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The Dice Tower

The Dice Tower

The Dice Tower is an Internet podcast about tabletop games. Your hosts for the show are Tom Vasel, noted game reviewer, and Eric Summerer. In the show, Tom and Eric talk about boardgames, card games, wargames, miniatures, and the people who play them. New to the Dice Tower? Then listen to: Episode 0: Introduction & Top 15 Games a New Gamer Should Buy Note: The Dice Tower episodes are provided as a service to the community and although they are entirely family friendly, CoolStuffInc.com is not responsible for their content.

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TDT # 611 - "E" is for "Eggcellent"

(Note:  Due to international internet randomness, the show is going up late.  Our apologies!)

In this show, Geoff shows up and we answer a pile of questions, including if we've ever cheated!  We review Cupcake Empire, Century 3, Tour Operator, Honga, Concordia Venus, and the Bravest Warriors Co-Operative Dice Game.  Finally, we talk about our favorite games that start with the letter "E".

2019-06-19
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TDT # 610 - Procrastinating Polka

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

2019-06-11
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TDT # 609 - Roll and Write

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

2019-06-04
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TDT # 608 - Vegetarians and Ventriloquists

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

2019-05-28
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TDT #607 - D is for Dragons

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

2019-05-21
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TDT # 606 - So You Say You Want a Revolution

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

2019-05-14
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TDT #605 - Games that Light a Spark

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

2019-05-07
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TDT #604 - Abstract Atmosphere

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

2019-04-30
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TDT #603 - "C" is for Cookie

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

2019-04-23
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TDT #602 - Suzanne speaks French!

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

2019-04-16
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TDT #601 - Hilarious Games

NOTE:  We had some mike problems with Tom's mike - our apologies!

In this episode, we are joined by noted gamer Gary Pope!  We talk about Zoo Break, Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker, Tricky Dungeon, Aeon?s End, and Heroes of Land, Air and Sea.  We also answer a pile of questions, and then delve into the top ten games that make us laugh!

2019-04-09
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TDT #600 - The Quiet Achievement

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

2019-04-02
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TDT # 599 - "B" is for Betwixt

In this show, we talk about 

Blossoms, Bloxx, First Contact, Underwater Cities, Fleet the Dice Game, and Wildlands (with expansions).  We also answer a pile of questions about what makes a good game review, logging games with children, and what makes a bad year of gaming.  Geoff scares us all with losing levels, and we end the show with our top ten games that start with the letter "B".

2019-03-26
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TDT # 598 - This and That

In this show, Mandi and Suzanne talk about Dice Tower West with their opinions on that.  They also review Ocean Crisis and Catastrophe expansion, Glenmore 2 Chronicles, Tiny Towns, Cytosis and Krass Kariert.  They also talk about a few apps, and take a closer look at Raccoon Tyccoon.

Also, our Backer Kit is closing soon!  

https://dice-tower-2019.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

2019-03-19
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TDT # 597- Top 10 Get Out of My Face

In this show, all four hosts are joined by Sam and Zee live at Dice Tower West 2019!  We talk about five things in gaming we want to "get out of our face". 

2019-03-12
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TDT # 596- Most Played Games

In this episode, we talk about some recent stuff that's shown up in the mail.  Geoff interviews a few people, we talk about Counterfeiters, Gnomopolis, Caverna Expansion, Frogriders, Dice Settlers, and Azul.  Finally, we talk about the games that we've played most in our lives.

2019-03-05
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TDT # 595 - Cosmic Camel Crisis

In this episode, we talk about Kickstarters we are taking a look at, Scorpius Freighter, Crisis, HexRoller, Passing Through Petra, Cosmic Run Regneration, Vadora Gardens, Skyjo, and a Wrinkle in Time: A Daring Adventure Game.  We also take a look at the classic games Keyflower and Sleuth and more!

2019-02-26
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TDT # 594 - A says "Apple"

In this episode, we hear a bittersweet tale of Amazement, listen to Geoff talk about rituals, discuss Dinogenics, Wingspan, Big Money, the Brigade, Showtime, and Monster Crunch, and answer a pile of questions.  We end the episode talking about our favorite games that start with the letter "A".

2019-02-19
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TDT # 593 - Slap it, Ship it, Stain it

In this episode, we talk about new games coming in, a recent convention for Suzanne, our new video show, and more!  Games include Slap It, Fertility, Expancity, Fleet the Dice Game, Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra, and ShipShape.  We also talk about a board game app, and then discuss how we organize our games on the shelf!

2019-02-12
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TDT # 592 - Best of 2004 (Fifteen years ago)

In this episode, we talk about the Merlin expansion, Once upon a Castle, Master of the Galaxy, Comanauts, Franchise, and VOLT.  We also hear a fantastic tale, Geoff talk about rent, and answer a pile of questions.  Finally, we end the show by taking a look back at 15 years ago - 2004!

