The Dice Tower (The Dice Tower)

In this show we are joined by Zee Garcia, Mark Zielinski, Jared Whitley, the guys from Secret Cabal, Steve Buonocore, Mary Prasad, Matt Hozey, Steve Avery, Jason Levine, and more!!  We talk about the convention and the games we've seen.  Then, we run a live game show, and finally finish up with some questions from the audience.  And revenge!

You can see a video of this show on the Dice Tower channel.

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In this show we talk about Witness, Burger Joint, Xia, Super Dungeon Explore Forgotten King, Chaosmos,  and String Safari.  Geoff gives a eulogy, we are joined by a couple other contributors, take a look back at Catan and Mystery of the Abbey, and hear both a tale of Horror and Amazement.  Finally, we end the show talking about our rules concerning food and drink at the gaming table.

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In this show, we talk about Frontier Stations, Traders of Osaka, Dominion Adventures, Dark Seas, Ars Alchimea, and Forge War.  We answer questions including our opinions on "takebacks" and choosing roles.  Finally, we end the episode with our top ten games to play at a restaurant.

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In this show, we talk about The Boardgame Geek Card Game, Trifecta, Duck Duck Go, Tigris & Euphrates, String Safari, Telepathy, and Dimension.  Our contributors talk about cheating, Ra, Top Promoter, Forbidden Island, and Game State.  We have a tale of Horror and a new Tale of Treachery!  We talk about copying board game design elements from other games, and finish the show discussing what it would take for a game to replace our current favorite game.

 

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In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Master Fox, Pew Pew!, One Zero One, Konito, Double Feature, and Space Movers.  We also get some GREAT questions from our listeners, and finish the show with our top ten game with fantastic plastic components!

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In this show, we talk about Greenland, Double Feature, Wordariffic, Emergence Event, Antidote, the Majority, and Race to the Rhine.  We talk about a few more games from our childhood, Geoff talks about stats, Bill about GenCon, and Brian about Star Wars Epic Duels.  We end the show with a question about metagaming.

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In this show, we talk about Hare and Tortoise, Xenoshyft, The Fittest, The Grasshopper and the Ant, Elevenses, and Pandante.  We answer questions about conventions, alpha gamers, and more - and finally end the show with our favorite ten game for a "double date."

 

 

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In this show, we discuss Brew Crafters, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Dominion: Adventures, and Stockpile.  Brian talks about Horse Racing Games, Table for Two about dancing, Bill about tournaments, Geoff about Entropy, and a new solitaire gaming segment!  We hear a tale of Horror AND more about gaming at the South Pole.  Tom talks about several upcoming games, such as 7 Wonders: Duel, 504, and City Mania; and we finish the show talking about whether or not box size affects our purchasing decisions.

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In this show, we talk about Harbour, Pirates, Ninjas, Robots, Zombies, Grasshopper and the Ant, Tragedy Looper, Orleans, Bang: the Dice Game, and Grimoire.  We answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten cooperative games!

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Hey, we're back! In this show, we talk about Council of Verona, Firefly Blue Sun, Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit, Viticulture + Tuscany, the Bruges expansion, Quilt Show, and Balderdash.  Eric ruins someone's convention, we talk about legal recourse against Kickstarter, and are joined by a host of contributors.  Finally, we end the show with our thoughts on playing people's game prototypes.

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Well, we wanted to do something special for episode 400, so we invited in FOUR co-hosts!  Sam Healey, Zee Garcia, Geoff Englestein, and Stephen Buonocore join us as we talk about some recently played games, and what's in store for us in the future.  But wait, there's more!  We are joined by several surprise guests, including designers, podcasters, and a voice from way back in the Dice Tower!

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Mark Streed and Zee Garcia join us this week, as we record a show live at the GAMA 2015 Trade Show.  We go through a pile of games we enjoyed, including Forbidden Stars and Spit it Out!, and talk about each of the companies we talked to with their upcoming projects.

