The Spiel

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!

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 56m. Bisher sind 708 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 31 days 7 hours 50 minutes


Episode #406 - Golem

Golem is a game of cosmic forces and practical magic. Over four turns you will select marble and rabbi actions from the synagogue, studying ancient books, constructing powerful artifacts, and building golems to serve the community. The problem is control.



Episode #405 - Cafe

The coffee craze has hit Portugal and there's a fortune to be made supporting its growing cafe culture. Can you create a successful supply chain harvesting, drying, roasting and delivering coffee beans to meet the demand for this magic drink?



Episode #403 - Kabuto Sumo

A review of Kabuto written by Stephen Conway.


 2022-08-29  n/a

Episode #404 - Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect is a game of logic and space with a technological twist. Over six rounds, can you puzzle out how to arrange all the party guests in a cardboard diorama? When you’re ready, snap a a photo with your phone and compare.


 2022-08-29  38m

Episode #402 - Mind MGMT

Take a deep dive into this remarkable one-against-many game of hidden movement and deduction based on the graphic novel series by Matt Kindt.


 2022-06-30  1h55m

Episode #401 - Ouch!

A review of Ouch! written by Doug Richardson.


 2022-06-29  n/a

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.


 2022-06-15  3h7m

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.


 2022-05-31  1h26m

Episode #398 - Long Shot: The Dice Game

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


 2022-05-18  n/a

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.


 2022-05-09  32m