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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!

The Dice Tower Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer

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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 - Better Than The Original

    At The Table with The Dice Tower - Better Than The Original

    Tom, Julie, and Eric discuss the results of the Origins Awards, and share the nominees for The Dice Tower Awards' Game of the Year. Julie tells us about her trip to Origins (and Tom pines for ice cream), and we ponder the dos and don'ts of upgrading your boardgame pieces. Then, we finish the show with our Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
    00:17 - Gen Con Plans (Booth 331)
    02:29 - Origins Awards and Dice Tower Nominees
    11:46 - Julie at the Origins Game Fair
    29:33 - Upgrading Pieces
    48:50 - Captain Flip
    50:28 - Cities
    54:02 - Arraial
    58:17 - This Game is Killer
    1:00:58 - Pandemic Hot Zone: North America
    1:03:18 - The Fog: Escape from Paradise

    • 1 hr 10 min
    At The Table with The Dice Tower - I Pick Things Up I Put Them Down

    At The Table with The Dice Tower - I Pick Things Up I Put Them Down

    Tom and Eric congratulate Julie on her successful move, which leads to a discussion on keeping your collection to a reasonable size (so you don't have to move as much). We run through the nominees for the Spiel des Jahres (Germany's Game of the Year awards), answer some questions from the mailbag, and share our recent Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
    00:53 - School Schedules
    02:17 - Con Schedules - Gen Con Booth 331
    04:46 - Julie's Move: Transport Logistics and Culling Strategy
    21:47 - Spiel des Jahres
    31:46 - The Dice Tower Awards Show
    33:08 - Mailbag: Game unplayed the longest?
    38:26 - Mailbag: Unplayed favorites?
    42:40 - Ticket to Ride Legacy
    47:15 - Fish & Katz
    49:20 - Super Kawaii Pets
    51:08 - Shobu
    54:14 - Windmill Valley
    57:06 - Invincible: The Hero-Building Game

    • 1 hr 5 min
    At The Table with The Dice Tower - Places Please

    At The Table with The Dice Tower - Places Please

    This time, Tom recounts his trip to BGG Spring, and Eric reviews the Dungeons and Dragons show in New York City. We act out a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, attempt to help answer a listener question, and close the show with our Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
    00:47 - Summer Events
    05:26 - Dice Tower District
    06:09 - Tom at BGG Spring
    13:22 - Eric at Dungeons and Dragons: The Twenty-Sided Tavern
    18:23 - Tale of Boardgaming Horror
    26:53 - Listener Question: Unexpected Children
    41:40 - Agueda
    44:00 - The Almost Gone
    47:18 - Dumb Ways to Die
    50:31 - License to Grill
    55:15 - Endangered Rescue: Galapagos Penguins

    • 1 hr
    At The Table with The Dice Tower - In The Year Two Thousand... Four

    At The Table with The Dice Tower - In The Year Two Thousand... Four

    Tom, Julie and Eric run through some of their plans for Dice Tower East and Gen Con later this summer before taking a look at the year that was 2004, which was inexplicably 20 years ago. We share a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, answer a question from the mailbag, and round up our Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
    00:48 - Events at Dice Tower East
    03:04 - Gen Con Plans
    05:36 - Looking back at 2004 - 20 Years Ago
    21:23 - Tale of Boardgaming Horror
    28:52 - Listener Question: Digital Game Implementations
    36:27 - Splendor
    39:51 - Bus & Stop
    42:44 - Clash of Galiformes
    46:48 - BOG
    50:02 - The Morrison Game Factory

    • 55 min
    At The Table with The Dice Tower - Queen of Tokyo

    At The Table with The Dice Tower - Queen of Tokyo

    Tom and Eric quiz Julie about her recent trip to the Tokyo Game Market, including some of the games she brought home, before moving on to a Tale of Boardgaming Horror and our Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
    00:49 - Dice Tower East and Large Dexterity Games
    02:27 - The World Series of Boardgaming
    03:49 - The Universe Explained with a Cookie
    04:42 - Julie at the Tokyo Game Market
    30:48 - Acorns
    32:38 - Shiki no Tabi
    34:06 - Space Macho
    37:25 - Do You Need To Go?
    38:57 - Tale of Boardgaming Horror
    43:18 - An Age Contrived
    47:45 - Kinfire Delve
    51:30 - Onitama
    54:45 - Pickleball Blast!
    59:17 - Slay the Spire

    • 1 hr 7 min
    At The Table with The Dice Tower - Back to Back

    At The Table with The Dice Tower - Back to Back

    Tom, Julie and Eric begin by recapping their recent travels, including Julie's trip to The Gathering of Friends and Eric's family trip to Washington DC and Philadelphia. Tom recalls the recent 36-hour marathon on the video chanel, which leads us into tips for playing several games in a row. We have a pretty darn horrific Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and finish the show with our Roses, Thorns, and Hula Hoops.
    00:43 - Playing Games All The Time?
    02:40 - Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction (link below)
    04:11 - Julie at The Gathering of Friends
    14:32 - Eric in DC and Philly
    16:23 - Marathons, Cons, and Playing Lots of Games in a Row
    39:07 - Tale of Boardgaming Horror
    46:04 - El Burro (La Granja)
    51:20 - Kohaku
    53:48 - Cubitos: Fowl Play
    55:45 - Expressions
    57:51 - Agemonia
    1:01:42 - Spinball
    Link to the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction (Ends May 12th, 2024):
    https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/333009/the-jack-vasel-memorial-fund-auction-2024-through

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Feltdiggidy ,

Td gamer is so wrong

Best podcast for board game content

hard out here for a shrimp ,

Great new Format!

Julie is a great addition! Keep it up👍

TDGarner ,

No Longer for Me

At the Table should be a brand new podcast rather than carrying on under the Dice Tower podcast title. Likewise, it is not what I want from a board gaming podcast and so unsubscribed after a few episodes failed to dazzle me. Unsubscribed as well from the YouTube channel - it is far too bloated with live feeds, notifications, off topic discussions and other puff pieces. I can find comparable or better board gaming content without hosts or presenters that only pretend to be kind and considerate, that don’t support a disturbingly increasing level of toxicity in the gaming community, or annually package episodes of pre/during/post convention content pushed out each year - it is great you had a good time but I do not care and do not need to hear about all the fun you had while I have to work. It is the equivalent of someone telling you their dreams all the time; fun for them and an interminable slog for everyone else. Lastly, I find it very immoral and unethical and just plain rude for the Dice Tower to hold their yearly fundraising campaign so soon after the holidays. Most people are still recovering financially from the end of year festivities and you want to squeeze them for more money to fuel your gaming content? At the very least wait till mid to late spring to stage your kickstarter campaign.

Edit: I also find they cherry pick the causes, groups and people for which they’ll advocate and/or fundraise (which is normally fine) yet they want the credit and praise of being tolerant and an ally to everyone when they are clearly not. At best their “Christian values” and ally-ship is performative or, at worst, outright charlatanism.

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