The State of Games, Episode 74 – The One About Salt and Sea

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Articles of Note, Game News, Interviews, podcast, Reviews | 1 comment

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time...

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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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From Apocalypse to a New Dawn: An Interview with Ignacy Trzewiczek

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Articles of Note, Interviews | 0 comments

From time to time here on Dice Hate Me, I see or play a game that has a story that intrigues me. This time around it’s Portal Games’ upcoming release Imperial Settlers, designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek. Imperial Settlers is an empire game that reimplements ideas and concepts first introduced in another of Ignacy’s titles, 51st State. I loved the game so much when I played that I just had to get to the bottom of things. Luckily, Ignacy was all too happy to...

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The State of Games, Episode 64 – The One About Raising a Ruckus

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Articles of Note, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 0 comments

Sometimes you just want to sit back and relax with the usual suspects on the podcast – and sometimes you just want to have a big ol’ party. This podcast is much more the latter with no fewer than six people all talking about games that just make you go “oh crap!” a time or three. And, amazingly, nobody talks over anyone else! Plus, what would a good party be without the law somehow getting involved? We do not disappoint in that regard. Links to...

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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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Multiplying Rabbits: Interviews With 54-Card Game Designers, Part 2

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Articles of Note, Game News, Interviews | 4 comments

This Spring, Dice Hate Me Games will be launching a Kickstarter featuring six 54-card games as part of the Rabbit line of titles. Of these six games, four were chosen as winners of the Dice Hate Me 54-Card Challenge that was put forth in November. Today on Dice Hate Me, we’re taking a closer look at the design inspirations behind the games in the second three-pack of “Globetrotters”: Graham Russell’s The Fittest, J. Alex Kevern’s Easy Breezy Travel Agency, and...

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The State of Games, Episode 60 – The One About Women and Games

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Articles of Note, Interviews, State of Games | 9 comments

It was time. The female voice had been missing for far too long on this podcast. And, so, I set forth a challenge to three intrepid women gamers: Come on this podcast and get silly. And they did. And it was awesome. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: The Unpub Network The Dice Hate Me 54-Card Challenge The Dice Hate Me 54-Card Challenge Finalists Ad Magic Brew Crafters New Bedford Compounded Mall Madness Agricola Oakleaf Games Blog   ALSO, OUR KICKSTARTER...

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Multiplying Rabbits: Interviews with 54-Card Game Designers

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Articles of Note, Game News, Interviews | 3 comments

This Spring, Dice Hate Me Games will be launching a Kickstarter featuring six 54-card games as part of the Rabbit line of titles. Of these six games, four were chosen as winners of the Dice Hate Me 54-Card Challenge that was put forth in November. Today on Dice Hate Me, we’re taking a closer look at the design inspirations behind the games in the first three-pack of “Dinner, Drinks & Dessert”: Matthew O’Malley’s Diner (the 54-Card Challenge Grand Prize winner), Ben...

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The State of Games, Episode 59 – The One About The Hot Games of 2014

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in Articles of Note, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 0 comments

We love reserved hyperbole (is that really a thing?) here at Dice Hate Me, so let me just say that, like all the years before, this coming year may just be the Greatest Year For Games Ever. With big titles sporting unique mechanics like Dead of Winter and SeaFall coming from Plaid Hat Games, a whole slew of indie upstarts shaking the establishment, and no fewer than 10 Dice Hate Me Games titles hitting the market, you can see that my hyperbole is warranted. Links to...

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Dice Hate Me 54-Card Challenge Finalists!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2014 in Blog, Game News, Interviews, Uncategorized | 5 comments

The call for card games from Dice Hate Me was heeded – in a very big way! We received over 100 entries into the Dice Hate Me 54-Card Challenge, which was far above and beyond expectations. The massive amount of entries meant that the design community was energized and inspired to create something special, but it also meant that the competition was fierce, and judging took a very long time. Originally, the plan was to have six finalists to be judged at Unpub; since...

