Dice Tower Deluxe

In this show, we review Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts, Concordia, Ticket to Ride: Netherlands, Archon, Downtown, and Northwest Passage. Bill talks about scheduling, Geoff about memory, Brian about Citadels and Bohnanza, and Greg about another game store. We are horrified once again, talk about storing games in our houses, and end the show talking about the different types of currencies found in board games.

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In this show, we take a look at Battlelore 2, Evil Intent, Hollywood, Nations, What The Food?, and DC Deckbuilding: Heroes Unite. We also hear a stunning tale of dice horror, answer a pile of questions, and then talk about our favorite games from five years ago - 2009.

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It's 2014 - huzzah!  In this show, Eric and Tom take a look at King & Assassin, Viva Topo, Baba Yaga, Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts, and Among the Stars: Ambassadors.  Greg visits an interesting gaming store in New York, Brian compares Merchants of Venus with Firefly, Geoff seems to forget something, Mark reviews Loka, Tish talks more about gaming groups, and Bill examines conventions as social events.  We also discuss how to run a Wits and Wagers gaming event, a tale of true horror, and our gaming resolutions for 2014.  Oh yeah, and we kick off our Kickstarter for 2014!

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It's the second and better part of our End-of-the-year look back on 2013!  This time we talk about our favorite cooperative game, the most innovative game, the strangest game, the best expansion, best reprint, biggest brainburner, best gaming event, and more!  We end the episode with our top ten games of 2013! (for now).

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We kick off the first half of our mega show, in which we take a detailed look at the year 2013 - in regards to gaming.  Joined by a host of contributors, we talk about the year as a whole, the biggest news stories of the year, our biggest positive suprises, the biggest dissapointments, the games with the best components and those with the best artwork, the best card games, the best party games, the best kids games, and the best family games.  Whew - what a year!

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In this episode, Tom and Eric take a look at Canalis from AEG, as well as Francis Drake, Bruges, Super Fantasy, and Roll for it!  We answer another pile of questions (almost catching up!) and then talk about our favorite games from the game company Queen Games.

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A ton of stuff in this episode, folks!  We review Lords of War, Amerigo, Polis: Rise of the Hegemony, Tomorrow, Freedom, Cheaty Mages, and Steam Park. Brian takes a look back at Acquire, Bill at convention scheduling, Geoff at a most unusual dinner, Dexter and the Chief at King of Tokyo, Mark at ASL, James at Essen, and Roger at Kickstarter! Tom also reviews 19 games in 16 minutes, and we end the show talking about how we've changed since starting the Dice Tower.

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Tom and Eric once again pause breakfast to talk about BGG.con 2013, and their thoughts on the convention as a whole.  They then go to the second of their show recorded live at BGG.con 2013, with dozens of publishers and designer guests.

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Tom and Eric pause breakfast to talk about some recently played games, as well as the first part of their show recorded live at BGG.con 2013.  With dozens of publishers and designer guests, Tom and Eric are joined by Rich Sommer and comedian Alan Moon.

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In this show, we take a look at a pile of games, including Glass Road, Ka-Boom, Trieste, Euphoria, Night Eternal, Castle Dice, Risk Legacy, and the Krosmaster Expansions. We also visit Gaming on a Budget, the Blue Peg/Pink Peg folks, and answer a pile of questions. Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite team games.

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In this episode, updated for 2013, Tom and Eric introduce you to themselves and the Dice Tower!  We talk about a couple of recent games, such as Guildhall: Job Faire and Caverna - and then are joined by a host of contributors to talk about our favorite game mechanisms.  We discuss different gaming terms, and end the show with our top ten essential games that every gamer should own - or something like that.  If you want to learn more about the Dice Tower - this is the episode for you!

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In this show, we talk about  the Hobbit - an unexpected Journey, The Witches, Machi Koro, Discovery Garden, Tapple, Get Bit, and Risk Legacy. We also discuss the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund and answer several questions. Finally, Tom rants about kids games and then we each give ten great games for kids eight years old and younger.

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In this episode, we try to catch up on questions by answering a few of them, and also talk about Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp, Unexpected Treasures, Nexus Ops, Patchistory!, Going Going Gone, and Space Sheep. Brian talks about Neuroshima Hex, and Bill examines how to make a good first impression at conventions. Finally, we answer the question - "What games have been replaced in our collection, but we kept them anyway?"

