The Dice Tower

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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!

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In this episode, we preview several new games, and Mary gives us the news about what's coming up in the next couple of months. Moritz talks about Mozart the gamer, and recounts his Wilderness War game with Jason White. Mike Hibbert reviews On the Underground, and we talk about if a person should ever deliberately lose a game. Finally, Greg, Mary, Sam, and I all talk about games that are "pleasant suprises" - games that were much better than we originally thought. And check out our new contest for Treasure Fleet!

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In this jam packed episode, Mary interviews many notables in the gaming industry - including Jay Tummelson. She also gives a lot of news - including a Valley Games exclusive announcement, and Sam and Tom discuss the upcoming Fantasy Flight games. Moritz talks about Yspahan, and Eric takes a trip to the extremely exclusive Dice Tower convention. Sam and Tom talk about recent gaming at Camp Casey - and their differing views of Liberte. Finally, we round the show out with our biggest disappointments in games, from Jason, Greg, and Tom.

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On a biweekly schedule now, the Dice Tower is bigger and better! Moritz and Jason both give their points of view on their Wilderness War match, and Moritz gives us some strange game news from Germany. Sam reviews Ghoulash, Tom talks about Tenseseconds, and we answer a few listener questions. Mary interviews a few gaming personalities at the Gathering of Friends, and both she and Greg give their top game lists from the Gathering of Friends. Finally, Sam and I both compare and contrast Tide of Iron and Combat Commander: Europe.

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In this episode, we discuss a couple session reports involving Incan Gold, Wallenstein, Pillars of the Earth, Lord of the Rings, Manhatten, Clash of the Gladiators, Dart Wars, Nottingham, Nexus Ops, and Shadows over Camelot. Greg talks about "old games", and Mary gives us two news segments - fixing an error Tom made last week. We continue our contest, listen to Eric talk about Days of Wonder's (made up) technical support, and have a review of Rumis. Finally, we talk about our top ten mean and nasty games - games that allow (or even encourage) you to be evil towards the other players.

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In this episode, Moritz talks about his second favorite gaming accessory and updates us with his battle against Jason. Mary gives us the news and a review, and Eric gives us another 72 second review. Greg discusses three new games, including Pillars of the Earth, and Tom dreams about games going mainstream. Finally, we talk about the top ten games for a Geometry class that teach logical thinking.

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In this episode, Sam and I discuss large game collections, and Mary brings us the news. Moritz talks about his game clash with Jason, and Sam and I discuss "exclusive" games. Finally, Mary, Moritz, and I all discuss what we consider to be essential accessories for games.

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In this episode, Mary gives us the news, and we continue our contest for Incan Gold and 24/7. The main focus of our show is our Top Ten Influential Games lists. Greg Schloesser gives us the top ten influential games of all time, Jason talks about the top ten influential war games, and Mary talks about the top ten influential games from the last fifty years. Finally, the boys from the Spiel join us us and give us their top ten influential games from the last fifty years.

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In this episode, we give our top ten games for a church gaming group; and continue our contest for 24/7 and Incan Gold. We have a discussion about whether or not free review copies sway the opinion of the reviewer, with input from Moritz, Greg Schloesser, Sam and myself. Mary reviews Crokinole and gives us the news, and we finish out the show with a preview and session report of the brand new Tide of Iron!

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In this episode, Mike talks about Struggle of Empires and finally accepts Moritz' challenge. Mary gives us the news and reviews Cartagena and Cartagena II. Moritz talks about hybrids, and I expand on it with my top ten list of hybrid games. Fubar gives a review of China; and Jeb, Eric, and Tom answer several questions about gaming. Don't forget to enter our latest contest!

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In this episode, Sam discusses playing Marvel Heroes with his wife, and we discuss a recent gaming event. We start two new segments, "Ask Jed", and "72 Second reviews" by Eric Summerer. Moritz gives us another essay, and Mary provides a lot of news. We end out dice tower contest and start a new one for 24/7 and Incan Gold. Finally, Mike Hibbert provides us with a list of his top 10 games.

