The Dice Tower

It's the second and better part of our End-of-the-year look back on 2013!  This time we talk about our favorite cooperative game, the most innovative game, the strangest game, the best expansion, best reprint, biggest brainburner, best gaming event, and more!  We end the episode with our top ten games of 2013! (for now).

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We kick off the first half of our mega show, in which we take a detailed look at the year 2013 - in regards to gaming.  Joined by a host of contributors, we talk about the year as a whole, the biggest news stories of the year, our biggest positive suprises, the biggest dissapointments, the games with the best components and those with the best artwork, the best card games, the best party games, the best kids games, and the best family games.  Whew - what a year!

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In this episode, Tom and Eric take a look at Canalis from AEG, as well as Francis Drake, Bruges, Super Fantasy, and Roll for it!  We answer another pile of questions (almost catching up!) and then talk about our favorite games from the game company Queen Games.

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A ton of stuff in this episode, folks!  We review Lords of War, Amerigo, Polis: Rise of the Hegemony, Tomorrow, Freedom, Cheaty Mages, and Steam Park. Brian takes a look back at Acquire, Bill at convention scheduling, Geoff at a most unusual dinner, Dexter and the Chief at King of Tokyo, Mark at ASL, James at Essen, and Roger at Kickstarter! Tom also reviews 19 games in 16 minutes, and we end the show talking about how we've changed since starting the Dice Tower.

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Tom and Eric once again pause breakfast to talk about BGG.con 2013, and their thoughts on the convention as a whole.  They then go to the second of their show recorded live at BGG.con 2013, with dozens of publishers and designer guests.

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Tom and Eric pause breakfast to talk about some recently played games, as well as the first part of their show recorded live at BGG.con 2013.  With dozens of publishers and designer guests, Tom and Eric are joined by Rich Sommer and comedian Alan Moon.

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In this show, we take a look at a pile of games, including Glass Road, Ka-Boom, Trieste, Euphoria, Night Eternal, Castle Dice, Risk Legacy, and the Krosmaster Expansions. We also visit Gaming on a Budget, the Blue Peg/Pink Peg folks, and answer a pile of questions. Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite team games.

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In this episode, updated for 2013, Tom and Eric introduce you to themselves and the Dice Tower!  We talk about a couple of recent games, such as Guildhall: Job Faire and Caverna - and then are joined by a host of contributors to talk about our favorite game mechanisms.  We discuss different gaming terms, and end the show with our top ten essential games that every gamer should own - or something like that.  If you want to learn more about the Dice Tower - this is the episode for you!

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In this show, we talk about  the Hobbit - an unexpected Journey, The Witches, Machi Koro, Discovery Garden, Tapple, Get Bit, and Risk Legacy. We also discuss the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund and answer several questions. Finally, Tom rants about kids games and then we each give ten great games for kids eight years old and younger.

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In this episode, we try to catch up on questions by answering a few of them, and also talk about Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp, Unexpected Treasures, Nexus Ops, Patchistory!, Going Going Gone, and Space Sheep. Brian talks about Neuroshima Hex, and Bill examines how to make a good first impression at conventions. Finally, we answer the question - "What games have been replaced in our collection, but we kept them anyway?"

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In this show, we take a look at Suburbia, Inc., Dead Panic, Relic Runners, LOTR: The Two Towers Deckbuilding Game, Krosmaster Arena, Black Pirate Duel, as well as an extended look at Firefly! We also delve into our question bag once again, and finish the show with our top ten games for three players.

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In this jam-packed show, Eric talks about a couple of board games, and then Tom talks about 22 games in X minutes.  We preview interesting games we're looking forward to from the Spiel fair at Essen.  Also, we listen to Brian talk about Beyond Balderdash, Geoff about Power, Jude about sharing, James about awards, and a brand new convention segment!  After all that, we talk about our favorite traditional card games, playable with a 52-card deck.

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In this episode, we take a look at Global Mogul, Devestation of Indines, Dungeon Twister: the Card Gane, Three Little Pigs, Las Vegas, and uKloo, as well as a two-player look at Lords of Waterdeep. We answer several more questions, as well as talk about our top ten relaxing games.

