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The Dice Tower is an Internet podcast (a radio show you can download) about boardgames. Your hosts for the show are Tom Vasel, noted game reviewer, and Eric Summerer. In the show, Tom and Eric talk about boardgames, card games, wargames, miniatures, and the people who play them.

New to the Dice Tower? Then listen to: Episode 0: Introduction & Top 15 Games a New Gamer Should Buy

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DTD # 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...
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.

Jan 03, 2016
DTD # 437 - Best of 2015, part 1
02:29:07

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 24, 2015
DTD # 436 - Let it Go
01:12:53

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 18, 2015
DTD # 435 Top Ten AEG Games
01:25:25

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 09, 2015
DTD # 434 - Dealing with the Hype
01:14:27

In this show, we talk about  Sleuth, Paperback Co-Operative, State Smarts, Chess with The Child 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 02, 2015
DTD # 433 - Live from BGG Con!
01:31:55

In this show, 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 25, 2015
DTD # 432 - Top 10 Interactive Games
01:27:35

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
DTD #431 - You destroyed my game!
01:22:00

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 17, 2015
DTD # 430 - Music and Games
01:34:11

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 05, 2015
DTD # 429 - Turtling
01:30:24

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 29, 2015
DTD # 428 - Questionpalooza
01:30:27

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! 

Oct 21, 2015
DTD # 427 - Live from Essen Spiel 2015
01:30:25

In this show, 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 15, 2015
DTD # 426 - Going to Essen Spiel 2015
01:32:29

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 08, 2015
DTD # 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.

Oct 01, 2015
DTD # 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 23, 2015
DTD # 423 - Die 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 17, 2015
DTD # 422 - What Attracts us to a Game
01:28:23

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 11, 2015
DTD # 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
DTD # 420 - Tournament Games
01:22:11

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 27, 2015
DTD # 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 24, 2015
DTD # 418 - Converting Videogamers
01:33:11

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 15, 2015
DTD # 417 - Live from GenCon 2015!
01:33:11

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 09, 2015
DTD # 416 - Gen Con 2015 Preview
01:23:15

In this show, 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. 

Jul 30, 2015
DTD # 415 - Wild, Wild West
01:19:44

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 22, 2015
DTD # 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 16, 2015
DTD # 413 - Racing Games
01:25:16

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 10, 2015
DTD # 412 - Dice Tower Awards
01:15:39

In this episode, 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!

Jul 02, 2015
DTD # 411 - Wood and Cardboard
01:27:25

In this episodeTom 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 24, 2015
DTD # 410 - Live from Origins 2015
01:38:13

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 18, 2015
DTD # 409 - Food and Drink at the Table
01:01:20

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 11, 2015
DTD # 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 04, 2015
DTD # 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
DTD # 406 - Plastic plastic plastic!
01:24:42

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 20, 2015
DTD # 405 - Metagaming
01:19:04

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
DTD # 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 games for a "double date".

May 06, 2015
TDT # 403 - Box Size
01:31:27

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 29, 2015
DTD # 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 22, 2015
DTD # 401 - Prototypes
01:29:31

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 17, 2015
DTD # 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!

Apr 03, 2015
DTD # 399 - Live from GAMA 2015
01:26:49

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 25, 2015
DTD # 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 22, 2015
DTD # 397 - Best Bang for your Buck
14:14

It's the Friday before the GAMA Trade Show.  Lots of news on the horizon!

Mar 13, 2015
DTD # 397 - Best Bang for your Buck
01:31:07

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 12, 2015
DTD # 396 - Live from Total Con 2015
01:31:07

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 05, 2015
DTD # 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 28, 2015
DTD # 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 19, 2015
DTD # 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 11, 2015
DTD # 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 04, 2015
DTD # 391 - Best games from a decade ago - 2005
01:31:35

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
DTD # 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 22, 2015
DTD # 389 - Best Games of 2010
01:26:01

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 14, 2015
DTD # 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 09, 2015
DTD # 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!

Jan 02, 2015
DTD # 386 - The Best and Worst of 2014, part 1
02:15:09

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 25, 2014
DTD # 385 - Party Games
01:32:51

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 18, 2014
DTD # 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 11, 2014
DTD # 383 - Live from BGG Con, part 2
01:26:55

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 03, 2014
DTD # 382 - Live from BGG Con, part 1
01:04:30

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 28, 2014
DTD # 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 23, 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 13, 2014
DTD # 379 - One Hit Wonders
01:30:47

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 06, 2014
DTD # 378 - Essen Spiel 2014 Recap
01:30:46

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 29, 2014
DTD # 377 - What we Look for in a Kickstarter Game
01:29:18

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 28, 2014
DTD # 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
DTD # 375 - The most Boring Games!!
01:19:07

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 09, 2014
DTD # 374 - A Horn, CosmicCon, and Catan
01:08:25

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.

Oct 06, 2014
DTD # 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 25, 2014
DTD # 372 - Apps and Spoilers!
01:25:59

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 17, 2014
DTD # 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 10, 2014
DTD # 370 - Back to Normal!
01:12:53

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 03, 2014
DTD # 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 28, 2014
DTD # 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 20, 2014
DTD # 367 - Gen Con Preview 2014, part 2
01:41:46

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 12, 2014
DTD # 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 06, 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 31, 2014
DTD # 364 - Logic Games
01:24:37

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 23, 2014
DTD # 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 16, 2014
DTD # 362 - Dice Tower Awards 2014
01:30:13

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 09, 2014
DTD # 361 - Origins 2014
01:04:01

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.

