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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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701. Board Game: Senet [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4513] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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Episode: 125 - Wag the Dog
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702. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:135]
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Episode: 166 - 2012 Holiday Gift Guide
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703. Board Game: Shake [Average Rating:4.86 Unranked]
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Episode: 54 - The Short List
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704. Board Game: Shake 'n Take [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:7042]
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Episode: 123 - The Postman Always Brings Dice
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705. Board Game: Shanghaien [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1422]
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Episode: 107 - Cubism
Section: Table Talk
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706. Board Game: Shark [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1239]
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Episode: 71 - High Risers
Section: Backshelf Spotlight
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707. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1186]
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Episode: 18 - 2006 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Goober Games
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Episode: 21 - Ewe Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!
Section: The List
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708. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Episode: 18 - 2006 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Spiel de Dave
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Episode: 31 - Samurai Slum Lords
Section: The List
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709. Board Game: Shokoba [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:7519]
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Episode: 119 - Classics Revisited
Section: Backshelf Spotlight
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710. Board Game: Shove Ha'penny [Average Rating:5.70 Unranked]
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Episode: 28 - Listener's Choice
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711. Board Game: ShowBiz Shuffle [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:7136]
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Episode: 68 - That's a Wrap: 2008 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Movies
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712. Board Game: Shrimp [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6447]
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Episode: 166 - 2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Kids Games
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713. Board Game: Siam [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1923]
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Episode: 43 - Unwrapped: 2007 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Goober Games
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714. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8926]
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Episode: 17 - I Coulda Been a Contenda!
Section: Truckloads of Goober
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715. Board Game: Sidibaba [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3821]
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Episode: 141 - 2011 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Co-Op Games
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Episode: 158 - Iftah Ya Simsim!
Section: The List
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716. Board Game: The Sinking of the Titanic [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6876]
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Episode: 125 - Wag the Dog
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717. Board Game: Skippity [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:5568]
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Episode: 166 - 2012 Holiday Gift Guide
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718. Board Game: Skittles [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8390]
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Episode: 28 - Listener's Choice
Section: Backshelf Spotlight
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719. Board Game: Sky Runner [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:8127]
 
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Episode: 71 - High Risers
Section: Truckloads of Goober
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720. Board Game: Sleeping Queens [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1701]
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Episode: 103 - Earth, Wind & Fire
Section: The Kid's Table
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721. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:404] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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Episode: 163 - Robots & Rondels
Section: Playbill
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Episode: 166 - 2012 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Thematic Games
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722. Board Game: Snapshot [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3645]
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Episode: 116 - Holiday Gift Guide 2010
Section: Kids & Family Games
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723. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:455]
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Episode: 91 - Present & Accounted For: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
Section: Animals
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724. Board Game: SongBurst 50's & 60's Edition [Average Rating:5.16 Overall Rank:10094]
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Episode: 91 - Present & Accounted For: 2009 Holiday Gift Guide
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725. Board Game: Songburst Country & Western Edition [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
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