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 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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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Due to the Labour Day long weekend and technical issues this is going up a day late. This week Dean and Graeme have a look at games for new comers to the hobby. We first discuss what we've done to introduce people to hobby board games, and what mechanisms we think work.

We then do out Top 10 Games that are NOT New Gamer Friendly and why.

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In this episode, Dean and Graeme look at good games that we won't play again. What does that mean? Is it the same as highly ranked games we don't like? Why would we not want to play a good game again?

Find out, then hear our Top 5 Good Games We Won't Play Again!

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This week Dean and Graeme have a look at deduction games. What types of deduction games are there? Do we like some sub genres better than others? Do we think we are good at them? Are traitor games deduction games?

We then do our Top 5 Deduction games

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This week Dean and Graeme look at replacement games. Are we actively searching for replacement games? Are there games we really want to replace? Ever had that "never going to play that old game again" moment when playing a new game? Ever gone back and played games you had previously "replaced"?

We then do our Top 5 Replacement Games (original game and it's replacement)

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This week Dean and Graeme have a look at player elimination in games. Do we like it or avoid it? Is it a dated mechanism? What about introducing it to new members to the hobby? Are there different types of player elimination?

We then do our Top 5 games with Player Elimination

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