The Dice Tower

In this show, Tom answers some questions about the game fair in Essen, and talks about some of the new games he picked up there. Sturm and Geoff talk about game rules, and Moritz ambushes the listeners. Joe and Mark talk about their ASL conference, Sam reviews some new games, and we end the show talking about our top ten gimmicks in board games.

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In this episode, Geoff crunches some numbers, Eric and Tom talk about some recently played (or NOT played) games, and Giles goes head to head with Tom about Doom and Descent. We preview a couple of games, and take a look at an older game - Lost Cities. We discuss how much money the show makes us (hint - not much), and end the show with our top ten party games!

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In this episode, Sam Healey reviews Revolution; and Tom and Eric review Railways of the World and 2 De Mayos. We have a showdown between Acquire and Union Pacific, and discuss recently played games. We talk about deduction games, with input from several contributors - ending the show with our top ten deduction games.

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In this show, the Englesteins talk some more about their game design process, Moritz discusses solitaire gaming, and Giles and Mark show up with gaming goodness. We start a new question segment, talk about Arimaa, both the game and book, and discuss Attika. Brad concludes his interview, and we announce the top ten enemies of gaming!

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In this show, Tom and Eric discuss some recently played games, and Tom talks about Middle Earth Quest. Geoff gets random, Joe goes to war with his wife, Sam checks in from California, and Brad talks about WBC. Snow Tails and Formula D go in for a grudge match, and we dig into the vault - talking about Amun Re. We continue our contest for Gryphon games, and end the show with our top ten "Filler" games!

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In this episode, Eric Summerer joins us as the new co-host of the Dice Tower. Mary, Brad, and Mark talk about Origins 2009, and we start a great new contest from Gryphon Games. Geoff and his son start a series about a game they are getting published, and we talk about some exciting new game news. The podcast finishes with Eric and Tom talking about their top ten Parker Brother games.

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In this show, the Dice Tower gang, along with friends, announce the winner of the Dice Tower Gaming Awards, for the best games from 2008. We announce the most innovative game, best game from a new designer, best art/design in a game, best small publisher game, best family game, best reprint, best expansion, and Game of the Year!

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In this episode, Tom and Ben discuss several recently played games, including Funny Business, Triviathon, Cartagena 2, Dice Town, Twilight Struggle, Frontiers, and Bonobo Beach. We also talk about the best games and gaming experiences from Origins 2009.

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In this show, Ben Forgard joins Tom and they talk about some recent games, such as Timber Tom, Dominion, and Tales of Arabian Knights. Algo talks about Mechanicsburgo, Brad talks about Age of Steam, Steve talks about Monsters Ravage America, and Mark talks about playing games with children. We start a new contest, talk about gaming awards, and Geoff finishes up the show with his top ten train games.

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In this show, we say goodbye to Sam Healey, cohost of the show for 100 episodes! Geoff interviews a designer of the world's largest dice tower, Moritz sings a song, and Sam talks about his top ten games of all time.

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This is a special preview for Origins Game Fair 2009. Mark discusses taking your kids to Origins; Tom asks some questions about Puffing Billy, and Mary and Brad give some good tips for newcomers. Want to know what's going on, and what to see and do? Check out this episode!

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In this show, Giles raves about Red November, Moritz explains a game you've likely never heard of, and Mark talks about Warhammer Quest. Tom and Sam then spend the rest of the show talking about cooperative games - listing the major ones, and explaining why they are cooperative, and what makes them bad/good. We also answer a few questions near the end.

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In this episode, originally aired October 26, 2005, we ended one contest, and announce a new contest for Memoir '44 and all its expansions!. We review Beowulf and Formula De, and answer several user and random questions. Finally, we top the episode off with my top ten auction games, and Joe's top ten card driven war games.

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In this episode, Jim Reed talks about the usefulness of reviews, while Geoff talks about stats and train games. We review several games, including Galaxy's Edge, and talk about some game news - with Giles previewing Middle Earth Quest. Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten multiplayer conflict games.

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In this show, Tom and Sam give the results of their Cutthroat Caverns contest, and discuss using www.artscow.com to make custom game parts. Geoff talks about Chess ranking, while Giles muses on how adventure works with board games. We discuss various board game awards, and give our top ten adventure games.

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In this episode, we continue our contest for Cutthroat Caverns and expansions, and talk about Sam leaving the show. We discuss some upcoming expansions, and Geoff tells us how winning makes us lose. Moritz says goodbye to Dave Arneson, Giles talks about Australian game expos, and Mark discusses war game expansions. We discuss Tom's top ten games from 1994 - and end the show with an interview with Kimberly Maita about board game cruises.

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In this episode, Geoff tells us how to manipulate negotiations in games, and Moritz gives some suprising game news. Tom and Sam talk about some game news, their current gaming trends, and ideas for drafting in games. Finally, we end the show with our top ten games from ten years ago - in 1999.

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In this show, Jim Reed interviews Curt from Smirk and Dagger Games, discussing Cutthroat Caverns and more. Tom and Sam talk about news and answer questions - how many games should a gamer buy in a year? Finally, we give our top ten games from five years ago - 2004, and discuss 2004's effect on gaming.

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In this episode, Moritz wonders why not everyone enjoys cooperative games, and Giles talks about changing the components of Hive. Tom and Sam discuss Le Havre and Catan Geographies: Germany, and go over some news. Geoff, Tom, and Sam then discuss "pushing your luck" and how it's used in games - including the top ten Push Your Luck games.

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A special announcement from The Dice Tower.

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In this show, Tom and Sam talk about the best trading games, and Geoff talks about the mechanics of trading. We start a new contest to win Age of Steam, talk about some upcoming games and news. Moritz reviews the "living card game" from Fantasy Flight, and Mark reviews Red November. Finally, we review nineteen games in nineteen minutes!

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In this episode, Tom and Sam review Battlestar Galactica, while Geoff goes over evolution-themed games. Giles talks about a game expo in Australia, and Tom and Sam mention several recently played games. Finally, we talk about the Spiel des Jahres, talking about the game that SHOULD have won, and finishing with our top ten Spiel des Jahres games.

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This is the last in a three-parter in which Tom interviews several publishers about what to expect from their companies in 2009. In this segment, Tom talks with Gamewright Games, Z-Man Games, Treefrog, Valley Games, and Jolly Roger Games.

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This is the second of a three-parter in which Tom interviews several publishers about what to expect from their companies in 2009. In this segment, Tom talks with Mayfair Games, Asmodee Editions, Days of Wonder, Slugfest, and Tablestar Games.

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This is the first of a three-parter in which Tom interviews several publishers about what to expect from their companies in 2009. In this segment, Tom talks with FRED distribution, Gorilla Games, Rio Grande Games, Northstar Games, and Your Move Games.

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In this classic episode, first posted in October 2005, review Walk the Dogs and Mag Blast, 2nd Edition. We answer a lot of questions, moan about a lack of good space games, and talk about games that we've played recently. Finally, we top the episode off with our top ten party games.

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In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about a their favorite gateway games, and have a look at 2008 as a whole. We talk about gaming events, while Eric reviews Monastary. We end the show with the top ten games of 2008. Thanks to guest contributors Moritz Eggert, Mark Haberman, Mark Zielinksi, Mary Prasad, Doug Cooley, Geoff Englestein and family, Rick Thornquist, Eric Summerer, and Eric Burgess.

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In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about a few games that they've played recently. This is part one of the big "end of the year" show, and we talk about our favorite Children's Game, strangest games, war games, innovative games, best expansions, worst games, biggest disappointments, best components, best party games, and biggest surprises. With guest contributors Moritz Eggert, Mark Haberman, Mark Zielinksi, Mary Prasad, Doug Cooley, Geoff Englestein and family, Rick Thornquist, Eric Summerer, and Eric Burgess.

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In this episode, we review several games: War for Edadh, Comuni, B-29, and the China map for Power Grid. We read off the best entries for our Lookout contest, and start a new contest! Tom and Sam give their top ten multiplayer games that work well with two players. Finally, Mortiz ends the show with an interview with Derk and Aldie - founders of www.boardgamegeek.com.

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This is the second episode in a series that Tom and Giles are doing on using board games in the classroom. This show won't be posted to the feed on a regular basis, this is merely here to give you a sample of the show. Email Tom or Giles for more information (http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php?page=contact_us).

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In this show, we talk about games that allow 'trash talking'. Giles discusses different ways to do it, and we give our top ten games that encourage it. Geoff talks about card shuffling, and Mark reviews Band of heroes. We discuss recent plays of several games, continue our contest, and answer several questions.

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In this show, Tom and Sam talk about some recent game releases, including Chicago Express, Snow Tails, and Dominion. Moritz talks about Star Trek and gaming, Geoff goes over rock/paper/scissors, and Charlie cautions people to wait and see. We resolve one contest, and start another, and finish off the episode with our top ten auction games.

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In this show, we review Hero: Immortal King, talk about a ton of news items, and discuss recent games such as Fantasy Business and Infernal Contraption. Moritz talks about Star Wars, Stephen has a double find, and we answer a few questions. The top ten list this time is our top ten games that play best with five players.

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Shorter than normal, this epsiode contains two twin interviews, one by Mark Zielinski, the other by Mary Prasad.

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In this episode, Geoff discusses "solved" games, Charley talks about the top ten Fantasy Flight games that you need to buy NOW, and Mark discusses Warhammer 40K. Giles gets nostalgic, we start a new contest, and Sam reviews Fury of Dracula. We preview several games, and end the show with our top ten abstract strategy games.

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In this episode, we add a new contributor - Charley Eastman, who manages to play Shogun with a three year old. Geoff talks about triangular numbers, Mark compares Gencon to Origins, and Stephen finds a couple more good old games. Sam and Tom review Thebes, answer some questions, and discuss some recently played games. Finally, we end the show with our top ten ways to upgrade games.

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In this episode, Tom and Sam review 12 games, including Merlin's Company - an expansion to Shadows over Camelot. Moritz talks about popular culture and gaming, and Eric reviews Split! We discuss current news, and give a top ten list on "turkeys", games we like much less than when we first played them.

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In this episode, Mark discusses his experiences at Gen Con, and Tom talks about how exactly the Dice Tower podcast is put together. More random musings may be found throughout.

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In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about their top ten favorite games. We discuss award voting with Geoff, and end our contest for Say Anything.

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In this episode, originally aired October 15, 2005, we review David and Goliath and Pizza Box Football, and discuss Puerto Rico, Hellas, Pacru, and Barbarossa. Our top ten list this time is our top ten least favorite games. Or in other words, the ten games we hate the most.

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In this episode, we announce the winners of the Dice Tower Gaming Awards 2008, awarding the best games from 2007. Sam and Tom also give first impressions of Agricola, and mention their top ten conflict systems.

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In this episode, I finish my review of Origins 2008. Rick Thornquist discusses some of his games there, and Mark Zielinski and myself talk about both our top ten experiences of the convention, and the top ten games we played there.

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In this show, we start a new contest for Say Anything! - trying to guess Sam's dream job. We also discuss several new games, including Galactic Emperor, Tribune, and Hanging Gardens, and Mike reviews Uptown. We discuss gaming news and answer several questions, and talk about out top ten board game mechanics.

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In this episode, originally posted October 5, 2008, we talk about the IGA award winners for 2005. We have two new player categories, two turkeys (Battleball and Haunting House), and two websites of the month. We review Heroscape and Ace of Aces, and discuss our top ten games of 2003.

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In this episode, we discuss Aquaretto and Times Up: Title Recall. Stephen talks about his latest finds at the thrift store, Moritz discusses Cloak and Dagger, Mark reviews Warriors of God, and Geoff talks about "group think". We review our top ten games from 2007, discuss some news items, and talk about the necessity of English versions of games.

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In this episode, Tom discusses some of his thoughts on Origins 2008, specifically many of the exhibitors in the Hall. An interview with Reiner Knizia is also included.

