The boys head back to the competitive scene, this time taking with them the new tools set aside in the the Sands of Dorne box set that was recently released. Find out how they fared in a later podcast. For now listen to them as they design their attack and try to rob a fantasy mall.
The boys start off with a nice foray into Euro game design and whether there should be room to breathe in either the design or should each decision be imperative to your win. Then they jump back into Game of Thrones with a discussion on the different economy choices in the game with a quick side talk about Alfie's woes with Martell online. They finish the episode with a lively discussion of the decks they built for each other and how they would've approached them differently.
The boys discuss the harsh truth about their place in the game as well as take a look at some of the most underplayed cards and take a shot at card design to make them more interesting. We love board games here at Drop the Dice and we promise we'll get back to covering them in a broad sense soon, but for now we just can't stop playing GOT. Thanks for listening.
The boys take a trip to San Diego and dive headfirst into a Game of Thrones battle for supremacy
We are back with another interview. This time we were fortunate enough to speak with Lance Myxter, the Undead Viking himself, from Tasty Minstrel Games, the official bringer of awesome(seriously). This is a lengthy conversation and we cover a pretty wide range of topics and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Lance is a cornerstone of the community and now that hes partnered with TMG we were more than thrilled to hear his opinions and get some insider looks at what's upcoming from TMG. Side note, I apologize for the audio from Alfie and myself, our mic was acting up. Enjoy.
OH... last thing the video is unedited, with the interviews there isn't a whole lot different but if you want the slightest peak behind the curtain you're welcome to watch, also you get to see our super professional setups.
The boys take a bit of a detour today as they explore some of their favorite comic book films in anticipation of Civil War. Yah, I know its out of order. We had a lot of fun talking about one of our other passions, we hope you enjoy it as well. There's still a quick discussion of what we've been playing at the start.
Well do we have a treat in store for you, dear listener. We were lucky enough to play a prototype copy of the new game Anachrony(currently doing amazing on Kickstarter) from designer David Turczi and Mindclash games. Anachrony takes place in the far future where different factions are trying to take over what little society is left, they do this by utilizing advanced technologies like mech suits and most intriguingly, time travel. Yes.... Time Travel. Now as exciting as time travel is, after playing the game we were invited to interview the designer David Turczi. So here you have it, our very first interview. Hope you enjoy. Mr. Turczi was animated the whole time so we've included a link to the video of the interview as well.
Lastly here's a link to the Kickstarter, take a look and maybe support an exciting new talent.
This is an exclusive look at an upcoming game from David Turczi, check out the video below for our full conversation. Enjoy.
We're super excited for Alfie to finish his first year of law school, but along with that comes finals. Which puts a damper in our recording schedule. Well I wanted to make sure we released something small in the mean time and thus we have a special short episode featuring none other than the elusive Z-man. Starting quite late, we run through a few new games, and then have a discussion about the current state of online CCG behemoth Hearthstone. Don't worry we'll get back to board games next time, but for now I hope you enjoy our short venture away from tabletop. As always with these special episodes, I apologize about the audio quality, my engineer was on holiday.
The boys show off a new segment in which two games are pitted against each other. This time, Ted Alspach's double whammy of Suburbia and Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Listen and see which side the boys land on. Then they tackle a handful of small topics in the second half. These run the gamut from importance of footprint, to how much owning a game influences how much you like it. If you guys have ideas for any topics you'd like to hear us discuss please feel free to contact us below on social media, or leave a comment. All this and Alfie and Bence tease their future as professional GOT 2nd Edition players. Enjoy.
So our technical issues should be over for now, and we couldn't be happier that our first episode back is about a prototype that was sent to us. The fine fellows at Liminal games sent us a game called Emergence: A game of team work and deception. The game is on kickstarter now and doing amazing.
Be sure to check it out. This is truly a unique game mixing hidden traitor mechanics with a pickup and deliver game, and then some minimal combat thrown in for good measure. The result is tense game of cat and mouse as the few remaining humans are tryingto start a revolution against the AI that has overtaken the world.
