The Die Is Podcast (general)

In this episode, and we look back over the past year to review our favorite games we played, our least favorites, and then we throw out some expectations for 2018.

Favorite games in 2017 - 02:12
Least Favorites - 25:22
Looking to 2018 - 39:47
Closing and Contact Info - 54:24

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast20122817.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

In this episode, we try out a new, shorter, more focused format, and discuss the madcap shenanigans of EA with the latest Star Wars video games, and the complexity that comes from the simple rules of Mini Rails.

EA really messed up - 01:27
Mini Rails first impressions - 19:09
Closing and Contact Info- 36:18

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast20121417.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

In this episode, Brandon relates a tale of influence gone wrong and Chris sharks noobs in Power Grid. We also talk a bit about our Godbound game, what’s up with the Burning Wheel Codex, and of course, our games of the week.

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes Influencers - 01:59
Godbounding - 07:40
Brandon’s GotW: Heroes Wanted - 18:33
Imperial politics - 33:25
Power Grid shark - 38:12
Burning Wheel Codex - 42:00
Chris’ GotW: Just Cause 3 - 48:40
Closing and Contact Info - 64:46

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20122a.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss the ever-presence of magical powers in RPGs and why they are so significant. What makes them so important to so many games that listing off more than one or two is difficult? What purpose do they serve, in-character and out-of-Character? What are some great games without them?

“Addiction to Magic” - 01:33
The everpresence of powers in RPGs - 07:29
Why have them? - 23:01
But why not have them? - 35:53
Games without powers and magic - 47:27
Closing and Contact Info - 58:37

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20121b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:53pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss many of the games that we will most likely never play again, and most importantly, why! Is this always a bad thing? What makes you not want to play a game again? When will the madness end?

Could this possibly be good? - 02:14
How do you know? - 03:57
Getting rid of games - 06:54
Or not! - 12:00
Bad or boring - 18:26
One play-through or completion - 33:08
Discontinued or lost-in-the-shuffle - 40:17
Games that must be stopped! - 46:55
Closing and Contact Info - 53:05

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20120b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:34pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss some video games and also some board games. We even have time for some RPGs! Through the Ages, Godbound, Valor RPG, BraveRats... if you want to learn more, dig in.

Through the Ages Board Game App Port - 01:03
Godbound (of a sort) - 06:01
Minute Minecraft Minute - 11:41
Touching Agricola - 19:10
More on “Godbound”!?! - 26:46
Valor RPG - 30:33
Party gaming - 36:23
Game of the Week: BraveRats or R - 41:53
Closing and Contact Info - 58:44

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20120a.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:03pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss the most important, absolutely-critical-to-everyone’s-fun part of a game, balance. What exactly is it? Why does it matter? How is it achieved? And can you actually have fun without it in some way?

Balance - 03:00
The problems of imbalance? - 10:47
What gets balanced? - 27:17
The fun of wild imbalance - 56:08
The fun of meticulous balance - 64:14
Closing and Contact Info - 67:41

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20119b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:16pm EDT

In this episode, we talk about many platforms Minecrafting in harmony, how much Brandon still hates Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, the recent rebalances in Overwatch, tequila, scheduling RPGs, and finally, Chris gives us his thoughts on and experiences with the Index Card RPG.

Cross-platform Minecraft - 01:48
Brandon hates loving Star Wars GoH - 05:04
Overwatch rebalance - 15:13
Tokaido and Through the Ages Apps - 23:33
Party Games and Tequila - 35:05
Scheduling RPG sessions - 37:08
Chris’ GotW: Index Card RPG - 41:43
Closing and Contact Info - 65:09

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20119a.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

In this episode, we talk about the way your characters in an RPG get better. Why is advancement important? What kinds of advancement are there? What can go wrong with advancement systems? Is character change even really that important?

Character advancement in RPGs - 01:54
The Big Incentive - 11:36
Other incentives? - 20:12
Non-mechanical Progress - 27:40
What could advancement be good for? - 43:13
Bad incentive? - 51:12
A preference here... - 57:43
Closing and Contact Info - 60:09

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20118b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30pm EDT

In this episode, Brandon forces refugees to play board games, Chris forces Brandon to play Godbound, Death Angel forces marines to get eaten by totally-not-Zerg, and Tammany Hall forces us to be racist. How bad can it get?

Brandon forces refugees to play board games - 01:08
Brandon forces himself to play Galaxy of Heroes - 05:12
Brandon's GotW: Death Angel: The Card Game - 10:43
Pairs doing what it oughta - 26:57
Long-distance Godbound - 29:53
Video games? - 38:03
Chris' GotW: Tammany Hall - 40:09
Closing and Contact Info - 66:18

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20118a.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:17am EDT