The State of Games, Ep. 98 – The One About the Games of 2015

It’s that time of the year again – time to look forward by looking back! Yes, a new year is upon us but before we settle into the games of 2016, it’s best that we talk about what we loved about 2015. It was an interesting year; some gamers complained that there were few stand-out titles as in years’ past; to that I can only say it was tough for all of us not to have a list of honorable mentions a mile long that we wanted to honor! So settle in, listen up, and let us regale you with our best of 2015, and the holidays! Read More  Read More

The 2015 Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season to be gaming… and I’m here to help. That’s right, it’s time for my favorite annual tradition, The Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide! In this year’s guide I’ve carefully selected an assortment of titles that will satisfy a particular appetite of just about everyone special in your life – whether they’re a veteran gamer or novice. Remember, the best part about giving the gift of a game is that you get to play it after they unwrap it! It feels almost like cheating, but it’s not! So stoke the fire, grab some hot cocoa, and start your holiday shopping list with these great games. May all your rolls be sixes and your... Read More

The Crowded Table – Gamers For Cures 2015 Edition!

Greetings, dear readers! It’s been quite awhile since we’ve gathered around The Crowded Table, but thanks as always for stopping in! In this edition, I take a quick look at a few games that we played at The Gamers for Cures 24-hour Marathon at The Gamer’s Armory in Cary, NC. For those not familiar with the marathon and its excellent cause of raising money for The Turner Syndrome Society, check out gamersforcures.com and consider contributing to the cause next year!  Just a small note: Many of these titles are recent Essen releases, but they’ll be headed into U.S. circulation before too long. Antarctica Sometime in the not too distant... Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 95 – The One About Marlin, Markets, Morocco, and Monsters

Over the years we’ve had many great guests on The State of Games, and we’ve been lucky to have become friends with pretty much all of them. Such is the case with Matt & Ben, designers of Dice Hate Me Game of the Year title Fleet. If any of you dear listeners get a chance to meet and hang out with these guys at a convention go for it – they are not only great designers, they’re also amazing and fun people. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 92 – The One About Taking Care of Business

We typically do a good job of podcasting via Skype, but the best results come from when we are all in person. Thankfully we had the opportunity while taking care of business in St. Louis this past weekend. If I had my druthers, we’d record in person all the time, but that could only happen if we managed to organize that board game compound we’ve talked about for the longest time. One day, maybe – but, for now, we’ll settle for the joy of looking each other in the eye while we record for special occasions, even if they are few and far between. We hope you all enjoy one of those special times like this. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 90 – The One About GenCon 2015

Let me tell you, organizing a podcast with four incredibly busy hosts that live in four different states is often crazy difficult; throw in some sickness a week after a major convention and you’ve got mission near-impossible. Still, with so much to talk about from the massive GenCon 2015, the show must go on. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 87 – The One About Growing New Gamers

One of the many benefits of our recent survey was to ask listeners what they’d really like for us to talk about, and plenty of you requested tips for getting new gamers into the hobby. We’ve responded with a great episode on how experienced gamers can best evangelize to those new gamers, either in your Friendly Local Game Store, or amongst your less-experienced friends and family. Hopefully you’ll all find this guide to growing new gamers helpful as we all work to build upon this great hobby! Read More  Read More

The 2013 Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and it’s time again for my favorite annual tradition, the Dice Hate Me Holiday Gift Guide! This guide comes to you a bit late in the season this time around, what with all the traveling to cons and wrapping up Kickstarter campaigns and whatnot. But there’s nothing I love more – and nothing that gets me more into the holiday spirit – than sharing some of my favorite easiest-to-recommend games to all of you, Dear Readers! This guide will be great for those of you who are still looking for that special gift of cardboard for the hard-to-shop-for significant other, friend... Read More

The State of Games, Episode 55 – The One About BGGCon 2013

We love gaming conventions, and thankfully con season wasn’t over quite yet as thousands of geeks gathered in the Big D for BGGCon 2013. Origins and GenCon are great, but you’ll never find a more concentrated collection of hardcore board game enthusiasts than here – and we attended! And now we’re going to tell you all about what you missed. You’re welcome. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Episode 52 – The One About Beer

Yep, beer. We has it. Come and gets it. Read More  Read More