The Dice Tower

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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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 still my birthday in America, a special episode of the Dice Tower!

This is the first in what will hopefully be a reacurring series of audio interviews. This one is with Eric Hautemont, CEO of Days of Wonder. We talk about some of their games, but spend a majority of the time talking about the upcoming BattleLore. 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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Buried beneath a deluge of games, here's another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, we continue our contest for Viktory II and Z-man Games, and I review Viktory II. We have a riddle, news from Rick and Moritz, and Jason discusses Mike Rinella. Ted Alspach joins me for a top ten list of our favorite ways to pick the start player, and answers a few questions about his game designs - as well as his new creation: Start Player, a Kinda Collectible Card Game. 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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And a day early, another episode of the Dice Tower!

In this episode, Sam and I continue our contest for Dungeon Twister, and review both Descent and Gemblo Light. We listen to Moritz talk about the history of the pawn, and Rick gives us the latest rundown on board game news. Morgan Dontanville and I finish up our top ten "obscure gem" games, and both Jon and Mike give us some reviews. We answer listener feedback, and talk about our hot games of the month. 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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In this episode, Sam and I continue our contest for Dungeon Twister, and review both Vs. and The Great Space Race. We listen to David discuss cheating in games, and Doug and Mike start a discussion on the "friendly" local board game stores. Morgan Dontanville and I begin out top ten "obscure gem" games, and Rick and Moritz give us the news from around the globe. 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 version 2.0, another episode of The Dice Tower!

This is the first in an updated version of the Dice Tower, following the leaving of Joe Steadman. Not only does Sam Healey join me live, but we have several new segments for your listening pleasure. We still get great news from Rick Thornquist, and an essay from Moritz about scoring tracks. Jon Theys talks about gaming with little ones, and Doug Cooley complains about top ten lists. Mike Hibbert explains gaming conventions in the UK, and David talks about his love of Tichu. We kick off a great new contest to win copies of Dungeon Twister, and round out the segment with Sam and my top ten two-player 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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