The Dice Tower
In this show, we talk about Zombicide, 2019: the Arctic, and Dungeon Command.  We also answer a pile of questions, including why we don't talk much about print and play games, Carcassonne expansions, a good baseball game, and superhero games.  We end the show talking about our top ten "lucky" games - games that have luck as a major mechanic.
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Here's an early Christmas Present for you - Game On! with Cody and John.  

John says...

In this special episode of Game On! with Cody and John, we come out of retirement to record a special episode in support of the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. The winner of our JVMF auction was Trent Hamm ("trenttsd" here on BGG), and he's our programming director and benevolent dictator for this episode. So, listen as we expound on Gen Con for newbies, discuss how to start an RPG group from scratch, and bring you a full review of FFG's Android:Netrunner. For this episode only, Trent rules!!

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In this show, we take a look at Kemet, Pixel Tactics, King of Tokyo Power Up! and Noir.  Geoff talks about cheating, Tom talks about how and when you should buy games for others for Christmas, and Brian examines Kremlin.  Bart looks at some Kickstarter games, Matt does a game you can play Solo, and James about expanding the hobby.  We end the episode with our best gaming finds we've ever found at a thrift store.

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Whew!  Another long episode in which we talk about recent games, such as Manhattan Project, Treehouse, Edo, Guidhall, and Courtier.  We also answer quite a few user questions, where we talk about almost getting sued,  why we keep expansion boxes, which side of Merchants of Venus is better, and what to do if you want to publish a game.  Finally, we end the episode with our top ten "Games that Have Stood the Test of Time" - games that are just as relevant today as they were when they were published.

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A mega episode, jammed full of all sorts of stuff!  First, we talk about some recently played games, such as Copycat, Spellbound, Escape, and Robinson Crusoe.  The Chief talks about Kickstarter, Brian about Looping Louie, the Snakes and Latte guys about trivia, Mark about Ravinca, Greg about another gaming stores, and the Pirate Cast guys about expansions.  We have a tale of horror, a musings on GameSalute, some SUPER exciting news, and special report from BGG.con.  Finally, we end the show with games that only we seem to dislike - everyone else loves them!

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Yes, you read the number correctly.  This is one of our "classic" episodes, redone and remastered for your listening pleasure, with commentary from Tom.  In this show, Tom and Joe are joined by a host of guests who all give their opinions on what 2006 holds for gaming.  Were they right, wrong?  Listen to the show to find out.  Tom and Joe also give their top ten board games from the 80's decade.

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In our most interview-heavy show ever, we invite over thirty people to come on our show at a live broadcast from BGG.con!  The catch?  Each person has only two minutes to speak.  From designers to publishers to convention hosts to gaming enthusiasts, it's a fun time of laughter, talk about games, and more!

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In the first of what will become an annual event, we, along with our contributors, give a Holiday Gift Guide for games that you can get for 2012!   We give advice for the best Children's Games, Family Games, Party Games, Stocking Stuffers, and Strategy Games.   Give it a listen or forward it to your favorite uncle so he knows what to get you!
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In this episode, we take a look at 1969, Villagers and Villains, and a couple tales of Horror!  We answer questions about signs of a hardcore gamer, and what to do with people who are rules crazy.  We end the episode with a list of our ten worst games of all time!

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In this episode, our contributors come out in full force!  Mark Zielinski talks about Dark Vengeance, Brian looks back at the Great Dalmuti, Steve Avery talks with Richard Launius, Greg heads to Las Vegas' gaming stores, James talks about a better BGG, and Matt Bush talks about playing board games on your own.  We also review the Casual Game Insider magazine, as well as Coup, Marvel Legendary, and We Didn't Playtest This: Legacies.  We also talk about BGG.con, Secret Santa, Top 100, and Nothing Personal.  A tale of horror shows up, and we finally end the show with the answer to the question - is it better to crush an opponent, or have a close score?  Whew!

