The Die Is Podcast (general)

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 EST

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 EST

In this episode, Will talks a lot about Numenera in its various forms, addresses the horrors of This War of Mine, and almost surely misnames a game. Chris rants for a minute about bullet sponges, sells and unsells everyone on Doom simultaneously, and searches for magical machinery in Utopia Engine. 

 

The Mid-year Podcast - 00:46
Endless Knight - 02:19
Tides of Numenera Beta! - 04:55
This War of Mine - 06:43
Will's GotW: Numenera TRPG - 10:55
Uncharted Tanks - 35:54
Doooooooom - 37:12
Manoeuvre (I think) - 42:30
Chris' GotW: Utopia Engine - 44:34
Closing and Contact Info - 59:38

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:44pm EST

In this episode, Will waxes fanboy about Payday 2 and all of the DLC and expansions that have been added since he first talked about it when it came out. Brandon, in an inexplicable misunderstanding of what a "re-review" is, decides to ramble about party game categories and what his favorite games from those categories are, when he can remember their names...

Payday 2 Re-review - 01:54
Brandon's Party Games - 18:38
Bluffing sub-genre - 21:33
Trivia sub-genre - 27:20
Guessing sub-genre - 29:02
Closing and Contact Info - 37:15

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:39am EST

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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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST