The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we examine the concept of "replayability." What makes us want to play some games over and over, even if they are incredibly simple, while even some complex, good games we never return to after just a couple of plays. What does the depth or breadth of a game have to do with it? Does complexity have any relationship? What games are the most replayable?

"Replayability" - 01:07

Why replay games? - 11:58
What makes a game especially replayable? - 17:01
Sidebar: RPG Replayability - 32:01
Complex and shallow vs. Simple and deep - 38:27
"Closed-scope" Games - 50:55
Most Replayable Games - 64:28
Closing and Contact Info - 76:11

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In this episode, Brandon and Chris got some bonus game time in over the Thanksgiving, which in no way makes up for the two day late release... but we talk about Samurai Spirit, Guild of Dungeoneering, Dishonored 2, Slamwich, Linko! and our games of the week, too.

Samurai Spirit - 02:20
Guild of Dungeoneering - 06:13
Star Wars: Guild of Heroes has ships. - 09:39
Brandon's GotW: Specter Ops - 14:43
Foam Core Construction - 27:24
Further Dishonored 2 - 29:00
Slamwich and Junk Art - 33:31
Linko! - 39:42
Chris' GotW: The Castles of Burgundy card game - 42:49
Closing and Contact Info - 65:48

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Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EDT

In this episode, Chris grumbles about the general lack of mechanical variety in RPGs, especially with regards to the resolution of skills and the possible outcomes of actions and scenes. Brandon listens pensively. Then we talk about our favorite RPGs that spice it up by offering a different/additional axis to "success/failure), be it cost, narration, additional benefits or drawbacks, or something else entirely.

The Depth of Possibility in RPGs - 02:20
Too many RPG clones - 09:25
Resolution of Skills and Outcomes - 16:22
Multi-dimensional Resolution - 30:00
"Can't you do this with any game?" - 50:53
Closing and Contact Info - 60:23

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2098b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:27pm EDT

In this episode, Brandon finally gets some games to the table that Chris has been praising for a looooong time. Chris revisits Dishonored and Kill Doctor Lucky, and plays a game that is extremely, depressingly realistic about the American presidential election...

Episode 100 Incoming - 1:23
Nintendo Switch? - 4:25
Brandon plays Splendor - 9:08
Brandon plays Schema - 16:26
Brandon plays Dead of Winter - 24:00
Revisiting Dishonored - 30:13
Elements acquisition - 32:44
Finding a real gamer Meetup - 34:56
Re-killing Doctor Lucky - 39:03
Chris' GotW: Ameritocracy - 44:01
Closing and Contact Info - 61:08

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

In this episode, Chris and Dan (visiting from GNU) discuss Magic: The Gathering. What makes Magic worth playing? What makes it frustrating or difficult? What games do we play instead of Magic that still have all of those gold things but none of the bad?

Reasons to Enjoy Magic - 01:44
Magic Replacements - 32:09
Closing and Contact Info - 86:50

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2097b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT

In this episode, Dan and Kim from The GNU Podcast pay us a visit to the show. Chris lets us know about the dice game Rolling America, the stacking game Junk Art, and the cynical political game Ameritocracy. Dan explains the rad art decisions of Hit Z Road and the deck building of Clank. And we all have games of the week!

Where is Brandon, you ask? Who's Brandon?

Rolling America - 03:16
Junk Art - 09:36
Ameritocracy - 20:52
Chris' GotW: Ortus Regni - 34:12
Hit Z Road - 58:28
Clank - 70:47
Dan's GotW: Paperback - 78:41
Kim's GotW: Dragon Quest Builder - 92:15

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

In this episode, we address the elephant in the room: yes, we play board games. Yes, they are sometimes like Risk. But they don't tend to actually be Risk. Why don't we care for that classic game? What in it works? What doesn't? And what games do we play instead, that feature the good and improve or eliminate the bad.

Game Replacements in general - 1:10
What is good in Risk? - 5:23
Risk "Plus" - 19:51
Risk Replacements - 30:56
Closing and Contact Info - 64:38

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2096b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:22am EDT

In this episode, Brandon gets Chivalrous, sort of, for a little bit. Chris pitches Power Grid, gets weirded out by Inside, and praises a Schema for role playing that is... well, it's beyond great. We also discuss a little about D&D and mystery RPGs on the table top.

Brandon played Chivalry - 1:54
And sometimes D&D - 10:25
Power Grid - 15:15
Inside, getting weird - 23:30
Investigation RPGs and Bubblegumshoe - 27:46
Chris' GotW: Schema - 37:11
Closing and Contact Info - 57:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:48pm EDT

In this episode, we address the concept of fudging in RPGs. What is it? Why do people do it? Is it necessary? We debunk the need for such a tool, then we turn to the alternatives and try to offer solid advice from our years of experience.

What is "Fudging"? - 1:32
Pro-Fudging Argument, Disarmed - 9:14
A Legitimate Argument for Fudging? - 27:11
Why Fudge? And the Alternatives - 32:09
There are so many games... - 42:58
Closing and Contact Info - 46:08

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2095b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

In this episode, we talk a bit more about the 3D experience of the Vive and Brandon's thoughts on games that teach you how to program. Chris updates us on the Pirate expansion to Guild of Dungeoneering, gets excited about sports board games, and pitches a simple/deep RPG.

Brandon plays Human Resource Machine - 01:06
More Vive experience - 07:01
Cryptomancing - 17:46
Brandon sucks at playing - 23:54
Pirate's Guild of Dungeoneering - 26:23
Bottom of the 9th - 28:09
Schema - 32:51
Chris' GotW: Splendor - 37:01
Closing and Contact Info - 56:22

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT