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 # 382 - Live from BGG Con, part 1November 25, 2014 8:25 AM

Joined by special co-hosts Rich Sommer and Erik Herman, we interview a host of guests, including Dan King, Colby Dauch, Todd Rowland, Geoff Englestien, and more!  There's also some songs!  (Kind of).

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TDT # 381 - Engine Building GamesNovember 17, 2014 11:53 PM

In this show, we review Colt Express, Kings of Israel, The Golden Ages, Nations the Dice Game, Yunnan, and Geister Ei. We also answer another pile of questions, and then talk about our favorite "engine building" games.

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TDT # 380 - No one will play this game!November 11, 2014 9:09 AM

In this episode, we take a look at Dreaming Spires, Robin, The Endless River, Xia, Alchemists, and Argent.  We are joined by Brian on No Thanks, The Angry Gamer on non-responsiveness, Geoff, and Bill, and answer a pile of questions.  Finally, we talk about games that we can't get anyone to play with us!

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TDT # 379 - One Hit WondersNovember 4, 2014 8:37 AM

In this show, we review Progress, Medieval Academy, Deus, Omega Centauri, Planes,  and Livestock Uprising.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten "one hit wonders."

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TDT # 378 - Essen Spiel 2014 RecapOctober 28, 2014 8:40 AM

In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Doodle City, Kanban, Essen, Pandemic the Cure, and the upcomin Magic: the Gathering Board Game.   We also discuss the Essen Spiel 2014 in depth, and then end the show with our favorite traits in a gaming opponent.

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TDT # 377 - What we Look for in a Kickstarter GameOctober 21, 2014 9:51 AM

In this show, we take a look at Uncanny X-men: Dicemasters!, Rococo, Medina, Subdivision, and Snapgammon.  Geoff and Brian take a look at older games, we get some more legal advice, and answer a few questions.  We finish up the show with a list of things we are looking for in a Kickstarter campaign/game.

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TDT # 376 - Essen Spiel 2014 PreviewOctober 13, 2014 7:22 AM

In this episode, Eric is on vacation, so Tom is joined by Zee Garcia.  We spend the show joined by contributors, talking about some of the games coming out at Essen Spiel, and the different games and expansions that we are most interested in.  

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TDT # 375 - The most Boring Games!!October 7, 2014 9:04 AM

In this show, we talk about King’s Forge, Villainy, Johari, Cartoon Network Fluxx, and Dungeon Roll.  Someone compares Munchkin to Cosmic Encounter, we discuss how to deal with controversial themes, and table etiquette.  Finally, we almost fall asleep at the end talking about our top ten most boring games!

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TDT # 374 - A Horn, CosmicCon, and CatanSeptember 30, 2014 8:33 AM

In this episode, we take a look at the new Wok Star, Vivajava the Dice Game, Impulse, Bucket King 3D, Star Realms, Warhammer 40K Conquest, and Good Cop Bad Cop.  Eric tells an extremely sad hotel story, we hear another tale of horror, and Tom talks about both CosmicCon and the Fantasy Flight Event Center.  Finally, we end with Eric interviewing Stu Paul, director of the short film The Lord of Catan.

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TDT # 373 - Conflict ResolutionSeptember 23, 2014 8:03 AM

In this episode, we look at  Greed, Madame Ching, Rise of Empires, Ninja Dice, Athlas, and Games that Tell Stories.  We talk about preparing for Essen, using cell phones during games, and what to do when elminated from a game.  Finally, we talk about our top ten favorite ways to resolve conflict in games.  (In the game, not between players!)

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TDT # 372 - Apps and Spoilers!September 16, 2014 6:42 AM

In this show, we look at the games Legendary Encounters, Level 7 Invasion, Diamonds, The Battle of Five Armies, Tragedy Looper, Battle Merchants, Star Realms IOS and Magnum Opus.  Geoff talks about game flow, Bill talks about running a convention for profit, and Brian takes a look back at Frank's Zoo. We also talk about our favorie companion apps for board games. Finally, we end the episode with a spoiler-heavy look at Risk: Legacy. The first 51 minutes of the show are spoiler free.

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TDT # 371 - Milton Bradley GamesSeptember 9, 2014 8:47 AM

In this show, we talk about Abyss, the Battle at Kemble's Cascade, Jerk, Bang: the Duce Game, Arcadia Quest, and Ten: The Game!  We cringe at another tale of horror, and talk about our Essen plans, math trades, how to get a game published, and using timers during games.  We end the show with our top ten Milton Bradley games!

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TDT # 370 - Back to Normal!September 2, 2014 7:32 AM

In this episode, we return to our normal schedule.  We look at several games, including City Hall, Dead of Winter, Pandemic: Contageon, Cosmic Dominion, Villainous Vikings, Worker Placement, Plucky Pilots, and Golem Arcana.  Brian discusses Medici, Greg visits another store, Geoff talks about those who hate to think, we get more legal advice, hear another tale of horror, and discuss some hot news.  Finally, we end the show asking what game released at GenCon are we most interested in, and why.

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TDT # 369 - Post Gen Con 2014 ReportAugust 26, 2014 8:02 AM

In this show, Eric and Tom take a look back at the GenCon 2014 fair held in Indianapolis.  But we also spend a lot of time talking about games - including Black Fleet, Camel Up, Diamonds, Quilt Show, Castls of the Mad King Ludwig, King of New York, Kingsport: Festival, and Tragedy Looper.  We end the show taking a pile of listener questions and giving hopefully decent answers to them!

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TDT # 368 - LIVE from Gen Con 2014August 19, 2014 10:50 AM

In this show, we are joined by guest host Zee Garcia in our live show at GenCon!  An array of Dice Tower contributors join us, as well as folks from the Dice Tower network.  We talk about great games we saw at GenCon, our thoughts on the fair itself, and even a song or two!   

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TDT # 367 - Gen Con Preview 2014, part 2August 10, 2014 12:00 AM

This is part two of a two part preview of Gen Con 2014!  Jamie, Chris, and Tony join us from the Secret Cabal Podcast, where you can find part 1! http://tinyurl.com/dtscgencon14 In this episode, we answer some questions about the covention, give some tips regarding Gen Con, and then each of us gives our top ten games we are looking forward to seeing at the convention!

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TDT # 366 - Best Gryphon / Eagle GamesAugust 4, 2014 11:16 PM

In this show, we talk about  Pagoda, Justice League Strategy Game, Destination Neptune, Bruges, New Haven, and Dino Dice.  A tale of horror is caused by us, and we give our top ten game from Eagle/Gryphon Games.

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TDT # 365 - Our favorite gamesJuly 29, 2014 8:35 AM

In this show, we talk about Magnum Opus, Who Stole the Cookie?, Istanbul, Heroes Wanted, and Thunder Alley.  We hear about Hoity Toity, 3D printing, bad game design, and more!  We answer questions, and end the show talking about whether or not we get to play our favorite games enough.

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TDT # 364 - Logic GamesJuly 22, 2014 11:13 AM

In this episode, we take a look at Heartland, Imperial Settlers, Destination Neptune, and Firefly: Pirates.  We hear about a dangerous woman, discuss whether or not boardgaming has become less fun for us, and answer a pile of other questions.  We end the show with our top ten games that teach or feature logic!

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TDT # 363 - To the South Pole!July 15, 2014 8:02 AM

In this episode, we take a look at Shadowrun Crossfire, Russian Railroads, Roads and Boats, Battle Sheep and more!  We discuss the Dice Tower Convention 3, point out Tom's glaring error, and talk about the future of the show.  Finally, we talk about what games to take with you to the South Pole!

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