The Dice Tower

By Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer

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 Jul 12, 2018

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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, CoolStuffInc.com is not responsible for their content.

Episode Date
TDT # 568 - Best Real Time Games
01:22:31

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!

Aug 14, 2018
TDT # 567 - Live from Gen Con 2018
01:47:01

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!

Aug 07, 2018
TDT # 566 - Inserts: To Keep or not to Keep?
01:40:54

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...

Aug 01, 2018
TDT # 565 - Gen Con 2018!
01:30:41

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!

Jul 24, 2018
TDT # 564 - Family Games
01:33:41

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!

Jul 17, 2018
TDT # 563 - Dice Tower Awards 2018
01:14:08

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!

Jul 10, 2018
TDT # 562 - Oh, Look at the Time!
01:13:16

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!

Jul 03, 2018
TDT # 561 - Best Train Games
01:33:39

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!!

Jun 26, 2018
TDT # 560 - Live from Origins 2018
01:25:03

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!

Jun 19, 2018
TDT # 559 - Origins 2018 Preview
01:42:59

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!

Jun 12, 2018
TDT # 558 - Best Cooperative Games
01:39:20

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!

Jun 05, 2018
TDT # 557 - Reboot@button Oops!
01:31:17

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!

May 29, 2018
TDT # 556 - Games to teach Science
01:40:49

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!

May 22, 2018
TDT # 555 - Come On CMON
01:12:39

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!  

May 15, 2018
TDT # 554 - Games that teach History
01:37:35

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!

May 08, 2018
TDT # 553 - Stop, Drop, and Scrape
01:18:46

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!

May 01, 2018
TDT # 552 - Games that teach English
01:21:30

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!

Apr 24, 2018
TDT551 - Favorite Roll and Writes!
01:46:40

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!

Apr 18, 2018
TDT # 550 - Games that teach Mathematics
01:43:56

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!

Apr 10, 2018
TDT # 549 - The Dummy Player!
01:37:41

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!

Apr 03, 2018
TDT # 548 - Comeback Games
01:34:47

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!

Mar 27, 2018
TDT # 547 - I'll Take One of Each!
01:29:22

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!

Mar 20, 2018
TDT # 546 - Cute Games
01:36:06

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!

Mar 13, 2018
TDT # 545 - Mandi! In. Space!
01:26:15

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!

Mar 06, 2018
TDT # 544 - Food, Glorious Food!
01:24:03

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.

Feb 27, 2018
TDT # 543 - Loony Lions and Ladders
01:44:22

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.

Feb 20, 2018
TDT # 542 - Best Monster Games
01:37:13

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!

Feb 13, 2018
TDT # 541 - Insert Generic Pun Here
01:36:11

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.

Feb 06, 2018
TDT # 540 - Best of 2003 (fifteen years ago!)
01:42:50

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!

Jan 31, 2018
TDT # 539 - Beverages, Builders and Bunnies
01:26:06

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!

Jan 23, 2018
TDT # 538 - Best of 2008 (ten years ago!)
01:35:34

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!

Jan 16, 2018
TDT # 537 - Magic and Mayhem
01:32:59

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.

Jan 09, 2018
TDT # 536 - Best of 2013 (Five Years Ago)
01:34:29

In this show, we talk about Stuffed Fables, Gaia Project, Majesty for the Realm, Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea, Yokohama, and Grimm Forest!  Tom also introduces our 2018 Kickstarter, starting this Thursday, we listen to a GameTek and a tale of Amazement, and answer several questions.  Finally, we follow our annual tradition of going back five years and revisiting our favorite games from 2013!

Jan 03, 2018
TDT # 535 - The Next Teneration
01:02:52

In this show, we talk about our numbers 11-20 of 2017!  What games were amazing, but just missed out on the top ten!  Our last show from 2017, see you next year!

Dec 26, 2017
TDT # 534 - Best of 2017
01:45:21

Joined by Suzanne, we delve into the year 2017!   First we spend some time talking about the different trends of the year, then we jump into our biggest surprise and disappointment, favorite art and components, most innovative game, strangest game, biggest brainburner, best family and party game, and more!  Finally, we end the show talking about the top ten games of 2017.

Dec 19, 2017
TDT # 533 - Live Dice Tower Cruise 2 Show!
01:11:58

In this show, we are joined by Mandi, Suz, Sam, Zee, and Jason for our second annual Dice Tower Cruise Live Show! (and we got the sound quality right!)

We spend time talking about recently played games that we each have enjoyed, and answer some really great questions from the crowd.

Dec 12, 2017
TDT # 532 - Pumpkins, Pigs, and Pies
01:11:55

In this show, we talk about Pie Town, Montana, The Palace of Mad King Ludwig, Harvest Dice, Meeple Circus and Sunny Day.  We also go back and take a look at Roll Through the Ages and For Sale, talk about Jeju Island, and look at a few apps!

Nov 28, 2017
TDT # 531 - Games that need Sequels
01:53:56

In this show, we are recording live from PAX Unplugged 2017.  We pull various people from the crowd to talk about their and our experiences, mention a few games that we've played, and hear Geoff talk about...losing?  Finally, we end the show being joined by Sam and Zee for our top ten games that need a sequel.

Nov 21, 2017
TDT # 530 - Spiel on Spiel
01:46:34

It's a review show spectacular!  In this show, we talk about Nusfjord, Claim, Merlin, Pulsar 2849, Otys, Battlefold, CV Pocket, and Altiplano.  We also end the show with a few questions from our listeners!

Nov 14, 2017
TDT # 529 - Best of Essen 2017
01:26:58

In this show, we talk about Richard the Lionheart, Indian Summer, Space Freaks, Wasteland Express Delivery Service, Meeple Circus, and Pyramid of the Sun.  We hear a tale of mystery, and end the show with our top ten experiences of the huge Spiel fair at Essen 2017.

Nov 07, 2017
TDT # 528 - Live from Essen 2017
01:22:55

In this episode, we come to you live from Essen!  The four hosts are joined by Sam and Zee for some thoughts on the fair itself.  Our comedy team makes an appearance, and we end the show with our annual game show!

Nov 02, 2017
TDT # 527 - Frazzle Dazzle
01:12:29

In this show, we talk about Whistle Stop, Matryoshka, Sundae Split, Taiwan Monster Brawl, Klondike Rush and Unearth.  We also take a look back at Saint Malo and Mexica, and answer some listener questions.

Oct 25, 2017
DTT # 3 - Prepping for a Convention
01:04:36

In this show, we talk about Charterstone and several other games.  We also take some live questions from the audience and talk about how we get ready for a convention!

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.

Oct 25, 2017
TDT # 526 - Essen 2017 Preview!
01:42:27

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!

Oct 17, 2017
TDT # 525 - One vs. All (with Russ Wakelin)
02:00:07

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!

Oct 10, 2017
DTT # 2 - Technical Stuff
01:06:16

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.

Oct 10, 2017
TDT # 524 - Crowds are Out, Kids are in
01:32:30

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.

Oct 03, 2017
DTT # 1 - Summer Conventions
01:11:44

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

Oct 02, 2017
TDT # 523 - Creative People (with Rebecca Thomason)
01:52:02

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.

Sep 27, 2017
TDT # 522 - Omens, Aliens and Sake?
01:19:24

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!

Sep 19, 2017
DT Special: Post Hurricane
02:57

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

Sep 12, 2017
TDT # 521 - Tomes, Tiles, and Tariffs
01:15:20

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.

Sep 05, 2017
TDT # 520 - Ridiculous (with Marie Poole)
01:42:01

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.

Aug 29, 2017
TDT # 519 - Popsicle Sticks and Wizardly Workers
01:13:09

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!

Aug 22, 2017
TDT # 518 - Live from Gen Con 2017!
01:47:07

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!  

Aug 20, 2017
TDT # 517 - Megagames
52:56

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!

Aug 08, 2017
TDT # 516 - Gen Con 2017 Preview (with Jamie Keagy)
01:35:04

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!

Aug 01, 2017
TDT # 515 - Live from Origins 2017
01:46:36

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!

Jul 25, 2017
TDT # 514 - Five Player Games (with Tony McRee)
01:46:30

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.

Jul 18, 2017
TDT # 513 - Dice Tower Awards
01:16:44

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.

Jul 11, 2017
TDT # 512 - Spiel des Jahres 2017
42:20

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.

Jul 04, 2017
TDT # 511 - Puzzle Games (with Crystal Pisano)
01:43:11

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.

Jun 27, 2017
TDT # 510 - Teaching Games
40:52

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!

Jun 20, 2017
TDT # 509 - Games best with 3 Players (with Rich Sommer)
01:49:44

In this show, we talk about Near and Far, This War of Mine, Flatline, Mole Rats in Space, Don’t Mess With Cthulhu, and Ethnos.  We also answer a pile of questions, talk about drinking games, and end the show with our top ten games that are best with three players.  Rich Sommer is the guest third host.

Jun 13, 2017
TDT # 508 - Ghooooosts!
46:54

In this show, we talk about Kerala, Alien Frontiers App, RISK: Star Wars Edition, Excape, Booo!, Ghostel, Ghostbusters 2, and Toilet Trouble.  Finally, we discuss playing horror games with children.

 

Jun 06, 2017
TDT # 507 - Set Collection Games (with Mandi Hutchinson)
01:50:27

In this episode, Tom and Eric are joined by Mandi Hutchinson to discuss Word Slam, Honshu, Wizards of the Wild, City of Zombies, The Lost Expedition, and Yokohama, and Geoff talks about the pros and cons of tiebreakers. We also present a karmic Tale of Gaming, answer some questions from the mailbag, and complete the set by presenting our Top Ten Set Collection Games.

May 30, 2017
TDT # 506 - Escaping Rooms
37:09

In this episode, we talk about the Hexbug games (Bugs in the Kitchen, BuggaLoop), Cat Box, Amun Re, and then all the different Escape Room games:  Escape the Room, Exit: the Game, Deckscape, Unlock!  We discuss the pros and cons of escape room games.  Enjoy!

May 23, 2017
TDT # 505 - Trick Taking Games (with Sara Erickson)
01:53:03

Sara from Renegade Games joins us as co-host when we discuss Problem Picnic Attack of the Ants, Flip City: Wilderness, Great Western Trail, and prototypes!  We also hear from Geoff, a tale of gaming, and answer questions about demoing games at conventions and musical gamers.  Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten trick-taking games!

May 16, 2017
TDT # 504a - Fun with Puns
09:07

Tom is out AGAIN.  Anyway, Eric talks about some games and then gives us some puns.  

May 09, 2017
TDT # 504 - Eric and Richard
01:00:56

In this show, Richard Ham takes Tom's place, and he and Eric talk about different games.  Including - Lemonade Stand, Pack of Heroes, Broken Token’s Firefly Crate, Um Reifenbrite, Jamsumo, Oh My Goods: Revolt in Longsdale, Magic Maze, and Unlock!

May 02, 2017
TDT # 503 -Conflict Resolution (with Richard Ham)
01:54:42

In this show, Tom is missing, but Richard Ham (Rahdo) steps in, and he and Eric talk about Math Fluxx, Disney World gaming (Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Agent P’s Secret Mission, A Pirate’s Adventure), The Goonies Adventure Card Game, and Rhodes.  They also answer questions, hear another Tale of gaming, and end with their top ten conflict resolutions in games.

Apr 25, 2017
TDT # 502 - Short and What?
36:16

Suzanne joins us for a quick episode, in which we talk about Avenue, Maze Racers, Escape Room The Game: Welcome to Funland, Rocky Road a la Mode, Braintopia, Hounded, Fugitive, Moons, and Nautilion.

Apr 18, 2017
TDT # 501 - Deckbuilding Games (with Suzanne Sheldon)
01:51:49

Suzanne Sheldon joins as our first co-host to talk about Ascension: Gift of the Elements, Go Go Gelato, Orleans Invasion, Tokaido (app), Onirim (app), and Exit The Game (Secret Lab).  Geoff shows up to talk about pie, we hear a tale of gaming, and end the show with our top ten deckbuilding/pool building games.  Welcome to the new format!

Apr 11, 2017
TDT # 500 - 500!
03:01:54

Sam Healey and Joe Steadman join us for this retrospective look at the Dice Tower over the last 500 episodes!  Recorded live at GAMA 2017, the quartet talk about some games they saw at the trade show.  We also listen to plenty of Eric's puns, Tom's idiotic statements, segments sent in from all the contributors and several listeners, and catch up on what Sam and Joe are doing now!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten favorite moments of the Dice Tower.

Oh, and maybe a song or two.

Apr 04, 2017
TDT # 499 - Movin' Right Along
01:23:17

In this episode, Tom and Eric recount their recent journeys to PAX East, The GAMA Trade Show, MeepleCon and ConnCon, including discussions of The Captain Is Dead, First Martians, Dozen’s Donuts, Toilet Trouble, The Colonists, Flamme Rouge, and SPY. Plus, Bringing Up the Meeples talks about Morals, Itai Perez discusses a French gaming influence, and Eric runs through his Top 10 new games he saw at GAMA.

Mar 28, 2017
TDT # 498 - Play with Tom and Eric
01:20:41

In this show, we talk about Jeju Island, Oh My Goods, Naturally Disastrous, the Kingsport Card Game, Cthulhu KoT, Coal Baron Card Game, and Mole Rats in Space.  We also hear a tale of Horror, answer questions, hear from a gaggle of contributors, and end the show talking about the games we'd like to play with each other.

Mar 21, 2017
TDT # 497 - Space Games
01:27:37

In this episode, we talk about Gloomhaven, Isle of Monsters, Wind the Film!, Mint Works, answer a few questions, and hear a tale of horror.  We end the show with our top ten space games!

Mar 14, 2017
TDT # 496 - Not Enough!
01:03:02

In this show, we talk about Bear Valley, Tricky Track, Picassimo, Castles of Calandale, Lady Richmond, and a chess tournament!  We hear a tale of horror, a tale of friendship, a biography of a boardgame, competing opinions on Dungeon, and answer questions!  Finally, we end the show talking about when components to a game turn us off from playing it!

Feb 21, 2017
TDT # 495 - Best Games from 20 Years Ago (1997)
01:29:43

In this show, we take a look at Kashgar, Ave Roma, Arcadia Quest Pets, Arcadia Inferno, Nerdy Inventions, 8-28, and Potion Explosion app.  Geoff talks about AI, we hear a remarkable tale of Amazement, and we end the show going back 20 years and talking about our favorite games from 1997.

Feb 14, 2017
TDT # 494 - The Big Impact
01:14:46

In this show, we talk about Tiny Epic Galaxies: Into the Black, Lotus, Me Want Cookies, Assault of Giants, RoboRally, and Villages of Valeria.  We also hear a couple of tales, answer questions, have a pile of cool segments, and talk about the games that have had the biggest impact on us!

Links to the new shows:

Board Game Blitz - http://www.boardgameblitz.com/
The Family Gamers - http://www.thefamilygamers.com/
Our Turn Podcast - http://ourturnpodcast.com/

 

Feb 07, 2017
TDT # 493 - Best of 2002
01:33:45

In this show, we talk about New York Slice, Papa Paolo, Second Tide, Ave Roma, Ghostel, and Ta Yu.  We hear a Battlestar Galactica Tale of Betrayal (although not the way you think), talk about snacks and lack of dice in games, and end the show with a fifteen year look back at 2002, and our favorite games from that year.

Jan 31, 2017
TDT # 492 - 2017 Resolutions
01:34:07

In this show, we talk about Hero Realms, Batman The Animated Series The Dice Game, When I Dream, Revenge of the dictators,  Running with the Bulls,  and Jump Drive.  A host of contributors join us, talking about everything from randomness to Hare and Tortoise!  We have a tale of Horror and Amazement, and end the show talking about our 2017 gaming resolutions.  Again.

Jan 24, 2017
TDT # 491 - Looking back at 2007
01:20:07

In this show, we talk about Vikings Gone Wild, Dicemasters, Santorini, Jorvik, X Nimmt, and the Mysterium app.  We answer several questions, hear a tale of sadness, and end the show with our favorite games from ten years ago - 2007!

Join our fundraiser here!  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dice-tower-season-13-podcast

 

Jan 17, 2017
TDT # 490 - Looking forward to 2017
01:27:20

In this show, we take a look at Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Rubik’s Race, Lion Guard: Protect the Pridelands, Flamme Rouge, Liar’s Dice, and Phase.  Tom reviews a pile of games in a few minutes, we hear from several contributors, and a great tale of Amazement!  Finally, we end the show talking about the top ten games we are looking forward to in 2017.

Jan 10, 2017
TDT # 489 - Best of five years ago!
01:29:39

In this show, we introduce our 2017 Fundraiser!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dice-tower-season-13-podcast

We also talk about Cosmic Eons, Days of Ire (Coop), Mino & Tauri, Motion Pictures, Trick of the Rails, and Munchkin CCG.  We also hear a tale of Betrayal, and then we talk about what Tom considers to be the best year in gaming - 2012!

Jan 03, 2017
TDT # 488 - Looking back at 2016
01:15:15

In this show, we talk about Great Western Trail, Deep Sea Adventure, No Siesta, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Gooseberry, and the  Pokemon trading card game.  We also here a tale of Horror, a tale of Sadness, and a tale of Amazement!  Finally, we completely clear out our question queue!

Dec 27, 2016
TDT # 487 - Best and Worst of 2016
02:15:39

Tom, Eric, and a host of contributors take a look at 2016 and talk about the best and worst games of the year!

 

Show Notes:

1:14 - Intro

4:43 - Year as a whole

15:55 - Biggest Surprises

22:56 - Biggest Disappointments

28:25 - Best Components

32:40 - Best Art

38:05 - Worst Games

41:42 - Best Card Games

47:57 - Best Family Games

53:11 - Best Party Games

56:26 - Best Cooperative Games

1:03:07 - Best Children's Games

1:07:54 - Most Innovative Games

1:13:56 - Strangest Games

1:16:56 - Best Expansions

1:20:58 - Best Reprints

1:24:01 - Biggest Brainburners

1:27:10 - Favorite Game Events

1:33:47 - Top 10

2:02:26 - Other Categories

2:07:00 - Looking at 2017

Dec 21, 2016
TDT # 486 - Dice Tower Cruise 2016
01:06:44

It's our live show from the Dice Tower Cruise 2016!  Sam, Jason, and Zee join us as we talk about some of the games we played and enjoyed, the cruise itself, a Tale of Treachery, and questions from the audience!

You can see the video version here:

https://youtu.be/Ahk2bEX5vP8

Dec 14, 2016
TDT # 485 - Please Play my Game!
01:35:10

In this show, we take a look at Saloon Tycoon, Habitats, Morpheus,  and Dale of Merchants 2.  We hear a different type of Tale of Awkwardness, here from Board Game Gumbo, Bonus Action, GameTek, Cult of the Old, Board Game Biopsy, and Sweet Spot.  We answer a pile of questions including breaking into a new game group, and end the show discussing how we can get others to play the games we want.

Dec 06, 2016
TDT # 484 - Games No One Talks About (but me!)
01:31:16

In this show, we talk about Escape Room: the Game, Glux, Honshu, Arkham Horror: the Card Game, Escape from Colditz, and Hanamikoji.  We talk about BGG.con, hear a very awkward Tale, and end the show with our top ten games that it seems everyone has forgotten but us.

Nov 29, 2016
TDT # SJV - Jack Vasel Memorial Fund
52:11

Folks, this is a special episode, one I didn't put together.  It's from Nights at the Game Table, which can be found here:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/65262

 

It's about the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, and one person that we were able to help and their story.  I hope you find it interesting.

 

Nov 21, 2016
TDT # 483 - Spur of the Moment
01:41:49

In this show, we talk about Mechs vs Minions, Not Alone, OctoDice, Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier, 4 Gods, Seafall, Star Wars Destiny, and Blood Bowl.  Geoff talks about the electoral college, we hear a tale of Horror and about worker placement, and end the show answering a pile of your questions!

Nov 15, 2016
TDT # 482 - Next Step Games
01:27:48

In this episode, we talk about Conan, Aeon’s End, Pandemic The Cure: Experimental Meds, DrachenTurm, and Scythe.  There is a Board Game Gumbo, Cult of the Old, and a Tale of Amazement.  Finally, we end the show with our favorite "Next Step" Games, games after the introductory games to the hobby.

Also, at the beginning of the show, we talk about the future of the Dice Tower!

 

Nov 08, 2016
TDT # 481 - Sports vs. Games
01:17:06

In this episode, we talk about Hamsterbande, JurassAttack, Animals on Board, Warquest, the Dominion Upgrades, and Grand Prix.   We also hear from some contributors, answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our thoughts on sports vs. games!

Nov 01, 2016
TDT # 480 - Video Gamers and Board Games
01:23:41

In this show, we talk about Great Western Trail, Adrenaline, Islebound, Power Grid: The Card Game, Chromosome, and Terraforming Mars.  We also hear the history of Acquire, talk about our Essen 2016 experiences, and end with our top ten games to use to entice video gamers into the hobby.  Again.

Oct 25, 2016
TDT # 479 - Essen 2016 Live Show
01:25:54

Note:  We recorded in a room with a lot of echo, thus you'll notice that in the recording.  Not much we could do about it, sorry!

Tom, Eric, Sam, Zee, and more join together to talk about some interesting games we saw at the Spiel Fair at Essen.  We then do a rousing game of Stronghold vs. Iello Family Feud, then answer some questions live.

Thanks to IELLO for sponsoring the room!

Oct 19, 2016
TDT # 478 - Pandemic: Legacy
01:42:27

In this show, we talk about Onarim, Biohazard Containment Unit, Empires: Galactic Rebellion, and the Castles of Burgundy card game.  We also hear a tale of Treachery, about a VCR game, and answer a pile of questions.

Then, AFTER THE END CREDITS, we have a detailed discussion of Pandemic Legacy, including spoilers.  Don't worry, we'll give you heads up before we do!

Oct 11, 2016
TDT # 477 - Real Time Games
01:35:05

In this episode, we talk about Heroes of Kaskaria, the Castles of Burgundy Card Game, Marvel Legendary: Guardians of the Galaxy, and Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle.  We hear from the Sweet Spot and Boardgame Biopsy, hear a sad tale of Horror, and finish the show with our top ten "real time" games!

Oct 04, 2016
TDT # 476 - Traveling through Connecticut
59:09

In this show, we record live from the Portal store in Manchester, Connecticut.  We talk about A Feast for Odin, Stealing Mona Lisa, Arcane Academy, Automania, Mechs vs. Minions, and Take the A Train.  We also answer some live questions, and finish up letting you listen to part of a live Wits and Wagers game!

 

Sep 27, 2016
TDT # 475 - Thanks to You
01:17:59

In this show, we talk about City of Spies, Bluffalo, Rock Paper Poker, Agricola Family, AssassinCon, and Mythe.  We answer several questions - as well as ask the audience a question, and hear a sad tale of shame.  Geoff and the Sweet Spot show up, and we end the show talking about the person most responsible for getting us into board gaming.

Sep 20, 2016
TDT # 474 - Push Your Luck Games
01:34:39

In this episode, we talk about Masmorra, New Bedford, Let them Eat Cake, Flag Dash, Dungeon Busters, and Backyard Builders Treehouse.  We hear from Board Game Gumbo and Mark Zielinski, and answer more from our pile of questions.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten Push-Your-Luck Games!

Sep 13, 2016
TDT # 473 - Live on TV!
01:23:44

In this show, we talk about Agamemnon, Junk Art, Back to the Future, Terraforming Mars, Codex, and Great Dinosaur Rush.  We answer questions about teaching kids to lie and more, hear a tale of betrayal, test out a new segment Biopsy of a Game, and hear about Geoff's Ghostbuster adventures.  Finally, we end the show talking about games that would make a great game show!

Sep 06, 2016
TDT # 472 - Role Players
01:29:34

In this episode, we talk about The Others, Hit Z Road, Energy Empire, The Pursuit of Happiness, The King’s Men, and The Ravens of Thri Sahashri.  We hear a board game biopsy, hit the sweet spot, answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten games to get role players into the board gaming hobby.

Aug 30, 2016
TDT # 471 - Go To Games
01:18:06

In this episode, we talk about 

The Networks, Play Me, (The King’s Men), Exposed, Ticket to Ride: Rails and Sails, Klank,  and Tavurua.  Mr. Counter takes a look at Emerald, Eric tries to guess favorite games of college students, a tale of Treachery is spun, and we talk about press-your-luck games.  Finally, we end the show talking about what our go-to game is when traveling.

Aug 23, 2016
TDT # 470 - Games that Stress us Out!
01:41:56

In this episode, we take a look at Seafall, Mansions of Madness, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu,  and Fantahzee.  We hear a tale of Horror, from several of our contributor, and then end the show with our top ten stressful games!

Aug 16, 2016
TDT # 469 - LIVE from Gen Con 2016
01:47:26

In this show, we are LIVE in Indianapolis, IN, in front of our largest convention audience yet, for Gen Con 2016. Tom, Eric, Sam, and Zee discuss their thoughts on the convention. We present a live Tale of Horror. Publishers announce new releases live on stage. Jason live tweets from the Fantasy Flight InFlight report. The Secret Cabal invades to run a game show. We take questions from the audience. And oh yes the singing. There is singing.

Aug 09, 2016
TDT # 468 - Question Palapalooza 4
01:19:39

In this show, we take a look at Cry Havoc, Arcane Academy, Bring Your Own Book, Oh my Goods, Tiny Epic Western, Mad Science Foundation, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, Hide the Kids, and Dino Race.  We hear from Mark, have some gumbo, hit the sweet spot, and end the show with a pile of listener questions.  It's Question Palapalooza # who knows what!

Aug 02, 2016
TDT # 467 - Gen Con 2016 Preview, part 2
01:30:30

In this episode, part two of our GenCon special, we invite Tony Topper and Jamie Keagy from the Secret Cabal and talk about the upcoming GenCon 2016 convention!  We go over tips for the convention, and then go over our top ten most anticipated games!

Jul 26, 2016
Secret Cabal Express # 16 - Gen Con 2016 Preview, part 1
01:15:06

Hey now, it's part one of our two part episode in which we preview GenCon 2016!  We answer questions about the convention, and go over a huge pile of games releasing at the fair!  

You aren't seeing things, we decided to put the Cabal's show on our feed for convenience!

Jul 26, 2016
TDT # 466 - Overrated Games
01:31:22

In this episode, we talk about Cry Havoc, Arcane Academy, Bring Your Own Book, Oh my Goods, Tiny Epic Western, Mad Science Foundation, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, Hide the Kids, and Dino Race!  We hear from Mark at Origins, a tale of horror, and finally end the show with our top ten overrated games.  Prepare the knives!

Jul 19, 2016
TDT # 465 - Dice Tower Awards 2016
01:12:51

We are joined by a host of contributors to present the best games of 2015!  With fourteen awards, and recorded live at Dice Tower Con 2016, we congratulate the winners of most innovative game, best artwork, best family game, and more!  We end the show taking questions from the audience to Eric, Tom, Sam, and Zee.

Jul 13, 2016
TDT # 464 - Best Ancient Era Games
02:08:23

NOTE:  Due to some file transfer issues, this episode is a week late, AFTER Dice Tower Con.  Sorry about that!

In this show, we take a look at 

Guildhall Fantasy Trio, Burano, Ghost-Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, Fool’s Gold, Garbage Day, and Dead Last.  A plethora of contributors join us, from law cases to DnD horror stories!  We start a quick contest, answer a few quesions, and finally end the show with our top ten ancient era games!

Jul 11, 2016
TDT # 463 - Live from Origins 2016
01:26:42

In this show, Sam Healey and Zee Garcia join as hosts and we talk about some of the games we saw at Origins, including Tyrants of the Underdark, Captain Sonar, and more!  Chaz Marler gives his impressions, we play a live version of the Match Game, and we end the show answering questions including how we would die in an RPG.

Jun 22, 2016
TDT # 462 - Best Medieval Games
01:33:15

Huzzah!  In this pre-Origins 2016 episode, Eric and Tom talk about Guilds of London, Council of Four, IceCool, and Box of Rocks.  We hear from a TON of our contributors, from Takenoko to Um Reifenbreite to Imperial Settlers.  A harrowing tale of treachery is told, and we talk about our favorite ten medieval themed games.  But we don't end there, and finish with a question of the week IN THE SAME EPISODE.

Jun 14, 2016
TDT # 461 - Live from UKGE 2016
01:22:07

In this show, recorded live at the UK Gaming Expo, Tom and Sam take a look at games they played before and during the fair, talk about our trip to London and Nottingham, and banter with a few Dice Tower contributors.  We also give a preview of Skythe.

Jun 07, 2016
TDT # 460 - Obnoxious Gamers
01:34:11

In this show, we discuss Coffee Roaster, Dream Factory, My First Carcassonne, Bear Valley, Magecraft, Bad Medicine, and Dwarves, Inc. The Sweet Spot looks at tense games, Luke introduces to to some racing games, The Solo Game Corner explores Healthy Heart Hospital, and we hear the Biography of Hive. Plus, a Tale of Boardgaming Horror, letters from the mailbag, and our tips on how to deal with obnoxious gamers.

May 31, 2016
TDT # 459 - Amazing card art
01:51:58

In this episode, we talk about Star Trek: Frontiers, Linkee, Happy Pigs, Legends of Draxia, Tichu, Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space, and Ladies and Gentlemen.  We are joined by special guest Jorge Garcia (Lost, Hawaii 5-0) and talk about his gaming past and treacheries.  We finally hear from Greg about the Gathering, listen to Geoff stir up a ruckuss, hear a tale of Amazement, and more!  Finally, we end this extra-long show with our top ten games with amazing card art.

May 24, 2016
TDT # 458 - I hate this box!
01:17:22

In this episode, we are taking a look at Isle of Skye, Stratos, Exodus Expansion, Magic duel deck, Stratos, and more!  We hear about a pig race, the history of Carcassonne, GameTek, and how to deal with horrible boxes.  And a pile of questions and answers!

May 17, 2016
TDT # 457 - Creepy Crawlies
01:28:39

In this show, we talk about Alan’s Adventureland, Shadow over Westminster, Histrio, The Palaces of Carrara, Ravenous River, and Dice City.  We also hear about an annoying gamer, Friday, bashing Monopoly, and a report on Tabletop Day at the F2Z headquarters.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten Creepy Crawlies games - games that feature bugs, spiders, worms, and more!

May 10, 2016
TDT # 456 - Publish my Game!
01:19:36

In this show, we talk about Dungeon!, FreshFish, T’Zolkin: Tribes and Prophecies, Bastian, Spheres of Influence, DilluviaProject, and Greedy Greedy Goblins.  Tom talks about thesights and sounds of the Gathering of Friends, Eric goes through agamut of emotions with a bunch of Tales, and we hear from a greatnumber of great contributors!  Finally, we end the showtalking about how to pitch your game to apublisher.

May 03, 2016
TDT # 455 - Games that teach MATH
01:22:17

In this episode, we talk about Rockwell, Animal on Board, Meeple War,Prime Time, Medici, and Eric gives us a Pandemic Legacy Update.  We also answer questions about local game stores, Dicemasters, legacy games, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games for teaching math!

Apr 26, 2016
TDT # 454 - Retheming Games
01:25:11

In this show, we talk about Avalanche on Yeti Mountain, Mad Libs: The Game, Tigris and Euphrates, Conquest Stratego, Apotheca, Time Stories: Prophecy of Dragons, Thunder and Lightning.  We also hear from a variety of contributors, incluing Game Tech, History of Board Games, and more!  After a few tales, we finish up the show with thoughts on the retheming of games.

Apr 19, 2016
TDT # 453 - Political Games
01:21:09

In this show we talk about Mombasa, Smash Up Expansions, Scoundrel Society, Flip City: Reuse, Loot n Run, and Firefly Fluxx.  We also answer questions about gaming outside, "min-maxing" and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten politically themed games.

Apr 12, 2016
TDT # 452 - Power Creep
01:16:52

In this show, we talk about Thunderbirds, Pied Piper, Northern Pacific, Millenium Blades, Knit-Wit, Monstrous, and Pecunia non olet.  We have a pile of contributions, including both old and new!  We end the show talking about power creep, and how it affects games.

Apr 05, 2016
TDT # 451 - Long Games
01:20:10

In this show, we talk about World’s Fair 1893, Epic Roll, Escape the Room, Valeria: Card Kingdoms, Latice, and Mission to Mars 2049.  We also answer questions about sleeving cards, contacting companies, falling asleep, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our favorite ten long games - games that are 3 hours or more!

Mar 29, 2016
TDT # 450 - Live from GAMA 2016
01:22:01

In this show, we delve live into the GAMA trade show, talking from there with Chaz Marler, Suzanne Sheldon, Jason Levine and more!  We are also joined by our regular contributors to make a real hodge podge of an episode, talking about both new and old games.  Finally, we end the show talking about going back in time to stop a game from being made!

Mar 22, 2016
TDT # 449 - Reprints
01:27:07

In this show, we discuss Crown and Kingdom, Concordia: Salsa, Carson City: Deluxe, Paradox, Steampunk Rally, Circus Flohcati and Odin’s Ravens.  We also answer a pile of questions and realize just how far behind we are!  Finally, we end the show talking about the best reprints or board games.

Mar 15, 2016
TDT # 448 - The Time Machine
57:28

Do you like Eric?  Well, this is the episode for you! Here, we talk about Food Chain Magnate, Dino Twist, Worm Up!, and Jivecat Voodoo Lounge.  Brian talks about Pick Picknic, we have another history tale, more psychology, hear several tales, and end the show talking about what we would do if we found a time machine!

Mar 08, 2016
TDT # 447 - Best Games for Six Players
01:19:53

In this episode, we talk about Walled City, Through the Ages, Council of Four, Valley of the Kings: Afterlife, Bomb Squad Academy, and La Citta.  We answer questions about silly gamers, Dice Masters, Merchant of Venus, player colors, and more!  Finally, we end the show with our favorite ten games for six players.

Mar 01, 2016
TDT # 446 - The Rest of Your Life
01:12:15

In this show, we talk about Through the Ages: A New Tale of Civilization (online), Hocus, Concept, Steam Works, Gruff, Trap!, and Space Yogurt.  We hear a tale of Amazement, Outrage, and Hilarity, as well as discuss the sweet spot in gaming, psychology in gaming, the alpha gamer, and more!  We end the show talking about if we could only play one game the rest of our life, what would it be?

