Dice Tower Network Podcast: Men on Board

Men on Board is a bi-weekly, hour long podcast where a group of friends focuses their discussion on a single topic, either by picking two games in a given category and discussing and comparing them or in a less structured Kiki format for more general conversations.

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Men on Board Episodes

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We’re calling this episode Mystery + because both of the games that we’re talking about our mysteries with a little bit of a stretch, but the truth is that this episode could have been called a lot of things because these games have a lot in common. The games that we are talking about our Deception: Murder in Hong Kong and Obscurio.
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The episode length is a little bit longer than usual because we are talking about two games with a lot going on with their strategy and we really wanted to dig deep into them. The games we’re talking about today are Underwater Cities and Terraforming Mars. Later, we have a discussion about games where repeated plays allow additional strategies to emerge. At the very end of the episode, we put out a call for suggestions on games or comparison suggestions from the audience.
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Today we’re pressing our luck with our success of having all five hosts on the show next week and repeating the process while talking about two Flip & Write games: Welcome To… and Cartographers. Then, in our Broader View, we talk a little bit about our opinions on player turn length. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:55] - Flip & Write [00:02:11] - Welcome To… [00:17:04] - Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale [00:33:23] - Comparison [00:44:28] - Other Flip & Write Games (Or games that make us think of these games) [00:48:21] - Broader View
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Today not only marks our 50th episode, but it is also our 2 year anniversary of launching this podcast! To celebrate, we each picked a game from our first 49 episodes to revisit and discuss how our opinions on it have evolved over additional plays. Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the last 2 years, and we are looking forward to another 50 episodes with you! [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:09] - Second Anniversary Extravaganza [00:04:31] - Mat’s Choice: Cerebria: The Inside World [00:12:09] - (Other) Matt’s Choice: Ticket to Ride [00:22:29] - Jameson’s Choice: Cryptid
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The recording of this episode ended up going on for a crazy long amount of time, so if something in the episode sounds a little bit weird, it’s probably because a 5 minute non-sequitur or tangent was edited out. With that out of the way, today’s category is games by designer Stefan Feld, and we’re looking at Trajan and Castles of Burgundy. Then in our Broader View, we talk about longevity of board games. What you won’t hear is our conversation about board game canon in the Broader View, but you will at some point in the future! [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:08] - Stefan Feld
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So while editing this episode, we realized that we kept referring to the series of games that we talk about in this episode as the Arkham Files, when in actuality the name of the series is the Arkham Horror Files! Hopefully everyone will be able to forgive the faux pas. But in this episode, we’re talking about Eldritch Horror and Arkham Horror Third Edition. In our Broader View, we talk about what we like about games that share a universe, and what other games we would like to see expand their universe into other games. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:03] - Arkham Horror Files
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We accidentally completely lost our sense of time in this episode, so it unfortunately ended up a little bit shorter than we usually like, but the end result should make up for the play length! Today, we’re talking about two games that share a theme of competing television networks: Primetime and The Networks. In our Broader View, we have a conversation about fiddly bits. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:32] - Television [00:02:46] - Primetime [00:19:16] - The Networks [00:29:54] - Comparison [00:38:34] - A couple games with a show theme and some other games [00:41:08] - Broader View
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Today we’re talking about the games Seasons and Res Arcana, and we called the category magic, but the connection between these games is a lot less general than that. Later, in our Broader View, we talk about the advantages and disadvantages in common types of variable set ups in games. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:51] - Magic [00:01:41] - Seasons [00:21:00] - Res Arcana [00:36:15] - Comparison [00:45:12] - Other Games with a Magic Theme (Except for Josh’s choice) [00:48:29] - Broader View
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In this episode we are looking at two cooperative games where players are each playing as a miniature on a board and exploring a dungeon: Dungeons & Dragons Castle Ravenloft and Warhammer Quest Silver Tower. Then, in our Broader View, we talk about how games are adapted into other games and what the relationship is between the feelings players get in the different games…or at least, we try to talk about that. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:33] - Dungeon Crawling [00:00:57] - Dungeons & Dragons Castle Ravenloft [00:18:20] - Warhammer Quest Silver Tower [00:33:08] - Comparison
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Today we’re taking a look at theme parks in two very different ways: Unfair and Dinosaur Island. Because both of these games have some swingy randomization mechanics, we then talk about our thoughts about randomness in games in our Broader View. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:34] - Theme Parks [00:01:34] - Unfair [00:17:24] - Dinosaur Island [00:34:16] - Comparison [00:45:51] - Other Theme Park Games (For the Most Part) [00:49:08] - Broader View

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