Jul 09, 2014
DTD # 360 - A Minute to Learn, a Lifetime to Master
01:32:51

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 18, 2014
DTD # 359 - Surprises in Games
01:18:44

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 11, 2014
DTD # 358 - Next Step Games
01:20:15

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 04, 2014
DTD # 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 28, 2014
DTD # 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 21, 2014
DTD # 355 - Ridiculous Rules
01:23:45

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 14, 2014
DTD # 354 - Asymetrical Games
01:23:43

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 07, 2014
DTD # 353 - Old TV Shows into Board Games
01:27:57

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!

May 01, 2014
DTD # 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 23, 2014
DTD # 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 16, 2014
DTD # 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 10, 2014
TDT # 349 - Games from our Childhood, Part 1
01:29:37

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 02, 2014
DTD # 348 - Live from Las Vegas
01:20:29

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 26, 2014
DTD # 347 - Funniest Board Games
01:14:17

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 19, 2014
DTD # 346 - Good Mistakes
01:05:16

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 12, 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
DTD # 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 26, 2014
DTD # 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 games!

Feb 19, 2014
DTD # 342 - Best Games from 1999
01:19:06

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
DTD # 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
DTD # 340 - Best Games from 2004
01:31:52

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.

Feb 03, 2014
DTD # 339 - Money Money Money!
01:20:39

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.

Feb 01, 2014
DTD # 338 - Best Games from 2009
01:31:26

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 28, 2014
DTD - Episode # 337 - 2014 Gaming Resolutions
01:33:05

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 27, 2014
DTD - Episode # 336 - The Best and Worst of 2013, part 2
01:53:45

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).

Jan 26, 2014
DTD - Episode # 335 - The Best and Worst of 2013, part 1
01:57:05

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!

Jan 26, 2014
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01:45

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Jan 21, 2014
DTD - 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 23, 2013
DTD - Episode # 333 - How We've Changed
01:42:47

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 21, 2013
DTD - 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 10, 2013
DTD - Episode # 331 - Live from BGG.con 2013, part 1
01:15:09

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.

Dec 08, 2013
DTD - Episode # 330 - Great Team Games
01:37:55

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 27, 2013
DTD - Episode # 0 - An Introduction to the Dice Tower
01:28:54

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 25, 2013
DTD - Episode # 329 - Games for Young Children
01:32:45

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 12, 2013
DTD - Episode # 328 - Replaced Games we Kept
01:17:57

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?"

Nov 04, 2013
DTD - Episode # 327 - Three Player Games
01:35:15

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 28, 2013
DTD - Episode # 326 - Traditional Card Games
01:38:09

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 21, 2013
DTD - Episode # 325 - Relaxing Games
01:28:50

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 16, 2013
DTD - Episode # 324 - Combat Systems
01:22:38

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 07, 2013
DTD - Episode # 323 - Epic Games
01:18:14

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.

Oct 05, 2013
DTD - Episode # 322 - Games from our Childhood
01:26:07

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 30, 2013
DTD - Episode # 321 - Replacement Games
01:25:34

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 22, 2013
DTD - Episode # 320 - Gen Con 2013 Designer's Panel
01:25:04

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.

Sep 13, 2013
DTD - Episode # 319 - Gen Con Recap
01:40:00

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!

Sep 09, 2013
DTD - Episode # 318 - Live from Gen Con 2013
01:34:23

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 25, 2013
DTD - Episode # 317 - Top Ten Abstract Strategy Games
01:30:29

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 20, 2013
DTD - Episode # 316 - Gen Con 2013 Preview, Part 2
01:35:21

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 12, 2013
DTD - Episode # 315 - Annoying Box Sizes
01:31:40

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.

Aug 03, 2013
DTD - Episode # 314 - Best Kickstarter Games
01:37:14

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 22, 2013
DTD - Episode # 313 - Dice Tower Awards Show
39:44

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 13, 2013
DTD - Episode # 312 - Top Ten Turkeys
01:45:27

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.

Jul 09, 2013
DTD - Episode # 311 - Origins 2013
01:48:59

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 29, 2013
DTD - Episode # 310 - Best Deckbuilding Games
01:34:27

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 22, 2013
DTD - Episode # 309 - The Size of our Collections
01:23:20

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 16, 2013
DTD - Episode # 308 - Mean and Nasty Games
01:37:38

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 09, 2013
DTD - Episode # 307 - Judging a Game by its Cover
01:20:51

 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?"

Jun 02, 2013
DTD - Episode # 306 - Hybrid Games
01:25:25

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 23, 2013
DTD - Episode # 305 - Strategy Guides for Games
01:20:34

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 19, 2013
DTD - Episode # 304 - Best Artwork in Games
01:53:54

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 12, 2013
DTD - # 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?

May 07, 2013
DTD - Episode # 302 - Political Games
01:42:05

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.

May 07, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 301 - Throwing Games Away
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In this episode of the Dice Tower, we return to normalcy.  Well, mostly - Geoff joins us to talk about white noise, Brian returns with Cult of the Old, and we have a new contributor - Tish - who discusses gaming on a budget.  We discuss Al Rashid, Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game and more - and talk a bit about Tabletop Gaming Day.  News, a Tale of Horror, and Musings On all come before our question of the week - "Have you ever thrown a game away, and why?"`

Apr 12, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 300 - A New Beginning
02:27:14

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 05, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 299 - Live from GTS
01:51:07

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!

Apr 02, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 298 - Best Science Fiction Games
02:03:49

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

Mar 23, 2013
TDTE - # 297 - Time Spent NOT playing 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 20, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 296 - Best Games at Conventions

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 09, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 295 - Live from Total Con!
01:03:54

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!  

Mar 03, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 294 - Best Games from 1998
01:36:09

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 25, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 293 - Displaying Games
01:34:27

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 19, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 292 - Best Games of 2003
01:49:32

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 11, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 291 - Game Expertise
01:50:37

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.

Feb 02, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 290 - Best Games from 2008
01:50:25

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 24, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 289 - Heated Discussions
01:56:40

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 21, 2013
TDTE - 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 13, 2013
TDTE - 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 06, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 286 - Lucky Games
01:56:40

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.

Jan 03, 2013
TDTE - Episode # 285 - Thrift Store Treasures
01:30:00

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 21, 2012
TDTE - 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 14, 2012
TdT - Episode # 283 - Games only we seem to hate
01:54:18

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 07, 2012
TDTE - 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 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
TDTE - Episode # 280 - Worst Games of All Time
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 08, 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 08, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 278 - Best Gangster Game
01:25:43

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

Oct 28, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 277 - Getting Rules Wrong
01:40:00

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 19, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 276 - Best Puzzle Games
01:37:55

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 11, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 275 - Our Changing Tastes
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 05, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 274 - Best Seven-player Games
01:27:03

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 27, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 273 - Themes that Turn Us Off
01:30:00

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 20, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 272 - Funny Games
01:13:34

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 16, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 271 - How to Store Games
01:16:40

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 16, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 270 - Gen Con 2012
02:16:40

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.

Sep 12, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 269 - Games that got us into Gaming
01:26:07

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!

Sep 05, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 268 - GenCon 2012 Preview
01:32:04

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!

Sep 03, 2012
TDTE - Episode # 267 - Games We're Looking Forward to
01:06:40

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 24, 2012
TDT - Episode # 266 - Games we Hate to Lose
01:32:52

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!

Aug 14, 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 31, 2012
TDT - Episode # 264 - Top Game Designers
01:17:05

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 24, 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

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

Jul 12, 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 12, 2012
TDT - Episode # 262 - Lunchtimes games

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!

Jul 10, 2012
TDT - Episode # 262 - Lunchtimes games
01:27:30

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!

Jul 10, 2012
TDT - Episode # 261 - Review of Descent 2.0
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.

Jul 01, 2012
TDT - Episode # 260 - Trading in the Mediterranean
01:32:52

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.

Jul 01, 2012
TDT - Episode # 259 - Real Life and Games
01:09:50

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.

Jul 01, 2012
TDT - Episode 258 - Best Gateway Games
01:23:20

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.

Jun 09, 2012
TDTE257 - Money and games
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.

Jun 04, 2012
TDTE-256 - Top Ten Expansions
01:42:23

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 19, 2012
TDTE-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 19, 2012
TDT - Episode 254 - Economic Games
01:27:30

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 15, 2012
TDT - Episode 253 - Return of Dexter
01:27:30

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?

May 01, 2012
TDT - Episode 252 - Dice Games
01:17:47

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.  

May 01, 2012
TDT - Episode 251 - Interaction
01:23:20

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 17, 2012
TDT - Episode 250 - Celebration!
02:41:07

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.

Apr 03, 2012
TDT - Episode 249 - Games Palapalooza
01:23:20

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!

Apr 03, 2012
TDT - Episode 248 - Top Ten Underrated Games
55:34

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 29, 2012
TDT - Episode 247 - Live from Totalcon 26, part 1
59:18

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 29, 2012
TDT - Episode 246 - Best of 1997 (15 Years Ago)
01:44:27

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.

Mar 27, 2012
TDT - Episode 245 - Reprints we want to see
01:23:20

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.

Mar 27, 2012
TDT - Episode 244 - Best of 2002 (ten years ago)
01:10:23

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 29, 2012
TDT - Episode 243 - The Longest Game
01:13:39

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 29, 2012
TDTE - Episode 242 - Best of 2007 (Five years ago)
01:30:29

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.

Feb 21, 2012
TDTE- Episode 241 - Nolstagia and Games
01:15:35

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.

Feb 21, 2012
TDTE-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 26, 2012
TDTE-239 - Best of 2011, part 1
02:05:00

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 26, 2012
TDTE-238 - Games out of our Comfort Zone
01:22:18

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.

Jan 26, 2012
Episode # 237 - Addictive Games
01:18:35

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 23, 2011
Episode # 236 - Top Ten Fantasy Games
01:36:39

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 20, 2011
Episode # 235 - Paper and Pencil Games
01:02:30

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.

Dec 13, 2011
Episode # 234 - Our Top Ten Dexterity Games
01:36:18

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 28, 2011
Episode #233: A Deck of Cards
01:06:18

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 21, 2011
Episode #232: Top 10 Historical Games
01:36:40

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 19, 2011
Episode #231: Favorite Gaming Websites
01:56:40

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 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 14, 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!

Nov 12, 2011
Episode #229: Recent Games and Kickstarter
01:08:11

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.

Nov 11, 2011
Episode #228: Top 10 Collectible Games
01:32:36

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 20, 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 18, 2011
Episode #227: Themes that can make or break a game
01:16:40

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 14, 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
01:24:51

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 #224: Top 10 Games for Six Players
58:57

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 23, 2011
Episode #225: Profound Influences
01:13:20

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 20, 2011
Episode #223: Kids at Conventions
01:38:16

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 14, 2011
Episode #222: Martin Wallace Games
01:48:20

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 09, 2011
Episode #221: Wishing for Expansions
01:10:50

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.

