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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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 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 72 – The One About Making Good Decisions

The State of Games, Episode 72 – The One About Making Good Decisions

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Articles of Note, Featured Articles, Game News, State of Games | 3 comments

Making decisions can sometimes be hard, but when you make a really good decision, not much is more satisfying. In boardgames we all make decisions constantly – what to play, how to play, how to react when we get beat. But there are also a lot of decisions that are made outside of the game, during production, design, and publication. This podcast is about all of those decisions – good, bad, and downright ugly. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast:...

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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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The State of Games, Ep. 67 – The One About Guilty Pleasures

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

There are certain times when being bad is really, really good. That applies to B-Movies, richly decadent desserts and certain TV shows of the mostly-reality variety. Depending on your gaming circles, and gaming culture in general, this can also apply to board games. There are some days when you want to tell your Mediterranean trading game-loving circle of friends that they’re just going to have to trudge through Twilight Imperium for 10 hours – and this is our...

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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 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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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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The State of Games, Episode 61 – The One About Whatever

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Articles of Note, Game News, State of Games | 6 comments

Sometimes we have moments of brilliance on The State of Games. We come up with timely, intelligent points of debate and spend precious moments wringing every bit of knowledge we can muster in an effort to bring something new to the hobby and to our listeners. I’m here to tell you, this podcast isn’t one of those moments. But if you like three guys being random and silly, have we got a show for you. Links to important things mentioned on the podcast: The Rabbit...

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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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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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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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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 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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