stateofgameslogonewOne of the many benefits of our recent survey was to ask listeners what they’d really like for us to talk about, and plenty of you requested tips for getting new gamers into the hobby. We’ve responded with a great episode on how experienced gamers can best evangelize to those new gamers, either in your Friendly Local Game Store, or amongst your less-experienced friends and family. Hopefully you’ll all find this guide to growing new gamers helpful as we all work to build upon this great hobby!

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stateofgameslogonewFor the past four years, I’ve had the pleasure of hosting a booth for Dice Hate Me Games at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. During that time I’ve learned a lot, met many wonderful people, and introduced even more to the joys and wonders of DHMG titles. It’s a wonderful convention in which I can both run a booth and still have time to talk to convention-goers, fans, designers and publishers. 2015 was a great year at Origins, and I hope to be able to do the same for many years to come!

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stateofgameslogonewWe typically like to keep our format pretty consistent on The State of Games, but from time to time we have so much to talk about that we just have to throw convention out the window. Speaking of conventions, we give a good overview of what to expect in booth #703 at Origins Game Fair, so give this a listen and we hope to see all of you in Columbus, Ohio from June 3-7! Be there or be square.

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stateofgameslogonewEveryone has a favorite game, and, with that, the desire for that game to deliver more than just what’s inside the box. That’s where expansions come in. Some love them, some ignore them, but no matter the case they are an existing and sometimes-essential part of the board game hobby. Since they are so prevalent we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the best, brightest and downright bad that we’ve experienced. And, yes, we’ve experienced a lot.

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stateofgameslogonewSome podcasts are random, and then some podcasts are random. The one you’re about to listen to is definitely of the latter ilk. It was a lot of fun, but all you dear listeners need to keep one thing in mind: If you don’t particularly care for a certain section you’re listening to, just wait a minute. I can almost guarantee you we’ll start talking about something else pretty soon. Hey, random is fun, right? And speaking of fun, click play and here how we try and discover the source…

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stateofgameslogonewThere are certain State of Games where we have discuss and debate what topic to choose, and then pour blood, sweat and tears into the show outlines. Thankfully, this episode wasn’t one of those times. Podcast fan and avid listener Nate Parker sent in an extensive outline for a show topic that seemed perfect for our mix of board game personalities. Thanks, Nate!

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stateofgameslogonewSome State of Games podcasts are influenced by the whimsy of the industry and some are just filled with our own internal discussions. This one has it all. From TC’s struggle with overused mechanics in games to what might cause a company to declare bankruptcy, we cover the gamut. It’s a big community out there, after all, and we care about it. Come listen to us ramble and rant about every little corner – and stick around for our love for all of it.

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