Sep 01, 2011
Episode #220: GenCon 2011
01:35:09

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 23, 2011
Episode #219: 2010 Dice Tower Awards
01:28:54

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 11, 2011
Episode #218: The Perfect Game Room
01:09:27

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

Aug 08, 2011
Episode #217: The Perfect Location for a Game Store
01:16:01

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.

Aug 01, 2011
Episode #216: Top 10 Games from Asmodee Editions
01:08:20

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.

Aug 01, 2011
Episode #215: Should you force your kids to game?
01:42:14

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 18, 2011
Episode #214: Top 10 Bruno Faidutti Games
01:08:20

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

Jul 13, 2011
Episode #213: Getting ready for Origins 2011
01:15:49

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 15, 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 13, 2011
Episode #211: Ideal Qualities in a Gaming Opponent
01:04:35

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.

Jun 01, 2011
Episode #210: Top 10 Requirements for a Friendly Local Game Store
01:23:20

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 30, 2011
Episode #209: Games that are terribly misthemed
01:26:11

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 30, 2011
Episode #208: Top 10 Reprints of All-Time
01:14:15

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 30, 2011
Episode #207: Best Games for 2010
01:17:17

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 09, 2011
Episode #206: Top 10 Card Games of All-Time
48:54

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.

May 09, 2011
Episode #205: How to deal with annoying gamers
01:03:20

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 26, 2011
Episode #204: Memory Lane: Best Games of 1996
01:33:20

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
01:14:54

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 11, 2011
Episode #202: Top 10 Games from 2001 (ten years ago)
01:28:55

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!

Apr 01, 2011
Episode #201: Catch-up with former hosts and rules we've gotten wrong
01:45:34

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.

Apr 01, 2011
Episode #200: TotalCon and Favorite Games
01:10:41

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 15, 2011
Episode #199: Top 10 Games from Five Years Ago
01:17:47

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.

Mar 07, 2011
Episode #198: Most looked forward to game of 2011
01:16:46

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 17, 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 08, 2011
Episode #196: New games, iPod games, and more!
01:15:00

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!!

Feb 08, 2011
Episode #195: 2010 In Review, part 2
58:47

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!

Feb 08, 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 24, 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.

Jan 07, 2011
Episode #192: Good games for people with disability
01:19:38

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 23, 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 18, 2010
Episode #190: Great games with poor packaging
01:03:59

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 14, 2010
Episode #189: Top 10 board games we play with our wives
01:08:04

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.

Dec 03, 2010
Episode #188: Board Games Ported to Electronic Gizmos
01:02:08

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.

Dec 03, 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
01:14:05

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.

Nov 02, 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 19, 2010
Episode #185: Top 10 games that can be taught and played simultaneously
01:06:40

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 19, 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 11, 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.

Oct 02, 2010
Episode #182: What game do you most regret buying?
01:11:46

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.

Oct 02, 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 18, 2010
Episode #180: Movies into Board Games
58:20

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 11, 2010
Episode #179: Dice Tower Awards: 2009
01:15:24

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 31, 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
01:13:49

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 19, 2010
Episode #177: Top 10 lifetime gaming experiences
01:05:00

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
01:04:49

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 29, 2010
Episode #0: Updated Introduction & Top 15 Games a New Gamer Should Buy
01:56:40

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 16, 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'.

Jun 15, 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 15, 2010
Episode #171: Top 10 Board Game Companies
01:48:20

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 15, 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.

May 03, 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 12, 2010
Episode #168: A Look Back: Best Games from 1995
01:41:40

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?

Apr 07, 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 17, 2010
Episode #166: A Look Back: Top 10 Games From 2005
01:19:30

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!

Mar 17, 2010
Episode #165: Top 10 Ways to Play Games Online
01:20:34

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 15, 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 26, 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 26, 2010
Episode #163: Top Ten Most Unique Games
01:36:40

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 15, 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 20, 2009
Episode #161: Top Games That Should Be Reprinted
01:15:00

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 08, 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 27, 2009
Episode #159: Top 10 Gimmicks in Board Games
01:40:00

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 25, 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!

Nov 10, 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 09, 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 28, 2009
Episode #155: Top 10 Filler Games
01:06:40

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 14, 2009
Episode #154: Top 10 Parker Brothers Games
01:06:40

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 26, 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 07, 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 31, 2009
Episode #151: Top 10 Train Games
01:13:37

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 21, 2009
Episode #150: Sam's Top 10 Games of All Time
01:13:20

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.

Jul 06, 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
01:13:57

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 11, 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
01:12:55

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 #146: Top 10 Games from 1994
01:13:05

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.

May 06, 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 11, 2009
Episode #144: Top 10 Games from Five Years Ago
01:17:05

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
01:14:05

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 22, 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
01:16:40

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 15, 2009
Episode #140: What to Expect in 2009, Part 3
01:26:40

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.

Feb 10, 2009
Episode #139: What to Expect in 2009, Part 2
01:15:00

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 30, 2009
Episode #138: What to Expect in 2009, Part 1
01:15:00

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 26, 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 09, 2009
Episode #136: End of the Year Show, Part 1
01:18:35

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.

Jan 09, 2009
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 16, 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
01:16:40

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 28, 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 19, 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.

Nov 02, 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 13, 2008
Episode #130: Top 10 Ways to Upgrade Games
01:15:00

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.

