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 switching up the schedule this week and pushing back Episode 33 to December 31st and instead we’re releasing this Board Game Kiki episode about Pax Unplugged 2018. Just as a heads up, we had some technical difficulty while recording, so when things sound choppy or when we’re talking a mile a minute, that’s why. With Christmas approaching, we also give our version of a gift guide in the form of what gifts we would give to each other. Finally, we are once again putting out the call for feedback as we have some discussions behind the scenes about potentially switching up our format.
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This episode ended up being a little bit longer because we were having a lot of fun in our Broader View, so hopefully you enjoy the extra content! The category this week is cooperative games, and both of our cooperative games that we’re talking about have an island theme: Robinson Crusoe and Spirit Island. In our Broader View, we continue with the island theme and we discuss what three games (or as Jameson insists three games and a deck of cards) would we bring to a desert island. We also all cheat and sneak in an honorable mention. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:53] - Cooperative Games
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In this episode we’re talking about Next Move, which is an imprint from the publisher Plan B Games. We’re talking about both of the games that Next Move has published to date: Azul and Reef. In our Broader View, we talk about what we consider filler games and how we feel about them. [00:00:00] - Introduction[00:01:05] - Next Move Games[00:01:29] - Azul[00:16:27] - Reef[00:31:39] - Comparison[00:40:36] - Other Tile Laying Games[00:43:31] - Broader View
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In this shorter than average episode, we’re going back to Social Deduction games, but this time we’re focusing on games that play in a short amount of time. Specifically, we’re talking about One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Crossfire. In our Broader View, we talk about playing games at parties, and we end up spending way too much time talking about our frustrations with Cards Against Humanity.
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Shakespeare is the category this week as we discuss the games Histrio and Shakespeare. In our Broader View, we talk about settings in board games, and the conversation goes into some places that we weren’t expecting and get a little bit real. [00:00:00] - Introduction[00:00:47] - Shakespeare (Category)[00:01:25] - Histrio[00:13:32] - Shakespeare (Game)[00:34:41] - Comparison[00:43:37] - Other Games about Putting on Shows[00:46:21] - Broader View
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This week we’re looking at two series of games that simulate the feeling of an escape room: the Unlock series and the Exit series. Because of the nature of these games, we were very careful to avoid spoilers, and only lightly touched on a few topics that may be considered slight spoilers, so I have noted those times in the show notes below, along with what is talked about in general. In our Broader View, we talk about how to make your game group more inclusive with a particular focus on inclusivity for gay men.
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Today we’re celebrating our one year anniversary, and because this episode is coming out a day late, it is actually coming out on our one year anniversary! So in honor of making it a full year, we’re going back to our very first category and revisiting hidden movement with Specter Ops and Nuns on the Run. In our Broader View, we reflect on the last year of recording this podcast. Thank you to everyone that has been on this journey with us! [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:07] - Hidden Movement [00:02:12] - Specter Ops [00:20:01] - Nuns on the Run [00:31:25] - Comparison
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This episode went longer than we try to keep our episodes, but since we're talking about Twilight Imperium that seemed appropriate.  Specifically, we're talking about Twilight Imperium Third Edition and Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition.  Also, because Josh has never played Twilight Imperium, we brought in our friend (Other) Matt to fill in our fourth chair.  In our Broader View, we talk about playing games that are an all day event. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:03:25] - Twilight Imperium [00:06:09] - Twilight Imperium Third Edition [00:31:46] - Twilight Imperium Fourth Edition
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Today we're discussing board games that are in some degree hybrids of board games and video games.  These are games that require smartphone apps in order to be played, and the two games that we're featuring are Stop Thief! and Mansions of Madness Second Edition.  Then, in our Broader View, we're going to flip the script and talk about board games that have been made into apps and how we feel about that. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:43] - App Integration [00:01:19] - Stop Thief! [00:16:26] - Mansions of Madness Second Edition [00:40:10] - Comparison
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In part two of our two part "plus" series, we're looking at deckbuilding games that both have some mechanics that go a little bit beyond the typical deckbuilding game.  Specifically, we're talking about Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure and The Quest for El Dorado.  In our Broader View, we go on a series of tangents about sleeving, shuffling, and storing cards, which we're calling card maintenence. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:07] - Deckbuilding Games with a Little Bit Extra [00:02:18] - Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure [00:19:16] - The Quest for El Dorado [00:32:20] - Comparison

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