Feb 23, 2016
TDT # 445 - Top Ten Dexterity Games
01:24:37

In this episode, we take a look at Stinker, One Night Ultimate Vampire, Sly Dice, Epic Roll, Mexica, and Fantasy Stables.  We also answer a pile of questions, and finish off the episode with our favorite dexterity games.

Feb 16, 2016
TDT # 444 - Too many Players!
01:22:11

In this episode, we take a look at A Study in Emerald (2nd Edition), Stick to Colours, Vye, Viticulture Essential Edition, Steam Time, Cat Tower, Nautilus Industries, and Casting.   We are joined by a host of contributors, including a couple of new segments!  We also answer a pile of questions, as well as talk about when to play with the maximum number of players.

Feb 09, 2016
TDT # 443 - Best Games of 2001
01:30:24

In this show, we talk about Dark Age Z, Mangrovia, Star Wars: Rebellion, Skyway Robbery, Healthy Heart Hospital, and the Splendor iOS.  We also answer a pile of questions, and finish the show taking a look back 15 years ago at the best games from 2001.

Feb 02, 2016
TDT # 442 - Chin up, Kid!
01:16:04

In this show, we talk about Above and Below, Roll for the Galaxy Expansion, Maharaja, Outfoxed, Treasure Hunter, Ninja All Stars, Piratoons, and VuDu.  We also hear a few tales of Horror, Amazement, and Treachery - and talk about tales in general and our reaction to them.  Finally, we talk about how to deal with kids who have a hard time when they lose.

Jan 26, 2016
TDT # 441 - Best of 2006
01:35:01

In this show, we discuss Epic PVP, Siege of Faerun, Grand Austria Hotel, Apollo XIII, Zombicide: Black Plague, Colosseum, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, and Ultimate Warriorz.  We answer questions about pirating and making your own copies of games, and finish the show taking a look back ten years ago - at 2006's best games.

Jan 19, 2016
TDT # 440 - Asmodee Asmodee
01:12:32

In this episode, we talk about The King is Dead, Cat Tube Famous, But Wait, There’s More!, Splash!, the Magic Board Game Expansion, Game of Gnomes, Mess Machine, andTelepathy (Magic Minds and Brain Freeze).  We have three tales - one of horror, one of treachery, and one of outrage!  Brian, Dan, and Mary join us, and the whole group discusses the latest announcement from Asmodee North America.

Jan 12, 2016
TDT # 439 - Best of 2011
01:18:34

In this episode, we introduce our 2016 DT Kickstarter, and talk about Dojo Kun, Mod X, Spirits of the Rice Paddy, Best Treehouse Ever, and Burgle Brothers.  We also answer questions including why we like Caverna better than Agricola, and finally end the show with our favorite games from five years ago - 2011!

Jan 05, 2016
TDT # 438 - Best of 2015, part 2
02:15:24

It's part two of our end of the year show!

In this jam-packed mega show, all of our contributors and Dice Tower affiliates show up and give their input on...

 

Best cooperative game,

Most Innovative game,

Strangest game,

Best Expansion,

Best Reprint,

Biggest Brainburner,

Best Gaming Event,

and our Top 10 of 2015!

Come join us and here our opinions on the year 2015, as it draws to a close.

Dec 29, 2015
TDT # 437 - Best of 2015, part 1
02:29:05

It's part one of our end of the year show!

In this jam-packed mega show, all of our contributors and Dice Tower affiliates show up and give their input on...

The year as a whole,

Biggest news of the year,

Biggest surprise,

Biggest Disappointment,

Best Components,

Best Artwork,

Worst Game,

Best card game,

Best party game,

Best kids game,

and Best family game.

Come join us and here our opinions on the year 2015, as it draws to a close.

 

 

Dec 22, 2015
TDT # 436 - Let it Go
01:12:52

In this show, we talk about Ice and the Sky, The Prodigals Club, Pirate Den, Fidelitas, 10 to Kill, Floating Market, Kemet: Ta Seti, Safranito, and Mord Im Arosa.  Brian takes a look at Money, Geoff at Gutsy, and we hear about starting a game club and more Legal moves.  Tom quizzes Eric about shopping, and we finish up the show discussing when to let a game go out of your collection.

Dec 15, 2015
TDT # 435 - Top Ten AEG Games
01:25:23

In this episode, we talk about German Railroads, Estoril 1942, Klask, Stinky Business, Mow Money, ...and then we held hands, KLASK, and Between Two Cities. We answer questions about conventions, using cash to buy games, and why we don't review everything.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games from AEG games.

Dec 08, 2015
TDT # 434 - Dealing with Hype
01:14:26

In this show, we talk about Sleuth, Paperback Co-Operative, State Smarts, Chess, Above and Below, Simurgh, Gum Gum Machine, and the Colt Express Expansion.  We hear a tale of Horror and one of outrage, talk about game clubs, and Tom gives us a rundown of the Come and Play day with GTS distribution.  Finally, we end the show talking about how to deal with the hype machine!

Dec 01, 2015
TDT # 433 - Live from BGG Con!
01:31:53

We are joined by Rich Sommer, Sam Healey, Zee Garcia, Jason Levine, Mark Streed and more in this Boardgame Breakfast crossover!  Recorded live at BGG.con 2015, we talk about games we've played, have several segments, and close out the show answering questions from the audience.

Nov 24, 2015
TDT # 432 - Top 10 Interactive Games
01:27:33

In this show, we talk for a long time about games, including 504, Fury of Dracula, Gallerist, Porta Nigra, Ghostbusters, Gutsy, Renaissance Wars, and The Room 3.  We also answer questions, and then tell about our favorite ten interactive games (that aren't wargames).  Or something like that.

Nov 17, 2015
TDT # 431 - You destroyed my game!
01:21:59

In this show, we talk about The Big Book of Madness, Tabletopia: Police Precinct, Dark Stories, Treasure of the 13 Islands, Time Stories, Orleans expansion, M.U.L.E, and Trickerion.  Tom also talks about twenty other games as fast as he can, we hear from some contributors, and hear a few tales.  Finally, we talk about what we do when someone else damages our games.

Nov 10, 2015
TDT # 430 - Music and Games
01:34:10

In this show, we talk about Automania, Inhabit the Earth, Antarctica, Taverna, Pandemic Legacy, TIME Stories, Say Cheese!and Ocean Raiders.  Eric rants, we answer a pile of questions, and then end the episode talking about our favorite games to have music in the background (and what music that should be).

Nov 03, 2015
TDT # 429 - Turtling
01:19:53

In this show, we talk about Far Space Foundry, Raptor, Wurfel Kung Fu, the new expansions for both Race for the Galaxy and Roll for the Galaxy, Ticket to Ride Map Pack 5, Dice City, and Automobiles.  We hear from Geoff, Brian, and Dan - and hear three tales, one of Horror, one of Awkwardness, and one of Shame!  Finally, we talk about "turtling" and whether or not we like when it shows up in our games.

Oct 27, 2015
TDT # 428 - Questionpalooza
01:14:32

In this show, Tom and Eric talk about our Essen Spiel trip, what we saw and did there.  Then, for the rest of the show, we tackle our gigantic pile of questions from listeners!  It's a smorgasbord of topics!

Oct 20, 2015
TDT # 427 - Live from Essen Spiel 2015
01:30:25

From the Essen Spiel game fair, we record a podcast in front of a live studio audience.  Joined by Zee Garcia, Jason Levine, Steve Buonocore, Piero, and more - we answer questions, talk about the convention, and hear a couple of tales!

Oct 13, 2015
TDT # 426 - Going to Essen Spiel 2015
01:32:28

In this show, we talk about our Essen 2015 plans, as well as the top ten games we are looking forward to at the fair.  We take a look at Poseidon’s Kingdom, Retro Loonacy, Fluch der Mumie, Shakespeare, 7 Wonders: Duel, Star Trek: Five Year Mission, and answer a pile of questions from the listeners!

Oct 05, 2015
TDT # 425 - Here to Stay
01:30:13

In this episode, we are joined by special guest Rich Sommer!  We talk about Cthulhu Realms, Portal, Tiny Epic Galaxies (Solo), Trambahn, Terra, Bomb Squad,  Kryptos, Petite Pastiche, and Wink.  We hear about treachery, amazement, and horror, solo games, forming a game group, and more!  Finally, we end the show talking about games we will never get rid of.

Sep 29, 2015
TDT # 424 - Best Games for Seven Players
01:23:45

In this episode, we talk about Ashes, New Salem, Lord of the Rings w/Sauron, a pile of Star Wars games, and Pandemic Legacy!  We also answer questions about cooking, demoers, working with publishers, and more.  We end the episode with our top ten games for seven players!

Sep 22, 2015
TDT # 423 - Dice Game Versions of Board Games
01:14:09

In this episode, we take a look at As You Wish, A Battle of Wits, Miracle Pill, Homeland; Good Cop, Bad Cop Bombers; Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Samurai.  We have three tales - one of Awesome, one of Horror, and one of Awkwardness.  We have several segments from contributors, and end the show talking about board games converted into dice games!

Sep 15, 2015
TDT # 422 - What Attracts us to a Game
01:28:22

In this show, we take a look at The Undercity, Bloody Inn, Star Trek: Five Year Mission, Rum and Bones, Smash Up Munchkin, and Apocalypse Chaos.  We also answer questions about locations of conventions, game nolstalgia, and more!  We end the show with the top ten things that attract us to a new game.

Sep 08, 2015
TDT # 421 - GenCon, a month later
01:05:39

In this show, we take a look at Bora Bora, The Little Prince: Rising to the Stars, Broom Service, Medieval Merchant, Mysterium, Survive Space Attack, WWE Showdown, and the Cash and Guns expansion.  We have three tales! - one of amazement, one of horror, and one of awkwardness.  Greg tells people to get off his lawn, and we end the show with a look at GenCon games, a month later.

Sep 01, 2015
TDT # 420 - Tournament Style Games
01:22:10

In this episode, Tom and Eric talk about Little Red Riding Hood, BUS, HUE, Ashes, Warband, and CVlizations.  We also answer questions regarding the future of the Dice Tower, apps and games, and more!  We end the show with our top ten games that would work well in a tournament setting.  Oh, and a contest!

Aug 25, 2015
TDT # 419 - Game Shows and Board Games
01:09:38

In this episode, we talk about The Voyages of Marco Polo, Mustache Smash, Warband: Against the Darkness, One Night Revolution, Mafia de Cuba, and Asking for Trobils.  Brian takes a look at Louis XIV, Geoff talks about Incentive, Mark about Age of Sigmar, and the Lonely Gamer shows up!  We also have a tale of Horror, one of Amazement, and answer a question about what game show we would like to see made into a board game.

Aug 18, 2015
TDT # 418 - Converting Videogamers
01:14:58

In this show, we talk about Portal: The Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game, The Grizzled, Firefly: Shiny Dice, Wrath of Dragons, Queen’s Necklace, and RYU.  We also answer a pile of questions, start an awesome new contest, and end with our top ten games to convert videogamers into board gamers.

Aug 12, 2015
TDT # 417 - Live from GenCon 2015!
01:33:10

Joined by almost the entirety of the Dice Tower Network, Tom and Eric do a live show at GenCon 2015.  With over 500 in attendance, singing, bribery, and more - it was a show to remember!

Aug 04, 2015
TDT # 416 - Gen Con 2015 preview
01:23:15

Tom and Eric invite Jamie Keagy and Tony Topper from the Secret Cabal show to talk about our Gen Con 2015 plans.  We spend a majority of the show talking our favorite ten games we are looking forward to from Gen Con.

This is the second of a two part episode, the first part can be found on the Secret Cabal channel.  

Notes:

- Due to GenCon approaching, we released the show two days early.

- Due to techincal difficulties, my (Tom's) main microphone didn't work.  Happily, the backup microphone worked, but I sound a bit muffled in the show.

Jul 26, 2015
TDT # 415 - Wild, Wild, West!
01:19:43

In this show, we talk about Tides of Time, Too Many Cinderellas, Alchemy!, Dragonflame, Mogul, Flip City, Empires: Age of Discovery, and Blood Rage.  We answer some questions, and then talk about our favorite Wild, Wild West games!

Jul 21, 2015
TDT # 414 - Basic and Advanced Strategy
01:21:06

In this episode, we talk about Bountytown, Flick ‘em Up, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Rattle Battle, Battlelore expansions, and Parfum. We answer questions about the World Boardgaming Championships and more, we have a tale of Horror and one of Amazement, Geoff talks about the pronounn "they", and a bunch of other contributors stop by with great segments! Finally, we talk about whether or not we like to play the "basic" version of a game, or the "advanced" version.

Jul 14, 2015
TDT # 413 - Racing Games
01:25:15

In this show, we talk about Konexi, Abyss, Defenders of the Last Stand, I Spy, La Granja, and Dark Moon.  We also talk about "gaming envy", how we record the show, and gaming in public, as well as other questions from listeners.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten racing games!

Jul 07, 2015
TDT # 412 - Dice Tower Awards
01:15:39

A host of Dice Tower contributors and podcasters join us to announce the best games of 2014.  Come listen to us as we recorded the show live at Dice Tower Con 2015!

Jun 30, 2015
TDT # 411 - Wood and Cardboard
01:27:23

Tom and Eric take a look at Ophir, Dead Drop, Panamax, Cthulhu Realms, Catacombs, Suburbia 5 Star, and Flick ‘em Up.  We also answer several listener questions, as well as talk about our top ten games with wooden and cardboard components.

Jun 23, 2015
TDT # 410 - Live from Origins 2015
01:38:12

In this show we are joined by Zee Garcia, Mark Zielinski, Jared Whitley, the guys from Secret Cabal, Steve Buonocore, Mary Prasad, Matt Hozey, Steve Avery, Jason Levine, and more!!  We talk about the convention and the games we've seen.  Then, we run a live game show, and finally finish up with some questions from the audience.  And revenge!

You can see a video of this show on the Dice Tower channel.

Jun 16, 2015
TDT # 409 - Food and Drink at the Table
01:01:19

In this show we talk about Witness, Burger Joint, Xia, Super Dungeon Explore Forgotten King, Chaosmos,  and String Safari.  Geoff gives a eulogy, we are joined by a couple other contributors, take a look back at Catan and Mystery of the Abbey, and hear both a tale of Horror and Amazement.  Finally, we end the show talking about our rules concerning food and drink at the gaming table.

Jun 09, 2015
TDT # 408 - Restaurant Games
01:18:31

In this show, we talk about Frontier Stations, Traders of Osaka, Dominion Adventures, Dark Seas, Ars Alchimea, and Forge War.  We answer questions including our opinions on "takebacks" and choosing roles.  Finally, we end the episode with our top ten games to play at a restaurant.

Jun 02, 2015
TDT # 407 - Replacing Our Favorite Games
01:09:38

In this show, we talk about The Boardgame Geek Card Game, Trifecta, Duck Duck Go, Tigris & Euphrates, String Safari, Telepathy, and Dimension.  Our contributors talk about cheating, Ra, Top Promoter, Forbidden Island, and Game State.  We have a tale of Horror and a new Tale of Treachery!  We talk about copying board game design elements from other games, and finish the show discussing what it would take for a game to replace our current favorite game.

 

May 26, 2015
TDT # 406 - Plastic plastic plastic!
01:24:41

In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Master Fox, Pew Pew!, One Zero One, Konito, Double Feature, and Space Movers.  We also get some GREAT questions from our listeners, and finish the show with our top ten game with fantastic plastic components!

May 19, 2015
TDT # 405 - Metagaming
53:56

In this show, we talk about Greenland, Double Feature, Wordariffic, Emergence Event, Antidote, the Majority, and Race to the Rhine.  We talk about a few more games from our childhood, Geoff talks about stats, Bill about GenCon, and Brian about Star Wars Epic Duels.  We end the show with a question about metagaming.

May 12, 2015
TDT # 404 - Double Date Games
01:19:04

In this show, we talk about Hare and Tortoise, Xenoshyft, The Fittest, The Grasshopper and the Ant, Elevenses, and Pandante.  We answer questions about conventions, alpha gamers, and more - and finally end the show with our favorite ten game for a "double date."

 

 

May 05, 2015
TDT # 403 - Box Size
01:31:26

In this show, we discuss Brew Crafters, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Dominion: Adventures, and Stockpile.  Brian talks about Horse Racing Games, Table for Two about dancing, Bill about tournaments, Geoff about Entropy, and a new solitaire gaming segment!  We hear a tale of Horror AND more about gaming at the South Pole.  Tom talks about several upcoming games, such as 7 Wonders: Duel, 504, and City Mania; and we finish the show talking about whether or not box size affects our purchasing decisions.

Apr 28, 2015
TDT # 402 - Cooperative Games
01:21:29

In this show, we talk about Harbour, Pirates, Ninjas, Robots, Zombies, Grasshopper and the Ant, Tragedy Looper, Orleans, Bang: the Dice Game, and Grimoire.  We answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten cooperative games!

