About this project
This project will fund the next season of The Spiel. A Season of The Spiel provides audio, video, and film coverage for the game playing world.
A Season of The Spiel provides 25 2-hour audio programs.
Each episode features an in-depth game review and a variety of segments covering games new and old. 150 episodes and counting! You can listen, download, or subscribe to the show at our web site: thespiel.net
A Season of The Spiel provides video coverage from the world’s premiere game conventions: GenCon and Essen.
From Indianapolis to Germany, we record dozens of interviews on-site with game designers and publishers large and small. The gaming world is global and we try to bring that world home to you.
A Season of The Spiel funds special game related film projects
We just released our first documentary Made for Play: Board Games & Modern Industry.
Your support helps fund future projects like this.
Building on the success of the first documentary we have two film/video projects coming up. Here are some of the details about them!
First, the BIG project. This will be a documentary that will take a few years to complete because of its scope and ambition. In Made for Play, we look at the world of games from a manufacturing perspective - delving into all the physical aspects of the games we love. Our next film will focus on the process of game design. We will work in concert with at least 3 noted game designers from around the world and follow the evolution, development, publication and reception of a game from each designer. Each designer will have a chance to explain his/her design philosophy and then show us those ideas in action as we see the concepts of games take shape through each step of the process. Games start in the minds of designers and we'll give you a chance to peek inside some of the great creative minds of this era. By following the journey of several games and several designers, we hope to show how many different paths there are to the same goal: creating fun for players at the table. We don't have designer names to announce... yet! But when we do, you will be excited and you'll also be the first to know. This is a crazy ambitious project, but I can't wait to jump in and see where this film takes us!
Second, we will be launching a smaller ongoing video series. Filming will take place as part of our travels to Europe this Fall. This series will focus on the state of games in a particular country - game publishers, game designers, regional or local classic or historical games that are unique or popular in a specific area of the world. The concept is to showcase the state of games in a particular state or country or region. We have an opportunity to travel to Belgium to film interviews with several game designers and publishers, to attend some gaming events and game shops, to tour a game archive at a university and see another game manufacturing facility, Cartamundi. Think of this series as a sort of travelogue for gamers and you get the idea. Each part of the world has players and ways of having fun and we'd like to give you a look into as many of them as we can.
Our ambitions are limited only by our budget and this Kickstarter project can help us dream bigger and better with each film and video we produce. We want to meet and hopefully exceed our initial funding goal so we can bring you more game related films like these. The more people who back us and the more money we are able to raise, the more amazing films we'll be able to make. YOU have the power to make this happen.
Audio Video and Film. If you invest in The Spiel, you’ll receive hours of enjoyment for your ears, your eyes and yes sometimes even your brain!
We need your investment because we invest an enormous amount of time, effort and creativity into every aspect of The Spiel. Every episode represents dozens of hours of preparing, researching, recording, writing and editing. Video and film production require even more time and and even more involved set of skills.
As a digital media company, The Spiel operates on a much lower budget than traditional media outlets, but there are still many significant costs for us to provide quality programming on a regular schedule.
A snapshot look at our production costs include hosting fees, media servers, studio, recording, and camera equipment, computers and software, shipping and office expenses, game purchases and travel. We need your backing to balance these costs with the time and effort it takes to produce the next season of shows.
Invest in the The Spiel and we’ll provide another season of quality independent media coverage of the game playing world - from brain busting modern strategy games to casual, kids, and party games and everything in between.
Invest in The Spiel, and you fund a unique voice in the game industry. We are CHAMPIONS OF FUN first and forever. And your support helps us bring more fun to kitchen tables around the world.
Check out the great list of rewards here on the site. For individuals, there are games and game promos from Essen and beyond, DVDs of our documentary, dice, cards, and several fun reward levels which allow you to get more involved with the show. For businesses there are also sponsorship opportunities available.
And if we make our initial funding level, we have a ton of great stretch goals waiting in the wings!
Thanks to Bezier Games for providing such a great bonus reward! For more information on Enter the Passage, click here.
Pledge now and you can own a copy of our recent documentary Made For Play: Board Games & Modern Industry PLUS walk away with a fast, fun, easy-to-learn game you can play with gamers and non-gamers alike.
NOTE: This bonus is for pledges specifically at the $50 DVD reward level. Add-on DVDs do not qualify for this bonus. For more details, click here.
If you pledge at the $25 level (plus shipping), you may use the Add-On Menu below to add specific items to your reward. There is no additional shipping charge for these add-on items. To claim an add-on item, simply increase your pledge by the amount indicated. The goal is to allow backers more flexibility in customizing their rewards!
$10 - add a "Spiel On!" duck
$10 - add a pair of custom Spiel dice (color may vary from dice pictured)
$20 - Program 1 Favorites segment on The Spiel
$25 - add an additional game promo
$25 - add a DVD copy of our documentary: Made For Play.
$25 - add a ticket to Spielfest at Snakes & Lattes in Toronto.
$25 - add 1 pair of Meeple Earrings
$30 - add 1 Game Piece Pendant
$50 - add 1 Meeple Bracelet
Once the campaign has funded, we will send you a survey asking you to select the specific add-on based on the extra amount you pledged.
We are collecting a treasure trove of game promos (dice, cards, mini-expansions) from publishers at GenCon and Essen. Here is a partial list of publishers who are offering promos to support our project. This list will grow over time and will also include details on specific promos as we have them.
Artipia Games, Asmodee, Clever Mojo Games, Czech Games, Eggertspiele, Greater Than Games, Stronghold Games, Sunrise Tornado Games, Abacusspiele,
Artipia Games - Among the Stars
Artipia Games - Briefcase
Asmodee - Dixit: Dragon
Asmodee - 7 Wonders: Catan
Greater Than Games - Sentinels of the Multiverse: Young Legacy, Wraith
Abacusspiele - Airlines Europe "Presidents" Promo
Stay tuned... more promo details coming soon!
Many publishers are supporting our project by providing a select number of new release games (some signed by the designer!) as rewards for our project. Titles and quantities will be listed to the right in the rewards section.
Since we welcome backers from all over the world, reward amounts for items which must be shipped, do not include shipping charges. Please consult the shipping chart above to see what additional charges (if any) apply and please add this amount to your pledge. NOTE: if you live in an extremely remote international location (Antarctica, Outer Mongolia, etc.), additional shipping charges may apply, based on the cost of actual shipping.
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