The Dice Tower (The Dice Tower)

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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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 episode, we take a look at 1969, Villagers and Villains, and a couple tales of Horror!  We answer questions about signs of a hardcore gamer, and what to do with people who are rules crazy.  We end the episode with a list of our ten worst games of all time!

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And because choices are good, a special episode of the Dice Tower!

This is a special episode of the Dice Tower in which I interview Martin Wallace, renowned game designer of many games, including Age of Steam and Runebound. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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And because we're busy, another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we continue our contest for Ninja Galaxy and www.meeplepeople.com, with Rick and Moritz giving us the news. We talk about a UK game convention, mention Battlelore, and I review Killer Bunnies: Quest for the Magic Carrot. We answer several questions, and top off the episode with our top ten games that are designed by Reiner Knizia. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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And because it's my birthday, another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we continue our contest for Ninja Galaxy and www.meeplepeople.com, with Rick and Moritz giving us the news. Mike Hibberttalks about a UK boardgame convention, and Sam and I try to predict the winners of the Boardgamegeek awards. We read a few comments, Sam reviews Iliad, and we give our top ten list for one hit wonder games. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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And with a limerick, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we announce the winners from our Z-man Games/Viktory II contest, and start a new contest with three great prizes! Rick and Moritz give us the news, and Ted Cheatham talks about Gen Con. Tom interviews Peter Morrison, designer of Viktory II, and we talk about a Dice Tower fundraiser. Finally, after reviewing Simply Catan and Lord of the Rings: Confrontation, Sam and I give our top ten games from 1994 and 1995. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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And with a riddle only six people have guessed correctly so far, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we continue our contest for Viktory II and Z-man Games, and open up with our top ten list of games with wooden components. We listen to user feedback, talk about our forums, and listen to the news from Rick and Moritz. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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And in a new time slot, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we introduce a new contest to win Z-man games and Viktory II. There are three reviews, of Canal Mania, No Thanks!, and Loot! Simon Hunt joins us and talks about his game Take Stock! Mr. Whiney complains about second editions, Rick gives us the news, and Jason mourns the loss of Boardgamespeak. Finally, we end the show with our top ten games with plastic miniatures.We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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With Michael Stackpole, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we announce the winners of our contest for Darter, and listen to David Fair rave about Tichu. Moritz reviews a game, Jason tells us why multi player is no good, and Rick gives us the news as usual. Sam and I discuss the top ten games we don't play enough of; and the highlights of the show are an interview with Keith Blume from Eagle Games and Michael Stackpole talking about Origins. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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Because I finally got Skype to work, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, I continue the contest for Darter, as well as listen to the latest news from Rick and Moritz. Sam rejoins me, talks about his gaming in America - and Jason tells us why he prefers wargames. We answer some questions, and Eric Burgess joins me to talk about our top ten worst themes in games. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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Because I love my wife, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, I continue the contest for Darter, as well as listen to the latest news from Rick and Moritz. Yehuda Berlinger joins me for a top ten list of things we look for in a great game, and we have a preview of the World Boardgaming Championship by Jason White. My wife, Mr. Whiney, and that Blighty guy also all join us. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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Because I wanted to do a review of Origins, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this Episode, Rick Thornquist, David Fair, Paul Tevis, and Jim Van Verth all join me to give our top ten lists from Origins 2006. Also, Rick gives a ton of news, we finish up our Jolly Roger Contest, and start a new contest for Darter! We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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Because I got to Rick to post this blurb for me, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, Sam and I continue the Jolly Roger Games contest, and I preview Mental Floss, Ninja Galaxy, and 800: the Game of Verbal Perfection. Moritz gives some insights on German gaming, and Mr. Whiney responds to some of his feedback. Mike Hibbert reviews Football Tactics 2006, and while I gives my top ten animal games, Sam mentions his top ten games of all time! We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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Because I wanted to do a preview about Origins, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, I go at it alone for a preview of the Origins game convention. Of course, alone might be a bit of a stretch, since there are many audio clips, tips, and comments about the convention from others. If you are attending Origins, or thinking about going someday, this is the episode for you! We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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And from a new location (in the same city), another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, Sam and I announce the winners for the Dungeon Twister contest, introduce a new contest for Jolly Roger Games, and listen to Moritz defend game stores. Rick provides news, Doug provides a rant, and there are two reviews of Pirates Cove and Fuddy Duddy. Jim Dietz joins me for our top ten sports board games. We have the show available in .mp3 format, which you can download below by right clicking the link below, and selecting "save link as".

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