firstclassUnexpectedly discovering something precious among the mundane must be one of life’s universal joys. It can happen anywhere – wandering into an unknown restaurant and being served a delicious meal without once checking Yelp, randomly popping into a thrift store to find a complete mint set of Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew comics, or, even more rare, strolling into your friendly local game store and buying a mystery game without once checking BoardGameGeek. The latter is what happened to me one Saturday this January in Atomic Empire. I spied a non-descript box spine that I didn’t recognize, pulled it from the shelf, and looked long and hard at a slightly-generic, bright, mostly-blue illustration of a woman and conductor staring aimlessly out the window of a train as if in some Victorian-era opium haze. For a brief moment it reminded me of when I first pulled Airships from the shelves of that same store six years earlier. I shrugged, muttered “it has to be good” under my breath, and plunked down my $45 for the cashier.

I do so love it when I’m right.

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7thanniversaryGreetings, dear readers! It’s been awhile. I’ve missed you.

I’ve gathered you here to celebrate the anniversary of Dice Hate Me. Exactly seven years ago today, I posted my first game review on dicehateme.com – and since then what a long, strange trip it’s been. Over the past three years, this site has been mostly a repository and rally point for The State of Games podcast. The podcast has evolved over the past few years and I still enjoy gathering to talk and laugh about boardgames, but I miss sharing my passion for games and the hobby through written journalism. So, from this point forward, consider the old Dice Hate Me back in business.

For those who’ve followed along on this journey for any length of the past seven years, I can’t thank you enough for the support and camaraderie. And for those of you who may be visiting here for the first time, welcome. I hope you’ll stick around so we can be friends.

And, so, before we move forward I thought it would be fun to curate a few of the seminal moments in Dice Hate Me history – some of my favorite reviews and interviews, the birth of some traditions, and all the fun we’ve had with boardgames over these last few years. Enjoy!

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stateofgameslogonewThis week we all jump in the Mystery Machine and brave that old, abandoned amusement park – all for your listening pleasure! Yes, this time we’re all about the mystery games, whether they be about gumshoes, serial killers, or just sending a love letter to your betrothed. Unfortunately, Darrell couldn’t be along for this ride since he almost got killed by a tree. But that’s a mystery for another day!

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stateofgameslogonewThe first rule of Bridge Club is you don’t talk about Bridge Club. The second rule of Bridge Club is you don’t talk about Bridge Club. The third rule of Bridge Club is you absolutely talk about board games in which you can talk about anything and everything while playing, including Bridge, Diamonds, Fleet, Vegas, Uno, Cacao, Thurn & Taxis, Ticket to Ride, and a whole bunch more.

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a video here on Dice Hate Me, but I’ve been itching to try out some new equipment and lighting. Since Cryptozoic was nice enough to send me a review copy of Ghostbusters II, I figured it was a great time to experiment.

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stateofgameslogonewJessica’s back in the house, and just in time for a jaunty discussion on house rules! I’ve covered house rules a time or two here on Dice Hate Me, most notably a couple of articles on some big changes we brought to Bang! during #lunchgames back in the day. But there are many more games out there whose rules could either benefit from an intelligent house rule, or just become more fun for a particular gaming group. Be sure to send us yours!

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stateofgameslogonewCompletely rudderless without our podcast editor, Jessica, Darrell, TC, and I decide to go completely off the rails and talk some inside baseball about game design. Don’t worry, though, it’s not too dark down that rabbit hole, and you may just find a wonderland of marvelous fun and information!

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