The State of Games, Episode 75: The One About BGGCon 2014

The State of Games, Episode 75: The One About BGGCon 2014

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Featured Articles, Media, Reviews, State of Games | 8 comments

Conventions are our bread and butter. These gatherings of geeks allow us to not only game and experience things that might pass us by a home, but also allow us to meet and greet an amazing variety of gaming personalities who all share in a similar passion. BGGCon is an amazing thing – a con dedicated solely to those of us who pepper our lives with board games and wish to share that experience with others. It’s a unique venue, and we’re here to share our...

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The State of Games, Episode 71 – The One About GrandCon 2014

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 0 comments

Con season is winding down, but there was one last little hurrah to make before the long, cold winter: GrandCon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GR is a hotbed of boardgaming enthusiasts and designers, much like the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area – plus, they also have great beer, just like we do! So despite the 12 hour drive, it was pretty much a win/win situation with board games, beers, and some of the best darn people in the hobby. Links to important things mentioned...

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The State of Games, Episode 70 – The One About To Be Named Later

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 1 comment

Sometimes on the podcast we talk about so many different things that it’s nearly impossible to describe it all with one simple title. This is one of those times. This one was almost called The One About More Naked People and Naked Games but we figured no on would know what we were talking about. No matter the name, though, we have a great time discussing prototypes and strippers. This podcast is a bit like a box of chocolates on most days. Enjoy! Links to important...

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GenCon 2014 Pictorial Recap

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Articles of Note, Blog, Conventions, Game News, Podcasts & Articles | 4 comments

GenCon is the biggest gaming convention of the year for North America, and that means lots and lots to see and do! As is the custom here on Dice Hate Me, I make sure to take lots of photos to share with all of you, dear readers, so that if you didn’t get a chance to go to the big show you’ll at least get a taste of what you missed – and can make plans to head there next year! Enjoy! As usual, GenCon was an amazing experience. I took so many more photos,...

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The State of Games, Episode 69 – The One About GenCon 2014

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 3 comments

It’s no secret – we at Dice Hate Me LOVE going to gaming conventions, and the biggest show of the year is GenCon in Indianapolis! Three of our four intrepid podcasters traveled to Indy for the big show, played lots of games, bought lots of games, and generally enjoyed our time seeing old friends and making new ones! It was an awesome show – a big show – and this podcast is equally big. Enjoy! Links to important things mentioned on the podcast:...

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The State of Games Episode 68 – The One About Themes

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

Possibly one of the most hotly-contested topics in board gaming is theme, and with good reason – many gamers want to feel as though they are immersed in a game as they thwart their opponents and come up with a winning strategy. But is theme everything? Can you enjoy a game that has no apparent theme? And what, exactly, creates that immersive experience? It is these questions, and more, that lie within the heart of this podcast. Links to important things mentioned on...

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Origins 2014 Pictorial Recap

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Articles of Note, Blog, Conventions | 2 comments

Greetings dear readers! It’s summertime once again, and we all know what that means – it’s convention season! One of our favorite conventions of the year is Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. For the past three years, Dice Hate Me Games has had a booth at the fair, and it has always been an amazing experience. Of course, working the booth is only part of the fun at the convention; eating, drinking, and gaming with good friends makes the trip even more...

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The State of Games, Episode 66 – The One About Origins 2014

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 0 comments

Tradition is important to the folks involved with Dice Hate Me, and one of our favorite traditions is attending Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio! For the past three years, Dice Hate Me Games has had a booth at the show, and it has been an amazing experience seeing familiar faces and making new friends. Join us as we talk all about it! Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: The Unpub Network Marvel Dice Masters Belle of the Ball Angry Dice Glass Road Harbour...

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The State of Games, Episode 65 – The One About Staying Forever Young

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 5 comments

There is both nostalgia and the remembrance of our youth. There is a grey line between them both. But on this podcast we choose to embrace our youth and talk about the things in our present which remind us of our past. It’s those things that keep us forever young, and it’s one of the greatest assets of our geeky generation. Explore your youth and your future youth with us! Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: The Unpub Network The craziest thread...

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The State of Games, Episode 63 – The One About PAX East 2014

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Interviews, State of Games | 2 comments

There’s just something special about Boston, and PAX East just makes it that much more special. The grand spectacle that is GenCon really pales in comparison to the crazy amount of technology and money that is pumped into the Penny Arcade Expo. However, next to all that technological excess lies the tabletop hall and a small booth dedicated to handmade prototypes – quite the contrast. We call that booth home, and in this podcast we share our adventures there and...

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The State of Games, Episode 62 – The One About Emergent Gameplay

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, State of Games | 1 comment

In the last State of Games, we three podcasters talked about all sorts of things from one end of boardgaming to another. During that intelligent melee TC brought up some points on emergent gameplay, while Darrell and I were left scratching our heads wondering what the heck he was talking about. Since that part fostered generous discussion amongst you, dear listeners, we decided to dig a little deeper. And, so, here we are. Enjoy! Links to important things mentioned on the...

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PrezCon 2014 Pictorial Wrap-up

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Articles of Note, Blog, Conventions | 2 comments

Hello, dear readers! It’s that time of the year again – time to recap some adventures at one of my favorite “local” gaming conventions, PrezCon in Charlottesville, Virginia. The structure of the convention is similar to that of the World Boardgaming Championships, with week-long gaming competitions for everything from Ticket to Ride to Hammer of the Scots. I arrived at the convention a bit later than previous years but with still enough time to get...

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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