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In this episode, Tom and Sam discuss Oregon, Galaxy Trucker, Stone Age, and Amyitus; as well as discuss several news items. Giles talks about an Australian game expo, Paul discusses theoretical war games, and Mary gives a recap of Origins 2008. Tom gives his top ten games that take less than thirty minutes to play, and we discuss ways to keep game plays from going overly long. We also rant about the Origins awards (again!) and answer a few questions.

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In this episode, originally aired September 28, 2005, we review Shear Panic and Liberty. We also discuss some more "gamer types", talk about our "Kangaroos": Linq and Colossal Arean, and talk about our top ten board game mechanics.

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In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about their top ten most boring games, and Moritz discusses the five nominees for the Spiel des Jahres 2008. Geoff talks about Armageddon Empires, and we mention a few news items. Finally, we finish with twenty-eight short reviews!

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This episode is a preview of Origins 2008 for board gamers. Tom talks about some of the best things from Origins 2007, what a new gamer should not miss, and tips for having a great Origins.

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In this episode, Geoff discusses the differences between the Deck of Dice and rolling actual dice, and Mary explains about several flicking games. Mike and Mark show up with reviews, and Tom and Sam discuss some Evergreen games - Carcassonne and Fire and Axe. We discuss current gaming news, talk about some exciting stuff from Origins, and end the show with our top ten games in which you can make a comeback!

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In this episode, we talk about our top ten board games for three players. We also discuss tow new player categories, our games of the month (Dungeon Twister and ASLO), and talk about the value of components to a board game. We review Warriors and Panzerzug, and answer a pile of questions from our listeners.

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In this episode, we discuss feedback for the show, and announce the winners for our Warriors of God contest! Giles talks about recent games played; Moritz discusses loud games, Snoop talks about thrift store adventures, and Paul talks about visiting real battlefields. We discuss Risk: Black Ops, and talk about our top ten games that take between thirty minutes and an hour.

The Dice Tower Episode 121
Top 10 games that take an hour or less

www.thedicetower.com question and comments to... www.thedicetower@gmail.com join the guild at... www.boardgamegeek.com

HOST: The celebrated masters of prestidigitation!!!
Tom Vasel
Samuel Healey

SHOW HOST:
Funagain Games
www.funagain.com

SHOW SPONSORS:
Your Move Games
www.yourmovegames.com

Moritz Eggert: Discussion on loud and silent gaming

Reviews/Discussions:
Risk: Black Ops
No Thanks!

Stephen Glenn (Snoop): Thrift store adventures!!!

CONTEST: (Tom and Sam discuss the survey results)

Warriors of God by Multi-Man Publishing
http://www.multimanpublishing.com/index1.php
BGG - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/23679 Congratulations to...........

Giles Pritchard: The Shed
- Rio Grande Games
Hanging Gardens
Aquaretto
Oregon

KANGAROOS AND TURKEYS:

Kangaroos:
Tom - Puerto Rico
Sam - Apples to Apples

Turkeys:
Tom - Filthy Rich
Sam - Settlers of Catan

Paul Glenn : Visiting real battlefields

Top 10 Games that play in an hour or less (30 to 60 minutes)
http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php?page=top_...

GAMING NEWS:

- Designer Michael Schacht's Website:
http://michaelschacht.net/

- Ticket to Ride come to Xbox Live Arcade
http://previews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1955/Ticket-to-Ride/p1...
(Tom's wrong X-box is much better than the Wii)

- Games for educators website:
http://gamesforeducators.com/

- Times up! New editions

- Troll and Toad buys $150,000.00 in games

- Happy Birthday Warhammer!!!

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In this episode, Tom discusses running a tournament at school, and some of the recent games he's played. Also, he interviews the guys from Days of Wonder, talking about their games, their philosophies, and more!

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In this episode, Tom takes everyone through the planning and execution of running a large gaming children's event, as well as an interview with the head of the Mensa Game Awards.

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In this show, Tom and Sam talk about upcoming Days of Wonder expansions and discuss the Origins Award Nominees. Geoff talks about Prospect theory, Mark teaches his kids with games, and Mary gives us some quick thoughts on new games. We talk about Dust, and start a new contest for the game Warriors of God. Finally, we talk about our top three-player games.

