The Dice Tower

In this episode, Geoff talks about the process to bring Agricola to English-speaking folk, while Mark talks about games he's looking forward to playing in 2008. We review Jamaica, Super Hero, and The Amazing Space Venture - and do a comparison of 1960 to Twilight Struggle. We mention a sad story about Shadows over Camelot, and discuss a few questions about gaming. Finally, we talk about our favorite mass market games.

This show was sponsored by Skrall Games.

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Originally posted August 4, 2005 - Joe and Tom spend a lot of time answering listener questions and talking about Origins 2005. They review Arkham Horror and B-17, and then discuss the top ten games that they saw at Origins 2005.

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In this episode, Tom previews a few new games, and reviews Antler Island and Plataeu. Sam and Tom discuss recent games, including Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon, while Mortiz discusses suspense in games. Paul and Mark talk about war games, Geoff asks an intriguing question, and Giles and others give us some more strategy. We announce the winners to our Christmas contest, as well as start a new contest for E.T.I. Finally, we end the show with our top ten Most Played Games List.

This show was sponsored by Tenkigames.

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In this episode, we discuss some recently played games, as well as continue our Christmas contest! Moritz talks about tension in games, Geoff discusses the good old days of PBEM, and Mary gives a report from BGG.con. We discuss being Game snobs, the Golden Geek awards, Condottiere, and some random strategy tips. We end out the show by discussing the top ten games from Mayfair.

This show was sponsored by Tenkigames.

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In this episode, originally aired July 21, 2005, Tom and Joe discuss several games they've played, and review In a Pickle and The Perfect Ten. They discuss their turkeys and kangaroos - games that have changed over time; and argue over whether Memoir '44 is a simulation or not. Joe gives a war story, and the they end the show with their top ten game companies.

This show was sponsored by DreamPunk Productions.

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In this episode, we hear from Paul and Geoff; and discuss a pile of games that we've recently played. We review both Starcraft: the Board Game and Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon. Random Strategy Tips are included, with a few questions - and we finish off the show with our top ten "gateway" games.

This show was sponsored by Z-Man Games.

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Originally posted July 11, 2005 - this episode of the Dice Tower has us reviewing Granny Apples and Sword of Rome. We talk about our turkeys and kangaroo games, discuss some thoughts about the complexity of war games, and mention the Meeples Choice Awards. We have the worst session report of all time flanked with our top ten Gateway games, and asnwer a pile of questions along the way.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

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In this show, Geoff continues to talk about the Prisoner's Dilemma, and Moritz mentions the greatest games that never were. Mary gives tips on going to Essen, and Eric gives us the latest gaming news. There's a pile of random strategy tips, another pile of questions, and finally the Top Ten Kosmos Two Player Games, given by Greg, Tom and Sam.

This show was sponsored by Bent Castle Workshops.

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In this show, originally posted July 2005, Joe and Tom continue their Origins 2005 preview, talking about five "can't miss" events at the convention. A good look at Origins of years gone by.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

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In this episode, Moritz talks about a horrible gaming experience, while Tom describes what it's like to go 40 Days around the World. Sam and Tom both review Cutthroat Caverns, and answer several user questions. Moritz talks about gaming design, Paul about chit pulling, and Geoff discusses the Prisoner's Dilemma. We talk about our top ten economic games, and our hot games of the month. Finally, we conclude our Starcraft contest. By the way, we didn't mention it in the show, but to enter our latest contest, simply email us at thedicetower@gmail.com and let us know which game award you find most interesting.

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In this show, originally posted July 2005, Joe and Tom start their Origins 2005 preview, talking about the best games they played in 2004, and what events they are looking forward to. A good look at Origins of years gone by.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

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In this episode, Moritz talks about more possible innovations in board games, and Eric gives us pre-Essen news. Geoff discusses whether some sides of the die come up more often than others, and Mark gabs about ASL-SK1. We review Chang Cheng and Soccer Tactics World, present our website of the week, and continue our contest for Starcraft. Finally, we end the show with some listener questions and our top ten good games with bad (boring) themes.

This show was sponsored by Suprised Stare Games.

