Dice Tower Network Podcast: Tabletop Game Talk

Tabletop Game Talk is a weekly podcast that not only talks about games but also covers the topics of the board game hobby in general.  Chris, Kitty, and Josh each bring a different view point to the conversation in a fun and easy to listen to format.  The top of every episode includes feedback from our listeners to encourage a strong and interactive community.

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Tabletop Game Talk Episodes

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This week we accept our addiction to Board Game Arena (.com) and look at the top games on the site.  First we look at them as rated by Board Game Geek, and then we look at them by what's being played on BGA itself.  And we throw in a few that didn't make either of those lists that we really like. We promise - we're not sponsored by BGA, but we probably should be... Join our discord, just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/ypK2dEQXPH
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This week we take a closer look at how the number of players effects the overall enjoyment of a game.  Should all games strive for max player count, or should we avoid the max whenever possible?  Is 2-4 players a myth?  How do games attempt to adjust for different player counts?  And will we ever stop talking about BGA?  (nope to that last one) Join our discord, just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/ypK2dEQXPH
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This week we talk about losing.  We've heard over and over that losing can be "character building" but what does that mean?  Is losing really not all that bad?  Why lose when you could win?  This one is dedicated to all you losers out there!  (In the nicest possible way, honest, this is a good one.) Join our discord, just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/ypK2dEQXPH Our BGA group can be found here: https://boardgamearena.com/group?id=5729425
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This week Fletcher and Kitty are on their own! With Chris out of town we discuss card games you can play with a standard deck of 52 cards and if Board Games can do everything they can do, but better. Join our discord, just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/ypK2dEQXPH Our BGA group can be found here: https://boardgamearena.com/group?id=5729425 Email feedback and contest entries to feedback [at] tabletopgametalk.com.
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This week we take a closer look at the "Living Card Games" (LCG) currently in print by Fantasy Flight Games (FFG).  Which, are all co-op games; The Lord of the Rings, Arkham Horror, and Marvel Champions.  Each host gives their first impressions of one of these games and by the end, we may just find that there's an LCG for each of us. Join our discord, just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/ypK2dEQXPH Our BGA group can be found here: https://boardgamearena.com/group?id=5729425
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This week we talk about how games that require deck building (MtG, Arkham Horror The Card Game, Marvel Champions, ect.) can have a huge barrier to entry in trying and continuing to play these kinds of games.  If you're someone who loves deck building, these games are for you.  If you're not, we come up with some pretty good alternatives that can get you in the game with less friction than you might think. Join our discord, just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/ypK2dEQXPH
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This week Fletcher is out and Chris and Kitty just chat aimlessly.  They cover playing games in person vs. online.  3D printing.  Marvel Zombicide.  A Hadrian's Wall update.  The next BGA tournament.  Where Chris's favorite games are today.  And bananas. Join our discord, just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/ypK2dEQXPH Our BGA group can be found here: https://boardgamearena.com/group?id=5729425 Email feedback and contest entries to feedback [at] tabletopgametalk.com.
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This week we look at the opposite of luck: skill.  How much can you get better at games?  Some games are pure skill games, but even then your opponent(s) comes into the question.  But most games do have an amount of luck involved, so when does that start to play more of an effect than your skill?  That's the skill cap. We also draw winners for our Azul prizes. Join our discord!   Just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/phjS78TKch
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This week Spenser joins us as we compare traditional RPGs with the RPGs you may find "in a box."  In other words, a board game that's trying to simulate what a traditional RPG does.  How are they different?  Why are they different?  Why should Chris not play them alone.  And what is it about pickled eggs? We also draw winners for our Azul prizes. Join our discord!  Just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/phjS78TKch
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This week Fletcher couldn't join us, so Kitty and Chris spend an hour talking about the next game they are going to play on Tuesday's virtual game night.  The requirements: a game you can play and have a conversation during at the same time. Join our discord!  Just click (or copy/paste) here: https://discord.gg/phjS78TKch Our BGA group can be found here: https://boardgamearena.com/group?id=5729425 Email feedback and contest entries to feedback [at] tabletopgametalk.com.

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