Strategically Thematic: Tzolk'in

January 11, 2018

Strategically Thematic is a segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where the theme and mechanics go together really well.


Live Stream: Crystal and Ambie Discuss TI4

January 4, 2018

In lieu of a normal podcast episode this week, Crystal and Ambie had a live stream where Crystal talked about her first ever play of Twilight Imperium!


Episode 43 - Ex-Ch-Ch-Changing

December 21, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently (or are looking forward to playing), including Magic Maze, DropMix, and Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition. We then talk about some board games that involve exchanges. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "shuffle."

Pie Town Review

December 11, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
Note: I received a free review copy of Pie Town from Renegade Game Studios.

When I hear a game has deduction, I instantly perk up and put it on my want to play list. So I was excited to try out Pie Town, a new worker placement deduction game from Renegade Games. In Pie Town, 2-4 players are trying to make the best pie shop in town by making different types of pies, including secret recipes. Everyone has their own secret recipe that gets bonus points, and if you can figure out your opponents’ secret recipes, you’ll get even more points!

Episode 42 - Tales of Amazing Gifts

December 7, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including Kitchen Rush, Catacombs, and Hanamikoji. We then talk about some of our favorite board game related gifts. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "gift."

Strategically Thematic: Baseball Highlights: 2045

December 6, 2017

Strategically Thematic is a segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where the theme and mechanics go together really well.


Episode 41 - Giving Thanks

November 23, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including Legends of Andor, Ascension, and Queendomino. We then talk about what we're thankful for in board gaming, including some listener responses! In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "benefit."

Strategically Thematic: BattleCON

November 22, 2017

Strategically Thematic is a segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where the theme and mechanics go together really well.


BGG.CON 2017 Recap

November 22, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
Toby and I went to BGG.CON again this year! BGG.CON is one of our favorite conventions, since we really like trying out new games, and BGG.CON has a huge library of a bunch of games - both new releases and older awesome games!

We got there on Tuesday afternoon and left on Sunday afternoon, and we played so many games! At the convention, we had 82 plays/demos of 70 unique games, 57 of which were new to us! This is definitely a record for us (one I don't want to beat). Thursday was especially exhausting - we played 24 different games that day (20 new to us). A lot of them were light games or dexterity games, so it wasn't too difficult to learn everything.

Since we arrived before the convention started, we went out to eat some BBQ and then played some games we had brought. Two of the most played games of the convention for us were Strike and For-Ex, both of which we brought. It was fun being able to show people both games - Strike for its excitement and action, and For-Ex for its brain-burning weirdness.

Episode 40 - Putting the U and I in Community

November 9, 2017

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including For-Ex and Ex Libris. We then talk about how board games can help build and support communities. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "community."

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