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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 # 619 - I Really Want A DoughnutAugust 13, 2019 12:34 PM

In this episode, Mandi and Suzanne chat about some games that caught their eye at Gen Con and discuss recent games played including Abomination, Moon Base, Colors of Paris, Across The United States, Artsee, and Heul Doch Mau Mau.

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TDT # 618 - Live from Gen Con 2019!August 6, 2019 9:07 AM

In this episode, Crystal, Mandi, Suzanne, Zee, and the Brother Murph all join in for our annual live show at Gen Con 2019!   We start by talking about some recent games that we've played, then invite several publishers on for some cool game announcements!   Buonocore shows up for some mayhem, and the show ends with a contest of champions!   Thanks to Stronghold Games for sponsoring our show.

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TDT # 617 - Gen Con 2019 PreviewJuly 29, 2019 7:26 PM

In this episode, all four hosts join together for a supersized episode in which we talk about all the upcoming releases at Gen Con 2019! We talk about where we'll be at the con (don't miss booth 2023!), and our opinions on various games.       Due to the upcoming convention, we decided to release this one a bit early. Thanks to www.boardgamegeek.com and Eric Martin for putting together the list we used!   See it here:https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekpreview/13/gen-con-2019-preview

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TDT # 616 - Go Go Art and ImportsJuly 23, 2019 6:00 AM

In this episode, we talk about Atelier, In Front of the Elevator, Nine Tiles Panic, Dark Domains, Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid, and Undo. We look back on a couple of Shelf Staples and we end with a divisive One and Done.

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TDT # 615 - "F" is for FunJuly 16, 2019 9:12 AM

In this episode, we talk about  Medieval Age, Kenny G: Keepin’ it Saxy, Shobu,  Lockup: A Roll Player Tale, Point Salad, and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell.   We also answer questions about rules disputes and more!   Finally, we end the show with our top ten games that start with the letter "F".

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TDT # 614 - Dice Tower AwardsJuly 9, 2019 6:40 AM

In this show, we are joined by various contributors to the Dice Tower Network to introduce the Dice Tower Awards for best games of 2018.   Awards include best artwork, best components, best new designer, best game from a small publisher, best two player game, best strategy game, most innovative game, best party game, best family game, best expansion, best reprint, and game of the year!   Congratulations to all the winners!

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TDT # 613 - Abstract Strategy GamesJuly 2, 2019 8:35 AM

In this show, Tom talks about his travels to Khan Kon in China, we review  Circle the Wagons, Master of Respect, T.I.M.E. Stories,  Pandemic: Rapid Response, Palaces of Carrara, and   Paris Paris.   We also answer a pile of questions and talk about our favorite top ten abstract strategy games.

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TDT # 612 - Ends With CostumesJune 25, 2019 6:00 AM

Suzanne and Mandi discuss some solo play games including a new app and chat about what makes a good lunch time game and what some of their favorites are to play.

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TDT # 611 - "E" is for "Eggcellent"June 19, 2019 6:59 PM

(Note:   Due to international internet randomness, the show is going up late.   Our apologies!) In this show, Geoff shows up and we answer a pile of questions, including if we've ever cheated!   We review  Cupcake Empire, Century 3, Tour Operator,  Honga, Concordia Venus, and the Bravest Warriors Co-Operative Dice Game.   Finally, we talk about our favorite games that start with the letter "E".

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TDT # 610 - Procrastinating PolkaJune 11, 2019 6:00 AM

In today's show, Mandi and Suz discuss The Gallerist, Ticket to Ride New York, Futuropia, L.A.M.A., Clank In Space, and Pandemic Rapid Response. They also run through their Origins Game Fair Anticipation list.

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TDT # 609 - Roll and WriteJune 4, 2019 7:25 AM

Tom is in the UK, so Mandi and Suzanne come on board to talk about our top 10 Roll and Write games!   We also review  Wendake, Tiny,  Hadara, and Eye my favorite things.   Questions get answered, Geoff goes blue, and more!

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TDT # 608 - Vegetarians and Ventriloquists May 28, 2019 10:08 AM

Mandi and Suzanne discuss Doppelt So Clever, Imperial Settlers The Roll and Write, Ohanami, Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Dice Throne, and Kodama 3D. They also revisit two older games in Shelf Staple, and get your input on conventions you want to attend in Victory Points.

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TDT #607 - D is for DragonsMay 21, 2019 7:28 AM

In this show, we review  My First Castle Panic, Duelosaur Island, Transformers TCG,Dice of Pirates, and Mice and Mystics: Downwood Tales.   Eric talks about going to Pip’s Island, and we answer a slew of questions, including our favorite foldable boards, optional Kickstarter buys, and more!   Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite games that start with the letter "D"!

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TDT # 606 - So You Say You Want a RevolutionMay 14, 2019 6:00 AM

In today’s show, we talk about a little revolution, Mandi teaches Suzanne a new song and we chat about the hot new deck building game app.

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TDT #605 - Games that Light a SparkMay 7, 2019 7:15 AM

In this show, we talk about Lord of the Rings: Journeys in the Middle-Earth, Silver & Gold,  New Frontiers, and Fire Tower.   We answer questions about modifying games, what to do when playing a game with a wrong player count, and more!   Geoff shows up, and Tom talks about going to a Magic the Gathering prerelease event.   Finally, we end the show talking about games that got us interested in exploring a topic further.

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TDT #604 - Abstract AtmosphereApril 30, 2019 7:00 AM

In this show, we get a Thunderstone Quest update from Mandi, roll out with the Transformers TCG and talk about the latest and greatest in movies and television, all in a non-spoiler way. And in Victory Points, we asked you what you thought of abstract games. We'll discuss the question and your answers!

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TDT #603 - "C" is for CookieApril 23, 2019 8:59 AM

In this episode, we have TWO Summerers!   Eric interviews his brother, and Geoff talks about teamwork.   We also review some  Escape Room Games, Paladins of the West Kingdom, Getaway Driver,Codenames: Duet, Illimat, ...and then we died.    We also answer a few questions, and finally end the show talking about our top ten games that start with the letter "C".

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TDT #602 - Suzanne speaks French!April 16, 2019 6:54 AM

In today's show, Mandi talks a lot of two player games, including an app, and we get "real" about our supposed friendship!

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TDT #601 - Hilarious GamesApril 9, 2019 8:33 AM

NOTE:   We had some mike problems with Tom's mike - our apologies! In this episode, we are joined by noted gamer Gary Pope!   We talk about  Zoo Break, Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker,  Tricky Dungeon, Aeon’s End, and  Heroes of Land, Air and Sea.   We also answer a pile of questions, and then delve into the top ten games that make us laugh!

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TDT #600 - The Quiet AchievementApril 2, 2019 2:56 PM

Hey, it's # 600!   In this show, we talk about Thunderstone Quest, Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, Camel Up, A Pleasant Journey to Neko, Airship City, Rolling Ranch, Pret a Porter, and Factory Fun and Funner.   We also talk about top ten lists, and what makes them appealing.   Thanks for sticking with us over the years!

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