The Dice Tower

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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