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In this episode, Sam and Tom review It's Alive, Uptown, and Lifeboat. We also discuss a lot of questions, and mention several recently played games, such as Fire and Axe and Heroscape. Geoff talks about the Entertaible, Mortiz talks about innovative game design, and Jason gives more insight to war games. Eric Martin joins us by giving us news highlights, and Tom talks about his top ten games that have stood the test of time.

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In this episode, we announce the winner of our BattleLore contest and start a new contest for Starcraft: the Board Game! Then, we go back to episode 5 and listen to Tom and Joe discuss if it's ever right to deliberately lose a game, and what games are good for young children. Tom reviews Infinifield, Joe reviews Victoria Cross, and both give their top ten thematic games.

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In this episode, originally aired May 25, 2005 - Tom and Joe answer a myriad of listener questions, discussing various classic abstracts, using games in church, and why war games are so long. Tom rants about playtesting, and they both talk about the games that give them the most stress. Atlantic Storm and Mr. Bigshot are reviewed, and they both discuss "Turkeys and Kangaroo" games. Finally, they end the game with their top ten games from the other side: Tom with war games, and Joe with Eurogames.

This show was sponsored by Gorilla Games.

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In this episode, Greg talks about the International Gaming Awards, Geoff talks about the psychology of reviews, and Mary praises Tichu. Moritz and Paul discuss the finer points of gaming, and we have a review of Lock and Load. Ted discusses GenCon, and we field a few questions (and a couple's quarrel!) Finally - Greg, Sam, and Tom give their top ten card games.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

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In this episode, originally aired May 24, 2005, Tom Vasel and Joe Steadman talk about games they are playing, and review both Lineage II and Sergeants on the Eastern Front. Tom rants, Joe talks about the soldier of the week, and both come up with a variety of wacky Catan variants. They discuss Games Workshop's pricing, answer a lot of questions, and end the show with their top ten games - component quality.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

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In this episode, Mary gives us the news, and Sam and Tom talk about other hot news items of the week. Geoff Englestein talks about Tech and games, and Mike Hibbert issues a challenge to Sam and Tom. Jeb starts his own podcast, Ted Cheatham reviews Duel in the Dark, and Tom and Sam talk about recently played games. We give our opinions on the Board Game Podcaster Awards, and talk about our top ten board game expansions.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

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In this short episode, Tom and Sam present the Board Game Podcaster Awards in the Small Publisher category. Listen to hear the nominated games and which one won!

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In this show, originally aired May 11, 2005, Tom and Joe answer quite a few listener questions, including different ways to play war games online. They also talk about their "Turkeys" and "Donkeys", and review World in War and Decision: Midway. Joe talks about the soldier of the week, and Tom rants about time. They also give their top ten card games. The episode comes with commentary by Tom.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

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In this episode, Mary gives the news while Greg tells us his opinions of the Spiel des Jahres nominations. We review Wings of War, and Tom rants about tie breakers and tells why he loves games. Paul gives us the best wargames of 2006, while Moritz continues his top ten commandments for game designers. Sam gives his top ten games from 2006, and we end the show with an interview with Jason Matthews - codesigner of Twilight Struggle.

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In this episode, originally posted May 5, 2005, the Dice Tower begins. Tom Vasel and Joe Steadman give their backgrounds, talk about what they are doing in Korea, and mention the state of gaming in Korea. They both give their top ten favorite board games, and answer a lot of random board game questions. It all starts here!

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In this episode, we introduce Paul Glenn, our new wargame correspondent, and include the news from Mary and more gaming commandments from Moritz. We start a new contest for Box of Golf, and talk once more about a few things from Origins. Sam and I give our top ten new games we played at Origins, and Tom rants about the Origins awards.

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A special episode of the Dice Tower, in which Tom interviews Corey Konieczka from Fantasy Flight Games. Corey talks about working at Fantasy Flight and some of his designs, but we spend most of our time talking about the upcoming Starcraft Board Game. Enjoy!

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A lot of audio from the Origins game convention, featuring Sam, Tom, Joe Steadman, Rick Thornquist, Alan Moon, Andrew Parks, Erik Smith, and many more! Our impressions of the convention halfway through. Sam and I also give our top ten things that we enjoyed about Origins '07, and also review Powerstorm.

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A special episode of the Dice Tower with more interviews by Mary Prasad at the Gathering of Friends.

