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. 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 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 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, 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

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 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