The Die Is Podcast (general)

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
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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
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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
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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
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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
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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT