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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Tiny houses are all the rage. Applying that concept to popular board games we end up with the topic of tonight's Long View: Agricola All Creatures Big and Small. Do you think meat is murder? Did you cry after your third begging card? Have you tried giving water to an Animeeple?Do you play primarily with 2 players in 30 minutes or less? Well I've got the perfect game for you!
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El Grande. The Great One. How many games have lasted more than 20 years under the scrutinous eye of tabletop aficionados? None can truly be worthy of uttering its name, but for this episode we have invited back he who is admittedly "so very wrong about games", Mark Bigney. Mark's self-aware inadequacy in approaching such a colossal subject is certain to have you laughing and cringing in similar proportions. Jump into the Castillo and keep your hands off the king's territory in the queen mother of Area Control: El Grande.
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Newcomer Luke takes us through a history of Tolkien board games as we dive deep into The Battle of Five Armies from Ares Games.
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Norm joins Joe and TC on official business on behalf of the Culture Bureau of the Canadian Government: The Long View of Crokinole! Regarded as Shuffleboard in the Round, Crokinole mixes tabletop and Parlor games to create a dexterity game that ranks among the top games on BGG.
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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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