725 episodes

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. Many episodes feature a variety show format with fun segments and different contributors. The Spiel and its media network are part of The Spiel Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We strive to make 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. We hope you'll be inspired to find a friend and play!

The Spiel Stephen Conway & Doug Richardson

    • Leisure
    • 4.7 • 59 Ratings

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. Many episodes feature a variety show format with fun segments and different contributors. The Spiel and its media network are part of The Spiel Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We strive to make 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. We hope you'll be inspired to find a friend and play!

    Episode #440 - Daybreak

    Episode #440 - Daybreak

    Daybreak is a cooperative boardgame about stopping climate change. In the near future, we must work together to create the technologies, policies, and resilient societies needed to reach Drawdown, sequestering more carbon than we collectively produce.

    • 3 hr 30 min
    Episode #439 - Nekojima

    Episode #439 - Nekojima

    Nekojima is a small island filled with cats. Can you install power lines across four districts without frisky felines short circuiting your plans. Try your best to not bring the whole network crashing down.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode #438 - Tiger and Dragon

    Episode #438 - Tiger and Dragon

    Tiger and Dragon is a climbing game using two suited Mah Jongg style tiles. Attacks are offered and countered with matching tiles. The first player to go out wins the round but HOW you win will ultimately determine your score.

    • 2 hr
    Episode #437 - The Finest Fish

    Episode #437 - The Finest Fish

    There are dog shows and cat shows, but have you heard of a fish show? Goldfish fans from across the land compete each year to display the most sensational swimmer. It takes talent and planning to create the most pleasing arrangement of colorful scales.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode #436 - Coronation

    Episode #436 - Coronation

    In our season finale, two award winning games earn our Meeple Crown for 2023. These games embody the essence of Major Fun and our Spiel of Approval. Congratulations to Votes for Women and Thunder Road: Vendetta!

    • 3 hr 19 min
    Episode #435 - Distilled

    Episode #435 - Distilled

    Distilled is a game of strategic spirit crafting. Follow recipes to gather ingredients hoping they will meld into something sublime. Bottle and sell what you can or age your creations hoping for a greater payout down the line.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Cristobal McG ,

Spiel On!

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.

BGSpielguy ,

Great fun!

The Spiel has been around for years and has been a staple of my podcast listening from the beginning. Highly recommended. Nice work guys!

evidence based ,

best gaming podcast so far

Well written and researched, providing a timely information on the boardgame hobbie.

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