Dice Tower Network Podcast: The Long View

The Long View is a podcast designed to take a closer, more critical look at the games we play. Each episode will focus on a single game. The game will be one that the podcasters will have played many, many times. The purpose is to provide a forum for those who want to know what a game reveals after multiple plays. Discussion will focus on the game play itself. It will not be a description of the rules of the game. Rather, it will be an in depth exploration of the merits or flaws of the game that become apparent when it it played multiple times. Thanks for listening!

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The Long View Episodes

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Geof Gambill is back in the saddle to provide some context to enhance your enjoyment of Great Western Trail! Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!
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Jason is very excited to host Every Night is Game Night's first Podcaster Roundtable on a specific topic. It started as a Twitter conversation, and it has now blossomed into its own podcast.

We welcome Paul Grogan from the Gaming Rules YouTube channel as well as Marc Davis from the Thoughtful Gamer blog to talk about theme in games and thematic gaming from all angles. We cover:

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We're talking deckbuilders this week, starting with the family weight game that teaches basic atom theory in as fun a way as I could think of, Subatomic (6:21). Also on the lighter side but for an older audience, we have the highly tactical and very cute Dale of Merchants (11:47).

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Whenever we discuss a difficult topic on an episode of ENGN, we like to come right back with something positive and fun. This week, we look at some games in nature (stretching the definition juuust a bit with Anthony's game), then talk about some ways that games make our lives better that you might not have thought about.

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In this episode of Board Game Backstory, I’m happy to be joined by historian Justin Nordstrom as we examine the historical context of 1960 the Making of the President. Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!
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Alex of Bottom Shelf Board Games joins TC and Joe talks about the great The Great Zimbabwe! Splotter Spellen released The Great Zimbabwe in 2012. Grab a handful of cows and build monuments to the gods in this modern classic! Thanks to our sponsor www.gamesurplus.com for their continued support of the show. Go and check out how Elaine and Carmen are bringing the world of board games to you! Thanks as well to Punchboard Media! Check out a wealth of excellent board game media at www.punchboardmedia.com!
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To kick off today's episode, we chat about two reiterations of popular games. First, Anthony breaks down Duelosaur Island (7:46), the streamlined two player version of Dinosaur Island that promises nearly as much game in almost half of the table space. Then Jason presents Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth (19:04), a post-apocalypse/ comic book retheme of the popular Lost Expedition from two years ago.

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Liz from Beyond Solitaire had a chance to sit down and interview AJ Porfirio about the newest season of Graphic Novel Adventures. This short interview serves as a nice companion to our regular episode this week.

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We're double dipping this week - preview and regular episode content!

We welcome back Liz from Beyond Solitaire and Wendy from the Singlehandedly blog to help Jason preview newest series of Graphic Novel Adventures.

Season Two is currently live on Kickstarter! Along with a preview, the gang also gives opinions and analysis of the existing Season One of the Graphic Novel Adventures. If you are curious at all about the series, we have you covered.

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We move on with our thirteen easy steps to teach a board game. Please check out the show notes for the Episode 126 to check out the first five steps to teach a board game. Most of those were about prep and proper introduction.

Now we're starting to get into it. Steps Five, Six, and Seven all have to do with laying a proper foundation for players so that everything else about the game makes sense. They are:

5) "In this game, you are a _____ trying to do ____" (covered last episode)
6) Demonstrate general game flow
7) Describe the basic victory conditions.

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