2019-02-05
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TDT # 591 - Shipping 2019

In this show, Mandi and Suzanne recount their adventures on the Dice Tower Cruise, and also talk about things that they are looking forward to in 2019!

2019-01-29
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TDT # 590 - Discussion Topic Extravaganza

Tom, Zee, Suzanne, Mandi, Eric, Sam, and Jason all come together in a show - recorded live on Dice Tower Cruise 2019.  We talk about a few games we've been playing, go through a bunch of gaming and non-gaming topics, and answer a few questions from the audience.  Also, the Riddler attacks!

2019-01-22
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TDT # 589 - Best of 10 Years Ago (2009)

In this episode, we talk about Wingspan, New Frontiers, Coin & Crown, Arraial, Nyctophobia, and Too Many Bones.  Geoff gives us wisdom, Tom tells a tale of horror, and we answer several questions!  Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten games from a decade ago, 2009!

2019-01-15
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TDT # 588 - Last Minute Packing

In this episode, we talk about some Kickstarters that we are looking at, as well as some upcoming events!  We review Piepmatz, Scorpius Freighter, Mercado, Treasure Island, Indian Summer, and Stockpile.  We also look at Way of the Panda and Moa in our "One and Done" segment, and finish up the show with a few questions from all of you!

2019-01-08
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TDT # 587 - Best from Five Years Ago (2014)

In this show, we talk about Outback, Subatomic, The Boldest, Crown of Emara, Fertility, and Stephenson?s Rocket.  We also talk about reading rulebooks, socialization, and co-publishing, and then go back in time five years to revisit 2014 and see the best games from that year!

2019-01-01
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TDT # 586 - Best of 2018

In this show, we take a look back at the year 2018 for board gaming!  We discuss the year as a whole, talk about our favorite art in games, our favorite expansion, our favorite reprint, our favorite cooperative game, and more!  We end the show with our top ten games of the year!

Also, Merry Christmas!

2018-12-25
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TDT # 585 - Pie-Less in Seattle

In this episode, we talk about a pile of games, as Mandi talks about her experiences at the Dice Tower Retreat.  We also talk about cleaning up games.  Who's responsible?

2018-12-18
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TDT # 584 - Best Adventure Games

In this episode, Tom and Eric take a look at The Pretender, Ya Blew It, Nemesis, The Reckoners, Ceylon, and Solenia.   We also hear Geoff test out the Pop-O-Matic, and answer a pile of questions.  Finally, we end the show talking about our favorite adventure games.  Also, did I mention we were in the same room?

2018-12-11
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TDT # 583 - PAXU 2018

In this episode, we come to you live from Pax Unplugged 2018.  Not only do Mandi and Suzanne talk about the convention itself, but Tom and Eric invade the show to join in some of the segments!

2018-12-04
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TDT # 582 - Games we Replaced, but Kept Anyway

In this show, we talk about Lords of Hellas, Underwater Cities, Subatomic, Fireball Island, Just One, and Terraforming Mars: Colonies.  Geoff talks about knitting, and we answer questions about making our collections child-proof and Future Eric.   Finally, we end the show talking about our top ten games that were replaced by other games, yet we kept them for some reason.  Also, we explain the reasons.  

2018-11-27
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TDT # 581 - It's Getting Dark in Here

In this show, we talk about Blackout: Hong Kong, Going around the City, Narcos the Board Game, Escape Tales: the Awakening, Duelosaur Island, and Layers.  We also examine the Isle of Skye App, and end the show answering several of your questions!

2018-11-20
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TDT # 580 - Team vs. Team Games

In this show, we take a look at the new Azul, Lady and the Tiger, Forum Trajanum, Die Legende der Irrlichter,  Majolica, and Billy Kerr.  Geoff also talks about the mega lottery and its effects on gamers, we answer a pile of questions - including what to do with Kingmakers - and end the show with our top ten team vs. team games!

2018-11-14
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TDT # 579 - Messing Around Essen

In this show, Suzanne and Mandi talk about their recent trip to Essen.  Second time in, how did we do?  We also talk about games, like Bloxx!, Moveable Type, Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr, Mesozooic, Wreck Raiders, Patchwork Doodle, and more!

2018-11-06
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TDT # 578 - Live from Essen Spiel 2018

In this episode, recorded live at Essen 2018 (so forgive the audio quality), we talk about some games at the fair, play our annual game show, and take some questions from the audience!

2018-10-31
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TDT # 577 - Essen Spiele 2018 Preview

In this episode, all four hosts show up and talk about one of the biggest gaming events of the year!  First, we talk about last year's show, and where we are on our anticipated games from last year.  We also talk about things we learned about the Spiele convention, and what we plan to do this year.  Finally, we each present our top ten anticipated games of Essen 2018.

