Dice Tower Network Podcast: The Long View

The Long View is a podcast designed to take a closer, more critical look at the games we play. Each episode will focus on a single game. The game will be one that the podcasters will have played many, many times. The purpose is to provide a forum for those who want to know what a game reveals after multiple plays. Discussion will focus on the game play itself. It will not be a description of the rules of the game. Rather, it will be an in depth exploration of the merits or flaws of the game that become apparent when it it played multiple times. Thanks for listening!

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The Long View Episodes

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Lord of the Rings the Confrontation stands out among the hundreds of designs by the prolific Dr. Reiner Knizia. It's a two player head to head wargame with hidden units, like a concentrated Stratego. There's quite a bit to this game despite its small size a quick playtime. Ray Myers joins the Long View for the first time to tell us about this classic by a modern master.

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No Pun Included is here to guide us through ancient Egyptian battlefields in The Long View of Kemet! Kemet is a highly respected conflict game with a crazy card-playing combat system that incorporates sleight of hand. Hop on a giant scarab and learn about this amazing board game!

A wise man once said: --In the land of Nile there were once five Great Men; and they said, "we shall build pyramids to bring glory and praise unto ourselves [and then attack each other mercilessly]."

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Experience the dark underworld of Japan on a new level in this deep exploration of the tabletop strategy game, Yedo. Players work as Japanese clan leaders working to overthrow the Shogun. Alex Singh from Youtube Channel Bottom Shelf Board Games guides us through this tense and dangerous board. Be vigilant for Samurai in this installment of The Long View Podcast.

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Mark Bigney of All the Games you Like are Bad fame takes a moment to ponder something good in his gaming experience: Tribune Primus Inter Pares. This Roman game designed by Karl-Heinz Schmiel and published by Fantasy Flight in 2007 sees players competing for the favor of various interest groups in Roman Society. It's an early worker placement game that's maintained a high status despite its age. Join Joe and TC as Mark guides us through the gladiator pits and the senate while we fight for the prime pears!

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The Long View welcomes back Tony Fryer to talk about his favorite Uwe Rosenberg game, Ora et Labora. Featuring no randomness, a resource wheel, a dollop of monastery building, and a massive helping of resource conversion, Ora et Labora sits firmly in the boardgamegeek top 100. Listen as Tony takes us on a trip to Ireland or France in this deep dive about a modern classic.

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Wargamer Katie from Katie's Game Corner is here to take us back to war in the time of Rome and Carthage with Commands and Colors Ancients! Considered by many to be the pinnacle of the commands system designed by Richard Borg, C and C has held a spot in the boardgamegeek top 100 for a long time!

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Race for the Galaxy entertained gamers from all areas of the spectrum for years. Then, a dice game off-shoot was released that challenged players to consider resources with the unpredictability of a thrown cube. Thus, Roll for the Galaxy slapped the gaming populace upside the head by allowing new players an entry point into one of the thinky-est game systems ever devised, by the prolific Tom Lehmann with some help and published by Rio Grande games in 2014-ish. Max Schmalzried is making his Long View Debut to inform YOU about one of the most entertaining dice offshoots in board games!

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Ricky Royal joins TC and Joe in this episode to talk about a heavy cooperative game known for its brutal difficulty and well-realized theme. We're talking about Robinson Crusoe Adventures on the Cursed Island by Ignacy Trzewiczek and published in 2012 by Portal Games. The struggle is real, and it's all about survival. Build yourself a shelter out of wood and fur and tune in to this in-depth analysis of a modern classic.

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Here's a crossover episode between The Long View and The Good, the Board and the Ugly. Come join Joe, Trent, and Andy as Geof tells about his experiences at the first ever PAX Unplugged convention held in Philadelphia at the same time as BGG Con.

Thanks, as always, to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of The Long View, and thanks, of course, to YOU for listening!

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You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. -Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We unpack the epic tabletop recreation of war in this episode of the Long View on D Day at Omaha Beach. Here to guide us toward the enemy fortifications is none other than Travis Hill of Low Player Count, right in his element with this solo game! Designed in 2009 by John H. Butterfield and currently ranked 4th on the list of wargames on boardgamegeek.com

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