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
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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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

In this episode, we talk about games that suck you in and force you to play them, whether it's the depth of mechanics or setting, the sheer "replayability," or the fact that you friends won't stop playing and you get pulled along with them... what makes a game so immersive? Why do some games in a genre pull this off, while others don't? What are our favorite games that have enthralled us?

We also give you some in-depth discussion on the deck-development card game Thunderstone: Advance, and the one-on-one "old school" roleplaying game Scarlet Heroes.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Getting psyched about Sentinels for iPad - 0:01:11

AKA Magic: The Gathering: The Strategy Board Game - 0:02:40

Chris bought a PlayStation4 - 0:05:45

The Evil Within - 0:09:43

Will's back to The Old Republic?!? - 0:13:05

Will's still playing Destiny?!? - 0:18:00

Will's GotW: Thunderstone Advance - 0:20:14

Galaxy Trucker for iPad - 0:35:43

Trying Chimera Again - 0:40:04

Chris' GotW - Scarlet Heroes - 0:45:40

Games that Enthrall! - 1:12:04

Next Episode and Contact Info - 2:08:51


Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_46.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33am EST

In this episode, we discuss what makes a good two-player game, what the difference between "couch co-op" and "couch co-mp" is, why one-on-one RPGs move so quickly, and give you a taste of our favorite two-player board games, video games, and RPGs. We also give you a couple of in-depth reviews: Will's new favorite in the old-school style, Wasteland 2, and Chris' new favorite that is actually old-school, Gin.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Torment: Tides of Numenera - 0:01:29

Bedlam (Kickstarter Game) - 0:06:10

Battle Chef Brigade (Kickstarter Game) - 0:09:08

More (or less) Destiny - 0:11:32

Dark Heresy 2nd edition so far - 0:21:14

Wasteland 2 - 0:34:09

Star Realms iOS Suspiciousness - 0:52:51

Monsters and Magic Misstep - 0:58:36

80 Days - 1:04:35

Gin Rummy - 1:07:57

Two-Player Games - 1:24:44

Closing and Contact Info - 2:14:16

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_45.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50pm EST

In this episode, we talk about what we do when there is no one to play with and we still want to play. There are solitaire games, of course, but there's a lot of other things we do that are game-related. We also talk at great length about the possibly two-player Divinity: Original Sin, the "f*cking remarkable" Star Realms, and Brandon's lunchtime favorite, The Resistance.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Bryce Con - 0:01:27

Wasteland 2 finally "drops" - 0:05:03

Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance - 0:08:06

Will's Game of the Week: Divinity: Original Sin - 0:12:18

Will's Other Game of the Week - 0:21:58

Two-player Splendor - 0:43:09

Sushi Go! - 0:45:32

Chris' Game of the Week: Star Realms - 0:47:27

Archeage almost played... - 1:05:26

Brandon's Game of the Week: The Resistance

Lonely Fun - 1:24:05

Closing and Contact Info - 2:01:01

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_44.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:29am EST

In this episode, we talk about what games work best for introducing your non-gaming friends and family to our hobby. We break down the strengths of video games, board games, and roleplaying games are in general, and what to look for specifically in those genres, including our own recommendations for games that work well. We also finally get to letting you know our thoughts on Torchbearer (RPG) and Warhammer Conquest (card game).

Introduction - 0:00:00

New Saints Row content - 0:01:20

Dark Heresy 2 released hours too late... - 0:03:11

Will's Game of the Week: Warhammer Conquest - 0:05:31

Equinox - 0:18:52

Chimera - 0:22:56

Chris' Game of the Week: Torchbearer - 0:31:52

Gateway Games - 0:52:55

Closing and Contact Info - 1:59:09

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am EST

In this episode, we have been to Gen Con and want to talk about everything we saw, played or bought. What were the best experiences of the con? What were the worst? What games should you keep an eye out for? What games can you give a pass?