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In this show, Geoff tells us what "ludology" means, we talk about gaming burnout, and start a new contest!  Giles goes nuts, Barry blunders, and Bryan goes to the old West.  We also take a look at Francis Drake, Triassic Terror, Railways Express, Pathfinder card game, Titanium Wars, and Voluspa. Finally, we end the show with our favorite combat systems.

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In this show, we talk about 1776: Rebellion, Terra Mystica, Rialto, Croak, Time 'n Space, and the Two Tower Deck Builder.  We also answer several more question, and end the show with out top ten epic games - games that leave us with an epic experience.

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Lots to talk about this time!  Tom and Eric look at Phantom of the Opera, Safuasa, Dwarven Miner, Takenoko special edition, Escape, and Last Will!  We also go to the vault and discuss San Juan and Star Wars: Queen's Gambit. Geoff talks about analogies, Brian takes a look at I'm the Boss, and we have three other special segments. Oh, and the contest winner! Finally, we end the show with games from our childhood we would like to see reprinted and re-developed.

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In this show, we talk about the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion for Lords of Waterdeep, Shafausa, Showdown, Trains, Forbidden Desert and more!  We have one of the scariest tales of Horror ever, rank Carcassonne pieces, pick start players, and more.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games which have replaced other games.

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In this show, Tom talks with Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games, Geoff Englestein - designer of Space Cadets, Richard Launius - designer of Arkham Horror, Rob Daviau - designer of Risk Legacy, and ignacy Trzewiczek - publisher of Portal Games.  Recorded before a live audience who asked questions - we look into what makes a successful designer.

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In this episode, Eric and I take a look at Gen Con 2013, talk about the convention as a whole, and then discuss our adventures in playing True Dungeon.  We review the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Heart of Glorm for Mice and Mystics, Firefly, the new Pandemic Expansion, and more!   Giles rallies the tribe, Jude examines gaming outreach, and a new contributor talks about Gem Rush.  And don't forget our epic contest!

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In this show, recorded live at GenCon 2013, we are joined by Zee Garcia and several other Dice Tower contributors.  Geoff gives the best GameTech segment ever, Steve Avery and Tom talk about Nothing Personal, we discuss several new games including Lost Legends, Kings of Artiface, Eldritch Horror,  Dread Curse, and more!  We take live questions from the audience, give some news, and generally have the time of our lives!

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In this show we once again tackle our huge pile of questions, as well as listen to another tale of horror.  We talk about recently played games, such as Island Fortress, Hanabi, Railways Express, and Castle Dice.  We also start a new, mega-contest, as well as discuss our favorite abstract strategy games.

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Part two, you say?  Where's part 1?  Well that, ladies and gentlemen - is because it is on the Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast.  We got together and recorded two podcasts - the first is on their feed, the second here!

In this show, we go through listener questions about GenCon, talking about what people might expect when going to the convention.  Then, Jamie, Chris, Tony, Eric, and Tom give our top ten games we are looking forward to trying out at the convention.   One week!!!

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In this show, Eric and Tom talk about Forbidden Desert, Diplomacy, My Happy Farm, ROFL, The Hobbit, and more!  Eric punks Tom, Greg returns with a flourish to talk about game cafes, and Geoff talks about the power of one.  We talk about Kickstarters gone bad, Brian returns to Cult of the Old, and we have another tale of horror.  Finally, we end the show talking about both good and bad boxes for games.

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In this episode, originally recorded January 2006, we review Marvin Marvel’s Marvelous Marble Machine, and listen to the "real" voice of Grodnads! We have board game news both from Rick Thornquist and Moritz Eggert. I talk about my top ten Fantasy board games, and Joe mentions his ten favorite solo wargames. Finally, we end the show with our wives answering questions that were posed to them!

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Tom and Eric do a show live from the Dice Tower Convention 2013!  We start out with reviews of a few games, including Gearworld, then move into questions.  We are visited by Brian, Tish, and the Party Gamecast.  Finally, we talk about our top ten Kickstarter games!

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Recorded live at Dice Tower Convention 2013, Tom and Eric - along with a host of others, take a look at the nominations and winners for the Dice Tower Awards for the year 2012.

