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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For the People is a classic wargame that pits players against each other as the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War. It uses a card driven system you may know of from Twilight Struggle, and its designer, Mark Herman, is credited with inventing that system. Hear about this wargaming classic from Jonathan, whose previous Long View appearance dealt with Hands in the Sea, a card-driven game set in the Punic Wars. Jonathan researches not only the game but the historical context to provide a robust analysis of classic wargames.
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Hailed as the ultimate partner trick taking game, Tichu has a somewhat obscure past if you read its rulebook. Out of that supposed obscurity, it has risen to be respected by gamers in all parts of the hobby. Mary Prasad, whom you may know as diceychic, tells all about one of her favorites in this installment of the Long View Podcast.
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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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Get more than just your feet wet in this deep exploration of Hands in the Sea, a two player deck-building war game set in Roman times. Inspired by the asymmetrical A Few Acres of Snow, Hands in the Sea expands the system with dedicated sea combat among other features. Jump on the trireme with Joe and TC and let guest Jonathan take us through this episode of the Long View Podcast.
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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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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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