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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Family Adventure Time! The Great Sweeping of Ammowan Guest Review

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 0 comments

Today on Dice Hate Me, we are lucky to have another guest review from the multi-tasking master, Marc Specter.This time, Marc takes a look at a storytelling game, currently on Kickstarter, that is great for families and gamers alike. Enjoy! A few weeks ago Robert Burke put out the call offering the opportunity to give his newest game Gnomes: The Great Sweeping of Ammowan (on Kickstarter now:...

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Make this Deal – A Little Devils Guest Review

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 2 comments

Today on Dice Hate Me, we are lucky to have another guest review from the multi-tasking master, Marc Specter. On the last State of Games podcast, we talked to Stephen Buonocore from Stronghold Games about his plethora of fall releases, and Little Devils was mentioned. Since we love trick-taking card games, we were definitely interested in knowing more. Thankfully, Marc read our minds and now provides a sneak peek for all you little devils out there who love card games as...

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The Crowded Table: Fall 2012 Edition

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Articles of Note, Blog, Reviews | 1 comment

Hello, dear readers, and welcome to another installment of The Crowded Table. Despite all the work that’s been piling up here at Dice Hate Me HQ, we’ve been able to squeeze in a surprising amount of gaming, including one weekend visit by Compounded designer Darrell Louder in which we fit in 23 different titles, all while working on some game design. We didn’t sleep much, but it was worth it. Below you’ll find four games that have graced our table in...

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Goggles Not Included – A Kickstarter Quick-Look at Mars Needs Mechanics

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Articles of Note, Blog, Reviews | 6 comments

For the past couple of years, Dice Hate Me has covered the Kickstarter beat very closely. That means we’ve seen more than our fair share of prototypes, and been privy to the behind-the-scenes stories of many remarkable projects. Other than our own projects, none have been more familiar to us in details and development than the recently-launched Mars Needs Mechanics. We first met designer Benjamin Rosset at the 2011 World Boardgaming Championships in Lancaster, PA....

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Everybody Shuffling – A Smash Up Review

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 4 comments

From time to time in this great hobby, I come across a company that seems to be firing on all cylinders, cranking out hit after hit and yet I find it difficult to join the loving throng. AEG is, unfortunately, one of those companies. Don’t get me wrong, I love AEG and the people behind the scenes, but time after time I’ve given the big games a shot and time after time I just don’t seem to be part of their key demographic. For instance, Thunderstone was...

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The Crowded Table – Summer 2012 Pre-GenCon Edition

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Articles of Note, Blog, Conventions, Reviews | 2 comments

People always seem to regard summer as that lackadaisical time when they can kick back in a hammock with a strong margarita and relax with a good, long book. I don’t know about the rest of you, but with my busy summers, all I want to do is kick those same people out of their hammocks and steal their margaritas just for a moment’s break. This summer is no exception, as we’ve been traveling to and fro constantly from conventions and special gaming events in...

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One Hot Slice – A Kickstarter Quick-look at Top This!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 0 comments

Convincing some gamers to try games with certain mechanics is often like convincing a kid to try a slice of pizza with anchovies or pineapple with ham. Dexterity is one such mechanic of which more than a few turn their noses up. I’ll admit, until a little over a year ago, I was just as likely to turn away from a dexterity game as I was when finding raw tomatoes on my pizza pies. However, just like those little fish and that hawaiian flair, dexterity – once...

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Ye Olde Meat and Potatoes – A Lyssan Guest Review

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 1 comment

Today on Dice Hate Me, we’re lucky to have a guest review by the most excellent and always helpful Marc Specter. Marc takes a look at Lyssan – a sprawling boardgame that racked up some nice funding last year on Kickstarter, at about the same time as Carnival. So grab ye some mead, dear readers, and dig into this special feast! The arrival of Lyssan is upon us.  As team leader of the group that was privileged to run Lyssan at Origins this year,  I feel it...