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In this episode, originally aired September 16, 2005, we review Battlestations, Bitter Woods (4th edition), Frag, and the Settlers of Catan Card Game. We also discuss ways to introduce people to new games, introduce some new player categories, and answer more questions. Our top ten list this week is our top ten humorous board games - ones that have caused us the most laughter.

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In this episode, Moritz gives his annual news, and Giles hunts down Tom and Sam. We explain why we were away for so long, and discuss the future of the Dice Tower. We mention game news, while Mary discusses how to enhance games. We finish off our contest, review Descent: Road to Legend, and talk about our Top Ten Loud Games. Sam discusses backstabbing, and Geoff explains Cube Tower probabilities.

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The first in an audio blog detailing games in the life of Tom Vasel, Dice Tower Musings #1 talks about games in Maylasia, the importance of family vs. games, and the troubles in starting up a game group. I spend a lot of time talking about the new Descent expansion, and we also discuss Key Largo.

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In this show, Sam and Tom talk about quite a few upcoming games, including Yetisburg and the new Axis and Allies. They continue their contest for Pizza Box Baseball, Pizza Box Football, and Elfball; and Tom previews Pizza Box Baseball. Moritz talks about the one perfect game, and Giles muses about metagaming. Melody Vasel, David Healey, and Colin and Kileigh Zielinski talk about their favorite games. This one is for the kids!

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In this episode, originally posted September 7, 2005, we discuss the results of the "Top 10 Games of 2004" contest, and talk a little more about our Worthington game contest. We review Diplomacy and Tom Jolly's Camelot, and also talk for a bit about Liar's Dice and Gang of Four. We mention their "websites of the month", as well as two new gamer types. This week, we also list our top ten board game expansions.

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In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about Pandemic, while Mary reviews Perry Rhodan and 10 Days in Asia. The guys discuss a lot of recent board game news, while Geoff issues a Cultipation challenge. Mark wants to add gambling to board gaming, Giles discusses atmosphere + gaming, and Moritz talks about an element of a boring game. Tom, Mark, and Paul discuss artists in games, and Tom gives the top ten beautiful boards, box covers, and card artwork in games.

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In this episode, they announce the winners for their Z-Man games contest, discussing contest results about the best games of 2005. They review Quebec 1759 and Go West!, talk about the IGA nominees, and give two new player categories. Their top ten list is about their top ten gaming experiences, and they have an audio report from WBC by Walt O'Hara.

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In this episode, Tom and Sam discuss Surf's Up, Dude, Tannhauser, Shogun, and other games played in the past weeks. Geoff talks about outguessing your opponent, while Giles discusses the use of music in board gaming. Mary reviews Hamburgum and Amyitus, and Mark talks about Haba games. Finally, we end the episode with our top ten 'next step' games.

This show was sponsored by Your Move Games.

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In this episode, originally posted August 24th, we review Breakout Normandy and Santiago, talk about our "Games of the Month", and discuss our top ten Games That Need to be Reprinted. How many have been reprinted since then?

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In this episode, Paul talks about politics in war games, and Geoff talks about the Past, Present, and Future of luck. Tom reviews the kid's game Baren Stark, while Sam discusses Soccer Tactics World. We debate the merits of Quick Count Football, and talk about recent games played - Ra, Commands and Colors, Hyper Slide, and Power Grid. Finally, Giles, Mark, Tom and Sam all discuss the upcoming year, and what they think will be great expansions and games coming out.

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In this episode, originally posted August 17, 2005, Tom and Sam review games and discuss their "kangaroos" and "turkeys". They also give their top ten games from 2004.

This show was sponsored by Your Move Games.

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In this episode, the Dice Tower crew review the year 2007, talking about the biggest surprises, worst games, strangest games, biggest disappointments, most innovative games, best expansions, best party game, best gateway games, best kids games, and games with the best components. We discuss some of the biggest board game stories of the year - and end the show with our top ten games of 2007!

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In this show, Joe and Tom discuss several games and talk about what games would make a good meal - really! They list the top ten games of their wives, argue about Memoir '44, and review a couple of games.

