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The Dice Tower Podcast

Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer take a look at board games, card games, and the people who design, publish, and play them. Top ten lists, Q&A, tales of horror, and more await you!

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TDT # 698 - X is for What?February 23, 2021 6:00 AM

In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Unlock: Mythic Adventures, Cantaloop, Via Magica, Sleeping Gods, and Lucky Numbers. Geoff begins a series on Solo games, we have a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and we attempt to assemble a Top Ten Games that start with X.

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TDT # 697 - M E L E E February 16, 2021 6:00 AM

In this episode we chat about Judge Dredd Helter Skelter (a Wildlands Game), Wolle - Volle Weide - Honeymoon - Hamstern roll and writes, Maglev Metro, and 111 Ants. We also serve up a "non-dexterity games that build up" Game Pie.

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TDT # 696 - Top Ten Games from 2011 (Ten Years Ago)February 9, 2021 6:00 AM

In this episode, Tom, Mandi, and Eric discuss Seastead, Hadrian's Wall, Forgotten Waters, After the Empire, Box One, and Canvas. Geoff gives us tips for lining up. We have a Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and we finish the show with a look back at the games from ten years ago, 2011.

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TDT # 695 - Chewy CandyFebruary 2, 2021 7:00 AM

A new approach to episode titles! And Suz and Mandi discuss Dune Imperium, Rome and Roll, Paladin of the West Kingdom: City of Crowns expansion, and Blatter Rauschen. They cover a couple of digital games and wrap up with some Q&A.

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TDT # 694 - Top Ten Games That Start With WJanuary 26, 2021 6:00 AM

In this episode, Tom and Eric review Mini Golf Designer, Decipher, Pulp Invasion, Super Skill Pinball, and Star Wars Unlock. Geoff bakes some cookies, we present a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Then, we close the show with our Top Ten games that start with W.

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TDT # 693 - Vegas, BabyJanuary 19, 2021 6:00 AM

Tom joins Suzanne and Mandi on this episode! Tom takes a little graphic design rant detour - but the crew manages to cover Village Green, Burgle Bros 2, and Under Falling Skies before they wrap up with a Vegas Game Pie (Kringle.)

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TDT # 692 - Top Ten Games from 2016 (Five Years Ago)January 12, 2021 6:00 AM

in this episode, Tom and Eric review Hallertau, Taxi Derby, The Search for Planet X, and Icecool. Geoff discusses the South African Lottery, we answer questions from the mailbag, we preview the Dice Tower Kickstarter campaign, and we solicit submissions for Boardgaming Tales of Horror. Then, we finish off the show with a look back five years to our revised Top Ten Games from 2016.

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TDT # 691 - Anticipating 2021January 5, 2021 6:00 AM

In this episode Suzanne and Mandi discuss Lost Ruins of Arnak, Marco Polo II, Honey Buzz, and Gods Love Dinosaurs. And then our intrepid podcasters serve up a Costco-sized Game Pie full of games we're looking forward to in 2021.

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TDT # 690 - Top Ten Family Games of 2020December 29, 2020 6:00 AM

In this episode, Tom, Suzanne, and Eric review Dinner in Paris, Adventure Tactics: Domianne's Tower, Abandon All Artichokes, Turing Tumble, Capital Lux 2, and Dice Trip Switzerland. We then answer questions from the mailbag, and close out the show with our Top Ten Family Games from the year 2020.

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TDT # 689 - Top Ten of 2020December 22, 2020 6:00 AM

In this episode, recorded from the Winter Spectacular Live Video Stream, Eric, Mandi, Ella and Suzanne team up to run through their Top Ten Games of 2020.

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TDT # 688 - DanvilleDecember 15, 2020 6:00 AM

In this episode, Suzanne and Mandi discuss Kingdom Rush: Drift In Time, Rajas of The Ganges The Dice Charmers, Unmatched: Little Red Riding Hood vs Beowulf, Escape From The Dark Sector, Whistle Mountain, and Paris La Cite De La Lumiere. The Game Pie of the episode is "holiday games" (which you will hear was interpreted pretty loosely.)

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TDT # 687 - V is for VictoryDecember 8, 2020 6:30 AM

Tom and Eric discuss Dwellings of Eldervale, Gates of Mara, Spies and Lies, Mint Cooperative, and Marvel Codenames, and Eric gives an update on his game room project. Geoff looks for new wargame themes, we answer questions from the mailbag, and finish the show with our Top Ten games that start with V.

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TDT # 686 - Spam CallDecember 1, 2020 6:00 AM

Eric joins Suzanne and Mandi to talk about Atheneum, Santa Monica, BEEZ, Kringle Caper, Escape Tales Low Memory, Calico, Gulo Gulo, and Goblivion. Then they trio serves up a Dexterity filled Game Pie.

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TDT # 685 - Hybrid GamesNovember 24, 2020 10:41 AM

In this show, Tom is joined by Jeremy Howard as Eric is away. We talk about Paris, Almanac, and Whistle Mountain. Geoff brings some insight that's for the birds and we dive into a slew of questions. Do we get Kickstarter regret? Are there any one-vs-many games that play well with two players? How do we deal with someone who is attached to their phone during a game day? And more! Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite hybrid games - games that combine two or more mechanics.

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TDT # 684 - Rose AtollNovember 17, 2020 6:30 AM

In this episode we briefly chat about our My City experience, discuss Fairy Trails, Aqualin, Warp's Edge, Glasgow, and Too Many Bones plus a quick 3-game family game blitz. And we cap the episode off with a Reiner Knizia Game Pie!

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TDT # 683 - U is for UnderachievingNovember 11, 2020 9:44 PM

Mandi joins us as we review Unmatched Cobble and Fog, In a Flash Firefighters, Coatl, Strike, Cubitos, and Dune: Imperium.   We then answer a few questions, and finally end with our top ten games that start with the letter "U".

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TDT # 682 - Fort WorthNovember 3, 2020 6:00 AM

Suzanne and Mandi discuss Undo: Forbidden Knowledge, Der Clou, Castles of Tuscany, Fish Farewell Forever, and Noir Deductive Mystery Game, and Red Cathedral. They talk about the Europe map of Ticket To Ride the App and Krumit's Tale. And then wrap   with a Victory Points discussion recapping what folks' experiences were with virtual conventions.

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TDT # 681 - One Hit WondersOctober 27, 2020 9:40 PM

In this show, we talk about Boomerangs, Furnace, The Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits, and Escape the Room: The Cursed Dollhouse.   Geoff talks about auctions, and we answer a pile of questions.   What do we think of Boardgamearena?   What to do if you only play one Pandemic Legacy game?   What's a tableau?   What to do if a rule isn't clear?   And many more!   Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite one-hit wonders - designers who have only one hit on their hands.

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TDT # 680 - SyracuseOctober 20, 2020 6:00 AM

In today's show Mandi talks a couple games that could be used by educators, Monza and Timeline Canada, Suzanne covers Spire's End and Dreams of Tomorrow, and after a couple of apps... they wrap with a Party Game Game Pie.

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TDT # 679 - "T" is for TomorrowOctober 13, 2020 8:00 AM

In this show, we review Gudetama, 5er Finden, Box of Rocks, Beyond the Sun, and Etherfields!   Geoff talks about flavors of cheating, and Tom and Eric answer questions on counterfeit games, going back in time, and teaching kids to teach!   Finally, we end the show going over our top ten games that start with the letter "T"!

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