The State of Games, Ep. 76: The One About the Fireside

The State of Games, Ep. 76: The One About the Fireside

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Articles of Note, Featured Articles, Game News, podcast, Random thoughts, Reviews | 1 comment

So, what to do – it’s the holiday season and we don’t want to be lost in the hubbub of every other podcast talking about games for the family gathered around the Christmas table. Then the bright idea struck – what about all those poor souls who lose power during a snowstorm for the holidays? Yeah, that’s the ticket! And, so, we put our stockinged heads together and came up with some of the best and brightest for when you don’t exactly...

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The 2014 Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide

The 2014 Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Articles of Note, Featured Articles, Media, Random thoughts, Reviews | 2 comments

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, my brain was a-stirring and so I took to my mouse! So my rhymes are not perfect but the season’s just right – these Dice Hate Me holiday gift picks will guide you alright! Ok, ok, enough with the cheesy rhymes; I don’t want all you Dear Readers to run off just yet, as there’s lots of fun in store in the 2014 edition of my favorite holiday tradition! Each year, I present this guide for...

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Origins Game Fair 2011: Day 4

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in Conventions, Game News, Random thoughts | 1 comment

I’m sad to say that there was no great Banana Quest on Day 4 of Origins (in fact, we didn’t even eat until 4 p.m.), but there was plenty of good, old-fashioned boardgaming and spending quality time with some new friends. The day started late after some unexpected, but very nice sleep time, but we made the best of our last full day. And now, the day in pictures.   Sadly, Sunday is the last day of Origins, and we’ll have to say goodbye to our friends as...

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Origins Game Fair 2011: Day 3

Posted by on Jun 25, 2011 in Conventions, Game News, Interviews, Random thoughts | 3 comments

I’m happy to report that on Day 3 of Origins, The Great Banana Quest was finally fulfilled. With my system unable to sustain another morning of breakfast sandwiches, I scoured the convention center for something remotely healthy. Thankfully, I was able to bribe a smoothie attendant out of a banana, no doubt depriving some poor convention-goer of some frozen fruit goodness later that day. But I digress. First order of business for the day: Leviathans. For those not in...

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Origins Game Fair 2011: Day 2

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Conventions, Game News, Random thoughts | 9 comments

It’s late. Very late. Like so late that it’s almost time to get up again. That’s convention life for you, though. And thus, day 2 in pictures (I’ll elaborate later!). The day began in the dealer exhibition room. I beelined straight to Stronghold Games‘ booth, met Stephen Buonocore, and promptly purchased Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War. Yes, it is mine. Yes, it is beautiful. Next up: Meeting Cristina Ramos at the Moosetache...

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Origins Game Fair 2011: Day 1

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in Conventions, Game News, Random thoughts | 6 comments

Just like a game of Lords of Vegas, the day started out slowly, but drew to a lively finish. After missing an exit and turning our 7+ hour drive into an 8+ hour drive, my buddy Shawn and I arrived at our hotel, grabbed our gear and headed over to the big show. After some registration hiccups, we ambled over to the open gaming area, threw open the door… and saw that it was pretty darn dead at 3:30. So we walked across the street to Barley’s Brewing, had a beer and some...

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Dice On The Road

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Game News, Interviews, Random thoughts | 3 comments

Greetings dear readers – and listeners! Below you’ll find a link to the nifty new audio player for the Dice Hate Me mini-cast. You’ll be seeing many more posts like this one starting on Wednesday as I head to Origins Game Fair to get some good gaming and plenty of interview time with a bevy of board game builders and heads of the biz. Listen to the mini-cast below to hear about everything I’ll be up to while at the big show, and be sure to comment or...

