The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, we welcome the new year by playing a whole bunch of board games. Brandon has a family and friends to play Star Wars Force Arena, Epic Spell Wars, and Onitama with. Chris has a bunch of AIs and an abundance of time to give gifts to and draft insults with. We also talk about wandering and losing in Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and card-counting in Schotten Totten.

Epic Spell Wars - 01:44
Onitama - 04:45
Star Wars Force Arena - 08:48
Linko! - 11:28
Brandon's GotW - 14:49
Christmas Gift Games - 30:00
10x10 Progress - 38:01
Oh, Sir... The Insult Simulator - 41:13
Common Mortals in the Funnel - 42:38
Chris' GotW - Schotten Totten - 44:50

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In this episode, Susie and Chris talk about the point of a "10x10 Challenge." What is it and why should anyone do it? What gen games did they choose, and why are those games suitable for the "challenge? Tell us about your 10x10 list, and let's discuss the games we all want to play more.

Why do a 10x10 challenge? - 02:28
Agricola - 09:26
Antike Duellum - 18:31
Caylus - 21:29
Codex - 25:32
Coup G54 - 29:06
Elements - 32:52
Linko! - 38:23
Onitama - 42:09
Ortus Regni - 46:08
Schotten Totten - 49:49
The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game - 56:22
Closing and Contact Info - 62:39

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In this episode, we continue to be a little self-indulgent. We've been doing this podcast for three years, and it seemed as good a time as any to settle on our five favorite video games and discuss what makes each of them so very, very, very good. If you are looking for some great recommendations, give a listen! It's massive in scope, but we only do it once every 1,096 days or so.

And if you just want the list without the discussion, skip to 74:56...

One of Five - 05:43
Two of Five - 18:15
Three of Five - 30:00
Four of Five - 47:22
Five of Five - 61:24
List Recap - 74:56
Closing and Contact Info - 76:04

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In this episode, we get a little self-indulgent. We've been doing this podcast for three years, and it seemed as good a time as any to settle on our five favorite board games and discuss what makes each of them so very, very, very good. If you are looking for some great recommendations, give a listen! We also invite Dan and Kim from the Gaming Nonsense Uncensored podcast to give their thoughts. It's massive in scope, but we only do it once every 1,096 days or so.

And if you just want the list without the discussion, skip to 111:24...

One of Five - 03:19
Two of Five - 19:45
Three of Five - 40:20
Dan and Kim's Favorite Games - 59:40
Four of Five - 69:37
Five of Five - 92:30
List Recap - 111:24
Closing and Contact Info - 113:29

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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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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

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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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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

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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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