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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As of this episode, Men on Board is officially a part of the Dice Tower Network! We talk a little bit about that and some new things that we’re going to be doing with the podcast. Our category this week is mystery games, and we explore that through Tragedy Looper and Mysterium. Then in our Broader View, we talk about what we like about mysteries more generally, and we spend a lot of time talking about how much we enjoy murder mystery parties. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:04:33] - Mystery Games [00:05:19] - Tragedy Looper [00:24:51] - Mysterium [00:39:21] - Comparison
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This episode, we’re happy to have our friend Other Matt once again step in to help us out while Josh was unavailable. Today we’re looking at two very logical deduction games, Sleuth and Cryptid, and taking a look at how these games handle the mechanic in a very pure fashion. In our Broader View, we are putting out our New Year’s Resolutions just in time for the end of January. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:52] - Deduction Games [00:01:48] - Sleuth [00:17:30] - Cryptid [00:38:32] - Comparison [00:48:17] - Other Deduction Games [00:52:50] - Broader View
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In our first episode of 2019 we’re looking at two bag building games that use their shared mechanic and two different ways. First up is the push your luck style of Quacks of Quedlinburg and next we have the worker placement style in Orleans. In our Broader View, we each discuss our dream combination of a mechanic, theme/IP, designer, and publisher for a game. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:05] - Bag Building Games [00:01:27] - Quacks of Quedlinburg [00:18:31] - Orleans [00:34:23] - Comparison [00:45:21] - Other Bag Building Games [00:48:18] - Broader View
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On the last day of 2018 we’re talking about racing games and comparing Formula D and Downforce. In our Broader View, we have a discussion about what we do when we’re not enjoying a game. We’re also still on the lookout for any feedback or suggestions while we’re taking a look at potential switching up our format. Happy New Year everyone! [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:02:20] - Racing Games [00:02:58] - Formula D [00:20:10] - Downforce [00:29:34] - Comparison [00:36:52] - Other Racing Games [00:39:52] - Broader View
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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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