The Die Is Podcast (general)

In this episode, Brandon falls further in love with terrible mobile games. He just can't get enough of that crap sandwich. And neither can Chris, as he plays Crashlands and digs deeper into Blades in the Dark on his iPad. Luckily, both of us have played Onitama, a cool "Chess-like" that could supplant it's relatives...

Gems of War is Hell - 01:47
Other mobile games? - 06:17
Crashlands - 10:48
Blades in the Dark - 14:18
Looking for Group - 20:16
Chris' Game of the Week - 22:54
Other "Chess-like" games - 39:38
Closing and Contact Info - 50:34

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss the elements that video games and board games share that make them both fun. What is the crossover? Can someone enjoy board games without taking a giant dump on how unsophisticated video games are? And what board games most strongly remind us of a video game in the best way?

Board Games and Video Games - 01:23
The crossover of the two - 04:43
The big list of games (and why) - 24:24
Closing and Contact Info - 51:00

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

In this episode, Brandon plays a couple of Xbox games, while Chris tries to convince us all that flicking disks is as fun as throwing beanbags. Mostly, we just talk about a free-to-play mobile game that actually doesn't suck. But we sprinkle in some other games to make sure it doesn't get too intense.

Brandon explores the Xbox - 01:27
Human Resource Machine - 03:45
Wayward Souls - 06:22
Push It! - 08:41
Blades in the Dark is out! - 12:32
Our Game of the Week: Gems of War - 15:03
Closing and Contact Info - 58:41

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:06pm EDT

In this episode, Brandon and Chris discuss the real party behind the party game. What distinguishes as "party" game from other types of games? Do they need to be printed and touched? Why does Cards Against Humanity suck so much? And what makes a good party game?

What is "Party Games"? - 01:45
What do we like about them, or not - 08:41
Always board/card games? - 19:30
The Bad Ones - 28:50
Great Party Games - 36:30
Closing and Contact Info - 53:52

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20102b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

In this episode, we welcome the new year by playing a whole bunch of board games. Brandon has a family and friends to play Star Wars Force Arena, Epic Spell Wars, and Onitama with. Chris has a bunch of AIs and an abundance of time to give gifts to and draft insults with. We also talk about wandering and losing in Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and card-counting in Schotten Totten.

Epic Spell Wars - 01:44
Onitama - 04:45
Star Wars Force Arena - 08:48
Linko! - 11:28
Brandon's GotW - 14:49
Christmas Gift Games - 30:00
10x10 Progress - 38:01
Oh, Sir... The Insult Simulator - 41:13
Common Mortals in the Funnel - 42:38
Chris' GotW - Schotten Totten - 44:50

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:54pm EDT

In this episode, Susie and Chris talk about the point of a "10x10 Challenge." What is it and why should anyone do it? What gen games did they choose, and why are those games suitable for the "challenge? Tell us about your 10x10 list, and let's discuss the games we all want to play more.

Why do a 10x10 challenge? - 02:28
Agricola - 09:26
Antike Duellum - 18:31
Caylus - 21:29
Codex - 25:32
Coup G54 - 29:06
Elements - 32:52
Linko! - 38:23
Onitama - 42:09
Ortus Regni - 46:08
Schotten Totten - 49:49
The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game - 56:22
Closing and Contact Info - 62:39

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

In this episode, we continue to be a little self-indulgent. We've been doing this podcast for three years, and it seemed as good a time as any to settle on our five favorite video games and discuss what makes each of them so very, very, very good. If you are looking for some great recommendations, give a listen! It's massive in scope, but we only do it once every 1,096 days or so.

And if you just want the list without the discussion, skip to 74:56...

One of Five - 05:43
Two of Five - 18:15
Three of Five - 30:00
Four of Five - 47:22
Five of Five - 61:24
List Recap - 74:56
Closing and Contact Info - 76:04

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

In this episode, we get a little self-indulgent. We've been doing this podcast for three years, and it seemed as good a time as any to settle on our five favorite board games and discuss what makes each of them so very, very, very good. If you are looking for some great recommendations, give a listen! We also invite Dan and Kim from the Gaming Nonsense Uncensored podcast to give their thoughts. It's massive in scope, but we only do it once every 1,096 days or so.

And if you just want the list without the discussion, skip to 111:24...

One of Five - 03:19
Two of Five - 19:45
Three of Five - 40:20
Dan and Kim's Favorite Games - 59:40
Four of Five - 69:37
Five of Five - 92:30
List Recap - 111:24
Closing and Contact Info - 113:29

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

In this episode, we examine the concept of "replayability." What makes us want to play some games over and over, even if they are incredibly simple, while even some complex, good games we never return to after just a couple of plays. What does the depth or breadth of a game have to do with it? Does complexity have any relationship? What games are the most replayable?

"Replayability" - 01:07

Why replay games? - 11:58
What makes a game especially replayable? - 17:01
Sidebar: RPG Replayability - 32:01
Complex and shallow vs. Simple and deep - 38:27
"Closed-scope" Games - 50:55
Most Replayable Games - 64:28
Closing and Contact Info - 76:11

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am EDT

In this episode, Brandon and Chris got some bonus game time in over the Thanksgiving, which in no way makes up for the two day late release... but we talk about Samurai Spirit, Guild of Dungeoneering, Dishonored 2, Slamwich, Linko! and our games of the week, too.

Samurai Spirit - 02:20
Guild of Dungeoneering - 06:13
Star Wars: Guild of Heroes has ships. - 09:39
Brandon's GotW: Specter Ops - 14:43
Foam Core Construction - 27:24
Further Dishonored 2 - 29:00
Slamwich and Junk Art - 33:31
Linko! - 39:42
Chris' GotW: The Castles of Burgundy card game - 42:49
Closing and Contact Info - 65:48

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT