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. We are passionate about play as an essential and often forgotten part of life as we grow. Our goal 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!
Nov. 21, 2017
Codenames: Duet offers a tense two player transformation of the original. You and your partner must contact 15 agents using a grid of word cards and a very limited number of clues. The big problem is each of you only know half the agents in play!
Nov. 10, 2017
A review of Wordsy written by Stephen Conway.
Nov. 1, 2017
In Photosynthesis, each player tends a colorful cardboard forest, soaking in sunlight as it moves around the board. The game is beautiful inside and out - a wonder to behold on the table and its simple, elegant mechanisms provide hours of challenging fun.
Oct. 30, 2017
A review of Bonk written by Stephen Conway.
Oct. 17, 2017
Word Slam is a team-based word guessing game that forces each team to use a fixed set of words as clues. The word you want is never there, so the game pushes you to be creative with the words provided - to find freedom inside the limits imposed.
Oct. 3, 2017
Custom Heroes is an innovative twist on traditional climbing card games. You get to play with the makeup of the deck itself! Using transparent cards, you can make a low card high, turn a card wild, and more. Get rid of your cards 1st to score big and win.
Sept. 26, 2017
A review of Boom Blast Stix written by Stephen Conway.
Sept. 18, 2017
In Planetarium, cosmic forces are your playthings. You and your fellow players shape an entire solar system. Will the system support life or be filled with gas giants or barren radioactive moons? It’s up to you to decide.
Sept. 7, 2017
Fuji Flush is a wonderfully simple card game. Your goal is to flush all the number cards from your hand, one card at a time. It's a game about strength in numbers. And the more people you play with, the more fun the game becomes.
Aug. 31, 2017
A review of Twangled written by Bernie DeKoven.