The State of Games, Ep. 79: The One About Unpub 5

Many of you faithful listeners know that Dice Hate Me has been a proud supporter of the Unpub Network since 2011, helping to bring awareness of an awesome playtesting community that has helped many game designers craft their games into published gems. The State of Games has been covering the Unpub scene since Unpub 2, and we’re proud to be back four years later for Unpub 5, which was totally awesome. So sit back and enjoy our tales from the unpublished masses – we hope to help the community growing strong for many years to come. Read More  Read More

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

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 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

The State of Games, Episode 70 – The One About To Be Named Later

Sometimes on the podcast we talk about so many different things that it’s nearly impossible to describe it all with one simple title. This is one of those times. This one was almost called The One About More Naked People and Naked Games but we figured no on would know what we were talking about. No matter the name, though, we have a great time discussing prototypes and strippers. This podcast is a bit like a box of chocolates on most days. Enjoy! Read More  Read More

GenCon 2014 Pictorial Recap

GenCon is the biggest gaming convention of the year for North America, and that means lots and lots to see and do! As is the custom here on Dice Hate Me, I make sure to take lots of photos to share with all of you, dear readers, so that if you didn’t get a chance to go to the big show you’ll at least get a taste of what you missed – and can make plans to head there next year! Enjoy! The theme of this year’s GenCon could have been “The Show of the Selfie” – and we took tons. On Wednesday afternoon, Dan Patriss and I hung out with Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games and Mike Fitzgerald, designer of Diamonds.... Read More

The State of Games, Episode 69 – The One About GenCon 2014

It’s no secret – we at Dice Hate Me LOVE going to gaming conventions, and the biggest show of the year is GenCon in Indianapolis! Three of our four intrepid podcasters traveled to Indy for the big show, played lots of games, bought lots of games, and generally enjoyed our time seeing old friends and making new ones! It was an awesome show – a big show – and this podcast is equally big. Enjoy! Read More  Read More

The State of Games Episode 68 – The One About Themes

Possibly one of the most hotly-contested topics in board gaming is theme, and with good reason – many gamers want to feel as though they are immersed in a game as they thwart their opponents and come up with a winning strategy. But is theme everything? Can you enjoy a game that has no apparent theme? And what, exactly, creates that immersive experience? It is these questions, and more, that lie within the heart of this podcast. Read More  Read More

Origins 2014 Pictorial Recap

Greetings dear readers! It’s summertime once again, and we all know what that means – it’s convention season! One of our favorite conventions of the year is Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. For the past three years, Dice Hate Me Games has had a booth at the fair, and it has always been an amazing experience. Of course, working the booth is only part of the fun at the convention; eating, drinking, and gaming with good friends makes the trip even more special. So, without further ado, here is a pictorial recap of our adventures at Origins 2014. Enjoy! Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 66 – The One About Origins 2014

Tradition is important to the folks involved with Dice Hate Me, and one of our favorite traditions is attending Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio! For the past three years, Dice Hate Me Games has had a booth at the show, and it has been an amazing experience seeing familiar faces and making new friends. Join us as we talk all about it! Read More  Read More