The Dice Tower (The Dice Tower)

In this show, we talk a lot about "roll and write" games.  What are they?  Why do we like them?  And most importantly, what are our favorites?  We also talk about Hype and games, and Eric shows up with a question!

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In this episode, we review Oh My Goods, Steamrollers, Dungeon Rush, and Seikatsu.  We dare to disagree with Geoff, interview the always talkative Stephen Buonocore from Stronghold Games, and hear a chilling tale of horror.  Finally, we talk about ten great games to teach math!

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In this show, we talk about Noria, Shipwreck Arcana, Istanbul Dice, the Mind, Shop & Time, and Dragon Castle.  We also talk about a few apps, dummy players in games, and answer some listener questions!

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In this show, we recap games we saw at recent conventions! We talk about Untold: Adventures Await, Caper, Space Freaks, Prowler's Passage, Clank! the Mummy's Curse, Nimble, Haven, Otys, Nyctophobia, Container, End of the Rail, Songbirds, Suamurai Jack Back to the Past, Keyper, Drop It, The Mind, and Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time.  Whew!

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In this show Eric talks about Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks, Fantastiqa: Rival Realms, and The Willow Game (1988, Tor Books).  We also discuss are there TOO MANY GAMES?  Food when playing games is brought up, questions are answered, and finally we talk about our top ten "cute" games!

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In this show, we talk about London, Space Base, Dungeon Draft, Import/Export, Kepler 3042, Edge of Darkness, and Sakura.  We also discuss lending our games to others, have a visit from Eric, and more!

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In this show, we talk about Get Off My Land!, Star Wars Clue, Awkward Guests, Noria, Tiki Island, and Vampires of the Night.  We answer questions like why our voices are so slow, games as luxury items, and obnoxious players.  We hear a tale of horror, and then end the show talking about our favorite food-themed games.

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Welcome to the Dice Tower!  In this show we talk about Ancestree, 1846 Race for the Midwest, Castell, Ladder 29, Roar: King of the Pride, and Gentes.  Eric shows up to cause trouble, and we take a look at some classic games like Biblios and Manhattan.  Finally, we end the show talking answering a few questions from listeners, such as board game apps and the "Jones" rule.

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In this episode, we talk about Zombie Tower 3D, Rising Sun!, Vampires & Unicorns, Clank in Space, and Biotix.  Eric talks about games to take to a church game day, Geoff talks about counterfeiting, and we invited Jeff Tidball from Atlas Games to talk about the current state of the hobby!  Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite games with monsters in them!

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In this episode, we talk about Empires of the Void II, Chronicles of Crime, Kerala, Santa Maria, Dinosaur Island, and Indian Summer.  Eric also jumps in for some reason, we talk about Herbalism on Kickstarter, go over a few apps, and finally end the show with a discussion on player counts in board games.

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In this episode, we talk about Lords of Hellas, The Sanctuary, Shaky Manor, FEAR, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Catan VR!  Geoff joins us for some GameTek, Tom gives our convention schedule for 2018, and we answer some questions!  Finally, we end the show with our favorite games from fifteen years ago - 2003!

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In this episode, we talk about Legacy of Dragonholt, Dream On!, Heaven and Ale, Blend Coffee Lab, Tybor de Baumeister, and Bunny Kingdom.  We also answer a few questions, take a look at some older games, and more!

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In this show, we take a look at Unlock and Exit, You Betcha, Keyper, Azul, Hardback, and Ponzi Scheme.  We also hear a tale of horror (anger?), listen to Geoff's wise words, and finish the show with our top ten games from ten years ago - 2008!

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In this episode, we take a look at Magic Maze, Bali, Smile, Brides and Bribes, Deckscape, Harry Potter expansion, and more!  We also take a look at an escape room book, a few apps, and talk about what will be hot and cold (we think!) in 2018.

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In this show, we talk about Stuffed Fables, Gaia Project, Majesty for the Realm, Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea, Yokohama, and Grimm Forest!  Tom also introduces our 2018 Kickstarter, starting this Thursday, we listen to a GameTek and a tale of Amazement, and answer several questions.  Finally, we follow our annual tradition of going back five years and revisiting our favorite games from 2013!

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In this show, we talk about our numbers 11-20 of 2017!  What games were amazing, but just missed out on the top ten!  Our last show from 2017, see you next year!

