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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One Deck Dungeon is one of the hottest games in the solosphere right now, so we wanted to sit down with its creator, Chris Cieslik and ask him about the process of putting the game together, some of the challenges he faced, and what we can expect in the near future for the brand. 

Listen and learn what went into this quick, yet epic solo experience and when you should prepare for your wallets to be tugged on again for its inevitable followup in our full length interview and discussion with Chris. 

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Last week we sat down with Ignacy Trzewiczek and discussed First Martians, the big new release coming soon from Portal Games. We managed to keep him around a little longer and asked about some of his other games and how the solo variants and modes for those games were created, what that development process looks like, and what it takes for a game fan to get involved in the process of creating these types of variants. 

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This week we have a very special episode featuring the designer of one of the hottest anticipated games of the year, Ignacy Trzewiczek. He joins us to discuss his newest game, which will release in the summer, and everything that went into it. Specifically, we ask him about the process of pulling the game together, the solo considerations in the design, and the differences and similarities between it and Robinson Crusoe. 

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In episode 20 of Table for One (the big 2-0!) we sit down to discuss three small deck card games and how they pull of their solo modes. Jason kicks things off with Valley of the Kings, followed by One Deck Dungeon with Anthony, and finally Villages of Valeria with Jason. 

Check out what we think about all three of these games, how their solo modes work, what kind of scoring and game mode go into good solo variants and more. 

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This week we're diving into a pair of Cool Mini or Not releases from the last few months - starting with Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia, a dice driven dungeon crawl that just hit US shores for Kickstarter backers. It's one of the few Cool Mini or Not games with a built-in solo variant, so how does it fare? 

Next up we look at Eric Lang's most recent CMON release - The Others: 7 Sins - which hit for Kickstarter backers in September and the public at large shortly after. How does the fan-made solo variant for this one stack up? 

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This week Anthony and Jason are talking about one of their most recent plays and a game high in the hotness for January - Aeon's End. We dive into the game and how it plays, how it compares to a very similar game - Sentinels of the Multiverse - and what we think about some of the other big solo-compatible deck builders on the market. 

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Thank you everyone for joining us last week to discuss #100-51 on the 1 Player Guild People's Choice Top 100 solo games. This week we're back in Episode 17 for the rest of the list!

In part two of our special two part interview, Anthony and Jason welcome Kevin to Table for One to discuss the top 50 entries in the list, our own favorite solo games, and some of the recent trends in top rated solo games. 

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Every year for the last three years, Kevin Erskine has gathered votes from hundreds of solo gamers on Board Game Geek and created a gamer-voted Top 100 list of solo games. The 2016 edition of the list had nearly 400 voters and saw a bunch of interesting new games make the cut. 

In part one of a special two part interview, Anthony and Jason welcome Kevin to Table for One to discuss the first 50 entries in the list, what goes into creating the list each year and some of the biggest surprises we spotted in this year's rankings. 

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In part two of our Pan Pandemic special, we're looking at the biggest game release of the last two years - Pandemic Legacy. From the controversy over the rapid ascent of Pandemic Legacy in the Board Game Geek rankings to the actual nature of the game and where is stands in the pantheon of great narratives, games, and other mediums, we look at this great game and what makes it so special. 

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This week we're talking all things Pandemic! From the base game and its humble-puzzle roots to the expansions and now standalone versions that are blanketing game store shelves, we dig into each iteration of this popular coop and solo friendly modern classic and discuss which you should check out and why. 

 

Happy holidays to all our listeners out there and make sure to check out part two of our Pan Pandemic episode next week!

 

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