Introduction - 0:00:00

The Overall Experience - 0:04:44

Red - 0:17:35

Equinox - 0:22:40

Impulse - 0:25:29

Heat - 0:03:42

Burgoo - 0:33:23

Coin Age - 0:35:38

Longhorn vs. Niya - 0:40:40

Space Cadets Dice Duel: Die Fighter - 0:45:58

Dragon Slayer - 0:52:19

Splendor - 0:58:26

Chimera - 1:06:38

Tragedy Looper - 1:10:28

Lost Legacy - 1:18:39

Level 99 Games - 1:22:17

Freedom: The Underground Railroad - 1:31:02

1775: The American Revolution - 1:35:52

OmegaZone and Torchbearer GM Screen - 1:41:10

Samurai Spirit - 1:47:40

Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom - 1:55:02

Warhammer 40K Conquest - 2:02:01

FFG's Star Wars Buffet - 2:06:56

Closing and Contact Info - 2:09:56

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this episode, Chris has just made a big move, so we talk about what makes a RPG, video game, or board game "portable," and in particular, what makes them good. Airplane tray tables are never as big as you think... We also talk about a lot of games that we've played recently, including Final Fantasy, a card game called Khmer, and Brandon's mythical experiences with Banished.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Going to Gen Con! - 0:01:18

Will's Final WH40K Conquest Preview - 0:03:12

Destiny Beta - 0:09:24

Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance - 0:15:30

Final Fantasy 14 - 0:20:20

Valiant Hearts - 0:37:08

Rayman Origins - 0:42:10

Spelunky - 0:43:39

Khmer - 0:47:26

Hitman GO - 0:50:28

Chris is just distracted - 0:52:13

Archeage Beta Again! - 0:54:58

#ThingsNotInBanished - 1:00:28

Rimworld still coming - 1:04:55

Portable Games - 1:08:36

Closing and Contact Info - 1:57:05

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_41.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

In this episode, we talk about how certain stories and themes are adapted to the many kinds of games that exist, and what is lost and what is gained in creating a video game, board game, or RPG for a particular property. What are the strengths of board games over video games? Why are there so many Song of Ice and Fire games? We also give you a handful of overviews of some recent video games, in particular Sins of a Solar Empire and Mark of the Ninja.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Ingress comes to iOS - 0:01:04

Warhammer Conquest: Tzeentch - 0:06:38

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion RPG released - 0:12:32

Fallout: New Vegas Completed - 0:17:55

What is Archeage? - 0:20:37

Will's GotW: Sins of a Solar Empire - 0:27:23

Transistor's Flaws - 0:46:32

Shovel Knight's Brilliance - 0:56:18

Chris' GotW: Mark of the Ninja - 1:02:37

Adaptations! - 1:16:49

Closing and Contact Info - 02:18:33

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_40.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

In this episode, we talk about games that feature the players managing all the complexities of a civilization or kingdom, the war, politics, and logistics of it, and how to go from a small, inefficient economy to a powerful, high-speed engine. It's fun, but in a different way than playing a single character that hand-cannons all the evil monsters. We also review some games, including in-depth discussions of Fallout: New Vegas and Blue Moon: Legends.

Introduction - 0:00:00

News Items - 0:1:52

Mortal Kombat Komplete - 0:15:07

Injustice: Gods Among Us - 0:19:27

Beat Hazard - 0:21:34

Will's Game of the Week: Fallout: New Vegas - 0:27:07

More (or less) FTL for iPad - 0:44:06

More Gunpoint - 0:49:15

Concept - 0:53:40

Chris' Game of the Week: Blue Moon: Legends

More Summon Masters - 1:13:00

More Eve Online - 1:17:03

More Song of Ice and Fire - 1:23:15

Civilizations, 4X, and Economic Engine games - 1:26:01

Closing and Contact Info - 2:30:18

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03am EST

In this episode we talk a little about a couple of video games that are too much for Will (Gunpoint and Rogue Legacy), and a couple of games that Chris needs to spend a lot more time with to not lose all of the time (Blue Moon Legends and FTL). Most of our time was spent talk about what we've enjoyed (or not) so far this year, what cool stuff was at E3 or Origins, and what stuff we are looking forward to as the year progresses.

