The State of Games, Episode 58 – The One About Unpub 4

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 1 comment

It seems like just yesterday that I was heading up to Delaware for the second annual Unpublished Games Festival. That was way back when VivaJava was launching on Kickstarter, I didn’t even know that The Great Heartland Hauling Co. or Jason Kotarski existed just yet, and Compounded was still unofficially signed – but still kicking total butt in play testing. Dice Hate Me Games and Unpub has come a long way in these last couple of years. But as Darrell, TC and I...

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The State of Games, Episode 57 – The One About the Games of 2013

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Articles of Note, Game News, State of Games | 2 comments

It’s that time again – a time for looking back on the best memories of the year that was while we prepare for the year that will be! And what a fantastic year of gaming 2013 turned out to be. Whether you’re a casual gamer or a hardcore grognard, this year’s titles had something awesome for everyone, and with three of us on the podcast, you get to hear about a LOT of them! Yes, dear listeners, this is another long one, but hey – we managed to...

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Dice Hate Me Game of the Year Awards 2013

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Articles of Note, Blog, Game News | 4 comments

Happy New Year, dear readers! 2014 is now upon us – and it’s almost hard to believe, as 2013 went by like a flash! It was a great year both for the board game community and Dice Hate Me Games, as we added four more titles to the library with successful Kickstarter campaigns for Compounded, VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game, Belle of the Ball, and Brew Crafters. With Unpub 4 just around the corner, the Dice Hate Me 54 Card Challenge in full swing, and a few...

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The State of Games, Episode 56 – The One About Surprises In My Pocket

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Articles of Note, Game News, State of Games | 4 comments

Whether you’re about to head out on the open road or find yourself about to be crammed into a crowded airplane, many of us think not only about what to take to wear – we also want to know how many games we can fit in that backpack. And that’s what this podcast is all about, Charlie Brown. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: The Unpub The Dice Hate Me 54-Card Challenge No Thanks! Hive Coup The Resistance Chronicle Fleet Citadels Angry Dice...

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The 2013 Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Articles of Note, Blog | 8 comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and it’s time again for my favorite annual tradition, the Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide! This guide comes to you a bit late in the season this time around, what with all the traveling to cons and wrapping up Kickstarter campaigns and whatnot. But there’s nothing I love more – and nothing that gets me more into the holiday spirit – than sharing some of my favorite easiest-to-recommend games to...

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The State of Games, Episode 55 – The One About BGGCon 2013

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 1 comment

We love gaming conventions, and thankfully con season wasn’t over quite yet as thousands of geeks gathered in the Big D for BGGCon 2013. Origins and GenCon are great, but you’ll never find a more concentrated collection of hardcore board game enthusiasts than here – and we attended! And now we’re going to tell you all about what you missed. You’re welcome. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: The Unpub Brew Crafters Dreaming...

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The State of Games, Episode 54 – The One About Your Right to Party

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Articles of Note, Game News, State of Games | 5 comments

The holidays are upon us, and that means it’s time to gather friends and family for fun gaming festivities. And what better way to celebrate the diversity that comes with these gatherings than with a party game? Whether your group has a tradition of egg nog and Pictionary or getting down and dirty with Cards Against Humanity, the underrated party game is often the hero of the holidays. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: 24-hour Boardgame Marathon at...

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The State of Games, Episode 53 – The One About The Germans

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 3 comments

Ah, October. The best time of the year. Fall leaves, decorative gourds as far as the eye can see, cool temperatures… oh, and board games. Lots and lots of board games. Especially if you happen to be in Germany. Essen, to be exact. You see, that’s where the world’s largest board game convention is held each year – and it is awesome. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: W. Eric Martin’s Spiel 2013 Preview on BoardGameGeek 24-hour...

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The State of Games, Episode 52 – The One About Beer

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 4 comments

Yep, beer. We has it. Come and gets it. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast:   Fordham/Old Dominion Brewing Alien Uprising Larceny Brew Crafters Belle of the Ball Firefly: The Board Game Lords of Waterdeep Agricola Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small Gravwell Nothing Personal Copycat Downfall of Pompeii Lords of Waterdeep and Scoundrels of Skullport Castle Dice Compounded Holiday Wars: Slugfest VivaJava Nefarious Hot Rod Creeps Last Will Trollstigen...

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The Crowded Table – Shmoecon Edition!

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Articles of Note, Blog, Conventions | 1 comment

Hello, dear Shmoes! Some of you that follow @dicehateme on Twitter or listen to The State of Games and The Geek All-Stars podcasts have heard mysterious mentions of Shmoes and Shmoecon over the past few weeks. What exactly is a Shmoe and what does it have to do with a con? Well, a Shmoe is just a regular gamer who wants to play games with other Shmoes – so if you love playing games, you’re already a Shmoe! More specific to our gaming group here in the...

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The State of Games, Episode 51 – The BGG Top 20 and Future of Unpub

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Articles of Note, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 18 comments

Thanks to most of you, dear listeners, The State of Games has thrived for over 50 episodes. This episode marks the turning point for the state of The State of Games for the next year, for sure – not only in terms of participants, but also in terms of scope and vision. This podcast will most assuredly be a haven for unpublished games news, as well as the spot to hear about the coolest new games to hit the table, both in a refined published view and those that have yet...

