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!

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Episode #362 - Nova Luna

Nova Luna is an abstract game of new beginnings. Players select and place colored tiles from the Moon clock, hoping to create patterns which allow them to place scoring tokens on the tiles. As the moon moves, new choices and strategies will arise.



Episode #361 - Calico

A review of Calico written by Stephen Conway



Episode #360 - Isle of Cats

You are on a rescue mission to the Isle of Cats. The dread pirate Vesh is coming to loot and pillage, destroying anything in his path. Explore the island, gather cats and ancient treasures, and find a way to fit them all on your boat before Vesh arrives.



Episode #359 - Beasty Bar

There's a party at the club and all the animals from the neighborhood are clamoring to get in! When the line is filled with five beasts, the club doors open. How many of your party animals can you get into the Beasty Bar before the night is over?


 2020-10-12  28m

Episode #358 - 1987 Channel Tunnel

1987 Channel Tunnel is an action selection game powered by clever auctions and multi-use cards. Listen in to explore the game and discover how it packs a whole word of strategy and history into its small box.


 2020-09-28  2h30m

Episode #357 - Artbox

Artbox is a game about perception. How to say a lot with a little. Working from a common set of shape dice, can you create a simple drawing, hoping others can select your magic word from a grid of cards?


 2020-09-14  27m

Episode #356 - Similo

Similo is a cooperative game of characters, communication, and deduction. Can you guide your team to the secret character in a grid of cards using only other character cards as clues?


 2020-08-24  1h54m

Episode #355 - Gridopolis

A review of Gridopolis written by Stephen Conway


 2020-08-17  n/a

Episode #354 - The King's Dilemma

The King's Dilemma is tells the story a small council of royal advisors over the course of many generations. Every crisis the kingdom faces is yours to navigate. What legacy will you help write - for yourself, your house, and the people of the land?


 2020-06-29  1h54m

Episode #353 - Maquis

A review of Maquis written by Doug Richardson.


 2020-06-19  n/a