stateofgameslogonewGreetings dear listeners, it’s time to sit back and take a trip with us to Columbus, Ohio for one of our favorite cons of the year – Origins Game Fair! This will be the sixth Origins that we’ve covered on the podcast and we discuss many familiar things like the Three-Legged Mare, late-night gaming, and tons of great unpublished games on the tables. However, this is the first Origins where we had a near-death experience on the podcast! We can laugh about it now, but we thought we had lost Eric Handler there for a minute or two – you’ll just have to hear it to believe it.

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stateofgameslogonewSometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug – I’m talking about games with a little bit of spite in them! Whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em, mean games have been around for a long, long time (heck, Sorry has been around since the 1920s) so we thought it would be fun to take a look at the dark side of gaming. Don’t worry, we won’t be mean, and I promise you lots of fun!

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Like a doting father touting his beautiful newborn, I am proud to show off my co-creation with Darrell Louder and Richard Launius. If you didn’t back Fate of the Elder Gods on Kickstarter you can find it at GenCon, and then in finer retail outlets in September! Here I present a video of me unboxing the Mass Production Copy – a proof version of the game that is exactly as it will appear in retail. Enjoy!

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Hello dear readers! Hopefully by now you’ve all noticed the festivities going on around here for Dice Hate Me’s 7th anniversary. Well, because I want the party to be a big one, I’m giving away a big present with all sorts of goodies! And there are several ways to enter.


First off, the stuff. The winner of the 7th Anniversary giveaway will receive a brand new copy of First Class (in honor of the latest review on the site), my personal copy of Red November (the actual one I played 7 years ago to write the first review for the blog!), a copy of Angry Dice, a Dice Hate Me t-shirt, and an opportunity to appear on an episode of The State of Games podcast to talk about absolutely anything you’d like!

Here are the different ways you can enter the giveaway. Each method will get you one entry, so give ‘em all a shot!

1) Submit a comment on anything on It would be awesome if you commented on the recent review of First Class, or on some of the curated links I shared in the Anniversary post, but if there’s something else you love and want to comment on, feel free!

2) Share a link to this post on Twitter! Please tag @dicehateme, tell everyone it’s the 7th Anniversary, and use the hashtag #DiceHateMeGiveaway.

3) Share a link to this post on Facebook! Please tag @dicehateme and tell everyone it’s the 7th Anniversary!

4) Head over to Instagram and follow @dicehateme. That’s it, that’s all you have to do! If you don’t have Instagram, you totally should. I post a lot of cool content over there that I don’t post anywhere else.

I’ll choose the winner on Sunday, June 11th, at 9 p.m. and post about the winner on June 12th.

Thank you all for visiting, and for reading, and for being awesome all these years!

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 – 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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