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 # 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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TDT # 397 - Best Bang for your BuckMarch 11, 2015 6:54 AM

In this show, we talk about Pictomania, Dragon's Gold, The Worst Game Ever, Pandemic: State of Emergency, XCom: the Board Game, and the Witcher.  We also hear from Geoff on poker, answer a pile of questions, and tell you our favorite "bang for the buck" games.

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TDT # 396 - Live from Total Con 2015March 3, 2015 9:31 AM

Tom is absent from this show as Eric takes over, joined by the hosts of Flip the Table.  In this show, they talk about the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, X-Files board game, PBL Robots, Costa Ruana, Troll Hunt, and more!  Special guests show up, including the folks from Not Just Another Gaming Podcast, a Tale of Horror is given, and the show ends with a game show!

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TDT # 395 - Pick up and Delivery GamesFebruary 23, 2015 11:33 PM

In this show, we talk about  Video Game High School, But Wait, There’s More!, DnD Dice Masters, King of New York with The Child, Caveman Curling, and Pirate Pete.  We also answer questions, and then end the show with our top ten favorite pick-up-and-delivery games.

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TDT # 394 - All about CatanFebruary 17, 2015 8:45 AM

In this show, we talk about  Five Tribes, Xia, Krosmaster Junior, Mystery Rummy # 5 - Escape from Alcatraz, X-com, and Pressure Cooker.  We are joined by a host of contributors offering strategy, Christmas gaming, old games, and how to build a game group.  We have a tale of amazement and one of horror, and bring back gaming stererotypes!  Finally, we end the show with our favorite ways to play Catan.

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TDT # 393 - Best Games from 2000February 10, 2015 8:19 AM

In this show, we talk about  Witness?, OWACON, Bullfrogs, Captains of Industry, Imperial Assault, and Cubo.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our favorite games from 15 years ago - the year 2000!

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TDT # 392 - Best Dice in Board GamesFebruary 3, 2015 8:55 AM

In this show, we talk about  Empire Engine, Artificium, Kings of Israel, Robot Turtles, Cthulhu Wars, Hyperborea, Pints of Blood, and Dogs of War.  We have a tale of horror and of amazement, Mark talks about his kids, Mary about Tichu strategy, and Brian about Mancala.  Tom discusses why the Dice Tower is about games, but especially the people who play them; and we end the show with our favorite dice found in games.

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TDT # 391 - Best games from a decade ago - 2005January 27, 2015 9:02 AM

In this show, we talk about  Shadow Throne, Murano, Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age, Canterbury, and Tesla: Master of Lighting.   Greg talks about the new Counter magaizine, Bill gives tips for running a game event, and we answer a pile of listener questions.  Finally, we go back ten years, and talk about our favorite games from 2005.

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TDT # 390 - Stupid Game NamesJanuary 20, 2015 8:52 AM

In this show, we talk about  Pay Dirt, Monsters and Maidens, Patchwork, Jochen der Rochen, Orleans, Power Grid “Deluxe”, Essen, and Royals.  We have a Tale of Amazement, a Tale of Horror, A Board Game Magic Moment, legal advice, a look at games from our childhood, and more!  We end the show talking about silly and awesome names that publishers give to board games.

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TDT # 389 - Best Games of 2010January 13, 2015 8:45 AM

In this show, we take a look at the games: The Ancient World, Spike, Waggle Dance, Noble Treachery, Kerflip, and Fire Dragon.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show taking a look back five years ago - at the best games of 2010!

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TDT # 388 - Resolutions for 2015, and Kickstarter!January 6, 2015 8:40 AM

In this show, we welome the New Year, talk about holiday gaming and gifts received.  We take a look at Doodle Quest, Roll for the Galaxy, Temporum, Rattlebones, Zoneplex, and more!  Bill talks about conventions, Bryan about an older game, and we look at our gaming resolutions for 2015.  Finally, we introduce our 2015 Kickstarter!

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