The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we get the whips cracking and discuss punishment in games. How do games punish their players? Why? In what games is it fun to avoid those punishments, and in what games is it simply a frustrating hassle? Would you rather a game have punishments or not?

The Goals in a Game - 01:07
Preferences? - 02:01
What is Punishment? - 04:28
A GM aside... - 14:03
Why Punish? - 17:23
What behavior is targeted? - 28:31
Games where it's good! - 39:34
Games where it's not! - 53:28

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

In this episode, Brandon is thinking about live streaming D&D while playing the Firefly board game. Chris tries to avoid Goat Simulator and going bankrupt in Ponzi Scheme.  Also, Card Thief! And Thieving Cardses!

Influence - 01:30
Brandon wants to D&D stream - 02:37
Sunday Board Game Stream - 04:15
Brandon's GotW: Firefly - 05:26
Goat Simulator - 34:44
Ponzi Scheme - 37:13
Chris' GotW: Card Thief - 45:01
Closing and Contact Info - 57:20

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

In this episode, Chris tries to answer a question that he has brushed off in the past because the answer is long and involved: "How do you find these board games, and how do you choose?" He and Brandon discuss knowing what to look for, knowing where to look, choosing a game, and many other important aspects of the decision making process.

Let's be helpful - 02:53
Know what you want - 05:26
Look in the right places - 12:22
The selection process - 29:16
When and with whom? - 36:26
The Fear of Missing Out - 41:52

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20106b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

In this episode, Chris and Susie talk to gamer, designer, writer, project manager, and fire-spitting feminist Jessica Price about Pathfinder, Starfinder, Gen Con, being a woman in the gaming industry, dealing with the cultural problems endemic to tabletop games, and whatever else we managed to slip in during the call!

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

In this episode, everybody finally quits playing Gems of War, but Brandon just can't quit Galaxy of Heroes. He plays a couple of games in a hospital (whether or not those games belonged there) while Chris plays a couple of games at home. And publish-or-perish academics is turned into a joke with Alchemists.

Everybody quit Gems of War? - 00:48
Brandon fails to segue to Human Resource Machine - 02:47
Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes tickles - 04:20
Hospital Splendor and Coup - 06:14
Antike II with 6 - 11:52
The Resistance: Avalon - 15:26
Star Wars Rebellion - 25:38
Chris' GotW: Alchemists - 29:08
Closing and Contact Info - 56:12

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm EDT

In this episode, we talk about the initiate steps we go through when we want to run an RPG. It starts from either a concept or a system, and gets more complicated from there. But how do we choose a game? How do we come up with concepts? If you've ever been interested in running an RPG, start here... and if you've got experience with running RPGs, let us know!

From wanting a game to running a game - 02:00
Concept-first - 05:08
System-first - 25:19
Closing and Contact Info - 56:41

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20105b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55pm EDT

In this episode, Brandon discovers Steam, a distribution method for video games. He may be a little late to the party. But at least he was super, super early to the party for Tides of Numenera, which has finally been released! Chris visits a board game Meetup, hosts a game night with slightly better games, and once against is fiddling around with themeless abstract games instead of games with cool shit like lasers and swords.

Still expanding Star Wars GoH - 01:35
Finally trying Knights of the Old Republic - 03:02
Torment: Tides of Numenera is finally out - 07:34
Brandon's GotW: Gauntlet - 10:04
InfinitasDM - 25:23
Meetup Group? - 28:15
Game Night! - 35:16
Chris' GotW: Tak - 41:38
Closing and Contact Info - 56:29

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

In this episode, we quietly contemplate the theoretical existence of games you can't play while sitting down, and what kind of person would play them. How are sports and tabletop games related? Why do gamers get so cruel about sports? What is a "yard game" and why should you try one? All of this and slightly more! Take a listen...

Also Non-Sitting Games - 01:53
You like sports? - 05:41
E-sports and Spectating - 19:42
Yard Games - 26:17
Dexterity Games - 32:36
Fantasy Sports? - 36:04
Sports-Themed "Sit Down" Games - 43:06
Closing and Contact Info - 49:38

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20104b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

In this episode, Brandon falls further in love with terrible mobile games. He just can't get enough of that crap sandwich. And neither can Chris, as he plays Crashlands and digs deeper into Blades in the Dark on his iPad. Luckily, both of us have played Onitama, a cool "Chess-like" that could supplant it's relatives...

Gems of War is Hell - 01:47
Other mobile games? - 06:17
Crashlands - 10:48
Blades in the Dark - 14:18
Looking for Group - 20:16
Chris' Game of the Week - 22:54
Other "Chess-like" games - 39:38
Closing and Contact Info - 50:34

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss the elements that video games and board games share that make them both fun. What is the crossover? Can someone enjoy board games without taking a giant dump on how unsophisticated video games are? And what board games most strongly remind us of a video game in the best way?

Board Games and Video Games - 01:23
The crossover of the two - 04:43
The big list of games (and why) - 24:24
Closing and Contact Info - 51:00

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20103b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30am EDT