stateofgameslogonewIt seems like just yesterday that I was heading up to Delaware for the second annual Unpublished Games Festival. That was way back when VivaJava was launching on Kickstarter, I didn’t even know that The Great Heartland Hauling Co. or Jason Kotarski existed just yet, and Compounded was still unofficially signed – but still kicking total butt in play testing. Dice Hate Me Games and Unpub has come a long way in these last couple of years. But as Darrell, TC and I settled in for Unpub 4 this past weekend, one thing remained unchanged: The event is still a big pile of awesome.

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The call for card games from Dice Hate Me was heeded – in a very big way! We received over 100 entries into the Dice Hate Me 54-Card Challenge, which was far above and beyond expectations. The massive amount of entries meant that the design community was energized and inspired to create something special, but it also meant that the competition was fierce, and judging took a very long time. Originally, the plan was to have six finalists to be judged at Unpub; since there were so many great entries, we’ve decided to narrow the finalists to 15! These 15 games are to be played by independent play testers, designers and various judges during the Unpub 4 festivities this weekend.

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stateofgameslogonewIt’s that time again – a time for looking back on the best memories of the year that was while we prepare for the year that will be! And what a fantastic year of gaming 2013 turned out to be. Whether you’re a casual gamer or a hardcore grognard, this year’s titles had something awesome for everyone, and with three of us on the podcast, you get to hear about a LOT of them! Yes, dear listeners, this is another long one, but hey – we managed to condense a whole year into two hours, so that’s something!

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gotylogo2013Happy New Year, dear readers! 2014 is now upon us – and it’s almost hard to believe, as 2013 went by like a flash! It was a great year both for the board game community and Dice Hate Me Games, as we added four more titles to the library with successful Kickstarter campaigns for Compounded, VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game, Belle of the Ball, and Brew Crafters. With Unpub 4 just around the corner, the Dice Hate Me 54 Card Challenge in full swing, and a few secret projects in the works, this year has the potential to be even greater for games!

But first, as is the custom each year around this time on Dice Hate Me, it’s time to look back at some of the best and brightest board games from 2013. The competition was fierce – so much so, in fact, that I’m breaking a little from the norm and listing not only my first, second and third choices, but also an honorable mentions category! Just as a clarification to the process, the Game of the Year Award is open only to those games that were published and distributed openly in the United States in 2013. But, just like last year, in order to honor those games that graced the gaming table for the first time this year but were published before 2013, I am continuing to announce the Dice Hate Me Discovery of the Year Award – and that choice was almost as tough as for Game of the Year! So let’s get on with the choices, and happy gaming in 2014!

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Whether you’re about to head out on the open road or find yourself about to be crammed into a crowded airplane, many of us think not only about what to take to wear – we also want to know how many games we can fit in that backpack. And that’s what this podcast is all about, Charlie Brown.

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holidaythumb2013It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and it’s time again for my favorite annual tradition, the Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide! This guide comes to you a bit late in the season this time around, what with all the traveling to cons and wrapping up Kickstarter campaigns and whatnot. But there’s nothing I love more – and nothing that gets me more into the holiday spirit – than sharing some of my favorite easiest-to-recommend games to all of you, Dear Readers!

This guide will be great for those of you who are still looking for that special gift of cardboard for the hard-to-shop-for significant other, friend or relative. So sit back, relax with a cup of eggnog or three, and enjoy! Happy Holidays!

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We love gaming conventions, and thankfully con season wasn’t over quite yet as thousands of geeks gathered in the Big D for BGGCon 2013. Origins and GenCon are great, but you’ll never find a more concentrated collection of hardcore board game enthusiasts than here – and we attended! And now we’re going to tell you all about what you missed. You’re welcome.

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