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!
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?
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?
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.
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?
Tricky Tides is a charming and challenging trick-up-and-deliver game. Play cards to tricks like any classic card game. The card you play determines how your ship sails across a network of islands. Fill orders and watch for monsters to amass your fortune.
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!
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.