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 # 496 - Not Enough!February 21, 2017 7:14 AM

In this show, we talk about Bear Valley, Tricky Track, Picassimo, Castles of Calandale, Lady Richmond, and a chess tournament!  We hear a tale of horror, a tale of friendship, a biography of a boardgame, competing opinions on Dungeon, and answer questions!  Finally, we end the show talking about when components to a game turn us off from playing it!

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TDT # 495 - Best Games from 20 Years Ago (1997)February 14, 2017 7:22 AM

In this show, we take a look at  Kashgar, Ave Roma, Arcadia Quest Pets, Arcadia Inferno,  Nerdy Inventions, 8-28, and Potion Explosion app.  Geoff talks about AI, we hear a remarkable tale of Amazement, and we end the show going back 20 years and talking about our favorite games from 1997.

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TDT # 494 - The Big ImpactFebruary 7, 2017 10:51 AM

In this show, we talk about  Tiny Epic Galaxies: Into the Black, Lotus, Me Want Cookies,  Assault of Giants, RoboRally, and Villages of Valeria.  We also hear a couple of tales, answer questions, have a pile of cool segments, and talk about the games that have had the biggest impact on us! Links to the new shows: Board Game Blitz - http://www.boardgameblitz.com/ The Family Gamers - http://www.thefamilygamers.com/ Our Turn Podcast - http://ourturnpodcast.com/  

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TDT # 493 - Best of 2002January 31, 2017 7:16 AM

In this show, we talk about  New York Slice, Papa Paolo, Second Tide,  Ave Roma, Ghostel, and Ta Yu.  We hear a Battlestar Galactica Tale of Betrayal (although not the way you think), talk about snacks and lack of dice in games, and end the show with a fifteen year look back at 2002, and our favorite games from that year.

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TDT # 492 - 2017 ResolutionsJanuary 24, 2017 6:53 AM

In this show, we talk about  Hero Realms, Batman The Animated Series The Dice Game, When I Dream,  Revenge of the dictators,  Running with the Bulls,  and Jump Drive.  A host of contributors join us, talking about everything from randomness to Hare and Tortoise!  We have a tale of Horror and Amazement, and end the show talking about our 2017 gaming resolutions.  Again.

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TDT # 491 - Looking back at 2007January 17, 2017 7:18 AM

In this show, we talk about  Vikings Gone Wild, Dicemasters, Santorini, Jorvik, X Nimmt,  and the Mysterium app.  We answer several questions, hear a tale of sadness, and end the show with our favorite games from ten years ago - 2007! Join our fundraiser here!  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dice-tower-season-13-podcast  

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TDT # 490 - Looking forward to 2017January 10, 2017 7:44 AM

In this show, we take a look at  Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Rubik’s Race, Lion Guard: Protect the Pridelands,  Flamme Rouge, Liar’s Dice, and Phase.  Tom reviews a pile of games in a few minutes, we hear from several contributors, and a great tale of Amazement!  Finally, we end the show talking about the top ten games we are looking forward to in 2017.

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TDT # 489 - Best of five years ago!January 3, 2017 6:20 AM

In this show, we introduce our 2017 Fundraiser! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dice-tower-season-13-podcast We also talk about  Cosmic Eons, Days of Ire (Coop), Mino & Tauri,  Motion Pictures, Trick of the Rails, and Munchkin CCG.  We also hear a tale of Betrayal, and then we talk about what Tom considers to be the best year in gaming - 2012!

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TDT # 488 - Looking back at 2016December 27, 2016 7:00 AM

In this show, we talk about Great Western Trail, Deep Sea Adventure, No Siesta,  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Gooseberry, and the  Pokemon trading card game.  We also here a tale of Horror, a tale of Sadness, and a tale of Amazement!  Finally, we completely clear out our question queue!

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TDT # 487 - Best and Worst of 2016December 21, 2016 8:11 AM

Tom, Eric, and a host of contributors take a look at 2016 and talk about the best and worst games of the year!   Show Notes: 1:14 - Intro 4:43 - Year as a whole 15:55 - Biggest Surprises 22:56 - Biggest Disappointments 28:25 - Best Components 32:40 - Best Art 38:05 - Worst Games 41:42 - Best Card Games 47:57 - Best Family Games 53:11 - Best Party Games 56:26 - Best Cooperative Games 1:03:07 - Best Children's Games 1:07:54 - Most Innovative Games 1:13:56 - Strangest Games 1:16:56 - Best Expansions 1:20:58 - Best Reprints 1:24:01 - Biggest Brainburners 1:27:10 - Favorite Game Events 1:33:47 - Top 10 2:02:26 - Other Categories 2:07:00 - Looking at 2017

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TDT # 486 - Dice Tower Cruise 2016December 14, 2016 9:33 AM

It's our live show from the Dice Tower Cruise 2016!  Sam, Jason, and Zee join us as we talk about some of the games we played and enjoyed, the cruise itself, a Tale of Treachery, and questions from the audience! You can see the video version here: https://youtu.be/Ahk2bEX5vP8

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TDT # 485 - Please Play my Game!December 6, 2016 7:37 AM

In this show, we take a look at  Saloon Tycoon, Habitats, Morpheus,  and Dale of Merchants 2.  We hear a different type of Tale of Awkwardness, here from Board Game Gumbo, Bonus Action, GameTek, Cult of the Old, Board Game Biopsy, and Sweet Spot.  We answer a pile of questions including breaking into a new game group, and end the show discussing how we can get others to play the games we want.

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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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