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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 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 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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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 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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Designer on Designer: An Interview with Jeremiah Lee by Jason Kotarski

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Articles of Note, Blog, Game News, Interviews | 0 comments

From time to time on Dice Hate Me, someone will shoot me an email with a different sort of proposition. This time around, it was Jason Kotarski, designer of The Great Heartland Hauling Co., and he wanted Dice Hate Me to feature an interview he did with another designer, Jeremiah Lee. Designer on designer, and both with awesomely fun games? How could I resist. Jeremiah Lee is probably a werewolf. Or maybe a spy. Or a zombie. Or maybe he’s just a really nice guy. This...

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The State of Games, Episode 42 – The One About Prezcon

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 1 comment

The usual trio (me, Darrell Louder and TC Petty III) hit the road and pick up a fourth voice – that of game designer Benjamin Rosset. We manage to cram in a ton of gaming at a laid-back Virginia con that all of you should plan to attend next year, and the years beyond. Links to important people and things mentioned on the podcast: TC Petty III’s open beta test of VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game (you can help playtest openly!) Triassic Terror Pitchcar...

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The State of Games, Episode 41 – The One About Being Super

Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Articles of Note, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 4 comments

It’s a packed house on this episode as Darrell and TC continue their stellar jobs as co-hosts on the new State of Games and we’re joined by a truly super guest who never sleeps, makes his own weapons from steel and sweat, and bears an ever-so-striking resemblance to Joseph Gordon Levitt. Links to important people and things mentioned on the podcast: TC Petty III’s open beta test of VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game (you can help playtest openly!)...

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The State of Games, Episode 40 – The One About Unpub 3

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 2 comments

It’s still a solo gig here on the ol’ State of Games, but I continue to get a little help from my friends. This time it’s not just Darrell Louder and TC Petty III – I went all the Delaware to gather a whole slew of game designers, players and publishers for a massive podcast party at Unpub 3! Links to important people and things mentioned on the podcast: Unpub 3 Compounded Daniel Solis (Belle of the Ball) Paul Owen (East India Company) Ben Rosset...

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Unpublished Magic – A Guest Interview with John Moller of Cartrunk Ent.

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Interviews | 1 comment

Dice Hate Me and Go Forth and Game have joined forces to bring you some of the best gaming interviews on the web! That’s right, from time to time here on Dice Hate Me, Tom Gurganus will contribute one of his comprehensive conversations. In this interview, Tom talks with John Moller, head of Cartrunk Entertainment and founder of Unpub – the Unpublished Games Festival! Enjoy the interview and be sure to let us know if there are other designers, artists or gaming...

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The State of Games, Episode 39 – The One About Auld Lang Syne

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Articles of Note, Interviews, State of Games | 3 comments

There is a time and a season for all things – unfortunately, it’s the time on The State of Games for a season of change. This episode marks the first time in 38 episodes where Monkey238 was not seated faithfully in her co-host’s chair. As I announce on the podcast, she is moving onto ballet priorities and time is wickedly short for her. Although the show must go on, we raise our cups and sing a bit of the old refrain: “We two have run about...

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The State of Games, Episode 38 – The One About a Little “Guy Time”

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Articles of Note, Conventions, Interviews, State of Games | 2 comments

The phrase “Winter Is Coming” can mean many things to many people, but around Dice Hate Me HQ that most commonly means that Monkey238 is up to her eyeballs in ballet duties. During this special time, she is typically holed up in a ballet studio somewhere teaching the best and brightest on how to be the premiere snow queen or sugarplum fairy. For poor old Dice, however, that typically means “fend for yourself” when it comes to games. Luckily, I had a...

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The State of Games, Episode 37 – The One About the Ghost Fleet and the Haunted Dungeon

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Articles of Note, Game News, Interviews, State of Games | 2 comments

We love this time of year – leaves falling, crazy-faced pumpkins appearing on every doorstep, and lots and lots of new games popping up in our local store, and on Kickstarter! For this episode, we wanted to capture a bit of that October game ghoulishness, as well as talk about the spooky spirit of Halloween. And what better way to do that than to run a little bit long on the podcast talking to four different people? So sit back, admire your finely-crafted...

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