We're releasing a bit early because we also talk about the Steam Summer Sale and don't want it to be too late when you hear about it!

Introduction - 0:00:00

Gunpoint - 0:04:32

Rogue Legacy - 0:08:45

Wasteland 2 Beta - 0:14:37

Blue Moon Legends - 0:16:24

FTL for iPad - 0:21:37

Discussion Start - 0:28:13

Most fun games in 2014 so far - 0:29:32

Least fun games in 2014 so far - 0:54:46

E3 just happened-ish - 1:05:37

Origins Awards - 1:36:34

Upcoming board game excitement - 1:42:43

Upcoming RPG excitement - 1:59:22

Closing and Contact Info - 2:10:35

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:35am EST

In this episode, we talk to the human being behind Space Cadets, Ares Project, the Ludology podcast, and all around good guy Geoff Engelstein. We find out where his ideas for games come from, what it's like meeting people who already know you for the first time, and get lots of juicy information about the upcoming expansions for Space Cadets and Space Cadets: Dice Duel.

For more, check out or talk to him on Twitter @gengelstein

Direct download: Geoff_Engelstein_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:44am EST

In this episode, we talk about how (irritatingly) games and their associated bits are packaged, how we keep all of our game stuff stored, and what to do with the awful folded cardboard inserts that come in board game boxes. Will's Game of the Week is Watch_Dogs, Chris' is Wolfenstein: The New Order, and we welcome back Brandon by listening to him drone on and on about something called Summon Masters!

Introduction - 0:00:00

Twilight Struggle Digital KS - 0:01:50

Super Time Force - 0:06:04

Watch_Dogs - 0:11:46

Famous Forehands - 0:37:17

Memoir '44 - 0:44:29

Trawing for Dungeon Crawling - 0: 49:10

Wolfenstein: The New Order - 0:53:30

Rimworld Alpha - 1:13:25

Still "Rocking" Eve Online - 1:17:07

Summon Masters - 1:20:44

Storage, Containers, and Packaging - 1:34:36

Closing and Contact Info - 2:20:43

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:55am EST

In this episode, we get to talking about German Game of the Year nominees, convention season, all kinds of upcoming games, a community game night, and somewhere in there we talk about the games we've been playing, including Will's Game of the Week, the Song of Ice and Fire RPG, and Chris' Game of the Week, Twilight struggle. No discussion topic this week, but we'll be back next time with one!

Intro - 0:00:00

Spiel des Jarhes Nominees - 0:01:17

Xbox One: Diskinected - 0:10:34

Con Season and the Advantages Thereof - 0:15:29

Summoner Wars Alliances - 0:20:11

D&D 5th edition Crests - 0:22:01

Child of Light Continues - 0:24:50

Final Fantasy 14 Continues - 0:25:21

The End of Willhammer 40k - 0:30:30

A Song of Ice and Fire, the RPG - 0:36:01

Video Gaming Drought - 1:10:10

Community Game Night - 1:11:34

Twilight Struggle - 1:19:38

Closing and Contact Info - 1:48:40

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

RPGs are great!

If you like board games or video games, and you are at all interested in any of this "role-playing" stuff that we talk about in our show, then you should definitely check out this episode.

We take some time to talk about what RPGs are, why they are fun, why we don't only play them, and what some of the best RPGs are if you are coming from a video or board game background.

Direct download: The_RPG_Episode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09am EST

In this episode, we get into the meaty discussion of what "risk" actually is in games, whether it is dependent upon chance, how you could possibly have "no risk" conflicts, and all kinds of other stuff. We also talk about a few new games, in particular the fairy tale-like video game Child of Light and the deck-development card game Paperback.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Kenshi: The Alpha - 0:01:36

Call of Duty: In Spaaaaacey! - 0:10:15

The end of Willhammer 40K? - 0:15:33

Will's Game of the Week: Child of Light - 0:23:08

Crowdfunder Thieves vs. AGs - 0:31:33

Tabletop and RPG Tabletop - 0:36:37

Dusting off some old board games - 0:40:01

Chris' Game of the Week: Paperback - 0:46:11

Risk! (Not the game) 1:09:10

Risk in Board Games - 1:10:58

Risk in RPGs - 1:36:48

Risk in Video Games - 2:05:34

Closing and Contact Info - 2:12:20

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

In this episode, we talk to the musician, composer, and sonorous genius behind Syrinscape, Benjamin Loomes. We cover a lot of ground in this interview: music theory, improvisation, Youtube, the sound of one hand clapping, and stormtroopers... but most importantly, we let you behind the curtain with the Syrinscape app, a way to integrate mood music and sound effects with your tabletop RPGs.

