The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we talk about games that feature soldiers and involve the lowest level of grunt to the highest level general. What makes these games fun? What video games, RPGs and board games provide those things? Why do we keep hassling each other about genre definitions?

Will's Game of the Week is 3:16 - Carnage Amongst the Stars

Chris' Game of the Week is 10000000

Introduction - 0:00:00

X-Wing Minis Thoughts - 0:01:23

Will's New to Coup, so kill him - 0:05:56

Must we keep playing Field of Glory? - 0:08:26

Everyone has now played Haggis - 0:10:42

Chris' Memory Doesn't Function - 0:11:47

Dice Duel: Fun for the Whole Family - 0:13:14

Bakelite Bug Chess - 0:14:21

Edge of the Empire - Disappointing? - 0:15:59

DM Technique with Brandon and Chris - 0:20:35

FF14 - Not quite 24 karat... - 0:24:43

Breaking EVE Online Statue News - 0:32:24

Not talking about Flappy Bird. - 0:35:16

Or Dark Souls - 0:37:22

3:16 - Carnage Amongst the Stars - 0:38:18

10000000 - 1:07:53

A Game of Soldiers - 1:22:34

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_30.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EST

In this episode, we talk about games that are great with 6 or more people involved. Why play a game with a big group? How big can video games get? What makes a 7+ person board game work? Are there any tabletop RPGs that are consistently fun with that many people?

Will's Game of the Week is Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures

Chris' Game of the Week is Ghost/Echo

Brandon's Game of the Week is Final Fantasy XIV

Introduction - 0:00:00

In-Person Game Plans - 0:01:13

Pokemon 3DS - 0:02:39

Ingress, Family Style - 0:04:03

Final Fantasy XIII 3 - 0:06:06

EVE Online's Biggest Ever - 0:10:53

X-Wing Miniatures - 0:18:32

Ghost/Echo - 0:41:44

Final Fantasy XIV - 1:00:41

Large Group Games - 1:25:25

Closing and Contact Info - 2:14:20

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_29.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this episode, we discuss how we play video games, board games, and roleplaying games with people who aren't in the same room as us. How does it work? What tools do you need? What options are there? And what are our favorite experiences with this sort of game play?

Will's Game of the Week is the Dragon Age RPG.

Chris' Game of the Week is Suburbia.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Star Wars: The Old Republic - Galactic Starfighter.

Intro - 0:00:00

Chris joins Playstation Plus - 0:01:22

More like "Badderlands 2" - 0:07:52

Will pirates like an assassin - 0:11:11

Brandon breaks Netrunner - 0:14:50

Dragon Age review - 0:22:28

Suburbia review - 0:40:38

Galactic Starfighter review - 1:05:15

Remote Gaming discussion - 1:19:22

Closing and Contact info - 2:07:27

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_28.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EST

If you have never listened to an episode of our show, or you want an introduction to who we are and what we do, start here! In this episode, we discuss our reasons for starting the podcast, our general thoughts on board games, video games and roleplaying games, our approach to reviews, and the reasons that we want your feedback so badly!

Will's Game of the Week is X-Com: Enemy Within

Chris' Game of the Week is Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Brandon's Game of the Week is Kingdom Rush/Frontiers

Intro - 0:00:00

Forgot about Eldritch Horror - 0:01:53

Will tries the Star Wars LCG - 0:04:14

Alternate Boards of Burgundy - 0:08:11

Prosperity in Dominion - 0:12:56

X-Com: Enemy Within - 0:18:00

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag - 0:34:50

Kingdom Rush/Frontiers - 1:06:57

What is The Die is Podcast - 1:18:32

Closing and Contact Info - 2:15:34

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_27.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34am EST

In this episode, we look back at the year of game playing, and see what the best and worst games that we played were. What games did we wish we had a chance to play more? What games do we wish had never been conceived? We also do a little bit of dreaming about the awesome games that will come out in 2014. Happy New Year!

Will's Game of the Week is Dark Souls

Chris' Game of the Week is Bohnanza

Intro - 0:00:00

Witcher 2: Complete! - 0:01:39

Edge of the Empire Continues - 0:07:06

Wasteland 2 Beta Impressions -0:14:15

Dark Souls - 0:18:36

Bohnanza - 0:44:16

Best and Worst of 2013 - 1:03:05

Excitement about 2014 - 1:52:49

Closing and Contact Info -2:18:33

Direct download: The_Die_is_Pocast_Episode_26.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55am EST

In this episode, we take a narrow slice of "fantasy" and talk quite a lot about about many of the games that fit into that genre (which, of course, we enjoy to a great degree). What makes these games that are so similarly themed fun?

Will's Game of the Week is The Witcher 2

Chris' Game of the Week is Pandemic

Brandon's Entirely Objectionable Game of the Week is Heroes of Dragon Age

Intro - 0:00

InSpectres Live! - 0:02:15

Tenra Bansho Live - 0:05:47

Doctor Who Legacy - 0:09:07

The Witcher 2 - 0:12:55

Pandemic - 0:32:16

Heroes of Dragon Age - 0:53:08

"Classic" Fantasy Games - 1:09:41

Closing and Contact Info - 2:04:06

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_25.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:31am EST

In this episode, we talk about our sometimes ridiculous and fairly unnecessary game collections. What drives people to have so many games? How do we decide which games to play? How do you keep a collection from getting unmanageably large? And, in preparation for our one year anniversary, we theorize on how we would slim down our game collections to nine games if we had only a breadbox to keep them in.

Will and Brandon's Game of the Week is Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Chris' Game of the Week is Android Netrunner.

Intro 0:00:00

Creed Hard with a Vengeance 0:01:21

Next Gen Consolation 0:03:30

Edge of the Empire 0:07:58

Android Netrunner 0:49:02

Amassing Collections 1:12:33

Closing and Contact Info 2:01:07

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_24.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

In this episode, we discuss the expansive subgenre of games where imaginary crimes are committed (e.g. Grand Theft Auto). What is there in these games that makes them so much fun? What are the best examples of the genre in video games, board games, and RPGs?

Will's Game of the Week is Battlefield 4.

Chris' Game of the Week is CV.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Ingress.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_23.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:15am EST

In this supplementary episode, Chris and Susie talk about their trip to the biggest board game convention in the entire world, Essen Internationale Spieltage. What is that experience like? What games did they see, play or buy? How do you pronounce "funf" or "hrubec?"

Games Discussed (In the order we discussed them!):

  • Nations
  • Concept
  • Funf Gurken
  • Going, Going, Gone
  • CV
  • Cheaty Mages
  • Caverna
  • Coup
  • Koryo
  • Field of Glory: The Card Game
  • Kyoto
  • Legacy
  • Guild Hall
  • String Railway
  • Concordia
  • Dr. Hrubec
  • Escape: The Curse of the Temple
  • Space Cadets Dice Duel

We also spoil the "surprise" about episode 23...

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_22b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47am EST

In this episode (the first of two this week!), Will and Brandon talk exhaustively about MMOs: the huge variety of types, the most fun MMOS (and the least), and what their ideal MMO would consist of.

Will's Game of the Week is Arkham Horror.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Duels of the Planeswalkers, Battle Towers and Puzzles & Dragons, because he clearly doesn't understand how singular and plural works.

Check out 22b where Susie and I talk about our experiences at Essen Internationale Spieltage!

Will comes back to The Old Republic: 00:03:06

Arkham Horror: 00:05:33.000

Duels of the Planeswalkers:00:26:30

Battle Towers: 00:31:19

Puzzles and Dragons: 00:37:15

The Exhaustive Guide to MMOs: 00:41:44

Closing and Contact Info: 02:17:40

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_22.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EST