Dice Tower Network Podcast: Every Night is Game Night

Every Night is Game Night is a weekly, 30-45 minute podcast about strategy and thematic games, with a special emphasis on cooperative and solo play. Every week, Anthony and Jason talk about the games they love - Anthony covers heavy strategy and Euro games, while Jason brings his passion for games with lots of theme and narrative. We do regular game reviews and frequently discuss a variety of topics in the board gaming world, ranging from serious to silly. We also bring you Kickstarter previews, as well as long form interviews with many of the most noteworthy names in the industry, including Matt Leacock, Ryan Laukat, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Scott Almes, Isaac Childres, and more! 

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Every Night is Game Night Episodes

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To kick off today's episode, we chat about two reiterations of popular games. First, Anthony breaks down Duelosaur Island (7:46), the streamlined two player version of Dinosaur Island that promises nearly as much game in almost half of the table space. Then Jason presents Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth (19:04), a post-apocalypse/ comic book retheme of the popular Lost Expedition from two years ago.

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Liz from Beyond Solitaire had a chance to sit down and interview AJ Porfirio about the newest season of Graphic Novel Adventures. This short interview serves as a nice companion to our regular episode this week.

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We're double dipping this week - preview and regular episode content!

We welcome back Liz from Beyond Solitaire and Wendy from the Singlehandedly blog to help Jason preview newest series of Graphic Novel Adventures.

Season Two is currently live on Kickstarter! Along with a preview, the gang also gives opinions and analysis of the existing Season One of the Graphic Novel Adventures. If you are curious at all about the series, we have you covered.

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We move on with our thirteen easy steps to teach a board game. Please check out the show notes for the Episode 126 to check out the first five steps to teach a board game. Most of those were about prep and proper introduction.

Now we're starting to get into it. Steps Five, Six, and Seven all have to do with laying a proper foundation for players so that everything else about the game makes sense. They are:

5) "In this game, you are a _____ trying to do ____" (covered last episode)
6) Demonstrate general game flow
7) Describe the basic victory conditions.

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Anthony and Jason are always showing off new games for folks and playing as much of the hottest stuff as possible. Practice makes perfect, as they say, so this episode is about sharing all the tips for good teaching that have been picked up along the way. We all know what bad teaching looks like, so let's help folks... uh, stop doing that!

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Last week, you heard about the best from 2018 in a wide variety of categories. For this episode, we get down to brass tacks and present the absolute best games of 2018. Once again, we thank all of the presenters who helped us out with this episode. Please go follow them on social media and check out their channels!

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Welcome to the Second Annual ENGN Solo Awards! If you do a thing twice, does it become an annual tradition? Regardless, we are back to bring you the absolute best of 2018, as decided by Anthony, Jason, and ENGN fans across Facebook and BGG.

We are happy to be joined once again by contributors from all over the board gaming universe - some familiar, some brand new. And this year, we also get to hear from the winners as well. Some folks went above and beyond with their clips, so please give a listen and check out their pages!

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Liz from Beyond Solitaire and Jeremy from Jambalaya Plays Games are back for more recently delivered Kickstarter fun! 

Liz and Jeremy start us off with a highly portable and quirky cult classic which is finally seeing the published light of day (5:38). Then Jason and Liz share about Direwild (12:35), the latest game to take a stab at marrying deckbuilding and dungeon crawling. Our discussion gets into some larger points about deckbuilders - what we enjoy, what we think makes them good, etc. 

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We do this once a season, for the reason of new kickstarter deliveries hitting our tables. Liz from Beyond Solitaire and Jeremy from Jambalaya Plays Games hop back on the show to do what we do whether the mics are on or not... talk about games! 

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Jason chats with Chris Cieslik and Julia Urquhart from Asmadi Games about one of his most anticipated games for 2019 - 1001 Odysseys! We've talked about it before during our PAX Unplugged recap episodes. For this Preview Series, we really blow it out and get under the hood with this cooperative story telling game.

If you liked Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, this is the game for you!

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