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 # 417 - Live from GenCon 2015!August 4, 2015 9:44 AM

Joined by almost the entirety of the Dice Tower Network, Tom and Eric do a live show at GenCon 2015.  With over 500 in attendance, singing, bribery, and more - it was a show to remember!

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TDT # 416 - Gen Con 2015 previewJuly 26, 2015 5:09 PM

Tom and Eric invite Jamie Keagy and Tony Topper from the Secret Cabal show to talk about our Gen Con 2015 plans.  We spend a majority of the show talking our favorite ten games we are looking forward to from Gen Con. This is the second of a two part episode, the first part can be found on the Secret Cabal channel.   Notes: - Due to GenCon approaching, we released the show two days early. - Due to techincal difficulties, my (Tom's) main microphone didn't work.  Happily, the backup microphone worked, but I sound a bit muffled in the show.

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TDT # 415 - Wild, Wild, West!July 21, 2015 10:37 AM

In this show, we talk about  Tides of Time, Too Many Cinderellas, Alchemy!, Dragonflame, Mogul, Flip City, Empires: Age of Discovery, and Blood Rage.  We answer some questions, and then talk about our favorite Wild, Wild West games!

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TDT # 414 - Basic and Advanced StrategyJuly 14, 2015 9:23 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Bountytown, Flick ‘em Up, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Rattle Battle, Battlelore expansions, and Parfum. We answer questions about the World Boardgaming Championships and more, we have a tale of Horror and one of Amazement, Geoff talks about the pronounn "they", and a bunch of other contributors stop by with great segments! Finally, we talk about whether or not we like to play the "basic" version of a game, or the "advanced" version.

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TDT # 413 - Racing GamesJuly 7, 2015 8:26 AM

In this show, we talk about Konexi, Abyss, Defenders of the Last Stand, I Spy, La Granja, and Dark Moon.  We also talk about "gaming envy", how we record the show, and gaming in public, as well as other questions from listeners.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten racing games!

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TDT # 412 - Dice Tower AwardsJune 30, 2015 10:47 AM

A host of Dice Tower contributors and podcasters join us to announce the best games of 2014.  Come listen to us  as we recorded the show live at Dice Tower Con 2015!

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TDT # 411 - Wood and CardboardJune 23, 2015 1:10 AM

Tom and Eric take a look at  Ophir, Dead Drop, Panamax, Cthulhu Realms, Catacombs, Suburbia 5 Star, and Flick ‘em Up.  We also answer several listener questions, as well as talk about our top ten games with wooden and cardboard components.

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TDT # 410 - Live from Origins 2015June 16, 2015 8:21 AM

In this show we are joined by Zee Garcia, Mark Zielinski, Jared Whitley, the guys from Secret Cabal, Steve Buonocore, Mary Prasad, Matt Hozey, Steve Avery, Jason Levine, and more!!  We talk about the convention and the games we've seen.  Then, we run a live game show, and finally finish up with some questions from the audience.  And revenge! You can see a video of this show on the Dice Tower channel.

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TDT # 409 - Food and Drink at the TableJune 9, 2015 10:32 AM

In this show we talk about  Witness, Burger Joint, Xia, Super Dungeon Explore Forgotten King, Chaosmos,  and String Safari.  Geoff gives a eulogy, we are joined by a couple other contributors, take a look back at Catan and Mystery of the Abbey, and hear both a tale of Horror and Amazement.  Finally, we end the show talking about our rules concerning food and drink at the gaming table.

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TDT # 408 - Restaurant GamesJune 1, 2015 11:32 PM

In this show, we talk about  Frontier Stations, Traders of Osaka, Dominion Adventures, Dark Seas, Ars Alchimea, and Forge War.  We answer questions including  our opinions on "takebacks" and choosing roles.  Finally, we end the episode with our top ten games to play at a restaurant.