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In this show, we take a look at Suburbia, Inc., Dead Panic, Relic Runners, LOTR: The Two Towers Deckbuilding Game, Krosmaster Arena, Black Pirate Duel, as well as an extended look at Firefly! We also delve into our question bag once again, and finish the show with our top ten games for three players.

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In this jam-packed show, Eric talks about a couple of board games, and then Tom talks about 22 games in X minutes.  We preview interesting games we're looking forward to from the Spiel fair at Essen.  Also, we listen to Brian talk about Beyond Balderdash, Geoff about Power, Jude about sharing, James about awards, and a brand new convention segment!  After all that, we talk about our favorite traditional card games, playable with a 52-card deck.

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In this episode, we take a look at Global Mogul, Devestation of Indines, Dungeon Twister: the Card Gane, Three Little Pigs, Las Vegas, and uKloo, as well as a two-player look at Lords of Waterdeep. We answer several more questions, as well as talk about our top ten relaxing games.

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In this show, Geoff tells us what "ludology" means, we talk about gaming burnout, and start a new contest!  Giles goes nuts, Barry blunders, and Bryan goes to the old West.  We also take a look at Francis Drake, Triassic Terror, Railways Express, Pathfinder card game, Titanium Wars, and Voluspa. Finally, we end the show with our favorite combat systems.

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In this show, we talk about 1776: Rebellion, Terra Mystica, Rialto, Croak, Time 'n Space, and the Two Tower Deck Builder.  We also answer several more question, and end the show with out top ten epic games - games that leave us with an epic experience.

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Lots to talk about this time!  Tom and Eric look at Phantom of the Opera, Safuasa, Dwarven Miner, Takenoko special edition, Escape, and Last Will!  We also go to the vault and discuss San Juan and Star Wars: Queen's Gambit. Geoff talks about analogies, Brian takes a look at I'm the Boss, and we have three other special segments. Oh, and the contest winner! Finally, we end the show with games from our childhood we would like to see reprinted and re-developed.

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In this show, we talk about the Scoundrels of Skullport expansion for Lords of Waterdeep, Shafausa, Showdown, Trains, Forbidden Desert and more!  We have one of the scariest tales of Horror ever, rank Carcassonne pieces, pick start players, and more.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games which have replaced other games.

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In this show, Tom talks with Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games, Geoff Englestein - designer of Space Cadets, Richard Launius - designer of Arkham Horror, Rob Daviau - designer of Risk Legacy, and ignacy Trzewiczek - publisher of Portal Games.  Recorded before a live audience who asked questions - we look into what makes a successful designer.

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In this episode, Eric and I take a look at Gen Con 2013, talk about the convention as a whole, and then discuss our adventures in playing True Dungeon.  We review the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Heart of Glorm for Mice and Mystics, Firefly, the new Pandemic Expansion, and more!   Giles rallies the tribe, Jude examines gaming outreach, and a new contributor talks about Gem Rush.  And don't forget our epic contest!

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In this show, recorded live at GenCon 2013, we are joined by Zee Garcia and several other Dice Tower contributors.  Geoff gives the best GameTech segment ever, Steve Avery and Tom talk about Nothing Personal, we discuss several new games including Lost Legends, Kings of Artiface, Eldritch Horror,  Dread Curse, and more!  We take live questions from the audience, give some news, and generally have the time of our lives!

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In this show we once again tackle our huge pile of questions, as well as listen to another tale of horror.  We talk about recently played games, such as Island Fortress, Hanabi, Railways Express, and Castle Dice.  We also start a new, mega-contest, as well as discuss our favorite abstract strategy games.

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Part two, you say?  Where's part 1?  Well that, ladies and gentlemen - is because it is on the Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast.  We got together and recorded two podcasts - the first is on their feed, the second here!

In this show, we go through listener questions about GenCon, talking about what people might expect when going to the convention.  Then, Jamie, Chris, Tony, Eric, and Tom give our top ten games we are looking forward to trying out at the convention.   One week!!!

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In this show, Eric and Tom talk about Forbidden Desert, Diplomacy, My Happy Farm, ROFL, The Hobbit, and more!  Eric punks Tom, Greg returns with a flourish to talk about game cafes, and Geoff talks about the power of one.  We talk about Kickstarters gone bad, Brian returns to Cult of the Old, and we have another tale of horror.  Finally, we end the show talking about both good and bad boxes for games.

