Dice Tower Network Podcast: The Snakescast

The world of tabletop games is a lot bigger than most people realize. In fact it's so big that the idea of investigating it can actually be kind of intimidating. When you see all those games you've never heard of, with rules and concepts and themes you've never seen before in a game, it's hard to know where to start.

The answer is: start with the SnakesCast. Every week, we'll bring you ten or fifteen minutes' worth of banter about what makes these games worth playing. With a different theme every episode and a rotating cast of both gurus and non-gurus from Toronto's premiere boardgame café, we'll show you just how much there is to play with out there.

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The Snakescast Episodes

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The age-old question

Most games have a mix of skill and luck in them, but why do some players prefer games that are mostly luck, and others mostly skill? Why should luck-lovers bother to look into skill games, and why should people who hate luck in games give it a chance? And most importantly of all is the distinction between the two as clear-cut as it appears?

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Games where you know everything

In most games, there are things you don't know. You don't know what number will come up when you roll the die. You don't know what cards your opponent is holding, or which ones you'll draw next. But in some of the most ancient and popular games, nothing is hidden and every player knows everything there is to know about what's going on. These so-called "perfect information" games are very attractive to some players, but not to all. Join us as we look more closely at what it means when the players know it all.

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Storytelling and role playing in board games

As children, almost all of us enjoyed pretending to be different things. But as grownups, many people have lost that simple pleasure, and now they feel uncomfortable playing games of "let's pretend". Where does this revulsion for imaginative play come from? Why do so many grownups recoil at the idea of playing a game where they get to be something awesome like a knight or a cop or a pirate or a zombie?

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