The times sure have been a-changin’ of late, what with so many mergers, acquisitions, sellings and such. Of course, we here at Dice Hate Me are no strangers to the process, and in this podcast we take a closer look at some of the big happenings around the industry. Don’t worry, we also take plenty of time to talk about cool games we’ve experienced and ones we’re looking forward to in 2016.
Back in the spring of 2015 we put out a very important call – we wanted your best dexterity game designs! 58 of you answered the call and none of you disappointed; we had an incredibly diverse and interesting group of entries that we somehow had to pare down. When the dust settled we ended up with 11 wonderful games to test out and somehow select the winners. Believe me, it wasn’t easy. Each and every one of the final games sent to us were charming, fun, delightful and, above all, incredibly dexterous! Without further ado, here are the top four designs that took home the prizes.
Happy New Year, dear readers! It’s officially 2016, but no journey forward for us would be complete without our traditional look back at the gaming past. It has been an incredible year here at Dice Hate Me HQ with the Dice Hate Me Games/Greater Than Games merger, a wonderful Kickstarter campaign/ subsequent fall delivery of Bottom of the 9th, and a successful reboot of New Bedford! And, of course, who could forget the meta gaming goodness of Deck Building: The Deckbuilding Game and Unpub: The Unpublished Card Game? It has been a full and bright 2015!
And now it’s time on Dice Hate Me to look back at some of the best and brightest board games from 2015. There were a lot of fascinating board games released this year, and it was a difficult decision, as always. To clarify the process of selection, the Game of the Year Award is open only to those games that were published and distributed for retail openly in the United States in 2015, and no Dice Hate Me Games titles are eligible. But, in order to honor those games that graced the gaming table for the first time this year but were published before 2015, I am continuing to announce the Dice Hate Me Discovery of the Year Award – and it’s an old classic first published in 1981. It has certainly stood the test of time!
It’s that time of the year again – time to look forward by looking back! Yes, a new year is upon us but before we settle into the games of 2016, it’s best that we talk about what we loved about 2015. It was an interesting year; some gamers complained that there were few stand-out titles as in years’ past; to that I can only say it was tough for all of us not to have a list of honorable mentions a mile long that we wanted to honor! So settle in, listen up, and let us regale you with our best of 2015, and the holidays!
Sometimes a podcast member goes AWOL – this time it was TC Petty, even though we told him where and when we’d be recording. That’s ok, because Darrell, Jessica and I had even more opportunity to get a word in edgewise! This was a fun one with a rapid fire session, and lots of discussion about time and space. It’s almost as if we had a Time Lord present!
Tis the season to be gaming… and I’m here to help. That’s right, it’s time for my favorite annual tradition, The Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide! In this year’s guide I’ve carefully selected an assortment of titles that will satisfy a particular appetite of just about everyone special in your life – whether they’re a veteran gamer or novice. Remember, the best part about giving the gift of a game is that you get to play it after they unwrap it! It feels almost like cheating, but it’s not!
So stoke the fire, grab some hot cocoa, and start your holiday shopping list with these great games. May all your rolls be sixes and your resource cubes plentiful. Happy Holidays and Happy Gaming!
As the year winds to a close, we focus on the last of the big shows – BGGCon, in Dallas, TX. Every hardcore gamer that has a forum handle in the hobby shows up for this particular convention, which always makes for an interesting time. This go-round, the whole core DHMG crew was here and Darrell, TC, and myself got a chance to experience the show together. This is our story. Dun Dun!