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In this episode, we take a look at the past and present of the Dice Tower. We have

  • Greg Schloesser talking about how he got into gaming
  • Rick Thornquist talking about the beginning of the Dice Tower
  • Mary Prasad discussing different game conventions
  • Derk and Aldie talking about www.boardgamegeek.com, Geekspeak, and some news!
  • Mark Johnson discussing the birth of game podcasting
  • Eric Summerer explaining how he does a show bit
  • Joe Steadman talking about what he's doing these days
  • Walt O' Hara, Eric Burgess, Scott Nicholson, Paul Tevis, Doug Garrett, and a host of others talk about podcasting and the Dice Tower
  • favorite clips from the Dice Tower
  • Moritz' Ten Gaming Commandments.
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In this episode, we take a look at the past and present of the Dice Tower. We have

  • Greg Schloesser talking about how he got into gaming
  • Rick Thornquist talking about the beginning of the Dice Tower
  • Mary Prasad discussing different game conventions
  • Derk and Aldie talking about www.boardgamegeek.com, Geekspeak, and some news!
  • Mark Johnson discussing the birth of game podcasting
  • Eric Summerer explaining how he does a show bit
  • Joe Steadman talking about what he's doing these days
  • Walt O' Hara, Eric Burgess, Scott Nicholson, Paul Tevis, Doug Garrett, and a host of others talk about podcasting and the Dice Tower
  • favorite clips from the Dice Tower
  • Moritz' Ten Gaming Commandments.
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In this episode, Mary gives us the latest news, as well as a review of Colosseum. Moritz finishes up his gaming session with Jason White, and Eric gives a quick review of Imperial. Greg, Mary, and Tom talk about their top ten games with dice, and we discuss Origins and episode # 100. Finally, we wrap up the show with a detailed session report and look at the Shattered Empire expansion for Twilight Imperium III.

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In this episode, we give a session report about Mall of Horror, Faces, and Vegas Showdown, and listen to interviews by Mary Prasad. Mary also gives us the news, and Moritz talks about the legendary gamer H. G. Wells. Greg gives his top ten games for large groups of people, and Tom gives his top ten card games for large groups. Finally, we continue our contest for Treasure Fleet and discuss our Origins plans.

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A special small segment from the Dice Tower in which Mary does several short interviews of gaming notables. With input from Rick Thornquist, David Fair, and more!

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In this episode, we preview several new games, and Mary gives us the news about what's coming up in the next couple of months. Moritz talks about Mozart the gamer, and recounts his Wilderness War game with Jason White. Mike Hibbert reviews On the Underground, and we talk about if a person should ever deliberately lose a game. Finally, Greg, Mary, Sam, and I all talk about games that are "pleasant suprises" - games that were much better than we originally thought. And check out our new contest for Treasure Fleet!

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In this jam packed episode, Mary interviews many notables in the gaming industry - including Jay Tummelson. She also gives a lot of news - including a Valley Games exclusive announcement, and Sam and Tom discuss the upcoming Fantasy Flight games. Moritz talks about Yspahan, and Eric takes a trip to the extremely exclusive Dice Tower convention. Sam and Tom talk about recent gaming at Camp Casey - and their differing views of Liberte. Finally, we round the show out with our biggest disappointments in games, from Jason, Greg, and Tom.

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On a biweekly schedule now, the Dice Tower is bigger and better! Moritz and Jason both give their points of view on their Wilderness War match, and Moritz gives us some strange game news from Germany. Sam reviews Ghoulash, Tom talks about Tenseseconds, and we answer a few listener questions. Mary interviews a few gaming personalities at the Gathering of Friends, and both she and Greg give their top game lists from the Gathering of Friends. Finally, Sam and I both compare and contrast Tide of Iron and Combat Commander: Europe.

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In this episode, we discuss a couple session reports involving Incan Gold, Wallenstein, Pillars of the Earth, Lord of the Rings, Manhatten, Clash of the Gladiators, Dart Wars, Nottingham, Nexus Ops, and Shadows over Camelot. Greg talks about "old games", and Mary gives us two news segments - fixing an error Tom made last week. We continue our contest, listen to Eric talk about Days of Wonder's (made up) technical support, and have a review of Rumis. Finally, we talk about our top ten mean and nasty games - games that allow (or even encourage) you to be evil towards the other players.