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In this show, we talk about Can't Stop: Rolling Down the Highway, Welcome to the Dungeon, Batman Love Letter, Harbour, 99 Chances, and Captains of Industry.  Geoff talks about scoring tracks, Brian about Around the World in 80 Days, and several other contributors join us!  We have a couple of tales, talk about games gone by, and end the show with what we want to see in a board game cafe.

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In this show, we talk about Pictomania, Dragon's Gold, The Worst Game Ever, Pandemic: State of Emergency, XCom: the Board Game, and the Witcher.  We also hear from Geoff on poker, answer a pile of questions, and tell you our favorite "bang for the buck" games.

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Tom is absent from this show as Eric takes over, joined by the hosts of Flip the Table.  In this show, they talk about the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, X-Files board game, PBL Robots, Costa Ruana, Troll Hunt, and more!  Special guests show up, including the folks from Not Just Another Gaming Podcast, a Tale of Horror is given, and the show ends with a game show!

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In this show, we talk about Video Game High School, But Wait, There’s More!, DnD Dice Masters, King of New York with The Child, Caveman Curling, and Pirate Pete.  We also answer questions, and then end the show with our top ten favorite pick-up-and-delivery games.

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In this show, we talk about Five Tribes, Xia, Krosmaster Junior, Mystery Rummy # 5 - Escape from Alcatraz, X-com, and Pressure Cooker.  We are joined by a host of contributors offering strategy, Christmas gaming, old games, and how to build a game group.  We have a tale of amazement and one of horror, and bring back gaming stererotypes!  Finally, we end the show with our favorite ways to play Catan.

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In this show, we talk about Witness?, OWACON, Bullfrogs, Captains of Industry, Imperial Assault, and Cubo.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our favorite games from 15 years ago - the year 2000!

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In this show, we talk about Empire Engine, Artificium, Kings of Israel, Robot Turtles, Cthulhu Wars, Hyperborea, Pints of Blood, and Dogs of War.  We have a tale of horror and of amazement, Mark talks about his kids, Mary about Tichu strategy, and Brian about Mancala.  Tom discusses why the Dice Tower is about games, but especially the people who play them; and we end the show with our favorite dice found in games.

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In this show, we talk about Shadow Throne, Murano, Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age, Canterbury, and Tesla: Master of Lighting.   Greg talks about the new Counter magaizine, Bill gives tips for running a game event, and we answer a pile of listener questions.  Finally, we go back ten years, and talk about our favorite games from 2005.

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In this show, we talk about Pay Dirt, Monsters and Maidens, Patchwork, Jochen der Rochen, Orleans, Power Grid “Deluxe”, Essen, and Royals.  We have a Tale of Amazement, a Tale of Horror, A Board Game Magic Moment, legal advice, a look at games from our childhood, and more!  We end the show talking about silly and awesome names that publishers give to board games.

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In this show, we take a look at the games: The Ancient World, Spike, Waggle Dance, Noble Treachery, Kerflip, and Fire Dragon.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show taking a look back five years ago - at the best games of 2010!

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In this show, we welome the New Year, talk about holiday gaming and gifts received.  We take a look at Doodle Quest, Roll for the Galaxy, Temporum, Rattlebones, Zoneplex, and more!  Bill talks about conventions, Bryan about an older game, and we look at our gaming resolutions for 2015.  Finally, we introduce our 2015 Kickstarter!

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In the second half of our mega end-of-the-year 2014 show, we are joined by a host of contributors to talk about the best expansion, strangest game, biggest brainburner, best cooperative game and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten board games of 2014, and what we're looking forward to in 2015.  Happy New Year, everyone!

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In this show, we take a look back at the year 2014 in regards to boardgames.  We are joined by the entire Dice Tower Network to talk about the year as a whole, the biggest news stories of the years, our biggest surprises, biggest dissapointments, best components, best artwork, worst game, best card game, best party game, best kids game, best family game, and more! Join us for this super-sized spectacular as we celebrate the great gaming year of 2014.

