The Die Is Podcast (general)

In this episode, we play a handful of old games and don't play a handful of new ones! Will dips his toes into two completely different styles of CRPGs: Final Fantasy and Elder Scrolls. Chris gets psyched about yet another TTRPG where you wander and explore, a lack of peace in historical Afghanistan, and civilization abstractions... and Brandon actually played a game! Two even!

Will's back in Skyrim - 01:21
Will's GotW: Final Fantasy 10 - 03:06
Uncharted remastered - 21:25
Ryuutama excitement - 24:16
Pax Pamir excitement - 26:06
Chris' GotW: Antike II - 28:46
Brandon gets quizzical - 48:56
Brandon's GotW: Duelyst - 52:32
Closing and Contact Info - 66:08

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In this episode, we discuss the age old problems of TTRPG combat where the only stakes are death, and how you can get everyone on board with more complex (and interesting) conflict situations. What kinds of conflicts are there? What makes players (and GM) engaged? What games and mechanisms help with cool conflicts and cool stakes?

Combat where there only stakes are death - 1:30
Other kinds of RPG conflicts - 8:23
Whose job is it to make conflicts interesting? - 20:41
Creating investment - 23:38
Communicating what a conflict is about - 37:32
The purpose of conflict - 49:03
Closing and contact info - 57:48

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:21pm EDT

In this episode, we rant again about being mana poor in Magic, return to the worlds of Final Fantasy X and Uncharted, and hash out our feelings on what setting Coup should have. Will feels compelled to let you know what Star Conflict does or doesn't have going for it, and Chris keeps telling people what to do and getting them to do it in Intrigue.

Magic tournaments and Mana problems - 01:36
Coup Rebellion G54 - 08:08
Final Fantasy X Remastered - 11:59
XCOM: The Board Game - 16:38
Will's GotW: Star Conflict - 19:04
Uncharted 4 - 33:04
Chris' GotW: Intrigue - 37:46
Closing and Contact Info - 59:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:14pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss players who make decisions slowly, or who fail to make decisions at all, and how they can be helped. What induces such paralysis in decision making? What can you do, as a slowbie, to pick up the pace... And why should you care? We come at this with lots of experience and advice, and we want more of yours!

Slow decision makers and their reasons - 01:54
Playing from the gut - 07:23
Pre-Planning Options - 11:49
In-game Options - 21:10
Post-mortem Options - 28:46
The benefit of gut play - 35:23
Do we do this? - 43:09
Closing and Contact Info - 48:00

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT

In this episode, Will tries the Overwatch beta and something like World of Tanks but in space while Chris inexplicably plays a whole lot of Magic. XCOM 2 is like XCOM, but 2, and Ratchet and Clank is like Ratchet and Clank, which is like Ratchet and Clank.

Overwatch Beta - 01:10
Trying Star Conflict - 03:37
Will's GotW: XCOM 2 - 05:24
Clash Royale rage - 26:57
Magic vs Susie - 30:59
Magic drafting - 32:46
Chris' GotW: Ratchet and Clank - 38:00
Closing and Contact Info - 52:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

In this episode, we discuss the various processes by which people learn games... Or, as is the case so often, th processes by which people fail to learn games. Why are board games so difficult to get into? How is learning incorporated into video games? Why are RPGs so much more difficult to get into? Why do so many people suck at learning?

50% Pandemic... - 1:22
Learning a board game - 4:15
Learning a video game - 17:11
Learning an RPG - 30:00
How much is on the designer? - 39:46
Closing and Contact Info - 47:36

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

In this episode, we all got together and played a couple of board games with some confusing win conditions! Will keeps trying to play the Division despite Ubisoft's best efforts to stop him, and Chris provides a few more details about why Clash Royale is fun despite Supercell's best efforts.

Still Divided on The Division - 01:30
Will's GotW: The Dice Must Flow - 07:17
Chris Clashes Royale-ly - 28:49
A bit of Warbits - 31:47
Chris' GotW: Dead of Winter - 33:16
Closing and Contact Info - 51:33

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm EDT

 

In this episode, Will and Brandon talk a little about Shadowrun Returns (which still isn't great), and a lot about Mechwarrior Online (which has only gotten better). Actually, this episode is almost exclusively about MWO. Brandon needed to redeem himself from the review he gave it three years ago, and he and Will get really excited to explain what has changed and how much fun it has been.

Shadowrun Re-Returns - 02:06
Customization and flexibility - 05:29
Preferred games to SR - 11:21
Mechwarrior Re-Online - 12:07
Group play vs. Solo - 20:12
New Maps and Match types - 25:43
Brandon describes MWO - 32:12
Rethinking XP and Progress - 39:50
Faction Warfare - 46:45
Closing and Contact Info - 52:43

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

In this episode, Will and Brandon record what can only be described as "Forty-two minutes of game discussion," starting with more Division positives, Moving to Eldritch Horror expansions, a review of Homeworld, and a head-to-head comparison of two games Brandon has been failing to play. We also announce a cancer benefit for some local gamers in need of help, and Chris' new problem with gaming...

Athens Area Cancer Benefit - 01:39
More of The Division - 02:48
Eldritch Horror expansions - 04:55
Will's GotW: Homeworld Remastered - 06:39
Brandon's Head to Head: Clash Royale and Blood Brothers 2 - 21:25
Closing and Contact Info - 41:35

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

In this episode, we revisit one of the first games we ever reviewed, going back over the original points with an all new perspective. What has improved? What has gotten worse? What have we learned and what have we done with the game since we first played? For the most in-depth review three years after Chris never shutting up about the game, this is the right place to go!

The very first game review - 1:33
A modern fantasy RPG - 4:17
"Old School" Appeal? - 11:32
Rolling and resolving dice - 18:02
Customization and Narrative - 29:17
The GM's Tools - 44:49
Perilous Exploration - 51:42
Expansions! - 54:25
Closing and Contact Info - 65:12

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT