The State of Games, Ep. 78: The One About Following the Rules

Welcome to 2015 – the dawn of a new age for Dice Hate Me and The State of Games. Some things will remain the same on the podcast, but we’re also going to be experimenting with some new things. It’s only appropriate for a new year. What you’ll start to hear on the podcast are some experiments. Some will work, and some won’t. But what we want from all of you is feedback on what you like and what just falls flat. It’s kind of like a new rulebook; you might like how easy it is to learn a new game, but you just wish it could be a bit better. We can relate to that feeling, and it also happens to relate to our topic... Read More

Dice Hate Me Game of the Year Awards 2014

Happy New Year, dear readers! Welcome to 2015 – this past gaming year has flown by! It was an amazing year for the boardgame industry, and we were lucky to be a part of it. With VivaJava Dice and Belle of the Ball reaching Kickstarter backers and retail with great enthusiasm, to Brew Crafters and The Rabbit card games being delivered to backers over the holidays, 2014 was truly a Dice Hate Me Games Year! And now it’s time on Dice Hate Me to look back at some of the best and brightest board games from 2014. This was a great year for board games, and it was a difficult decision in each category! To clarify the process of selection,... Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 77: The One About The Games of 2014

It’s a New Year, and you know what that means – new games!!!!!! From that, you probably think that this podcast is all about those cool games you can look forward to, but since you’re smart and read the title of the post, you know that it’s really about those games we all played in 2014. Yes, we do the typical end-of-year-podcast thing with our Games of the Year… but we do it with such style. You’ve grown accustomed to our shenanigans – come on in and let your ears reminisce. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 76: The One About the Fireside

So, what to do – it’s the holiday season and we don’t want to be lost in the hubbub of every other podcast talking about games for the family gathered around the Christmas table. Then the bright idea struck – what about all those poor souls who lose power during a snowstorm for the holidays? Yeah, that’s the ticket! And, so, we put our stockinged heads together and came up with some of the best and brightest for when you don’t exactly have the brightest of circumstances. Enjoy! Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 75: The One About BGGCon 2014

Conventions are our bread and butter. These gatherings of geeks allow us to not only game and experience things that might pass us by a home, but also allow us to meet and greet an amazing variety of gaming personalities who all share in a similar passion. BGGCon is an amazing thing – a con dedicated solely to those of us who pepper our lives with board games and wish to share that experience with others. It’s a unique venue, and we’re here to share our experiences with all of you, Dear Listeners. Read More  Read More

The 2014 Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, my brain was a-stirring and so I took to my mouse! So my rhymes are not perfect but the season’s just right – these Dice Hate Me holiday gift picks will guide you alright! Ok, ok, enough with the cheesy rhymes; I don’t want all you Dear Readers to run off just yet, as there’s lots of fun in store in the 2014 edition of my favorite holiday tradition! Each year, I present this guide for those of you who may be looking for that special gift of cardboard for the hard-to-shop-for significant other, friend or relative. Hopefully you’ll find a gem, or three,... Read More

The State of Games, Episode 74 – The One About Salt and Sea

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 73 – The One About Tales of Gaming Terror

The air is crisp, the leaves are turning colors, and all the spooks and specters are coming out to play. In other words, it’s the greatest time of the year! We love our spooky stuff at Dice Hate Me, and we were eager to get back to our tradition of an especially spooky State of Games. It’s an unconventional kind of spooky, but I’m willing to bet that more than a few of you will be able to relate to our taut tales of gaming terror – so huddle up around the fire and get ready for some gaming ghost stories! Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 72 – The One About Making Good Decisions

Making decisions can sometimes be hard, but when you make a really good decision, not much is more satisfying. In boardgames we all make decisions constantly – what to play, how to play, how to react when we get beat. But there are also a lot of decisions that are made outside of the game, during production, design, and publication. This podcast is about all of those decisions – good, bad, and downright ugly. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 71 – The One About GrandCon 2014

Con season is winding down, but there was one last little hurrah to make before the long, cold winter: GrandCon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. GR is a hotbed of boardgaming enthusiasts and designers, much like the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area – plus, they also have great beer, just like we do! So despite the 12 hour drive, it was pretty much a win/win situation with board games, beers, and some of the best darn people in the hobby. Read More  Read More