Oct 04, 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
Episode #128: Top 10 Favorite Games
01:14:15

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 #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
01:10:31

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
01:09:44

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
01:10:50

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
01:13:32

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
01:10:28

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 #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 #119: Top Ten Loud Games
01:28:35

In this episode, Moritz gives his annual news, and Giles hunts down Tom and Sam. We explain why we were away for so long, and discuss the future of the Dice Tower. We mention game news, while Mary discusses how to enhance games. We finish off our contest, review Descent: Road to Legend, and talk about our Top Ten Loud Games. Sam discusses backstabbing, and Geoff explains Cube Tower probabilities.

Apr 12, 2008
Dice Tower Musings #1
39:16

The first in an audio blog detailing games in the life of Tom Vasel, Dice Tower Musings #1 talks about games in Maylasia, the importance of family vs. games, and the troubles in starting up a game group. I spend a lot of time talking about the new Descent expansion, and we also discuss Key Largo.

Apr 11, 2008
Episode #15: Top 10 Board Game Expansions
01:12:11

In this episode, originally posted September 7, 2005, we discuss the results of the "Top 10 Games of 2004" contest, and talk a little more about our Worthington game contest. We review Diplomacy and Tom Jolly's Camelot, and also talk for a bit about Liar's Dice and Gang of Four. We mention their "websites of the month", as well as two new gamer types. This week, we also list our top ten board game expansions.

Mar 03, 2008
Episode #117: Top 10 Beautiful Artwork
01:34:27

In this episode, Tom and Sam talk about Pandemic, while Mary reviews Perry Rhodan and 10 Days in Asia. The guys discuss a lot of recent board game news, while Geoff issues a Cultipation challenge. Mark wants to add gambling to board gaming, Giles discusses atmosphere + gaming, and Moritz talks about an element of a boring game. Tom, Mark, and Paul discuss artists in games, and Tom gives the top ten beautiful boards, box covers, and card artwork in games.

Feb 26, 2008
Episode #14: Top 10 Gaming Experiences
01:17:21

In this episode, they announce the winners for their Z-Man games contest, discussing contest results about the best games of 2005. They review Quebec 1759 and Go West!, talk about the IGA nominees, and give two new player categories. Their top ten list is about their top ten gaming experiences, and they have an audio report from WBC by Walt O'Hara.

Feb 14, 2008
Episode #116: Top 10 Next Step Games
01:30:45

In this episode, Tom and Sam discuss Surf's Up, Dude, Tannhauser, Shogun, and other games played in the past weeks. Geoff talks about outguessing your opponent, while Giles discusses the use of music in board gaming. Mary reviews Hamburgum and Amyitus, and Mark talks about Haba games. Finally, we end the episode with our top ten 'next step' games.

This show was sponsored by Your Move Games.

Feb 11, 2008
Episode #13: Top 10 Games That Need to be Reprinted
01:10:51

In this episode, originally posted August 24th, we review Breakout Normandy and Santiago, talk about our "Games of the Month", and discuss our top ten Games That Need to be Reprinted. How many have been reprinted since then?

Feb 11, 2008
Episode #115: 2008 Preview
01:40:00

In this episode, Paul talks about politics in war games, and Geoff talks about the Past, Present, and Future of luck. Tom reviews the kid's game Baren Stark, while Sam discusses Soccer Tactics World. We debate the merits of Quick Count Football, and talk about recent games played - Ra, Commands and Colors, Hyper Slide, and Power Grid. Finally, Giles, Mark, Tom and Sam all discuss the upcoming year, and what they think will be great expansions and games coming out.

Jan 26, 2008
Episode #12: Top 10 Games From 2004
01:11:12

In this episode, originally posted August 17, 2005, Tom and Sam review games and discuss their "kangaroos" and "turkeys". They also give their top ten games from 2004.

This show was sponsored by Your Move Games.

Jan 21, 2008
Episode #114: 2007 Year in Review
01:40:50

In this episode, the Dice Tower crew review the year 2007, talking about the biggest surprises, worst games, strangest games, biggest disappointments, most innovative games, best expansions, best party game, best gateway games, best kids games, and games with the best components. We discuss some of the biggest board game stories of the year - and end the show with our top ten games of 2007!

Jan 11, 2008
Episode #11: Top 10 Wives' Games
01:29:24

In this show, Joe and Tom discuss several games and talk about what games would make a good meal - really! They list the top ten games of their wives, argue about Memoir '44, and review a couple of games.

Jan 07, 2008
Episode #113: Favorite Mass Market Games
01:31:02

In this episode, Geoff talks about the process to bring Agricola to English-speaking folk, while Mark talks about games he's looking forward to playing in 2008. We review Jamaica, Super Hero, and The Amazing Space Venture - and do a comparison of 1960 to Twilight Struggle. We mention a sad story about Shadows over Camelot, and discuss a few questions about gaming. Finally, we talk about our favorite mass market games.

This show was sponsored by Skrall Games.

Dec 30, 2007
Episode #10: Top 10 Games from Origins 2005
01:25:21

Originally posted August 4, 2005 - Joe and Tom spend a lot of time answering listener questions and talking about Origins 2005. They review Arkham Horror and B-17, and then discuss the top ten games that they saw at Origins 2005.

Dec 22, 2007
Episode #112: Top 10 Most Played
01:30:24

In this episode, Tom previews a few new games, and reviews Antler Island and Plataeu. Sam and Tom discuss recent games, including Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon, while Mortiz discusses suspense in games. Paul and Mark talk about war games, Geoff asks an intriguing question, and Giles and others give us some more strategy. We announce the winners to our Christmas contest, as well as start a new contest for E.T.I. Finally, we end the show with our top ten Most Played Games List.

This show was sponsored by Tenkigames.

