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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, is not responsible for their content.

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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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TDT # 562 - Oh, Look at the Time!July 3, 2018 7:57 AM

In this episode, we talk about some of the new games we picked up at Origins, and Suzanne tries to keep Mandi awake!   We're also on our way to go to Dice Tower Con!

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TDT # 561 - Best Train GamesJune 26, 2018 8:21 AM

In this episode, we're back!   To normal, that is - and we run a very normal episode with a very normal advertisement at the very end.   Wait, what?   Anyway, we talk about Rise of Queensdale, the new Exit games, Thanos Rising, Megaland, and Gizmos.   We also listen to Geoff talk about deduction vs induction, answer a pile of questions, and hear a tale of horror!   Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite train games.   Huzzah!!

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TDT # 560 - Live from Origins 2018June 19, 2018 7:28 AM

So it's our annual live Origins show. (as a side note, we're stuck with their audio system, so that's why things are they way they are.) We talk about games we played at the convention, including Coimbra and Reef, talk about the convention as a whole, have a game show with Sam Healey and Zee Garcia, and end the show answering a bunch of weird and crazy questions!

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TDT # 559 - Origins 2018 PreviewJune 11, 2018 11:45 PM

In this episode, we talk about Magic Maze Kids, Boomerang, Kashgar, Pursuit of Happiness: Community, Way of the Panda, and My Little Scythe.   We also talk about the upcoming show Origins 2018!   Mandi and Suzanne go over ten different games they are interested in checking out, and Tom talks about some tips for first timers!

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TDT # 558 - Best Cooperative GamesJune 5, 2018 6:56 AM

In this show, Mandi and Eric talk about  Council of 4, Junk Orbit, Drop It,  Now Boarding, Oh My Goods: Longsdale in Revolt, and Criss Cross.    Geoff talks about calculus, we answer questions, hear a tale of amazement, and then go over our top ten cooperative games!

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TDT # 557 - Reboot@button Oops!May 29, 2018 12:49 PM

In this episode, we go back to our normal programming!   We review The Last Garden, Long Live the Queen, Memoaar, Powerships, Tea Dragon Society, and Prowler's Passage.   We also take a look at the classic games Master's Gallery and Felix/Felicity Cat in the Sack.   There's also app discussion, Kickstarter and a few questions!

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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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