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We have a special guest on this show - causing us to give triple the amount of fun!  Board games we've played recently - including The Duke and the Spiel des Jahres nominees (Qwixx, Augustus, and Hanabi).  We also answer a lot of questions, and give our top ten "turkeys" - games that simply aren't as enjoyable as they once were.

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We had so much to talk about from the Origins Game Fair that it filled up te entire episode.  And then some.  We talk about games we saw, publishers's new offerings, folks we met, and more!  We also hear from Brian Counter, and a fantastic new song by Michael Rudmann.

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In this show, we talk about a pile of expansions, Wasabi, Bang, and Antike Duellum.  We answer a pile of questions - such as where the modern day boardgaming movement began, what we think about feeding people, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten deckbuilding games!

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In this show, we talk about our board and card game collections.  Are they too big?  And Tom talks about how he chooses which games to "cull."  Mary talks about gaming accessories, Tish about the Cult of the New, Brian about Crude, and Geoff about killing mice.  Eric finally plays Monopoly Tropical Tycoon and Tom reviews Viticulture, along with several other games.  We finish up with another tale of horror.

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In this show, we talk about Ace Detective, Lady Alice, Coup, Monopoly Deal, and more!  We answer a pile of questions, and Geoff talks about just what makes a game "mean and nasty."   We end the show with our top ten mean and nasty games.

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Huzzah - a few hours late - but here's the show!  In this episode, Eric and Tom take a look at Firenze, Mousqetaires du Roy, Tenka, and Eight-Minute Empire.  Tom also previews Xia: Legends of a Drift Symbol, and Eric tries to scare us.  Brian takes a look back at Dark Tower, we discuss the nominees for the Spiel des Jahres, and we finally answer the question - "Do we judge games by their covers?"

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In this episode, Tom and Eric talk about City of Iron, 8 Minute Empire, Tzolkin, Bean Trader, and Age of Industry.  Tom also reviews the book Monopoly, Money, and You.  We answer a pile of questions, including whether or not our favorite games have flaws - and finish up the show with out top ten hybrid games - games that are mashups between unusual mechanisms.

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In this show, Tom and Eric talk about Eclipse for the iOS, the Second Summoners, Space Dice, Diplomacy by web, Quartifacts and more!  Tom talks about a possible new game design, Geoff about Buddha's List of Games, Giles about Game Authors, and Jude about Gamification levels.  All this, plust the news, a tale of horror, our Origins plans and more!  We finally end the show talking about whether or not we use strategy guides for games.

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Tom and Eric move into their new digs at Coolstuff, Inc., and talk about several new games - including Cutthroat Caverns: Fresh Meat, Arctic Scavengers, Restuarante Italia, City of Remnants, For the Crown, and Battleship: Hidden Threat.  We also have a tale of horror, continue a contest, and answer a pile of questions.  We end the show talking about our top ten games according to the artwork on the game board and cards.  Oooh, pretty!

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In this episode, we discuss the future of the Dice Tower, have another tale of horror, and listen to Geoff talk about noise.  A new segment from Jude, as well as a look at Krosmaster, Star Wars: the Card Game, and the expansion for Blood Bowl: Team Manager.  Finally, we end the show asking the question - what to do with expansion boxes?

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In this episode, we take a look at Galaxy Trucker, Legends of Andor, Beer & Vikings, Wiz-War, and more!  We start a new contest, answer a pile of questions, and end the show talking about our top ten political board games.

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In this episode of the Dice Tower, we return to normalcy.  Well, mostly - Geoff joins us to talk about white noise, Brian returns with Cult of the Old, and we have a new contributor - Tish - who discusses gaming on a budget.  We discuss Al Rashid, Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game and more - and talk a bit about Tabletop Gaming Day.  News, a Tale of Horror, and Musings On all come before our question of the week - "Have you ever thrown a game away, and why?"
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TDT - Episode # 300 - A New Beginning

It's a new page for the Dice Tower in this mega-episode.  In this show, Eric is joined by a host of contributors, including some voices not heard from in a while.  He talks about several recent games, answers a pile of questions, and ends the show with the top ten worker placement games.  

