The Die Is Podcast (general)

In this episode, we discuss the excitement of wanting to try Undying and Freebooters on the Frontier, and the anticipatory disappointment of not being able to. Will wonders if Tom Clancy actually wrote something called The Division, and Chris tries to talk you off the ledge of Food Chain Magnate. Also, a couple of Games of the Week about dramatically different centuries!


Undying pdf release - 01:04
The Division - 07:25
Will's GotW: Fallout 4 - 12:19
Food Chain Magnate ain't for everyone - 37:23
Joraku! - 42:15
Freebooters hype - 45:30
Chris' FotW: 1889 - 48:03
Closing and Contact info - 71:38

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

In this episode, we discuss the various phases of preparing to run or play RPGs, and how each of us meets that challenge. How do you choose which game to run? How do you get the other players interested? How much prep do you do, and how do you actually do it? And what happens when your prep inevitably wasn't enough because the players (or dice) do something completely unexpected?

The firstest question - 03:28
Choosing a game - 07:13
How do you get the players on board? - 17:20
How do you do prep? - 29:01
What do you prep and how much? - 39:49
Predicting the future - 47:06
When the unexpected happens - 49:42
A different kind of expectation - 57:48
The Homework! - 64:22
Closing and Contact Info - 65:11

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:51am EDT

In this episode, we talk about a few upcoming games and crowdfunding projects that have us pumped, an RPG about Vampires that isn't from the 90s, and Khmer's new name. Will has played a lot of Satellite Reign, but not nearly enough of his 10x10 Challenge list, and Chris has played enough of his 10x10 Challenge list, but not nearly enough of The Witness. More game talk!

Khmer's wide release as Elements - 01:23
Codex on Kickstarter - 03:52
Sentinels of the Multiverse: Oblivaeon info - 09:54
Diceless Vampire Politics - 14:07
Will's GotW: Satellite Reign - 16:20
Progress on 10x10 - 30:38
Pandemic Legacy a whole bunch - 31:38
Tomb of the Necrodancer - 36:14
Card Crawl - 38:50
Chris' GotW: The Witness - 42:16
Closing and contact info - 56:53

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:21am EDT

In this episode, we discuss gamers' obsession with new games. Why is new stuff so important to us? What are the potential issues with rely heavily on new experiences? How do you get enough value from your old games? And why can't you stop listening to reviewers and buying the things they like? We feel partially responsible, and we are here to help!

The Fury of Preorders - 03:50
Keeping up with releases - 06:04
The Attraction of New Games - 07:41
Doing a 10x10 list - 10:57
Value in playing a game "enough" - 19:42
Stop listening to us! - 25:38
Problems of Relying on New Experiences - 29:19
Game Buyers Anonymous - 50:03
Benefits of New! - 53:58
Closing and Contact Info - 59:58

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:53am EDT

In this episode, everything gets crazy! Will and Chris talk for a while about tons of games, and then Chris accidentally and permanently deletes the second half of their conversation... The end of the multiverse! Cthulhu spreads influence like a disease! Bedlam rules! Mutant rats invade from the depths! etc. Eventually you get a soothing description of the several games that Chris has played as well. And our games of the week, without too many exclamation points.

The end of the Multiverse! - 01:12
Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu - 5:08
More Sentinels play! - 08:04
Skyshine's Bedlam - 12:04
Warhammer: Vermintide - 15:28
Will's GotW: Dungeon of the Endless - 19:00
Time Clickers - 32:09
Lara Croft GO - 33:39
Dead of Winter - 35:07
The Grizzled - 40:18
Chris' GotW: Dexikon - 41:54
Closing and Contact Info - 50:33

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

In this episode, Will avoids starvation, hacks his way across Satellite Reign, figures out "EVE Online, but with robots," and rediscovers Star Wars Galaxies. Chris wonders about the difficulty shifts in Pandemic Legacy, keeps playing Mottainai but keeps getting confused, and is on the look out for good video games that he missed. And don't forget about out Games of the Week.

Star Wars Rebellion - 00:46
Will's 10x10 - 03:52
Don't Starve - 08:25
Satellite Reign - 10:15
Perpetuum, Eve with Robots? - 12:39
Rediscovering Star Wars Galaxies - 14:28
Will's Game of the Week - Eldritch Horror - 18:13
Pandemic Legacy - 33:58
Mo' Mottainai - 36:55
Searching for more video games - 38:19
Chris' 10x10 - 39:48
Chris' Game of the Week: Hive - 42:06
Closing and Contact Info - 55:35

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

In this episode, we tackle the importance of "story" in RPGs. Does the narrative take precedence over the rules? What is a "story" in an RPG, and why does everybody want one so desperately? What makes a story interesting, and how do you get that stuff into an RPG? How can you improvise a good story without over-preparing or simply sticking to a script? And in a new addition for 2016, homework for our listeners: The Question of the Week!

Introduction - 00:00

"Story" takes precedence, but what is it? - 01:37


What makes a story interesting? - 15:28

The conflict between "story" and "rules" - 29:07

Improvising stories in RPGs - 39:41

Picking a suitable game - 55:34

The Final Question - 61:46

Closing and Contact Info - 63:41

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In this episode, the first of the fourth year of The Die is Podcast, we talk about a pile of games that we played during the Christmas holidays, including Eldritch Horror, Forbidden Stars, and Kemet. Will has been playing a game about the Wild West that inexplicably involves demons and penetration, and Chris has been falling down a well of despair about Khmer replacing Haggis...

We are entering our fourth year! - 01:01
Will's Game of the Week: Hard West - 03:57
Downwell - 19:17
Powerade Grid Deluxe - 21:27
Eldritch Horror - 25:49
Forbidden Stars - 29:08
Compared to Kemet - 33:25
Chris' Game of the Week: Khmer - 36:18
Closing and Contact Info - 51:22

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:03pm EDT

In this episode, we talk about so much of what happened in the past twelve months. What were our favorite games? What were out least favorites? How were our expectations met (or how were we)? We take a fun look back, and once again make some guesses about what will be fun in the upcoming year.

Introduction- 0:00:00
How wrong were we? - 03:10
The year overall - 15:18
The best games in 2015 - 23:01
The least games of 2015 - 44:55
Significantly Different Opinions - 61:37
Not played enough - 68:29
Most anticipated in 2016 - 74:51
Closing and Contact Info - 79:27

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2077b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:20am EDT

In this episode, Will and Brandon play Mechwarrior! What year is it? Chris recommends Magic the Gathering Puzzle Quest, nearly finishes his 10x10 gaming challenge, and tells a story about how Cool Stuff Inc really blew it. In depth discussion of our Games of the Week included!


Introduction - 0:00:00

Will and Brandon play Mechwarrior - 0:01:40

Will's Game of the Week: Rainbow 6 Seige - 0:07:16

Magic: The Gathering Puzzle Quest - 0:23:37

The 10x10 Comes to an End - 0:27:52

Cool Stuff Blunders - 0:30:19

Chris' Game of the Week: The Perilous Wilds - 0:34:34

Closing and Contact Info - 0:54:24

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:28am EDT