Dec 15, 2007
Episode #111: Top Ten Mayfair Games
01:33:36

In this episode, we discuss some recently played games, as well as continue our Christmas contest! Moritz talks about tension in games, Geoff discusses the good old days of PBEM, and Mary gives a report from BGG.con. We discuss being Game snobs, the Golden Geek awards, Condottiere, and some random strategy tips. We end out the show by discussing the top ten games from Mayfair.

This show was sponsored by Tenkigames.

Nov 30, 2007
Episode #9: Top 10 Game Companies
01:11:37

In this episode, originally aired July 21, 2005, Tom and Joe discuss several games they've played, and review In a Pickle and The Perfect Ten. They discuss their turkeys and kangaroos - games that have changed over time; and argue over whether Memoir '44 is a simulation or not. Joe gives a war story, and the they end the show with their top ten game companies.

This show was sponsored by DreamPunk Productions.

Nov 23, 2007
Episode #110: Top Ten Gateway Games
01:31:40

In this episode, we hear from Paul and Geoff; and discuss a pile of games that we've recently played. We review both Starcraft: the Board Game and Monopoly: Tropical Tycoon. Random Strategy Tips are included, with a few questions - and we finish off the show with our top ten "gateway" games.

This show was sponsored by Z-Man Games.

Nov 19, 2007
Episode #8: Top 10 Gateway Games
01:14:28

Originally posted July 11, 2005 - this episode of the Dice Tower has us reviewing Granny Apples and Sword of Rome. We talk about our turkeys and kangaroo games, discuss some thoughts about the complexity of war games, and mention the Meeples Choice Awards. We have the worst session report of all time flanked with our top ten Gateway games, and asnwer a pile of questions along the way.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

Nov 09, 2007
Episode #109: Top Ten Kosmos Two Player Games
01:29:59

In this show, Geoff continues to talk about the Prisoner's Dilemma, and Moritz mentions the greatest games that never were. Mary gives tips on going to Essen, and Eric gives us the latest gaming news. There's a pile of random strategy tips, another pile of questions, and finally the Top Ten Kosmos Two Player Games, given by Greg, Tom and Sam.

This show was sponsored by Bent Castle Workshops.

Nov 02, 2007
Episode #7: Origins 2005 Preview
01:08:46

In this show, originally posted July 2005, Joe and Tom continue their Origins 2005 preview, talking about five "can't miss" events at the convention. A good look at Origins of years gone by.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

Oct 26, 2007
Episode #108: Top Ten Economic Games
01:30:04

In this episode, Moritz talks about a horrible gaming experience, while Tom describes what it's like to go 40 Days around the World. Sam and Tom both review Cutthroat Caverns, and answer several user questions. Moritz talks about gaming design, Paul about chit pulling, and Geoff discusses the Prisoner's Dilemma. We talk about our top ten economic games, and our hot games of the month. Finally, we conclude our Starcraft contest. By the way, we didn't mention it in the show, but to enter our latest contest, simply email us at thedicetower@gmail.com and let us know which game award you find most interesting.

Oct 19, 2007
Episode #6: Origins and Favorites from 2004
01:15:12

In this show, originally posted July 2005, Joe and Tom start their Origins 2005 preview, talking about the best games they played in 2004, and what events they are looking forward to. A good look at Origins of years gone by.

This show was sponsored by TenkiGames.

Oct 11, 2007
Episode #107: Top Ten Good Games with Bad Themes
01:30:45

In this episode, Moritz talks about more possible innovations in board games, and Eric gives us pre-Essen news. Geoff discusses whether some sides of the die come up more often than others, and Mark gabs about ASL-SK1. We review Chang Cheng and Soccer Tactics World, present our website of the week, and continue our contest for Starcraft. Finally, we end the show with some listener questions and our top ten good games with bad (boring) themes.

Oct 05, 2007
Episode #106: Top Ten Games that have Stood the Test of Time
01:29:03

In this episode, Sam and Tom review It's Alive, Uptown, and Lifeboat. We also discuss a lot of questions, and mention several recently played games, such as Fire and Axe and Heroscape. Geoff talks about the Entertaible, Mortiz talks about innovative game design, and Jason gives more insight to war games. Eric Martin joins us by giving us news highlights, and Tom talks about his top ten games that have stood the test of time.

Sep 30, 2007
Episode #5: Top Ten Thematic Games
01:31:40

In this episode, we announce the winner of our BattleLore contest and start a new contest for Starcraft: the Board Game! Then, we go back to episode 5 and listen to Tom and Joe discuss if it's ever right to deliberately lose a game, and what games are good for young children. Tom reviews Infinifield, Joe reviews Victoria Cross, and both give their top ten thematic games.

Sep 21, 2007
Episode #4: Top Ten from the Other Side
01:28:28

In this episode, originally aired May 25, 2005 - Tom and Joe answer a myriad of listener questions, discussing various classic abstracts, using games in church, and why war games are so long. Tom rants about playtesting, and they both talk about the games that give them the most stress. Atlantic Storm and Mr. Bigshot are reviewed, and they both discuss "Turkeys and Kangaroo" games. Finally, they end the game with their top ten games from the other side: Tom with war games, and Joe with Eurogames.

This show was sponsored by Gorilla Games.

