stateofgameslogonewSo, what to do – it’s the holiday season and we don’t want to be lost in the hubbub of every other podcast talking about games for the family gathered around the Christmas table. Then the bright idea struck – what about all those poor souls who lose power during a snowstorm for the holidays? Yeah, that’s the ticket! And, so, we put our stockinged heads together and came up with some of the best and brightest for when you don’t exactly have the brightest of circumstances. Enjoy!

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stateofgameslogonewConventions are our bread and butter. These gatherings of geeks allow us to not only game and experience things that might pass us by a home, but also allow us to meet and greet an amazing variety of gaming personalities who all share in a similar passion. BGGCon is an amazing thing – a con dedicated solely to those of us who pepper our lives with board games and wish to share that experience with others. It’s a unique venue, and we’re here to share our experiences with all of you, Dear Listeners.

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It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, my brain was a-stirring and so I took to my mouse! So my rhymes are not perfect but the season’s just right – these Dice Hate Me holiday gift picks will guide you alright! Ok, ok, enough with the cheesy rhymes; I don’t want all you Dear Readers to run off just yet, as there’s lots of fun in store in the 2014 edition of my favorite holiday tradition!

Each year, I present this guide for those of you who may be looking for that special gift of cardboard for the hard-to-shop-for significant other, friend or relative. Hopefully you’ll find a gem, or three, for the stocking or tree, so let me know what inspires you to wrap these gifts up in glee! (Sorry, couldn’t resist)

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stateofgameslogonew“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick

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stateofgameslogonewThe air is crisp, the leaves are turning colors, and all the spooks and specters are coming out to play. In other words, it’s the greatest time of the year! We love our spooky stuff at Dice Hate Me, and we were eager to get back to our tradition of an especially spooky State of Games. It’s an unconventional kind of spooky, but I’m willing to bet that more than a few of you will be able to relate to our taut tales of gaming terror – so huddle up around the fire and get ready for some gaming ghost stories!

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stateofgameslogonewMaking decisions can sometimes be hard, but when you make a really good decision, not much is more satisfying. In boardgames we all make decisions constantly – what to play, how to play, how to react when we get beat. But there are also a lot of decisions that are made outside of the game, during production, design, and publication. This podcast is about all of those decisions – good, bad, and downright ugly.

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stateofgameslogonewCon season is winding down, but there was one last little hurrah to make before the long, cold winter: GrandCon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GR is a hotbed of boardgaming enthusiasts and designers, much like the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area – plus, they also have great beer, just like we do! So despite the 12 hour drive, it was pretty much a win/win situation with board games, beers, and some of the best darn people in the hobby.

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