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


This week we look at rule books and some good and not so good points in rules books. Do we like 2 rule books (learn to play and rules appendix)? What about GMT-like rule books? Are there things all rule books must have?

We then have a look at our Top 5 Worst Rule Books (and what makes them bad!)


This week Dean and Graeme have a look at large group games (or games that play 5+ players) that are not party games! Is the higher player count something we look for in games? Do we like playing with the full complement of players? Are there some genres/styles where the more players the better?

Then we do our Top 5 Large Group Games.


Dean and Graeme have a look at party games! What type of games do we like to play at a party? Do we bring games to all the parties? Do we want to get everybody involved? Are there "party" games that we think are misclassified as party games? Do we like party games? How many in our collections?

We then do our Top 5 Games to play at a party


Dean and Graeme have a look back 10 years ago. This is a time before Graeme was into hobby board games, and dean was mostly a war gamer. So how many games from 2009 do we have in our collections? Looking back at it, was it a good year in games? Any games we feel need a 10th anniversary edition? Oh, and Dean did some math!

We end with our Top 5 games from 2009.


Dean and Graeme have a look at small box games. Are they all just filler games? Can a grand game be put into a small box? If our favourite designer makes a small box game, does that excite us or are we a little disappointed?

We then finish with out Top 5 Small Box Games.


This week Dean and Graeme look at reprints. Why do games go out of print? When games are reprinted, should they be kept the same or updated? When is a reprint really just a new game with the same theme? Would you ever go back and buy the original when there is a reprint?

We end with the Top 5 Games We Want Reprinted (for whatever reason)


In this episode Dean and Graeme have a look back at 2014. How much were we into the hobby at that time? How many 2014 games do we own? Was it a good year in gaming?

We then do the Top 5 Games from 2014.


Now that we are a few months into 2019, Dean and Graeme have a look back at 2018. Was it a good year in gaming for us and for the hobby? What were the highlights/lowlights/regrets from the year?

We then answer 5 questions : Biggest surprise, Best gaming experience, Top Expansion, Top Older game you got back to the table, and the 2019 game you are looking forward to.



This week Dean and Graeme have a look at stand up moments in games. Do we like these in games? Does it detract from the rest of the game? Are there certain types of games that these types of moments tend to occur in?

We then move on to our Top 5 Games with Stand Up Moments.


This week Dean and Graeme have a look at designers. Does a designer influence if we will purchase/play a game? We've got insta-buy designers, but what about insta-avoid designers?

We then have our top 5 Designers that make us want to check out the game.