The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, all three of the guys are together discussing the best, worst, and most dramatic games played in 2014. What did we enjoy the most? What disappointed us greatly? What do we wish we had more of a chance to play? And what are we looking forward to in 2015?


Introduction - 0:00:00

How did our predictions for 2014 pan out? - 0:03:30

Best Games Played in 2014 - 0:30:22

Worst Games Played in 2014 - 0:55:58

Dramatic Opinion Shifts! - 1:05:24

Games we want to play more - 1:10:57

Most Anticipated of 2015 - 1:17:53

Closing and Contact Info - 1:32:47

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_51b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:07am EDT

In this episode, Will realizes he's physically addicted to Final Fantasy 14, despite trying desperately to get off of it with games like Battleheart Legacy and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Chris refuses to playtest homebrew RPGs, and is massively disappointed tricked him into it. At some point, we give our thoughts on D&D 5e after a few weeks of playing and running it, and Chris finally reviews Infamous: Second Son.

Introduction - 0:00:00

New Final Fantasy 14 Classes - 0:03:34

The addiction is real... - 0:07:14

Battleheart Legacy: It's Pausable! - 0:12:34

Initial D&D 5th edition impressions - 0:16:24

Chris doesn't want to test your homebrew - 0:38:50

Reaper of Souls! - 0:41:00

Harold, of Andraste? - 0:43:59

Infamous: Second Son - 0:47:54

Closing and Contact Info - 1:03:45

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_51a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55am EDT

In this episode, Will, Chris and Brandon discuss the moment when you finally understand what makes a game fun, what makes it a "good" game. What games have we played where this happened? What games have we played where this didn't happen? Is there any way to know if you are judging a game unfairly (i.e. you don't "get" it) or are there some games it just isn't possible to "get"?

We might have some answers!


Introduction - 0:00:00

"Getting" a game - 0:01:15

Why have we unfairly dismissed games? - 0:06:29

Why might we go back to some of those games? - 0:26:26

Games we never "got" - 0:48:37

Games we're looking forward to "getting" - 1:00:03

Closing and Contact Info - 1:09:16

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_50b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:34am EDT

In this episode, we talk about our first experiences with the latest edition of Dungeons and Dragons, Chris plays a world-spanning game of international law, frogs and unicorns bound across never-ending highways, and Will can't tell if he's into Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is bad for Chris who is getting it as a Christmas gift...


Introduction - 0:00:00

Initial Experiences with D&D 5e - 0:02:20

Will's Game of the Week: Dragon Age: Inquisition - 0:13:00

Susie's FF14 Free Company Woes - 0:35:55

Pax Britannica, War Game or RPG? - 0:37:52

Crossy Road, Infinite Frogger - 0:42:13

Sentinels of the Multiverse iOS Unlockables - 0:43:28

Chris' Game of the Week: Quartermaster General - 0:48:47

Closing and Contact Info - 1:06:09

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_50a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50am EDT

In this episode, Will and Chris discuss what a game is about... if they are about anything at all! Why do games have a theme, some sort of analogy to the real world? Do they need one? Why are there so many fully abstract board games (like chess) but very few abstract video games? Is there such a thing as a "generic" RPG?


Introduction - 0:00:00

Are games about anything? Should they be? - 0:01:03

Video Game Abstraction - 0:12:58

Board games... about nothing? - 0:24:34

"Themeless" vs. "Abstract" - 0:29:36

Surely RPGs are about something? - 0:39:59

Closing and Contact Ingfo - 0:50:35

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_49b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In this episode Will can't decide if he wants to buy Dragon Age: Inquisition after getting burned by more Assassin's Creeds and Calls of Duty. Chris played Antike, a civilization game where everything was deterministic, and both of our hosts are looking forward to getting to play Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition. And there are bees.


Introduction - 0:00:00

Fantasy Flight acquired by Asmodee - 0:01:31

Another Kingdom Rush game - 0:05:02

Will is skeptical of Dragon Age: Inquisition - 0:07:08

Assassin's Creed: Rogue - 0:09:45

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare - 0:14:49

D&D 5th Character Creation - 0:17:34

Will's GotW: Shadow of Mordor - 0:22:06

Antike - 0:42:00

Chris got game groups! - 0:48:01

Chris' GotW: Battleheart Legacy - 0:50:57

Closing and Contact Info - 1:04:55

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_49a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In this episode, we discuss how we created or found gaming groups, and presumably, how you can to! We spill the beans on how we all met each other and our current and past groups, we are confident that most gamers play more than one kind of game, we touch on the difficulties of grouping in MMOs, and finish by explaining what "don't be weird" means...

In our next episode, we'll tell you about A Game About Nothing!


Introduction - 0:00:00

Creating or finding a gaming group - 0:01:02

How we met our groups - 0:09:00

Most "gamers" don't just play one thing - 0:25:33

MMO Guilds and similar groups - 0:31:01

Chris is madly recruiting and searching - 0:38:56

Just play with people... - 0:47:05

Closing and contact info - 0:49:55

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_48b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In this episode, we get unexcited about ninjas, maybe a little excited about Valkyria Chronicles, and super excited about some Blizzard FPS thing. Will hates Magic, Chris loves Catchup, and we review the "survival horror" video game The Evil Within and the combinatorically superior supplement for Dungeon World called Class Warfare.

In our next episode, we're going to tell you how we find and create gaming groups. Stay tuned!


Introduction - 0:00:00

Game of Thrones LCG 2nd edition - 0:01:14

FF14 Heavensward and Ninja info - 0:05:39

Valkyria Chronicles comes to Steam - 0:10:17

The Ruined Empire has so many systems - 0:12:30

New Blizzard Thing: Overwatch! - 0:15:25

Hating on Magic - 0:19:26

Playing Sentinel Tactics - 0:24:49

Monster Manual 5th edition - 0:28:55

Will's GotW: The Evil Within - 0:33:17

Aggressively Optimizing in Small World - 0:43:40

The Cimple Complexity of Catch Up - 0:46:42

Chris' Game of the Week: Class Warfare - 0:49:30

Closing and Contact Info - 1:04:42

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_48a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In this episode, we discuss the growing phenomenon of "microgames." What is a microgame? Haven't they existed in some form or another for a long time? Why are they so popular, and why are they so popular only now? What "microgames" are our favorites?


Introduction - 0:00:00

What is a microgame? - 0:01:15

Microgames aren't exactly new - 0:17:04

Why are microgames popular? - 0:28:25

Our "great" microgames - 0:37:31

Closing and Contact Info - 0:55:10

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_47b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

In this episode, we don't care about the Magic: The Gathering board game, Will is disappointed with The Evil Within, Chris blames the dice for his losses, and we give you full reviews of the tactical board game Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom and the logic puzzle of a party game One Night Ultimate Werewolf.

In our next episode, we're going to talk about what is up with "Microgames." Stay tuned!


Introduction - 0:00:00

The Magic Boardgame - 0:00:49

10x10 2015! Challenge - 0:04:00

FF14: Almost Gonna Be Having a Patch - 0:06:25

The Disappointment Within - 0:10:33

Sentinels of the Multiverse iOS - 0:12:55

The Raid (Destiny) - 0:17:20

Will's Game of the Week: Sentinel Tactics - 0:20:30

Summoner Wars and dice - 0:38:20

Machi Koro out of style with reviewers - 0:40:52

Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age - 0:43:15

Chris' Game of the Week: One Night Ultimate Werewolf - 0:46:07

Closing and Contact Info - 1:04:49

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_47a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:29am EDT