The Die Is Podcast

In this episode, Will tries the Overwatch beta and something like World of Tanks but in space while Chris inexplicably plays a whole lot of Magic. XCOM 2 is like XCOM, but 2, and Ratchet and Clank is like Ratchet and Clank, which is like Ratchet and Clank.

Overwatch Beta - 01:10
Trying Star Conflict - 03:37
Will's GotW: XCOM 2 - 05:24
Clash Royale rage - 26:57
Magic vs Susie - 30:59
Magic drafting - 32:46
Chris' GotW: Ratchet and Clank - 38:00
Closing and Contact Info - 52:42

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

In this episode, we discuss the various processes by which people learn games... Or, as is the case so often, th processes by which people fail to learn games. Why are board games so difficult to get into? How is learning incorporated into video games? Why are RPGs so much more difficult to get into? Why do so many people suck at learning?

50% Pandemic... - 1:22
Learning a board game - 4:15
Learning a video game - 17:11
Learning an RPG - 30:00
How much is on the designer? - 39:46
Closing and Contact Info - 47:36

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

In this episode, we all got together and played a couple of board games with some confusing win conditions! Will keeps trying to play the Division despite Ubisoft's best efforts to stop him, and Chris provides a few more details about why Clash Royale is fun despite Supercell's best efforts.

Still Divided on The Division - 01:30
Will's GotW: The Dice Must Flow - 07:17
Chris Clashes Royale-ly - 28:49
A bit of Warbits - 31:47
Chris' GotW: Dead of Winter - 33:16
Closing and Contact Info - 51:33

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:45pm EDT

 

In this episode, Will and Brandon talk a little about Shadowrun Returns (which still isn't great), and a lot about Mechwarrior Online (which has only gotten better). Actually, this episode is almost exclusively about MWO. Brandon needed to redeem himself from the review he gave it three years ago, and he and Will get really excited to explain what has changed and how much fun it has been.

Shadowrun Re-Returns - 02:06
Customization and flexibility - 05:29
Preferred games to SR - 11:21
Mechwarrior Re-Online - 12:07
Group play vs. Solo - 20:12
New Maps and Match types - 25:43
Brandon describes MWO - 32:12
Rethinking XP and Progress - 39:50
Faction Warfare - 46:45
Closing and Contact Info - 52:43

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2085b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

In this episode, Will and Brandon record what can only be described as "Forty-two minutes of game discussion," starting with more Division positives, Moving to Eldritch Horror expansions, a review of Homeworld, and a head-to-head comparison of two games Brandon has been failing to play. We also announce a cancer benefit for some local gamers in need of help, and Chris' new problem with gaming...

Athens Area Cancer Benefit - 01:39
More of The Division - 02:48
Eldritch Horror expansions - 04:55
Will's GotW: Homeworld Remastered - 06:39
Brandon's Head to Head: Clash Royale and Blood Brothers 2 - 21:25
Closing and Contact Info - 41:35

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:21pm EDT

In this episode, we revisit one of the first games we ever reviewed, going back over the original points with an all new perspective. What has improved? What has gotten worse? What have we learned and what have we done with the game since we first played? For the most in-depth review three years after Chris never shutting up about the game, this is the right place to go!

The very first game review - 1:33
A modern fantasy RPG - 4:17
"Old School" Appeal? - 11:32
Rolling and resolving dice - 18:02
Customization and Narrative - 29:17
The GM's Tools - 44:49
Perilous Exploration - 51:42
Expansions! - 54:25
Closing and Contact Info - 65:12

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT

In this episode, Will complains about his 3 hit point Freebooter in Dungeon World and his over-eager rush to make the UK profitable in Imperial. Chris knocks down imaginary civilizations in Super Tribes and gets super salty about Salt and Sanctuary. Also in-depth play reports/reviews of The Division and Far Cry Primal.

Freebooters on the Frontier - 01:20
The Division - 05:25
Imperial - 28:11
Super Tribes - 37:20
Salt and Sanctuary - 38:58
Far Cry Primal - 42:00
Closing and Contact Info - 65:05

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

In this episode, Will and Chris receive a mysterious call from an even more mysterious caller who recorded their entire conversation. The Gaming Nonsense Uncensored Podcast! We talk about the way we make our podcast, the way we review games, and in general have a great intro episode for anyone who is looking for more of our show or theirs. This is the start of something... grand..

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT

In this episode, Will and Chris have been playing a lot of board games in person: Building castles as corrupt contractors in Caylus, profiteering from unending war in Imperial, and causing disruption of the geriatric spice in The Dice Must Flow. There are also a lot of Korean MMOs and Skyrim with guns without guns. And Mottainai.

Caylus - 01:25
The Dice Must Flow -05:52
Vindictus- 10:21
Will's GotW: Blade and Soul - 11:57
Imperial - 29:46
Far Cry Primal - 37:40
Freebooters on the Frontier - 40:11
Chris' GotW: Mottainai - 41:46
Closing and Contact Info - 63:22

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2083a.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss the podcast, how it got started, and what our goals are. Most importantly, how do we review games? What is important in a game review? What isn't? Why do we have such strong opinions and how do we decide what those should be? Why don't you have a podcast about games that we can listen to? And Chris rants about any number of things...

 

Episode 0? - 01:48
The Podcast and why we do it - 04:24
Anyone can do a podcast, but... - 07:28
Podcasts for discussions - 12:01
Difference of opinions - 19:20
The Goals for our show - 22:30
How not to review games - 34:12
What a game review should be - 40:35
The B part Discussion - 54:30
The cost of reviews - 60:08
Closing and Contact Info - 66:54

Direct download: The20Die20Is20Podcast2C20Episode2082b.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 9:07pm EDT