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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It's here! The full Top 100 People's Choice Solo Games - 2017 edition!

The creator of the list, Kevin Erskine of the 1 Player Guild, was good enough to join us again to talk about the top half of the list. First, we chat about games that dropped off the list entirely.

Then we get into some surprises, trends, and a few "best in show" categories among soloists, such as card games, dice games, worker placement, deckbuilding, and others.

We also wax poetic about the acclaimed number one game among solo gamers, which is... you'll have to listen to find out.

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It is time! Just like we did last year, and just like we will probably do every year going forward, Anthony and Jason sat with Kevin Erskine of the 1 Player Guild on BGG to talk about the People's Choice Top 100 Solo Games for 2017!

Today, we present Part One where we discuss some of the broader trends and themes of the Top 100. Then we get into some commentary about numbers 100 to 51, which you could see live on Kevin's GeekList:

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This past week, Anthony and Jason met up at PAX Unplugged 2017 in Philadelphia, PA! Anthony talks about some of the games he played there, then Jason interviews a slew of different attendees in short, 2-4 minute clips. They will give you a nice cross-section of everything that went on at PAX this year.

As a special treat, we also get to hear from all three fellows from the Dice Tower. They talk about their adventures in solo gaming, negative comments that may or may not have been said in the past, and a promise to always, always, give Zee Garcia grief for whatever he does.

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We are zigging and zagging here on Every Night is Game Night! This time, we had the pleasure to be joined by Philipp Neitzel of Ulisses Spiele to talk about... RPGs! If you didn't think that RPGs and solo players don't mix, then this is the episode for you.

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We've saved the grand daddy of guest cohosts for last! We had the great fortune to be joined by Albert Hernandez, aka fractaloon, guildmaster of the popular 1 Player Guild on BGG as well as the cohost of the 1 Player Podcast.

Albert and Jason are joined by two fine fellows involved with BGG's annual Solitaire Print and Play contest - Chris Hansen, who runs the contest, and John Kean, who designed the winning game, Black Sonata

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Time for something different! Today, we are happy to present a much shorter episode about a game whose genre - roll and write - we don't talk about a lot. Alexander Shen visited the show to talk about his current, self-published Kickstarter project, Honeycomb Caverns. Please check out the episode to hear about the game itself, as well as some of the interesting decisions that led to this project landing on Kickstarter. 

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Yes, this is a Preview Series episode in the regular ENGN time slot. Due to a scheduling error, we posted the regular episode with Ant Lab Games one week early! We hope you enjoyed hearing from them.

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Anthony and Frances from Ant Lab Games return for more solo gaming discussion! This time, we chat about 'games beyond the hotness' - that is, games that are some of our favorites from the last few years, but which have flown under the radar for various reasons. 
 
Afterwards, we chat about the ethics of board game reviewers getting free stuff from publishers. Does it affect our objectivity? What responsibilities do we have to publishers, as well as to the audience? 
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Yes, folks, we are posting the regular weekly episode early this week! Ryan Laukat of Red Raven Games dropped by the show to chat about Near and Far as well as it's expansion, Amber Mines, which is in its last week on Kickstarter. 
 
Ryan talks about lots of aspects of Near and Far, including comparisons to Above and Below, the challenge of designing a competitive storytelling game, and how serendipity played a role in the design of the map book.

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