Games Explained in The Spiel
- Andres F. Pabon L.(bacusgod)Colombia
Now, that's not all. They take great lengths of effort to deliver the episodes in m4a format. This is a format that can be played by any MP3 software or device, but under most of them it also shows pictures as the audio rolls by. Thus, their explanations are completely audio-visual, and just as good as your regular video series.
They have several sections in the show, the main one being The List, where they go to great lengths to explain a game completely, and give very thoughtful opinions on it. On most shows, they manage to get 1 or 2 games explained (although under special circumstances, this might vary).
However, they also do give some brief insight onto games with their Backshelf Spotlight (a section devoted to older games), and Truckloads of Goober (games with great and unique components) sections, even if they're not as extensive as The List.
Also, they have a couple of newer sections, Table Talk, which briefly describes newer games (almost as if they were doing the Backshelf Spotlight for new games), and Playbill, where they feature newer games if only with a brief description of what it's like.
One of my personal favorites, they make an excellent annual show, where they play all Spiel des Jahres nominees, and try to predict the winner. These go in a special section, Spiel des Jahres Nominees, that is only present in such special shows.
Finally, they make annual Holiday Gift Guide episodes, where they make passing descriptions to recommended games for a variety of different genres and themes. Even if these descriptions tend to be brief (briefer even than Playbill's), they do tend to give you a very good idea of what the game is like, and thus have been included in the GeekList (after consulting readers through a poll).
With 170 episodes and counting, it's quite hard to remember all games they have covered through their 6 and ongoing years doing this. As I really enjoy listening (and watching) at their explanations, I decided to make this list, ordered alphabetically, of all the games they have talked about in the show, with reference to the episode number and the section they were mentioned in.
I'm not including games in the Game Sommelier section, as these only get a very brief mention usually. Also, I'm excluding the conventions episodes, as they do include a very large amount of games each, but with varying degrees of the depth used to describe them.
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UPDATE: April 29th 2013
All episodes updated, up to number 175.
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