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Tom and Eric do a show live from the Dice Tower Convention 2013!  We start out with reviews of a few games, including Gearworld, then move into questions.  We are visited by Brian, Tish, and the Party Gamecast.  Finally, we talk about our top ten Kickstarter games!

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Recorded live at Dice Tower Convention 2013, Tom and Eric - along with a host of others, take a look at the nominations and winners for the Dice Tower Awards for the year 2012.

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We have a special guest on this show - causing us to give triple the amount of fun!  Board games we've played recently - including The Duke and the Spiel des Jahres nominees (Qwixx, Augustus, and Hanabi).  We also answer a lot of questions, and give our top ten "turkeys" - games that simply aren't as enjoyable as they once were.

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We had so much to talk about from the Origins Game Fair that it filled up te entire episode.  And then some.  We talk about games we saw, publishers's new offerings, folks we met, and more!  We also hear from Brian Counter, and a fantastic new song by Michael Rudmann.

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In this show, we talk about a pile of expansions, Wasabi, Bang, and Antike Duellum.  We answer a pile of questions - such as where the modern day boardgaming movement began, what we think about feeding people, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten deckbuilding games!

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In this show, we talk about our board and card game collections.  Are they too big?  And Tom talks about how he chooses which games to "cull."  Mary talks about gaming accessories, Tish about the Cult of the New, Brian about Crude, and Geoff about killing mice.  Eric finally plays Monopoly Tropical Tycoon and Tom reviews Viticulture, along with several other games.  We finish up with another tale of horror.

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In this show, we talk about Ace Detective, Lady Alice, Coup, Monopoly Deal, and more!  We answer a pile of questions, and Geoff talks about just what makes a game "mean and nasty."   We end the show with our top ten mean and nasty games.

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 In this episode, Eric and Tom take a look at Firenze, Mousqetaires du Roy, Tenka, and Eight-Minute Empire.  Tom also previews Xia: Legends of a Drift Symbol, and Eric tries to scare us.  Brian takes a look back at Dark Tower, we discuss the nominees for the Spiel des Jahres, and we finally answer the question - "Do we judge games by their covers?"

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In this episode, Tom and Eric talk about City of Iron, 8 Minute Empire, Tzolkin, Bean Trader, and Age of Industry.  Tom also reviews the book Monopoly, Money, and You.  We answer a pile of questions, including whether or not our favorite games have flaws - and finish up the show with out top ten hybrid games - games that are mashups between unusual mechanisms.

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In this show, Tom and Eric talk about Eclipse for the iOS, the Second Summoners, Space Dice, Diplomacy by web, Quartifacts and more!  Tom talks about a possible new game design, Geoff about Buddha's List of Games, Giles about Game Authors, and Jude about Gamification levels.  All this, plust the news, a tale of horror, our Origins plans and more!  We finally end the show talking about whether or not we use strategy guides for games.

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Tom and Eric move into their new digs at Coolstuff, Inc., and talk about several new games - including Cutthroat Caverns: Fresh Meat, Arctic Scavengers, Restuarante Italia, City of Remnants, For the Crown, and Battleship: Hidden Threat.  We also have a tale of horror, continue a contest, and answer a pile of questions.  We end the show talking about our top ten games according to the artwork on the game board and cards.  Oooh, pretty!

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In this episode, we discuss the future of the Dice Tower, have another tale of horror, and listen to Geoff talk about noise.  A new segment from Jude, as well as a look at Krosmaster, Star Wars: the Card Game, and the expansion for Blood Bowl: Team Manager.  Finally, we end the show asking the question - what to do with expansion boxes?

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In this episode, we take a look at Galaxy Trucker, Legends of Andor, Beer & Vikings, Wiz-War, and more!  We start a new contest, answer a pile of questions, and end the show talking about our top ten political board games.

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In this episode of the Dice Tower, we return to normalcy.  Well, mostly - Geoff joins us to talk about white noise, Brian returns with Cult of the Old, and we have a new contributor - Tish - who discusses gaming on a budget.  We discuss Al Rashid, Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game and more - and talk a bit about Tabletop Gaming Day.  News, a Tale of Horror, and Musings On all come before our question of the week - "Have you ever thrown a game away, and why?"`

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It's a new page for the Dice Tower in this mega-episode.  In this show, Eric is joined by a host of contributors, including some voices not heard from in a while.  He talks about several recent games, answers a pile of questions, and ends the show with the top ten worker placement games.  

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In this show, recorded live at the Gama Trade Show in Las Vegas, Tom and Eric give more news than any one show should ever handle, and also give first impressions of Star Trek: Attack Wing and Fluxx: the Board Game.  We also have Brian talk about Dreamblade, Chief about Kickstarter, Geoff about Allen Calhamer, and Giles about - well, just listen.  And another contest!

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In this show we talk about some new games we've played, and end the show with our ten favorite science fiction games!

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A jam packed episode!  Including:  Reviews of Alcatraz, Skagway, Hoplomachus, and Fantastiqa, Brian taking a look-back at Get Bit, talk about upcoming conventions, Barry talking about conquering your family, a tale of Horror, Geoff getting into rules lawyering, James discussing innovation, Tom rambling all over the place, a contest, and our question of the week - how long have we gone without playing games and how did we handle such a horror!?  Whew!

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The second half of our show we recorded live at TotalCon 2013, Eric and I have another tale of Horror, and talk about some more recently played games.  We answer a few questions, but spend most of the show talking about the best games to play at conventions.

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In the first of two episodes recorded live before an audience at TotalCon 2013, we talk with the hosts of Not Just Another Gaming Podcast, Cardboard Jungle, and the GameSalute Shows.  We talk about some great games, including Police Precinct and Wild Fun West, hear Chief talk about Kickstarter and Giles about Kickstopper, get scared by Eric, and listen to Brian talk about The Omega Virus.  We finish up the show with some questions from the audience!  

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In this episode, Tom takes a look at Fantastiqa and Batman: Gotham City.  We answer quite a few questions, and then take a look back at 1998 - 15 years ago, and talk about the best games from that year!

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In this show, Eric talks about Catan Histories: Merchants of Europe, while Tom goes over 15 games in 15 minutes. The Chief checks in on Kickstarter, Brian goes to the Amazing Labyrinth, Barry joins us for a bit, and the Pirate Podcast talks about the alpha gamer.  Geoff talks about detecting cheating in Chess, we go over the news, Tom does an extra top ten list, and we talk about how stores should display games.  Whew!

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In this episode, we take a look at Space Cadets, RoboTroc, For the Crown, and the Sesame Street 35th Anniversary Game!  We also have another horrible tale, give credit to designers, mention the "Sideline Gamer", take a look back at Tobago, and mention surprises.  Finally, we go back ten years ago, to 2003, and talk about our favorite ten games from then.

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In this show, Geoff talks about game security, and we hear why party games matter.  Mark explains that less is more, Matt talks about solo gaming, and Brian examines atypical randomization.  We give the latest news, listen to a truly horrible tale, and talk about Swordfish, Suburbia, Legendary, and Mutant Meeples.  We muse on the future of 2013 and gaming, and then talk about games that we are experts in.  Maybe.

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Well, it's 2013, so as usual, we take a look back five years ago and talk about the best games - now that we have half a decade to muse on the subject.  We also talk about Lancaster, Man Bites Dog, and Power Grid: the First Sparks as well as other games.  Finally, we answer a plethora of questions, including Tom's thoughts on Duel of Ages 2, Space Alert, and more!

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Hooray, another episode!  In this show, we talk about the Dice Tower Kickstarter - and also get into our favorite topic - great games!  We review City of Remnants, Mice and Mystics, German Railways, and Fluxx.  Brian takes us back to Hey, That's My Fish!, while James talks about being the villain.  The Pirates come on and spread some sort of nonsense, while Geoff talks about cheating some more.  We do a three-way smackdown between Marvel Legendary, DC Deckbuilder, and Sentinels of the Multiverse - and end the show talking about what to do when there is a heated rules dispute.

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And part two of our best and worst of 2012 show!  In this episode, we talk about the best cooperative games, most innovative games, strangest games, best expansions, best reprints, biggest brain burners, favorite gaming events, and a host of other categories.  We end the show with our top ten games of 2012 - and what we are looking forward to in 2013.