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In this episode, Geoff talks about the process to bring Agricola to English-speaking folk, while Mark talks about games he's looking forward to playing in 2008. We review Jamaica, Super Hero, and The Amazing Space Venture - and do a comparison of 1960 to Twilight Struggle. We mention a sad story about Shadows over Camelot, and discuss a few questions about gaming. Finally, we talk about our favorite mass market games.

This show was sponsored by Skrall Games.

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Originally posted August 4, 2005 - Joe and Tom spend a lot of time answering listener questions and talking about Origins 2005. They review Arkham Horror and B-17, and then discuss the top ten games that they saw at Origins 2005.

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In this episode, Tom previews a few new games, and reviews Antler Island and Plataeu. Sam and Tom discuss recent games, including Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon, while Mortiz discusses suspense in games. Paul and Mark talk about war games, Geoff asks an intriguing question, and Giles and others give us some more strategy. We announce the winners to our Christmas contest, as well as start a new contest for E.T.I. Finally, we end the show with our top ten Most Played Games List.

This show was sponsored by Tenkigames.

Direct download: TDT112-TheDiceTower-Episode112.mp3
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In this episode, we discuss some recently played games, as well as continue our Christmas contest! Moritz talks about tension in games, Geoff discusses the good old days of PBEM, and Mary gives a report from BGG.con. We discuss being Game snobs, the Golden Geek awards, Condottiere, and some random strategy tips. We end out the show by discussing the top ten games from Mayfair.

This show was sponsored by Tenkigames.

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In this episode, originally aired July 21, 2005, Tom and Joe discuss several games they've played, and review In a Pickle and The Perfect Ten. They discuss their turkeys and kangaroos - games that have changed over time; and argue over whether Memoir '44 is a simulation or not. Joe gives a war story, and the they end the show with their top ten game companies.

This show was sponsored by DreamPunk Productions.

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In this episode, we hear from Paul and Geoff; and discuss a pile of games that we've recently played. We review both Starcraft: the Board Game and Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon. Random Strategy Tips are included, with a few questions - and we finish off the show with our top ten "gateway" games.

This show was sponsored by Z-Man Games.

Direct download: TDT110-TheDiceTower-Episode110.mp3
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Originally posted July 11, 2005 - this episode of the Dice Tower has us reviewing Granny Apples and Sword of Rome. We talk about our turkeys and kangaroo games, discuss some thoughts about the complexity of war games, and mention the Meeples Choice Awards. We have the worst session report of all time flanked with our top ten Gateway games, and asnwer a pile of questions along the way.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

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In this show, Geoff continues to talk about the Prisoner's Dilemma, and Moritz mentions the greatest games that never were. Mary gives tips on going to Essen, and Eric gives us the latest gaming news. There's a pile of random strategy tips, another pile of questions, and finally the Top Ten Kosmos Two Player Games, given by Greg, Tom and Sam.

This show was sponsored by Bent Castle Workshops.

Direct download: TDT109-TheDiceTower-Episode109.mp3
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In this show, originally posted July 2005, Joe and Tom continue their Origins 2005 preview, talking about five "can't miss" events at the convention. A good look at Origins of years gone by.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

Direct download: TDT007-TheDiceTower-Episode7.mp3
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In this episode, Moritz talks about a horrible gaming experience, while Tom describes what it's like to go 40 Days around the World. Sam and Tom both review Cutthroat Caverns, and answer several user questions. Moritz talks about gaming design, Paul about chit pulling, and Geoff discusses the Prisoner's Dilemma. We talk about our top ten economic games, and our hot games of the month. Finally, we conclude our Starcraft contest. By the way, we didn't mention it in the show, but to enter our latest contest, simply email us at thedicetower@gmail.com and let us know which game award you find most interesting.

Direct download: TDT108-TheDiceTower-Episode108.mp3
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In this show, originally posted July 2005, Joe and Tom start their Origins 2005 preview, talking about the best games they played in 2004, and what events they are looking forward to. A good look at Origins of years gone by.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

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In this episode, Moritz talks about more possible innovations in board games, and Eric gives us pre-Essen news. Geoff discusses whether some sides of the die come up more often than others, and Mark gabs about ASL-SK1. We review Chang Cheng and Soccer Tactics World, present our website of the week, and continue our contest for Starcraft. Finally, we end the show with some listener questions and our top ten good games with bad (boring) themes.

