The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we look back at the year of game playing, and see what the best and worst games that we played were. What games did we wish we had a chance to play more? What games do we wish had never been conceived? We also do a little bit of dreaming about the awesome games that will come out in 2014. Happy New Year!

Will's Game of the Week is Dark Souls

Chris' Game of the Week is Bohnanza

Intro - 0:00:00

Witcher 2: Complete! - 0:01:39

Edge of the Empire Continues - 0:07:06

Wasteland 2 Beta Impressions -0:14:15

Dark Souls - 0:18:36

Bohnanza - 0:44:16

Best and Worst of 2013 - 1:03:05

Excitement about 2014 - 1:52:49

Closing and Contact Info -2:18:33

Direct download: The_Die_is_Pocast_Episode_26.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55am EST

In this episode, we take a narrow slice of "fantasy" and talk quite a lot about about many of the games that fit into that genre (which, of course, we enjoy to a great degree). What makes these games that are so similarly themed fun?

Will's Game of the Week is The Witcher 2

Chris' Game of the Week is Pandemic

Brandon's Entirely Objectionable Game of the Week is Heroes of Dragon Age

Intro - 0:00

InSpectres Live! - 0:02:15

Tenra Bansho Live - 0:05:47

Doctor Who Legacy - 0:09:07

The Witcher 2 - 0:12:55

Pandemic - 0:32:16

Heroes of Dragon Age - 0:53:08

"Classic" Fantasy Games - 1:09:41

Closing and Contact Info - 2:04:06

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_25.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:31am EST

In this episode, we talk about our sometimes ridiculous and fairly unnecessary game collections. What drives people to have so many games? How do we decide which games to play? How do you keep a collection from getting unmanageably large? And, in preparation for our one year anniversary, we theorize on how we would slim down our game collections to nine games if we had only a breadbox to keep them in.

Will and Brandon's Game of the Week is Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Chris' Game of the Week is Android Netrunner.

Intro 0:00:00

Creed Hard with a Vengeance 0:01:21

Next Gen Consolation 0:03:30

Edge of the Empire 0:07:58

Android Netrunner 0:49:02

Amassing Collections 1:12:33

Closing and Contact Info 2:01:07

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_24.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, we discuss the expansive subgenre of games where imaginary crimes are committed (e.g. Grand Theft Auto). What is there in these games that makes them so much fun? What are the best examples of the genre in video games, board games, and RPGs?

Will's Game of the Week is Battlefield 4.

Chris' Game of the Week is CV.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Ingress.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_23.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:15am EST

In this supplementary episode, Chris and Susie talk about their trip to the biggest board game convention in the entire world, Essen Internationale Spieltage. What is that experience like? What games did they see, play or buy? How do you pronounce "funf" or "hrubec?"

Games Discussed (In the order we discussed them!):

  • Nations
  • Concept
  • Funf Gurken
  • Going, Going, Gone
  • CV
  • Cheaty Mages
  • Caverna
  • Coup
  • Koryo
  • Field of Glory: The Card Game
  • Kyoto
  • Legacy
  • Guild Hall
  • String Railway
  • Concordia
  • Dr. Hrubec
  • Escape: The Curse of the Temple
  • Space Cadets Dice Duel

We also spoil the "surprise" about episode 23...

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_22b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47am EST

In this episode (the first of two this week!), Will and Brandon talk exhaustively about MMOs: the huge variety of types, the most fun MMOS (and the least), and what their ideal MMO would consist of.

Will's Game of the Week is Arkham Horror.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Duels of the Planeswalkers, Battle Towers and Puzzles & Dragons, because he clearly doesn't understand how singular and plural works.

Check out 22b where Susie and I talk about our experiences at Essen Internationale Spieltage!

Will comes back to The Old Republic: 00:03:06

Arkham Horror: 00:05:33.000

Duels of the Planeswalkers:00:26:30

Battle Towers: 00:31:19

Puzzles and Dragons: 00:37:15

The Exhaustive Guide to MMOs: 00:41:44

Closing and Contact Info: 02:17:40

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_22.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST

In this episode, we discuss how often and how terribly we lose at games, but more importantly, how tricky it can be to create a game where losing isn't a complete mood-killer. What games do we play where losing especially sucks? What games do we play where losing is part of the fun?

Will's Game of the Week is FTL.

Chris' Game of the Week is Pixel Defenders Puzzle.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Europa Universalis 4.

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_21.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40am EST

In this episode, we talk about every facet of the popular card game Magic: The Gathering that we could manage. What is so good about it that we keep coming back? What is so bad about it that the lengths of time between massive buy-ins keep increasing in length? What games are there that simply work better for the enjoyment we get out Magic, and why do they?

Will's Game of the Week is Diablo III.

Chris' Game of the Week is Tichu. No, Haggis. No, Tichu. Definitely Haggis.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Surgeon Simulator 2013.

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_20.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am EST

In this episode, we discuss all of the ways that we buy or acquire games that don't involve simply going to the store, including Kickstarter and Free-to-Play distribution. What is good about them? What isn't? What are the best games we've gotten in these different ways?

Will's Game of the Week is Payday 2.

Chris' Game of the Week is Tenra Bansho Zero.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Dota 2.

Get ready, this is a long one!

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_19.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14am EST

In this episode, we discuss games that are hobbies unto themselves, like Chess, Bridge, and Warhammer 40,000. We play so many different games, but there are some people really only play one... Why? What makes those games good?

Will's Game of the Week is Saints Row 4.