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In this episode, Moritz talks about his second favorite gaming accessory and updates us with his battle against Jason. Mary gives us the news and a review, and Eric gives us another 72 second review. Greg discusses three new games, including Pillars of the Earth, and Tom dreams about games going mainstream. Finally, we talk about the top ten games for a Geometry class that teach logical thinking.

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In this episode, Sam and I discuss large game collections, and Mary brings us the news. Moritz talks about his game clash with Jason, and Sam and I discuss "exclusive" games. Finally, Mary, Moritz, and I all discuss what we consider to be essential accessories for games.

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In this episode, Mary gives us the news, and we continue our contest for Incan Gold and 24/7. The main focus of our show is our Top Ten Influential Games lists. Greg Schloesser gives us the top ten influential games of all time, Jason talks about the top ten influential war games, and Mary talks about the top ten influential games from the last fifty years. Finally, the boys from the Spiel join us us and give us their top ten influential games from the last fifty years.

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In this episode, we give our top ten games for a church gaming group; and continue our contest for 24/7 and Incan Gold. We have a discussion about whether or not free review copies sway the opinion of the reviewer, with input from Moritz, Greg Schloesser, Sam and myself. Mary reviews Crokinole and gives us the news, and we finish out the show with a preview and session report of the brand new Tide of Iron!

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In this episode, Mike talks about Struggle of Empires and finally accepts Moritz' challenge. Mary gives us the news and reviews Cartagena and Cartagena II. Moritz talks about hybrids, and I expand on it with my top ten list of hybrid games. Fubar gives a review of China; and Jeb, Eric, and Tom answer several questions about gaming. Don't forget to enter our latest contest!

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In this episode, Sam discusses playing Marvel Heroes with his wife, and we discuss a recent gaming event. We start two new segments, "Ask Jed", and "72 Second reviews" by Eric Summerer. Moritz gives us another essay, and Mary provides a lot of news. We end out dice tower contest and start a new one for 24/7 and Incan Gold. Finally, Mike Hibbert provides us with a list of his top 10 games.

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In this episode, Mike reminisces about games he played as a child, and Mary gives us the news as well as a review of the latest Descent expansion. Mortiz gives a thoughtful essay on reprints, and Tom gives his top ten games that play best with five players. Skip Hampton reviews Lord of the Rings, and Brett Murrell - designer of Duel of Ages - talks about his game with Tom.

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In this episode, Sam and Dulcy try out St. Petersburg, and Jason talks about "Pop" wargames. Moritz talks about wargaming online, and answers a question about the origins of Eurogames in Germany. Mary gives us the news, along with a review of Struggle for Rome; and we continue our contest for a custom designed Dice Tower. Finally, Eric Summerer gives us his top ten games.

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In this episode, Sam and his wife continue their challenge with Dynasties by Jolly Roger Games, and Moritz talks about an enormous game collection. Mary gives the news and reviews Notre Dame. Tom muses about the differences between Eurogames and American games, and we answer a question about Shadows over Camelot. We also compare Settlers of Catan to Starfarers of Catan, and give the top ten list of Catan games. Also, we finish up our contest, and start a new contest for a custom dice tower from www.vixentorgames.com!

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In this show, we introduce the new AH game show, and continue our contest for the Hill Giant and Sir Hawthorne. Mary gives the news, Moritz talks about game collections, and Jason discusses playing wargames online. Sam reviews Carcassonne: the Castle, and Mark Jackson gives us the Top Ten Kids Games You've Probably Never Played. The audio quality in this one isn't very good - I've tried to clean it up as best I could, and my apologies for that.

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With the return of Moritz - giving a review of Magic Realm - we continue our contest for the Hill Giant and Sir Hawthorne. Mary gives us the news and reviews Apples to Apples, and Sam talks about Bonobo Beach. Tom gives his top ten games for young children, and we discuss once again if games age well, as well as answer other questions.

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In this episode, Sam continues his two-player marathon with Tony & Tino, while Tom rants against comments against Boardgamegeek. We start a new contest for the Battlelore Hill Giant and Sir Hawthorne (for Heroscape), and listen to the news from Mary - as well as a review of Yspahan. We talk about the top ten games we're looking forward to from 2007, and Jason mentions wargames he's looking forward to. A new member of our staff submits a review of Ticket to Ride, and we answer a question or two at the end.

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