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Rome Is Beautiful – A Glory To Rome Unboxing

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in Articles of Note, Blog, Game News, Reviews | 7 comments

You won’t often find many unboxing posts around Dice Hate Me, but every now and then a game comes along that warrants a little more attention to component detail. Glory to Rome is definitely one of those games. Since most of us have waited a cesar’s lifespan to get the game, and because I’ve received several questions about the game’s components, I now present a pictorial overview of the innards of one unbelievably beautiful black box....

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The Hunt Is On – A Kickstarter Quick-look at The Legend of the Lost Dutchman

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 0 comments

We live in an age of the reborn gold rush. It’s happened many times through the course of history; whether it’s the search for spices in the Orient, the great American gold rush of the 1840s, or the race to build the best and brightest dot com in the 1990s. Now we have Kickstarter. And just like in those days of yore, many enterprising individuals have been frantically strapping on their digital boots and wading into the crowdfunding flood in search of the...

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Venture Cardboard – A Kickstarter Quick-look at Ground Floor

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Articles of Note, Game News, Reviews | 4 comments

There are certain things in life that instantly and easily lend themselves to interpretation and adaptation in a board game. Farming, naturally. War, racing, and buying/trading on the stock market are practically games already. But until recently, one of the only recourses an entrepreneurial zealot had at the game table was to roll dice and move a little Scottie past Go. Enter crowdfunding; suddenly, games about business and start-ups became not only viable, but incredibly...

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Feeding Frenzy – A Kickstarter Quick-look at My Happy Farm

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 2 comments

When I first joined the ranks of the hardcore gamers lo so many years ago, if someone had asked me what the most prolific theme in gaming would be in 20 years my answer would not have been farming. War, maybe. Space travel, most certainly. But raising pigs, picking radishes/squash/bok choy, and figuring out the best price I could get out of my bundle of hay at the county market would not have been the first things that popped to mind. And, yet, here we are, in the future,...

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Reason to Rhyme – A Kickstarter Quick-look at Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule!

Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 0 comments

Dear readers, I’m here to report, On a game of mysterious sort, It’s more magical than strange, Fairies, goblins may change, The way you lay cards down for sport! Yes, yes, my poetry may be atrocious, but I choose to rhyme without reason simply to express how Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule is far superior to my lame limerick. Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule (hereby to be known as GDFR), is a game by David Sanhueza of Game-O-Gami, recently released on Kickstarter. I was...

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The Crowded Table – Spring 2012 Edition

Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 3 comments

I’m not sure what it is about spring, exactly, but board games tend to multiply in this season like a certain cotton-tailed carrot eater that likes to deliver painted eggs. That usually means that more games start hitting the table and more games need to be reviewed – because hey, it’s what I do, and all of you dear readers deserve it. So let’s ditch the dallying dialogue and hop straight to the heart. Dragon Valley I’ll be completely honest...

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Harvesting Fun – A Kickstarter Quick-look at Garden Dice

Posted by on Apr 21, 2012 in Articles of Note, Reviews | 0 comments

In the world of board games – particularly those with a certain European flair – there is seemingly no theme more rich, more explored, more involved, more epic than… farming. It’s true. Enter a hobby store anywhere and you’ll find more vegetables – albeit tiny wooden ones – than at your local supermarket. This does not mean, however, that there cannot and, indeed, should not be more rich and engaging games that allow players to get their...

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A New Kind of Spice – A Rex: Final Days of an Empire Review

Posted by on Mar 28, 2012 in Reviews | 4 comments

“Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” Leto Atreides, Dune For over 30 years, the board game Dune has often been talked about in hushed awe by a generation of gamers who have heard countless tales of its groundbreaking game play and legendary subject matter. For many, there was no way to prove nor disprove the rumors in these tales, as the game was often harder to find than the legendary cup sought after in the...

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A Fresh Catch – A Kickstarter Quick-Look at Fleet

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Articles of Note, Game News, Reviews | 7 comments

At sea a fellow comes out. Salt water is like wine, in that respect. – Herman Melville I’m fairly certain that I was a sailor at some point in a previous life. I have always faintly heard the siren’s call of the open sea, and boats hold a particular fascination. As a matter of fact, monkey238 and I were married on a traditional three-masted schooner, and that made the day all the more special. And, so, I was filled with great glee when the opportunity...

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