The Die Is Podcast (general)

In this episode, we address the concept of fudging in RPGs. What is it? Why do people do it? Is it necessary? We debunk the need for such a tool, then we turn to the alternatives and try to offer solid advice from our years of experience.

What is "Fudging"? - 1:32
Pro-Fudging Argument, Disarmed - 9:14
A Legitimate Argument for Fudging? - 27:11
Why Fudge? And the Alternatives - 32:09
There are so many games... - 42:58
Closing and Contact Info - 46:08

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

In this episode, we talk a bit more about the 3D experience of the Vive and Brandon's thoughts on games that teach you how to program. Chris updates us on the Pirate expansion to Guild of Dungeoneering, gets excited about sports board games, and pitches a simple/deep RPG.

Brandon plays Human Resource Machine - 01:06
More Vive experience - 07:01
Cryptomancing - 17:46
Brandon sucks at playing - 23:54
Pirate's Guild of Dungeoneering - 26:23
Bottom of the 9th - 28:09
Schema - 32:51
Chris' GotW: Splendor - 37:01
Closing and Contact Info - 56:22

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

In this episode, we tall about the problems with numerical rating systems, and how they don't really work for their intended purposes. Is there anything that can fix that? We also discuss how that leads to overrating of games, disappointment due to hype, and, of course, long lists of games that we thought we would like but didn't.

Board Game Overrating - 01:56
Our "rating" system - 12:02
Video Game and RPG Overrating - 15:26
The Problem with Overrating - 21:45
Reviewer Gifts - 26:31
Other disappointing games - 31:05
Shifting game experience - 45:50
Closing and Contact Info - 53:54

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:07pm EDT

In this episode, a triumphant return! Chris plays Codenames too many times and Impulse with too many people. Brandon gets involved with a D&D game set in London, and collects Star Wars heroes inexplicably. We talk at length about learning to program with Human Resource Machine, and cover our Games of the Week.

FFG and GW part ways - 01:18
Codex shipped early - 03:34
Codenames too many times - 04:59
Impulse with 6 players - 07:13
Unknown, the euro crawl - 09:14
Human Resource Machine - 11:56
Chris' GotW: Guild of Dungeoneering - 20:43
D&D in 1737 - 30:17
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes - 32:41
Brandon's GotW: HTC Vive - 34:12
Closing and Contact Info - 52:44

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:42pm EDT

In this episode, Will tries a substitute for Magic that just doesn't have the same... magic. Imperials are assaulted, the French randomly choose a pope, and Dark Souls is really just a good-looking Dark Cloud. We also talk about what a Star Trek RPG would be about, and what has replaced Ticket to Ride. Also, The Stick of Truth reveals Pandemic Legacy is not worth the hype.

Star Trek Roleplaying - 00:46
Pirate World exists? - 06:10
Magic: Arena of the Planeswalkers - 8:24
Star Wars Imperial Assault - 11:06
Will's GotW: The Stick of Truth - 14:16
Dark Souls 3 - 24:41
Fief: France 1429 - 29:12
Ticket to Ride - 32:59
Chris' GotW: Pandemic Legacy - 34:16
Pandemic Legacy Spoilers Here - 46:34
Closing and Contact info - 66:18

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:40am EDT

In this episode, Chris makes up for all the games he's never gone back and reviewed by hitting three in a single episode. Will also gets in on the action, while Brandon just sits there and wonders why he isn't mining in a video game somewhere.

Alien Frontiers (Episode 11) - 02:25
Mice and Mystics (Episode 17) - 15:09
Haggis (Episode 20) - 21:21
Warframe (Episode 64) - 29:14
Closing and Contact Info - 44:13

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am EDT

In this episode, we discuss Nintendo like it's ten years ago, Will is confused about drifting in hyperlight, Chris struggles in the twilight, and Brandon is the only reasonable Numenera player. Mighty No. 9 is about twenty years too late, 504 is art, and Faeria is... available on Steam.

That Nintendo thing - 01:15
Pokemon Gggggo! - 05:00
Hyperlight Drifter - 09:03
The Stick of Truth - 10:25
Will's GotW: Mighty No. 9 - 12:40
Twilight Struggle for iPad - 23:22
Godbound inspiration - 28:15
Chris' GotW: 504 - 33:51
Numenera - 52:57
Brandon's GotW: Faeria - 54:03
Closing and Contact Info - 66:21

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:12am EDT

In this episode, we continue our twice yearly tradition of talking about games. Well, the best and worst games we've played this year, specifically. Also, we discuss a little about what's up with E3 and Origins before moving on to our most anticipated games of the year. Basically, it's 99% hype and 1% ranting about Clash Royale.


Favorite Board Games So Far - 01:58
Favorite Video Games So Far - 12:08
Favorite RPGs So Far - 18:46
Least enjoyed games - 23:54
E3 and Origins - 36:51
Anticipated Video Games - 48:34
Anticipated Board Games - 52:58
Anticipated RPGs - 56:51
Closing and Contact Info - 66:46

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:21am EDT

In this episode, Will rags on team-based racing, flies circles around space pirates, and explains how four people can save the planet from alien invaders. Chris quotes ridiculous novels, gets caught up in the importance of turn order, ruins a fake German economy, and helps his neighbors build cities. Huzzah.

The Crew for free - 01:39
Elite Dangerous - 04:37
Will's GotW: XCOM the Boardgame - 09:42
Bring Your Own Book - 27:18
The Dice Must Flow strategy - 30:58
Scythe - 33:56
Divinity: Original Sin Couch Co-op - 41:06
Chris' GotW: Between Two Cities - 43:30
Closing and Contact Info - 56:04

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:56am EDT

In this episode, we discuss the use of fantastic and realistic elements in games. What are the coolest parts of both? What are the misused parts? Why should anyone want a game about reality, when we live in reality? Why should anyone want a game so disconnected from reality that there are no stakes? What games have a great mix of both realistic and fantastic stuff?

Fantastic and Realistic - 00:48
"Cinematic" - 05:59
Preferences? - 10:20
Cool Elements - 12:09
Inventive vs. Familiar - 22:11
Exploring Issues - 30:59
Providing Stakes - 40:32
Explaining and Learning - 49:28
A Great Mix of Both - 55:46
Closing and Contact Info - 62:53

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EDT