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


This episode went a little bit longer than usual, but that's because we have been waiting to talk about Mindclash Games since we started this podcast!  Today we're looking at the two games that have been released by Mindclash to date: Anachrony and Trickerion.  In our Broader View, we give some advice about how to teach complicated games.


Today we're taking a look at a niche category of games, where players are divided into teams, and each member of the team is playing a different style of game.  Specifically, we're talking about Captain Sonar and Ladies & Gentlemen.  In our Broader View, we talk a bit more about teamwork in games.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:00:31] - Asymmetrical Team Games
[00:00:57] - Captain Sonar
[00:17:20] - Ladies & Gentlemen
[00:36:39] - Comparison
[00:44:06] - Other Asymmetrical or Team Games
[00:46:46] - Broader View


Inspired by Valentine's Day, this week's category is Two Player Games and we talk about Star Realms and 7 Wonders Duel.  In our Broader View, we talk about playing games with your significant other.  Also, we say "spoiler" a lot in this episode for some reason.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:00:32] - Two Player Games
[00:01:19] - Star Realms
[00:15:28] - 7 Wonders Duel
[00:27:47] - Comparison
[00:33:29] - Other Two Player Games
[00:39:05] - Broader View


In this episode we talk about two of our favorite games by designer Eric Lang.  First we discuss The Others: 7 Sins and then we chat about Arcadia Quest.  In our Broader View, we debate the pros and cons of Kickstarter.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:00:41] - Eric Lang
[00:01:51] - The Others: 7 Sins
[00:21:30] - Arcadia Quest
[00:35:15] - Comparison
[00:44:25] - Other Games by Eric Lang
[00:45:46] - Broader View


Today we're talking about the dice placement games Sagrada and Roll Player.  In our Broader View conversation, we talk about owning multiple games that do similar things in your collection.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:01:34] - Dice Placement
[00:01:59] - Sagrada
[00:18:56] - Roll Player
[00:36:07] - Comparison
[00:46:06] - Other Games
[00:49:42] - Broader View


Happy New Year! This first episode of 2018 is all about Battlestar Galactica. We look at and compare Battlestar Galactica the Board Game as well as Dark Moon, or as it was originally called, BSG Express. In our Broader View, we talk about Intellectual Property in games.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:00:56] - Battlestar Galactica (the show)
[00:02:15] - Battlestar Galactica (the board game)
[00:24:45] - Dark Moon
[00:38:03] - Comparison
[00:46:31] - Other Games
[00:49:35] - Broader View


Happy Holidays everyone!  As we get ready to head home and spend some time with our families, we decided to talk about the family weight games Forbidden Island and Ticket to Ride.  In our Broader View, we talk a bit more about playing games with our families over the holidays.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:00:50] - Family Games
[00:02:22] - Forbidden Island
[00:16:05] - Ticket to Ride
[00:32:06] - Comparison
[00:35:20] - Other Family Games
[00:39:15] - Broader View


The category for this episode is Area Control and we talk about Kemet and Scythe. In our Broader View, we start out trying to define the terms Ameritrash and Eurogame, but we end up spending more time just talking about the terms in general.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:02:20] - Area Control
[00:03:55] - Kemet
[00:24:27] - Scythe
[00:39:38] - Comparison
[00:46:59] - Other Area Control Games
[00:50:52] - Broader View


In this episode, we look at Worker Placement games and compare Agricola with Viticulture. In our Broader View, we give some advice about how to lose gracefully.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:00:45] - Worker Placement
[00:01:36] - Agricola
[00:19:26] - Viticulture
[00:38:22] - Comparison
[00:47:17] - Other Worker Placement Games
[00:51:29] - Broader View


In our (slightly late) Halloween episode, we take a look at two cooperative games with a traitor mechanic and a horror theme: Dead of Winter and Betrayal at House on the Hill. In our Broader View, we try to figure out why we love games even though they are flawed.

[00:00:00] - Introduction
[00:01:44] - Horror Games
[00:02:22] - Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
[00:24:56] - Betrayal at House on the Hill
[00:43:05] - Comparison
[00:51:04] - Other Horror Games
[00:53:29] - Broader View