I’ve been listening to The Spiel for about a year now. As far as in-depth analysis of games, it’s top notch. These guys know their stuff, are moderately excited about board games, and even the audio quality is excellent. Really, I haven’t listened to any podcast that goes as far into actually teaching the game as The Spiel does.
But man, is it long. SO LONG.
The problem isn’t just the 2+ hour runtime. It’s how unnecessarily wordy both of these (very friendly and intelligent) guys are. They can go on for minutes repeating the same point and saying absolutely nothing, it’s so incredibly frustrating. Then the other host jumps in to agree, and repeat the same point again. UGH, I GET IT. Say your point one time, and move on, please!
If you can handle how long this show is, and don’t mind/notice the constant repetition (and some cringeworthy bumpers), this is a solid podcast. I do sometimes wish they would talk about games they don’t like just to keep them honest, though at least you know that if it’s on the show, it’s going to be good.