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 # 526 - Essen 2017 Preview!October 17, 2017 7:38 AM

In this episode, it's all about the upcoming Spiel fair in Essen Germany!   We talk about the Dice Tower plans for the show, give some tips and ideas for attending the show, and then dive in, with all four of us giving our top ten games we are looking forward to at the show!

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TDT # 525 - One vs. All (with Russ Wakelin)October 10, 2017 7:00 AM

In this show, we talk about  7th Continent, One Night Ultimate Alien,  The Dragon and Flagon, NMBR 9, Bunny Kingdom, and Seafall.   We also hear a tale of horror, answer questions about if Kickstarters spam backers, and end the show talking about our favorite one vs. many games!   Russ Wakelin from the D6 Generation joins us!

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DTT # 2 - Technical StuffOctober 10, 2017 6:34 AM

In this show, we talk about Hotshots, Port Royal, Purlock Holmes, Kaiju Crush, and  Engineering Ants.   We also talk about the technical side of how we do our podcast, and take some questions from the audience! NOTE: this is recorded as a live Youtube broadcast.   Not everything translates over to audio, and the microphones aren't as good as our normal podcast quality.

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TDT # 524 - Crowds are Out, Kids are inOctober 3, 2017 7:32 AM

In this show, we talk about Tesla vs Edison: Duel, Azul, Samurai Gardner, Castles of Burgundy Dice Game, London, and Okey Dokey.   We also talk about a few new apps, and how people (you!) feel about digital app integration with physical games.

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DTT # 1 - Summer ConventionsOctober 2, 2017 11:40 AM

Welcome to the first episode of Dice Tower Tonight!   In this show, which is streamed live via video on the Dice Tower Youtube channel, Tom and Eric talk about several games, including Princess Jing, Strawberry Ninja, Azul, Resistor, and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago.   We talk about summer conventions, and end the show answering questions live!   The video link is here:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwFjZv6051I&t=25s

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TDT # 523 - Creative People (with Rebecca Thomason)September 27, 2017 12:20 AM

In this show, we are joined by Rebecca Thomason and talk about Wizards Wanted, Paper Tales, Bob Ross: the Game of Chill, Potion Explosion Fifth Ingredient, Orleans Trade & Intrigue, and Rialto.  We also hear a tale of hurricanes, how to learn games from Geoff, and answer a few questions, including how to house rule games.  Finally, we talk about our favorite games for creative people.

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TDT # 522 - Omens, Aliens and Sake?September 19, 2017 7:12 AM

In this episode, we talk about Lisboa, Word Slam, Apocrypha, and Flipships.  In "Take My Money", we cover Legend of Korra, and we go back to talk about Pastiche and Kahuna.  Finally, Mandi and Suzanne end the episode answering questions from our listeners!

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DT Special: Post HurricaneSeptember 12, 2017 1:30 PM

Just a quick update to let everyone know what's happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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TDT # 521 - Tomes, Tiles, and Tariffs September 5, 2017 6:45 AM

In this show, we talk about Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Card Game, Caverna: Cave vs. Cave, Four Seasons, Mini Park, Custom Heroes, and Word Domination.  We also discuss a few games on Kickstarter, a couple game apps, and talk about how price affects our decisions for buying board games.

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TDT # 520 - Ridiculous (with Marie Poole)August 29, 2017 6:55 AM

In this show, we are joined by Marie Poole from Lone Shark Entertainment.  We talk about Whitehall, Twilight Imperium 4,  The Expanse,  The Goonies Adventure Card Game,  Dice Forge, and Colony.  We hear a tale of treachery, answer questions and talk about internet negativity, hear a triple play from GameTech, and end the show with our top ten ridiculous components in games.

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TDT # 519 - Popsicle Sticks and Wizardly WorkersAugust 22, 2017 8:25 AM

In this episode, Mandi and Suzanne introduce themselves, talk about Argent the Consortium, Tokyo Highway, Skyward, Bohnanza the Duel, Vegas Wits and Wagers, Sentient, Ninjitsu, and Diesel Demolition Derby.  They also rave about Amerigo and Caylus, a bit about conventions, and more!

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TDT # 518 - Live from Gen Con 2017!August 20, 2017 12:36 AM

We recorded this show live at Gen Con 2017, where we didn't have control of the microphones, sadly, so there is a bit of clipping and other problems.  But hopefully, you can hear most of the show, in which we hear some announcements from publishers, a Secret Cabal Game Show, a song or two, and more!  

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TDT # 517 - MegagamesAugust 8, 2017 5:30 AM

In this show, we talk about  Near and Far, Terraforming Mars: Hellas and Elysium, Pit Crew, Logic Cards,  Ghosts Love Candy, Wordsy, Dice Forge, and Saboteur: the Duel.  We also discuss the megagame we played at Dice Tower convention 2017, and our thoughts on megagames and whether or not we'll play another one!

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TDT # 516 - Gen Con 2017 Preview (with Jamie Keagy)August 1, 2017 7:01 AM

In this show, joined by Jamie from the Secret Cabal, we talk about  Too Many Bones, Star Traders, and Spirit Island.  We also hear a wonderful tale of Amazement, and then it's headfirst into GenCon!  We answer questions about GenCon from those who haven't gone before, and talk about the ten games we are most looking forward to from the convention itself!

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TDT # 515 - Live from Origins 2017July 25, 2017 7:27 AM

In this show, we are joined by Sam Healey and Zee Garcia and a host of other Dice Tower contributors to talk about board games, play in a live game show with folks from the audience, and then answer questions from the same audience.  All done live at Origins Game Fair 2017!

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TDT # 514 - Five Player Games (with Tony McRee)July 18, 2017 7:33 AM

In this show, co-hosted by Tony McRee from Rolling Dice and Taking Names, we talk about  Thunderstone Quest, Monopoly Gamer,  Indulgence, Deckscape: Test Time,  Downforce, and Lignum.  Geoff talkes about the Yips, we hear a tale of Horror, and answer a pile of questions from one listener!  Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten games that work well with five players.

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TDT # 513 - Dice Tower AwardsJuly 11, 2017 6:28 AM

Joined by a host of contributors, we hand out the Dice Tower Awards for the best games of 2016.  From best small publisher game to most innovative to game of the year, join us and out network as we choose the winners!  Afterwards, Sam, Tom, Zee, and Eric answer questions from the audience at Dice Tower Con 2017.

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TDT # 512 - Spiel des Jahres 2017July 4, 2017 5:00 AM

In this show, we talk about  Unearth, STROOP, They Who Were,  Godfather: Corleone, Arena: of the Gods, and Paradox.  We then discuss the Spiel des Jahres nominees for 2017, and talk about which we think will win and should win.

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TDT # 511 - Puzzle Games (with Crystal Pisano)June 27, 2017 6:56 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Viral, Stop Thief, Immortals, Completto, the  Play Dirty Expansion for Steam Park, and Startups.  Geoff talks about crystals, we hear a tale of horror, and answer questions about talking about jobs and an anti-Dice Tower faction.  Finally, we end the show discussing our favorite puzzle games.

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TDT # 510 - Teaching GamesJune 20, 2017 6:37 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Mechs vs. Minions, Balloon Pop, Quartz,  Arena For the Gods!, Champions of Midgard Expansions, and LYNGK.  Then, Eric and Tom talk about how to teach board games to others, mistakes to avoid, and more!

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