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In this episode, we are joined by Bill Carrigan to once again talk about board games.  We look at X-Files the game, Happy Pigs, the Castles of Mad King Ludwig,  Istanbul, Hanabi Deluxe, and more!  We also answer a bunch of questions, then end the episode with our top ten party games!

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We start this show with a Tale of Amazement, although there is Horror to be found also! We also talk about Mysterium, Dead Man’s Draw, Evolution, Planes, Sentinels board game, St. Petersberg, Super Rhino, and Nexus Ops.  Finally, we end the show talking about whether modern games have completely replaced "classic" games for us.

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In this show, we take a look at Cherry Picker, Alchemists, The Game of 49, Roll Through the Galaxy, and Red7.  We then jump back into part 2 of our live show from BGG.con, including special guests such as Scott Alden, Eric Lang, and Mike Elliott.

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Joined by special co-hosts Rich Sommer and Erik Herman, we interview a host of guests, including Dan King, Colby Dauch, Todd Rowland, Geoff Englestien, and more!  There's also some songs!  (Kind of).

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In this show, we review Colt Express, Kings of Israel, The Golden Ages, Nations the Dice Game, Yunnan, and Geister Ei. We also answer another pile of questions, and then talk about our favorite "engine building" games.

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In this episode, we take a look at Dreaming Spires, Robin, The Endless River, Xia, Alchemists, and Argent.  We are joined by Brian on No Thanks, The Angry Gamer on non-responsiveness, Geoff, and Bill, and answer a pile of questions.  Finally, we talk about games that we can't get anyone to play with us!

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In this show, we review Progress, Medieval Academy, Deus, Omega Centauri, Planes,  and Livestock Uprising.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten "one hit wonders."

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:37am PDT

In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Doodle City, Kanban, Essen, Pandemic the Cure, and the upcomin Magic: the Gathering Board Game.   We also discuss the Essen Spiel 2014 in depth, and then end the show with our favorite traits in a gaming opponent.

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In this show, we take a look at Uncanny X-men: Dicemasters!, Rococo, Medina, Subdivision, and Snapgammon.  Geoff and Brian take a look at older games, we get some more legal advice, and answer a few questions.  We finish up the show with a list of things we are looking for in a Kickstarter campaign/game.

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In this episode, Eric is on vacation, so Tom is joined by Zee Garcia.  We spend the show joined by contributors, talking about some of the games coming out at Essen Spiel, and the different games and expansions that we are most interested in.  

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In this show, we talk about King’s Forge, Villainy, Johari, Cartoon Network Fluxx, and Dungeon Roll.  Someone compares Munchkin to Cosmic Encounter, we discuss how to deal with controversial themes, and table etiquette.  Finally, we almost fall asleep at the end talking about our top ten most boring games!

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In this episode, we take a look at the new Wok Star, Vivajava the Dice Game, Impulse, Bucket King 3D, Star Realms, Warhammer 40K Conquest, and Good Cop Bad Cop.  Eric tells an extremely sad hotel story, we hear another tale of horror, and Tom talks about both CosmicCon and the Fantasy Flight Event Center.  Finally, we end with Eric interviewing Stu Paul, director of the short film The Lord of Catan.

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In this episode, we look at  Greed, Madame Ching, Rise of Empires, Ninja Dice, Athlas, and Games that Tell Stories.  We talk about preparing for Essen, using cell phones during games, and what to do when elminated from a game.  Finally, we talk about our top ten favorite ways to resolve conflict in games.  (In the game, not between players!)