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In this episode, our contributors come out in full force!  Mark Zielinski talks about Dark Vengeance, Brian looks back at the Great Dalmuti, Steve Avery talks with Richard Launius, Greg heads to Las Vegas' gaming stores, James talks about a better BGG, and Matt Bush talks about playing board games on your own.  We also review the Casual Game Insider magazine, as well as Coup, Marvel Legendary, and We Didn't Playtest This: Legacies.  We also talk about BGG.con, Secret Santa, Top 100, and Nothing Personal.  A tale of horror shows up, and we finally end the show with the answer to the question - is it better to crush an opponent, or have a close score?  Whew!

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In this show, we review Quest of the Qladiator, Hooyah, Briefcase, Voluspa, and Domnion Dark Ages. Quest of the Qladiator, Hooyah, Briefcase, Voluspa. We answer questions about slavery in games, Eric's voice, and young children and card games. Finally, we end the show with our top ten Gangster games. Maybe.

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In this show, Brian takes a look back at Atmosfear, Eric and I are scared by yet another horror story, and Geoff talks about negative vs. positive rewards.  We talk about what when we get a rules wrong, and review several new games, including Suburbia.  Tom debates with Doug Garrett about the importance of Essen, and we also introduce the Dice Tower Secret Santa 2012!!!

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In this show, we talk about Gauntlet of Fools, Tooth and Nail, Sator Arepo Tenent Opera Rotas (whew!), Tempus, and dealing with a sore loser.  We are subjugated to another Tale of Horror and answer questions about body odor at conventions and designers working with multiple publishers.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten puzzle games!

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In this show, Steve Avery takes a look at Dungeon Fighter and Scurvy Pirates, while Brian examines Three Dragon Ante.  Tom continues his ranting, and we also review several games, such as Alien Frontiers: Factions, Level 7 Escape, and Kingdom Builder Nomads.  And what's up with Eric's gaming group?  Finally, we end the show with a look at how our gaming tastes have changed over the years.

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In this show, Brian takes a look back at Dice Tower Convention, we answer a few listener questions, and Eric learns some pronunciation.  We review a pile of game, including Sheepland, Sunrise City, Mageknight, and Seven Wonders: Cities, and end the show talking about our top ten games for seven players.

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In this show, Ryan talks about a new project he's beginning, Brian examines Shadow Hunters, and Geoff talks about hindsight in games.  We take a look at Puzzle Strike, City of Horror, Banditos, Pirates of the Spanish Main Card Game, Lords of Waterdeep, Wilderness, and more!  Tom rants about game manufacturing, and we finish up the show with themes that turn us off from a game, despite how good the game plays.

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In this episode, we answer several listener questions, and talk about some recently played games, such as Synch Up, Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane, and High Noon Saloon.  We also talk about our top ten funny games!

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In this episode we talk about Let's Take a Hike and Dominion: Dark Ages, as well as give a preview of the upcoming Shadows over Camelot: the Card Game.  Mary talks about Gen Con, we have a truly terrible tale of horror, news, and even some listener questions!  We end the show with tips on how to store games.

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In this extra long Dice Tower, Eric and I take a look at Gen Con.  We of course talk about some games we played, such as Dungeon Fighter and Space Cadets, but we also interview a plethora of game designers and publishers.  Interspersed amongst this we give our impressions of the convention, and end with a list of Eric's top ten games he played, and Tom's top ten events/things he saw at Gen Con 2012.


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In this episode, Tom and Eric podcast live from GenCon 2012!

But don't worry, we don't talk all about the fair.  Instead, Eric gives us some first impressions of the new Merchant of Venus, and we review other games such as Smash Up and Flower Fall.  We have a host of contributors, and end the episode with our question of the week - what game got you into gaming?  But instead of just us answering the question - we have answers from designers, publishers, and more! 

