The Die Is Podcast (general)

In this episode, we talk about being losers. Is losing fun in any way? Is winning? What makes a game enjoyable, win or lose? What are some games we really enjoy playing, even when disaster befalls us?

"Games that are fun to lose!" - 01:49
Is it fun to win? - 03:51
What stuff makes losing fun? - 9:20
The possibility of winning - 26:05
Playing isn't fun? - 33:26
Favorite games to lose - 45:37
Closing and Contact Info - 59:30

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:51pm EST

In this episode, Brandon makes videos about Star Wars and Mechwarrior, while Chris has uninvited people show up to play games, and rants about the spirit of the game in The Resistance. He is also excited about a couple of RPGs he might soon have the opportunity to play, including the Game of the Week, Follow.

Brandon makin' videos - 01:10
Star Wars GoH Minute - 05:41
Game night shenanigans - 12:02
The spirit of Resistance - 14:46
Overwatch penalties! - 24:50
Diablo III Necromancer - 29:16
RPGs in Athens! - 32:40
Chris' GotW: Follow - 36:47
Closing and Contact Info - 64:39

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20116a.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

in this episode, we discuss how games are discussed, and make a plea for you to be a part of the discussion. What is a "game review?" Do we review games? Why do so many people try to redefine "review" so they can be reviewers when it is convenient and "not reviewers" when it isn't? What the hell are we doing here?

Overvaluing our opinions? - 02:16
What's the point? - 04:52
Claiming to be reviewers - 14:18
Gleeful negativity - 23:50
What is a game review? - 35:22
What are we doing here? - 55:41
Closing and Contact Info - 66:36

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

In this episode, we talk about Mechwarrior Online, The Game of Things, Blades in the Dark, Overwatch, Stuff and Nonsense, Pax Pamir, and Gen Con. What are our games of the week? Hell if I know. But we have a lot to say otherwise.

Game of Things - 2:47
Mechwarrior gets civil - 05:41
Brandon's in the Dark - 16:17
Getting more Overwatched - 34:04
Stuff and Nonsense - 51:34
Pax Pamir! - 58:37
GenCon Badges... What do?! - 62:33
Closing and Contact Info - 68:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EST

In this episode, we discuss the task of GMing an RPG. What does it entail? What does it not entail? How do you have fun doing it? HOw do we decide what games to run? And what are the most common mistakes?

Is GMing hard? - 05:01
What does it entail? - 10:52
What does it not entail? - 23:07
Prep! - 31:21
What do we like running? - 40:49
Common mistakes! - 49:30
Closing and Contact Info - 60:39

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20114b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:48pm EST

In this episode, Brandon gets stuck on Stellaris, but also manages to play some actually cool games with his cousins. We compliment every who listens to this show, recap some games Chris has been playing, and then talk and talk and talk about the modern-day classic Overwatch, which some of you might never have heard of. (Mmmmaybe...?)

Group Stellaris - 01:41
Games with Cousins - 03:38
An aside about podcasts - 10:06
Life is Strange is Cinematic - 11:33
Freebooting on the Frontier - 17:23
Kemet again - 20:18
Sorcery! - 21:34
Game of the Week: Overwatch - 25:05
Closing and Contact Info - 64:02

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:36am EST

In this episode, we talk about our gaming experiences in the first six months of the year. What are the best games we played? What are the worst games we played? Do we have any thoughts on E3 or convention season? And what are we looking forward to playing for the next several months?

Favorite Games from the first half of 2017 - 02:09
Least Favorite Games from etc. - 28:31
E3 and Origins? - 42:12
Looking Forward - 49:40
Closing and Contact Info - 65:29

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20113b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EST

In this episode, Brandon's computer is struck by lightning, limiting his ability to play games (although not Mechwarrior Online or Stellaris), but turning it into a super-podcast-recording machine! Chris also suffered technical difficulties in Alien Frontiers, is prepping for another game with "frontier" in the title, and gets specific with the benefits of Kemet for your digestion.

They play Mechwarrior! - 05:39
Still-aris - 09:18
Incomplete Alien Frontiers - 12:37
Freebooters on the Frontier - 14:37
Alright, Overwatch, alright - 17:53
Chris' GotW: Kemet - 23:08
Closing and Contact Info - 48:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

In this episode, Chris recruits a bunch of newbies to play in an RPG, and we discuss how that is best done. What do you need to explain about RPGs in general and the game you will be playing specifically? What's the best way to do that? Is there anything you should or shouldn't include in a newbie game? If you have any more ideas, let us know!

Chris recruits for an RPG - 02:09
What's the most important stuff? - 08:13
Choosing and explaining the game - 26:10
Actually running the thing- 38:08
Get to the important stuff! - 46:07
What next? - 51:44
Closing and Contact Info - 62:53

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20112b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:41am EST

In this episode, Brandon wonders what the future will be like as his kids start playing actual games, and Chris knows what the future will be like because of the prophetic storylines of Horizon: Zero Dawn. We also argue about whether complicated, real-world processes make a good basis for the rules of games, and ask "how difficult is Small World, really?"

An actual LAN!? - 01:25
Splendor with a six-year-old - 02:47
Brandon's Game of the Week: Ergo - 04:32
The Castles of Burgundy card game stream - 22:29
Small World and Coup G54 - 24:26
Chris' Game of the Week: Horizon: Zero Dawn - 30:48
Closing and Contact Info - 51:46

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:35pm EST