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


Well, we promised it, so here it is, our spoiler filled review of Charterstone! But before we get to that, we talk about some other games we've played :

Tavern Masters

Who should we eat

Gentleman’s Deal

Raiders of the North Sea

We then get to Charterstone - WARNING : THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD. We talk about all aspects of the game which I will not list here. We then give our final thoughts on this legacy game.


Dean and Graeme have a look at Game Length this week. Do we have a time limit to games? Are there game lengths we just won't play? Does it detract from the game or are some games better longer? Or does it all come down to game length vs. fun?

We then do our top 5 games that are the perfect length.


We start off with looking at some games we have played recently:

Civilization : A new Dawn (all 4 of us)

Kepler 3042

Okanagan Valley of the Lakes

We then move on to the main topic of discussion : Pulsar 2849. We look at the (lack) of theme, components, and the different mechanisms in the game. We also have a look at the randomness and replayability of the game. We then give our final thoughts - and we have a rare occurrence for the group, but you'll have to listen to find out what is was!


The math guy in the group got messed up counting to 3, so this one is a bit late. But as usual we start with some games we've played

Sid Meyers Civilization
Grimm Forest
Coffee Roaster

We then move on to the main topic - Rajas of the Ganges. R&R Games usually does one euro a year and Graeme always gets them. Rajas is this years, so does it stack up? Is it a simple race game? Are there multiple paths to victory? Did everybody enjoy it (if you know the group, you should already know the answer to that last one!)


Dean and Graeme have a look at kickstarter. How many games have we backed, and would we do it again? What are our feelings on large companies using kickstarter? What about delays - does that lessen the game for us?

We then do our Top 5 Games I Wish I Had Kickstarted (and Graeme's #1 is a cop out).


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.


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!


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



Custom Heroes


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


Nina & Pinta


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?


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.