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TDT # 407 - Replacing Our Favorite GamesMay 26, 2015 8:01 AM

In this show, we talk about  The Boardgame Geek Card Game, Trifecta, Duck Duck Go, Tigris & Euphrates, String Safari, Telepathy, and Dimension.  Our contributors talk about cheating, Ra, Top Promoter, Forbidden Island, and Game State.  We have a tale of Horror and a new Tale of Treachery!  We talk about copying board game design elements from other games, and finish the show discussing what it would take for a game to replace our current favorite game.  

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TDT # 406 - Plastic plastic plastic!May 19, 2015 9:57 AM

In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at  Master Fox, Pew Pew!, One Zero One, Konito, Double Feature, and Space Movers.  We also get some GREAT questions from our listeners, and finish the show with our top ten game with fantastic plastic components!

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TDT # 405 - MetagamingMay 12, 2015 6:57 AM

In this show, we talk about Greenland, Double Feature, Wordariffic, Emergence Event, Antidote, the Majority, and Race to the Rhine.  We talk about a few more games from our childhood, Geoff talks about stats, Bill about GenCon, and Brian about Star Wars Epic Duels.  We end the show with a question about metagaming.

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TDT # 404 - Double Date GamesMay 5, 2015 7:00 AM

In this show, we talk about  Hare and Tortoise, Xenoshyft, The Fittest, The Grasshopper and the Ant, Elevenses, and Pandante.  We answer questions about conventions, alpha gamers, and more - and finally end the show with our favorite ten game for a "double date."    

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TDT # 403 - Box SizeApril 28, 2015 9:43 AM

In this show, we discuss  Brew Crafters, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Dominion: Adventures, and Stockpile.  Brian talks about Horse Racing Games, Table for Two about dancing, Bill about tournaments, Geoff about Entropy, and a new solitaire gaming segment!  We hear a tale of Horror AND more about gaming at the South Pole.  Tom talks about several upcoming games, such as 7 Wonders: Duel, 504, and City Mania; and we finish the show talking about whether or not box size affects our purchasing decisions.

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TDT # 402 - Cooperative GamesApril 21, 2015 9:25 AM

In this show, we talk about Harbour, Pirates, Ninjas, Robots, Zombies, Grasshopper and the Ant, Tragedy Looper, Orleans, Bang: the Dice Game, and Grimoire.  We answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten cooperative games!

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TDT # 401 - PrototypesApril 14, 2015 7:47 AM

Hey, we're back! In this show, we talk about Council of Verona, Firefly Blue Sun, Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit, Viticulture + Tuscany, the Bruges expansion, Quilt Show, and Balderdash.  Eric ruins someone's convention, we talk about legal recourse against Kickstarter, and are joined by a host of contributors.  Finally, we end the show with our thoughts on playing people's game prototypes.

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TDT # 400 - Guests and More GuestsMarch 31, 2015 8:19 AM

Well, we wanted to do something special for episode 400, so we invited in FOUR co-hosts!  Sam Healey, Zee Garcia, Geoff Englestein, and Stephen Buonocore join us as we talk about some recently played games, and what's in store for us in the future.  But wait, there's more!  We are joined by several surprise guests, including designers, podcasters, and a voice from way back in the Dice Tower!

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TDT # 399 - Live from GAMA 2015March 24, 2015 7:25 AM

Mark Streed and Zee Garcia join us this week, as we record a show live at the GAMA 2015 Trade Show.  We go through a pile of games we enjoyed, including Forbidden Stars and Spit it Out!, and talk about each of the companies we talked to with their upcoming projects.

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TDT # 398 - What we Want in a Game CafeMarch 17, 2015 9:00 AM

In this show, we talk about Can't Stop: Rolling Down the Highway, Welcome to the Dungeon, Batman Love Letter, Harbour, 99 Chances, and Captains of Industry.  Geoff talks about scoring tracks, Brian about Around the World in 80 Days, and several other contributors join us!  We have a couple of tales, talk about games gone by, and end the show with what we want to see in a board game cafe.

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