2018-10-16
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TDT # 576 - Our Best Convention Experiences

In this episode, we review Dice Settlers, Treasure Island, Echidna Shuffle, Camel Up, Get the MacGuffin, and Star Trek Fluxx.  Geoff talks about Battle Royale, we answer questions about reviewing and designers vs developers, and then we end the show talking about our favorite convention experiences over the last 15 years.

2018-10-09
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TDT # 575 - The Quiet before the Storm

In this show, Mandi recaps some conventions she's been to, and we talk about Paleolithic, Roll Player, Gizmos, War Chest, Loot, Lost Cities, and 6 Nimmt.  We also answer some questions, do our "One and Done" segment and of course, talk about two truths and a lie!

2018-10-02
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TDT # 574 - Top 10 Relaxing Games

Welcome to the Dice Tower!  In this show, we talk about New Found Land, Teotihuacan, Henhouse Havoc, Spirits of the Wild, and Scarabaya, Roll to the Top.  We also learn about mana from Geoff, answer questions about designing games and running events, and end the episode with our top ten relaxing games!

2018-09-25
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TDT # 573 - Live from Grand Con 2018

Recorded at Grand Con 2018, in Grand Rapids Michigan - Eric and Mandi join forces to bring you our latest podcast!

2018-09-19
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TDT # 572 - Epic Games

In this show, we look at the Cryptid, the Brady Bunch Party Game, the expansion to Meeple Circus, Spell Smashers, and Fast Forward: Forture.  We also hear a tale of triumph, answer our last questions (we need more!) and finish up going over our top ten epic games!

2018-09-11
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TDT # 571 - Review Symphonies, Spies, and Strategies

In this show, we talk about Sailing Toward Osiris, Symphony # 9, Spy Club, Gunkimino, Newton, and Escape Extra!  We also take a look at a couple of apps, and go into an extended discussion on victory points, and how they are used in games!  Join us!

2018-09-04
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TDT # 570 - Review Spectacular!

In this show, we simply review a pile of games, including Yellow & Yangtzee, Spy Club, The Hearmees, Dinosaur Tea Party, The Edge: Downfall, Warhammer 40K Dice Masters, Jungli-La, Warhammer Champions, Cat Lady, Ivion, Burning Rome, Lowlands, Rise of Tribes, Symphony # 9, and more!  We also hear from Geoff on GameTek, and answer a few questions!

2018-08-29
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TDT # 569 - Kicking it with Samurais

Welcome to another show!  In this show we look at some Kickstarters, look beyond the hotness, and delve into the mail bag for questions.  We talk about post-GenCon, a few new games we've been trying out and more!

2018-08-21
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TDT # 568 - Best Real Time Games

First, we talk about Keyforge, Hail Hydra, Pantone, 8-Bit Box, Mint Delivery, and TransEuropa.  Then we talk about our Gen Con 2018 experience, hear a tale of Horror, and answer questions about color, distribution, and basketball.  Finally, we talk about our top ten real-time games - in real time!

2018-08-14
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TDT # 567 - Live from Gen Con 2018

It's our live show from Gen Con! Join us for a a little discussion on the show itself, a wealth of game announcements, the announcement of Dice Tower West, and some wacky game shows!  Geoff does a live Game Tek, Alan Moon swings by, and we simply have a lot of fun!

2018-08-07
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TDT # 566 - Inserts: To Keep or not to Keep?

In this episode, we talk about Thunderstone Quest, Passtally, Harvest, Unfair and its new expansion, Century Spice: Eastern Wonders, and Villainous.  We also discuss a couple board game apps and  go over board game inserts.  Are they worth it, which ones are best...

2018-08-01
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TDT # 565 - Gen Con 2018!

In this episode, Tom, Eric, and Mandi try to tell Suzanne just what Gen Con is like.  We also answer a pile of Gen Con specific questions before jumping into the heart of our episode - our top ten most looked-forward-to games!  We also talk about a little of our plans, and we hope to see you there!

2018-07-24
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TDT # 564 - Family Games

In this show, we talk about Root, Luxor, Ranking, and Quebec!  Two old and two new!  We also answer questions, talk about Dice Tower Con 2018, hear a tale of horror, and hear the solution to the basketball from Geoff.  Finally, we end the show with our top ten games that we personally have enjoyed with our families!

2018-07-17
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TDT # 563 - Dice Tower Awards 2018

In this show, all of us show up live at Dice Tower Con 2018 for the annual Dice Tower Awards!  Joined by a host of contributors to the show, we hand out the awards for the best games of 2017!

2018-07-10
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TDT # 562 - Oh, Look at the Time!

In this episode, we talk about some of the new games we picked up at Origins, and Suzanne tries to keep Mandi awake!  We're also on our way to go to Dice Tower Con!

2018-07-03
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