Apr 21, 2015
TDT # 401 - Prototypes
01:29:30

Hey, we're back! In this show, we talk about Council of Verona, Firefly Blue Sun, Star Wars: The Queen’s Gambit, Viticulture + Tuscany, the Bruges expansion, Quilt Show, and Balderdash.  Eric ruins someone's convention, we talk about legal recourse against Kickstarter, and are joined by a host of contributors.  Finally, we end the show with our thoughts on playing people's game prototypes.

Apr 14, 2015
TDT # 400 - Guests and More Guests
01:26:22

Well, we wanted to do something special for episode 400, so we invited in FOUR co-hosts!  Sam Healey, Zee Garcia, Geoff Englestein, and Stephen Buonocore join us as we talk about some recently played games, and what's in store for us in the future.  But wait, there's more!  We are joined by several surprise guests, including designers, podcasters, and a voice from way back in the Dice Tower!

Mar 31, 2015
TDT # 399 - Live from GAMA 2015
01:06:48

Mark Streed and Zee Garcia join us this week, as we record a show live at the GAMA 2015 Trade Show.  We go through a pile of games we enjoyed, including Forbidden Stars and Spit it Out!, and talk about each of the companies we talked to with their upcoming projects.

Mar 24, 2015
TDT # 398 - What we Want in a Game Cafe
01:26:48

In this show, we talk about Can't Stop: Rolling Down the Highway, Welcome to the Dungeon, Batman Love Letter, Harbour, 99 Chances, and Captains of Industry.  Geoff talks about scoring tracks, Brian about Around the World in 80 Days, and several other contributors join us!  We have a couple of tales, talk about games gone by, and end the show with what we want to see in a board game cafe.

Mar 17, 2015
TDT # 397 - Best Bang for your Buck
01:25:03

In this show, we talk about Pictomania, Dragon's Gold, The Worst Game Ever, Pandemic: State of Emergency, XCom: the Board Game, and the Witcher.  We also hear from Geoff on poker, answer a pile of questions, and tell you our favorite "bang for the buck" games.

Mar 11, 2015
TDT # 396 - Live from Total Con 2015
01:31:06

Tom is absent from this show as Eric takes over, joined by the hosts of Flip the Table.  In this show, they talk about the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, X-Files board game, PBL Robots, Costa Ruana, Troll Hunt, and more!  Special guests show up, including the folks from Not Just Another Gaming Podcast, a Tale of Horror is given, and the show ends with a game show!

Mar 03, 2015
TDT # 395 - Pick up and Delivery Games
01:23:25

In this show, we talk about Video Game High School, But Wait, There’s More!, DnD Dice Masters, King of New York with The Child, Caveman Curling, and Pirate Pete.  We also answer questions, and then end the show with our top ten favorite pick-up-and-delivery games.

Feb 24, 2015
TDT # 394 - All about Catan
01:09:03

In this show, we talk about Five Tribes, Xia, Krosmaster Junior, Mystery Rummy # 5 - Escape from Alcatraz, X-com, and Pressure Cooker.  We are joined by a host of contributors offering strategy, Christmas gaming, old games, and how to build a game group.  We have a tale of amazement and one of horror, and bring back gaming stererotypes!  Finally, we end the show with our favorite ways to play Catan.

Feb 17, 2015
TDT # 393 - Best Games from 2000
01:26:36

In this show, we talk about Witness?, OWACON, Bullfrogs, Captains of Industry, Imperial Assault, and Cubo.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our favorite games from 15 years ago - the year 2000!

Feb 10, 2015
TDT # 392 - Best Dice in Board Games
01:22:41

In this show, we talk about Empire Engine, Artificium, Kings of Israel, Robot Turtles, Cthulhu Wars, Hyperborea, Pints of Blood, and Dogs of War.  We have a tale of horror and of amazement, Mark talks about his kids, Mary about Tichu strategy, and Brian about Mancala.  Tom discusses why the Dice Tower is about games, but especially the people who play them; and we end the show with our favorite dice found in games.

Feb 03, 2015
TDT # 391 - Best games from a decade ago - 2005
01:31:33

In this show, we talk about Shadow Throne, Murano, Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age, Canterbury, and Tesla: Master of Lighting.   Greg talks about the new Counter magaizine, Bill gives tips for running a game event, and we answer a pile of listener questions.  Finally, we go back ten years, and talk about our favorite games from 2005.

Jan 27, 2015
TDT # 390 - Stupid Game Names
01:13:22

In this show, we talk about Pay Dirt, Monsters and Maidens, Patchwork, Jochen der Rochen, Orleans, Power Grid “Deluxe”, Essen, and Royals.  We have a Tale of Amazement, a Tale of Horror, A Board Game Magic Moment, legal advice, a look at games from our childhood, and more!  We end the show talking about silly and awesome names that publishers give to board games.

Jan 20, 2015
TDT # 389 - Best Games of 2010
01:25:59

In this show, we take a look at the games: The Ancient World, Spike, Waggle Dance, Noble Treachery, Kerflip, and Fire Dragon.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show taking a look back five years ago - at the best games of 2010!

Jan 13, 2015
TDT # 388 - Resolutions for 2015, and Kickstarter!
01:16:45

In this show, we welome the New Year, talk about holiday gaming and gifts received.  We take a look at Doodle Quest, Roll for the Galaxy, Temporum, Rattlebones, Zoneplex, and more!  Bill talks about conventions, Bryan about an older game, and we look at our gaming resolutions for 2015.  Finally, we introduce our 2015 Kickstarter!

Jan 06, 2015
TDT # 387 - The Best and Worst of 2014, part 2
02:05:46

In the second half of our mega end-of-the-year 2014 show, we are joined by a host of contributors to talk about the best expansion, strangest game, biggest brainburner, best cooperative game and more!  Finally, we end the show with our top ten board games of 2014, and what we're looking forward to in 2015.  Happy New Year, everyone!

Dec 30, 2014
TDT # 386 - The Best and Worst of 2014, part 1
02:15:07

In this show, we take a look back at the year 2014 in regards to boardgames.  We are joined by the entire Dice Tower Network to talk about the year as a whole, the biggest news stories of the years, our biggest surprises, biggest dissapointments, best components, best artwork, worst game, best card game, best party game, best kids game, best family game, and more! Join us for this super-sized spectacular as we celebrate the great gaming year of 2014.

Dec 23, 2014
TDT # 385 - Party Games
01:32:49

In this episode, we are joined by Bill Carrigan to once again talk about board games.  We look at X-Files the game, Happy Pigs, the Castles of Mad King Ludwig,  Istanbul, Hanabi Deluxe, and more!  We also answer a bunch of questions, then end the episode with our top ten party games!

Dec 16, 2014
TDT # 384 - Classic Games
01:09:35

We start this show with a Tale of Amazement, although there is Horror to be found also! We also talk about Mysterium, Dead Man’s Draw, Evolution, Planes, Sentinels board game, St. Petersberg, Super Rhino, and Nexus Ops.  Finally, we end the show talking about whether modern games have completely replaced "classic" games for us.

Dec 09, 2014
TDT # 383 - Live from BGG Con, part 2
01:26:54

In this show, we take a look at Cherry Picker, Alchemists, The Game of 49, Roll Through the Galaxy, and Red7.  We then jump back into part 2 of our live show from BGG.con, including special guests such as Scott Alden, Eric Lang, and Mike Elliott.

Dec 02, 2014
TDT # 382 - Live from BGG Con, part 1
01:04:29

Joined by special co-hosts Rich Sommer and Erik Herman, we interview a host of guests, including Dan King, Colby Dauch, Todd Rowland, Geoff Englestien, and more!  There's also some songs!  (Kind of).

Nov 25, 2014
TDT # 381 - Engine Building Games
01:13:32

In this show, we review Colt Express, Kings of Israel, The Golden Ages, Nations the Dice Game, Yunnan, and Geister Ei. We also answer another pile of questions, and then talk about our favorite "engine building" games.

Nov 18, 2014
TDT # 380 - No one will play this game!
01:27:42

In this episode, we take a look at Dreaming Spires, Robin, The Endless River, Xia, Alchemists, and Argent.  We are joined by Brian on No Thanks, The Angry Gamer on non-responsiveness, Geoff, and Bill, and answer a pile of questions.  Finally, we talk about games that we can't get anyone to play with us!

Nov 11, 2014
TDT # 379 - One Hit Wonders
01:24:41

In this show, we review Progress, Medieval Academy, Deus, Omega Centauri, Planes,  and Livestock Uprising.   We also answer a pile of questions, and end the show with our top ten "one hit wonders."

Nov 04, 2014
TDT # 378 - Essen Spiel 2014 Recap
01:30:45

In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Star Wars: Imperial Assault, Doodle City, Kanban, Essen, Pandemic the Cure, and the upcomin Magic: the Gathering Board Game.   We also discuss the Essen Spiel 2014 in depth, and then end the show with our favorite traits in a gaming opponent.

Oct 28, 2014
TDT # 377 - What we Look for in a Kickstarter Game
01:29:17

In this show, we take a look at Uncanny X-men: Dicemasters!, Rococo, Medina, Subdivision, and Snapgammon.  Geoff and Brian take a look at older games, we get some more legal advice, and answer a few questions.  We finish up the show with a list of things we are looking for in a Kickstarter campaign/game.

Oct 21, 2014
TDT # 376 - Essen Spiel 2014 Preview
01:11:42

In this episode, Eric is on vacation, so Tom is joined by Zee Garcia.  We spend the show joined by contributors, talking about some of the games coming out at Essen Spiel, and the different games and expansions that we are most interested in.  

Oct 13, 2014
TDT # 375 - The most Boring Games!!
01:19:06

In this show, we talk about King’s Forge, Villainy, Johari, Cartoon Network Fluxx, and Dungeon Roll.  Someone compares Munchkin to Cosmic Encounter, we discuss how to deal with controversial themes, and table etiquette.  Finally, we almost fall asleep at the end talking about our top ten most boring games!

Oct 07, 2014
TDT # 374 - A Horn, CosmicCon, and Catan
01:08:24

In this episode, we take a look at the new Wok Star, Vivajava the Dice Game, Impulse, Bucket King 3D, Star Realms, Warhammer 40K Conquest, and Good Cop Bad Cop.  Eric tells an extremely sad hotel story, we hear another tale of horror, and Tom talks about both CosmicCon and the Fantasy Flight Event Center.  Finally, we end with Eric interviewing Stu Paul, director of the short film The Lord of Catan.

Sep 30, 2014
TDT # 373 - Conflict Resolution
01:13:42

In this episode, we look at  Greed, Madame Ching, Rise of Empires, Ninja Dice, Athlas, and Games that Tell Stories.  We talk about preparing for Essen, using cell phones during games, and what to do when elminated from a game.  Finally, we talk about our top ten favorite ways to resolve conflict in games.  (In the game, not between players!)

Sep 23, 2014
TDT # 372 - Apps and Spoilers!
01:25:58

In this show, we look at the games Legendary Encounters, Level 7 Invasion, Diamonds, The Battle of Five Armies, Tragedy Looper, Battle Merchants, Star Realms IOS and Magnum Opus.  Geoff talks about game flow, Bill talks about running a convention for profit, and Brian takes a look back at Frank's Zoo. We also talk about our favorie companion apps for board games. Finally, we end the episode with a spoiler-heavy look at Risk: Legacy. The first 51 minutes of the show are spoiler free.

Sep 16, 2014
TDT # 371 - Milton Bradley Games
01:23:21

In this show, we talk about Abyss, the Battle at Kemble's Cascade, Jerk, Bang: the Duce Game, Arcadia Quest, and Ten: The Game!  We cringe at another tale of horror, and talk about our Essen plans, math trades, how to get a game published, and using timers during games.  We end the show with our top ten Milton Bradley games!

Sep 09, 2014
TDT # 370 - Back to Normal!
01:12:51

In this episode, we return to our normal schedule.  We look at several games, including City Hall, Dead of Winter, Pandemic: Contageon, Cosmic Dominion, Villainous Vikings, Worker Placement, Plucky Pilots, and Golem Arcana.  Brian discusses Medici, Greg visits another store, Geoff talks about those who hate to think, we get more legal advice, hear another tale of horror, and discuss some hot news.  Finally, we end the show asking what game released at GenCon are we most interested in, and why.

Sep 02, 2014
TDT # 369 - Post Gen Con 2014 Report
01:28:36

In this show, Eric and Tom take a look back at the GenCon 2014 fair held in Indianapolis.  But we also spend a lot of time talking about games - including Black Fleet, Camel Up, Diamonds, Quilt Show, Castls of the Mad King Ludwig, King of New York, Kingsport: Festival, and Tragedy Looper.  We end the show taking a pile of listener questions and giving hopefully decent answers to them!

Aug 26, 2014
TDT # 368 - LIVE from Gen Con 2014
01:35:37

In this show, we are joined by guest host Zee Garcia in our live show at GenCon!  An array of Dice Tower contributors join us, as well as folks from the Dice Tower network.  We talk about great games we saw at GenCon, our thoughts on the fair itself, and even a song or two!   

Aug 19, 2014
TDT # 367 - Gen Con Preview 2014, part 2
01:41:45

This is part two of a two part preview of Gen Con 2014!  Jamie, Chris, and Tony join us from the Secret Cabal Podcast, where you can find part 1!

http://tinyurl.com/dtscgencon14

In this episode, we answer some questions about the covention, give some tips regarding Gen Con, and then each of us gives our top ten games we are looking forward to seeing at the convention!

Aug 10, 2014
TDT # 366 - Best Gryphon / Eagle Games
01:18:39

In this show, we talk about  Pagoda, Justice League Strategy Game, Destination Neptune, Bruges, New Haven, and Dino Dice.  A tale of horror is caused by us, and we give our top ten game from Eagle/Gryphon Games.

Aug 05, 2014
TDT # 365 - Our favorite games
01:22:24

In this show, we talk about Magnum Opus, Who Stole the Cookie?, Istanbul, Heroes Wanted, and Thunder Alley.  We hear about Hoity Toity, 3D printing, bad game design, and more!  We answer questions, and end the show talking about whether or not we get to play our favorite games enough.

Jul 29, 2014
TDT # 364 - Logic Games
01:24:36

In this episode, we take a look at Heartland, Imperial Settlers, Destination Neptune, and Firefly: Pirates.  We hear about a dangerous woman, discuss whether or not boardgaming has become less fun for us, and answer a pile of other questions.  We end the show with our top ten games that teach or feature logic!

Jul 22, 2014
TDT # 363 - To the South Pole!
01:28:01

In this episode, we take a look at Shadowrun Crossfire, Russian Railroads, Roads and Boats, Battle Sheep and more!  We discuss the Dice Tower Convention 3, point out Tom's glaring error, and talk about the future of the show.  Finally, we talk about what games to take with you to the South Pole!

Jul 15, 2014
TDT # 362 - Dice Tower Awards 2014
01:30:12

In this show, recorded live at Dice Tower Conventioni 2014, Tom and Eric are joined by a host of contributors to announce and present the best games of 2013 - the Dice Tower Award winners.  We also talk a bit about the convention, and are joined by Sam and Zee to answer questions from the audience.

Jul 08, 2014
TDT # 361b - Addendum from Eric
12:02

Eric decides to post something anyway on our week "off", and talks more about his experiences at Origins 2014.

Jul 01, 2014
TDT # 361 - Origins 2014
01:04:00

In this show, Tom goes to the floor of Origins and talks to random people he meets about the show.  Eric interviews his sons about their experiences, and we talk about the highlights of the Origins Game Fair 2014.

Jun 24, 2014
TDT # 360 - A Minute to Learn, a Lifetime to Master
01:32:50

In this show, we take a look at Kaosball, Lost Valley, Jupiter Rescue, Splendor, Starship Catan, and Zimbbos.  We answer questions about lending out our games and playing competitvely, and end the show with our top ten games that "take a minute to learn and a lifetime to master".

Jun 17, 2014
TDT # 359 - Surprises in Games
01:18:43

In this episode, we talk about X-Wing, Mai Star, Happy Birthday, Arkadia Quest, Xenoshyft, and Rivet Wars.  Tom talks about the Dice Tower Origins 2014 plans, and also talks about his time at the Cool Mini or Not convention.  Greg talks about the worst stores ever, we answer questions, contributors chime in, and we end the show with the biggest surprises we've ever encoutered in a game.

Jun 09, 2014
TDT # 358 - Next Step Games
01:20:14

Steven Banas joins us, as we talk about Hot Tin Roof, Eldritch Horror, City of Iron, Hegemonic, Airlines Europe, and Kayanak.  A funny Tale of Horror is brought out, and we answer questions - such as how to deal with an angry gamer.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten "Next Step" games - games to teach people after they've started the hobby.

Jun 03, 2014
TDT # 357 - Tracking your Game Results
01:13:37

In this show, Mark takes the ten by ten challenge, Geoff examines a gaming lawsuit, Brian takes a look at Betrayal at House on the Hill, and Bill talks about running a convention.  We review Hearthstone, Formula E, Marrying Mr. Darcy, Horse Show, Race Formula 90, and Dungeon Dice; and then take a look at the Spiel des Jahres nominees.  A Tale of Horror, questions, and our answers to "Do you keep track of your games played and wins/losses?" round up the show.

May 27, 2014
TDT # 356 - Hidden Objective Games
01:22:53

In this show, we talk about Dungeon Petz, Khet, C3K, Mission Red Planet, Ka-boom, and Toss Your Cookies!  We also hear about a Tale of Jerkiness, why Eric hates Citadels, and several other questions and answers.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games with hidden objectives.

May 20, 2014
TDT # 355 - Ridiculous Rules
01:17:15

In this show, we are joined by Brad Talton from Level 99 Games, and proceed to talk about Polar Derby, There’s A Moose In The House, the X-wing Rebel Transport, Ruse, Boss Monster, Android Netrunner: Honor and Profit, and Splendor.  We start a new game show, listen to a tale of Horror, learn how to win at rock-paper-scissors, hear about the Gathering of Friends, and answer a pile of questions!  Whew!  Finally, we end the show with ridiculous rules found in rulebooks.

May 13, 2014
TDT # 354 - Asymetrical Games
01:23:42

In this show, Tom talks about the gaming in LA, we discuss our Origins Game Fair plans, and we talk about The Agents,Cube Quest, Great Heartland Hauling Company, and Loot.  Once again we answer questions, we look at a slash fiction game, and we talk about our top ten asymetrical board games.

May 06, 2014
TDT # 353 - Old TV Shows into Board Games
01:27:56

In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Rogue Agent, Lewis and Clark, Celestial Rainbows, Quarriors: Light & Dark, Wooolf!, Capo dei Capi, Alien Hotshots, and Galactic Strike Force.  Brian takes a look back at Upwards, Tom and Eric examine the Dice Tower Network's game of the month, Settlers of Catan, we have a Tale of Horror - and we end the show with our favorite old TV shows that we wish became board games!

Apr 29, 2014
TDT # 352 - Exploration Games
01:07:08

In this episode, we take a look at Lewis and Clark, Oneupmanship, Freedom: the Underground Railroad, Pairs, and Mice and Mystics: Heart of Glorm. We descend into yet another tale of horror, answer some questions, and finish up the show with our top ten exploration games!

Apr 22, 2014
TDT # 351 - Dealing with the Mockers
01:09:56

In this show, we review Clash of Cultures, Eight Minute Empire Legends, Common Ground, Damage Report, and Splendor - while Eric gets angry at a game.  Geoff analyzes Werewolf, Mark talks about Adepticon, we talk about Origins and much, much more!  We end the show talking about how to deal with those who make fun of our hobby.

Apr 15, 2014
TDT # 350 - Games from our Childhood, Part 2
01:26:52

In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Give it to the King, Get Lucky, Prosperity, Corto, Menu Mash-Up, Assassin's Creed: Arena, and more!  We then take a trip down memory lane as we examine our childhood and the games that we played throughout it.

Apr 08, 2014
TDT # 349 - Games from our Childhood, Part 1
01:29:35

In this show, Tom and Eric take a look at Concept, Nations, Blueprints, Krosmaster: Frigost, VOLT, Koryo, Smashup: Science Fiction Double Feature, and Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance.  Geoff talks about antidosis, Tom about baseball cards, Bill about conventions, Tom and Eric about theme, Eric about marriage, Brian about Glory to Rome, and Barry about - well....   Several contributors talk about their favorite games from childhood, and another Tale of Horror descends on us.

Apr 03, 2014
TDT # 348 - Live from Las Vegas
01:20:28

With Eric away at the GAMA trade show in Las Vegas, Sam Healey and Zee Garcia join Tom to talk about Compounded, Firezne, Eruption, Battle for Souls, Last Will, and Colosseum.  They also answer a bunch of questions, before Dan King and Eric Summerer enter, live from Las Vegas, to give some news highlights and upcoming game information.

Mar 25, 2014
TDT # 347 - Funniest Board Games
01:14:16

In this show, Eric and Tom show up, but apparently not Tom's memory.  We talk about Warlock, the Great Zimbabwe, Machi Koro, Bugs in the Kitchen, and Steam Park.  Eric finishes a contest, we answer a pile of questions, and then we talk about our top ten funniest board games.  Again.

Mar 18, 2014
TDT # 346 - Good Mistakes
01:05:15

In this show, we have another tale of Horror, and talk about Adventure Time Card Game, Hawken, Knockout, Concordia, Russian Railroads, and Coconuts.  Tom discusses his new book shelves, Brian talks about the Bottle Imp, we have another Unpub minute, Greg goes to another store, and much, much more!

Mar 11, 2014
TDT # 345 - Live from TotalCon 2014, part 2
58:14

Still almost no Tom in this show - but the Cardboard Jungle guys show up to help host the show.  Our contest continues, questions are answered, and we end with a big game show!  With fabulous prizes!

Mar 04, 2014
TDT # 344 - Live from TotalCon 2014, part 1
49:50

Almost no Tom in this episode, as the Flip the Table guys help Eric host part 1 of the TotalCon 2014 experience.  They talk about new games they've played at the show, have a multi-voice Tale of Horror, start a contest, and talk about giant and miniscule board games.

Feb 25, 2014
TDT # 343 - Best Auction Games
01:43:47

In this show, we talk about several games, giving a detailed look at the upcoming Marvel: Dice Masters game.  We hear from several contributors, and end the show with our top ten auction games1

Feb 18, 2014
TDT # 342 - Best Games from 1999
01:19:04

In this show, we take a look at Theseus, Scallywags, Dungeon Guild, Pandemic: The Cure, Crossways, and 1775 Rebellion. We also answer a pile of questions, and then end the show with our favorite games from 1999 - fifteen years ago!

Feb 11, 2014
TDT # 341 - Gamer's Remorse
01:20:33

In this show, we look at the games Mush Mush, Robinson Crusoe, Scoville, K2, Loka, Professor Pugnacious' Portfolio of Perils, Pugilism, and Perfidy: The Card Game of Victorian Combat, and Myth. Brian talks about Show Manager, Greg goes to another store, we hear a truly terrifying tale - and finally, we end the show talking about moments of Gamer's Remorse.

Feb 04, 2014
TDT # 340 - Best Games from 2004
01:31:36

In this show, we talk about Attack the Darkness, Relic Expedition, Small World six player map, Star Trek TNG Deckbuilding Game, Monopoly Hotels, and Chikken. We answer a pile of questions, and then donate much of the show to look at the greatest year in board game history - a decade ago - 2004.

Jan 28, 2014
TDT # 339 - Money Money Money!
01:20:01

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.

Jan 21, 2014
TDT # 338 - Best Games from 2009
01:30:31

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.

Jan 14, 2014
TDT - Episode # 337 - 2014 Gaming Resolutions
01:32:58

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!

Jan 07, 2014
TDT - Episode # 336 - The Best and Worst of 2013, part 2
01:53:41

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).

Dec 31, 2013
TDT - Episode # 335 - The Best and Worst of 2013, part 1
01:57:04

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!

Dec 24, 2013
TDT - Episode # 334 - Best Queen Games
01:13:06

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.

Dec 17, 2013
TDT - Episode # 333 - How We've Changed
01:35:55

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.

Dec 10, 2013
TDT - Episode # 332 - Live from BGG.con 2013, part 2
01:11:30

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.

Dec 03, 2013
TDT - Episode # 331 - Live from BGG.con 2013, part 1
01:15:08

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.

Nov 26, 2013
TDT - Episode # 330 - Great Team Games
01:32:50

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.

Nov 19, 2013
TDT - Episode # 0 - An Introduction to the Dice Tower
01:26:46

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!

Nov 12, 2013
TDT - Episode # 329 - Games for Young Children
01:32:19

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.

Nov 05, 2013
TDT - Episode # 328 - Replaced Games we Kept
01:17:35

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?"

Oct 29, 2013
TDT - Episode # 327 - Three Player Games
01:33:38

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.

Oct 22, 2013
TDT - Episode # 326 - Traditional Card Games
01:34:17

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.

Oct 15, 2013
TDT - Episode # 325 - Relaxing Games
01:28:25

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.

Oct 08, 2013
TDT - Episode # 324 - Combat Systems
01:22:15

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.

Oct 01, 2013
TDT - Episode # 323 - Epic Games
01:17:52

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.

Sep 24, 2013
TDT - Episode # 322 - Games from our Childhood
01:21:03

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.

Sep 17, 2013
TDT - Episode # 321 - Replacement Games
01:25:10

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.

Sep 10, 2013
TDT - Episode # 320 - Gen Con 2013 Designer's Panel
01:24:40

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.

Aug 27, 2013
TDT - Episode # 319 - Gen Con Recap
01:36:32

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!

Aug 27, 2013
TDT - Episode # 318 - Live from Gen Con 2013
01:33:56

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!

Aug 20, 2013
TDT - Episode # 317 - Top Ten Abstract Strategy Games
01:28:18

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.

Aug 10, 2013
TDT - Episode # 316 - Gen Con 2013 Preview, Part 2
01:34:54

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!!!

Aug 06, 2013
TDT - Episode # 315 - Annoying box sizes
01:30:04

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.

Jul 30, 2013
TDT - Episode # 35 - Our wives speak out!
01:23:09

In this episode, originally recorded January 2006, we review Marvin Marvel’s Marvelous Marble Machine, and listen to the "real" voice of Grodnads! We have board game news both from Rick Thornquist and Moritz Eggert. I talk about my top ten Fantasy board games, and Joe mentions his ten favorite solo wargames. Finally, we end the show with our wives answering questions that were posed to them!

Jul 23, 2013
TDT - Episode # 314 - Top Ten Kickstarter Games
01:29:34

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!

Jul 13, 2013
TDT - Episode # 313 - Dice Tower Awards Show
39:32

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.

Jul 09, 2013
TDT - Episode # 312 - Top Ten Turkeys
01:44:57

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.

Jun 26, 2013
TDT - Episode # 311 - Origins Game Fair, 2013
01:48:28

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.

Jun 25, 2013
TDT - Episode # 310 - Deckbuilding Games
01:34:26

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!

Jun 18, 2013
TDT - Episode # 309 - The Size of our Collections
01:21:33

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.

Jun 11, 2013
TDT - Episode # 308 - Mean and Nasty Games
01:33:07

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.

Jun 04, 2013
TDT - Episode # 307 - Judging a Game by It's Cover
01:20:51

Huzzah - a few hours late - but here's the show!  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?"

May 29, 2013
TDT - Episode # 306 - Hybrid Games
01:25:04

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.

May 21, 2013
TDT - Episode # 305 - Strategy Guides
01:15:39

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.

May 12, 2013
TDT - Episode # 304 - Artwork in Games
01:44:59

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!

May 07, 2013
TDT - Episode # 303 - Expansion Boxes
01:27:58

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?

Apr 30, 2013
TDT - Episode # 302 - Political Games
01:37:06

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.

Apr 16, 2013
TDT - Episode # 301 - Throwing Games Away
01:28:25
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?"
Apr 09, 2013
TDT - Episode # 300 - A New Beginning
02:19:17

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.  

Apr 01, 2013
TDT - Episode # 299 - Live from GTS 2013
01:43:31

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!

Mar 26, 2013
TDT #298 - Top Ten Science Fiction Games
02:02:10

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

Mar 19, 2013
TDT - Episode # 297 - No Time for Games!
01:27:52

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!

Mar 12, 2013
TDT - Episode # 296 - Best Convention Games
01:06:49

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.

Mar 06, 2013
TDT - Episode # 295 - Live from TotalCon 2013
01:01:28
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!  
Feb 26, 2013
TDT - Episode # 294 - Best Games from 1998
01:35:42

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!

Feb 19, 2013
TDT - Episode # 293 - Displaying Games
01:30:48

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!

Feb 12, 2013
TDT - Episode # 292 - Best Games from 2003
01:44:03

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.

Feb 05, 2013
TDT - Episode # 291 - Expert Gamers
01:50:06

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.

Jan 29, 2013
TDT - Episode #290 - Best Games from 2008
01:49:37

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!

Jan 22, 2013
TDT - Episode #289 - Heated Discussions
01:43:11

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.

Jan 15, 2013
TDT - Episode # 288 - Best of 2012, part 2
02:18:02

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.

Jan 08, 2013
TDT - Episode # 287 - Best of 2012, Part 1
02:04:19

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!

Jan 01, 2013
TDT - Episode # 286 - Lucky Games
01:55:37
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.
Dec 26, 2012
Special Alert! - Game On! with Cody and John!
02:05:10

Here's an early Christmas Present for you - Game On! with Cody and John.  

John says...

In this special episode of Game On! with Cody and John, we come out of retirement to record a special episode in support of the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. The winner of our JVMF auction was Trent Hamm ("trenttsd" here on BGG), and he's our programming director and benevolent dictator for this episode. So, listen as we expound on Gen Con for newbies, discuss how to start an RPG group from scratch, and bring you a full review of FFG's Android:Netrunner. For this episode only, Trent rules!!

Dec 21, 2012
TDT - Episode # 285 - Thrift Store Treasures
01:25:49

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.

Dec 18, 2012
TDT - Episode # 284 - Games that Have Stood the Test of Time
01:51:41

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.

Dec 11, 2012
TDT - Episode # 283 - Games only we seem to hate
01:49:21

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!

Dec 04, 2012
TDT - Episode # 33 - Best Games from the 80's
01:25:00

Yes, you read the number correctly.  This is one of our "classic" episodes, redone and remastered for your listening pleasure, with commentary from Tom.  In this show, Tom and Joe are joined by a host of guests who all give their opinions on what 2006 holds for gaming.  Were they right, wrong?  Listen to the show to find out.  Tom and Joe also give their top ten board games from the 80's decade.

Nov 27, 2012
TDT - Episode # 282 - Live from BGG Con
01:22:52

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!

Nov 20, 2012
TDT - Episode # 281 - 2012 Holiday Gift Guide
01:00:47
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!
Nov 13, 2012
TDT - Episode # 280 - Worst Games
01:36:40

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!

Nov 06, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 279 - Crush players or not?
01:36:03

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!

Nov 02, 2012
TDT - Episode # 279 - To Crush Your Opponent...
01:36:04

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!

Oct 30, 2012
TDT - Episode # 278 - Best Gangster Games
01:23:56

In this show, we review Quest of the Qladiator, Hooyah, Briefcase, Voluspa, and Domnion Dark Ages. 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.

Oct 23, 2012
TDT - Episode # 277 - Getting Rules Wrong
01:30:13

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!!!

Oct 16, 2012
TDT - Episode # 276 - Best Puzzle Games
01:33:03

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!

Oct 09, 2012
TDT - Episode # 275 - Gaming Tastes A'Changing
01:30:50

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.

Oct 02, 2012
TDT - Episode # 274 - Best Seven-player Games
01:24:18

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.

Sep 25, 2012
TDT - Episode # 273 - Themes that Turn Us Off
01:26:32

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.

Sep 18, 2012
TDT - Episode # 272 - Funny Games
01:13:13

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!

Sep 11, 2012
TDT - Episode # 271 - Storing Games
01:13:49

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.

Sep 04, 2012
TDT - Episode # 270 - Gen Con 2012
02:05:54
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.


Aug 28, 2012
TDT - Episode # 269 - Games that Got us into Gaming
01:22:14

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! 

Aug 21, 2012
TDT - Episode # 268 - GenCon 2012 Preview
01:31:59
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!


Aug 13, 2012
TDT - Episode # 267 - Games We're Looking Forward to
01:02:51
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!


Aug 07, 2012
TDT - Episode # 266 - Games we Hate to Lose
01:27:20

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!

Jul 31, 2012
TDT - Episode # 265 - Open or Closed Scoring
01:33:50

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!

Jul 24, 2012
TDT - Episode # 32 - Best Game Designers
01:18:48

In this classic episode, originally posted- January 6, 2006, Joe Steadman and I give a joint review of Railroad Tycoon, listen to an audio review by Walt O'Hara, and get schooled in German pronunciation.  We also talk about our top ten game designers.

Jul 17, 2012
TDT - Episode # 2012A - Dice Tower Awards 2012!
01:43:32

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

Jul 12, 2012
TDT - Episode # 264 - Top Game Designers
01:14:23

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.

Jul 10, 2012
TDT - Episode # 263 - Multiple Gaming Tables
01:08:23
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.
Jul 03, 2012
TDT - Episode # 262 - Lunchtimes games
01:24:30

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!

Jun 26, 2012
TDT - Episode 261 - Looking ahead in a game
01:21:25

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.

Jun 19, 2012
TDT - Episode 260 - Best Trading in the Mediterranean Games
01:29:42
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.
Jun 12, 2012
TDT - Episode 259 - Games and Real Life
01:09:49

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.

Jun 05, 2012
TDT - Episode 258 - Best Gateway Games
01:19:56

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.

May 29, 2012
TDT - Episode 257 - Gaming Money
01:18:51

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.

May 22, 2012
TDT - Episode 256 - Best Game Expansions
01:39:08

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.

May 15, 2012
TDT - Episode 255 - Favorite Gaming Partner
01:16:25

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?

May 08, 2012
TDT - Episode 254 - Economic Games
01:26:00

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!

May 01, 2012
TDT - Episode 253 - Return of Dexter
01:25:24

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?

Apr 24, 2012
TDT - Episode 252 - Dice Games
01:14:21

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. 

Apr 17, 2012
TDT - Episode 251 - Interaction
01:21:26

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.

Apr 10, 2012
TDT - Episode 31 - Upcoming Games from 2006
01:25:37

What?  No, we're not confused.  This is a classic episode of the Dice Tower in which we go back to the end of 2005 in which Tom and Joe review quite a few games, including World of Warcraft the Board Game and Havoc: the Hundred Years' War.  We also talk about our top ten upcoming games from 2006.  Were we right?  Listen and see.

Apr 03, 2012
TDT - Episode 250 - Celebration!
02:19:39

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.

Mar 27, 2012
TDT - Episode 249 - Games Palapalooza
01:19:19

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!

Mar 20, 2012
TDT - Episode 248 - Top Ten Underrated Games
53:10

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.

Mar 13, 2012
TDT - Episode 247 - Total Con Live, part 1
59:02

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.

Mar 06, 2012
TDT - Episode 246 - Best of 1997 (15 Years Ago)
01:43:57

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.

Feb 29, 2012
TDT - Episode 245 - Reprints we want to see
01:16:39
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.
Feb 21, 2012
TDT - Episode 244 - Best of 2002 (ten years ago)
01:09:15

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.

Feb 14, 2012
TDT - Episode 243 - The Longest Game
01:13:18

In this show, Chief talks once again about building a game group, Geoff discusses 3D printing, and Ryan complains about "hobbit" cards.  We talk about several different games, a bit of news, and end the show with our longest games we've ever played.  Plus, a great new contest!

Feb 07, 2012
TDT - Episode 242 - Best of 2007 (Five Years ago)
01:25:43

In this show, Ryan takes a look at complexity and games, while we review Evo, Poseidon's Kingdom, and Flash Point.  We answer a ton of listener questions, and end the show with our top ten games from five years ago - 2007.

Jan 31, 2012
TDT - Episode 241 - Nolstagia and Games
01:15:13

In this show, we kick off our annual fund raiser, with our cool new Dice Towers, and Geoff talks about pain and games.  The Chief delves into Kickstarter, Andrew talks about a Few Acres of Snow, and Tom and Eric talk about 21 games in 21 minutes.  We give the latest news, and talk about nolstagic games that weren't quite as good as we remembered.

Jan 24, 2012
Episode # 240 - Best of 2011, part 2
01:37:49

We continue our best of 2011 show, still joined by an army of contributors!  In this half, we talk about our favorite expansions of 2011, as well as the best reprint, most innovative game, best family game, strangest game, biggest brainburner, and more!  Finally, though, we come to the BEST games of the year - including our top ten games of 2011.

Jan 17, 2012
Episode # 239 - Best of 2011, part 1
01:55:56

In this episode, we are joined by a ton of contributors as we take a look back over the year of 2011.  In this first half, we talk about the best card, war, and party game.  We discuss our most surprising game, as well as the most dissappointing.  We talk about he best components and artwork, as well as the worst games of the year.  And we talk about the year as a whole, including the top ten news stories of 2011.

Jan 10, 2012
Episode # 238 - Games out of our Comfort Zone
01:21:55

In this show, Ryan muses about artists and games, and Tom groans about times he says "Oops".  We talk about recently played games, and interview Christof Tisch  about German culture and games.  Finally, we talk about our top ten games that are out of our personal comfort zones.  Oh, and listen to the very end, after the outro.

Dec 20, 2011
Episode # 237 - Addicting Games
01:16:41

In this episode, Geoff talks about Power Creep, while Moritz reviews Shadow Era.  We talk about some Turkeys and Kangaroos (games that have changed in our rankings) and player stereotypes.  We discuss Souvlaki wars, Coercio, Flash Duel, Kill Shot, On the Underground, and Canal Mania.  Finally, we end the show with a discussion on addictive games and how we broke (or didn't!) the addiction.

Dec 13, 2011
Episode # 236 - Top Ten Fantasy Games
01:36:12

In this episode, we are joined by Russ Wakelin from the D6 Generation podcast.  We answer a few questions, talk about the complexity of modern games, and then delve into our top ten fantasy games.

Dec 06, 2011
Episode # 235 - Paper and Pencil Games
01:01:48

In this episode, the Chief talks about some new Kickstarter projects, while Andrew Miller asks if playing World War 2 games is immoral.  Geoff and Greg pop in with segments, Steve reviews Sentinels of the Multiverse, and we talk about our favorite paper and pencil games.

Nov 29, 2011
Episode # 234 - Our Top Ten Dexterity Games
01:33:35

Episode 234 is uploaded for your listening pleasure!


In this show, we talk about some new games - with Steve and Richard
discussing King of Tokyo.  We finish off our large list of user
questions, and then go into our favorite dexterity games.  Plus, a
rant!

Nov 22, 2011
Episode #233: A Deck of Cards
01:05:59

In this episode, Moritz talks about the iPad, and Tom rants about know it alls. We talk about Star Trek Fleet Captains, Legend of Drizzt, and other new games. We end the show talking about our favorite games to play with a deck of cards.

Nov 17, 2011
Episode #232: Top 10 Historical Games
01:35:10

In this episode, we are joined by Rich Sommer from the AMC show Mad Men. He talks about his new board game TV gig, and helps us answer our many questions. We get a report from Essen, and close the show with our top ten historical games.

Nov 14, 2011
Episode #30: Top 10 Games from 2005
01:22:56

In this episode, originally posted December 21, 2005, we take a break from our normal routine. Instead of our normal lineup, we simply discuss our top ten games from 2005. Rick Thornquist, Ted Cheatham, Gary Christiansen, Greg Schloesser, Walt O’Hara, and David Seddon are all contributors - telling us their top ten games from 2005 also.

Nov 13, 2011
Episode #231: Favorite Gaming Websites
01:47:40

In this show, we hear information from all of our contributors from all over the world, including the return of Dexter! We take a look at several games, including an indepth review of Risk: Legacy. Eric recounts his experiences at Extra Life, and we conclude the show with our favorite gaming websites.

Nov 04, 2011
Episode #230: Top 10 Horror Themed Games
01:31:41

In this episode, Tom and Eric are joined by Quinton and Paul from the Shut up & Sit Down video show. We answer quite a few questions, and then delve into our top ten horror themed games. Mwa ha ha ha!

Oct 24, 2011
Episode #29A: Stronghold Games Announcement
11:29

A special announcement from Stronghold Games.

Oct 21, 2011
Episode #229: Recent Games and Kickstarter
01:07:52

In this episode, we ask the question - what is the true gaming capitol of the world. We mention some recent games, including Discworld, and Geoff takes us on a Wild West showdown. Andrew wonders about detective games, and the Chief talks more about Kickstarter.

Oct 19, 2011
Episode #29: Top 10 Double Date Games
01:16:53

This episode, originally posted November 2005, contains our hot game of the month - Deflexion (now Khet). We review Axis and Allies Pacific, and talk about our top ten "double date" games.

Oct 19, 2011
Episode #228: Top 10 Collectible Games
01:31:47

In this episode, Moritz takes a vacation in Greece, and we talk about several new games, including Killer Bunnies and Hibernia. We answer a ton of listener questions, and conclude with our top ten collectible games.

Oct 11, 2011
Episode #227: Themes that can make or break a game
01:10:01

In this show, we talk about Belfort, King of Tokyo, Clippers, and Eaten by Zombies. Mark talks about taking kids to conventions, and Geoff discusses gamers helping real world problems. We go over news, and talk about themes that can make or break a game for us.

Oct 04, 2011
Episode #28: Top 10 Surprise Attack Games
01:14:26

Originally posted December 2005, this show features Joe and Tom talking about their top Pacific Theater games, and their top ten Surprise Attack Games.

Oct 04, 2011
Episode #226: Top 10 Games from Rob Daviau and Craig Van Ness
01:20:54

In this show, Tom and Eric answer a pile of user questions and talk about some recent games such as Space Maze and Back to the Future, the card game. Father Geek talks about memorization, Greg about the Great Escape, and we all give our top ten games from Rob Daviau and Craig Van Ness.

Sep 29, 2011
Episode #27: Best Games of 2001
01:19:07

In this show, originally posted November 2005, Joe and Tom review Hive and Apples to Apples, as well as look at the best games from 2001.

Sep 29, 2011
Episode #225: Profound Influences
01:09:45

In this show, we talk about games that have had a profound influence on us, while Geoff takes a look at chaos theory. We talk about some recently played games, including Werewolf, Martian Dice, Tic Tac Boom, and Node; and review the Kobold Guide to Board Game Design. Andrew Miller questions why we game, and we take a look at some of the latest board game news.

Sep 21, 2011
Episode #224: Top 10 Games for Six Players
58:40

In this episode we take a look at Elder Signs, Coyote, Castle Dash, and Adventurers: Pyramid of Horus. We learn some more about geek skills, game conventions, and answers to questions. Finally, we end the show with our top ten games for six players.

Sep 14, 2011
Episode #223: Kids at Conventions
01:37:49

In this episode, Tom interviews Wizkids, the Chief talks about Kickstarter, and Ryan hates on El Grande. Tom gives a full review of Star Trek: Fleet Captains, he and Eric talk about recently played games, and we talk about what age children should be at conventions.

Sep 06, 2011
Episode #222: Martin Wallace Games
01:44:07

In this episode, we visit yet another gaming store and answer a ton of user questions. We go over several new games, including Rune Age, and end the show with our favorite (and worst!) Martin Wallace games.

Sep 01, 2011
Episode #221: Wishing for Expansions
01:09:00

In this episode, Chief continues looking at how to start up a game group, and Jim looks at Core Worlds. Moritz talks about games with Paranoia, and Geoff talks about the importance of choice. Greg discusses the IGA awards, Tom and Eric take a look at several new board games, and we all wish for expansions.

Aug 23, 2011
Episode #220: GenCon 2011
01:34:42

In this episode, we take a look at GenCon, the largest gaming convention in America, for 2011. Tom mentions 30 games that listeners should check out, Geoff and Ryan weigh in, and Eric talks about his top ten experiences of the convention.

Aug 16, 2011
Episode #219: 2010 Dice Tower Awards
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In this episode, Tom and Eric are joined by a plethora of others to announce the Dice Tower Awards, talking about the best games of 2010.

Aug 10, 2011
Episode #218: The Perfect Game Room
01:07:03

In this episode, we answer a pile of questions from listeners, and talk about our ideas for the perfect game room.

Aug 01, 2011
Episode #217: The Perfect Location for a Game Store
01:15:40

In this episode, we continue our current contest, Geoff takes a look at polyhedral dice, and Moritz gets LOUD about games! We discuss 17 new games in 20 minutes, or so. We also talk about our games we are interested at seeing at GenCon, and talk about the perfect location for a game store.

Jul 25, 2011
Episode #216: Top 10 Games from Asmodee Editions
01:07:22

In this episode, we answer a ton of user questions, continue our contest, and learn about silent games from Moritz. We end the episode with our top ten games from Asmodee Editions.

Jul 18, 2011
Episode #215: Should you force your kids to game?
01:41:45

In this episode, Geoff talks about fuzzy logic, and Eric talks once more about dice. We spend time going over Origins, talking about the events and the future of the convention. Finally, we discuss the question - should you force your kids to game?

Jul 13, 2011
Episode #214: Top 10 Bruno Faidutti Games
01:05:26

In this show, we answer a pile of questions and talk about our top ten Bruno Faidutti Games.

Jul 07, 2011
Episode #213: Getting ready for Origins 2011
01:15:28

In this episode, we talk about Origins 2011, and tell you things to look forward to! We talk about folks going for the first time - things to see, things to avoid, and tips everyone should take note of.

Jun 14, 2011
Episode #212: Top ten story-telling games
59:19

In this episode, Moritz enters the Mansions from Madness, and Ryan finds another game show he hates. We answer a pile of questions, and give our top ten story-telling games - whatever that means.

Jun 07, 2011
Episode #211: Ideal Qualities in a Gaming Opponent
01:03:04

In this episode, Steve makes himself a target, the Chief talks about starting a game group, and Geoff and Ryan interview the designer of Code 777 and Confusion. We react to the German game of the year nominations, we pit a pair of cooperative games against each other, and we talk about our ideal qualities in a gaming opponent.

May 30, 2011
Episode #210: Top 10 Requirements for a Friendly Local Game Store
01:22:26

In this episode, we have Ryan Sturm and Geoff Englestein from the Ludology podcast and answer several questions. Tom talks about his local game store, and we give our top ten list of things necessary for a friendly local gaming store.

May 23, 2011
Episode #209: Games that are terribly misthemed
01:25:47

In this episode, we discuss new games: Magestorm, Barons, Dominion: Cornucopia, and Confusion. Ryan discuss decisions, Moritz talks about speed in games, and we go on the road with Greg once again. Geoff and Mark make appearances, Tom talks about "the collapse of the game industry", and we all discuss games that are terribly misthemed.

May 17, 2011
Episode #208: Top 10 Reprints of All-Time
01:13:41

In this show, we have Mike from the Little Metal Dog Podcast on our show. We talk about his show, answer a pile of questions, and finish up with our top ten reprints of all time.

May 09, 2011
Episode #207: Best Games for 2010
01:15:13

In this episode, Ryan, Tom, and Eric agree on something; and Geoff talks about choices. We all discuss how to get a game played no one else in your group seems to like, and introduce the Dice Tower Gaming Awards Hall of Fame, as well as our nominations for best games for 2010.

May 02, 2011
Episode #206: Top 10 Card Games of All-Time
47:18

In this episode, Tom and Eric answer a bunch of questions, Geoff and Father Geek educate us on board games, and we talk about our top ten card games of all time.

Apr 26, 2011
Episode #205: How to deal with annoying gamers
01:00:06

In this episode, we visit a game store and give you an opinion, Tom reviews a pile of games, and we discuss how to deal with annoying gamers.

Apr 18, 2011
Episode #204: Memory Lane: Best Games of 1996
01:29:37

In this show, we are joined by Mark Jackson, who takes us on a trip down memory lane as we go back 15 years ago to discuss the best games of 1996. We also answer a pile of questions from our listeners.

Apr 11, 2011
Episode #203: Favorite Real-Time Games
01:14:33

In this episode, Steve Avery and Eric give us a run down of Conn Con. Eric concludes with a brief rundown of several mini game reviews, and we both talk about some recently played games. Tom muses on collectible card games, Geoff invents a new concept, and we discuss some new gaming news. Finally, we discuss our favorite real-time games.

Apr 01, 2011
Episode #202: Top 10 Games from 2001 (ten years ago)
01:28:29

In this episode, Dexter and the Chief give a review, and once again we tear through a pile of questions. The big part of the episode, we spend looking at our top ten games from 2001 - ten years ago. We are joined by Stephen and Dave from the Spiel podcast!

Mar 25, 2011
Episode #201: Catch-up with former hosts and rules we've gotten wrong
01:42:19

In this show, former co-hosts Joe Steadman and Sam Healey join us for a short update on what they are doing. Brad and Eric do a review of Rolling Freight, and Ryan trashes Power Grid. We talk about some recent headlines, and all come clean about rules that we've gotten wrong.

Mar 15, 2011
Episode #200: TotalCon and Favorite Games
01:10:21

In this episode - we talk about TotalCon, a board game convention in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Tom and Eric play some of each other's favorite games, and try out several new games - as well as play in and run tournaments. Come listen to our experiences!

Mar 07, 2011
Episode #199: Top 10 Games from Five Years Ago
01:17:36

In this episode we answer a pile of questions, and Ryan talks about his feelings for Pillars of the Earth. The main part of our show is our top ten games from five years ago - 2006. For this episode, we are joined by special guests Cody Jones and John Richard from the podcast Game On with Cody and John! Chaos ensues.

Feb 22, 2011
Episode #198: Most looked forward to game of 2011
01:16:24

In this episode, GameTek talks about Shogi, Dexter and the Chief take a look at Yomi, and we introduce the Voice of Ameritrash 2.0! Mary helps us with the news, Moritz discusses Grey Giant Games, and Fathergeek wonders if you should let you child win games. We take a look at some new games, including Thunderstone: Dragonspire and Cargo Noir, and talk about our most looked forward to game of 2011.

Feb 16, 2011
Episode #197: Top 10 LONG Games
01:23:01

Welcome to the Geoff Englestein version of the Dice Tower! We have Gametech, we have a top ten from Geoff, and we have a blurb from Ryan and Geoff on game evolution. We answer user questions, talk about some recent games, and talk about our top ten LONG games.

Feb 06, 2011
Episode #196: New games, iPod games, and more!
01:11:51

In this episode, we talk about the upcoming year 2011, start a new contest for Yomi and Puzzle Strike, and discuss several new games. Dexter and the Chief talk about SWAT, Eric Herman goes over some iPod Games, Eric reviews Pirate Fluxx, and Tom reviews Merchants and Marauders. Also included in the episode: Character types, gaming news, a discussion about local game stores, Summary Judgement, and Fathergeek. Check out this action packed episode!!

Jan 24, 2011
Episode #195: 2010 In Review, part 2
57:32

In this show, the second half of our look back at 2010, we talk about games that may have been missed by other players. We also talk about the worst game of the year, and then give our list of the top ten games published in 2010!

Jan 14, 2011
Episode #194: 2010 In Review, part 1
01:44:13

In this episode, part 1 of our review of 2010, all of us weigh in with our thoughts on the year 2010 and the gaming scene. We also talk about our biggest surprise of the year and our biggest disappointment. We announce the games with best components and best artwork, as well as the strangest and most innovative game. We also mention our best family, children's, party, and war game of 2010.