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Once again, Cody Jones and John Richard join us.  Since they are experts on all things GenCon, they make the perfect guests for our big GenCon 2012 preview show!  We talk about games being shown and released at the fair, tips for convention attenders, and our top ten things we're looking forward to at the convention.  See you there!


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Yeah, I know we say that were going to talk about GenCon, and we do a very small amount, but most of that is in the next episode.  In this episode, we're joined by Cody Jones and John Richard, and we talk about a pile of recently played games, including Descent 2.0 and D-Day Dice.  We also answer several listener questions, and talk about what games we are looking forward to seeing!


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In this show, we talk about several new games we've played, including the Maranda series of abstract strategy games.  We answer several questions, talking about iOS games, card games, dungeon games, games to tempt a role player, and more.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games that we hate to lose!

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Open or Closed Scoring is a classic argument that seems to be around forever, so we thought we talk about it once again!  We also are joined by quite a few contributors, including Geoff talking about game economies, Ryan playing long games and liking it, and a new segment on solo games.  We also review several new games, including Mage Wars, Infiltration, Dungeon Command, and Space Cadets live!  All that, news, Tom repeating himself, and more!

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In this classic episode, originally posted- January 6, 2006, Joe Steadman and I give a joint review of Railroad Tycoon, listen to an audio review by Walt O'Hara, and get schooled in German pronunciation.  We also talk about our top ten game designers.

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In this episode, we announce the Dice Tower Awards for 2012 - awarding the best games that came out in the year 2011.

Find the complete set of winners and nominees at http://www.dicetowerawards.com

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In this episode, Tom gives a quick recap of Dice Tower Convention 2012, and we also talk about recently played games, including Shadowrift.  We answer listener questions, and end the show talking about our top ten favorite board game designers.

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In this show, we add two new contributors, one who takes a look at Clout: Fantasy.  We also talk about several new games including Pret a Porter and Behutunsburg.  Greg visits another store, and Mark reviews Rodeo Rummy.  Finally, we end the show with a question of what to do with multiple games going on at the same time in a gaming group.
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In this episode, we take a look at our top ten "lunchtime" games, games that can be played and set up during a lunch break at work.  We also talk about some recently played games, answer some questions, and then have a few guests show up with a surprise announcement!

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In this episode, Geoff talks about giant numbers, and Greg descends into Madness.  Mary talks about house rules, and Tom reviews Descent 2.0.  We stereotype gamers yet again, and then talk about how many moves ahead in a game we plan for.

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There seems to be some sort of invasion on this show, coming from Origins.  But once we ignore all that, you'll see that we answer quite a few questions, and then Tom and Eric take a look at the Top Ten "Trading in the Mediterranean" Games.  Or something.
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In this show, Brian Englestein starts a new segment, Geoff continues to tell us how to win at games, and Ryan talks about Urban Sprawl.  We have a fake top ten list, go over recent games - such as 1989 and Undermining - and talk about mechanisms from games that we wish we could port to real life.

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Once again, we answer a pile of questions, as wel as review Divinaire and discuss the nominees for Spiel des Jahres.  We finish up the show with our top ten "Gateway" games - games used to introduce people to the gaming hobby.

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Tom and Eric talk about several new games, including Empires of the Void and Hawaii.  We also talk about Nothing Personal and other board game news, and listen to Geoff talk about how our will breaks down.  We visit another gaming store, and end the episode with our favorite types of money in games.

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In this show, Tom talks about pretty much everything involving gaming that enters his scatterbrained mind.  This includes some pretty big announcements, game news, and more.  We answer several game questions, announce a game show, and talk about our top ten board game expansions.

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In this show, we review several games, including Shootout, Nefarious, and Catan Junior.  We take a look a the latest gaming news, travel the country looking for game stores, and announce a new, upcoming podcast.  Finally, we talk about our favorite gaming partners - who do we want to game against?

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We once again jump into our mailbag and answer all sorts of questions, while Ryan talks about Caylus again.  Again.  Then we jump into the meat of our program, where we talk about our top ten economic games.  Go money, go!