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The Pros and Cons of Cons: 2011 Edition

Posted by on Jun 14, 2011 in Articles of Note, Random thoughts | 0 comments

Portions of this article originally appeared on Dice Hate Me on July 22, 2010 – it has been updated to reflect 2011 convention dates and information, and reposted because the somewhat-humorous, but mostly-informative posts can still aid those seeking to attend conventions in the continental US this summer. I will be at Origins this year, so if you plan to attend, look for the guy with grumpy dice somewhere on his upper body and I’ll give you a cool pin. Look for...

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The State of Games, Episode 9 – The One About Getting Kickstarted

Posted by on Jun 5, 2011 in Articles of Note, Random thoughts, State of Games | 11 comments

The State of Games, Episode 9 is fitted, fueled up and ready to fly. Time to kick the tires and light the fires! Can you all guess what this episode is all about? I’ll give you a hint – it’s not about motorcycles. It’s about making some money and playing some games. Awww, yeah. Links to the hot rods currently on Kickstarter: Dark Horse by Don Lloyd Startup Fever by Louis Perrochon Kingdom of Solomon by Philip duBarry Dice Age by Tristan Convert The...

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The Year of Awesome

Posted by on Jun 1, 2011 in Random thoughts | 16 comments

Greetings, dear readers, to a brief celebration in honor of Dice Hate Me’s anniversary! It’s been an amazing, wonderfully awesome year, and we are so thankful to our many supporters, peers, and companies for making it possible to live the Dice Hate Me dream. One year ago today, the first game review was posted – an extremely brief look at Red November from Fantasy Flight Games. Seriously, it was so succinct that many of those first few who read it wondered...

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Tequila Sunrise over Clever Mojo Games

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Game News, Random thoughts | 3 comments

Clever Mojo Games (makers of the Dice Hate Me 2010 Game of the Year Alien Frontiers) is on the move! As reported on Dice Hate Me earlier, Clever Mojo has several games in development: the draconian deck-builder Princes of the Dragon Throne, the tile-laying Sunrise City, and the rather quirky, but totally radical Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge. I’ve recently gotten my hands on a prototype of Sunrise City, and some sneak peeks at rules and playtest photos of Swinging Jivecat...

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Dice Hate Me Anniversary Giveaway Reminder!

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Articles of Note, Random thoughts | 0 comments

Dice Hate Me is about to celebrate its anniversary on June 1st, and we want to share the love with all of you! As mentioned on the last The State of Games podcast, Gryphon&Eagle Games has graciously offered up Through the Ages for one lucky Dice Hate Me fan. Here are the details: We want pictures. Fun and creative pictures. Game-related pictures! Get whimsical, get crazy, surprise us! We’ll pick our five favorite pictures and then randomly draw a winner which will...

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The State of Games, Episode 8 – The One About Not Playing With Yourself

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in Articles of Note, Random thoughts, State of Games | 9 comments

The State of Games, Episode 8 is open and ready for business! Don’t worry, the title doesn’t mean what you think it means. Or maybe it does? We have no idea what goes on inside those crazy minds of yours. But you can find out what goes on inside our crazy minds – just take a listen to our mad ramblings! A more comprehensive list of games we love for 2 players Mr. Jack Survive Rowboat Airships Pandemic Cuarenta Fresco Jaipur Egizia Twilight Struggle Roll...

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MACE Convention Wrap-up

Posted by on Mar 28, 2011 in Articles of Note, Random thoughts | 7 comments

As many of you dear readers know, I attended a local gaming convention this weekend in Hickory, NC – MACE West, the sister convention to the somewhat-larger MACE held in High Point in November each year. Smaller in no way means that there was less fun to be had, as I and my gaming companions – Michael, Shawn, Scott and Matt – proceeded to play the holy heck out of 11 different games over two and a half days. I was also lucky enough to walk away from the...

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Magic: The Gathering, or How I Came to Love the Game and Leave the Addiction

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in Articles of Note, Random thoughts | 2 comments

As a nifty online experiment, Ben Gerber – of Troll in the Corner – and I came up with a cunning plan, a sort of blogger exchange program. Once a month, Ben and I plan to share our views and musings with the readers of Troll in the Corner and Dice Hate Me. Look for more cross-pollination each and every month, and let us know what you all would like to see in these columns. It was 1995 and I was more than halfway through my undergraduate degree. Nirvana was on...