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The Dice Hate Me GenCon 2013 Pictorial Wrap-Up

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Articles of Note, Blog, Conventions, Game News | 4 comments

Hello dear readers! The summer’s biggest North American show just wrapped up in Indianapolis and it was, in many ways, better than the previous year. Many pundits were grumbling about the lack of “showcase” releases at the show, but I ended up nabbing three times as many games this year as last, and have – so far – been disappointed with none. Of course, there were a slew of titles only available for demo at the con – their releases are...

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The State of Games, Episode 50 – The One About GenCon 2013

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Interviews, State of Games | 3 comments

I’m sure most of you dear readers need no introduction to the marvel and spectacle of the greatest of North American gaming cons, GenCon in Indianapolis. For the second year in a row, the Dice Hate Me crew journeyed to the big show and had an absolute blast spending way too much money and getting in demos and long plays of some of the best and brightest of the boardgaming world. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: Trains Spryium Hot Rod Creeps Gravwell...

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The State of Games, Episode 49 – The One About Good Friends and Good Games

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Articles of Note, Game News, State of Games | 5 comments

Do you all remember in the opening to Duck Tales how Scrooge McDuck would open up this great vault, filled to the brim with thousand dollar bills and gold coins, then dive, headfirst into it and swim all around? That’s pretty much how all of us felt when we happened upon the $1 boardgame sale at a local store in Dover, Delaware. Feeding the cardboard addiction never felt so good. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice...

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The State of Games, Episode 48 – The One About the Brothers MacKenzie

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 0 comments

We manage to pull off an amazing feat on this episode of The State of Games – we coaxed Fred and David MacKenzie out of hiding! Trust us, it’s sort of like snagging an interview with JD Salinger. Two of them! We had a lot of fun on this podcast, and we think you’ll all enjoy hearing about the amazing projects that Clever Mojo Games has coming in the next few months. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: Origins Game Fair Princes of the Dragon...

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Origins Game Fair 2013 – A Pictorial Recap

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Articles of Note, Blog, Conventions, Game News | 3 comments

Hello, dear readers! It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the last Origins Game Fair, but here we are with more fun experiences and lots of great happenings both at the con and in the time between. The Dice Hate Me Games booth grew from one game to four, and so did the Dice Hate Me Games family. Running a booth at a major con is hard work, but we also got a chance to have some fun and hang with great board game enthusiasts in the off hours. As is the...

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The State of Games, Episode 47 – The One About Origins 2013

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 5 comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! That’s right – con season. And con season officially kicks off whenever Origins Game Fair rolls around in Columbus, Ohio. This year was even bigger and better than last year; the crowds were up, the games were plentiful, and the Dice Hate Me Games booth was totally rocking. Come on in and check out all the hip happenings at our summer home away from home. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: Origins...

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The State of Games, Episode 46 – The One About the Fate of the Galaxy

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Articles of Note, State of Games | 4 comments

And now for something completely different. In a fit of momentary madness, myself and five other brave boardgamers – Dan Patriss of The Geek All-Stars, Paul Hetrick, Shawn Purtell, Michael Harrison and Daniel Solis – decided we wanted to settle once and for all who would rule the galaxy. And, so, we set out on a half-day mission to get a full six-player experience of Twilight Imperium on the Dice Hate Me table. This is our story. Pictures of the play-by-play: ....

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Help Decide The Fate of the Galaxy!

Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Articles of Note, Blog | 0 comments

Greetings dear readers – and prepare for something completely different! This weekend at Dice Hate Me HQ, six of us will gather in the wee hours of the morning to face off in an epic, full-day battle for galactic supremacy playing Twilight Imperium: Third Edition. Some of us are veteran TI:3 players, while others have only stared longingly at the limousine-sized box on the local game store shelf. This event promises to be so epic that we’ll be live-Tweeting the...

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The State of Games, Episode 45 — The One About Hobo Pain

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Articles of Note, State of Games | 2 comments

After the last beast of a podcast, I figured it was time to just take everything back to formula, give all of you dear listeners a little break, and just chat about some board games. And that’s just what we did. Of course, what was intended as a brief, 30-minute foray into some titles that Darrell, TC and I played during a recent visit soon stretched into an hour. Hey, give us a microphone and just try to stop us. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast:...

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The State of Games, Episode 44 – The One About Crossovers

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 3 comments

A little disclaimer: This podcast is insanely long, but you get two great podcasts, all for the price of one! This time around, Darrell, TC and I invite Dan Patriss and Tom Gurganus of The Geek All-Stars to come over to Dice Hate Me HQ for a little round-table discussion of all things superhero. What was originally planned as a nice, breezy bit of podcast crossover time turned out to be an epic and passionate discourse on one of our favorite topics. We had a blast – I...

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The Crowded Table – Late Spring 2013 Edition

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Articles of Note, Blog |

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to another installment of The Crowded Table. It’s been quite awhile since the last iteration of the Crowded Table, but still there have been plenty of interesting games to grace the gaming surfaces at Dice Hate Me HQ. Some of them have been mentioned a few times on The State of Games and The Geek All-Stars, but I felt the games below deserved a little more written attention. Some of them you may just see (or hear and see) more about in...

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The State of Games, Episode 43 – The One About 20 Questions

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 69 comments

This podcast is a little break from the recent norm, as I give usual co-hosts Darrell Louder and TC Petty III a tiny break (but they’ll be back!) and bring on some new knuckleheads in a fun and different Q&A format – turned on its quirky nogging. So sit back and enjoy some banter with two of the gaming industry’s nicest guys ever, Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback.   Links to important people and things mentioned on the podcast: GrandCon Origins...

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