Dice Tower Network Podcast: Meeple Overboard

Chris and Wendy Yi bring topical discussions and in-depth reviews in 30 minutes or your podcast is free! Based out of Las Vegas, NV, they're excited to bring you new episodes every Saturday.

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Meeple Overboard Episodes

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Games can make us feel like kids sometimes. Usually in a good way! Sometimes we have fond, nostalgic memories of a game with family. Sometimes a company does a great job with a theme that reminds us of how excited we would be as kids to be playing as a race car, or star ship, or dinosaur!  So, join us today as Stephanie Smith from GeekyGirlyGames on Instagram recommends this topic, and wrote in her own Top 5 alongside ours. Enjoy, and never feel like you have to grow up!

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Remember when most of the games we knew were roll dice and move along a path? Maybe that wasn't your childhood, but it sure was ours! We're going to talk about the Roll-And-Move genre of games and some unique games in that style. We also talk about the 25th anniversary of the amazing, incomporable, Super Mario Brothers Movie. And we review Altiplano, recently released to English distribution by Renegade Games.

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Ever wondered what it takes to design your own game and run your own Kickstarter?  We talk with Andrew Bosley and Mike Patience from Paisley Games about just that!  Enjoy some great insight into making and producing your own game, and see what these guys' flavors are. 

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Continuing in our series of categories and mechanisms of games, we talk about Abstracts. Why are they interesting, and what's a little info about their history? Glad you asked! Let's talk about it. We also talk about the cartoon show We Bare Bears, because it's cute, and we review Rajas of the Ganges, a worker placement and tile placement game.

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Mike DiLisio from Solomode Games joins Chris on this episode. As we're discussing solo gaming, he was an appropriate guest to have on during one of Chris' solo episodes. Are solo gamers just a group of socially awkward troglodytes who are afraid of the sun?  After our discussion, maybe you can decide!

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Continuing on gaming mechanisms, we talk about why role playing is a good mechanism. We also discuss the history of nachos, and review a buzzworthy new word game people are calling a Codenames "killer."  Is it true?  Check out our thoughts of Decrypto by Iello games and Scorpion Masque.

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Chris has been traveling for work, so while in Oakland, get some gaming in.  What has Chris been up to and how has he been keeping busy?  You'll just have to listen to see. Also, Chris looks back at the first 10 games we reviewed on the podcast to see how our opinions have aged since we last reviewed them.

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Who loves worker placement games? We do! We do! So we chat about the history and great points on Worker Placement games as we continue to work through our series of talking about why different genres work. We also review Mystery of the Temples, being brought to US distribution by Deep Water Games, currently on Kickstarter!  Go check it out.  Thanks to Deep Water Games for providing us a review copy of the game.

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We're starting a cycle for a several episodes where we break down different game mechanisms and discuss what makes them tick and why they're interesting. We're starting with deck building games. We also review Blood of an Englishman, and abstract game done entirely in cards, where two players take the roles of either Jack or the Giant, and the drama of the beanstalks. Come give a listen, and make sure to check back next week for the winner of our Raiders of the North Sea giveaway!

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It's been a great time for conventions, and MeepleCon in our home town of Las Vegas is no exception. What a blast we had, and we got to learn quite a few new games. Hear us talk about some buzzworthy games like Decrypto and The Mind, and also our First Impressions on Dinosaur Island by Pandasaurus Games, since their second kickstarter is up now!

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