Chris' Game of the Week is Through the Ages.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Go Away, Monster. But he didn't realize until too late.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_18.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am EST

In this episode we discuss getting burned out on games, feeling like nothing will be fun ever again, and whatever an avocado is. We also manage to explain how we have managed to get past the shitty times and back to enjoying games.

Will's Game of the Week is waiting for Saints Row 4.

Chris' Game of the Week is Mice and Mystics.

Brandon's Accessory of the Week is actually also a mouse. And some sort of secondary, one-handed keyboard.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_17.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am EST

In this episode, we talk about games set in the modern day that feature major supernatural elements... If you are familiar with Buffy or Supernatural, then you won't want to miss it. If you aren't, then listen anyway! What makes these sorts of settings so compelling? What are the games that present this genre the best? Well, we take quite a lot of time to figure that exact thing out.

Will's Game of the Week is Shadowrun Returns

Chris' Game of the Week is Monster of the Week

Brandon's Game of the Week is Shut up... just shut up. No talking.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_16.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55am EST

In this episode we discuss the idea of mobile games that we can play anywhere, quickly, and why they appeal to us. We also give you, the listener, a big ole list of really great (and really not so great) mobile filler games to try yourself.

Will is on a pilgrimage to obtain the Final Aeon and defeat Sin, so he has no game of the week, but...

Chris' Game of the Week is Agricola.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Planetside 2.

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_15.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am EST

In this episode, we discuss what makes games challenging, what about that is fun, and when it crosses the line into simply frustrating. And we have lots of examples and discussion of the games we've played that are challenging, frustrating, or both.

Will's Game of the Week is Deadpool.

Chris' Game of the Week is The Last of Us.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Mechwarrior Online (Beta).

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_14.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm EST

In this episode, we reflect on our last six months of gaming and talk about what we liked and didn't like, and then we look forward with anticipation to all kinds of games announced at E3 and Origins (and whatever else might be coming down the pipe).

Will has a potty-mouth. His Game of the Week is Mass Effect 2.

Chris' Game of the Week is InSpectres.

Brandon has been fighting giant steampunk boss-monsters and can't be with us.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_13.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm EST

In this episode, we talk about emotional investment when you play a game, the benefits and drawbacks to getting really into it, and what kind of person says "It's just a game." (Hint: I have few compliments for them...)

Will's Game of the Fortnight is Mass Effect.

Chris' Game of the Week is Sentinels of the Multiverse.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Dominion.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_12.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

In this episode, we discuss many of the games set in the Star Wars universe that we have played, their strengths and weaknesses, and what kinds of things we really look for in those games.

Will's Game of the Week is Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition.

Chris' Game of the Week is Alien Frontiers.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Neverwinter (MMO).

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_11.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

In this episode, we take a look back at the first games we ever played, the games that opened our minds to the possibilities of the hobby, and the games that hooked us in, never to release us!

Will's Game of the Week is Space Cadets.

Chris' Game of the Week is Summoner Wars.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Guild Wars 2.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_10.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36am EST

In this MEGA-sode, we each discuss something that we have spent an inordinate amount of time and effort seeking out in games, but have still somehow come up empty.

Will's Game of the Week is Defiance.

Chris' Game of the Week is Descent: Journeys in the Dark 2nd edition.

Brandon's Game (Accessory) of the Week is Roll20.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_9.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, we talk about how we find out about new games, how we learn more, what gets us interested enough to buy, and how we filter through the crap so we don't waste our money!

Will's Game of the Week is Spiderman: Shattered Dimensions.

Chris' Game of the Week is Pixel Tactics.

Brandon is MIA. He may have cut off his left hand. Hopefully, it will be reattached by next week.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_8.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, we talk about what is fun about superhero games in particular, and what superhero video games, board games, and role-playing games are best.

Will's Game of the Week is XCOM: Enemy Unknown.

Chris' Game of the Week is Legends of Anglerre/Fate Core.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Valkyria Chronicles.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_7.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, we talk about howthe hobby of gaming fits into our non-gaming lives, especially with regards to our families and significant others.

Will's Game of the Week is Lord of the Rings: War in the North.

Chris' Game of the Week is Far Cry 3.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Hellfire.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_6.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am EST

In this episode, we discuss what keeps us playing older games despitea deluge of newer games coming out, and speculate on what current games might stand such a test.

Will's Game of the Week is Borderlands 2.

Chris' Game of the Week is Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.

Brandon's Game of the Week doesn't exist, because his two year old daughter locked him out of his computer. Send your insults to @BrandonCard2 on Twitter.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_5.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:41am EST

In this episode, we discuss why violence is present in so many games, and what game options are out there with different levels of violence present.

Will's Game of the Week is Star Trek Online.

Chris' Game of the Week is The Castles of Burgundy.

Brandon's Game(s) of the Week are Apples to Apples, Dixit, and Wits and Wagers.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_4.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this MEGA* episode, we discuss a game that we have had a complicated relationship with for nearly a decade.

Will's Game of the Week is Only War.

Chris' Game of the Week is Star Wars: The Card Game.

Brandon's Game of the Week is League of Legends.

*Three hours... It kind of got away from us.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_3.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18am EST

In this episode we discuss games that might cost a bit too much and what makes us buy them anyway.

Will's Game of the Week is Small World.

Brandon's Game of the Week is the Street Fighter Storytelling Game.

Chris' Game of the Week is LEGO Lord of the Rings.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_2.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

In this episode we introduce ourselves and the show, and talk about what kinds games we prefer and why.

Will's Game of the Week is The Secret World.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Blood Brothers.

Chris' Game of the Week is Dungeon World.

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_-_Ep._1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:53am EST

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