Dice Tower Network Podcast: The Innkeeper's Table

The Innkeeper's Table is series of bite-sized episodes intended to bridge the gap between experienced gamers and newcomers to the hobby. We focus on a single topic each episode, for 20 minutes or less, in order to make board games more approachable to new gamers and spark discussions that gamers of all experience levels can join in on.

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The Innkeeper's Table Episodes


Dylan and Bill discuss the 1986 Spiel des Jahres winner, Top Secret Spies, also known as Heimlich & Co.

Have you tried this winner of the prestigious Game of the Year award? We'd love to hear what you think of it. What are some other topics you'd like to hear us discuss? Let us know at innkeeperstablepodcast@gmail.com.


The Innkeepers respond to a listener question: What are some games for preteens that an adult can also enjoy playing with them?

What are some of your recommendations in this area? Do you have a question for the hosts? Share them with us at innkeeperstablepodcast@gmail.com!


Summer may be almost over, but that's not the only time you can take a vacation. In this episode, the Innkeepers talk about the games they bring with them when they take a step away from the Inn.

Do you have games you like to travel with? Great games to share with family or friends who are vacationing with you? Is there a Top 3 list you'd like us to feature in a future episode? Let us know at innkeeperstablepodcast@gmail.com!


Lying, smuggling, and bribery... What a great family game! In Sheriff of Nottingham, players take turns playing the eponymous sheriff and inspecting the goods the other players bring to market. Will the players sneak illicit goods past the checkpoint? Or will some well-placed coin convince the sheriff to look the other way? Dylan and Bill discuss.

Have you ever played this modern classic? What did you think? And what game do you think the Innkeepers should discuss next? Let us know at innkeeperstablepodcast@gmail.com.


We apologize, but the innkeepers needed to take a sick day this week. We hate to disappoint you, but we hope you'll agree that it's for the best.

Thanks for your patience!


The Innkeepers respond to a listener question:

Sometimes, when you're playing a cooperative game, one player just gets so into things that they completely take over. What's the best way to handle this sort of situation while avoiding potential pitfalls?

How do you handle a situation where one player takes over? Do you have any questions for the hosts? Let us know at innkeeperstablepodcast@gmail.com!


Dylan and Bill list their top 3 dexterity games, where how you place your pieces can matter just as much as where you place them.

Do you have a favorite dexterity game? Is there a Top 3 list you'd like us to do? Let us know at innkeeperstablepodcast@gmail.com!


Are you an overachiever? The sort of person who needs to be the best at every academic metric? The sort of person who stays up until all hours of the morning, studying, memorizing, chanting encantations and crafting magical items?

Wait, there's MAGIC in this!?

In this episode, Bill and Dylan discuss Arcane Academy by Eric Lang and Kevin Wilson, a game that Bill describes as "an underappreciated classic" and that Dylan describes as "a game I only played once, several years ago." It's a fun one.


Dylan and Bill talk about the pros and cons of keeping track of what games you've played, who won, and other statistics.

Do you record your plays? Why or why not? Tell us about it at innkeeperstablepodcast@gmail.com!


"Data! Data! Data! I cannot make bricks without clay!" The 1985 winner of the Spiel des Jahres award is all about gathering data to solve a series of mysteries. Bill and Dylan discuss (and debate, just a bit) the merits of this classic detective game.

Have you ever played Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective? What did you think? Are there other detective games you enjoy that you'd like us to play and/or discuss? We're always looking for game recommendations! Let us know at innkeeperstablepodcast@gmail.com.