The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we talk about the upcoming Final Fantasy 14 expansion Heavensward, the life-expectancy of the guys' D&D game, at least one super-dry euro-stravaganza, and something that is definitely not a cow level. Most importantly, we review two games that have numerals in their title: the sort-of-like-a-civilization 7 Wonders and the sort-of-like-a-government Democracy 3.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Convention Season Starts - 0:01:05

You Must Build a Boat - 0:04:05

Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG announced - 0:05:30

Heavensward Skills Preview - 0:09:18

Will the D&D game last? - 0:19:41

Diablo 3 Anniversary - 0:30:03

Chris plays Concordia - 0:36:46

Prepping for an RPG sampler - 0:39:23

Chris' Game of the Week: 7 Wonders - 0:42:15

Brandon's Game of the Week: Democracy 3 - 1:00:05

Closing and Contact Info - 1:14:19

Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2062a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am EST

In this episode, we talk about a classic game that we've all had a chance to play together: Diplomacy! The game has a legendary status amongst certain gamers, and after finally playing it, we can understand why. What is this game? Why does it appeal? What problems did we run into? And with us is the GM, Susie Rogers, who saw everything from a bird's eye view and can tell us what really happened...

Introduction - 0:00:00

What is Diplomacy? - 0:04:18

What's fun about that? - 0:12:42

Cooperation vs. Backstabbing - 0:28:58

Our particular game - 0:34:42

Mistakes were made - 0:47:28

Other problems? - 1:01:52

Anticipation for the next game - 1:08:59

Closing and Contact Info - 1:16:19

Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2061b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:45am EST

In this episode, two old games have new 1080p 60 FPS releases, so we give them the old The Die is Podcast review. There are a couple of news announcements, include the ramped up speed at which we will release out episodes, Will finally tries a couple of games his friends have been hassling him about, Chris gives up on trying to please Bloodborne and later hosts a night of games. Or earlier. To be honest, the order doesn't matter much.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Game of Thrones LCG 2nd edition - 0:01:35

Coup Rebellion G54 kickstarter - 0:04:58

Dominion Online Beta: Too late? - 0:07:45

Article 27's random features - 0:12:07

Will finally plays Hearthstone - 0:19:41

Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin - 0:25:06

Chris is finished with Bloodborne - 0:43:20

Terra Mystica is thematically abstract - 0:50:08

Game Night re-hosted! - 0:53:36

The Binding of Isaac Rebirth - 0:54:46

Closing and Contact Info - 1:10:25


Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2061a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this episode, we look at the phenomenon of releasing incomplete games, and getting full credit for it. To be more specific, companies that have open betas, public playtests, freely available print-and-play prototypes, and why these things happen. What is good about them? What is bad about them? Why can't RPG companies just accept the need for playtesting and just do it? Well, we might have some answers

Introduction - 0:00:00

Why betas, prototypes, and playtests? - 0:04:25

Specific betas and playtest opportunities - 0:09:58

The negatives of betas, playtests, etc. - 0:19:57

Playtesting RPGs and limited genres - 0:29:47

Playtesting board games and small scale games - 0:36:33

When "playtesting" doesn't happen - 0:40:00

The Sweet Flavor of Good Playtesting - 0:48:41

Closing and Contact Info - 0:54:40

Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2060b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36am EST

In this episode, Will has a nightmare about meeting new people, a nightmare about a storm of blades, and a nightmare about succumbing to the dark pull of a hi-res Dark Souls game. Chris plays a game about polluting and starving to death, one about dying thousands of times, one about dying hundreds of times, and one about jumping around on platforms and grabbing coins. Also, Lords of Waterdeep and news so late that it's already been taken care of by the time you read this.

Introduction - 0:00:00

Diplomacy on Backstabbr - 0:01:06

Athens Board Game Meetup - 0:10:35

BLADESTORM: Nightmare - 0:12:09

Succumbing to Dark Souls 2 - 0:15:30

Will's GotW: Lords of Waterdeep - 0:16:33

Antiquity (in the Middle Ages) - 0:33:08

Axiom Verge - 0:37:25

Loony Quest - 0:38:55

Chris' GotW: Bloodborne - 0:42:44

Closing and Cthontact Info: 1:06:37

Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2060a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST