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

The State of Games, Ep. 67 – The One About Guilty Pleasures

There are certain times when being bad is really, really good. That applies to B-Movies, richly decadent desserts and certain TV shows of the mostly-reality variety. Depending on your gaming circles, and gaming culture in general, this can also apply to board games. There are some days when you want to tell your Mediterranean trading game-loving circle of friends that they’re just going to have to trudge through Twilight Imperium for 10 hours – and this is our love song to just such a time. 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

The State of Games, Episode 65 – The One About Staying Forever Young

There is both nostalgia and the remembrance of our youth. There is a grey line between them both. But on this podcast we choose to embrace our youth and talk about the things in our present which remind us of our past. It’s those things that keep us forever young, and it’s one of the greatest assets of our geeky generation. Explore your youth and your future youth with us! Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 64 – The One About Raising a Ruckus

Sometimes you just want to sit back and relax with the usual suspects on the podcast – and sometimes you just want to have a big ol’ party. This podcast is much more the latter with no fewer than six people all talking about games that just make you go “oh crap!” a time or three. And, amazingly, nobody talks over anyone else! Plus, what would a good party be without the law somehow getting involved? We do not disappoint in that regard. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 63 – The One About PAX East 2014

There’s just something special about Boston, and PAX East just makes it that much more special. The grand spectacle that is GenCon really pales in comparison to the crazy amount of technology and money that is pumped into the Penny Arcade Expo. However, next to all that technological excess lies the tabletop hall and a small booth dedicated to handmade prototypes – quite the contrast. We call that booth home, and in this podcast we share our adventures there and abroad in Beantown. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 62 – The One About Emergent Gameplay

In the last State of Games, we three podcasters talked about all sorts of things from one end of boardgaming to another. During that intelligent melee TC brought up some points on emergent gameplay, while Darrell and I were left scratching our heads wondering what the heck he was talking about. Since that part fostered generous discussion amongst you, dear listeners, we decided to dig a little deeper. And, so, here we are. Enjoy! Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 60 – The One About Women and Games

It was time. The female voice had been missing for far too long on this podcast. And, so, I set forth a challenge to three intrepid women gamers: Come on this podcast and get silly. And they did. And it was awesome. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 59 – The One About The Hot Games of 2014

We love reserved hyperbole (is that really a thing?) here at Dice Hate Me, so let me just say that, like all the years before, this coming year may just be the Greatest Year For Games Ever. With big titles sporting unique mechanics like Dead of Winter and SeaFall coming from Plaid Hat Games, a whole slew of indie upstarts shaking the establishment, and no fewer than 10 Dice Hate Me Games titles hitting the market, you can see that my hyperbole is warranted. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 58 – The One About Unpub 4

It seems like just yesterday that I was heading up to Delaware for the second annual Unpublished Games Festival. That was way back when VivaJava was launching on Kickstarter, I didn’t even know that The Great Heartland Hauling Co. or Jason Kotarski existed just yet, and Compounded was still unofficially signed – but still kicking total butt in play testing. Dice Hate Me Games and Unpub has come a long way in these last couple of years. But as Darrell, TC and I settled in for Unpub 4 this past weekend, one thing remained unchanged: The event is still a big pile of awesome. Read More  Read More