Dice Tower Network Podcast: Four Corners

4 friends, 3 age demographics, 2 genders, 1 argument. Join the RPGer, number cruncher, neophyte, and the alpha gamer biweekly as we analyze one board game at a time.

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Four Corners Episodes

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This is it, the final episode of Talking Across the Game Board. We have a look back at the history (briefly) of the shows on the network. We also give a behind the scenes look - what do we use to edit the audiofiles? How do we record remotely? How do you publish a podcast? What equipment do you need? We also look at why we are stopping, then look at what is next.

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This week Dean and Graeme discuss gaming as relaxation. Can we play games to relax or is there always some level of stress in games? What would make a game relaxing? Are there certain genres of games that are more relaxing?

We then look at our Top 5 Games We Play To Relax.

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We look back at 2020, and look at the games we never got a chance to play. We also have a discussion on older games in general. Do we only look at the New Releases section or do we have a list of older games we always keep an eye out for? If we miss a new release, is it out of sight out of mind?

We then do a Top 5 2020 Games We Want To Play

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This week Dean and Graeme have a look at light games. How do we classify light games? Can you have a long light game? What about a simple rule set but lots to think about? Do we look down our noses at light games?

We then do our Top 5 Light Games (rated 1.5 or below on BoardGameGeek)

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This week Graeme had some sticker shock while looking at games! We look at deluxe editions - do we buy them? Do we want them? How much is too much? Given the option, would we get a Deluxe edition or a normal edition?

Top 5 Games We Want As A Deluxe Edition

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Only a few episodes left of the Podcast, please make sure you send in any questions/comments for the finale ASAP!

This week Dean and I look at games that are Stuck in Time - that is games that have a strong connection to the time period in which they are set (not just historical, but could be future time period as well). Do we have a preference for the time period? With our different backgrounds in gaming, does that make a difference in what we call a "Historical Game"?

We then do a Top 5 Games Stuck in Time (pick 5 different Eras and pick one game from each).

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This week Dean and Graeme talk about disappointments. What would cause our disappointment in a game? Hype? Designer Expectations? Recommendations? Have gotten wise in our old age and can avoid disappointments?

We then do our Top 5 Games We Wanted to Like but Were Disappointed

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This week we look at the BGG Top 100 games - and specifically the ones we have not played. How many do you need to play to get your "gamer" badge? Is there a need to play them? What about genres you like - should you try those from the top 100?

We then do our Top 5 Games we have NOT played in the top 100 that we want to.

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It's that time of year! Essen Spiel just finished where publishers show off shiny new games. In our yearly tradition we look back at the 10 games we picked from last year's Essen Spiel to see if we've played them and what we thought of them.

Then we give out Top 10 Games we are looking forward to from Essen Spiel 2020.

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This week we look at large publishers. Do we seek out large publishers? Do we trust the games they put out? Are we more willing to take a chance on an unknown game from them? Are their brands diluted?

We then do our pick from 5 large publishers.

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