The Spiel - MP3 Version

Stephen Conway & Doug Richardson

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1354 episodes

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.

1h 55m
Jun 30
Episode #401 - Ouch!

A review of Ouch! written by Doug Richardson.

1s
Jun 29
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.

3h 7m
Jun 15
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.

1h 26m
May 31
Episode #398 - Long Shot: The Dice Game

A review of Long Shot The Dice Game written by Stephen Conway.

1s
May 18
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.

32m
May 09
Episode #396 - Glow

Glow is a dice driven card and board game. You have eight days to gather companions and collect shards of light. The journey will be arduous, BUT with careful plans... and a little luck, you could become a legend!

2h 19m
Apr 29
Episode #395 - Block Ness

A review of Block Ness written by Stephen Conway.

1s
Apr 20
Episode #394 - Brian Boru: High King of Ireland

Brian Boru united Ireland and ended centuries of Viking dominance. Round by round and town by town, play cards to secure the crown through might, cunning, and matrimony in this trick-taking board game.

1h 49m
Apr 11
Episode #393 - Hide 'N Cheek

A review of Hide 'N Cheek written by Stephen Conway.

1s
Mar 29
Episode #392 - Three Sisters

Three Sisters is a roll and write dice game where you plan, plant, nurture, and harvest a small farm over a single growing season. Each die you choose will shape your garden and the goods you can bring to market.

1h 35m
Mar 16
Episode #391 - Pocket Paragons

Pocket Paragons is a what-beats-what card dueling game. Select a card; play it’s ability and try to anticipate your opponent’s next move. Duel one on one or in teams of three characters. Seven cards separate you from glory or defeat.

38m
Mar 07
Episode #390 - Lux Aeterna

Lux Aeterna is a real-time solo card game. Every choice in each round is a balancing act. For each card you select to repair your ship, you must choose another that brings it closer to destruction.

27m
Feb 25
Episode #389 - So Clover

Four clue words on four leaves. Can your teammates use these clues to select and arrange four square donut-shaped cards so their keywords line up?

1h 26m
Feb 18
Episode #388 - Holiday Party

Join our party of misfit nerds for fun and games, plus plenty of freewheeling conversation spanning the wide world of geekdom. We hope you'll be in a festive mood for the season after listening to some Grade A goofing around.

3h 41m
Dec 20, 2021
Episode #387 - Hibachi

Hibachi is a charming dexterity driven set collecting game. Players throw their chef's coins (hefty poker chips) to gather ingredients and special actions to fill recipes.

55m
Dec 15, 2021
Episode #386 - Ten

Ten is a press your luck card game with a twist. The goal is simple: assemble the longest runs of consecutive cards in four colors. How many cards are you willing to draw as you push two different totals closer and closer to ten?

1h 42m
Nov 22, 2021
Episode #386 - Ten

Ten is a press your luck card game with a twist. The goal is simple: assemble the longest runs of consecutive cards in four colors. How many cards are you willing to draw as you push two different totals closer and closer to ten?

1h 42m
Nov 22, 2021
Episode #385 - Hammer Time

A review of Hammer Time written by Stephen Conway.

1s
Nov 03, 2021
Episode #385 - Hammer Time

A review of Hammer Time written by Stephen Conway.

1s
Nov 03, 2021
Episode #384 - Watergate

Watergate is a tense card-driven tug-of-war. One player is the Editor of the Washington Post and the other player is the Nixon Administration. Will your efforts help usher a corrupt President from office or protect him from prosecution?

1h 58m
Oct 25, 2021
Episode #384 - Watergate

Watergate is a tense card-driven tug-of-war. One player is the Editor of the Washington Post and the other player is the Nixon Administration. Will your efforts help usher a corrupt President from office or protect him from prosecution?

1h 58m
Oct 25, 2021
Episode #383 - Ohanami

A review of Ohanami written by Doug Richardson.

1s
Oct 11, 2021
Episode #383 - Ohanami

A review of Ohanami written by Doug Richardson.

1s
Oct 11, 2021
Episode #382 - Super Skill Pinball

Welcome to the cardboard arcade! Four colorful pinball machines are nestled into a single box - each one a unique world, ready test of your skills.. and luck - challenging you to rack up the high score.

2h 14m
Sep 27, 2021
Episode #382 - Super Skill Pinball

Welcome to the cardboard arcade! Four colorful pinball machines are nestled into a single box - each one a unique world, ready test of your skills.. and luck - challenging you to rack up the high score.

2h 14m
Sep 27, 2021
Episode #381 - Embarcadero

In Embarcadero, players step into the shoes of of a savvy business mogul to claim derelict ships and construct buildings, seeking their fortune. Who will emerge as a city leader and ruler of the bustling waterfront?

43m
Sep 14, 2021
Episode #381 - Embarcadero

In Embarcadero, players step into the shoes of of a savvy business mogul to claim derelict ships and construct buildings, seeking their fortune. Who will emerge as a city leader and ruler of the bustling waterfront?

43m
Sep 14, 2021
Episode #380 - Flapjack Flipout

A review of Flapjack Flipout written by Stephen Conway.

1s
Aug 25, 2021
Episode #380 - Flapjack Flipout

A review of Flapjack Flipout written by Stephen Conway.

1s
Aug 25, 2021