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Games Explained in The Spiel
Andres F. Pabon L.
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Many of you have listened to The Spiel. For those of you who haven't, The Spiel is a great boardgaming podcast conducted by Stephen Conway and David Coleson, in which they not only talk about boardgames, but actually come to explain and review several of them per episode.

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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51. Board Game: Arbos [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2970]
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Episode: 34 - Bullet Barons
Section: Truckloads of Goober
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52. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:212]
 
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Episode: 166 - 2012 Holiday Gift Guide
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53. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:715]
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Episode: 89 - Threatening Pinocchio
Section: Table Talk
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54. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:469]
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Episode: 32 - Spiel des Schpiel
Section: Spiel des Jahres Nominees
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55. Board Game: Armorica [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3015]
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Episode: 110 - A Bushel and a Deck
Section: The List
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56. Board Game: Asara [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:567]
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Episode: 129 - Spiel des Schpiel 2011
Section: Spiel des Jahres Nominees
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57. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:461]
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Episode: 141 - 2011 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Dexterity Games
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58. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:353] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Episode: 116 - Holiday Gift Guide 2010
Section: Card Games
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59. Board Game: Ascension: Storm of Souls [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:308] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Episode: 144 - For Honor & Empire
Section: Playbill
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60. Board Game: Assyria [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:811]
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Episode: 102 - Y Not?
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61. Board Game: Asteroyds [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1604]
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Episode: 107 - Cubism
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Episode: 116 - Holiday Gift Guide 2010
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62. Board Game: Astron [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6286]
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Episode: 125 - Wag the Dog
Section: Truckloads of Goober
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63. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:185]
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Episode: 91 - Present & Accounted For: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
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64. Board Game: Atmosfear: The DVD Board Game [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:9173]
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Episode: 65 - Touching Buffy
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65. Board Game: Attacke [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:7600]
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Episode: 95 - The Unusual Suspects
Section: Backshelf Spotlight
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66. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1623]
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Episode: 43 - Unwrapped: 2007 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Party Games
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67. Board Game: Auf Achse [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:1801]
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Episode: 96 - Going Once
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68. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:194]
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Episode: 91 - Present & Accounted For: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
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69. Board Game: Avalanche [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:6344]
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Episode: 172 - Game, Set, Match
Section: Truckloads of Goober
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70. Board Game: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1239]
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Episode: 128 - Crispy Mister
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71. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:775]
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Episode: 34 - Bullet Barons
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72. Board Game: Bacchus' Banquet [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3252]
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Episode: 91 - Present & Accounted For: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Food
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Episode: 101 - How You Like Them Apples?
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73. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:907]
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Episode: 6 - Monkey Pirates
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Episode: 18 - 2006 Holiday Gift Guide
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74. Board Game: Backseat Drawing [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:4646]
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Episode: 68 - That's a Wrap: 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
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75. Board Game: Baffle! [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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Episode: 91 - Present & Accounted For: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
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