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.

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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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TDT # 387 - The Best and Worst of 2014, part 2December 30, 2014 11:27 AM

In the second half of our mega end-of-the-year 2014 show, we are joined by a host of contributors to talk about the best expansion, strangest game, biggest brainburner, best cooperative game and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten board games of 2014, and what we're looking forward to in 2015.  Happy New Year, everyone!

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TDT # 386 - The Best and Worst of 2014, part 1December 23, 2014 8:34 AM

In this show, we take a look back at the year 2014 in regards to boardgames.  We are joined by the entire Dice Tower Network to talk about the year as a whole, the biggest news stories of the years, our biggest surprises, biggest dissapointments, best components, best artwork, worst game, best card game, best party game, best kids game, best family game, and more! Join us for this super-sized spectacular as we celebrate the great gaming year of 2014.

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TDT # 385 - Party GamesDecember 16, 2014 9:03 AM

In this episode, we are joined by Bill Carrigan to once again talk about board games.  We look at X-Files the game, Happy Pigs, the Castles of Mad King Ludwig,  Istanbul, Hanabi Deluxe, and more!  We also answer a bunch of questions, then end the episode with our top ten party games!

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TDT # 384 - Classic GamesDecember 9, 2014 7:38 AM

We start this show with a Tale of Amazement, although there is Horror to be found also! We also talk about Mysterium, Dead Man’s Draw, Evolution, Planes, Sentinels board game, St. Petersberg, Super Rhino, and Nexus Ops.  Finally, we end the show talking about whether modern games have completely replaced "classic" games for us.

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TDT # 383 - Live from BGG Con, part 2December 2, 2014 7:52 AM

In this show, we take a look at Cherry Picker, Alchemists, The Game of 49, Roll Through the Galaxy, and Red7.  We then jump back into part 2 of our live show from BGG.con, including special guests such as Scott Alden, Eric Lang, and Mike Elliott.

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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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