Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer take a look at board games, card games, and the people who design, publish, and play them.
Top ten lists, Q&A, tales of horror, and more await you!
At The Table with The Dice Tower - Ruining Everything
Tom, Julie, and Eric discuss how to deal with game players who get in the way of enjoying games. Also, some holiday shopping tips for those going to PAX Unplugged (and those that aren't as well), a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and some Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
02:23 - PAX Unplugged Plans
04:38 - People Who Ruin Games
22:42 - Holiday Shopping at PAX and Elsewhere
36:21 - Tale of Boardgaming Horror
42:18 - FlipTown
45:21 - Terrorscape
48:31 - Star Trek Discovery: Black Alert
51:32 - Tesseract
55:23 - Wonder Woods
59:06 - Forbidden Island
At The Table with The Dice Tower - That Shouldn't Be There!
Tom and Julie talk Eric out of getting the Doctor Who Magic the Gathering set, which leads to a discussion of out-of-universe items showing up in games. We prepare for some family gaming over the holidays, share a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and run through some Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
05:21 - Doctor Who Magic and other Gaming Anachronisms
25:18 - Gaming at Family Gatherings Without Scaring the Mother-in-Law
37:47 - Tale of Boardgaming Horror
41:12 - Dice Cards
43:50 - Age of Comics: The Golden Years
46:26 - Five Towers
50:42 - Beer and Bread
53:47 - Mystery Detective
57:47 - Without Fail
At The Table with The Dice Tower - BOO!
In this episode, Tom, Julie, and Eric discuss the finer points of the suggested ages you see on game boxes, and when it matters to pay attention. Also, how a board game can make you scared, a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and some Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
07:33 - Suggested Ages
20:05 - Games That Scare You
41:47 - Tale of Boardgaming Horror
46:19 - Mother of Frankenstein
50:27 - The Shining
54:26 - Horrified: Greek Monsters
59:45 - EXIT Advent Calendar: The Silent Storm
1:02:30 - CDSK
At The Table with The Dice Tower - There and Back Again
Tom and Julie have been traveling, and we want to hear about where they've been. We have recaps of the World Series of Boardgaming in Las Vegas and Spiel in Essen, before sharing some Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
01:32 - World Series of Boardgaming
20:35 - Spiel
48:20 - Nekojima
50:37 - Path of Civilization
53:24 - Rankster
56:22 - Cat Horror Festival
59:53 - Hygge
1:03:30 - Eila and Something Shiny
1:07:22 - Robo Rally
At The Table with The Dice Tower - Essen Spiel Preview 2023
Tom, Julie, and Eric discuss Essen Spiel 2023, including some general information on the layout, food, and happenings at the fair, as well as some of their most anticipated games. Then they close the show with reviews of Ticket To Ride Legacy, Fit to Print, and Deckscape: Tokyo Blackout.
01:27 - Food
04:26 - Layout Changes
17:32 - Booth Schedule (Dice Tower 3W103, Van Ryder Games 2C102)
19:55 - Press Pre-Show
20:49 - Tips
27:07 - Anticipated Games
27:48 - Among Cultists
29:15 - The White Castle
30:45 - Evacuation
31:28 - Lost Ruins of Arnak: The Missing Expedition
31:57 - Nucleum
32:41 - Kutna Hora: The City of Silver
34:09 - From the Moon
34:41 - 3 Ring Circus
35:54 - Karak II
36:58 - World Wonders
38:15 - Arborea
39:27 - Barcelona
40:30 - Shipyard
41:01 - Evil Corp.
41:35 - Sky Team
42:05 - Nekojima
43:06 - Witchcraft
44:02 - 1902 Méliès
45:07 - Zhanguo
46:12 - Rats of Wistar
48:28 - Imperial Miners
49:17 - House of Cats
50:01 - Freaky Frogs from Outaspace
50:27 - The Cathedral of Orleans
51:42 - Ticket to Ride Legacy
57:04 - Fit to Print
1:01:21 - Deckscape: Tokyo Blackout
1:04:19 - Unlock: Short Adventures
At The Table with The Dice Tower - Go Forth and Retreat
This Time, Tom, Julie, and Eric recount their adventures at the Dice Tower Retreat and the Alliance Trade Show, try to get to the bottom of marketing strategies for Boardgame "families", present a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and share some Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
00:58 - Dice Tower Retreat Recap
07:53 - Alliance Trade Show Recap
13:12 - Hasbro Women Innovators of Play
17:00 - Lawn Games
21:00 - Boardgame Families
35:41 - Tale of Boardgaming Horror
43:19 - Beat the 8 Ball
45:56 - NOOBS in Space
48:52 - Bonsai
51:41 - Wandering Towers
53:59 - BOOoop
56:43 - Unfold: Through the Wall
Hasbro's Women Innovators of Play Challenge - https://spark.hasbro.com/womeninnovators?fs=e&s=cl&fbclid=IwAR0gIKC7IQEviKh7tE21gY8utJbiSBEpuEOJ0ANxaQvymgx_yLPaCFmi5Y0
The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund - http://jackvasel.org
The Dice Tower West - http://dicetowerwest.com
The Dice Tower Cruise - http://dicetowercruise.com
The Best Board Game Podcast
I’ve been listening to the Dice Tower for about 3 years now. While there are some other good podcasts, this one is simply my favorite as they do a great job of keeping my attention with timely topics and fun banter and side bits like Tales of Horror. I even listen to old one’s over and over so please keep on making them Tom, Eric and Julie.
Happy to have a Dice Tower podcast again
Listening to Tom, Julie and Erik chat about board games is my favorite way to find out about new releases, and ones I might have missed.
I like to hear about the process of creating a board from the inside as well.
It sounds like they are having fun while they’re at which makes it fun for me too. I hope it continues on.
Tom, Julie, and Eric are all great! Keep it up!! Julie is a great new voice to the show. 2 requests:
1) Bring back the original Dice Tower theme! It’s so great and feels like you’re going on an adventure.
2) Bring Geoff and GameTech back every now and then, please!
Keep up the good work!