Dice Tower Network Podcast: Cardboard & Wine

Cardboard and Wine is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by wife and husband duo, Mamie and Josh. They are currently juggling being parents, having careers, and (trying to) live life to the fullest. For them, a big part of that includes playing a wide variety of board games with friends, family, and especially each other. On the show, they discuss life and the games they enjoy playing. Grab a glass, pull up a chair, and let’s talk about some games!

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Cardboard & Wine Episodes

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One of our most pleasant surprises over the past few months is discovering Button Shy Games, producers of microgames that consist of 18 cards (or fewer) and come in a minimalistic bi-fold wallet. Certainly the small footprint of these titles is welcome for those of us whose Kallax shelves runneth over. But how much gameplay … Continue reading 30 | Circle the Wagons and Sprawlopolis (Fit in Your Pocket)
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When you pop the shrink on a Stonemaier game, you know you will be treated to premium components and thoughtful game design. Pair that with a quirky, unique dystopian theme, and we are certainly intrigued! In this episode, we share our thoughts on Euphoria and break into the cellar to take a look back at … Continue reading 29 | Euphoria (Dystopian Bliss)
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When we saw the box art and components for Tiny Towns, it just looked like our type of game. There are plenty of wooden bits, oversized cards, friendly and approachable artwork, and a rulebook that’s streamlined and to the point. Maybe this game could scratch the same itch that Kingdomino scratched a year ago. Don … Continue reading 28 | Tiny Towns (Regular-Sized Meeples, Tiny Towns)
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Who doesn’t love a peaceful game of economic development set in the Mediterranean? Find out if we do, this week on the show as we dive deep into the quintessential eurogame, Concordia! We also discuss the most recent version of the game, Concordia Venus as well as the expansion, Concordia Salsa. Also on the show, … Continue reading 27 | Concordia (Venus and Salsa Expansions, Oh My!)
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If we look back over our gaming stats, most of our board gaming happens during the week. However, after a long day of work, dinner, and kid bedtimes, your brain and energy tank might be running on fumes. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing left for gaming though! In this episode, we explore some the best … Continue reading 26 | Favorite Weeknight Games (Most Days are Weekdays!)
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There are few game mechanics more satisfying than trading sets of cubes for more better cubes. Even more fantastic is trading them for victory points! On a previous episode, we discussed our enjoyment of the cube-trading, perfect-for-a-weeknight, card game, Century Spice Road. Based on this, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Spice … Continue reading 25 | Century Eastern Wonders (Different, Yet Similar, Cube Trading)
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The thing about Arboretum is that everyone seems to like it. We have friends who would rather walk across hot coals than play a Splotter game who rave about it. We’ve also received recommendations for Arboretum from some of our heaviest gaming partners. On top of this, the fact that it’s a small box card … Continue reading 24 | Arboretum (A Soothing Path of Tension)
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We love birds. We also appreciate games that are beautifully and thoughtfully produced. So when Wingspan by Stonemaier Games was announced, we were all over it (meaning we broke our pact to not buy new games in 2019). This game has engine building, it’s a nature documentary, it has a giant dice tower shaped like a bird feeder (seriously). … Continue reading 23 | Wingspan (Bird Facts and Candy Eggs)
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We’re still basking in the glow of four days of gaming at the Whose Turn Con in Durham, NC – and what a great time it was! In this episode, we discuss many of the great games we played there including: Dominant Species Concordia Space Base Trellis Sidereal Confluence Wingspan Keyforge Welcome To… Root Teotihuacan … Continue reading 22 | Whose Turn 2019 (A gaming con in our own backyard)
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We played a LOT of games in 2018, which is great in so many ways. The only downside is that it makes choosing the top 5 REALLY HARD! This week on the show, we share our five favorite “new to us” board games of 2018… and there were a lot to choose from… so these … Continue reading 21 | Top 5 Games Played in 2018 (Simply the Best)

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