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In this episode, Mike reminisces about games he played as a child, and Mary gives us the news as well as a review of the latest Descent expansion. Mortiz gives a thoughtful essay on reprints, and Tom gives his top ten games that play best with five players. Skip Hampton reviews Lord of the Rings, and Brett Murrell - designer of Duel of Ages - talks about his game with Tom.

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In this episode, Sam and Dulcy try out St. Petersburg, and Jason talks about "Pop" wargames. Moritz talks about wargaming online, and answers a question about the origins of Eurogames in Germany. Mary gives us the news, along with a review of Struggle for Rome; and we continue our contest for a custom designed Dice Tower. Finally, Eric Summerer gives us his top ten games.

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In this episode, Sam and his wife continue their challenge with Dynasties by Jolly Roger Games, and Moritz talks about an enormous game collection. Mary gives the news and reviews Notre Dame. Tom muses about the differences between Eurogames and American games, and we answer a question about Shadows over Camelot. We also compare Settlers of Catan to Starfarers of Catan, and give the top ten list of Catan games. Also, we finish up our contest, and start a new contest for a custom dice tower from www.vixentorgames.com!

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In this show, we introduce the new AH game show, and continue our contest for the Hill Giant and Sir Hawthorne. Mary gives the news, Moritz talks about game collections, and Jason discusses playing wargames online. Sam reviews Carcassonne: the Castle, and Mark Jackson gives us the Top Ten Kids Games You've Probably Never Played. The audio quality in this one isn't very good - I've tried to clean it up as best I could, and my apologies for that.

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With the return of Moritz - giving a review of Magic Realm - we continue our contest for the Hill Giant and Sir Hawthorne. Mary gives us the news and reviews Apples to Apples, and Sam talks about Bonobo Beach. Tom gives his top ten games for young children, and we discuss once again if games age well, as well as answer other questions.

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In this episode, Sam continues his two-player marathon with Tony & Tino, while Tom rants against comments against Boardgamegeek. We start a new contest for the Battlelore Hill Giant and Sir Hawthorne (for Heroscape), and listen to the news from Mary - as well as a review of Yspahan. We talk about the top ten games we're looking forward to from 2007, and Jason mentions wargames he's looking forward to. A new member of our staff submits a review of Ticket to Ride, and we answer a question or two at the end.

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In this episode, we take a bit of a break for the holidays, so our regular schedule is mostly gone. Mary gives the news, and Tom interviews Bernie Dekovak (aka Major Fun).

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In this episode, we announce the winners to our greatest board game contest ever! We also talk about a recent gaming session of Marvel Heroes and more games, and Sam continues his two-player marathon with Spy. Moritz talks about Tara: Seat of Kings, and Mary gives us the news and reviews Gheos. A listener session report, feedback and our comments, and the Top Ten Games from 2006 round out the segment.

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In this episode, we warn listeners that only 1 week remains in the huge Christmas giveaway contest. Sam also begins his two player marathon with the game Voltage, and Moritz and Jack Bauer review 24/7: the Game. Mary gives us news and talks about a few children's games, and we once again talk about Heroscape and Warhammer 40K. Finally, I give my top ten horror-themed games.

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In this episode, Mary Prasad joins us to give us the news, and Moritz gives us the gaming news from Germany. We continue our mega Christmas contest, with a few more games added! Tom reviews Sudoku Challenge, and rants about themed Monopoly sets. Heroscape and Warhammer 40K are compared, and we talk about our new gaming opportunity here in Korea. Finally, we finish up the show with Moritz' top ten classic games!

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In this episode, Tom talks with Richard Borg, designer of Liar's Dice, Memoir '44, and Commands and Colors: Ancients. Richard talks about his designing, his playtesting, and some new ideas for games in the future!

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In this episode, we continue our gigantic Christmas giveaway contest, and talk about our first impressions of several games. Sam rants about people's ratings, Mike Hibbert talks about online gaming, Jason talks about the "Samurai-zation" of war games, and Mortiz gives us the gaming news. Lost Cities and Balloon Cup are the first entries to our Grudge Match, and we talk about a session of Twilight Imperium 3. Finally, we close the show out with Mark Jackson.

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In this Episode, Rick Thornquist says goodbye, and leaves us with his top ten games of all time. We finish up our contest for Cluzzle and Wits and Wagers, and review Venus Needs Men. Sam and I answer several questions, and Moritz decides to make up some new gaming terms. We mention our hot game of the week, and start the biggest and best gaming contest ever!

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With one episode to go, another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, Rick talks about his experiences at BGG.con, and Moritz hails us with more German lessons. Sam and I have a session report of Perikles, and discuss why it seems that I never win any games. I have a talk with Derk Solko about the makings of BGG.con, and Jason White gives us his top ten block war games. We continue our contest for Cluzzle and Wits and Wagers - only one week to go! 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 two episodes to go, another episode of the Dice Tower!

With reports from Rick, Moritz, and Jason, there is a lot of information in this slightly longer episode. Sam gives his top ten auction games, and I talk about different auction styles. We continue our contest for Cluzzle and Wits and Wagers, and I interview Mark Simmons about both Games Quarterly and National Games Week. The highlight of our show is Sam and I giving a short review of Battlelore along with a session report. 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 three episode to go, another episode of the Dice Tower!

Moritz comes back in this show with some game reviews, and Tom also gives a review of Quest for the Dragonlords. Speaking of that, we finish up our contest for Quest for the Dragonlords, and start a new contest for Cluzzle and Wits and Wagers. David politely explains once again why I'm wrong, and Sam and I come up with our combined list of top ten games from 2005. I interview Satish and Dominic from Northstar Games, and we answer a question, and even explain what a meeple is. 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 Germany and Korea, another episode of the Dice Tower!

Not so much regular news this week, but we continue our contest for Quest for the Dragonlords. I review Take Stock, and we discuss our Hot Games of the Month. We answer some questions, but the main part of our show is a special report from Rick Thornquist and Moritz Eggert - along with their top ten games from Essen 2006. 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 not at Essen, another episode of the Dice Tower!

Sam comes back, and we talk about some of our recently played games. We listen to some gaming political rhetoric, and continue our contest for Quest of the Dragonlords. Moritz reviews a horrible game, Mike reviews a good one, and Doug discusses Essen. We talk about the top ten themes that we wish were in board games, and finally finish up the show with an interview with George Sauer, who gives tips on how to run your own board game club. 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 flying solo, another episode of the Dice Tower!

The show has a slight change in format, and Sam once again can't make it to recording. We finish up our contest for Gifttrap and Twilight Imperium III, and start a new contest for Quest of the Dragonlords. Rick gives us the news, Moritz reviews a few games, and I answer a few questions. I give my top ten games for teaching English (ESL), and talk about a real life dice tower. Finally, I finish up the show with an interview with Zev Shlasinger, founder of Z-man games (Reef Encounter). 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 without Sam, another episode of the Dice Tower!

Because of the Korean holiday, we weren't able to get our normal show recorded. But there's still great stuff! In this episode we have the news from Rick and Moritz, and I review Gifttrap. Most of the show, however, is an interview with Christian Petersen, head of Fantasy Flight Games. We talk about his upcoming games and movie, and more. 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 slightly better audio quality, another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we continue our contest for Gifttrap and Twilight Imperium 3, and listen to Jason's take on the Golden Geeks. Rick and Moritz give us the news, and Mike talks about the allure of Magic: the Gathering. We both review Fairy Tale, and talk about recently played games. We round the show off with our top ten games from Rio Grande Games, and answer some random board game questions. 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 while you watch the weather change, a special episode of the Dice Tower!

This is a special episode of the Dice Tower in which I interview Scott Alden, founder and webmaster of www.boardgamegeek.com. We continue our contest for Cluzzle and Wits and Wagers - only one week to go! 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 board games rock, another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we finish up our contest for Ninja Galaxy and www.meeplepeople.com, and start a new contest for Gifttrap and Twilight Imperium 3. Rick and Moritz give us the news, and Jason explains once again why I'm wrong. Tom reviews Memoir '44: Pacific Expansion, we mention our websites of the month, and have a session report of several games. We round the show off with our top ten exploration games, and answer some random board game questions. 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 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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