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The State of Games, Episode 4 – The One About the 7 Deadly Sins

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Articles of Note, Random thoughts, State of Games | 13 comments

The State of Games, Episode 4 is good to go! We may be playing around a tiny bit with the format this week, but we’re still here to talk about some subtle controversies; only this time, we’re inviting all of you to look deep inside your gaming souls and seek out the sin within! So yeah, The Road to Canterbury is based on Chaucer’s poem, The Canterbury Tales. Dear readers and listeners, you can get a sneak preview of the box cover art for this upcoming game...

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Where the Games Are

Posted by on Mar 10, 2011 in Game News, Random thoughts | 0 comments

It’s officially Spring Break at Dice Hate Me HQ, and that means that Monkey238 and I are taking a little mini-vacation. We plan to unwind, unplug, and spend four days in analog heaven, getting pampered and, more importantly, playing some games! Before we start our staycation, though, I thought a little preview of what’s up next on the site was probably in order. It’s going to be a busy couple of months, so stick around – we have some great things in store. Trollhalla...

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Cats! Fire! Living in a shack without heat for a week! Or, How Mi Gato se Incendia (My Cat is on Fire!) became a board game

Posted by on Feb 16, 2011 in Articles of Note, Interviews, Random thoughts | 5 comments

As a nifty online experiment, Ben Gerber – of Troll in the Corner – and I came up with a cunning plan, a sort of blogger exchange program. Once a month, Ben and I plan to share our views and musings with the readers of Troll in the Corner and Dice Hate Me. Look for more cross-pollination each and every month, and let us know what you all would like to see in these columns. Hi there!  I’m Ben, a guest blogger here on Dice Hate Me, stopping by from my own...

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Cards Against Humanity: An Offensive Interview

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in Interviews, Random thoughts | 5 comments

Any constant reader of Dice Hate Me will soon realize that we’re a big fan of Kickstarter, the crowdfunding website sensation that has allowed many independent game developers – such as the fine folks that made Alien Frontiers – the opportunity to publish games that might otherwise not have seen the light of day. So far, Kickstarter has retained a fairly solid talent pool where gaming hobbyists could find a diamond in the rough and get in on the ground...

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Clever Mojo Games Gets Steamy

Posted by on Jan 7, 2011 in Game News, Random thoughts | 3 comments

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Steampunk fans will finally get a meaty boardgame they can call their own. Clever Mojo Games – the makers of Alien Frontiers – is currently working with New Zealand game designer Anthony Henning to produce Arkopolis Engines. No details are available for a specific release date, but the teaser art is looking pretty nifty. I’m a huge fan of Steampunk, so rest assured that there will be plenty more news...

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The Table Ahead – Dice Hate Me in 2011

Posted by on Jan 6, 2011 in Game News, Random thoughts | 8 comments

A new year is upon us, dear readers, and with it the promise of a slew of new gaming goodness to grace our tables! 2010 was a fantastic year for gaming – and, indeed, for Dice Hate Me – but 2011 is shaping up to be even better. In this column, I wanted to share a few things with all of you about the upcoming year – the games I’m most looking forward to, those already out that are planned to become part of the Dice Hate Me games library, and some of...

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We Have A Winner!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in Game News, Random thoughts | 1 comment

Yes, folks, there is an official winner of the Alien Frontiers Space Crane giveaway! A big congratulations (and three Space Crane Alien Tech cards) goes out to Richard Bliss! Richard is a long-time gamer and champion of the Play-in-Public campaign, in which I have and will continue to participate. Richard is also the creator of a fine boardgaming blog, The Game Whisperer. His most recent post on keeping a boardgaming journal inspired me to start one for the new year, so you...

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