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In this show, we look at the games Legendary Encounters, Level 7 Invasion, Diamonds, The Battle of Five Armies, Tragedy Looper, Battle Merchants, Star Realms IOS and Magnum Opus.  Geoff talks about game flow, Bill talks about running a convention for profit, and Brian takes a look back at Frank's Zoo. We also talk about our favorie companion apps for board games. Finally, we end the episode with a spoiler-heavy look at Risk: Legacy. The first 51 minutes of the show are spoiler free.

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In this show, we talk about Abyss, the Battle at Kemble's Cascade, Jerk, Bang: the Duce Game, Arcadia Quest, and Ten: The Game!  We cringe at another tale of horror, and talk about our Essen plans, math trades, how to get a game published, and using timers during games.  We end the show with our top ten Milton Bradley games!

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In this episode, we return to our normal schedule.  We look at several games, including City Hall, Dead of Winter, Pandemic: Contageon, Cosmic Dominion, Villainous Vikings, Worker Placement, Plucky Pilots, and Golem Arcana.  Brian discusses Medici, Greg visits another store, Geoff talks about those who hate to think, we get more legal advice, hear another tale of horror, and discuss some hot news.  Finally, we end the show asking what game released at GenCon are we most interested in, and why.

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In this show, Eric and Tom take a look back at the GenCon 2014 fair held in Indianapolis.  But we also spend a lot of time talking about games - including Black Fleet, Camel Up, Diamonds, Quilt Show, Castls of the Mad King Ludwig, King of New York, Kingsport: Festival, and Tragedy Looper.  We end the show taking a pile of listener questions and giving hopefully decent answers to them!

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In this show, we are joined by guest host Zee Garcia in our live show at GenCon!  An array of Dice Tower contributors join us, as well as folks from the Dice Tower network.  We talk about great games we saw at GenCon, our thoughts on the fair itself, and even a song or two!   

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This is part two of a two part preview of Gen Con 2014!  Jamie, Chris, and Tony join us from the Secret Cabal Podcast, where you can find part 1!

http://tinyurl.com/dtscgencon14

In this episode, we answer some questions about the covention, give some tips regarding Gen Con, and then each of us gives our top ten games we are looking forward to seeing at the convention!

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In this show, we talk about  Pagoda, Justice League Strategy Game, Destination Neptune, Bruges, New Haven, and Dino Dice.  A tale of horror is caused by us, and we give our top ten game from Eagle/Gryphon Games.

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In this show, we talk about Magnum Opus, Who Stole the Cookie?, Istanbul, Heroes Wanted, and Thunder Alley.  We hear about Hoity Toity, 3D printing, bad game design, and more!  We answer questions, and end the show talking about whether or not we get to play our favorite games enough.

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In this episode, we take a look at Heartland, Imperial Settlers, Destination Neptune, and Firefly: Pirates.  We hear about a dangerous woman, discuss whether or not boardgaming has become less fun for us, and answer a pile of other questions.  We end the show with our top ten games that teach or feature logic!

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In this episode, we take a look at Shadowrun Crossfire, Russian Railroads, Roads and Boats, Battle Sheep and more!  We discuss the Dice Tower Convention 3, point out Tom's glaring error, and talk about the future of the show.  Finally, we talk about what games to take with you to the South Pole!

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In this show, recorded live at Dice Tower Conventioni 2014, Tom and Eric are joined by a host of contributors to announce and present the best games of 2013 - the Dice Tower Award winners.  We also talk a bit about the convention, and are joined by Sam and Zee to answer questions from the audience.

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Eric decides to post something anyway on our week "off", and talks more about his experiences at Origins 2014.

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In this show, Tom goes to the floor of Origins and talks to random people he meets about the show.  Eric interviews his sons about their experiences, and we talk about the highlights of the Origins Game Fair 2014.

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In this show, we take a look at Kaosball, Lost Valley, Jupiter Rescue, Splendor, Starship Catan, and Zimbbos.  We answer questions about lending out our games and playing competitvely, and end the show with our top ten games that "take a minute to learn and a lifetime to master".

