Dice Tower Network Podcast: The Family Gamers

How do gamers raise the next generation of geeks? How do you play games with your children without drowning in the monotony of CandyLand? How do you introduce your children to video games responsibly? Join Andrew and Anitra as they discuss gaming as a family with their three children. Listen to stories of their past, their successes and failures, and learn from their experiences. Mix this in with some giveaways, commentary about new stuff on the market, and a couple of interviews and you have The Family Gamers Podcast! If you're enjoying the show, please don't forget to leave a review, share with yoru friends, and subscribe!

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The Family Gamers Episodes


The games that keep on giving! We’re talking about expansions, collectibles, toys-to-life, and other game add-ons. What we played this week: Anomia (Speaking of expansions, we played with multiple decks) Codenames (this is an AWESOME game) Bring Your Own Book Windup War, coming soon to Kickstarter. Review coming soon to The Family Gamers! Mall Madness Castellan Checkers Best Treehouse Ever


Playing board games solo is a great way to improve your skills, using strategy and critical thinking. There are unofficial solo variations available for nearly every game, mostly on BoardGameGeek.com, and there are even groups (ironically) dedicated to solo play, such as the 1-player guild. What we’ve been playing recently: Ticket to Ride World’s Fair 1893 – the retail copy!

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We're back from Origins and that means we have a LOT of games to talk about. The show was fantastic and I'm sorry Indianapolis, but Columbus kicks your backside when it comes to food.

But what about the games? In this episode we'll take a look at lots and LOTS of games, starting with the Origins Awards, then reviewing our acquisition disorders and recent plays at the table, and finally with a rundown of BGA's very own show awards. 


This week, we discuss a few micro/tiny games. These are games that generally fit easily in your pocket or purse. A few cards, a few tokens, a few dice. They’re usually 15 minutes or less to play and easy to pick up. What we played this week: The Princess and the Goblin – now with updated rules! The Kickstarter ends

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On May's episode of Board Gamers Anonymous, we're looking at the best and worst expansions for some of the most popular gateway games in our collections. Find out which expansion you MUST play and which you should avoid. We're also talking about the 2015 Dice Tower Award nominees, some of our recent acquisition disorders and our recent plays at the Table. 


Dice Tower Award Nominees

Acquisition Disorder Corner

At the Table

Best & Worst: Gateway Game Expansions


We played a few games this week, and we discuss a billboard we saw… for Minecraft. Wait, what? This week: POLLEN The Order 1886 Ratchet and Clank Letter Tycoon with gaming adjustments; can be made surprisingly fair for adults vs. children. The Princess and the Goblin We saw a billboard that said: “Play MINECRAFT on the big screen”, and we

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This week, we talk about two new board games, announce the giveaway winner, and delve into Star Wars for a while. First, we play games! Mario Kart 8 WarioWare Smooth Moves Best Treehouse Ever Letter Tycoon Boomtown Bandits Andrew is a curator for Boston FIG 2016. If you are in New England, you should come out and see it. We

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What we played this week: Ascension Bring Your Own Book Pie Rats of the Carob Bean Farm Kickstarters we’re excited about: Pie Rats is fully funded and in production! Campaign Trail Tesla vs. Edison expansion SeaFall, which is not a Kickstarter, but available for preorder (get fancy coins) (or pre-order it cheaper here) Video games this week: Rocket League Ratchet

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This month, the BGA team starts the second hundred episodes with a fan favorite - If you like, try...featuring Terra Mystica. 

We'll take a look at four different mechanisms, themes, or components of the modern classic and share 12 games we think you should check out if you also like this one. In addition, we'll talk about the games we've gotten to the table lately, some recent acquisition disorders, and upcoming awards as the summer convention season gets underway. 

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Wow, Andrew saw a lot of games at PAX East! And our first thoughts on a few games we received recently, plus a giveaway.Games we played this week: The Best Treehouse Ever JurassAttack! Pie Rats of the Carob Bean Farm – Kickstarter ends Monday, May 2. Go back it now! Speaking of mice and rats… Mouse Guard RPG, based on the Mouse

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