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 # 517 - MegagamesAugust 8, 2017 5:30 AM

In this show, we talk about  Near and Far, Terraforming Mars: Hellas and Elysium, Pit Crew, Logic Cards,  Ghosts Love Candy, Wordsy, Dice Forge, and Saboteur: the Duel.  We also discuss the megagame we played at Dice Tower convention 2017, and our thoughts on megagames and whether or not we'll play another one!

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TDT # 516 - Gen Con 2017 Preview (with Jamie Keagy)August 1, 2017 7:01 AM

In this show, joined by Jamie from the Secret Cabal, we talk about  Too Many Bones, Star Traders, and Spirit Island.  We also hear a wonderful tale of Amazement, and then it's headfirst into GenCon!  We answer questions about GenCon from those who haven't gone before, and talk about the ten games we are most looking forward to from the convention itself!

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TDT # 515 - Live from Origins 2017July 25, 2017 7:27 AM

In this show, we are joined by Sam Healey and Zee Garcia and a host of other Dice Tower contributors to talk about board games, play in a live game show with folks from the audience, and then answer questions from the same audience.  All done live at Origins Game Fair 2017!

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TDT # 514 - Five Player Games (with Tony McRee)July 18, 2017 7:33 AM

In this show, co-hosted by Tony McRee from Rolling Dice and Taking Names, we talk about  Thunderstone Quest, Monopoly Gamer,  Indulgence, Deckscape: Test Time,  Downforce, and Lignum.  Geoff talkes about the Yips, we hear a tale of Horror, and answer a pile of questions from one listener!  Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten games that work well with five players.

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TDT # 513 - Dice Tower AwardsJuly 11, 2017 6:28 AM

Joined by a host of contributors, we hand out the Dice Tower Awards for the best games of 2016.  From best small publisher game to most innovative to game of the year, join us and out network as we choose the winners!  Afterwards, Sam, Tom, Zee, and Eric answer questions from the audience at Dice Tower Con 2017.

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TDT # 512 - Spiel des Jahres 2017July 4, 2017 5:00 AM

In this show, we talk about  Unearth, STROOP, They Who Were,  Godfather: Corleone, Arena: of the Gods, and Paradox.  We then discuss the Spiel des Jahres nominees for 2017, and talk about which we think will win and should win.

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TDT # 511 - Puzzle Games (with Crystal Pisano)June 27, 2017 6:56 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Viral, Stop Thief, Immortals, Completto, the  Play Dirty Expansion for Steam Park, and Startups.  Geoff talks about crystals, we hear a tale of horror, and answer questions about talking about jobs and an anti-Dice Tower faction.  Finally, we end the show discussing our favorite puzzle games.

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TDT # 510 - Teaching GamesJune 20, 2017 6:37 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Mechs vs. Minions, Balloon Pop, Quartz,  Arena For the Gods!, Champions of Midgard Expansions, and LYNGK.  Then, Eric and Tom talk about how to teach board games to others, mistakes to avoid, and more!

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TDT # 509 - Games best with 3 Players (with Rich Sommer)June 12, 2017 11:59 PM

In this show, we talk about  Near and Far, This War of Mine,  Flatline, Mole Rats in Space,  Don’t Mess With Cthulhu, and Ethnos.  We also answer a pile of questions, talk about drinking games, and end the show with our top ten games that are best with three players.  Rich Sommer is the guest third host.

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TDT # 508 - Ghooooosts!June 6, 2017 6:01 AM

In this show, we talk about  Kerala, Alien Frontiers App, RISK: Star Wars Edition, Excape,  Booo!, Ghostel, Ghostbusters 2, and Toilet Trouble.  Finally, we discuss playing horror games with children.  

