The Dice Tower Podcast

The Dice Tower is an Internet podcast about tabletop games. Your hosts for the show are Tom Vasel, noted game reviewer, and Eric Summerer. In the show, Tom and Eric talk about boardgames, card games, wargames, miniatures, and the people who play them.

New to the Dice Tower? Then listen to: Episode 0: Introduction & Top 15 Games a New Gamer Should Buy

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TDT # 484 - Games No One Talks About (but me!)November 29, 2016 8:57 AM

In this show, we talk about  Escape Room: the Game, Glux, Honshu,  Arkham Horror: the Card Game, Escape from Colditz, and Hanamikoji.  We talk about BGG.con, hear a very awkward Tale, and end the show with our top ten games that it seems everyone has forgotten but us.

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TDT # SJV - Jack Vasel Memorial FundNovember 21, 2016 9:54 AM

Folks, this is a special episode, one I didn't put together.  It's from Nights at the Game Table, which can be found here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/65262   It's about the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, and one person that we were able to help and their story.  I hope you find it interesting.  

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TDT # 483 - Spur of the MomentNovember 15, 2016 6:24 AM

In this show, we talk about  Mechs vs Minions, Not Alone, OctoDice, Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier,  4 Gods, Seafall, Star Wars Destiny, and Blood Bowl.  Geoff talks about the electoral college, we hear a tale of Horror and about worker placement, and end the show answering a pile of your questions!

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TDT # 482 - Next Step GamesNovember 8, 2016 10:23 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Conan, Aeon’s End,  Pandemic The Cure: Experimental Meds, DrachenTurm, and Scythe.  There is a Board Game Gumbo, Cult of the Old, and a Tale of Amazement.  Finally, we end the show with our favorite "Next Step" Games, games after the introductory games to the hobby. Also, at the beginning of the show, we talk about the future of the Dice Tower!  

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TDT # 481 - Sports vs. GamesNovember 1, 2016 8:17 AM

In this episode, we talk about Hamsterbande, JurassAttack, Animals on Board,  Warquest, the Dominion Upgrades, and Grand Prix.   We also hear from some contributors, answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our thoughts on sports vs. games!

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TDT # 480 - Video Gamers and Board GamesOctober 25, 2016 9:28 AM

In this show, we talk about  Great Western Trail, Adrenaline, Islebound,  Power Grid: The Card Game, Chromosome, and Terraforming Mars.  We also hear the history of Acquire, talk about our Essen 2016 experiences, and end with our top ten games to use to entice video gamers into the hobby.  Again.

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TDT # 479 - Essen 2016 Live ShowOctober 19, 2016 8:30 AM

Note:  We recorded in a room with a lot of echo, thus you'll notice that in the recording.  Not much we could do about it, sorry! Tom, Eric, Sam, Zee, and more join together to talk about some interesting games we saw at the Spiel Fair at Essen.  We then do a rousing game of Stronghold vs. Iello Family Feud, then answer some questions live. Thanks to IELLO for sponsoring the room!

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TDT # 478 - Pandemic: LegacyOctober 11, 2016 8:00 AM

In this show, we talk about Onarim, Biohazard Containment Unit,  Empires: Galactic Rebellion, and the Castles of Burgundy card game.  We also hear a tale of Treachery, about a VCR game, and answer a pile of questions. Then, AFTER THE END CREDITS, we have a detailed discussion of Pandemic Legacy, including spoilers.  Don't worry, we'll give you heads up before we do!

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TDT # 477 - Real Time GamesOctober 4, 2016 9:07 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Heroes of Kaskaria, the Castles of Burgundy Card Game,  Marvel Legendary: Guardians of the Galaxy, and Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle.  We hear from the Sweet Spot and Boardgame Biopsy, hear a sad tale of Horror, and finish the show with our top ten "real time" games!

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TDT # 476 - Traveling through ConnecticutSeptember 27, 2016 6:45 AM

In this show, we record live from the Portal store in Manchester, Connecticut.  We talk about A Feast for Odin, Stealing Mona Lisa, Arcane Academy, Automania, Mechs vs. Minions, and Take the A Train.  We also answer some live questions, and finish up letting you listen to part of a live Wits and Wagers game!  

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TDT # 475 - Thanks to YouSeptember 20, 2016 8:38 AM

In this show, we talk about  City of Spies, Bluffalo, Rock Paper Poker,  Agricola Family, AssassinCon, and Mythe.  We answer several questions - as well as ask the audience a question, and hear a sad tale of shame.  Geoff and the Sweet Spot show up, and we end the show talking about the person most responsible for getting us into board gaming.

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TDT # 474 - Push Your Luck GamesSeptember 13, 2016 9:42 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Masmorra, New Bedford, Let them Eat Cake,  Flag Dash, Dungeon Busters, and Backyard Builders Treehouse.  We hear from Board Game Gumbo and Mark Zielinski, and answer more from our pile of questions.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten Push-Your-Luck Games!

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TDT # 473 - Live on TV!September 6, 2016 9:33 AM

In this show, we talk about Agamemnon, Junk Art, Back to the Future,  Terraforming Mars, Codex, and Great Dinosaur Rush.  We answer questions about teaching kids to lie and more, hear a tale of betrayal, test out a new segment Biopsy of a Game, and hear about Geoff's Ghostbuster adventures.  Finally, we end the show talking about games that would make a great game show!

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TDT # 472 - Role PlayersAugust 30, 2016 8:38 AM

In this episode, we talk about The Others, Hit Z Road, Energy Empire,  The Pursuit of Happiness, The King’s Men, and The Ravens of Thri Sahashri.  We hear a board game biopsy, hit the sweet spot, answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten games to get role players into the board gaming hobby.

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TDT # 471 - Go To GamesAugust 23, 2016 7:03 AM

In this episode, we talk about   The Networks, Play Me, (The King’s Men), Exposed, Ticket to Ride:  Rails and Sails, Klank,  and Tavurua.  Mr. Counter takes a look at Emerald, Eric tries to guess favorite games of college students, a tale of Treachery is spun, and we talk about press-your-luck games.  Finally, we end the show talking about what our go-to game is when traveling.

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TDT # 470 - Games that Stress us Out!August 16, 2016 10:41 AM

In this episode, we take a look at  Seafall, Mansions of Madness,  Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu,  and Fantahzee.  We hear a tale of Horror, from several of our contributor, and then end the show with our top ten stressful games!

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TDT # 469 - LIVE from Gen Con 2016August 9, 2016 8:38 AM

In this show, we are LIVE in Indianapolis, IN, in front of our largest convention audience yet, for Gen Con 2016. Tom, Eric, Sam, and Zee discuss their thoughts on the convention. We present a live Tale of Horror. Publishers announce new releases live on stage. Jason live tweets from the Fantasy Flight InFlight report. The Secret Cabal invades to run a game show. We take questions from the audience. And oh yes the singing. There is singing.

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TDT # 468 - Question Palapalooza 4August 2, 2016 5:38 AM

In this show, we take a look at  Cry Havoc, Arcane Academy, Bring Your Own Book, Oh my Goods, Tiny Epic Western,  Mad Science Foundation, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, Hide the Kids, and Dino Race.  We hear from Mark, have some gumbo, hit the sweet spot, and end the show with a pile of listener questions.  It's Question Palapalooza # who knows what!

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TDT # 467 - Gen Con 2016 Preview, part 2July 26, 2016 9:36 AM

In this episode, part two of our GenCon special, we invite Tony Topper and Jamie Keagy from the Secret Cabal and talk about the upcoming GenCon 2016 convention!  We go over tips for the convention, and then go over our top ten most anticipated games!

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Secret Cabal Express # 16 - Gen Con 2016 Preview, part 1July 26, 2016 9:27 AM

Hey now, it's part one of our two part episode in which we preview GenCon 2016!  We answer questions about the convention, and go over a huge pile of games releasing at the fair!   You aren't seeing things, we decided to put the Cabal's show on our feed for convenience!

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