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Joined by Suzanne, we delve into the year 2017!   First we spend some time talking about the different trends of the year, then we jump into our biggest surprise and disappointment, favorite art and components, most innovative game, strangest game, biggest brainburner, best family and party game, and more!  Finally, we end the show talking about the top ten games of 2017.

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In this show, we are joined by Mandi, Suz, Sam, Zee, and Jason for our second annual Dice Tower Cruise Live Show! (and we got the sound quality right!)

We spend time talking about recently played games that we each have enjoyed, and answer some really great questions from the crowd.

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In this show, we talk about Pie Town, Montana, The Palace of Mad King Ludwig, Harvest Dice, Meeple Circus and Sunny Day.  We also go back and take a look at Roll Through the Ages and For Sale, talk about Jeju Island, and look at a few apps!

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In this show, we are recording live from PAX Unplugged 2017.  We pull various people from the crowd to talk about their and our experiences, mention a few games that we've played, and hear Geoff talk about...losing?  Finally, we end the show being joined by Sam and Zee for our top ten games that need a sequel.

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In this show, we talk about Richard the Lionheart, Indian Summer, Space Freaks, Wasteland Express Delivery Service, Meeple Circus, and Pyramid of the Sun.  We hear a tale of mystery, and end the show with our top ten experiences of the huge Spiel fair at Essen 2017.

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In this episode, we come to you live from Essen!  The four hosts are joined by Sam and Zee for some thoughts on the fair itself.  Our comedy team makes an appearance, and we end the show with our annual game show!

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In this show, we talk about Whistle Stop, Matryoshka, Sundae Split, Taiwan Monster Brawl, Klondike Rush and Unearth.  We also take a look back at Saint Malo and Mexica, and answer some listener questions.

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In this episode, it's all about the upcoming Spiel fair in Essen Germany!  We talk about the Dice Tower plans for the show, give some tips and ideas for attending the show, and then dive in, with all four of us giving our top ten games we are looking forward to at the show!

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In this show, we talk about Tesla vs Edison: Duel, Azul, Samurai Gardner, Castles of Burgundy Dice Game, London, and Okey Dokey.  We also talk about a few new apps, and how people (you!) feel about digital app integration with physical games.

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In this show, we are joined by Rebecca Thomason and talk about Wizards Wanted, Paper Tales, Bob Ross: the Game of Chill, Potion Explosion Fifth Ingredient, Orleans Trade & Intrigue, and Rialto.  We also hear a tale of hurricanes, how to learn games from Geoff, and answer a few questions, including how to house rule games.  Finally, we talk about our favorite games for creative people.

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In this episode, we talk about Lisboa, Word Slam, Apocrypha, and Flipships.  In "Take My Money", we cover Legend of Korra, and we go back to talk about Pastiche and Kahuna.  Finally, Mandi and Suzanne end the episode answering questions from our listeners!

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Just a quick update to let everyone know what's happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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In this show, we talk about Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game, Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, Four Seasons, Mini Park, Custom Heroes, and Word Domination.  We also discuss a few games on Kickstarter, a couple game apps, and talk about how price affects our decisions for buying board games.

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In this show, we are joined by Marie Poole from Lone Shark Entertainment.  We talk about Whitehall, Twilight Imperium 4, The Expanse,  The Goonies Adventure Card Game, Dice Forge, and Colony.  We hear a tale of treachery, answer questions and talk about internet negativity, hear a triple play from GameTech, and end the show with our top ten ridiculous components in games.

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In this episode, Mandi and Suzanne introduce themselves, talk about Argent the Consortium, Tokyo Highway, Skyward, Bohnanza the Duel, Vegas Wits and Wagers, Sentient, Ninjitsu, and Diesel Demolition Derby.  They also rave about Amerigo and Caylus, a bit about conventions, and more!

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In this show, we talk about Near and Far, Terraforming Mars: Hellas and Elysium, Pit Crew, Logic Cards, Ghosts Love Candy, Wordsy, Dice Forge, and Saboteur: the Duel.  We also discuss the megagame we played at Dice Tower convention 2017, and our thoughts on megagames and whether or not we'll play another one!

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In this show, joined by Jamie from the Secret Cabal, we talk about Too Many Bones, Star Traders, and Spirit Island.  We also hear a wonderful tale of Amazement, and then it's headfirst into GenCon!  We answer questions about GenCon from those who haven't gone before, and talk about the ten games we are most looking forward to from the convention itself!