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In this show, recorded live at the Gama Trade Show in Las Vegas, Tom and Eric give more news than any one show should ever handle, and also give first impressions of Star Trek: Attack Wing and Fluxx: the Board Game.  We also have Brian talk about Dreamblade, Chief about Kickstarter, Geoff about Allen Calhamer, and Giles about - well, just listen.  And another contest!

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In this show we talk about some new games we've played, and end the show with our ten favorite science fiction games!

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A jam packed episode!  Including:  Reviews of Alcatraz, Skagway, Hoplomachus, and Fantastiqa, Brian taking a look-back at Get Bit, talk about upcoming conventions, Barry talking about conquering your family, a tale of Horror, Geoff getting into rules lawyering, James discussing innovation, Tom rambling all over the place, a contest, and our question of the week - how long have we gone without playing games and how did we handle such a horror!?  Whew!

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The second half of our show we recorded live at TotalCon 2013, Eric and I have another tale of Horror, and talk about some more recently played games.  We answer a few questions, but spend most of the show talking about the best games to play at conventions.

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In the first of two episodes recorded live before an audience at TotalCon 2013, we talk with the hosts of Not Just Another Gaming Podcast, Cardboard Jungle, and the GameSalute Shows.  We talk about some great games, including Police Precinct and Wild Fun West, hear Chief talk about Kickstarter and Giles about Kickstopper, get scared by Eric, and listen to Brian talk about The Omega Virus.  We finish up the show with some questions from the audience!  
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In this episode, Tom takes a look at Fantastiqa and Batman: Gotham City.  We answer quite a few questions, and then take a look back at 1998 - 15 years ago, and talk about the best games from that year!

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In this show, Eric talks about Catan Histories: Merchants of Europe, while Tom goes over 15 games in 15 minutes. The Chief checks in on Kickstarter, Brian goes to the Amazing Labyrinth, Barry joins us for a bit, and the Pirate Podcast talks about the alpha gamer.  Geoff talks about detecting cheating in Chess, we go over the news, Tom does an extra top ten list, and we talk about how stores should display games.  Whew!

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In this episode, we take a look at Space Cadets, RoboTroc, For the Crown, and the Sesame Street 35th Anniversary Game!  We also have another horrible tale, give credit to designers, mention the "Sideline Gamer", take a look back at Tobago, and mention surprises.  Finally, we go back ten years ago, to 2003, and talk about our favorite ten games from then.

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In this show, Geoff talks about game security, and we hear why party games matter.  Mark explains that less is more, Matt talks about solo gaming, and Brian examines atypical randomization.  We give the latest news, listen to a truly horrible tale, and talk about Swordfish, Suburbia, Legendary, and Mutant Meeples.  We muse on the future of 2013 and gaming, and then talk about games that we are experts in.  Maybe.

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Well, it's 2013, so as usual, we take a look back five years ago and talk about the best games - now that we have half a decade to muse on the subject.  We also talk about Lancaster, Man Bites Dog, and Power Grid: the First Sparks as well as other games.  Finally, we answer a plethora of questions, including Tom's thoughts on Duel of Ages 2, Space Alert, and more!

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Hooray, another episode!  In this show, we talk about the Dice Tower Kickstarter - and also get into our favorite topic - great games!  We review City of Remnants, Mice and Mystics, German Railways, and Fluxx.  Brian takes us back to Hey, That's My Fish!, while James talks about being the villain.  The Pirates come on and spread some sort of nonsense, while Geoff talks about cheating some more.  We do a three-way smackdown between Marvel Legendary, DC Deckbuilder, and Sentinels of the Multiverse - and end the show talking about what to do when there is a heated rules dispute.

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And part two of our best and worst of 2012 show!  In this episode, we talk about the best cooperative games, most innovative games, strangest games, best expansions, best reprints, biggest brain burners, favorite gaming events, and a host of other categories.  We end the show with our top ten games of 2012 - and what we are looking forward to in 2013.

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Tom, Eric, and host of others all join forces (like Voltron!) to give you the best of 2012.  In this first half of the show, we give our thoughts on the 2012 as a whole, as well as the biggest news stories of the year.  We talk about our biggest surprise, and our biggest disappointment.  Everyone picks the game with the best components, the game with the best artwork, the worst game, the best card game, best party game, best kids game, and best family game.  Lots of fun, and a Happy New Years to everyone!

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