Sep 13, 2007
Episode #105: Top Ten Card Games
01:38:00

In this episode, Greg talks about the International Gaming Awards, Geoff talks about the psychology of reviews, and Mary praises Tichu. Moritz and Paul discuss the finer points of gaming, and we have a review of Lock and Load. Ted discusses GenCon, and we field a few questions (and a couple's quarrel!) Finally - Greg, Sam, and Tom give their top ten card games.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

Sep 09, 2007
Episode #3: Top Ten Games by Component Quality
01:18:20

In this episode, originally aired May 24, 2005, Tom Vasel and Joe Steadman talk about games they are playing, and review both Lineage II and Sergeants on the Eastern Front. Tom rants, Joe talks about the soldier of the week, and both come up with a variety of wacky Catan variants. They discuss Games Workshop's pricing, answer a lot of questions, and end the show with their top ten games - component quality.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

Aug 30, 2007
Episode #104: Board Game Podcaster Awards & Top Ten Expansions
01:30:01

In this episode, Mary gives us the news, and Sam and Tom talk about other hot news items of the week. Geoff Englestein talks about Tech and games, and Mike Hibbert issues a challenge to Sam and Tom. Jeb starts his own podcast, Ted Cheatham reviews Duel in the Dark, and Tom and Sam talk about recently played games. We give our opinions on the Board Game Podcaster Awards, and talk about our top ten board game expansions.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

Aug 25, 2007
Episode #2: Top Ten Card Games
01:10:27

In this show, originally aired May 11, 2005, Tom and Joe answer quite a few listener questions, including different ways to play war games online. They also talk about their "Turkeys" and "Donkeys", and review World in War and Decision: Midway. Joe talks about the soldier of the week, and Tom rants about time. They also give their top ten card games. The episode comes with commentary by Tom.

This show was sponsored by Days of Wonder.

Aug 16, 2007
Episode #103: Best Wargames & Twilight Struggle
01:30:49

In this episode, Mary gives the news while Greg tells us his opinions of the Spiel des Jahres nominations. We review Wings of War, and Tom rants about tie breakers and tells why he loves games. Paul gives us the best wargames of 2006, while Moritz continues his top ten commandments for game designers. Sam gives his top ten games from 2006, and we end the show with an interview with Jason Matthews - codesigner of Twilight Struggle.

Aug 10, 2007
Episode #1: The Dice Tower Begins!
51:22

In this episode, originally posted May 5, 2005, the Dice Tower begins. Tom Vasel and Joe Steadman give their backgrounds, talk about what they are doing in Korea, and mention the state of gaming in Korea. They both give their top ten favorite board games, and answer a lot of random board game questions. It all starts here!

Aug 03, 2007
Episode #102: Top Ten Games from Origins
01:31:02

In this episode, we introduce Paul Glenn, our new wargame correspondent, and include the news from Mary and more gaming commandments from Moritz. We start a new contest for Box of Golf, and talk once more about a few things from Origins. Sam and I give our top ten new games we played at Origins, and Tom rants about the Origins awards.

Jul 30, 2007
Episode #101: Origins '07
01:58:32

A lot of audio from the Origins game convention, featuring Sam, Tom, Joe Steadman, Rick Thornquist, Alan Moon, Andrew Parks, Erik Smith, and many more! Our impressions of the convention halfway through. Sam and I also give our top ten things that we enjoyed about Origins '07, and also review Powerstorm.

Jul 17, 2007
Episode #100: Past and Present (Part 2)
01:19:10

In this episode, we take a look at the past and present of the Dice Tower. We have

  • Greg Schloesser talking about how he got into gaming
  • Rick Thornquist talking about the beginning of the Dice Tower
  • Mary Prasad discussing different game conventions
  • Derk and Aldie talking about www.boardgamegeek.com, Geekspeak, and some news!
  • Mark Johnson discussing the birth of game podcasting
  • Eric Summerer explaining how he does a show bit
  • Joe Steadman talking about what he's doing these days
  • Walt O' Hara, Eric Burgess, Scott Nicholson, Paul Tevis, Doug Garrett, and a host of others talk about podcasting and the Dice Tower
  • favorite clips from the Dice Tower
  • Moritz' Ten Gaming Commandments.
Jun 22, 2007
Episode #100: Past and Present (Part 1)
01:16:52

In this episode, we take a look at the past and present of the Dice Tower. We have

  • Greg Schloesser talking about how he got into gaming
  • Rick Thornquist talking about the beginning of the Dice Tower
  • Mary Prasad discussing different game conventions
  • Derk and Aldie talking about www.boardgamegeek.com, Geekspeak, and some news!
  • Mark Johnson discussing the birth of game podcasting
  • Eric Summerer explaining how he does a show bit
  • Joe Steadman talking about what he's doing these days
  • Walt O' Hara, Eric Burgess, Scott Nicholson, Paul Tevis, Doug Garrett, and a host of others talk about podcasting and the Dice Tower
  • favorite clips from the Dice Tower
  • Moritz' Ten Gaming Commandments.
Jun 22, 2007
Episode #99: Top 10 Games With Dice
01:33:20

In this episode, Mary gives us the latest news, as well as a review of Colosseum. Moritz finishes up his gaming session with Jason White, and Eric gives a quick review of Imperial. Greg, Mary, and Tom talk about their top ten games with dice, and we discuss Origins and episode # 100. Finally, we wrap up the show with a detailed session report and look at the Shattered Empire expansion for Twilight Imperium III.

Jun 09, 2007
Episode #98: Top 10 for Large Groups
01:23:20

In this episode, we give a session report about Mall of Horror, Faces, and Vegas Showdown, and listen to interviews by Mary Prasad. Mary also gives us the news, and Moritz talks about the legendary gamer H. G. Wells. Greg gives his top ten games for large groups of people, and Tom gives his top ten card games for large groups. Finally, we continue our contest for Treasure Fleet and discuss our Origins plans.