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Tom, Eric, and host of others all join forces (like Voltron!) to give you the best of 2012.  In this first half of the show, we give our thoughts on the 2012 as a whole, as well as the biggest news stories of the year.  We talk about our biggest surprise, and our biggest disappointment.  Everyone picks the game with the best components, the game with the best artwork, the worst game, the best card game, best party game, best kids game, and best family game.  Lots of fun, and a Happy New Years to everyone!

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In this show, we talk about Zombicide, 2019: the Arctic, and Dungeon Command.  We also answer a pile of questions, including why we don't talk much about print and play games, Carcassonne expansions, a good baseball game, and superhero games.  We end the show talking about our top ten "lucky" games - games that have luck as a major mechanic.

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In this show, we take a look at Kemet, Pixel Tactics, King of Tokyo Power Up! and Noir.  Geoff talks about cheating, Tom talks about how and when you should buy games for others for Christmas, and Brian examines Kremlin.  Bart looks at some Kickstarter games, Matt does a game you can play Solo, and James about expanding the hobby.  We end the episode with our best gaming finds we've ever found at a thrift store.

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Whew!  Another long episode in which we talk about recent games, such as Manhattan Project, Treehouse, Edo, Guidhall, and Courtier.  We also answer quite a few user questions, where we talk about almost getting sued,  why we keep expansion boxes, which side of Merchants of Venus is better, and what to do if you want to publish a game.  Finally, we end the episode with our top ten "Games that Have Stood the Test of Time" - games that are just as relevant today as they were when they were published.

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A mega episode, jammed full of all sorts of stuff!  First, we talk about some recently played games, such as Copycat, Spellbound, Escape, and Robinson Crusoe.  The Chief talks about Kickstarter, Brian about Looping Louie, the Snakes and Latte guys about trivia, Mark about Ravinca, Greg about another gaming stores, and the Pirate Cast guys about expansions.  We have a tale of horror, a musings on GameSalute, some SUPER exciting news, and special report from BGG.con.  Finally, we end the show with games that only we seem to dislike - everyone else loves them!

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In the first of what will become an annual event, we, along with our contributors, give a Holiday Gift Guide for games that you can get for 2012!   We give advice for the best Children's Games, Family Games, Party Games, Stocking Stuffers, and Strategy Games.   Give it a listen or forward it to your favorite uncle so he knows what to get you!

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In our most interview-heavy show ever, we invite over thirty people to come on our show at a live broadcast from BGG.con!  The catch?  Each person has only two minutes to speak.  From designers to publishers to convention hosts to gaming enthusiasts, it's a fun time of laughter, talk about games, and more!

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In this episode, we take a look at 1969, Villagers and Villains, and a couple tales of Horror!  We answer questions about signs of a hardcore gamer, and what to do with people who are rules crazy.  We end the episode with a list of our ten worst games of all time!

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In this episode, our contributors come out in full force!  Mark Zielinski talks about Dark Vengeance, Brian looks back at the Great Dalmuti, Steve Avery talks with Richard Launius, Greg heads to Las Vegas' gaming stores, James talks about a better BGG, and Matt Bush talks about playing board games on your own.  We also review the Casual Game Insider magazine, as well as Coup, Marvel Legendary, and We Didn't Playtest This: Legacies.  We also talk about BGG.con, Secret Santa, Top 100, and Nothing Personal.  A tale of horror shows up, and we finally end the show with the answer to the question - is it better to crush an opponent, or have a close score?  Whew!

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In this show, we review Quest of the Qladiator, Hooyah, Briefcase, Voluspa. We answer questions about slavery in games, Eric's voice, and young children and card games. Finally, we end the show with our top ten Gangster games. Maybe.

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In this show, Brian takes a look back at Atmosfear, Eric and I are scared by yet another horror story, and Geoff talks about negative vs. positive rewards.  We talk about what when we get a rules wrong, and review several new games, including Suburbia.  Tom debates with Doug Garrett about the importance of Essen, and we also introduce the Dice Tower Secret Santa 2012!!!

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In this show, we talk about Gauntlet of Fools, Tooth and Nail, Sator Arepo Tenent Opera Rotas (whew!), Tempus, and dealing with a sore loser.  We are subjugated to another Tale of Horror and answer questions about body odor at conventions and designers working with multiple publishers.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten puzzle games!

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In this show, Steve Avery takes a look at Dungeon Fighter and Scurvy Pirates, while Brian examines Three Dragon Ante.  Tom continues his ranting, and we also review several games, such as Alien Frontiers: Factions, Level 7 Escape, and Kingdom Builder Nomads.  And what's up with Eric's gaming group?  Finally, we end the show with a look at how our gaming tastes have changed over the years.

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In this show, Brian takes a look back at Dice Tower Convention, we answer a few listener questions, and Eric learns some pronunciation.  We review a pile of game, including Sheepland, Sunrise City, Mageknight, and Seven Wonders: Cities, and end the show talking about our top ten games for seven players.

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In this show, Ryan talks about a new project he's beginning, Brian examines Shadow Hunters, and Geoff talks about hindsight in games.  We take a look at Puzzle Strike, City of Horror, Banditos, Pirates of the Spanish Main Card Game, Lords of Waterdeep, Wilderness, and more!  Tom rants about game manufacturing, and we finish up the show with themes that turn us off from a game, despite how good the game plays.

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In this episode, we answer several listener questions, and talk about some recently played games, such as Synch Up, Thunderstone Advance: Caverns of Bane, and High Noon Saloon.  We also talk about our top ten funny games!

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In this episode we talk about Let's Take a Hike and Dominion: Dark Ages, as well as give a preview of the upcoming Shadows over Camelot: the Card Game.  Mary talks about Gen Con, we have a truly terrible tale of horror, news, and even some listener questions!  We end the show with tips on how to store games.

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In this extra long Dice Tower, Eric and I take a look at Gen Con.  We of course talk about some games we played, such as Dungeon Fighter and Space Cadets, but we also interview a plethora of game designers and publishers.  Interspersed amongst this we give our impressions of the convention, and end with a list of Eric's top ten games he played, and Tom's top ten events/things he saw at Gen Con 2012.

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In this episode, Tom and Eric podcast live from GenCon 2012!

But don't worry, we don't talk all about the fair.  Instead, Eric gives us some first impressions of the new Merchant of Venus, and we review other games such as Smash Up and Flower Fall.  We have a host of contributors, and end the episode with our question of the week - what game got you into gaming?  But instead of just us answering the question - we have answers from designers, publishers, and more!

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Once again, Cody Jones and John Richard join us.  Since they are experts on all things GenCon, they make the perfect guests for our big GenCon 2012 preview show!  We talk about games being shown and released at the fair, tips for convention attenders, and our top ten things we're looking forward to at the convention.  See you there!

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Yeah, I know we say that were going to talk about GenCon, and we do a very small amount, but most of that is in the next episode.  In this episode, we're joined by Cody Jones and John Richard, and we talk about a pile of recently played games, including Descent 2.0 and D-Day Dice.  We also answer several listener questions, and talk about what games we are looking forward to seeing!

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In this show, we talk about several new games we've played, including the Maranda series of abstract strategy games.  We answer several questions, talking about iOS games, card games, dungeon games, games to tempt a role player, and more.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games that we hate to lose!

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Open or Closed Scoring is a classic argument that seems to be around forever, so we thought we talk about it once again!  We also are joined by quite a few contributors, including Geoff talking about game economies, Ryan playing long games and liking it, and a new segment on solo games.  We also review several new games, including Mage Wars, Infiltration, Dungeon Command, and Space Cadets live!  All that, news, Tom repeating himself, and more!

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In this episode, Tom gives a quick recap of Dice Tower Convention 2012, and we also talk about recently played games, including Shadowrift.  We answer listener questions, and end the show talking about our top ten favorite board game designers.

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In this episode, we announce the Dice Tower Awards for 2012 - awarding the best games that came out in the year 2011.

Find the complete set of winners and nominees at http://www.dicetowerawards.com

Note:  This is a regular podcast, as opposed to the enhanced version.

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In this show, we add two new contributors, one who takes a look at Clout: Fantasy.  We also talk about several new games including Pret a Porter and Behutunsburg.  Greg visits another store, and Mark reviews Rodeo Rummy.  Finally, we end the show with a question of what to do with multiple games going on at the same time in a gaming group.

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In this episode, we take a look at our top ten "lunchtime" games, games that can be played and set up during a lunch break at work.  We also talk about some recently played games, answer some questions, and then have a few guests show up with a surprise announcement!

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In this episode, we take a look at our top ten "lunchtime" games, games that can be played and set up during a lunch break at work.  We also talk about some recently played games, answer some questions, and then have a few guests show up with a surprise announcement!

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In this episode, Geoff talks about giant numbers, and Greg descends into Madness.  Mary talks about house rules, and Tom reviews Descent 2.0.  We stereotype gamers yet again, and then talk about how many moves ahead in a game we plan for.

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There seems to be some sort of invasion on this show, coming from Origins.  But once we ignore all that, you'll see that we answer quite a few questions, and then Tom and Eric take a look at the Top Ten "Trading in the Mediterranean" Games.  Or something.

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In this show, Brian Englestein starts a new segment, Geoff continues to tell us how to win at games, and Ryan talks about Urban Sprawl.  We have a fake top ten list, go over recent games - such as 1989 and Undermining - and talk about mechanisms from games that we wish we could port to real life.

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Once again, we answer a pile of questions, as wel as review Divinaire and discuss the nominees for Spiel des Jahres.  We finish up the show with our top ten "Gateway" games - games used to introduce people to the gaming hobby.

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Tom and Eric talk about several new games, including Empires of the Void and Hawaii.  We also talk about Nothing Personal and other board game news, and listen to Geoff talk about how our will breaks down.  We visit another gaming store, and end the episode with our favorite types of money in games.

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In this show, Tom talks about pretty much everything involving gaming that enters his scatterbrained mind.  This includes some pretty big announcements, game news, and more.  We answer several game questions, announce a game show, and talk about our top ten board game expansions.

Direct download: TDT256-TheDiceTowerE-Episode256.m4a
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In this show, we review several games, including Shootout, Nefarious, and Catan Junior.  We take a look a the latest gaming news, travel the country looking for game stores, and announce a new, upcoming podcast.  Finally, we talk about our favorite gaming partners - who do we want to game against?

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We once again jump into our mailbag and answer all sorts of questions, while Ryan talks about Caylus again.  Again.  Then we jump into the meat of our program, where we talk about our top ten economic games.  Go money, go!

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In this show, we find out what's happening with Dexter, Mark makes a huge mistake, and Geoff talks about game criticism.  We also talk about how much we play games - and is it enough?

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In this episode, Eric talks about Outpost, and then he and Tom answer questions for quite a bit of the show!  We then go over our top ten dice games.  

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In this episode, Tom muses about different types of games, and Chief comes to the grand finale of his gaming group. Geoff talks about crowdsourcing, Eric goes over a ton of new games he played at Conn Con, and we review several games, including Abaddon and Lords of Waterdeep.  We finish up the show talking about our favorite types of interaction.

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It's our big 250th episode!  We are joined by dozens of people, friends from past and present, to talk about the history of the show and just celebrate.  We also take a look at our top ten Dice Tower Episodes of all time.

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In this episode, Tom and Eric answer quite a few of your questions, including faults in games they love. We also review a whole pile of games, including Wiz War, Rex, Pirates of Nassau, Rocket Jockey, King of Tokyo, and more!

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In this show, we continue our "live" show from TotalCon.  With us this time is special guest, Lorien Green - producer of Gone Cardboard, a documentary about board games.  She and we answer questions from the audience, and we talk about our top ten underrated games.

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In this episode, we take the show on the road!  From TotalCon 26, we are joined by the hosts of Not Just Another Gaming Podcast to talk about a pile of games that we played.  We also talk about what makes a convention great, and Eric interviews several people, including Larry Whalen.

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In this episode, we are joined by Seth Jaffee, designer of Eminent Domain, and Steve Buonocore, head of Stronghold Games.  We have a showdown between Eminent Domain, Core Worlds, and Race for the Galaxy, and also answer a few listener questions.  We end the show with our top ten games from 1997 - a look back at fifteen years ago.

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In this episode of the Dice Tower, Tom and Eric talk about a bunch of games that start with the letter "D", while Greg examines Kickstarter.  Chief continues his quest to build a gaming group, Geoff talks about copyright issues, and Ryan rants about hidden information.  Finally, we end the show talking about games we want to see reprinted.

Direct download: TDT245-TheDiceTowerE-Episode245.m4a
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In this episode, Eric and I talk about Risk Legacy again, as well as a few other games - and then spend a good bit of the episode looking ten years back at 2002 - talking about gaming trends then, as well as our top ten games from that year.

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