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In this show, we are joined by Sam Healey and Zee Garcia and a host of other Dice Tower contributors to talk about board games, play in a live game show with folks from the audience, and then answer questions from the same audience.  All done live at Origins Game Fair 2017!

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In this show, co-hosted by Tony McRee from Rolling Dice and Taking Names, we talk about Thunderstone Quest, Monopoly Gamer, Indulgence, Deckscape: Test Time, Downforce, and Lignum.  Geoff talkes about the Yips, we hear a tale of Horror, and answer a pile of questions from one listener!  Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten games that work well with five players.

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Joined by a host of contributors, we hand out the Dice Tower Awards for the best games of 2016.  From best small publisher game to most innovative to game of the year, join us and out network as we choose the winners!  Afterwards, Sam, Tom, Zee, and Eric answer questions from the audience at Dice Tower Con 2017.

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In this show, we talk about Unearth, STROOP, They Who Were, Godfather: Corleone, Arena: of the Gods, and Paradox.  We then discuss the Spiel des Jahres nominees for 2017, and talk about which we think will win and should win.

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In this episode, we talk about Viral, Stop Thief, Immortals, Completto, the Play Dirty Expansion for Steam Park, and Startups.  Geoff talks about crystals, we hear a tale of horror, and answer questions about talking about jobs and an anti-Dice Tower faction.  Finally, we end the show discussing our favorite puzzle games.

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In this episode, we talk about Mechs vs. Minions, Balloon Pop, Quartz, Arena For the Gods!, Champions of Midgard Expansions, and LYNGK.  Then, Eric and Tom talk about how to teach board games to others, mistakes to avoid, and more!

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In this show, we talk about Near and Far, This War of Mine, Flatline, Mole Rats in Space, Don’t Mess With Cthulhu, and Ethnos.  We also answer a pile of questions, talk about drinking games, and end the show with our top ten games that are best with three players.  Rich Sommer is the guest third host.

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In this show, we talk about Kerala, Alien Frontiers App, RISK: Star Wars Edition, Excape, Booo!, Ghostel, Ghostbusters 2, and Toilet Trouble.  Finally, we discuss playing horror games with children.

 

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In this episode, Tom and Eric are joined by Mandi Hutchinson to discuss Word Slam, Honshu, Wizards of the Wild, City of Zombies, The Lost Expedition, and Yokohama, and Geoff talks about the pros and cons of tiebreakers. We also present a karmic Tale of Gaming, answer some questions from the mailbag, and complete the set by presenting our Top Ten Set Collection Games.

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In this episode, we talk about the Hexbug games (Bugs in the Kitchen, BuggaLoop), Cat Box, Amun Re, and then all the different Escape Room games:  Escape the Room, Exit: the Game, Deckscape, Unlock!  We discuss the pros and cons of escape room games.  Enjoy!

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Sara from Renegade Games joins us as co-host when we discuss Problem Picnic Attack of the Ants, Flip City: Wilderness, Great Western Trail, and prototypes!  We also hear from Geoff, a tale of gaming, and answer questions about demoing games at conventions and musical gamers.  Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten trick-taking games!

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Tom is out AGAIN.  Anyway, Eric talks about some games and then gives us some puns.  

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In this show, Richard Ham takes Tom's place, and he and Eric talk about different games.  Including - Lemonade Stand, Pack of Heroes, Broken Token’s Firefly Crate, Um Reifenbrite, Jamsumo, Oh My Goods: Revolt in Longsdale, Magic Maze, and Unlock!

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In this show, Tom is missing, but Richard Ham (Rahdo) steps in, and he and Eric talk about Math Fluxx, Disney World gaming (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Agent P’s Secret Mission, A Pirate’s Adventure), The Goonies Adventure Card Game, and Rhodes.  They also answer questions, hear another Tale of gaming, and end with their top ten conflict resolutions in games.

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Suzanne joins us for a quick episode, in which we talk about Avenue, Maze Racers, Escape Room The Game: Welcome to Funland, Rocky Road a la Mode, Braintopia, Hounded, Fugitive, Moons, and Nautilion.

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Suzanne Sheldon joins as our first co-host to talk about Ascension: Gift of the Elements, Go Go Gelato, Orleans Invasion, Tokaido (app), Onirim (app), and Exit The Game (Secret Lab).  Geoff shows up to talk about pie, we hear a tale of gaming, and end the show with our top ten deckbuilding/pool building games.  Welcome to the new format!

