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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Anthony and Jason take a deep dive on one of the most hotly anticipated games of 2017 with First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet. They look at the game's components and theme, how it plays, the issues with the rulebook that have been the talk of early backers, and how the app operates. Plus a non-spoiler discussion of the first campaign and how it fulfills on Portal's promise for a narrative experience. 

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Anthony and Jason dig into the deep cuts for some cult of the not-so-new games that we haven't had a chance to talk about yet. Jason kicks things off with a pair of lighter card-weight games with Gem Rush (from Victory Point Games) and The Banishing (from WizKids). 

Anthony then ups the weight with Conflict of Heroes with the Solo Expansion. Find out how this very popular war game plays with the solo expansion attached to it. 

 

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Jason sits down with Jason Tagmire from Button Shy Games for a chat about his latest Kickstarter, Twin Stars: Adventure Series I. We chat about designing Twin Stars, running monthly kickstarters, and getting rolling as a small company. We also briefly talk about another popular Button Shy game, Pentaquark.
 
Jump on the kickstarter before it expires on Wednesday, 7/26!
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It's ComicCon week, so Anthony and Jason are diving into three games with pop culture themes, including Harry Potter Deck Building Game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past from IDW, and the Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game.

All three games can be played solo, so we dig in and share our thoughts on how they run. Are they worth tracking down? Should you get them for solo-only play? Are they generally too light to be anything more than family or fan-only fare? Find out in our reviews.

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Jason sits down with Radomir "Gad" Mirchev to discuss the newest Kickstarter project from Vermin Games, A Place in the Sun. Learn more about the game, now available on Kickstarter, and determine if you're interested in backing. 

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Anthony and Jason welcome back Dr. Patrick Rael, History Professor at Bowdoin College to discuss difficult themes in board games, this week focusing on World War II. Specifically, we dig into the politics of managing the war with Churchill: The Big Three Struggle for Peace, and what it means to use Hitler and Nazi imagery in board games with Black Orchestra. 

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This week Anthony and Jason welcome Dr. Patrick Rael, History Professor at Bowdoin College, to discuss difficult themes in board games. We've split this into two parts with part one this week covering difficult themes of colonialism and slavery in the United States with Comancheria and Freedom: The Underground Railroad.

Join us as we discuss both of these games and how they play as games, followed by a more in-depth discussion of the games' themes and the difficult issues that they bring to the table.

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Ricky Royal is on the podcast! 

This week on a special preview series episode, Anthony and Jason sit down for a mega-sized interview with Richard Wilkins (AKA Ricky Royal), the man behind Box of Delights, and the one who has taught countless solo gamers how to play Mage Knight (among others). 

We're chatting about Renegade, Ricky's first game as a designer, launching on Kickstarter July 18th from Victory Point Games. We both had a chance to play and we pick Ricky's brain about the game, its roots, and the future. 

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Puzzles and Mystery! 

This week, Anthony and Jason dive into puzzles and mysteries with a full rundown of solo play for all four major escape room games, including Exit, Unlock!, Escape Room the Game, and Escape the Room. We also look at the classic mystery solving game, Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective (the newer release with the Jack the Ripper mysteries). 

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Jason sits down with Walter Barber of Greenbrier Games and discusses several of their recent releases including Grimslingers, Of Dreams and Shadows, and Walter's own game, coming soon from the company. They also talk about solo gaming in general, some of the history behind the company and their biggest releases and how Grimslingers and its unique aesthetic was born. 

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook (BoardGamersAnonymous), Twitter (@engn_podcast) and on BoardGameGeek (Guild 1735). A review on iTunes means the world to us as well - we love to read your feedback!

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