Dice Tower Network Podcast: Four Corners

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Four Corners Episodes


This week Dean and Graeme look at overhyped games. These are games that people were hyped about after the games were released and were so eager to get, but when we tried them they fell flat. Why? How do we feel when a game is hyped by gamers after it has been released?

Then our Top 5 Games that were hyped up after release but we did not enjoy.


It's the start of the new year so Dean and Graeme have a look back at the last decade (2010-2019). For each year we will have a look at the number of games published, how many are in the top 100/1000, the #1 game from that year, then finally our pick from the year.



So it's that time of year when we get some really big sales on everything, and with Dean and Graeme being pretty cheap we discuss games on sale. Does it mean they are bad games? We play a bad game that is cheap, does it still sting?

Top 5 Games We'd Only Buy on Sale


Dean and Graeme look at our own cynicism as it relates to board gaming. Are we becoming more cynical and hard on games released now? Was it always better in the old days? Are we still excited to crack open a new game?

We then do our Top 5 Games that we have liked it we played them years ago.


This week Dean and Graeme discuss teaching games. Which one of the hosts likes to teach and which one doesn't? Is there a reason one of them usually ends up teaching games?

We then do our Top 5 Games We Like Teaching!


This week Dean and Graeme have a looking at diving deep into games. What do we mean? We are looking at games we feel have a lot of depth to them that we have not explored. Do deep games have to be complex? What about abstract strategy games?

We then do our Top 5 Games we want to further explore!


This week Dean and Graeme have a look at randomness in games. Are there different types of randomness? Do we prefer one type over another? Is it necessary to be able to mitigate all randomness? Will Graeme embrace his inner love for randomness?

We then have a look at our Top 5 Games with Randomness


In our (now) yearly tradition of looking at the games from the Essen Game fair in Germany, we first look back at our picks from last year. How many have we played? How many of them are actually any good?

We then give our top 10 Games we are looking forward to from Essen 2019.


Warning - Dean's side of the recording has some technical issues. But in this episode we talk about narrative in games - not story telling games, or the theme, but games that tell a story. What types of games do this best? Are there some games we play strictly for the story?

We then do our Top 5 Games with Narrative


This week Dean and Graeme take a look at dexterity games. Are these games we week out? What are the different types of dexterity games? What about action games or speed games?

We then do our Top 5 Dexterity Games.