Episode 30 - Winning Isn't Everything

June 22, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including 1817, 1880: China, 1857, Between Two Cities, and Mint Works. We then talk about being a good sport in board games both in winning and losing. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "tie."

Strategically Thematic: HeavyCon

June 21, 2017

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


How to Play: Tragedy Looper

June 13, 2017

Our How to Play videos are designed to be short (but still complete) instructional videos, mainly for people who want an overview before playing with someone who knows how to play (in place of that person teaching the rules). Setup and refresh is usually in a separate video, since only one person needs to know the details.


Episode 29 - Escape Escapades

June 8, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including Brass: Lancashire, Paperback, and Clank!: Sunken Treasures. We then talk about board games that trap you or you have to escape. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "escape."

Strategically Thematic: The Grizzled

June 7, 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.


HeavyCon 2017 Recap

May 31, 2017

by Ambie Valdés
This weekend over Memorial Day weekend, I got to attend HeavyCon for the first time! HeavyCon is a convention run by Heavy Cardboard, a podcast about heavier board games (heavy Euros, 18xx games, and wargames). There were 90 attendees, and since everyone was there to play heavy games, it was easy finding people to play pick up games of heavy economic games and 18xx games! Toby and I typically don't schedule games at conventions, and this one was no exception.

Over the weekend (Thursday-Sunday), I had 23 plays of 22 unique games. A bunch of the games were new to me, and 3 of the games were 18xx games (although those weren't new to me)!

Train Games

Episode 28 - One Year Anniversary Special

May 25, 2017

It's our one year anniversary! In this special episode, Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal go off-format to reminisce over the past year. Then we share a super secret project we've been working on for over a year, and play the first ever game of Battle of Blitz!

Strategically Thematic: Space Alert

May 24, 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 27 - Putting the "Fan" in Fantasy

May 11, 2017

Ambie, Cassadi, and Crystal discuss some games they've played recently, including Startups, Takenoko, and Sagrada. We then talk about the fantasy theme in board games. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "fantasy."

Strategically Thematic: The Gallerist

May 11, 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.


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