The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we talk about competitive video games, abstract board games, mechanical substance, and empty flash. How much staying power do League of Legends and Starcraft have? How deep do games like that go? Why would you play a game with a small sheet of rules when you could explore a massive game with thousands of options? We talk and talk and talk.

And we give you instructions on how to enter our contest to receive a copy of Tak straight to your door. (Hint: you are going to need to answer a question of the week!)

Competitive video games and flashy board games - 01:53
Mechanical Substance - 17:47
The Potential Substance of Board Games - 25:53
Misinterpreting Depth - 35:24
What is the abstract game's draw? - 40:38
Abstract games that we enjoy - 48:28
The Contest for Tak! - 56:06
Closing and Contact Info - 59:06

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In this episode, Brandon plays a Star Wars game that no longer exists and a game of hero management that has existed for decades. Chris hosts a game night with all-old games, crashes a kingdom dozens of times in Reigns, and can't be clear enough about how unclear Impulse is. We also announce a contest for a copy of Cheapass Games' Tak; stay tuned for Part B where we will tell you how to enter!

A contest for Tak! - 00:43
Somehow playing Star Wars Galaxies - 04:05
Brandon's GotW: Majesty 2 - 06:54
Game Night at Chris' - 20:33
The Die is Broadcast - 33:15
Unbound RPG - 34:38
Reigns - 38:30
Chris' GotW: Impulse - 41:28
Closing and Contact Info - 60:07

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20108a.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

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

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20107b.m4a
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

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20107a.m4a
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

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode20105a.m4a
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