Jan 07, 2011
Episode #193: Top 10 sports games of all time
01:15:21

In this show, we answer several user questions, and Geoff and Ryan both show up with their regular segments. Summary Judgement takes a look at Zombie Survival, and we talk about out top ten sports games of all time.

Dec 27, 2010
Episode #192: Good games for people with disability
01:17:31

In this show, Moritz concludes his series on game companies, and Giles makes his return. Fathergeek talksabout taking turns, Dexter and the Chief discuss the 10 Days series, and Tom reviews Yomi. We talk about a pile of recently played games, and discuss games good for those with disabilities.

Dec 20, 2010
Episode #191: Top 10 games with exciting endings
01:10:41

We discuss several new games this episode, including Escape from Aliens in Outer Space, S. Jorge Trophy, Totemo, Pirate vs. Pirate, Rattus, Glide Tabletop Shuffleboard, Dive Diver Die!, and Princes of Machu Picchu. We also introduce a new segment, answer user questions, and talk about top ten games with exciting endings.

Dec 14, 2010
Episode #190: Great games with poor packaging
01:03:41

In this show, we talk about great games with poor packaging. We discuss several new games, including 51st State. We cover some game news, Geoff shows us real world skills, and we introduce a brand new segment!

Dec 04, 2010
Episode #26 Remix: Collectible and Miniature Games
01:18:45

In this episode, originally aired Nov. 16, 2005. Tom and Joe give two different top ten lists - one for collectible card games, and one for miniature games.

Nov 26, 2010
Episode #25 Remix: Definitive list of 33 board game categories
01:21:53

In this episode, originally posted November 9th, 2005, Joe and Tom give their definitive list of 33 board game categories. We also argue some more about Memoir '44.

Nov 22, 2010
Episode #189: Top 10 board games we play with our wives
01:07:43

In this episode, we meet Chief's wife, and go over our top ten board games that we play with our wives. Tom previews several new games, and we answer a few interesting questions.

Nov 14, 2010
Episode #188: Board Games Ported to Electronic Gizmos
01:00:51

In this episode, Tom and Eric review 10 games in 8 minutes, talk about the Secret Santa, and talk about the elections - in a fashion. Moritz gives the history of Games Workshop, Ryan talks about a horrible mistake, and Geoff covers intransitive dice. Finally, we give our opinions of board games ported to electronic gizmos.

Nov 09, 2010
Episode #187: Top 10 Two-Player Games
01:09:02

In this episode, we talk about several new games that we've been playing, and Ryan tells us something else he's been learning from gaming. We answer a pile of questions, go back to the vault to look at Web of Power, and discuss our top ten two-player games.

Nov 02, 2010
Episode #186: Wishlist for Essen 2010
01:11:31

In this episode, Moritz asks if you've heard of Yaquinto games, Brad offers a solution to three player Age of Steam games, and Geoff discusses the design of word games in a new interview. We also compare Uruk and Innovation, review Toscana, and discuss our wishlist of games from Essen '10.

Oct 24, 2010
Episode #23: Top 10 Abstract Games
01:21:41

In this episode, originally recorded November 9th, 2005, Tom and Joe Steadman compare and contrast Lowenhertz and Domaine. They also discuss using games in classrooms and what determines a simulation. Finally, they end the show with their top ten abstract games.

Oct 20, 2010
Episode #185: Top 10 games that can be taught and played simultaneously
01:06:04

In this episode, Tom and Eric talk about recently played games - including Dominant Species. We answer a pile of questions, and talk about our "turkeys" and "kangaroo games" - games that have changed in the rating. Finally, we end with out top ten games that can be taught to others while playing them.

Oct 11, 2010
Episode #184: Dice Tower Secret Santa 2010
01:14:11

In this show, Tom and Eric introduce the Dice Tower Secret Santa 2010! Geoff makes Tic Tac Toe interesting, Moritz talks about TimJim games, and Ryan and Tom go head to head. Finally, we talk about how to deal with slow players.

Oct 02, 2010
Episode #183: Top 10 Z-Man Games
55:11

In this show, Chief and Dexter take a look at the game Saboteur. Tom and Eric discuss some gaming news, we continue our contest, and we answer a few listener questions. Finally, we talk about our top ten Z-man Games.

Sep 26, 2010
Episode #182: What game do you most regret buying?
01:11:26

In this episode, we hear about D-Day Dice and go back in time to look at Thurn and Taxis. We answer the question "What game do you most regret buying?", and Trevor talks about family games. Ryan gives us some good values we get from gaming, and Geoff discusses entanglement. We also compare and contrast Heroes of Graxia and Thunderstone.

Sep 17, 2010
Episode #181: Top 10 Games From Designer Collaborations
01:00:36

In this episode, Dexter and the Chief talk about Kingsburg and Tom and Eric review Samarkand from Queen Games. We answer a ton of listener questions, and end the show with our top ten games from designer collaborations.

Sep 11, 2010
Episode #180: Movies into Board Games
57:11

In this episode, we start a new contest, talk about what movies should be made into games, and mention several recently played games - such as Lords of Vegas. Moritz talks about Hexagames, Geoff covers regret, and Ryan aspires to the road not taken. We also do a review of Railways of the World: the card game.

Sep 06, 2010
Episode #179: Dice Tower Awards: 2009
01:14:36

In this episode, we announce our Dice Tower Awards for the best boardgames of 2009. We discuss the best expansion, best artwork, best production, best new designer, best game from a small publisher, most innovative game, best party game, best war game, and finally - the best game of the year.

Aug 29, 2010
Episode #23: Top Games from 2002
01:16:56

In this episode, originally posted November 2, 2005, Joe Steadman and Tom Vasel talk about our contest for Memoir '44 and expansions, and have an audio blog about the Essen fair from a guest reporter. We review Runebound and Combat Soldiers: Battle of the Bulge, and answer a few user and random questions. We mention our websites of the month, and talk about recently played games. Finally, we top the episode off with our top ten board games from 2002.

Aug 29, 2010
Episode #178: Top Hot Games from GenCon 2010
01:12:22

In this episode we spend a bit of time talking about Gen Con 2010, and some of the strengths and weaknesses of the convention. Geoff talks about one of the most famous math problems and how it relates to games, and Dexxter and the Chief recount a recently played game. Finally, Tom talks about his top "hot" games from GenCon 2010.

Aug 14, 2010
Episode #177: Top 10 lifetime gaming experiences
01:02:51

In this show, we talk about several games - Campaign Manager 2008, Mad Zeppelin, Triplica, and Telestrations. We also talk about our top ten game experiences from our lifetimes.

Jul 29, 2010
Episode #176: New Format
01:01:59

Starting with this episode, the Dice Tower moves to a weekly format! Tom and Eric talk about several new games - including Dominon: Alchemy, Hagoth: Builder of Ships, and Asteroyds. We talk about news, preview some expansions, and review Armorica.

Jul 22, 2010
Episode #175: Origins 2010
01:49:38

In this special Origins 2010 Episode, we check out the latest releases from Eagle, Queen, Jolly Roger, AEG and Z-Man, as well as some small-press surprises. Plus, Eric tries Descent for the first time, Mark gets stuck in a marathon kids game session, and we sit down with Rio Grande Games to talk about the future of Dominion and Race for the Galaxy.

Jul 07, 2010
Episode #0: Updated Introduction & Top 15 Games a New Gamer Should Buy
01:54:25

This is a special (updated!) edition of the Dice Tower, in which we introduce ourselves, our contributors, and talk about different aspects of the show. We also give you ten games every gamer should own.

Jun 26, 2010
Episode #174: Top 10 Pick-up and Delivery Games
01:55:26

Dexter and the Chief explore Ubongo, Moritz talks about the history of SPI, and Geoff interviews the artist for his upcoming game. We finish off our recent contests, and compare Castle Panic to Forbidden Island. Our feature of this show is our top ten pick-up and delivery games.

Jun 14, 2010
Episode #173: Top 10 Bang for the Buck Games
01:42:26

In this show, we give a couple of character stereotypes, talk about the future of game publishing, and the horror of moving games. The Dice Tower gang give info and tips for Origins 2010, and Geoff eulogizes Marvin Gardner. Erik talks about D6 shooters, Giles about Traders of Carthage, and we finish up the show with our top ten games that give 'bang for the buck'.

May 28, 2010
Episode #172: Top 10 Word Games
01:40:36

In this show, we talk about why Eric logs his game plays, why Scrabble is annoying, and why old games can be great. Dexter and the Chief talk about Cartagena, Eric talks about Entdecker, and Tom talks abou You're Bluffing! Moritz talks about the history of Avalon Hill, and we end the show with our top ten Word games. We have a new contest - to enter, fill out the survey at http://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEhJbTFLYWpQSm01LTcybm9UdDh0V3c6MQ

May 16, 2010
Episode #171: Top 10 Board Game Companies
01:44:51

In this episode, Tom and Eric talk about Vasco da Gama and the "Cult of the New". Tom reveals where he is relocating, we start a new contest for an interesting new game, and we talk about some of the latest gaming news. Brad talks about Winsome reprints, Mortiz talks about 3M, and Mark talks about gaming magazines. Finally, we end the show talking about what we like about game companies, and what are our top ten board game companies?

May 04, 2010
Episode #170: Top 10 Replacement Games
01:43:49

In this show, we take some time talking about the top ten games that have replaced other games in our collections. Dexter and the Chief talk about Take it Easy, Brad goes over Age of Steam, Tom reviews 10 games in 9 minutes (or something like that), and Moritz talks about the evolution of Lord of the Rings. We review Wits and Wagers: Family, do Conventional wisdom, and talk about some recently played games - including our never ending online game of Stone Age.

Apr 22, 2010
Episode #169: Top 10 Stress-Inducing Board Games
01:55:11

In this episode, Eric reviews a pile of games, Moritz discusses Mozart and games, and Geoff defends High Society. Dexter and the Chief go over Long Shot, Tom rants against publishers' lack of respect for dads, and Adam gives us some Dominion variants. Ryan gives more instructions on how to properly teach a game, and Eric talks about Ra: the Dice Game. Finally, we give our top ten stress-inducing board games, along with guest Charley Eastman.

Apr 07, 2010
Episode #168: A Look Back: Best Games from 1995
01:40:41

In this episode, Geoff talks about the worries of publishing a new game, we have several reviews from contributors, and we continue our Summoner Wars contest. Dexter and the Chief make an appearance, and Tom talks about 17 games in 17 minutes (or less). Finally, we end the show with a look back fifteen years ago - what are the best games from 1995?

Mar 22, 2010
Episode #167: A Look Back: Top 10 Games From 2000
01:30:36

In this episode, we talk about the best games from 2000 - a decade ago! Our contributors talk about the game you would have "to pry form our cold, dead hands", Geoff talks about rulebooks, and Brad mentions a new Martin Wallace game! We talk about our online throwdown, and Tom reviews Mystery Express.

Mar 09, 2010
Episode #166: A Look Back: Top 10 Games From 2005
01:17:26

In this show, Geoff talks about rules writing, and Adam tells us a Wits and Wagers variant. We do more player categories, talk about some recently played games, and go over the latest gaming news. The whole gang gets together, and takes a look back five years ago - at the top ten games from 2005!

Feb 20, 2010
Episode #165: Top 10 Ways to Play Games Online
01:16:10

In this show, Geoff plays games with robots, Adam changes the rules to Risk, and we check in with Dexter and the Chief. We debut a new convention segment, explore the exciting world of dungeon bureaucracy with Dungeon Lords, and present our top ten ways to play games online.

Feb 10, 2010
Episode #164 (Part 2): Best of 2009
56:35

This is the second part of two in which Tom and Eric talk about the best games of 2009. This show is simply our top ten games. Joining us is our regular cast of contributors, including Joe Steadman, Sam Healey, Giles Pritchard, Mary Prasad, Moritz Eggert, Erik Herman, Mark Zielinski, and Melody Vasel. We also have guest contributors such as the D6 Generation, the Spiel, On Board Games, Game On!, Myriad Games, and Garrett's Games and Geekiness Podcasts. Lots of opinions on 2009 - and whether or not it was a great year of gaming.

Jan 15, 2010
Episode #164 (Part 1): Best of 2009
01:41:45

In this show, the first part of two, Tom and Eric talk about the best and worst games of 2009. They discuss the worst game, biggest disappointment, biggest surprise, best expansion, best war game, best artwork, coolest components, best party game, and more! Joining us is our regular cast of contributors, including Joe Steadman, Sam Healey, Giles Pritchard, Moritz Eggert, Mary Prasad, Erik Herman, Mark Zielinski, and Melody Vasel. We also have guest contributors such as the D6 Generation, the Spiel, On Board Games, Game On!, Myriad Games, and Garrett's Games and Geekiness Podcasts. Lots of opinions on 2009 - and whether or not it was a great year of gaming.

Jan 15, 2010
Episode #163: Top Ten Most Unique Games
01:36:31

In this show, the gang talks about the strangest games they ever played, Geoff talks about giving, and Mark talks about Christmas. We discuss recently played games - Thunderstone, the Adventurers, Castle Panic, the Ares Project, Summoner Wars, and World without End. Giles talks about a game convention, we take a look back at Lord of the Rings, and we give our top ten most unique games.

Jan 02, 2010
Episode #162: Top Fantasy Flight Games
01:29:01

In this show we talk about the games we want to get for Christmas. We finish up our contest and review Knights of the Realm. Geoff talks about gaming tables, and Moritz reviews a wargame. Finally, we end the show with our top ten Fantasy Flight games.

Dec 18, 2009
Episode #161: Top Games That Should Be Reprinted
01:14:26

In this episode, we talk about the future of the Dice Tower, review El Grande, and compare Shadows over Camelot to Battlestar Galactica. We discuss games played over the Thanksgiving holidays, and give our list of games that should be reprinted.

Dec 04, 2009
Episode #160: Top 10 Wolfgang Kramer Games
01:06:47

In this show, we talk about what games are good to bring a young gamer into heavier strategy games, and discuss recently played games. We start a new contest, discuss Metro, and discuss our top ten Wolfgang Kramer games.

Nov 25, 2009
Episode #159: Top 10 Gimmicks in Board Games
01:34:50

In this show, Tom answers some questions about the game fair in Essen, and talks about some of the new games he picked up there. Sturm and Geoff talk about game rules, and Moritz ambushes the listeners. Joe and Mark talk about their ASL conference, Sam reviews some new games, and we end the show talking about our top ten gimmicks in board games.

Nov 10, 2009
Episode #158: Top 10 Party Games
01:21:51

In this episode, Geoff crunches some numbers, Eric and Tom talk about some recently played (or NOT played) games, and Giles goes head to head with Tom about Doom and Descent. We preview a couple of games, and take a look at an older game - Lost Cities. We discuss how much money the show makes us (hint - not much), and end the show with our top ten party games!

Oct 16, 2009
Episode #157: Top 10 Deduction Games
01:16:01

In this episode, Sam Healey reviews Revolution; and Tom and Eric review Railways of the World and 2 De Mayos. We have a showdown between Acquire and Union Pacific, and discuss recently played games. We talk about deduction games, with input from several contributors - ending the show with our top ten deduction games.

Oct 02, 2009
Episode #156: Top 10 Enemies of Gaming
01:24:26

In this show, the Englesteins talk some more about their game design process, Moritz discusses solitaire gaming, and Giles and Mark show up with gaming goodness. We start a new question segment, talk about Arimaa, both the game and book, and discuss Attika. Brad concludes his interview, and we announce the top ten enemies of gaming!

Sep 18, 2009
Episode #155: Top 10 Filler Games
01:04:16

In this show, Tom and Eric discuss some recently played games, and Tom talks about Middle Earth Quest. Geoff gets random, Joe goes to war with his wife, Sam checks in from California, and Brad talks about WBC. Snow Tails and Formula D go in for a grudge match, and we dig into the vault - talking about Amun Re. We continue our contest for Gryphon games, and end the show with our top ten "Filler" games!

Sep 04, 2009
Episode #154: Top 10 Parker Brothers Games
01:06:21

In this episode, Eric Summerer joins us as the new co-host of the Dice Tower. Mary, Brad, and Mark talk about Origins 2009, and we start a great new contest from Gryphon Games. Geoff and his son start a series about a game they are getting published, and we talk about some exciting new game news. The podcast finishes with Eric and Tom talking about their top ten Parker Brother games.

Aug 21, 2009
Episode #153: The Dice Tower Awards 2008
01:16:26

In this show, the Dice Tower gang, along with friends, announce the winner of the Dice Tower Gaming Awards, for the best games from 2008. We announce the most innovative game, best game from a new designer, best art/design in a game, best small publisher game, best family game, best reprint, best expansion, and Game of the Year!

Aug 06, 2009
Episode #152: Best From Origins 2009
01:13:58

In this episode, Tom and Ben discuss several recently played games, including Funny Business, Triviathon, Cartagena 2, Dice Town, Twilight Struggle, Frontiers, and Bonobo Beach. We also talk about the best games and gaming experiences from Origins 2009.

Jul 21, 2009
Episode #151: Top 10 Train Games
01:12:31

In this show, Ben Forgard joins Tom and they talk about some recent games, such as Timber Tom, Dominion, and Tales of Arabian Knights. Algo talks about Mechanicsburgo, Brad talks about Age of Steam, Steve talks about Monsters Ravage America, and Mark talks about playing games with children. We start a new contest, talk about gaming awards, and Geoff finishes up the show with his top ten train games.

