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 # 444 - Too many Players!February 9, 2016 3:00 AM

In this episode, we take a look at  A Study in Emerald (2nd Edition), Stick to Colours, Vye, Viticulture Essential Edition,  Steam Time, Cat Tower, Nautilus Industries, and Casting.   We are joined by a host of contributors, including a couple of new segments!  We also answer a pile of questions, as well as talk about when to play with the maximum number of players.

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TDT # 443 - Best Games of 2001February 2, 2016 6:16 AM

In this show, we talk about Dark Age Z, Mangrovia, Star Wars: Rebellion,  Skyway Robbery, Healthy Heart Hospital, and the Splendor iOS.  We also answer a pile of questions, and finish the show taking a look back 15 years ago at the best games from 2001.

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TDT # 442 - Chin up, Kid!January 26, 2016 6:54 AM

In this show, we talk about  Above and Below, Roll for the Galaxy Expansion, Maharaja, Outfoxed,  Treasure Hunter, Ninja All Stars, Piratoons, and VuDu.  We also hear a few tales of Horror, Amazement, and Treachery - and talk about tales in general and our reaction to them.  Finally, we talk about how to deal with kids who have a hard time when they lose.

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TDT # 441 - Best of 2006January 19, 2016 7:49 AM

In this show, we discuss Epic PVP, Siege of Faerun, Grand Austria Hotel, Apollo XIII,  Zombicide: Black Plague, Colosseum, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, and Ultimate Warriorz.  We answer questions about pirating and making your own copies of games, and finish the show taking a look back ten years ago - at 2006's best games.

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TDT # 440 - Asmodee AsmodeeJanuary 12, 2016 6:58 AM

In this episode, we talk about  The King is Dead, Cat Tube Famous, But Wait, There’s More!, Splash!, the  Magic Board Game Expansion, Game of Gnomes, Mess Machine, andTelepathy (Magic Minds and Brain Freeze).  We have three tales - one of horror, one of treachery, and one of outrage!  Brian, Dan, and Mary join us, and the whole group discusses the latest announcement from Asmodee North America.

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TDT # 439 - Best of 2011January 5, 2016 7:44 AM

In this episode, we introduce our 2016 DT Kickstarter, and talk about Dojo Kun, Mod X, Spirits of the Rice Paddy, Best Treehouse Ever, and Burgle Brothers.  We also answer questions including why we like Caverna better than Agricola, and finally end the show with our favorite games from five years ago - 2011!

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TDT # 438 - Best of 2015, part 2December 29, 2015 7:29 AM

It's part two of our end of the year show! In this jam-packed mega show, all of our contributors and Dice Tower affiliates show up and give their input on...   Best cooperative game, Most Innovative game, Strangest game, Best Expansion, Best Reprint, Biggest Brainburner, Best Gaming Event, and our Top 10 of 2015! Come join us and here our opinions on the year 2015, as it draws to a close.

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TDT # 437 - Best of 2015, part 1December 22, 2015 7:17 AM

It's part one of our end of the year show! In this jam-packed mega show, all of our contributors and Dice Tower affiliates show up and give their input on... The year as a whole, Biggest news of the year, Biggest surprise, Biggest Disappointment, Best Components, Best Artwork, Worst Game, Best card game, Best party game, Best kids game, and Best family game. Come join us and here our opinions on the year 2015, as it draws to a close.    

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TDT # 436 - Let it GoDecember 15, 2015 6:47 AM

In this show, we talk about  Ice and the Sky, The Prodigals Club, Pirate Den, Fidelitas,  10 to Kill, Floating Market, Kemet: Ta Seti, Safranito, and Mord Im Arosa.  Brian takes a look at Money, Geoff at Gutsy, and we hear about starting a game club and more Legal moves.  Tom quizzes Eric about shopping, and we finish up the show discussing when to let a game go out of your collection.

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TDT # 435 - Top Ten AEG GamesDecember 8, 2015 7:37 AM

In this episode, we talk about  German Railroads, Estoril 1942, Klask, Stinky Business,  Mow Money, ...and then we held hands, KLASK, and Between Two Cities. We answer questions about conventions, using cash to buy games, and why we don't review everything.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games from AEG games.