This one is just Alfie and myself, so once again, sorry for the audio my engineer was on holiday.
here's the link one more time just in case
Today the boys discuss some of the best experiences they've had playing games. Not to be one sided we also get into some of our worst first plays and most disappointing losses. It is a poignant episode and I have to hand it to my two co-hosts some of their stories are so heartwarming and special that they truly show off just how amazing this hobby is at bringing people together.
We've talked about going to the airport to play with Rico before, but I wanted to bring it up again because it is such a great example of passion for the hobby and friendship. Rico had just a few hours layover, on a Saturday, and the rest of us jumped at the opportunity to go hang out and get some games in. Taking over that large table in the middle ofthe airport and playing Stockpile is still one of the most ridiculously nerdy things I've ever done.
Hope you enjoy the episode as much as we had making it.
Special thanks to Lady Wazzman for having those amazing Meeples made of your favorite podcasters. I put a picture of us using them during Last Will at the end.
Bit of technical malfunction lately, while any of you who use a different podcasting program are able to revel in our quite singular takes on cardboard, those of you still shackled by iTunes have been unable to listen. I've been tinkering with this and my ignorance seems to be getting the best of me. Soon enough though. Hopefully.
In the meantime, I thought I would take this chance to talk about one of the other big passions in my life. The Cinema.
In another life I(Bence) used to write about movies and TV for another site, I am quite happy with the work that I was able to provide, but make no mistake I am happy with my new home at Drop the Dice. That doesn't mean that I don't miss the chance to discuss film on a weekly basis. Whether arguing with my editor or swapping recommendations with the Music editor, it was a different time in the the blogosphere and one that I get nostalgic for now and again.
Then I realized. This is my website. I can write about what I want. So here goes. I won't do this often, but every once and a while a slight detour from tabletop is bound to occur( you need only listen to our podcast to see that we have a myriad of interests.) Today though we are going to tackle the Oscars.
I'll try and keep this short, as I just wanted to briefly discuss what I think will win some of the bigger awards. Few things to keep in mind. I haven't seen everything on the nominee list, and these are who I think WILL win. Not necessarily who I WANT to win. I also understand how political the Oscars are, and I'm fine with that. I look on it less as a true gauge of quality and rather a night full of entertainment in which we dedicate a few hours to the cinema and celebrate the past year. That's all. So without further ado here is who I think will win a few of the major awards. I would love to hear your thoughts out there. comment below or hit me up on twitter @dicedrop.
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki/The Revenant: This guy is a living legend in the realm of cinematography. Years from now people will study his work as definitive turn of the century cinema. He will join the likes of Conrad Hall and Raoul Coutard as one of the finest shooters to pick up a camera. I love Deakins, but Chivo deserves this...again....for the third time in a row
Best Editing - Margaret Sixel/Mad Max : This could go to the Revenant as well, but the Academy is going to want to give Max some awards and this is one of the bigger ones to show just how much respect Miller and this film has. To be able to blend such emotion and adrenaline together without ever feeling a jolt in tone is a feat unto itself, let alone keeping coherence among the sheer insanity on screen during the multiple set pieces.
Best Original Screenplay - Singer and McCarthy/Spotlight: this is also the same category that gave the award to the Cuaron bros for Y Tu Mama Tambien, so there's still the chance for Compton or Machina to make a showing here, but smart money has this Oscar frontrunner taking this one home. Spotlight takes a story with huge ramifications and holds back over and over from over dramatizing the events. Ruffalo gets one speech but it makes sense for his character, there is no grandstanding there is subtlety the whole way through and they manage to keep you riveted as you watch this story unfold.
Best Adapted Screenplay - Randolph and McKay/The Big Short: again giving this to the Oscar frontrunner(yes yes i know there's like three front runners) Who knew the writer of Ant Man would get an Oscar. Good for him. I haven't seen this one, but I cant imagine anything else knocking this out. I'd love to see Carol get some love, but no Picture and no Directing nominee means it didn't land at all with the academy.
Best Supporting Actress - Alicia Vikander/ The Danish Girl: the new hotness over Kate. Haven't seen either but I loved her in Ex Machina. Kate could take this too, but my money is on the newbie.
