The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, Brandon would be excited about a new Valkyria Chronicles game, but it's not coming out in the US for a while, and he's not in the recording booth. Chris plays a handful of games of 504 and Food Chain Magnate and gets way too excited about some RPGs, while Will gets carried around as either Cho or Gall, and otherwise filthy casuals his way through Heroes of the Storm. Oh, and Chris plays some game called Skyrim.


Introduction - 0:00:00

New Valkyria Chronicles? - 0:00:55

Hey, play games on your vacations! - 0:04:13

Will's Game of the Week: Heroes of the Storm - 0:06:35

Food Chain Magnate - 0:29:30

504 and Stock Shares - 0:32:42

The *Worlds Hole - 0:37:39

Chris' Game of the Week: Skyrim - 0:38:56

One Other Thing: Finishing Witcher 3 - 1:00:19

Closing and Contact Info - 1:01:40

Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2075a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:56am EST

In this episode, we discuss a spectrum in the world of games: on one end, the games where what matters is the cool story you experience and can tell afterwards, and on the other, the games where what matters is the tightly interlocked and difficult to master rules and mechanisms. What is good about these? What is bad? Can you like both? And if you can, are there any games that feature both? Also, Chris talks shit about George R. R. Martin.


Introduction - 0:00:00

The Strategy/Experience Spectrum - 0:01:29

Reference points: Experience - 0:08:30

Reference points: Strategy - 0:27:10

What is good or bad about... - 0:42:00

Mismatched expectations - 0:50:45

The Middle of the Spectrum - 0:57:25

Closing and Contact Info - 1:01:54

Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2074b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:20am EST

In this episode, we get excited about a ten year old video game (Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines) and a ten day old video game (Subterfuge). Will gets psyched about the different modes in Halo 5, and then royally screws up in Codenames. Chris gets infuriated about some other thing in a game of Caylus, plays a random mixture of modules in 504, and is trying to get Will psyched about playing some RPGs soon.


Introduction - 0:00:00

Star Wars: Rebellion - 0:01:14

Halo 5 Multiplayer - 0:04:28

Will blows it at Codenames - 0:09:10

Will's Game of the Week: Bloodlines - 0:10:32

Caylus and blowing up - 0:27:19

504 = 586 - 0:30:56

Some exciting RPGs - 0:33:47

Chris' Game of the Week: Subterfuge - 0:36:50

Closing and Contact Info - 1:08:44

Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2074a.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EST

In this episode, we talk about RPGs! Well, one specific thing within them: how you (and your group) can make characters that are not just fun to play, but also fun to play near. What makes characters in RPGs memorable? What makes them irritating? What tools are there to make your characters fun for the other players, and theirs fun for yours? Why is my character not the main protagonist in every game? Come on...


Introduction - 0:00:00

Getting to know the characters - 0:03:13

Engaging character reference points - 0:15:53

Mechanical - 0:31:12

Personality - 0:36:02

Background - 0:39:46

Relationships - 0:47:50

Internal Conflicts - 0:51:49

The Real Trick: the Other Players - 0:56:41

Closing and Contact Info - 1:12:50

Direct download: The20Die20is20Podcast2C20Episode2073b.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am EST