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Sam Healey and Joe Steadman join us for this retrospective look at the Dice Tower over the last 500 episodes!  Recorded live at GAMA 2017, the quartet talk about some games they saw at the trade show.  We also listen to plenty of Eric's puns, Tom's idiotic statements, segments sent in from all the contributors and several listeners, and catch up on what Sam and Joe are doing now!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten favorite moments of the Dice Tower.

Oh, and maybe a song or two.

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In this episode, Tom and Eric recount their recent journeys to PAX East, The GAMA Trade Show, MeepleCon and ConnCon, including discussions of The Captain Is Dead, First Martians, Dozen’s Donuts, Toilet Trouble, The Colonists, Flamme Rouge, and SPY. Plus, Bringing Up the Meeples talks about Morals, Itai Perez discusses a French gaming influence, and Eric runs through his Top 10 new games he saw at GAMA.

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In this show, we talk about Jeju Island, Oh My Goods, Naturally Disastrous, the Kingsport Card Game, Cthulhu KoT, Coal Baron Card Game, and Mole Rats in Space.  We also hear a tale of Horror, answer questions, hear from a gaggle of contributors, and end the show talking about the games we'd like to play with each other.

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In this episode, we talk about Gloomhaven, Isle of Monsters, Wind the Film!, Mint Works, answer a few questions, and hear a tale of horror.  We end the show with our top ten space games!

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In this show, we talk about Bear Valley, Tricky Track, Picassimo, Castles of Calandale, Lady Richmond, and a chess tournament!  We hear a tale of horror, a tale of friendship, a biography of a boardgame, competing opinions on Dungeon, and answer questions!  Finally, we end the show talking about when components to a game turn us off from playing it!

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In this show, we take a look at Kashgar, Ave Roma, Arcadia Quest Pets, Arcadia Inferno, Nerdy Inventions, 8-28, and Potion Explosion app.  Geoff talks about AI, we hear a remarkable tale of Amazement, and we end the show going back 20 years and talking about our favorite games from 1997.

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In this show, we talk about Tiny Epic Galaxies: Into the Black, Lotus, Me Want Cookies, Assault of Giants, RoboRally, and Villages of Valeria.  We also hear a couple of tales, answer questions, have a pile of cool segments, and talk about the games that have had the biggest impact on us!

Links to the new shows:

Board Game Blitz - http://www.boardgameblitz.com/
The Family Gamers - http://www.thefamilygamers.com/
Our Turn Podcast - http://ourturnpodcast.com/

 

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In this show, we talk about New York Slice, Papa Paolo, Second Tide, Ave Roma, Ghostel, and Ta Yu.  We hear a Battlestar Galactica Tale of Betrayal (although not the way you think), talk about snacks and lack of dice in games, and end the show with a fifteen year look back at 2002, and our favorite games from that year.

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In this show, we talk about Hero Realms, Batman The Animated Series The Dice Game, When I Dream, Revenge of the dictators,  Running with the Bulls,  and Jump Drive.  A host of contributors join us, talking about everything from randomness to Hare and Tortoise!  We have a tale of Horror and Amazement, and end the show talking about our 2017 gaming resolutions.  Again.

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In this show, we talk about Vikings Gone Wild, Dicemasters, Santorini, Jorvik, X Nimmt, and the Mysterium app.  We answer several questions, hear a tale of sadness, and end the show with our favorite games from ten years ago - 2007!

Join our fundraiser here!  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dice-tower-season-13-podcast

 

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In this show, we take a look at Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Rubik’s Race, Lion Guard: Protect the Pridelands, Flamme Rouge, Liar’s Dice, and Phase.  Tom reviews a pile of games in a few minutes, we hear from several contributors, and a great tale of Amazement!  Finally, we end the show talking about the top ten games we are looking forward to in 2017.

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In this show, we introduce our 2017 Fundraiser!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dice-tower-season-13-podcast

We also talk about Cosmic Eons, Days of Ire (Coop), Mino & Tauri, Motion Pictures, Trick of the Rails, and Munchkin CCG.  We also hear a tale of Betrayal, and then we talk about what Tom considers to be the best year in gaming - 2012!