Jul 10, 2009
Episode #150: Sam's Top 10 Games of All Time
01:11:52

In this show, we say goodbye to Sam Healey, cohost of the show for 100 episodes! Geoff interviews a designer of the world's largest dice tower, Moritz sings a song, and Sam talks about his top ten games of all time.

Jun 28, 2009
Special Episode: Origins 2009
56:26

This is a special preview for Origins Game Fair 2009. Mark discusses taking your kids to Origins; Tom asks some questions about Puffing Billy, and Mary and Brad give some good tips for newcomers. Want to know what's going on, and what to see and do? Check out this episode!

Jun 17, 2009
Episode #149: Cooperative Games
01:13:56

In this show, Giles raves about Red November, Moritz explains a game you've likely never heard of, and Mark talks about Warhammer Quest. Tom and Sam then spend the rest of the show talking about cooperative games - listing the major ones, and explaining why they are cooperative, and what makes them bad/good. We also answer a few questions near the end.

Jun 09, 2009
Episode #22: Top 10 Auction Games
01:14:51

In this episode, originally aired October 26, 2005, we ended one contest, and announce a new contest for Memoir '44 and all its expansions!. We review Beowulf and Formula De, and answer several user and random questions. Finally, we top the episode off with my top ten auction games, and Joe's top ten card driven war games.

Jun 02, 2009
Episode #148: Top 10 Multiplayer Conflict Games
01:12:35

In this episode, Jim Reed talks about the usefulness of reviews, while Geoff talks about stats and train games. We review several games, including Galaxy's Edge, and talk about some game news - with Giles previewing Middle Earth Quest. Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten multiplayer conflict games.

May 22, 2009
Episode #147: Top 10 Adventure Games
01:13:01

In this show, Tom and Sam give the results of their Cutthroat Caverns contest, and discuss using www.artscow.com to make custom game parts. Geoff talks about Chess ranking, while Giles muses on how adventure works with board games. We discuss various board game awards, and give our top ten adventure games.

May 08, 2009
Episode #146: Top 10 Games from 1994
01:13:03

In this episode, we continue our contest for Cutthroat Caverns and expansions, and talk about Sam leaving the show. We discuss some upcoming expansions, and Geoff tells us how winning makes us lose. Moritz says goodbye to Dave Arneson, Giles talks about Australian game expos, and Mark discusses war game expansions. We discuss Tom's top ten games from 1994 - and end the show with an interview with Kimberly Maita about board game cruises.

Apr 27, 2009
Episode #145: Top 10 Games from Ten Years Ago
01:14:51

In this episode, Geoff tells us how to manipulate negotiations in games, and Moritz gives some suprising game news. Tom and Sam talk about some game news, their current gaming trends, and ideas for drafting in games. Finally, we end the show with our top ten games from ten years ago - in 1999.

Apr 09, 2009
Episode #144: Top 10 Games from Five Years Ago
01:15:16

In this show, Jim Reed interviews Curt from Smirk and Dagger Games, discussing Cutthroat Caverns and more. Tom and Sam talk about news and answer questions - how many games should a gamer buy in a year? Finally, we give our top ten games from five years ago - 2004, and discuss 2004's effect on gaming.

Mar 24, 2009
Episode #143: Top 10 Push Your Luck Games
01:13:32

In this episode, Moritz wonders why not everyone enjoys cooperative games, and Giles talks about changing the components of Hive. Tom and Sam discuss Le Havre and Catan Geographies: Germany, and go over some news. Geoff, Tom, and Sam then discuss "pushing your luck" and how it's used in games - including the top ten Push Your Luck games.

Mar 16, 2009
Special Announcement
04:56

A special announcement from The Dice Tower.

Mar 08, 2009
Episode #142: New Contest and 19 Games in 19 Minutes
01:13:04

In this show, Tom and Sam talk about the best trading games, and Geoff talks about the mechanics of trading. We start a new contest to win Age of Steam, talk about some upcoming games and news. Moritz reviews the "living card game" from Fantasy Flight, and Mark reviews Red November. Finally, we review nineteen games in nineteen minutes!

Feb 21, 2009
Episode #141: Top 10 Spiel des Jahres Games
01:09:06

In this episode, Tom and Sam review Battlestar Galactica, while Geoff goes over evolution-themed games. Giles talks about a game expo in Australia, and Tom and Sam mention several recently played games. Finally, we talk about the Spiel des Jahres, talking about the game that SHOULD have won, and finishing with our top ten Spiel des Jahres games.

Feb 10, 2009
Episode #140: What to Expect in 2009, Part 3
01:21:21

This is the last in a three-parter in which Tom interviews several publishers about what to expect from their companies in 2009. In this segment, Tom talks with Gamewright Games, Z-Man Games, Treefrog, Valley Games, and Jolly Roger Games.

Jan 30, 2009
Episode #139: What to Expect in 2009, Part 2
01:12:01

This is the second of a three-parter in which Tom interviews several publishers about what to expect from their companies in 2009. In this segment, Tom talks with Mayfair Games, Asmodee Editions, Days of Wonder, Slugfest, and Tablestar Games.

Jan 26, 2009
Episode #138: What to Expect in 2009, Part 1
01:12:11

This is the first of a three-parter in which Tom interviews several publishers about what to expect from their companies in 2009. In this segment, Tom talks with FRED distribution, Gorilla Games, Rio Grande Games, Northstar Games, and Your Move Games.

Jan 21, 2009
Episode #21: Top 10 Party Games
01:15:26

In this classic episode, first posted in October 2005, review Walk the Dogs and Mag Blast, 2nd Edition. We answer a lot of questions, moan about a lack of good space games, and talk about games that we've played recently. Finally, we top the episode off with our top ten party games.

Jan 16, 2009
Episode #137: End of the Year Show, Part 2
01:16:23

In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about a their favorite gateway games, and have a look at 2008 as a whole. We talk about gaming events, while Eric reviews Monastary. We end the show with the top ten games of 2008. Thanks to guest contributors Moritz Eggert, Mark Haberman, Mark Zielinksi, Mary Prasad, Doug Cooley, Geoff Englestein and family, Rick Thornquist, Eric Summerer, and Eric Burgess.

Jan 01, 2009
Episode #136: End of the Year Show, Part 1
01:17:18

In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about a few games that they've played recently. This is part one of the big "end of the year" show, and we talk about our favorite Children's Game, strangest games, war games, innovative games, best expansions, worst games, biggest disappointments, best components, best party games, and biggest surprises. With guest contributors Moritz Eggert, Mark Haberman, Mark Zielinksi, Mary Prasad, Doug Cooley, Geoff Englestein and family, Rick Thornquist, Eric Summerer, and Eric Burgess.

Dec 29, 2008
Episode #135: Top 10 Games Good for 2-Players
01:16:56

In this episode, we review several games: War for Edadh, Comuni, B-29, and the China map for Power Grid. We read off the best entries for our Lookout contest, and start a new contest! Tom and Sam give their top ten multiplayer games that work well with two players. Finally, Mortiz ends the show with an interview with Derk and Aldie - founders of www.boardgamegeek.com.

Dec 09, 2008
Board Games in the Classroom Episode 2
18:59

This is the second episode in a series that Tom and Giles are doing on using board games in the classroom. This show won't be posted to the feed on a regular basis, this is merely here to give you a sample of the show. Email Tom or Giles for more information (http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php?page=contact_us).

Dec 05, 2008
Episode #134: Top 10 Trash-Talking Games
01:13:39

In this show, we talk about games that allow 'trash talking'. Giles discusses different ways to do it, and we give our top ten games that encourage it. Geoff talks about card shuffling, and Mark reviews Band of heroes. We discuss recent plays of several games, continue our contest, and answer several questions.

Nov 25, 2008
Episode #133: Top 10 Auction Games
01:11:31

In this show, Tom and Sam talk about some recent game releases, including Chicago Express, Snow Tails, and Dominion. Moritz talks about Star Trek and gaming, Geoff goes over rock/paper/scissors, and Charlie cautions people to wait and see. We resolve one contest, and start another, and finish off the episode with our top ten auction games.

Nov 10, 2008
Episode #132: Top 10 With 5 Players
01:10:30

In this show, we review Hero: Immortal King, talk about a ton of news items, and discuss recent games such as Fantasy Business and Infernal Contraption. Moritz talks about Star Wars, Stephen has a double find, and we answer a few questions. The top ten list this time is our top ten games that play best with five players.

Oct 26, 2008
Dice Tower Musings #8
29:02

Shorter than normal, this epsiode contains two twin interviews, one by Mark Zielinski, the other by Mary Prasad.

Oct 21, 2008
Episode #131: Top 10 Abstract Strategy Games
01:12:13

In this episode, Geoff discusses "solved" games, Charley talks about the top ten Fantasy Flight games that you need to buy NOW, and Mark discusses Warhammer 40K. Giles gets nostalgic, we start a new contest, and Sam reviews Fury of Dracula. We preview several games, and end the show with our top ten abstract strategy games.

Oct 14, 2008
Episode #130: Top 10 Ways to Upgrade Games
01:12:38

In this episode, we add a new contributor - Charley Eastman, who manages to play Shogun with a three year old. Geoff talks about triangular numbers, Mark compares Gencon to Origins, and Stephen finds a couple more good old games. Sam and Tom review Thebes, answer some questions, and discuss some recently played games. Finally, we end the show with our top ten ways to upgrade games.

Sep 27, 2008
Episode #129: Top 10 Turkeys
01:13:35

In this episode, Tom and Sam review 12 games, including Merlin's Company - an expansion to Shadows over Camelot. Moritz talks about popular culture and gaming, and Eric reviews Split! We discuss current news, and give a top ten list on "turkeys", games we like much less than when we first played them.

Sep 13, 2008
Dice Tower Musings #7
43:20

In this episode, Mark discusses his experiences at Gen Con, and Tom talks about how exactly the Dice Tower podcast is put together. More random musings may be found throughout.

Sep 09, 2008
Episode #128: Top 10 Favorite Games
01:12:11

In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about their top ten favorite games. We discuss award voting with Geoff, and end our contest for Say Anything.

Aug 30, 2008
Episode #20: Top 20 Games we Hate the Most
01:16:01

In this episode, originally aired October 15, 2005, we review David and Goliath and Pizza Box Football, and discuss Puerto Rico, Hellas, Pacru, and Barbarossa. Our top ten list this time is our top ten least favorite games. Or in other words, the ten games we hate the most.

Aug 28, 2008
Episode #127: Top 10 Conflict Systems
01:11:48

In this episode, we announce the winners of the Dice Tower Gaming Awards 2008, awarding the best games from 2007. Sam and Tom also give first impressions of Agricola, and mention their top ten conflict systems.

Aug 15, 2008
Dice Tower Musings #6
51:31

In this episode, I finish my review of Origins 2008. Rick Thornquist discusses some of his games there, and Mark Zielinski and myself talk about both our top ten experiences of the convention, and the top ten games we played there.

Aug 07, 2008
Episode #126: Top 10 Board Game Mechanics
01:10:56

In this show, we start a new contest for Say Anything! - trying to guess Sam's dream job. We also discuss several new games, including Galactic Emperor, Tribune, and Hanging Gardens, and Mike reviews Uptown. We discuss gaming news and answer several questions, and talk about out top ten board game mechanics.

Aug 05, 2008
Episode #19: Top 10 Games of 2003
01:18:37

In this episode, originally posted October 5, 2008, we talk about the IGA award winners for 2005. We have two new player categories, two turkeys (Battleball and Haunting House), and two websites of the month. We review Heroscape and Ace of Aces, and discuss our top ten games of 2003.

Jul 27, 2008
Episode #125: Top 10 Games From 2007
01:10:19

In this episode, we discuss Aquaretto and Times Up: Title Recall. Stephen talks about his latest finds at the thrift store, Moritz discusses Cloak and Dagger, Mark reviews Warriors of God, and Geoff talks about "group think". We review our top ten games from 2007, discuss some news items, and talk about the necessity of English versions of games.

Jul 19, 2008
Dice Tower Musings #5
01:07:59

In this episode, Tom discusses some of his thoughts on Origins 2008, specifically many of the exhibitors in the Hall. An interview with Reiner Knizia is also included.

Jul 16, 2008
Episode #124: Top 10 Games Under 30 Minutes
01:09:43

In this episode, Tom and Sam discuss Oregon, Galaxy Trucker, Stone Age, and Amyitus; as well as discuss several news items. Giles talks about an Australian game expo, Paul discusses theoretical war games, and Mary gives a recap of Origins 2008. Tom gives his top ten games that take less than thirty minutes to play, and we discuss ways to keep game plays from going overly long. We also rant about the Origins awards (again!) and answer a few questions.

Jul 09, 2008
Episode #18: Top 10 Board Game Mechanics
01:17:36

In this episode, originally aired September 28, 2005, we review Shear Panic and Liberty. We also discuss some more "gamer types", talk about our "Kangaroos": Linq and Colossal Arean, and talk about our top ten board game mechanics.

Jul 09, 2008
Episode #123: Top 10 Boring Games
01:10:16

In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about their top ten most boring games, and Moritz discusses the five nominees for the Spiel des Jahres 2008. Geoff talks about Armageddon Empires, and we mention a few news items. Finally, we finish with twenty-eight short reviews!

Jun 21, 2008
Dice Tower Musings #4
45:13

This episode is a preview of Origins 2008 for board gamers. Tom talks about some of the best things from Origins 2007, what a new gamer should not miss, and tips for having a great Origins.

Jun 18, 2008
Episode #122: Top 10 Games Allowing a Comeback
01:10:36

In this episode, Geoff discusses the differences between the Deck of Dice and rolling actual dice, and Mary explains about several flicking games. Mike and Mark show up with reviews, and Tom and Sam discuss some Evergreen games - Carcassonne and Fire and Axe. We discuss current gaming news, talk about some exciting stuff from Origins, and end the show with our top ten games in which you can make a comeback!

Jun 12, 2008
Episode #17: Top 10 Games for Three Players
01:09:01

In this episode, we talk about our top ten board games for three players. We also discuss tow new player categories, our games of the month (Dungeon Twister and ASLO), and talk about the value of components to a board game. We review Warriors and Panzerzug, and answer a pile of questions from our listeners.

Jun 11, 2008
Episode #121: Top 10 Games That Take an Hour or Less
01:09:21

In this episode, we discuss feedback for the show, and announce the winners for our Warriors of God contest! Giles talks about recent games played; Moritz discusses loud games, Snoop talks about thrift store adventures, and Paul talks about visiting real battlefields. We discuss Risk: Black Ops, and talk about our top ten games that take between thirty minutes and an hour.

The Dice Tower Episode 121
Top 10 games that take an hour or less

www.thedicetower.com question and comments to... www.thedicetower@gmail.com join the guild at... www.boardgamegeek.com

HOST: The celebrated masters of prestidigitation!!!
Tom Vasel
Samuel Healey

SHOW HOST:
Funagain Games
www.funagain.com

SHOW SPONSORS:
Your Move Games
www.yourmovegames.com

Moritz Eggert: Discussion on loud and silent gaming

Reviews/Discussions:
Risk: Black Ops
No Thanks!

Stephen Glenn (Snoop): Thrift store adventures!!!

CONTEST: (Tom and Sam discuss the survey results)

Warriors of God by Multi-Man Publishing
http://www.multimanpublishing.com/index1.php
BGG - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/23679 Congratulations to...........

Giles Pritchard: The Shed
- Rio Grande Games
Hanging Gardens
Aquaretto
Oregon

KANGAROOS AND TURKEYS:

Kangaroos:
Tom - Puerto Rico
Sam - Apples to Apples

Turkeys:
Tom - Filthy Rich
Sam - Settlers of Catan

Paul Glenn : Visiting real battlefields

Top 10 Games that play in an hour or less (30 to 60 minutes)
http://www.thedicetower.com/thedicetower/index.php?page=top_...

GAMING NEWS:

- Designer Michael Schacht's Website:
http://michaelschacht.net/

- Ticket to Ride come to Xbox Live Arcade
http://previews.teamxbox.com/xbox-360/1955/Ticket-to-Ride/p1...
(Tom's wrong X-box is much better than the Wii)

- Games for educators website:
http://gamesforeducators.com/

- Times up! New editions

- Troll and Toad buys $150,000.00 in games

- Happy Birthday Warhammer!!!

May 28, 2008
Dice Tower Musings #3
46:11

In this episode, Tom discusses running a tournament at school, and some of the recent games he's played. Also, he interviews the guys from Days of Wonder, talking about their games, their philosophies, and more!

May 20, 2008
Dice Tower Musings #2
39:20

In this episode, Tom takes everyone through the planning and execution of running a large gaming children's event, as well as an interview with the head of the Mensa Game Awards.

May 04, 2008
Episode #120: Top Ten Three-Player Games
01:29:34

In this show, Tom and Sam talk about upcoming Days of Wonder expansions and discuss the Origins Award Nominees. Geoff talks about Prospect theory, Mark teaches his kids with games, and Mary gives us some quick thoughts on new games. We talk about Dust, and start a new contest for the game Warriors of God. Finally, we talk about our top three-player games.

Apr 28, 2008
Episode #16: Top 10 Humorous Games