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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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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This week Jason and Anthony discuss the differences (and relative pros and cons) of digital board games vs. their analog counterparts. We kick things off with a rundown of our favorite digital board game apps of 2016 and then dive into the differences, the place these games hold in our collections and when we consider buying them (and don't).

Check out our full rundown of this year in apps in Table for One episode 13. 

And don't forget to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, BoardGameGeek, and BoardGamersAnonymous.com

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This week's Table for One is all about gifts! We're talking about some of the hidden gems, solo variants, and all around great games we recommend you check out if looking for a good solo gaming gift for the people in your life (or a game you can play with them that is also solo friendly!) 

We'll also set aside our Mt Rushmore of Solo Games - the five games that we mention all the time and won't be including in lists like this. They're great, you know it and we know it! 

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This week Anthony and Jason discuss the hottest new solo game of the year thus far, Arkham Horror: The Card Game. Recently released as the newest in FFG's Living Card Game line, Arkham Horror is a true solo card game with story progression, character development, and multiple play through options. 

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Jason takes the reins this week with Episode 10 of Table for One. He discusses two games he's played recently - The Pursuit of Happiness and Vast: The Crystal Caverns - two very popular multiplayer games released in 2016 with solo variants. He also talks about a topic very near and dear to a lot of solo gamers - how to handle being an introvert during the holidays when visiting family.

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