Dice Tower Network Podcast: Board Game Design Lab

The Board Game Design Lab is a weekly podcast that interviews the best designers, publishers, and insiders in the board game industry. Each episode covers a specific topic, and the discussion is geared toward helping listeners learn more about making great games people love. New episodes air on Wednesdays.

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Board Game Design Lab Episodes


This week, Anthony, Chris, Dan and Kim discuss Spyrium, arguably (and we do emphasize "arguably") the best worker placement game to hit our table this year, along with Shadow Hunters, Werewolf Inquisition, Mage Wars, and San Juan. 

Additionally the crew talks about how to get video gamers to the table by matching games across mediums, especially in the wake of a $1Billion payday for Grand Theft Auto V. 

01:50 - The Hotness News

13:30 - Acquisition Disorder Corner

30:34 - At the Table: Shadow Hunters

42:12 - At The Table: Werewolf Inquisition

This week on Board Gamers Anonymous, Anthony, Chris, Dan, and Kim review the brand new game from Steve Avery and Tom Vasel - Nothing Personal. We also discuss some of the hot new games hitting the shelves, including Wave 3 of X-Wing, Takenoko, Classic TV Batman Heroclix, and new licensed games from Cryptozoic.

This week Anthony, Chris, Dan and Kim review the brand new deck builder from Privateer Press set in the Warmachine Universe - High Command. They also get a couple of recommendations from listeners - one great and one downright painful, and they talk about Cosmic Encounter, Parade, Spyrium, Valuspa, Mice and Mystics: The Heart of Glorm, and a bunch of other games triggering that pesky acquisition disorder. 

00:40 - The Hotness News

07:06 - Acquisition Disorder Corner

24:46 - At the Table: Cosmic Encounter

31:58 - At the Table: Hey, That's My Fish!


This week on Board Gamers Anonymous, Anthony, Chris, Dan and Kim talk about Game of Thrones: The Card Game (LCG), Guilds of Cadwallon, Timeline, Castellan, and the divisiveness of Munchkin. Plus one of our hosts owes Myriad Games a nickel for his blatant chaotic neutraling and we're not quite sure when the bicycle was invented. Learn which games we'd like to burn and which are flat out addictive this week on Board Gamers Anonymous. 

0:39- The Hotness News

16:06 - Acquisition Disorder Corner


This week on Board Gamers Anonymous, Anthony, Chris, Dan and Kim talk about Krosmaster Arena, Castellan, Pathfinder Card Game: Rise of the Runelords, Star Trek Attack Wing, and how Kickstarter can be both a good and bad thing for you hobby gaming budget. Plus certain hosts hit it big in a Myriad Games tournament and we discuss a game that looks great, but fizzles fast after the first round or two of play. Learn which games we'd like to burn and which are flat out addictive. 

5:39 - The Hotness News

15:14 - Acquisition Disorder Corner


In the very first episode of Board Gamers Anonymous, Anthony, Chris, Dan, and Kim discuss some of their recent favorites, including Garden Dice, Puzzle Strike, Battlestar Galactica, Neuroshima Hex, Summoner Wars New Decks, Boss Monster, Legendary & Legendary: Dark City, The Resistance, and of course, the hot new expansion for Lords of Waterdeep, Scoundrels of Skullport. 

4:56 - Acquisition Disorder Corner

6:46 - At the Table - Recent Favorites

31:01 - Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport Review

47:58 - Questions and Wrapup