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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This episode was edited the night after getting back from Origins, so these show notes are going to be short and to the point! Today we’re talking about two games that were both originally published by Days of Wonder: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects and Colosseum. Because both of these games were then later reprinted, we have a conversation about reprints and games that we would like to see be reprinted. Most importantly, as of this episode Mat is officially back in Pittsburgh so we will once again be recording our episodes altogether in the same location! [00:00:00] - Introduction
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We apologize for the delay in getting today’s episode out, but we think that it was worth the day’s wait! Today we’re talking about two pick up and deliver games: Firefly and Merchant of Venus. Then in our Broader View, we have a conversation that we’re calling The Logistics of Longer Games: Running Long, where we pretty much just talk about social etiquette when playing long games. If you’re going to be at Origins next week and you see us around, please say hi! [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:02] - Pick Up and Deliver Games [00:01:40] - Firefly [00:16:09] - Merchant of Venus
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Today’s Kiki is all about art in boardgames, and we run through exactly how much we value art and what we look for in art. We didn’t announce it in this episode, because we didn’t know it at the time of recording, but next week we will be back with another regular episode where the category is going to be Pick Up and Deliver games and we’re going to talk about Merchant of Venus and Firefly. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:04:07] - Does art matter in board games? [00:19:34] - What kind of styles of art are we drawn toward? [00:36:22] - How does art influence gameplay for us?
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We went a little bit long today, but that’s because we’re essentially talking about 9 different games in our descriptions. And that’s because today we are taking a look at asymmetrical games by comparing Vast: The Crystal Caverns and Root. We then take a step back and talk about how we learn games. We also get a little bit excited about the upcoming Origins: Game Fair, so be on the lookout for us if you are heading to Columbus next month! [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:34] - Asymmetric Games [00:01:55] - Vast: The Crystal Caverns [00:18:21] - Root [00:35:36] - Comparison
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Today we’re talking about games with a steampunk theme, and we’re discussing The World of SMOG: On Her Majesty’s Service and Victorian Masterminds. Then in our Broader View, after looking forward to Victorian Masterminds for what felt like forever, we talk about anticipation of games and what games and events that we’re currently anticipating. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:43] - Steampunk [00:02:30] - The World of SMOG: On Her Majesty’s Service [00:22:02] - Victorian Masterminds [00:39:27] - Comparison [00:43:56] - Other Steampunk Games [00:48:00] - Broader View
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While editing this episode, we realized that we had some unfortunate audio issues, and we apologize for the quality in some parts! Because of this, we edited a little bit more than we usually do, bringing the episode length down a little bit. Hopefully this will clear up the confusion when you hear Aaron talk about how the recording is going long during the episode!
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Starting off with a programming note, due to moving this episode is going to be a gap filler until we get the games unpacked and the studio set up in Aaron’s new house. Episode 38 will be airing on April 22, 2019. For this episode, we’re talking about our experiences and opinions on tabletop RPGs, and we spend a lot of that time talking about a campaign of Mutants & Masterminds. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:48] - What do we like about RPGs? [00:08:51] - What do we look for in a system [00:24:41] - What kind of characters do we like to play
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As of this episode, our friend and occasional fill-in host Other Matt is officially joining the cast of Men on Board. We accidentally forgot to elaborate on how this is going to work moving forward on the show itself, but what will happen is that Matt is going to be more regularly filling in for Josh and other hosts are there are conflicts in our schedules so that we can produce even more content! That being sad, at the end of this episode we announce that there may be some delays in some upcoming episodes due to some logistics surrounding Aaron moving.
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Today we are focusing on two games by the designer/codesigner Daniele Tascini: Teotuhican: City of Gods and Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. We also probably mispronounced about half of this episode. In our Broader View, we talk about things we like and dislike about rule books. At the end of the episode, we also make some announcements about the future of the show. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:55] - Daniele Tascini [00:01:38] - Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [00:16:26] - Teotihuacan: City of Gods [00:33:51] - Comparison [00:44:21] - Other Games That Are Similar In Some Way
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Today, instead of doing one of our standard format episodes we’re doing a Kiki about what we thought about 2018 in terms of gaming, as well as looking ahead to our hopes for 2019. We also may have hit a new record for mispronunciations (until our next regular episode). [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:48] - Games Workshop [00:10:36] - CMON [00:14:35] - Kickstarter [00:25:19] - Disposability of Gaming Experiences [00:30:31] - Eurogaming [00:35:49] - Favorite Games of 2018 [00:38:50] - Time Stories [00:43:33] - Hopes for 2019 [00:46:52] - Comas [00:48:44] - Final Rambling Thoughts

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