This show was sponsored by Suprised Stare Games.

Direct download: TDT107-TheDiceTower-Episode107.mp3
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In this episode, Sam and Tom review It's Alive, Uptown, and Lifeboat. We also discuss a lot of questions, and mention several recently played games, such as Fire and Axe and Heroscape. Geoff talks about the Entertaible, Mortiz talks about innovative game design, and Jason gives more insight to war games. Eric Martin joins us by giving us news highlights, and Tom talks about his top ten games that have stood the test of time.

Direct download: TDT106-TheDiceTower-Episode106.mp3
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In this episode, we announce the winner of our BattleLore contest and start a new contest for Starcraft: the Board Game! Then, we go back to episode 5 and listen to Tom and Joe discuss if it's ever right to deliberately lose a game, and what games are good for young children. Tom reviews Infinifield, Joe reviews Victoria Cross, and both give their top ten thematic games.

Direct download: TDT005-TheDiceTower-Episode5.mp3
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In this episode, originally aired May 25, 2005 - Tom and Joe answer a myriad of listener questions, discussing various classic abstracts, using games in church, and why war games are so long. Tom rants about playtesting, and they both talk about the games that give them the most stress. Atlantic Storm and Mr. Bigshot are reviewed, and they both discuss "Turkeys and Kangaroo" games. Finally, they end the game with their top ten games from the other side: Tom with war games, and Joe with Eurogames.

This show was sponsored by Gorilla Games.

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In this episode, Greg talks about the International Gaming Awards, Geoff talks about the psychology of reviews, and Mary praises Tichu. Moritz and Paul discuss the finer points of gaming, and we have a review of Lock and Load. Ted discusses GenCon, and we field a few questions (and a couple's quarrel!) Finally - Greg, Sam, and Tom give their top ten card games.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

Direct download: TDT105-TheDiceTower-Episode105.mp3
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In this episode, originally aired May 24, 2005, Tom Vasel and Joe Steadman talk about games they are playing, and review both Lineage II and Sergeants on the Eastern Front. Tom rants, Joe talks about the soldier of the week, and both come up with a variety of wacky Catan variants. They discuss Games Workshop's pricing, answer a lot of questions, and end the show with their top ten games - component quality.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

Direct download: TDT003-TheDiceTower-Episode3.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 5:59am PST

In this episode, Mary gives us the news, and Sam and Tom talk about other hot news items of the week. Geoff Englestein talks about Tech and games, and Mike Hibbert issues a challenge to Sam and Tom. Jeb starts his own podcast, Ted Cheatham reviews Duel in the Dark, and Tom and Sam talk about recently played games. We give our opinions on the Board Game Podcaster Awards, and talk about our top ten board game expansions.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

Direct download: TDT104-TheDiceTower-Episode104.mp3
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In this short episode, Tom and Sam present the Board Game Podcaster Awards in the Small Publisher category. Listen to hear the nominated games and which one won!

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In this show, originally aired May 11, 2005, Tom and Joe answer quite a few listener questions, including different ways to play war games online. They also talk about their "Turkeys" and "Donkeys", and review World in War and Decision: Midway. Joe talks about the soldier of the week, and Tom rants about time. They also give their top ten card games. The episode comes with commentary by Tom.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

Direct download: TDT002-TheDiceTower-Episode2.mp3
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In this episode, Mary gives the news while Greg tells us his opinions of the Spiel des Jahres nominations. We review Wings of War, and Tom rants about tie breakers and tells why he loves games. Paul gives us the best wargames of 2006, while Moritz continues his top ten commandments for game designers. Sam gives his top ten games from 2006, and we end the show with an interview with Jason Matthews - codesigner of Twilight Struggle.