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TDT # 507 - Set Collection Games (with Mandi Hutchinson)May 30, 2017 7:00 AM

In this episode, Tom and Eric are joined by Mandi Hutchinson to discuss Word Slam, Honshu, Wizards of the Wild, City of Zombies, The Lost Expedition, and Yokohama, and Geoff talks about the pros and cons of tiebreakers. We also present a karmic Tale of Gaming, answer some questions from the mailbag, and complete the set by presenting our Top Ten Set Collection Games.

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TDT # 506 - Escaping RoomsMay 23, 2017 6:35 AM

In this episode, we talk about the  Hexbug games (Bugs in the Kitchen, BuggaLoop), Cat Box, Amun Re, and then all the different Escape Room games:  Escape the Room, Exit: the Game, Deckscape, Unlock!  We discuss the pros and cons of escape room games.  Enjoy!

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TDT # 505 - Trick Taking Games (with Sara Erickson)May 16, 2017 7:16 AM

Sara from Renegade Games joins us as co-host when we discuss Problem Picnic Attack of the Ants, Flip City: Wilderness, Great Western Trail, and prototypes!  We also hear from Geoff, a tale of gaming, and answer questions about demoing games at conventions and musical gamers.  Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten trick-taking games!

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TDT # 504a - Fun with PunsMay 9, 2017 2:00 AM

Tom is out AGAIN.  Anyway, Eric talks about some games and then gives us some puns.  

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TDT # 504 - Eric and RichardMay 2, 2017 6:46 AM

In this show, Richard Ham takes Tom's place, and he and Eric talk about different games.  Including -  Lemonade Stand, Pack of Heroes, Broken Token’s Firefly Crate, Um Reifenbrite,  Jamsumo, Oh My Goods: Revolt in Longsdale, Magic Maze, and Unlock!

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TDT # 503 -Conflict Resolution (with Richard Ham)April 25, 2017 11:25 AM

In this show, Tom is missing, but Richard Ham (Rahdo) steps in, and he and Eric talk about  Math Fluxx, Disney World gaming (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Agent P’s Secret Mission, A Pirate’s Adventure),  The Goonies Adventure Card Game, and Rhodes.  They also answer questions, hear another Tale of gaming, and end with their top ten conflict resolutions in games.

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TDT # 502 - Short and What?April 18, 2017 5:00 AM

Suzanne joins us for a quick episode, in which we talk about Avenue, Maze Racers, Escape Room The Game: Welcome to Funland,  Rocky Road a la Mode, Braintopia, Hounded,  Fugitive, Moons, and Nautilion.

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TDT # 501 - Deckbuilding Games (with Suzanne Sheldon)April 11, 2017 5:00 AM

Suzanne Sheldon joins as our first co-host to talk about  Ascension: Gift of the Elements, Go Go Gelato,  Orleans Invasion, Tokaido (app),  Onirim (app), and Exit The Game (Secret Lab).  Geoff shows up to talk about pie, we hear a tale of gaming, and end the show with our top ten deckbuilding/pool building games.  Welcome to the new format!

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TDT # 500 - 500!April 4, 2017 1:00 AM

Sam Healey and Joe Steadman join us for this retrospective look at the Dice Tower over the last 500 episodes!  Recorded live at GAMA 2017, the quartet talk about some games they saw at the trade show.  We also listen to plenty of Eric's puns, Tom's idiotic statements, segments sent in from all the contributors and several listeners, and catch up on what Sam and Joe are doing now!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten favorite moments of the Dice Tower. Oh, and maybe a song or two.

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TDT # 499 - Movin' Right AlongMarch 28, 2017 7:00 AM

In this episode, Tom and Eric recount their recent journeys to PAX East, The GAMA Trade Show, MeepleCon and ConnCon, including discussions of The Captain Is Dead, First Martians, Dozen’s Donuts, Toilet Trouble, The Colonists, Flamme Rouge, and SPY. Plus, Bringing Up the Meeples talks about Morals, Itai Perez discusses a French gaming influence, and Eric runs through his Top 10 new games he saw at GAMA.

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