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In this episode, we talk about X-Wing, Mai Star, Happy Birthday, Arkadia Quest, Xenoshyft, and Rivet Wars.  Tom talks about the Dice Tower Origins 2014 plans, and also talks about his time at the Cool Mini or Not convention.  Greg talks about the worst stores ever, we answer questions, contributors chime in, and we end the show with the biggest surprises we've ever encoutered in a game.

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Steven Banas joins us, as we talk about Hot Tin Roof, Eldritch Horror, City of Iron, Hegemonic, Airlines Europe, and Kayanak.  A funny Tale of Horror is brought out, and we answer questions - such as how to deal with an angry gamer.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten "Next Step" games - games to teach people after they've started the hobby.

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In this show, Mark takes the ten by ten challenge, Geoff examines a gaming lawsuit, Brian takes a look at Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Bill talks about running a convention.  We review Hearthstone, Formula E, Marrying Mr. Darcy, Horse Show, Race Formula 90, and Dungeon Dice; and then take a look at the Spiel des Jahres nominees.  A Tale of Horror, questions, and our answers to "Do you keep track of your games played and wins/losses?" round up the show.

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In this show, we talk about Dungeon Petz, Khet, C3K, Mission Red Planet, Ka-boom, and Toss Your Cookies!  We also hear about a Tale of Jerkiness, why Eric hates Citadels, and several other questions and answers.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games with hidden objectives.

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In this show, we are joined by Brad Talton from Level 99 Games, and proceed to talk about Polar Derby, There’s A Moose In The House, the X-wing Rebel Transport, Ruse, Boss Monster, Android Netrunner: Honor and Profit, and Splendor.  We start a new game show, listen to a tale of Horror, learn how to win at rock-paper-scissors, hear about the Gathering of Friends, and answer a pile of questions!  Whew!  Finally, we end the show with ridiculous rules found in rulebooks.

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In this show, Tom talks about the gaming in LA, we discuss our Origins Game Fair plans, and we talk about The Agents,Cube Quest, Great Heartland Hauling Company, and Loot.  Once again we answer questions, we look at a slash fiction game, and we talk about our top ten asymetrical board games.

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In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Rogue Agent, Lewis and Clark, Celestial Rainbows, Quarriors: Light & Dark, Wooolf!, Capo dei Capi, Alien Hotshots, and Galactic Strike Force.  Brian takes a look back at Upwards, Tom and Eric examine the Dice Tower Network's game of the month, Settlers of Catan, we have a Tale of Horror - and we end the show with our favorite old TV shows that we wish became board games!

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In this episode, we take a look at Lewis and Clark, Oneupmanship, Freedom: the Underground Railroad, Pairs, and Mice and Mystics: Heart of Glorm. We descend into yet another tale of horror, answer some questions, and finish up the show with our top ten exploration games!

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In this show, we review Clash of Cultures, Eight Minute Empire Legends, Common Ground, Damage Report, and Splendor - while Eric gets angry at a game.  Geoff analyzes Werewolf, Mark talks about Adepticon, we talk about Origins and much, much more!  We end the show talking about how to deal with those who make fun of our hobby.

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In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Give it to the King, Get Lucky, Prosperity, Corto, Menu Mash-Up, Assassin's Creed: Arena, and more!  We then take a trip down memory lane as we examine our childhood and the games that we played throughout it.

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In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Concept, Nations, Blueprints, Krosmaster: Frigost, VOLT, Koryo, Smashup: Science Fiction Double Feature, and Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance.  Geoff talks about antidosis, Tom about baseball cards, Bill about conventions, Tom and Eric about theme, Eric about marriage, Brian about Glory to Rome, and Barry about - well....   Several contributors talk about their favorite games from childhood, and another Tale of Horror descends on us.

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With Eric away at the GAMA trade show in Las Vegas, Sam Healey and Zee Garcia join Tom to talk about Compounded, Firezne, Eruption, Battle for Souls, Last Will, and Colosseum.  They also answer a bunch of questions, before Dan King and Eric Summerer enter, live from Las Vegas, to give some news highlights and upcoming game information.