Check out and for more!

Direct download: Benjamin_Loomes_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34am EST

In this episode, we talk about games on iOS and Android that are worth spending a chunk of money on - not because they sucker you into microtransactions, but because the games are deep, well-designed, and provide lasting fun. We also talk about an unusually large number of RPGs, a few games that Will tried out with his new "gaming" laptop, and there's even a bit about Hearthstone...

Introduction - 0:00:00

Final Fantasy 14 keeps getting better - 0:01:25

War Thunder - 0:06:46

Marvel vs. Diablo - 0:17:31

Current gen consoles, still no draw...? - 0:24:48

Pippoglyph playing cards - 0:30:37

Sentinels of the Multiverse keeps getting better - 0:39:08

Torchbearer playing cards - 0:44:23

iOS throwdown: Hearthstone vs. Yomi - 0:48:16

Bundle of Holding: Indie Treasure Trove - 0:55:46

Beefy Mobile Games: 1:24:08

Closing and Contact Info: 2:08:31

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, we talk about the Tank/Healer/DPS paradigm: splitting battle roles into people who take damage, deal damage, and recover from damage. Why is it so popular? What games have done it best? What games with teams and roles don't use this paradigm at all, and how do the do it?


Introduction - 0:00:00

The "casual" mode of Fire Emblem - 0:00:59

Link to the Between World's Past! - 0:06:43

Risk keeps bein' Risk - 0:14:04

Old Re-Public Housing Projects - 0:16:41

Final Fantasy 14 continues not being "final" - 0:19:05

Will couldn't wait for X-boxing Day! - 0:22:15

Will's Game of the Week: Titanfall - 0:28:38

Chris' Game of the Week: Nine Worlds - 0:52:08

Tanks, Healers and "DPS" - 1:19:03

Closing and Contact Info - 2:29:41


Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this episode, we talk to David Sirlin, creator of Flash Duel, Puzzle Strike, and Yomi. We ask him about playing to win, how chess and poker could be improved, countering and counter-countering, and his upcoming game Codex... but most importantly, there is going to be a mobile version of Yomi, complete with AI, PvP, and match rankings.

Direct download: David_Sirlin_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this, our first interview of what we hope to be many, Will and Chris talk to Liz Theis from Love Wolf Development about Realm Works, a program intended to assist GMs with the creation and running of RPG campaigns. If you have ever had an interest in being a GM, you should check this out - we're not making a recommendation one way or the other, but Liz has enough information that you should be able to make an informed decision after listening!

Direct download: Liz_Theis_Interview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:57am EST

In this episode, we discuss games where the primary enjoyment comes from exploration, discovery, and freedom of choice. What is so much fun about a sandbox? How can you maximize this in RPGs or video games? What games do it best? Is it even possible in board games?

Will's Game of the Week is Puzzle Craft.

Chris' Game of the Week is The Duke.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Chris is the "Elite One" - 0:01:18

A-wing's OP - 0:07:31

Elder Scrolls' World of Funcraft - 0:15:06

Puzzle Craft - 0:22:49

The Duke - 0:43:07

Sandbox Games - 1:11:33

Closing and Contact Info - 2:01:43

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_32.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this episode, we have an in-depth discussion of how the look of a game affects the play of the game, what we like visually in games, and what the best looking AND playing games are.

Will's Game of the Week is Final Fantasy 13-3: Lightning Returns.

