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.
Well, now that Rico is back in the colonies its time to get back to business. Mainly catching up on some podcasts that you all are dying to listen to. This episode is all about DICE, one of our favorite topics. We discuss different mechanics involving dice, followed by good and bad examples of each. Also Alfie and Rico go to head on some legal issues, and its far more interesting than it should be. Thanks again to all the listeners out there. Please leave us a review on iTunes or contact us below and let us know how we're doing or if you have ideas for a show we'd love to hear it. Enjoy
Hey everybody this is a very special episode recorded in the wee hours of the morning after a night of heavy drinking and cardboard. The entire Drop the Dice crew got together in celebration of Rico's upcoming nuptials(a word that has never been spoken more often than on this podcast) and the result was an amazing night that we all wanted to share with you out there. So here is a quick snippet from that night, and a whole lot of pictures.
P.S. I apologize for the quality on this one, my Chief Audio Engineer is on holiday.
Have you ever asked yourself: What games are in the top ten of all time for the Drop the Dice boys? Well now is the time to find out, but you'll have to pay attention as the Drop the Dice crew are strapped for time in this episode. Then the guys take on some of their favorite mechanics and the best examples of each. Stay tuned I will update this soon with the full lists for each. Also I included a sneak peek at a very special post hopefully coming this week in which we celebrate Rico's very short but very welcome return to game night.
After the mammoth endeavor of the 2015 review, the Drop the Dice crew takes on the new Warhammer 40k game from Fantasy Flight, Forbidden Stars. Attentive listeners will know that Rico has this in his number one slot for the year. Do the other two feel the same? Listen and find out. Also fans of Alfie... This is the episode for you. Then we take a quick trip through some of our other favorite area control... or skirmish... its one of those.. we never really decide. Enjoy.
The Drop the Dice crew finishes off their discussion of the first half of 2015 with a look at their favorite and best games of the year so far. Then they dive into the games they're most looking forward to in the back half of the year. For easy reference here is the list of favorite and best games.
Bence - Battlecon: Devastation of Indines
Alfie - Flick 'Em Up
Rico - Specter Ops
Bence - Brewcrafters
Alfie - Roll for the Galaxy
Rico - Forbidden Stars
Hope you enjoy.
The Drop the Dice crew has decided take on the task of reviewing the first half of 2015. Such a mammoth endeavor could not be contained in a one small podcast. So here is the first in a two parter. We hope you enjoy our discussions of Rico's 10x10, how disappointment is a luxury we don't have, and some crazy ramblings from Alfie. No way Lost could've worked as a ten episode miniseries.
Our newest episode and first official use of the new moniker brings us an emotional Drop the Dice crew. A short discussion on some recent life changing events lead us into a discussion of how to keep board game night going with one member across the country. This also marks a new feature in which we offer a review of a game(this week it's Madeira and Specter Ops)and discuss the mechanics of making it work over Skype. With plenty of digressions and a healthy dose of wit we hope you're enjoying the Drop the Dice Podcast.