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TDT # 434 - Dealing with HypeDecember 1, 2015 6:46 AM

In this show, we talk about  Sleuth, Paperback Co-Operative, State Smarts, Chess,  Above and Below, Simurgh, Gum Gum Machine, and the Colt Express Expansion.  We hear a tale of Horror and one of outrage, talk about game clubs, and Tom gives us a rundown of the Come and Play day with GTS distribution.  Finally, we end the show talking about how to deal with the hype machine!

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TDT # 433 - Live from BGG Con!November 24, 2015 7:13 AM

We are joined by Rich Sommer, Sam Healey, Zee Garcia, Jason Levine, Mark Streed and more in this Boardgame Breakfast crossover!  Recorded live at BGG.con 2015, we talk about games we've played, have several segments, and close out the show answering questions from the audience.

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TDT # 432 - Top 10 Interactive GamesNovember 16, 2015 10:45 PM

In this show, we talk for a long time about games, including  504, Fury of Dracula, Gallerist, Porta Nigra,  Ghostbusters, Gutsy, Renaissance Wars, and The Room 3.  We also answer questions, and then tell about our favorite ten interactive games (that aren't wargames).  Or something like that.

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TDT # 431 - You destroyed my game!November 10, 2015 11:10 AM

In this show, we talk about  The Big Book of Madness, Tabletopia: Police Precinct, Dark Stories, Treasure of the 13 Islands,  Time Stories, Orleans expansion, M.U.L.E, and Trickerion.  Tom also talks about twenty other games as fast as he can, we hear from some contributors, and hear a few tales.  Finally, we talk about what we do when someone else damages our games.

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TDT # 430 - Music and GamesNovember 3, 2015 7:23 AM

In this show, we talk about Automania, Inhabit the Earth, Antarctica, Taverna,  Pandemic Legacy, TIME Stories, Say Cheese!and Ocean Raiders.  Eric rants, we answer a pile of questions, and then end the episode talking about our favorite games to have music in the background (and what music that should be).

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TDT # 429 - TurtlingOctober 27, 2015 7:16 AM

In this show, we talk about  Far Space Foundry, Raptor, Wurfel Kung Fu,  the new expansions for both Race for the Galaxy and Roll for the Galaxy, Ticket to Ride Map Pack 5, Dice City, and Automobiles.  We hear from Geoff, Brian, and Dan - and hear three tales, one of Horror, one of Awkwardness, and one of Shame!  Finally, we talk about "turtling" and whether or not we like when it shows up in our games.

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TDT # 428 - QuestionpaloozaOctober 20, 2015 6:52 AM

In this show, Tom and Eric talk about our Essen Spiel trip, what we saw and did there.  Then, for the rest of the show, we tackle our gigantic pile of questions from listeners!  It's a  smorgasbord of topics!

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TDT # 427 - Live from Essen Spiel 2015October 13, 2015 4:20 PM

From the Essen Spiel game fair, we record a podcast in front of a live studio audience.  Joined by Zee Garcia, Jason Levine, Steve Buonocore, Piero, and more - we answer questions, talk about the convention, and hear a couple of tales!

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TDT # 426 - Going to Essen Spiel 2015October 5, 2015 1:45 AM

In this show, we talk about our Essen 2015 plans, as well as the top ten games we are looking forward to at the fair.  We take a look at  Poseidon’s Kingdom, Retro Loonacy, Fluch der Mumie,  Shakespeare, 7 Wonders: Duel, Star Trek: Five Year Mission, and answer a pile of questions from the listeners!

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TDT # 425 - Here to StaySeptember 29, 2015 6:27 AM

In this episode, we are joined by special guest Rich Sommer!  We talk about  Cthulhu Realms, Portal, Tiny Epic Galaxies (Solo),  Trambahn, Terra, Bomb Squad,    Kryptos, Petite Pastiche, and Wink.  We hear about treachery, amazement, and horror, solo games, forming a game group, and more!  Finally, we end the show talking about games we will never get rid of.

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