The Die Is Podcast

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 EDT

In this episode, we discuss how often and how terribly we lose at games, but more importantly, how tricky it can be to create a game where losing isn't a complete mood-killer. What games do we play where losing especially sucks? What games do we play where losing is part of the fun?

Will's Game of the Week is FTL.

Chris' Game of the Week is Pixel Defenders Puzzle.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Europa Universalis 4.

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_21.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40am EDT

In this episode, we talk about every facet of the popular card game Magic: The Gathering that we could manage. What is so good about it that we keep coming back? What is so bad about it that the lengths of time between massive buy-ins keep increasing in length? What games are there that simply work better for the enjoyment we get out Magic, and why do they?

Will's Game of the Week is Diablo III.

Chris' Game of the Week is Tichu. No, Haggis. No, Tichu. Definitely Haggis.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Surgeon Simulator 2013.

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_20.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am EDT

In this episode, we discuss all of the ways that we buy or acquire games that don't involve simply going to the store, including Kickstarter and Free-to-Play distribution. What is good about them? What isn't? What are the best games we've gotten in these different ways?

Will's Game of the Week is Payday 2.

Chris' Game of the Week is Tenra Bansho Zero.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Dota 2.

Get ready, this is a long one!

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_19.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:14am EDT

In this episode, we discuss games that are hobbies unto themselves, like Chess, Bridge, and Warhammer 40,000. We play so many different games, but there are some people really only play one... Why? What makes those games good?

Will's Game of the Week is Saints Row 4.

Chris' Game of the Week is Through the Ages.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Go Away, Monster. But he didn't realize until too late.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_18.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am EDT

In this episode we discuss getting burned out on games, feeling like nothing will be fun ever again, and whatever an avocado is. We also manage to explain how we have managed to get past the shitty times and back to enjoying games.

Will's Game of the Week is waiting for Saints Row 4.

Chris' Game of the Week is Mice and Mystics.

Brandon's Accessory of the Week is actually also a mouse. And some sort of secondary, one-handed keyboard.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_17.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am EDT

In this episode, we talk about games set in the modern day that feature major supernatural elements... If you are familiar with Buffy or Supernatural, then you won't want to miss it. If you aren't, then listen anyway! What makes these sorts of settings so compelling? What are the games that present this genre the best? Well, we take quite a lot of time to figure that exact thing out.

Will's Game of the Week is Shadowrun Returns

Chris' Game of the Week is Monster of the Week

Brandon's Game of the Week is Shut up... just shut up. No talking.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_16.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55am EDT

In this episode we discuss the idea of mobile games that we can play anywhere, quickly, and why they appeal to us. We also give you, the listener, a big ole list of really great (and really not so great) mobile filler games to try yourself.

Will is on a pilgrimage to obtain the Final Aeon and defeat Sin, so he has no game of the week, but...

Chris' Game of the Week is Agricola.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Planetside 2.

Direct download: The_Die_is_Podcast_Episode_15.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am EDT

In this episode, we discuss what makes games challenging, what about that is fun, and when it crosses the line into simply frustrating. And we have lots of examples and discussion of the games we've played that are challenging, frustrating, or both.

Will's Game of the Week is Deadpool.

Chris' Game of the Week is The Last of Us.

Brandon's Game of the Week is Mechwarrior Online (Beta).

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_Episode_14.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:56pm EDT

In this episode, we reflect on our last six months of gaming and talk about what we liked and didn't like, and then we look forward with anticipation to all kinds of games announced at E3 and Origins (and whatever else might be coming down the pipe).

Will has a potty-mouth. His Game of the Week is Mass Effect 2.

Chris' Game of the Week is InSpectres.

Brandon has been fighting giant steampunk boss-monsters and can't be with us.

Direct download: The_Die_Is_Podcast_-_Episode_13.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT