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. 89 – The One About So Here’s The Thing

We weren’t even supposed to be here today. We all blame TC; he just wanted to quickly talk about a few random things on his mind. As is our custom, though, a few quick, random things turned into an hour and a half of weird awesomeness and lots of rants. So settle in, pop some popcorn, get ready to tell the kids to put their earmuffs on, and enjoy! 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 State of Games, Ep. 84: The One About Ever-Expanding Games

Everyone has a favorite game, and, with that, the desire for that game to deliver more than just what’s inside the box. That’s where expansions come in. Some love them, some ignore them, but no matter the case they are an existing and sometimes-essential part of the board game hobby. Since they are so prevalent we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the best, brightest and downright bad that we’ve experienced. And, yes, we’ve experienced a lot. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 83: The One About the Nature of Fun

Some podcasts are random, and then some podcasts are random. The one you’re about to listen to is definitely of the latter ilk. It was a lot of fun, but all you dear listeners need to keep one thing in mind: If you don’t particularly care for a certain section you’re listening to, just wait a minute. I can almost guarantee you we’ll start talking about something else pretty soon. Hey, random is fun, right? And speaking of fun, click play and here how we try and discover the source… Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 81: The One About Unpopular Mechanics

Some State of Games podcasts are influenced by the whimsy of the industry and some are just filled with our own internal discussions. This one has it all. From TC’s struggle with overused mechanics in games to what might cause a company to declare bankruptcy, we cover the gamut. It’s a big community out there, after all, and we care about it. Come listen to us ramble and rant about every little corner – and stick around for our love for all of it. Read More  Read More

The State of Games, Ep. 80: The One About Some Business & Baseball

To everything, turn, turn turn, there is a season, turn, turn, turn… and a time for every podcast to make alterations. This podcast is all about those changes that can occur over the life of an entity, whether it be personal, business, social, or all three. Join us this time as we talk about a huge turning point for Dice Hate Me Games, even though it won’t really affect what we do on The State of Games. Rest assured, no matter what changes might occur on the business front, we’ll always be your source for a rambling good time in the world of board games. I’m pretty sure Stephanie will make sure of that. 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, Ep. 77: The One About The Games of 2014

It’s a New Year, and you know what that means – new games!!!!!! From that, you probably think that this podcast is all about those cool games you can look forward to, but since you’re smart and read the title of the post, you know that it’s really about those games we all played in 2014. Yes, we do the typical end-of-year-podcast thing with our Games of the Year… but we do it with such style. You’ve grown accustomed to our shenanigans – come on in and let your ears reminisce. Read More  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