgamer a well rounded meal. Indepth rules breakdowns and sensible recommendations assist you in knowing if a game deserves your well earned money. One listen and you'll be hooked!