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 # 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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TDT # 466 - Overrated GamesJuly 19, 2016 10:13 AM

In this episode, we talk about  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 at Origins, a tale of horror, and finally end the show with our top ten overrated games.  Prepare the knives!

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TDT # 465 - Dice Tower Awards 2016July 13, 2016 10:08 AM

We are joined by a host of contributors to present the best games of 2015!  With fourteen awards, and recorded live at Dice Tower Con 2016, we congratulate the winners of most innovative game, best artwork, best family game, and more!  We end the show taking questions from the audience to Eric, Tom, Sam, and Zee.

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TDT # 464 - Best Ancient Era GamesJuly 11, 2016 8:07 AM

NOTE:  Due to some file transfer issues, this episode is a week late, AFTER Dice Tower Con.  Sorry about that! In this show, we take a look at   Guildhall Fantasy Trio, Burano, Ghost-Fightin’ Treasure Hunters,  Fool’s Gold, Garbage Day, and Dead Last.  A plethora of contributors join us, from law cases to DnD horror stories!  We start a quick contest, answer a few quesions, and finally end the show with our top ten ancient era games!

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TDT # 463 - Live from Origins 2016June 22, 2016 6:10 AM

In this show, Sam Healey and Zee Garcia join as hosts and we talk about some of the games we saw at Origins, including Tyrants of the Underdark, Captain Sonar, and more!  Chaz Marler gives his impressions, we play a live version of the Match Game, and we end the show answering questions including how we would die in an RPG.

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TDT # 462 - Best Medieval GamesJune 13, 2016 11:41 PM

Huzzah!  In this pre-Origins 2016 episode, Eric and Tom talk about Guilds of London, Council of Four, IceCool, and Box of Rocks.  We hear from a TON of our contributors, from Takenoko to Um Reifenbreite to Imperial Settlers.  A harrowing tale of treachery is told, and we talk about our favorite ten medieval themed games.  But we don't end there, and finish with a question of the week IN THE SAME EPISODE.

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TDT # 461 - Live from UKGE 2016June 7, 2016 11:25 AM

In this show, recorded live at the UK Gaming Expo, Tom and Sam take a look at games they played before and during the fair, talk about our trip to London and Nottingham, and banter with a few Dice Tower contributors.  We also give a preview of Skythe.

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TDT # 460 - Obnoxious GamersMay 31, 2016 8:00 AM

In this show, we discuss Coffee Roaster, Dream Factory, My First Carcassonne, Bear Valley, Magecraft, Bad Medicine, and Dwarves, Inc. The Sweet Spot looks at tense games, Luke introduces to to some racing games, The Solo Game Corner explores Healthy Heart Hospital, and we hear the Biography of Hive. Plus, a Tale of Boardgaming Horror, letters from the mailbag, and our tips on how to deal with obnoxious gamers.

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TDT # 459 - Amazing card artMay 24, 2016 7:25 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Star Trek: Frontiers, Linkee,  Happy Pigs, Legends of Draxia,  Tichu, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, and Ladies and Gentlemen.  We are joined by special guest Jorge Garcia (Lost, Hawaii 5-0) and talk about his gaming past and treacheries.  We finally hear from Greg about the Gathering, listen to Geoff stir up a ruckuss, hear a tale of Amazement, and more!  Finally, we end this extra-long show with our top ten games with amazing card art.

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TDT # 458 - I hate this box!May 17, 2016 10:41 AM

In this episode, we are taking a look at  Isle of Skye, Stratos,  Exodus Expansion, Magic duel deck, Stratos, and more!  We hear about a pig race, the history of Carcassonne, GameTek, and how to deal with horrible boxes.  And a pile of questions and answers!

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TDT # 457 - Creepy CrawliesMay 10, 2016 8:50 AM

In this show, we talk about  Alan’s Adventureland, Shadow over Westminster, Histrio,  The Palaces of Carrara, Ravenous River, and Dice City.  We also hear about an annoying gamer, Friday, bashing Monopoly, and a report on Tabletop Day at the F2Z headquarters.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten Creepy Crawlies games - games that feature bugs, spiders, worms, and more!

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TDT # 456 - Publish my Game!May 3, 2016 8:11 AM

In this show, we talk about Dungeon!, FreshFish, T’Zolkin: Tribes and Prophecies,  Bastian, Spheres of Influence, DilluviaProject, and Greedy Greedy Goblins.  Tom talks about thesights and sounds of the Gathering of Friends, Eric goes through agamut of emotions with a bunch of Tales, and we hear from a greatnumber of great contributors!  Finally, we end the showtalking about how to pitch your game to apublisher.

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TDT # 455 - Games that teach MATHApril 26, 2016 7:17 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Rockwell, Animal on Board, Meeple War,Prime Time, Medici, and Eric gives us a Pandemic Legacy Update.  We also answer questions about local game stores, Dicemasters, legacy games, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games for teaching math!

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TDT # 454 - Retheming GamesApril 19, 2016 9:54 AM

In this show, we talk about Avalanche on Yeti Mountain, Mad Libs: The Game, Tigris and Euphrates,  Conquest Stratego, Apotheca, Time Stories: Prophecy of Dragons, Thunder and Lightning.  We also hear from a variety of contributors, incluing Game Tech, History of Board Games, and more!  After a few tales, we finish up the show with thoughts on the retheming of games.

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TDT # 453 - Political GamesApril 12, 2016 7:37 AM

In this show we talk about  Mombasa, Smash Up Expansions, Scoundrel Society,  Flip City: Reuse, Loot n Run, and Firefly Fluxx.  We also answer questions about gaming outside, "min-maxing" and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten politically themed games.

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TDT # 452 - Power CreepApril 5, 2016 8:24 AM

In this show, we talk about  Thunderbirds, Pied Piper, Northern Pacific,  Millenium Blades, Knit-Wit, Monstrous, and Pecunia non olet.  We have a pile of contributions, including both old and new!  We end the show talking about power creep, and how it affects games.

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TDT # 451 - Long GamesMarch 29, 2016 6:40 AM

In this show, we talk about World’s Fair 1893, Epic Roll, Escape the Room,  Valeria: Card Kingdoms, Latice, and Mission to Mars 2049.  We also answer questions about sleeving cards, contacting companies, falling asleep, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our favorite ten long games - games that are 3 hours or more!

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TDT # 450 - Live from GAMA 2016March 22, 2016 12:28 PM

In this show, we delve live into the GAMA trade show, talking from there with Chaz Marler, Suzanne Sheldon, Jason Levine and more!  We are also joined by our regular contributors to make a real hodge podge of an episode, talking about both new and old games.  Finally, we end the show talking about going back in time to stop a game from being made!

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TDT # 449 - ReprintsMarch 15, 2016 6:00 AM

In this show, we discuss  Crown and Kingdom, Concordia: Salsa, Carson City: Deluxe,  Paradox, Steampunk Rally, Circus Flohcati and Odin’s Ravens.  We also answer a pile of questions and realize just how far behind we are!  Finally, we end the show talking about the best reprints or board games.

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