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 #378 - Shifting Stones
A mysterious grid of 9 ancient stones lies before you. Rearrange them to match your pattern cards and score points. The challenge is, these pattern cards may either be used to move/flip the stones or score points... but never both!
Episode #377 - The Shores of Tripoli
The Shores of Tripoli is a two player card driven strategy game simulating the first Barbary War (1801-1805). Play as President Thomas Jefferson or Pasha Yusuf Karamanli. Tune in for a deep dive into the game and the rich history that surrounds it.
Episode #376 - The Red Cathedral
You have been commissioned to complete St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow. Gather materials and use your influence over guilds and the clergy to claim and build more sections than your rival architects. Gain the favor of the Tzar and your place in history.
Episode #375 - Unforgiven
Persuade a military jury to convict or acquit Mary Surratt, accused of plotting to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Build your case by drafting cards and dice, hoping to collect evidence, recruit jurors, and establish reasonable doubt.
Episode #374 - Hats
It’s a garden party in Neverland. In eight short turns, by swapping cards on the tea table, can you assemble the most cherished collection of chapeaus?
Episode #373 - Decipher
A review of Decipher written by Stephen Conway
A podcast with a great history of quality content surrounding board games. One of the first to offer timely Spiel (Essen) content and they continue to do outstanding convention coverage. Nice transition to a new host recently. Keep
Up the good work.
The Spiel has been around for years and has been a staple of my podcast listening from the beginning. Highly recommended. Nice work guys!
best gaming podcast so far
Well written and researched, providing a timely information on the boardgame hobbie.