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In this show, we find out what's happening with Dexter, Mark makes a huge mistake, and Geoff talks about game criticism.  We also talk about how much we play games - and is it enough?

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In this episode, Eric talks about Outpost, and then he and Tom answer questions for quite a bit of the show!  We then go over our top ten dice games. 

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In this episode, Tom muses about different types of games, and Chief comes to the grand finale of his gaming group. Geoff talks about crowdsourcing, Eric goes over a ton of new games he played at Conn Con, and we review several games, including Abaddon and Lords of Waterdeep.  We finish up the show talking about our favorite types of interaction.

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What?  No, we're not confused.  This is a classic episode of the Dice Tower in which we go back to the end of 2005 in which Tom and Joe review quite a few games, including World of Warcraft the Board Game and Havoc: the Hundred Years' War.  We also talk about our top ten upcoming games from 2006.  Were we right?  Listen and see.

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It's our big 250th episode!  We are joined by dozens of people, friends from past and present, to talk about the history of the show and just celebrate.  We also take a look at our top ten Dice Tower Episodes of all time.

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In this episode, Tom and Eric answer quite a few of your questions, including faults in games they love. We also review a whole pile of games, including Wiz War, Rex, Pirates of Nassau, Rocket Jockey, King of Tokyo, and more!

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In this show, we continue our "live" show from TotalCon.  With us this time is special guest, Lorien Green - producer of Gone Cardboard, a documentary about board games.  She and we answer questions from the audience, and we talk about our top ten underrated games.

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In this episode, we take the show on the road!  From TotalCon 26, we are joined by the hosts of Not Just Another Gaming Podcast to talk about a pile of games that we played.  We also talk about what makes a convention great, and Eric interviews several people, including Larry Whalen.

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In this episode, we are joined by Seth Jaffee, designer of Eminent Domain, and Steve Buonocore, head of Stronghold Games.  We have a showdown between Eminent Domain, Core Worlds, and Race for the Galaxy, and also answer a few listener questions.  We end the show with our top ten games from 1997 - a look back at fifteen years ago.

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In this episode of the Dice Tower, Tom and Eric talk about a bunch of games that start with the letter "D", while Greg examines Kickstarter.  Chief continues his quest to build a gaming group, Geoff talks about copyright issues, and Ryan rants about hidden information.  Finally, we end the show talking about games we want to see reprinted.
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In this episode, Eric and I talk about Risk Legacy again, as well as a few other games - and then spend a good bit of the episode looking ten years back at 2002 - talking about gaming trends then, as well as our top ten games from that year.

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In this show, Chief talks once again about building a game group, Geoff discusses 3D printing, and Ryan complains about "hobbit" cards.  We talk about several different games, a bit of news, and end the show with our longest games we've ever played.  Plus, a great new contest!

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In this show, Ryan takes a look at complexity and games, while we review Evo, Poseidon's Kingdom, and Flash Point.  We answer a ton of listener questions, and end the show with our top ten games from five years ago - 2007.

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In this show, we kick off our annual fund raiser, with our cool new Dice Towers, and Geoff talks about pain and games.  The Chief delves into Kickstarter, Andrew talks about a Few Acres of Snow, and Tom and Eric talk about 21 games in 21 minutes.  We give the latest news, and talk about nolstagic games that weren't quite as good as we remembered.

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We continue our best of 2011 show, still joined by an army of contributors!  In this half, we talk about our favorite expansions of 2011, as well as the best reprint, most innovative game, best family game, strangest game, biggest brainburner, and more!  Finally, though, we come to the BEST games of the year - including our top ten games of 2011.

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In this episode, we are joined by a ton of contributors as we take a look back over the year of 2011.  In this first half, we talk about the best card, war, and party game.  We discuss our most surprising game, as well as the most dissappointing.  We talk about he best components and artwork, as well as the worst games of the year.  And we talk about the year as a whole, including the top ten news stories of 2011.

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