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In this show, we talk about Great Western Trail, Deep Sea Adventure, No Siesta, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Gooseberry, and the  Pokemon trading card game.  We also here a tale of Horror, a tale of Sadness, and a tale of Amazement!  Finally, we completely clear out our question queue!

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Tom, Eric, and a host of contributors take a look at 2016 and talk about the best and worst games of the year!

 

Show Notes:

1:14 - Intro

4:43 - Year as a whole

15:55 - Biggest Surprises

22:56 - Biggest Disappointments

28:25 - Best Components

32:40 - Best Art

38:05 - Worst Games

41:42 - Best Card Games

47:57 - Best Family Games

53:11 - Best Party Games

56:26 - Best Cooperative Games

1:03:07 - Best Children's Games

1:07:54 - Most Innovative Games

1:13:56 - Strangest Games

1:16:56 - Best Expansions

1:20:58 - Best Reprints

1:24:01 - Biggest Brainburners

1:27:10 - Favorite Game Events

1:33:47 - Top 10

2:02:26 - Other Categories

2:07:00 - Looking at 2017

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It's our live show from the Dice Tower Cruise 2016!  Sam, Jason, and Zee join us as we talk about some of the games we played and enjoyed, the cruise itself, a Tale of Treachery, and questions from the audience!

You can see the video version here:

https://youtu.be/Ahk2bEX5vP8

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In this show, we take a look at Saloon Tycoon, Habitats, Morpheus,  and Dale of Merchants 2.  We hear a different type of Tale of Awkwardness, here from Board Game Gumbo, Bonus Action, GameTek, Cult of the Old, Board Game Biopsy, and Sweet Spot.  We answer a pile of questions including breaking into a new game group, and end the show discussing how we can get others to play the games we want.

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In this show, we talk about Escape Room: the Game, Glux, Honshu, Arkham Horror: the Card Game, Escape from Colditz, and Hanamikoji.  We talk about BGG.con, hear a very awkward Tale, and end the show with our top ten games that it seems everyone has forgotten but us.

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Folks, this is a special episode, one I didn't put together.  It's from Nights at the Game Table, which can be found here:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/65262

 

It's about the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, and one person that we were able to help and their story.  I hope you find it interesting.

 

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In this show, we talk about Mechs vs Minions, Not Alone, OctoDice, Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier, 4 Gods, Seafall, Star Wars Destiny, and Blood Bowl.  Geoff talks about the electoral college, we hear a tale of Horror and about worker placement, and end the show answering a pile of your questions!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 3:24am PDT

In this episode, we talk about Hamsterbande, JurassAttack, Animals on Board, Warquest, the Dominion Upgrades, and Grand Prix.   We also hear from some contributors, answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our thoughts on sports vs. games!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:17am PDT

In this show, we talk about Great Western Trail, Adrenaline, Islebound, Power Grid: The Card Game, Chromosome, and Terraforming Mars.  We also hear the history of Acquire, talk about our Essen 2016 experiences, and end with our top ten games to use to entice video gamers into the hobby.  Again.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:28am PDT

Note:  We recorded in a room with a lot of echo, thus you'll notice that in the recording.  Not much we could do about it, sorry!

Tom, Eric, Sam, Zee, and more join together to talk about some interesting games we saw at the Spiel Fair at Essen.  We then do a rousing game of Stronghold vs. Iello Family Feud, then answer some questions live.

Thanks to IELLO for sponsoring the room!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:30am PDT

In this episode, we talk about Heroes of Kaskaria, the Castles of Burgundy Card Game, Marvel Legendary: Guardians of the Galaxy, and Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle.  We hear from the Sweet Spot and Boardgame Biopsy, hear a sad tale of Horror, and finish the show with our top ten "real time" games!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:07am PDT

In this show, we record live from the Portal store in Manchester, Connecticut.  We talk about A Feast for Odin, Stealing Mona Lisa, Arcane Academy, Automania, Mechs vs. Minions, and Take the A Train.  We also answer some live questions, and finish up letting you listen to part of a live Wits and Wagers game!