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In this show, Eric and Tom show up, but apparently not Tom's memory.  We talk about Warlock, the Great Zimbabwe, Machi Koro, Bugs in the Kitchen, and Steam Park.  Eric finishes a contest, we answer a pile of questions, and then we talk about our top ten funniest board games.  Again.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:22am PDT

In this show, we have another tale of Horror, and talk about Adventure Time Card Game, Hawken, Knockout, Concordia, Russian Railroads, and Coconuts.  Tom discusses his new book shelves, Brian talks about the Bottle Imp, we have another Unpub minute, Greg goes to another store, and much, much more!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:40am PDT

Still almost no Tom in this show - but the Cardboard Jungle guys show up to help host the show.  Our contest continues, questions are answered, and we end with a big game show!  With fabulous prizes!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:28am PDT

Almost no Tom in this episode, as the Flip the Table guys help Eric host part 1 of the TotalCon 2014 experience.  They talk about new games they've played at the show, have a multi-voice Tale of Horror, start a contest, and talk about giant and miniscule board games.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 7:00am PDT

In this show, we talk about several games, giving a detailed look at the upcoming Marvel: Dice Masters game.  We hear from several contributors, and end the show with our top ten auction games1

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

In this show, we take a look at Theseus, Scallywags, Dungeon Guild, Pandemic: The Cure, Crossways, and 1775 Rebellion. We also answer a pile of questions, and then end the show with our favorite games from 1999 - fifteen years ago!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:50am PDT

In this show, we look at the games Mush Mush, Robinson Crusoe, Scoville, K2, Loka, Professor Pugnacious' Portfolio of Perils, Pugilism, and Perfidy: The Card Game of Victorian Combat, and Myth. Brian talks about Show Manager, Greg goes to another store, we hear a truly terrifying tale - and finally, we end the show talking about moments of Gamer's Remorse.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:51am PDT

In this show, we talk about Attack the Darkness, Relic Expedition, Small World six player map, Star Trek TNG Deckbuilding Game, Monopoly Hotels, and Chikken. We answer a pile of questions, and then donate much of the show to look at the greatest year in board game history - a decade ago - 2004.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:55am PDT

In this show, we review Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts, Concordia, Ticket to Ride: Netherlands, Archon, Downtown, and Northwest Passage. Bill talks about scheduling, Geoff about memory, Brian about Citadels and Bohnanza, and Greg about another game store. We are horrified once again, talk about storing games in our houses, and end the show talking about the different types of currencies found in board games.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:58am PDT

In this show, we take a look at Battlelore 2, Evil Intent, Hollywood, Nations, What The Food?, and DC Deckbuilding: Heroes Unite. We also hear a stunning tale of dice horror, answer a pile of questions, and then talk about our favorite games from five years ago - 2009.

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:28am PDT

It's 2014 - huzzah!  In this show, Eric and Tom take a look at King & Assassin, Viva Topo, Baba Yaga, Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts, and Among the Stars: Ambassadors.  Greg visits an interesting gaming store in New York, Brian compares Merchants of Venus with Firefly, Geoff seems to forget something, Mark reviews Loka, Tish talks more about gaming groups, and Bill examines conventions as social events.  We also discuss how to run a Wits and Wagers gaming event, a tale of true horror, and our gaming resolutions for 2014.  Oh yeah, and we kick off our Kickstarter for 2014!

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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:56am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:18am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:34am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 3:44am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:35am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:53am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:42am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 2:30am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:53am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:15am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 3:54am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:14am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:14am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:58am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:32am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 3:14am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:44am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:52am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:13am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:10am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 6:31am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:51am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 8:59pm PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 4:44am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 5:12am PDT

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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Category:The Dice Tower -- posted at: 8:04pm PDT