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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

Note: The Dice Tower episodes are provided as a service to the community and although they are entirely family friendly, CoolStuffInc.com is not responsible for their content.

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TDT # 582 - Games we Replaced, but Kept AnywayNovember 27, 2018 8:56 AM

In this show, we talk about Lords of Hellas, Underwater Cities, Subatomic, Fireball Island, Just One, and Terraforming Mars: Colonies.   Geoff talks about knitting, and we answer questions about making our collections child-proof and Future Eric.    Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten games that were replaced by other games, yet we kept them for some reason.   Also, we explain the reasons.    

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TDT # 581 - It's Getting Dark in HereNovember 20, 2018 6:50 AM

In this show, we talk about Blackout: Hong Kong, Going around the City, Narcos the Board Game, Escape Tales: the Awakening, Duelosaur Island, and Layers.   We also examine the Isle of Skye App, and end the show answering several of your questions!

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TDT # 580 - Team vs. Team GamesNovember 14, 2018 7:13 AM

In this show, we take a look at the new Azul, Lady and the Tiger, Forum Trajanum, Die Legende der Irrlichter,   Majolica, and Billy Kerr.   Geoff also talks about the mega lottery and its effects on gamers, we answer a pile of questions - including what to do with Kingmakers - and end the show with our top ten team vs. team games!

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TDT # 579 - Messing Around EssenNovember 5, 2018 11:13 PM

In this show, Suzanne and Mandi talk about their recent trip to Essen.   Second time in, how did we do?   We also talk about games, like Bloxx!, Moveable Type, Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr, Mesozooic, Wreck Raiders, Patchwork Doodle, and more!

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TDT # 578 - Live from Essen Spiel 2018October 31, 2018 7:25 AM

In this episode, recorded live at Essen 2018 (so forgive the audio quality), we talk about some games at the fair, play our annual game show, and take some questions from the audience!

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TDT # 577 - Essen Spiele 2018 PreviewOctober 16, 2018 7:31 AM

In this episode, all four hosts show up and talk about one of the biggest gaming events of the year!   First, we talk about last year's show, and where we are on our anticipated games from last year.   We also talk about things we learned about the Spiele convention, and what we plan to do this year.   Finally, we each present our top ten anticipated games of Essen 2018.

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TDT # 576 - Our Best Convention ExperiencesOctober 9, 2018 8:01 AM

In this episode, we review Dice Settlers, Treasure Island, Echidna Shuffle, Camel Up, Get the MacGuffin, and Star Trek Fluxx.   Geoff talks about Battle Royale, we answer questions about reviewing and designers vs developers, and then we end the show talking about our favorite convention experiences over the last 15 years.

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TDT # 575 - The Quiet before the StormOctober 2, 2018 7:03 AM

In this show, Mandi recaps some conventions she's been to, and we talk about  Paleolithic, Roll Player, Gizmos, War Chest, Loot, Lost Cities, and 6 Nimmt.   We also answer some questions, do our "One and Done" segment and of course, talk about two truths and a lie!

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TDT # 574 - Top 10 Relaxing GamesSeptember 25, 2018 8:37 AM

Welcome to the Dice Tower!   In this show, we talk about New Found Land, Teotihuacan, Henhouse Havoc, Spirits of the Wild, and Scarabaya, Roll to the Top.   We also learn about mana from Geoff, answer questions about designing games and running events, and end the episode with our top ten relaxing games!

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TDT # 573 - Live from Grand Con 2018September 18, 2018 11:22 PM

Recorded at Grand Con 2018, in Grand Rapids Michigan - Eric and Mandi join forces to bring you our latest podcast!

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TDT # 572 - Epic GamesSeptember 11, 2018 7:10 AM

In this show, we look at the Cryptid, the Brady Bunch Party Game, the expansion to Meeple Circus, Spell Smashers, and Fast Forward: Forture.   We also hear a tale of triumph, answer our last questions (we need more!) and finish up going over our top ten epic games!

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TDT # 571 - Review Symphonies, Spies, and StrategiesSeptember 4, 2018 6:36 AM

In this show, we talk about Sailing Toward Osiris, Symphony # 9, Spy Club, Gunkimino, Newton, and Escape Extra!   We also take a look at a couple of apps, and go into an extended discussion on victory points, and how they are used in games!   Join us!

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TDT # 570 - Review Spectacular!August 29, 2018 6:39 AM

In this show, we simply review a pile of games, including Yellow & Yangtzee, Spy Club, The Hearmees, Dinosaur Tea Party, The Edge: Downfall, Warhammer 40K Dice Masters, Jungli-La, Warhammer Champions, Cat Lady, Ivion, Burning Rome, Lowlands, Rise of Tribes, Symphony # 9, and more!   We also hear from Geoff on GameTek, and answer a few questions!

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TDT # 569 - Kicking it with SamuraisAugust 21, 2018 7:03 AM

Welcome to another show!   In this show we look at some Kickstarters, look beyond the hotness, and delve into the mail bag for questions.   We talk about post-GenCon, a few new games we've been trying out and more!

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TDT # 568 - Best Real Time GamesAugust 14, 2018 1:37 PM

First, we talk about  Keyforge, Hail Hydra, Pantone,  8-Bit Box, Mint Delivery, and TransEuropa.   Then we talk about our Gen Con 2018 experience, hear a tale of Horror, and answer questions about color, distribution, and basketball.   Finally, we talk about our top ten real-time games - in real time!

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TDT # 567 - Live from Gen Con 2018August 7, 2018 7:32 AM

It's our live show from Gen Con! Join us for a a little discussion on the show itself, a wealth of game announcements, the announcement of Dice Tower West, and some wacky game shows!   Geoff does a live Game Tek, Alan Moon swings by, and we simply have a lot of fun!

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TDT # 566 - Inserts: To Keep or not to Keep?August 1, 2018 6:19 AM

In this episode, we talk about Thunderstone Quest, Passtally, Harvest, Unfair and its new expansion, Century Spice: Eastern Wonders, and Villainous.   We also discuss a couple board game apps and   go over board game inserts.   Are they worth it, which ones are best...

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TDT # 565 - Gen Con 2018!July 24, 2018 7:17 AM

In this episode, Tom, Eric, and Mandi try to tell Suzanne just what Gen Con is like.   We also answer a pile of Gen Con specific questions before jumping into the heart of our episode - our top ten most looked-forward-to games!   We also talk about a little of our plans, and we hope to see you there!

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TDT # 564 - Family GamesJuly 17, 2018 7:48 AM

In this show, we talk about Root, Luxor, Ranking, and Quebec!   Two old and two new!   We also answer questions, talk about Dice Tower Con 2018, hear a tale of horror, and hear the solution to the basketball from Geoff.   Finally, we end the show with our top ten games that we personally have enjoyed with our families!

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TDT # 563 - Dice Tower Awards 2018July 10, 2018 8:05 AM

In this show, all of us show up live at Dice Tower Con 2018 for the annual Dice Tower Awards!   Joined by a host of contributors to the show, we hand out the awards for the best games of 2017!

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