Best Supporting Actor - Sylvester Stallone/ Creed : he received some backlash at the Globes, which I think is completely ridiculous. Quite literally this is Stallone's character, and decades later he revisits it and is actually rewarded for his performance. Can you even imagine the severity of emotions that would overpower you? He didn't forget Jordan or Coogler he just was shocked that it actually happened. That being said Sly, buddy, I hope you wrote down what you want to say, I wont be able to defend you again. Lock
Best Actress - Brie Larson/ Room: This girl is gonna be one of the greatest of our generation. Everyone go watch Short Term 12. Right now. Great job.
Best Actor - its fucking leo.doesnt matter what movie its his just let him have it: Lock
Best Director - Innaritu/ The Revenant: Wow two times in a row? Impressive man. If Max wins editing, then Max could win here. If The Revenant wins editing, then this is Innaritu's.
Best Film - The Revenant: what's so exciting about this year is that as much as The Revenant is in the lead, its not by much. Spotlight or The Big Short could easily take this. Then again, with so many movies gunning for the number slot, that means they could split the vote. Then The Room or Mad Max wins. I don't not want the Revenant to win, but I'm always excited to see a surprise.
That's it for now. I'll be live tweeting the Oscars this Sunday most likely from my own twitter though so follow me @bencemaus always ready to talk about movies.
This is it, the final podcast closing out 2015. The guys tackle a few miscellaneous topics before diving into their top ten games for 2015. We're excited about 2016 and how you enjoy continuing with us on our journey through cardboard. First up is a quick change to the layout of the site. The content is all the same but we wanted to make sure the podcast was front and center, and after a slight technical error I think you all will love this new direction. Hope you enjoy and there's more newness coming soon.
Finally closing out 2015 with the first part of our Top Ten lists. We were lucky enough to grab a few members of the extended Drop the Dice crew. We hope you enjoy and we'll be back soon with our own lists soon. Also... I apologize for saying "treat" so much. But seriously...you guys are in for a treat.
What a treat we have for you today. Alfie had some school responsibilities to take care of, and we were lucky enough to have the voice of the podcast step in. That's right, The Buss returns to the podcast and the results are sublime. So we hope you enjoy this episode as we dive into mechanics and theme and what games we feel excel at either ... Or both... I think.
We hope all of you had an amazing 2015. Here at Drop the Dice, we can't wait to see what the New Year will bring. Hopefully this episode is a sign of things to come. We were lucky enough to have an indie designer contact us about reviewing their game "The Martian Investigations." So of course we jumped at the opportunity and had a blast taking a trek through this Martian landscape that Robin David has made. We feel very honored to have been able to play this and review someones piece of work that they put so much effort in to creating. There is a link below where you can see the rest of Robin's work as well as purchase the PDFs for yourself.
Also included in the intro is a discussion of Rico's short layover in Phoenix which of course resulted in the entire team heading to the airport to play some games with my Chief Audio Engineer.
In a change of pace the boys take on the expansive topic of rules explanations. They make their way through this crowded house and escape the other side having hopefully giving you the listener an insight into the way our humble heroes approach the all consuming topic of rules. Enjoy. Also Rico takes another stab at teaching us a game in five minutes.
The Drop the Dice boys discuss the merits of starting a board game club and the abundance of time travel in 2015. Then the crew goes in depth into what games work well at 2 and what games work well at 6 and above. Hope you enjoy the miracle audio work done by Rico in this one. Sorry, but I was incredibly sick during this recording.
Rico is back from holiday and there is much to discuss. First we have a lengthy discussion catching up with what the boys have been playing. Then we get into a heated discussion of games that we love that others don't, as well as games everyone else loves but we don't. There's plenty of dissension in the ranks this time around as the Drop the Dice boys each fight for their favorite games. Except Coup. No one likes Coup.
A bit of a time warp here as we prepare for Rico to go on holiday following his upcoming nuptials(word of the year). This is of course makes no sense since Rico has already gone on holiday and returned. In fact we even recorded a short bit with Rico on his way to Italy which you all might have heard a few weeks ago. No matter, in this episode we examine the best games fit for travel. If you have any suggestions for travel games, we'd love to hear them. Email us below.