 

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 3:45am PDT

In this show, we talk about City of Spies, Bluffalo, Rock Paper Poker, Agricola Family, AssassinCon, and Mythe.  We answer several questions - as well as ask the audience a question, and hear a sad tale of shame.  Geoff and the Sweet Spot show up, and we end the show talking about the person most responsible for getting us into board gaming.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

In this episode, we talk about Masmorra, New Bedford, Let them Eat Cake, Flag Dash, Dungeon Busters, and Backyard Builders Treehouse.  We hear from Board Game Gumbo and Mark Zielinski, and answer more from our pile of questions.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten Push-Your-Luck Games!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:42am PDT

In this show, we talk about Agamemnon, Junk Art, Back to the Future, Terraforming Mars, Codex, and Great Dinosaur Rush.  We answer questions about teaching kids to lie and more, hear a tale of betrayal, test out a new segment Biopsy of a Game, and hear about Geoff's Ghostbuster adventures.  Finally, we end the show talking about games that would make a great game show!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:33am PDT

In this episode, we talk about The Others, Hit Z Road, Energy Empire, The Pursuit of Happiness, The King’s Men, and The Ravens of Thri Sahashri.  We hear a board game biopsy, hit the sweet spot, answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten games to get role players into the board gaming hobby.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

In this episode, we talk about 

The Networks, Play Me, (The King’s Men), Exposed, Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails, Klank,  and Tavurua.  Mr. Counter takes a look at Emerald, Eric tries to guess favorite games of college students, a tale of Treachery is spun, and we talk about press-your-luck games.  Finally, we end the show talking about what our go-to game is when traveling.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:03am PDT

In this episode, we take a look at Seafall, Mansions of Madness, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu,  and Fantahzee.  We hear a tale of Horror, from several of our contributor, and then end the show with our top ten stressful games!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 7:41am PDT

In this show, we are LIVE in Indianapolis, IN, in front of our largest convention audience yet, for Gen Con 2016. Tom, Eric, Sam, and Zee discuss their thoughts on the convention. We present a live Tale of Horror. Publishers announce new releases live on stage. Jason live tweets from the Fantasy Flight InFlight report. The Secret Cabal invades to run a game show. We take questions from the audience. And oh yes the singing. There is singing.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

In this show, we take a look at Cry Havoc, Arcane Academy, Bring Your Own Book, Oh my Goods, Tiny Epic Western, Mad Science Foundation, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, Hide the Kids, and Dino Race.  We hear from Mark, have some gumbo, hit the sweet spot, and end the show with a pile of listener questions.  It's Question Palapalooza # who knows what!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 2:38am PDT

In this episode, part two of our GenCon special, we invite Tony Topper and Jamie Keagy from the Secret Cabal and talk about the upcoming GenCon 2016 convention!  We go over tips for the convention, and then go over our top ten most anticipated games!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:36am PDT

Hey now, it's part one of our two part episode in which we preview GenCon 2016!  We answer questions about the convention, and go over a huge pile of games releasing at the fair!  

You aren't seeing things, we decided to put the Cabal's show on our feed for convenience!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:27am PDT

In this episode, we talk about Cry Havoc, Arcane Academy, Bring Your Own Book, Oh my Goods, Tiny Epic Western, Mad Science Foundation, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, Hide the Kids, and Dino Race!  We hear from Mark at Origins, a tale of horror, and finally end the show with our top ten overrated games.  Prepare the knives!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 7:13am PDT

We are joined by a host of contributors to present the best games of 2015!  With fourteen awards, and recorded live at Dice Tower Con 2016, we congratulate the winners of most innovative game, best artwork, best family game, and more!  We end the show taking questions from the audience to Eric, Tom, Sam, and Zee.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 7:08am PDT

NOTE:  Due to some file transfer issues, this episode is a week late, AFTER Dice Tower Con.  Sorry about that!

In this show, we take a look at 

Guildhall Fantasy Trio, Burano, Ghost-Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, Fool’s Gold, Garbage Day, and Dead Last.  A plethora of contributors join us, from law cases to DnD horror stories!  We start a quick contest, answer a few quesions, and finally end the show with our top ten ancient era games!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:07am PDT

In this show, Sam Healey and Zee Garcia join as hosts and we talk about some of the games we saw at Origins, including Tyrants of the Underdark, Captain Sonar, and more!  Chaz Marler gives his impressions, we play a live version of the Match Game, and we end the show answering questions including how we would die in an RPG.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 3:10am PDT