May 28, 2007
Episode #97: Pleasant Surprises
01:29:14

In this episode, we preview several new games, and Mary gives us the news about what's coming up in the next couple of months. Moritz talks about Mozart the gamer, and recounts his Wilderness War game with Jason White. Mike Hibbert reviews On the Underground, and we talk about if a person should ever deliberately lose a game. Finally, Greg, Mary, Sam, and I all talk about games that are "pleasant suprises" - games that were much better than we originally thought. And check out our new contest for Treasure Fleet!

May 11, 2007
Episode #96: Biggest Game Disappointments

In this jam packed episode, Mary interviews many notables in the gaming industry - including Jay Tummelson. She also gives a lot of news - including a Valley Games exclusive announcement, and Sam and Tom discuss the upcoming Fantasy Flight games. Moritz talks about Yspahan, and Eric takes a trip to the extremely exclusive Dice Tower convention. Sam and Tom talk about recent gaming at Camp Casey - and their differing views of Liberte. Finally, we round the show out with our biggest disappointments in games, from Jason, Greg, and Tom.

Apr 27, 2007
Episode #95: Top Games from the Gathering of Friends
01:07:52

On a biweekly schedule now, the Dice Tower is bigger and better! Moritz and Jason both give their points of view on their Wilderness War match, and Moritz gives us some strange game news from Germany. Sam reviews Ghoulash, Tom talks about Tenseseconds, and we answer a few listener questions. Mary interviews a few gaming personalities at the Gathering of Friends, and both she and Greg give their top game lists from the Gathering of Friends. Finally, Sam and I both compare and contrast Tide of Iron and Combat Commander: Europe.

Apr 13, 2007
Episode #94: Top Ten Mean and Nasty Games
01:12:14

In this episode, we discuss a couple session reports involving Incan Gold, Wallenstein, Pillars of the Earth, Lord of the Rings, Manhatten, Clash of the Gladiators, Dart Wars, Nottingham, Nexus Ops, and Shadows over Camelot. Greg talks about "old games", and Mary gives us two news segments - fixing an error Tom made last week. We continue our contest, listen to Eric talk about Days of Wonder's (made up) technical support, and have a review of Rumis. Finally, we talk about our top ten mean and nasty games - games that allow (or even encourage) you to be evil towards the other players.

Mar 30, 2007
Episode #93: Top Ten Games for Logical Thinking
58:48

In this episode, Moritz talks about his second favorite gaming accessory and updates us with his battle against Jason. Mary gives us the news and a review, and Eric gives us another 72 second review. Greg discusses three new games, including Pillars of the Earth, and Tom dreams about games going mainstream. Finally, we talk about the top ten games for a Geometry class that teach logical thinking.

Mar 26, 2007
Episode #92: Large Collections, Essential Accessories
01:00:24

In this episode, Sam and I discuss large game collections, and Mary brings us the news. Moritz talks about his game clash with Jason, and Sam and I discuss "exclusive" games. Finally, Mary, Moritz, and I all discuss what we consider to be essential accessories for games.

Mar 17, 2007
Episode #91: Top 10 Influential Games
01:00:27

In this episode, Mary gives us the news, and we continue our contest for Incan Gold and 24/7. The main focus of our show is our Top Ten Influential Games lists. Greg Schloesser gives us the top ten influential games of all time, Jason talks about the top ten influential war games, and Mary talks about the top ten influential games from the last fifty years. Finally, the boys from the Spiel join us us and give us their top ten influential games from the last fifty years.

Mar 09, 2007
Episode #90: Tide of Iron
01:00:16

In this episode, we give our top ten games for a church gaming group; and continue our contest for 24/7 and Incan Gold. We have a discussion about whether or not free review copies sway the opinion of the reviewer, with input from Moritz, Greg Schloesser, Sam and myself. Mary reviews Crokinole and gives us the news, and we finish out the show with a preview and session report of the brand new Tide of Iron!

Mar 02, 2007
Episode #89: Top Ten 'Hybrid' Games
01:01:07

In this episode, Mike talks about Struggle of Empires and finally accepts Moritz' challenge. Mary gives us the news and reviews Cartagena and Cartagena II. Moritz talks about hybrids, and I expand on it with my top ten list of hybrid games. Fubar gives a review of China; and Jeb, Eric, and Tom answer several questions about gaming. Don't forget to enter our latest contest!

Feb 24, 2007
Episode #88: Top 10 Games, New Contest
01:02:08

In this episode, Sam discusses playing Marvel Heroes with his wife, and we discuss a recent gaming event. We start two new segments, "Ask Jed", and "72 Second reviews" by Eric Summerer. Moritz gives us another essay, and Mary provides a lot of news. We end out dice tower contest and start a new one for 24/7 and Incan Gold. Finally, Mike Hibbert provides us with a list of his top 10 games.

Feb 16, 2007
Episode #87: Top 10 Games for 5 Players
01:00:16

In this episode, Mike reminisces about games he played as a child, and Mary gives us the news as well as a review of the latest Descent expansion. Mortiz gives a thoughtful essay on reprints, and Tom gives his top ten games that play best with five players. Skip Hampton reviews Lord of the Rings, and Brett Murrell - designer of Duel of Ages - talks about his game with Tom.

Feb 09, 2007
Episode #86: Light Wargames & Top Ten Games
01:00:20

In this episode, Sam and Dulcy try out St. Petersburg, and Jason talks about "Pop" wargames. Moritz talks about wargaming online, and answers a question about the origins of Eurogames in Germany. Mary gives us the news, along with a review of Struggle for Rome; and we continue our contest for a custom designed Dice Tower. Finally, Eric Summerer gives us his top ten games.

Feb 02, 2007