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

From Apocalypse to a New Dawn: An Interview with Ignacy Trzewiczek

From time to time here on Dice Hate Me, I see or play a game that has a story that intrigues me. This time around it’s Portal Games’ upcoming release Imperial Settlers, designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek. Imperial Settlers is an empire game that reimplements ideas and concepts first introduced in another of Ignacy’s titles, 51st State. I loved the game so much when I played that I just had to get to the bottom of things. Luckily, Ignacy was all too happy to answer a few questions. DHM: Very briefly, in your own words, what is Imperial Settlers all about? Ignacy: It’s about building your very own little Empire. Each card in... Read More

The State of Games, Episode 51 – The BGG Top 20 and Future of Unpub

Thanks to most of you, dear listeners, The State of Games has thrived for over 50 episodes. This episode marks the turning point for the state of The State of Games for the next year, for sure – not only in terms of participants, but also in terms of scope and vision. This podcast will most assuredly be a haven for unpublished games news, as well as the spot to hear about the coolest new games to hit the table, both in a refined published view and those that have yet to find a publisher! Read More  Read More

The Dice Hate Me GenCon 2013 Pictorial Wrap-Up

Hello dear readers! The summer’s biggest North American show just wrapped up in Indianapolis and it was, in many ways, better than the previous year. Many pundits were grumbling about the lack of “showcase” releases at the show, but I ended up nabbing three times as many games this year as last, and have – so far – been disappointed with none. Of course, there were a slew of titles only available for demo at the con – their releases are slated for that even bigger show in Essen, Germany – but even those demos made the price of admission worth every penny. Without further ado, here are a few pics of the... Read More

The State of Games, Episode 50 – The One About GenCon 2013

I’m sure most of you dear readers need no introduction to the marvel and spectacle of the greatest of North American gaming cons, GenCon in Indianapolis. For the second year in a row, the Dice Hate Me crew journeyed to the big show and had an absolute blast spending way too much money and getting in demos and long plays of some of the best and brightest of the boardgaming world. Read More  Read More

Not Garden Variety – A Guest Interview with Doug Bass of Meridae Games

Dice Hate Me and Go Forth and Game have joined forces to bring you some of the best gaming interviews on the web! That’s right, from time to time here on Dice Hate Me, Tom Gurganus will contribute one of his comprehensive conversations. In this interview, Tom talks with fellow Carolinian Doug Bass, designer of Garden Dice and founder of Meridae Games. Enjoy the interview and be sure to let us know if there are other designers, artists or gaming insiders that you would like to know more about! Tom: Tell us about yourself. Doug Bass: I’ve lived in the South most of my life, am married, and enjoy playing my banjo and collecting record... Read More

GenCon 2012 – A Pictorial Recap

Hello, dear readers! The biggest gaming show in North America just wound down and I have returned a bit ragged but still raving about the experience. GenCon 2012 was a massive celebration of geekdom and gaming, and the sheer spectacle of it all never disappointed. The best part about GenCon for me was the chance to meet up with a lot of old friends and make some new ones meeting fans, supporters and colleagues over the four eventful days. There’s never enough time to do and see everything on your list at these things, but I left feeling satisfied that I had done and seen more than enough to fill me with great memories for years to come. And... Read More

The Crowded Table – Summer 2012 Pre-GenCon Edition

People always seem to regard summer as that lackadaisical time when they can kick back in a hammock with a strong margarita and relax with a good, long book. I don’t know about the rest of you, but with my busy summers, all I want to do is kick those same people out of their hammocks and steal their margaritas just for a moment’s break. This summer is no exception, as we’ve been traveling to and fro constantly from conventions and special gaming events in what seems like an endless procession of mid-week road trips. And I’m about to embark on another of those long side jaunts as I’ll soon be off to Indianapolis to... Read More