Huzzah!  In this pre-Origins 2016 episode, Eric and Tom talk about Guilds of London, Council of Four, IceCool, and Box of Rocks.  We hear from a TON of our contributors, from Takenoko to Um Reifenbreite to Imperial Settlers.  A harrowing tale of treachery is told, and we talk about our favorite ten medieval themed games.  But we don't end there, and finish with a question of the week IN THE SAME EPISODE.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 8:41pm PDT

In this show, recorded live at the UK Gaming Expo, Tom and Sam take a look at games they played before and during the fair, talk about our trip to London and Nottingham, and banter with a few Dice Tower contributors.  We also give a preview of Skythe.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 8:25am PDT

In this show, we discuss Coffee Roaster, Dream Factory, My First Carcassonne, Bear Valley, Magecraft, Bad Medicine, and Dwarves, Inc. The Sweet Spot looks at tense games, Luke introduces to to some racing games, The Solo Game Corner explores Healthy Heart Hospital, and we hear the Biography of Hive. Plus, a Tale of Boardgaming Horror, letters from the mailbag, and our tips on how to deal with obnoxious gamers.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

In this episode, we talk about Star Trek: Frontiers, Linkee, Happy Pigs, Legends of Draxia, Tichu, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, and Ladies and Gentlemen.  We are joined by special guest Jorge Garcia (Lost, Hawaii 5-0) and talk about his gaming past and treacheries.  We finally hear from Greg about the Gathering, listen to Geoff stir up a ruckuss, hear a tale of Amazement, and more!  Finally, we end this extra-long show with our top ten games with amazing card art.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:25am PDT

In this episode, we are taking a look at Isle of Skye, Stratos, Exodus Expansion, Magic duel deck, Stratos, and more!  We hear about a pig race, the history of Carcassonne, GameTek, and how to deal with horrible boxes.  And a pile of questions and answers!

Direct download: TDT458-TheDiceTower-Episode458.mp3
Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 7:41am PDT

In this show, we talk about Alan’s Adventureland, Shadow over Westminster, Histrio, The Palaces of Carrara, Ravenous River, and Dice City.  We also hear about an annoying gamer, Friday, bashing Monopoly, and a report on Tabletop Day at the F2Z headquarters.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten Creepy Crawlies games - games that feature bugs, spiders, worms, and more!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:50am PDT

In this show, we talk about Dungeon!, FreshFish, T’Zolkin: Tribes and Prophecies, Bastian, Spheres of Influence, DilluviaProject, and Greedy Greedy Goblins.  Tom talks about thesights and sounds of the Gathering of Friends, Eric goes through agamut of emotions with a bunch of Tales, and we hear from a greatnumber of great contributors!  Finally, we end the showtalking about how to pitch your game to apublisher.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:11am PDT

In this episode, we talk about Rockwell, Animal on Board, Meeple War,Prime Time, Medici, and Eric gives us a Pandemic Legacy Update.  We also answer questions about local game stores, Dicemasters, legacy games, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games for teaching math!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:17am PDT

In this show, we talk about Avalanche on Yeti Mountain, Mad Libs: The Game, Tigris and Euphrates, Conquest Stratego, Apotheca, Time Stories: Prophecy of Dragons, Thunder and Lightning.  We also hear from a variety of contributors, incluing Game Tech, History of Board Games, and more!  After a few tales, we finish up the show with thoughts on the retheming of games.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:54am PDT

In this show we talk about Mombasa, Smash Up Expansions, Scoundrel Society, Flip City: Reuse, Loot n Run, and Firefly Fluxx.  We also answer questions about gaming outside, "min-maxing" and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten politically themed games.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:37am PDT

In this show, we talk about Thunderbirds, Pied Piper, Northern Pacific, Millenium Blades, Knit-Wit, Monstrous, and Pecunia non olet.  We have a pile of contributions, including both old and new!  We end the show talking about power creep, and how it affects games.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:24am PDT

In this show, we talk about World’s Fair 1893, Epic Roll, Escape the Room, Valeria: Card Kingdoms, Latice, and Mission to Mars 2049.  We also answer questions about sleeving cards, contacting companies, falling asleep, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our favorite ten long games - games that are 3 hours or more!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 3:40am PDT

In this show, we delve live into the GAMA trade show, talking from there with Chaz Marler, Suzanne Sheldon, Jason Levine and more!  We are also joined by our regular contributors to make a real hodge podge of an episode, talking about both new and old games.  Finally, we end the show talking about going back in time to stop a game from being made!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 9:28am PDT