Direct download: TDT103-TheDiceTower-Episode103.mp3
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In this episode, originally posted May 5, 2005, the Dice Tower begins. Tom Vasel and Joe Steadman give their backgrounds, talk about what they are doing in Korea, and mention the state of gaming in Korea. They both give their top ten favorite board games, and answer a lot of random board game questions. It all starts here!

Direct download: TDT001-TheDiceTower-Episode1.mp3
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In this episode, we introduce Paul Glenn, our new wargame correspondent, and include the news from Mary and more gaming commandments from Moritz. We start a new contest for Box of Golf, and talk once more about a few things from Origins. Sam and I give our top ten new games we played at Origins, and Tom rants about the Origins awards.

Direct download: TDT102-TheDiceTower-Episode102.mp3
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A special episode of the Dice Tower, in which Tom interviews Corey Konieczka from Fantasy Flight Games. Corey talks about working at Fantasy Flight and some of his designs, but we spend most of our time talking about the upcoming Starcraft Board Game. Enjoy!

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A lot of audio from the Origins game convention, featuring Sam, Tom, Joe Steadman, Rick Thornquist, Alan Moon, Andrew Parks, Erik Smith, and many more! Our impressions of the convention halfway through. Sam and I also give our top ten things that we enjoyed about Origins '07, and also review Powerstorm.

Direct download: TDT101-TheDiceTower-Episode101.mp3
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A special episode of the Dice Tower with more interviews by Mary Prasad at the Gathering of Friends.

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In this episode, we take a look at the past and present of the Dice Tower. We have

  • Greg Schloesser talking about how he got into gaming
  • Rick Thornquist talking about the beginning of the Dice Tower
  • Mary Prasad discussing different game conventions
  • Derk and Aldie talking about www.boardgamegeek.com, Geekspeak, and some news!
  • Mark Johnson discussing the birth of game podcasting
  • Eric Summerer explaining how he does a show bit
  • Joe Steadman talking about what he's doing these days
  • Walt O' Hara, Eric Burgess, Scott Nicholson, Paul Tevis, Doug Garrett, and a host of others talk about podcasting and the Dice Tower
  • favorite clips from the Dice Tower
  • Moritz' Ten Gaming Commandments.
Direct download: TDT100-TheDiceTower-Episode100b.mp3
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In this episode, we take a look at the past and present of the Dice Tower. We have

  • Greg Schloesser talking about how he got into gaming
  • Rick Thornquist talking about the beginning of the Dice Tower
  • Mary Prasad discussing different game conventions
  • Derk and Aldie talking about www.boardgamegeek.com, Geekspeak, and some news!
  • Mark Johnson discussing the birth of game podcasting
  • Eric Summerer explaining how he does a show bit
  • Joe Steadman talking about what he's doing these days
  • Walt O' Hara, Eric Burgess, Scott Nicholson, Paul Tevis, Doug Garrett, and a host of others talk about podcasting and the Dice Tower
  • favorite clips from the Dice Tower
  • Moritz' Ten Gaming Commandments.
Direct download: TDT100-TheDiceTower-Episode100a.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 8:47am PST

In this episode, Mary gives us the latest news, as well as a review of Colosseum. Moritz finishes up his gaming session with Jason White, and Eric gives a quick review of Imperial. Greg, Mary, and Tom talk about their top ten games with dice, and we discuss Origins and episode # 100. Finally, we wrap up the show with a detailed session report and look at the Shattered Empire expansion for Twilight Imperium III.

Direct download: TDT099-TheDiceTower-Episode99.mp3
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In this episode, we give a session report about Mall of Horror, Faces, and Vegas Showdown, and listen to interviews by Mary Prasad. Mary also gives us the news, and Moritz talks about the legendary gamer H. G. Wells. Greg gives his top ten games for large groups of people, and Tom gives his top ten card games for large groups. Finally, we continue our contest for Treasure Fleet and discuss our Origins plans.

Direct download: TDT098-TheDiceTower-Episode98.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 6:06am PST

A special small segment from the Dice Tower in which Mary does several short interviews of gaming notables. With input from Rick Thornquist, David Fair, and more!

Direct download: TDT097c-TheDiceTower-Episode97Mary.mp3
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