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 # 556 - Games to teach ScienceMay 22, 2018 7:04 AM

In this show, Eric survives a lot to show up and record with Suzanne!   We talk about MetroX, Renegade, Reworld, Pyramids of the Jaguar, Sunset Over Water, and Keyper.   Geoff talks about the limits of AI, and we talk about the Spiel des Jahres nominations!   Finally, we end the show with the top ten games to teach Science!

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TDT # 555 - Come On CMONMay 15, 2018 8:49 AM

In this show, we talk about different games played at the CMON expo, including Council of 4, 13 Clues, Modern Art, and Dragon Castle.   We also discuss overproduced games, game we're going to try to play, and some roll-and-write games!    

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TDT # 554 - Games that teach HistoryMay 8, 2018 9:51 AM

In this show, we talk about  Mistborn, Queensdale, Incorporated,  Space Base, Pass the Pandas, and Felicity: The Cat in the Sack.   Travis Chance from Kolossal Games comes on and talks about what it's like to start a company from scratch, and we hear another tale of Horror.   Finally, we end the show with our top ten games to teach History!

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TDT # 553 - Stop, Drop, and ScrapeMay 1, 2018 6:43 AM

In this show, we talk about Dr. Beaker, Die Horbies, Drop It, Monster Trap, Stop Thief, and Decrypto.   We also look at some classic games, like High Society and Indigo; and discuss the effect of hype on us as gaming consumers!

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TDT # 552 - Games that teach EnglishApril 24, 2018 7:16 AM

Tom and Mandi record live from a small convention the Gathering of Friends.   We talk about analysis paralysis, Choose Your Own Adventure Games, Pie Town, The Mind, Keyflow, Sunset over Water, Thanos Rising, and more!   Stephen Buonocore crashes the show to help us answer questions, and we finish up with our top ten games to help teach English!

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TDT551 - Favorite Roll and Writes!April 18, 2018 8:15 AM

In this show, we talk a lot about "roll and write" games.   What are they?   Why do we like them?   And most importantly, what are our favorites?   We also talk about Hype and games, and Eric shows up with a question!

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TDT # 550 - Games that teach MathematicsApril 10, 2018 7:51 AM

In this episode, we review  Oh My Goods, Steamrollers,  Dungeon Rush, and Seikatsu.   We dare to disagree with Geoff, interview the always talkative Stephen Buonocore from Stronghold Games, and hear a chilling tale of horror.   Finally, we talk about ten great games to teach math!

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TDT # 549 - The Dummy Player!April 3, 2018 7:08 AM

In this show, we talk about Noria, Shipwreck Arcana, Istanbul Dice, the Mind, Shop & Time, and Dragon Castle.   We also talk about a few apps, dummy players in games, and answer some listener questions!

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TDT # 548 - Comeback GamesMarch 27, 2018 7:45 AM

In this show, we talk about  Way of the Panda, Shards of Infinity,  Wendake, and Sakura.   We also interview Dawn Studebaker about her experiences working with GAMA and running a local game store.   We continue our discussion (with your input!) about "too many games?" and end the show with our top ten "comeback" games, where you don't know the game's over until the end!

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TDT # 547 - I'll Take One of Each!March 20, 2018 7:03 AM

In this show, we recap games we saw at recent conventions! We talk about Untold: Adventures Await, Caper, Space Freaks, Prowler's Passage, Clank! the Mummy's Curse, Nimble, Haven, Otys, Nyctophobia, Container, End of the Rail, Songbirds, Suamurai Jack Back to the Past, Keyper, Drop It, The Mind, and Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time.   Whew!

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TDT # 546 - Cute GamesMarch 13, 2018 10:59 AM

In this show Eric talks about Doctor Who: Time of the Daleks, Fantastiqa: Rival Realms, and The Willow Game (1988, Tor Books).   We also discuss are there TOO MANY GAMES?   Food when playing games is brought up, questions are answered, and finally we talk about our top ten "cute" games!

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TDT # 545 - Mandi! In. Space!March 6, 2018 12:57 PM

In this show, we talk about London, Space Base, Dungeon Draft, Import/Export, Kepler 3042, Edge of Darkness, and Sakura.   We also discuss lending our games to others, have a visit from Eric, and more!

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TDT # 544 - Food, Glorious Food!February 27, 2018 7:03 AM

In this show, we talk about  Get Off My Land!, Star Wars Clue, Awkward Guests,  Noria, Tiki Island, and Vampires of the Night.   We answer questions like why our voices are so slow, games as luxury items, and obnoxious players.   We hear a tale of horror, and then end the show talking about our favorite food-themed games.

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TDT # 543 - Loony Lions and LaddersFebruary 20, 2018 6:11 AM

Welcome to the Dice Tower!   In this show we talk about Ancestree, 1846 Race for the Midwest, Castell, Ladder 29, Roar: King of the Pride, and Gentes.   Eric shows up to cause trouble, and we take a look at some classic games like Biblios and Manhattan.   Finally, we end the show talking answering a few questions from listeners, such as board game apps and the "Jones" rule.

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TDT # 542 - Best Monster GamesFebruary 13, 2018 8:48 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Zombie Tower 3D, Rising Sun!, Vampires & Unicorns,  Clank in Space, and Biotix.   Eric talks about games to take to a church game day, Geoff talks about counterfeiting, and we invited Jeff Tidball from Atlas Games to talk about the current state of the hobby!   Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite games with monsters in them!

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TDT # 541 - Insert Generic Pun HereFebruary 6, 2018 4:32 PM

In this episode, we talk about Empires of the Void II, Chronicles of Crime, Kerala, Santa Maria, Dinosaur Island, and Indian Summer.   Eric also jumps in for some reason, we talk about Herbalism on Kickstarter, go over a few apps, and finally end the show with a discussion on player counts in board games.

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TDT # 540 - Best of 2003 (fifteen years ago!)January 31, 2018 9:22 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Lords of Hellas, The Sanctuary, Shaky Manor,  FEAR, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Catan VR!   Geoff joins us for some GameTek, Tom gives our convention schedule for 2018, and we answer some questions!   Finally, we end the show with our favorite games from fifteen years ago - 2003!

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TDT # 539 - Beverages, Builders and BunniesJanuary 23, 2018 6:16 AM

In this episode, we talk about Legacy of Dragonholt, Dream On!, Heaven and Ale, Blend Coffee Lab,  Tybor de Baumeister, and Bunny Kingdom.   We also answer a few questions, take a look at some older games, and more!

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TDT # 538 - Best of 2008 (ten years ago!)January 16, 2018 8:47 AM

In this show, we take a look at  Unlock and Exit, You Betcha, Keyper,  Azul, Hardback, and Ponzi Scheme.   We also hear a tale of horror (anger?), listen to Geoff's wise words, and finish the show with our top ten games from ten years ago - 2008!

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TDT # 537 - Magic and MayhemJanuary 9, 2018 7:24 AM

In this episode, we take a look at Magic Maze, Bali, Smile, Brides and Bribes, Deckscape, Harry Potter expansion, and more!   We also take a look at an escape room book, a few apps, and talk about what will be hot and cold (we think!) in 2018.

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