Dice Tower Network Podcast: Four Corners

4 friends, 3 age demographics, 2 genders, 1 argument. Join the RPGer, number cruncher, neophyte, and the alpha gamer biweekly as we analyze one board game at a time.

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Four Corners Episodes

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Phew! 2017 was a great year, and the 4 corners look at all the 2017 games that Graeme owns and that we have played and give a quick run down on each (around 50 games in total - yes it is a long episode!). We finish the episode off with each of us picking their top 3 games from 2017.

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Dean and Graeme have a look back at 2017. How did we find the year in gaming? Did our spending change? What about kickstarter?

We then look at :

Our Top Gaming Experience

Top Expansion to make us get the game back to the table

Top Let down (disappointment) of 2017

Top Older game we got (back) to the table

Top Game Surprise

First game we want to get to the table in 2018!

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So it's getting close to the end of the year, and we start to think about giving gifts to our friends and relatives. So we decided to do a game gift giving guide. First though, we talk about some recent plays:

Iron Dragon

Vinhos

Fallout

Custom Heroes

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We spent a week up at a resort - perfect time to play lots of games! We start off by talking about some games we played while away :

Magic Maze

Viral

Nina & Pinta

Nomads

We then get into the main topic of discussion : Perditions Mouth : Abyssal Rift. An Ameritrash+Euro game - this is a game that takes a dungeon crawl and combines it with a rondel. So how does the group think it works - do the euro players like the dungeon crawl, and do the dungeon crawl fans like the euro mechanisms?

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This week Dean and Graeme have a look at the rating of 7. Is it just a catch all for ratings? How do we rate games, on on our scales, what is a 7 rated game?

We then do a top 5 (yes, should have been a top 7) of our best 7 rated games - these are the games that just missed being in that "excellent" category.

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In a slightly shorter episode we look at Roll Player. First we look at some games we've played :

Railroad Revolution

Letters from Whitechapel

Gold Raiders

Fox in the Forest

We then move on to Roll Player. We've got 2 RPGers in the group, so does the theme sway them? For the other 2 who are not roll players, is there enough in the game to keep them interested? Can an aspect of the game, which is not the games fault, affect the score? Sure it can, listen to find out!

 

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This week Dean and Graeme have a look at the upcoming Essen Game Fair. As reviewers, do we feel this is something we have to go to? Are we missing out?

We then count down our top 10 (yes 10 this time) most anticipated games that are coming out at Essen 2017.

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For our Halloween episode this year, we start off by doing a very quick recap of ProtoTO con that B and Graeme attended. Then we talk about some games we've played :

Roll Player

Beneath Nexus

Ragers : Champions of the Arena

Fate of the Elder Gods

Zombicide Black Plague

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In this episode Graeme and Dean have a look at the BoardGameGeek ranking system. Do we use it? Is it helpful for new comers? Do we ever buy (or not buy) based on a games rankings?

We end the discussion with our Top 5 games that we like (or love) but are ranked poorly on BoardGameGeek

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This episode Dean and Graeme look at transition games. We've been asked how to get people into the general board game hobby if they enjoy Magic, or RPG, or Miniature games. Is just picking a game close to their other hobby a good choice?

We then finish with our top 5 games that made us want to try different subgenres of the hobby (war games, 18xx, minis, RPGs, etc.)

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