A board game podcast that tackles the industry from both inside and out! The State of Games is hosted by Chris Kirkman, the head of publishing house Dice Hate Me Studio and co-owner of Greater Than Games, and features regular co-hosts Darrell Louder, resident grump and designer of Compounded, Bottom of the 9th, and Fate of the Elder Gods, and TC Petty III, gaming hipster and designer of VivaJava and VivaJava Dice, Xenon Profiteer, and Spires. Presented by the website www.dicehateme.com - the board game blog with worse luck than you.
The One About Milk
In this special “minisode”, Chris is joined by game designer Josh Mills to talk about his game, Milkman, now on Kickstarter from DHMG. Josh talks about the seven-year development of Milkman – its origins and changes over the long journey to potential publishing. All this, plus his earliest game designs using drug store checker boards, and his involvement in the video game industry.
The One About Unpub 2023
In this episode, Darrell, TC, and Chris cover their highlights and hijinx from the Unpublished Games Festival in Hunt Valley, MD! You’ll hear of new and unpublished games to be on the lookout for, as well as lots and lots of griping about hotel rooms and horses (if you want to skip the griping, jump to 52 minutes in). Plus, urban spelunking, progress on Milkman, the new Defenders of the Realm, and more!
The One About Our Robot Overlords
In this special episode, Darrell, TC, and Chris jack into the matrix and talk about how artificial intelligence models - from ChatGPT to art creation AI - could change the board gaming landscape, as well as the entire world. All this, plus their favorite games of 2022, Christmas with Covid, expensive times at Disney World, Motor City, the pitfalls of trap music, the Fat Boys, and much more!
The One About Crossing the Line
In this Darrell-less episode, TC takes control of the podcast to get some things off his chest as he and Chris talk about times when people and entities have totally crossed the line of conduct both in personal life and in the boardgame space. Buckle up, it’s going to get bumpy. All this, plus rats in space, Russian spies, mutants, a couple of games that do neat things with dice, COBRA, some art critiques, and much more!
The One About Catching Up
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC sit down and tell tales of everything they’ve been up to during the long hiatus, including a GenCon recap, a trip to Dollywood, Covid, and a complete computer meltdown. All this, plus impressions of the hottest roll-and-write in town - Twilight Inscription - chasing tornadoes, a relaunch of the Dice Hate Me Games store, counting sheep, NASCAR racing, the king of Ireland, favorite spooky games, and more!
The One About Works in Progress
In this episode, Chris, Darrell, TC, and special guest Daniel Newman talk about upcoming projects – and some of the various adaptations and revisions that have been made, all for the sake of progress. All this, plus the works in progress at The Unpublished Games Festival, a rebuttal to our discussion on escape rooms in episode 181, how Time’s Up: Title Recall is the best party game of all time, and how Compounded has been improved on Kickstarter!
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Uninformed political biases
I don't need political garbage sprinkled over a better than average podcast, especially when it’s completely misinformed.
A required listening
I consider this podcast a required listening if you have any interests in board gaming. Seriously.