The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we discuss some video games and also some board games. We even have time for some RPGs! Through the Ages, Godbound, Valor RPG, BraveRats... if you want to learn more, dig in.

Through the Ages Board Game App Port - 01:03
Godbound (of a sort) - 06:01
Minute Minecraft Minute - 11:41
Touching Agricola - 19:10
More on “Godbound”!?! - 26:46
Valor RPG - 30:33
Party gaming - 36:23
Game of the Week: BraveRats or R - 41:53
Closing and Contact Info - 58:44

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In this episode, we discuss the most important, absolutely-critical-to-everyone’s-fun part of a game, balance. What exactly is it? Why does it matter? How is it achieved? And can you actually have fun without it in some way?

Balance - 03:00
The problems of imbalance? - 10:47
What gets balanced? - 27:17
The fun of wild imbalance - 56:08
The fun of meticulous balance - 64:14
Closing and Contact Info - 67:41

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

In this episode, we talk about many platforms Minecrafting in harmony, how much Brandon still hates Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, the recent rebalances in Overwatch, tequila, scheduling RPGs, and finally, Chris gives us his thoughts on and experiences with the Index Card RPG.

Cross-platform Minecraft - 01:48
Brandon hates loving Star Wars GoH - 05:04
Overwatch rebalance - 15:13
Tokaido and Through the Ages Apps - 23:33
Party Games and Tequila - 35:05
Scheduling RPG sessions - 37:08
Chris’ GotW: Index Card RPG - 41:43
Closing and Contact Info - 65:09

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In this episode, we talk about the way your characters in an RPG get better. Why is advancement important? What kinds of advancement are there? What can go wrong with advancement systems? Is character change even really that important?

Character advancement in RPGs - 01:54
The Big Incentive - 11:36
Other incentives? - 20:12
Non-mechanical Progress - 27:40
What could advancement be good for? - 43:13
Bad incentive? - 51:12
A preference here... - 57:43
Closing and Contact Info - 60:09

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

In this episode, Brandon forces refugees to play board games, Chris forces Brandon to play Godbound, Death Angel forces marines to get eaten by totally-not-Zerg, and Tammany Hall forces us to be racist. How bad can it get?

Brandon forces refugees to play board games - 01:08
Brandon forces himself to play Galaxy of Heroes - 05:12
Brandon's GotW: Death Angel: The Card Game - 10:43
Pairs doing what it oughta - 26:57
Long-distance Godbound - 29:53
Video games? - 38:03
Chris' GotW: Tammany Hall - 40:09
Closing and Contact Info - 66:18

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In this episode, Chris regales us with stories from the biggest, oldest, and stickiest board game convention on the planet Earth. What games did he see? What costumes? What are the best games he played? The worst? Is there any thing worse than actually going to Gen Con? Listen closely...

The Convention! - 03:51
The Winner of the Con - 10:51
Some Oink Games - 23:08
Gamblin' Games - 27:08
Fugitive - 32:06
Spy Games - 34:34
One Deck Dungeon - 40:25
Mini-Rails - 42:50
Final Thoughts - 50:29

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In this episode, Chris makes RPG kits, gets detailed about the Index Card RPG, and plays Sequence for the first time. Brandon talks about the best MMO ever, again. And both of them play Tiny Epic Quest from Gen Con!

Brandon's GotW: Guild Wars 2 - 01:36
RPG kits! - 23:07
Index Card RPG - 26:43
Sequence with family - 31:22
Chris' GotW: Tiny Epic Quest - 34:28
Closing and Contact Info 51:45

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT

In this episode, we talk about being losers. Is losing fun in any way? Is winning? What makes a game enjoyable, win or lose? What are some games we really enjoy playing, even when disaster befalls us?

"Games that are fun to lose!" - 01:49
Is it fun to win? - 03:51
What stuff makes losing fun? - 9:20
The possibility of winning - 26:05
Playing isn't fun? - 33:26
Favorite games to lose - 45:37
Closing and Contact Info - 59:30

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm EDT

In this episode, Brandon makes videos about Star Wars and Mechwarrior, while Chris has uninvited people show up to play games, and rants about the spirit of the game in The Resistance. He is also excited about a couple of RPGs he might soon have the opportunity to play, including the Game of the Week, Follow.

Brandon makin' videos - 01:10
Star Wars GoH Minute - 05:41
Game night shenanigans - 12:02
The spirit of Resistance - 14:46
Overwatch penalties! - 24:50
Diablo III Necromancer - 29:16
RPGs in Athens! - 32:40
Chris' GotW: Follow - 36:47
Closing and Contact Info - 64:39

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

in this episode, we discuss how games are discussed, and make a plea for you to be a part of the discussion. What is a "game review?" Do we review games? Why do so many people try to redefine "review" so they can be reviewers when it is convenient and "not reviewers" when it isn't? What the hell are we doing here?

Overvaluing our opinions? - 02:16
What's the point? - 04:52
Claiming to be reviewers - 14:18
Gleeful negativity - 23:50
What is a game review? - 35:22
What are we doing here? - 55:41
Closing and Contact Info - 66:36

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