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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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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In this episode's category, we're looking at two deduction games that have a little bit more going on than just straightforward deduction: Mystery Express and Alchemists.  In our Broader View, we talk about Aaron's pet peeve of Deduction and Mystery being used as synonyms.  Also in this episode, we're putting the call out for feedback as we near our one year anniversary of podcasting and look forward to the future. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:01:02] - Deduction Games with Something More [00:02:17] - Mystery Express [00:18:48] - Alchemists [00:34:17] - Comparison
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Today we're taking a look at a publisher that typically makes family friendly games that can be scaled up in complexity with expansion content: Queen Games.  Specifically, we're talking about Alhambra and Fresco.  In part two of our two part Broader View conversation about expansions, we discuss our thoughts about when we integrate expansions. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:34] - Queen Games [00:02:19] - Alhambra [00:15:20] - Fresco [00:28:25] - Comparison [00:34:39] - Other Games from Queen Games (and a game with a Queen) [00:38:11] - Broader View
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In this episode, we're looking at games with a lot of available expansion content: Carcassonne and Dominion.  In our Broader View, we have a discussion about what we consider before purchasing an expansion for a game. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:43] - Prolific Expansions [00:01:20] - Carcassonne [00:15:33] - Dominion [00:30:02] - Comparison [00:38:08] - Other Games with a Prolific Number of Expansions [00:41:19] - Broader View
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In our first Board Game Kiki, we're talking about everything that we did and played at Origins Game Fair 2018!  These Kiki episodes are going to be sporadic and occur only when we have something that we want to talk about that doesn't fit into our normal format. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:02:50] - Origins 2018 [00:07:08] - Queen Games [00:07:23] - Luxor [00:09:32] - Alhambra [00:10:39] - Franchise & Other Upcoming Queen Games [00:12:12] - Bezier Games [00:12:31] - One Week Ultimate Werewolf [00:13:28] - Werewolf Legacy [00:16:13] - Reef [00:18:41] - The Mind [00:20:25] - Nyctophobia
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Today we're looking at two games designed by Alexander Pfister: Mombasa and Great Western Trail. In our Broader View, we talk about game designer signatures. Shorter show notes courtesy of getting home very late after Origins 2018! [00:00:00] - Introduction[00:00:51] - Alexander Pfister[00:01:30] - Mombasa[00:17:01] - Great Western Trail[00:32:38] - Comparison[00:38:37] - Other Games Like These In Some Way[00:42:35] - Broader View
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This week we're looking at set collection with Splendor and Century: Golem Edition (which is mechanically identical to Century Spice Road, but Aaron just likes animating golems more than trading spices).  In our Broader View, we discuss how component quality can enhance or detract from our enjoyment of a game. [00:00:00] - Introduction [00:00:56] - Set Collection [00:01:23] - Splendor [00:16:24] - Century: Golem Edition [00:31:13] - Comparison [00:38:41] - Other Set Collection Games [00:41:44] - Broader View

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