Chris' Game of the Week is Pokemon (X and) Y.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Eve Online.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Chris Forgets about iOS games - 0:1:32

Edge of the Empire Strikes Back - 0:03:38

Video Game Instruction Booklets - 0:09:01

Lightning Returns - 0:12:08

Pokemon X and Y - 0:38:40

Eve Online - 1:11:11

How a Game Looks - 1:31:25

Closing and Contact Info - 2:24:57

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_31.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this episode, we talk about games that feature soldiers and involve the lowest level of grunt to the highest level general. What makes these games fun? What video games, RPGs and board games provide those things? Why do we keep hassling each other about genre definitions?

Will's Game of the Week is 3:16 - Carnage Amongst the Stars

Chris' Game of the Week is 10000000

Introduction - 0:00:00

X-Wing Minis Thoughts - 0:01:23

Will's New to Coup, so kill him - 0:05:56

Must we keep playing Field of Glory? - 0:08:26

Everyone has now played Haggis - 0:10:42

Chris' Memory Doesn't Function - 0:11:47

Dice Duel: Fun for the Whole Family - 0:13:14

Bakelite Bug Chess - 0:14:21

Edge of the Empire - Disappointing? - 0:15:59

DM Technique with Brandon and Chris - 0:20:35

FF14 - Not quite 24 karat... - 0:24:43

Breaking EVE Online Statue News - 0:32:24

Not talking about Flappy Bird. - 0:35:16

Or Dark Souls - 0:37:22

3:16 - Carnage Amongst the Stars - 0:38:18

10000000 - 1:07:53

A Game of Soldiers - 1:22:34

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_30.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EST

In this episode, we talk about games that are great with 6 or more people involved. Why play a game with a big group? How big can video games get? What makes a 7+ person board game work? Are there any tabletop RPGs that are consistently fun with that many people?

Will's Game of the Week is Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures

Chris' Game of the Week is Ghost/Echo

Brandon's Game of the Week is Final Fantasy XIV

Introduction - 0:00:00

In-Person Game Plans - 0:01:13

Pokemon 3DS - 0:02:39

Ingress, Family Style - 0:04:03

Final Fantasy XIII 3 - 0:06:06

EVE Online's Biggest Ever - 0:10:53

X-Wing Miniatures - 0:18:32

Ghost/Echo - 0:41:44

Final Fantasy XIV - 1:00:41

Large Group Games - 1:25:25

Closing and Contact Info - 2:14:20

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_29.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this episode, we discuss how we play video games, board games, and roleplaying games with people who aren't in the same room as us. How does it work? What tools do you need? What options are there? And what are our favorite experiences with this sort of game play?

Will's Game of the Week is the Dragon Age RPG.

Chris' Game of the Week is Suburbia.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Star Wars: The Old Republic - Galactic Starfighter.

Intro - 0:00:00

Chris joins Playstation Plus - 0:01:22

More like "Badderlands 2" - 0:07:52

Will pirates like an assassin - 0:11:11

Brandon breaks Netrunner - 0:14:50

Dragon Age review - 0:22:28

Suburbia review - 0:40:38

Galactic Starfighter review - 1:05:15

Remote Gaming discussion - 1:19:22

Closing and Contact info - 2:07:27

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_28.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

If you have never listened to an episode of our show, or you want an introduction to who we are and what we do, start here! In this episode, we discuss our reasons for starting the podcast, our general thoughts on board games, video games and roleplaying games, our approach to reviews, and the reasons that we want your feedback so badly!

Will's Game of the Week is X-Com: Enemy Within

Chris' Game of the Week is Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Brandon's Game of the Week is Kingdom Rush/Frontiers

Intro - 0:00:00

Forgot about Eldritch Horror - 0:01:53

Will tries the Star Wars LCG - 0:04:14

Alternate Boards of Burgundy - 0:08:11

Prosperity in Dominion - 0:12:56

X-Com: Enemy Within - 0:18:00

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag - 0:34:50

Kingdom Rush/Frontiers - 1:06:57

What is The Die is Podcast - 1:18:32

Closing and Contact Info - 2:15:34

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_27.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am EST