Strategically Thematic: Dinosaur Island

April 18, 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.


Episode 50 - The Good, the Bad and the Unplayable

April 12, 2018

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including 1889: History of Shikoku Railways and Sunset Over Water. We then talk about what can make a game objectively bad. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "bad."

Strategically Thematic: For-Ex

April 4, 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.


Episode 49 - Global Gaming

March 29, 2018

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including The Mind, Dinosaur Island, Arkham Horror: The Card Game, Island Hopper, and High Society. We then talk all about games that are from other cultures. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "foreign."

Blitz Stop Mechanic: Area Control

March 21, 2018

Blitz Stop Mechanic is a new segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where I pick a mechanism and then talk about games that use that mechanism in a cool, thematic way. 


MeepleCon 2018 Recap

March 19, 2018

by Ambie Valdés
Last weekend I went to my second MeepleCon, a board game convention in Las Vegas! The convention was three days, but we ended up getting a flight early Sunday morning to go home (other flights were a lot more expensive), so we were only there on Friday and Saturday. But we still had tons of fun playing games!

The Games
I played 22 plays of 15 different games at the convention (plus some Craps), 8 of which were new to me. The most played and my favorite new game was The Mind, a new cooperative card game where you have to play the cards in order without talking! Jess had a copy that she borrowed from Scott Alden and was bringing it around to everyone at the convention to try out. It was really hard and a lot of fun, and I really want to get it. Unfortunately, it's currently only available in Germany, but I heard that it will be coming over soon.

Episode 48 - Rationing Passion

March 15, 2018

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including Stuffed Fables and Herbaceous. We then talk all about our passion for the board gaming hobby. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "love."

How to Play: Baseball Highlights: 2045

March 12, 2018

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.


Blitz Stop Mechanic: Set Collection

March 11, 2018

Blitz Stop Mechanic is a new segment featured on The Dice Tower's bi-weekly Throat Punch Lunch videos about games where I pick a mechanism and then talk about games that use that mechanism in a cool, thematic way. 


Episode 47 - The Fun & Function of Social Deduction

March 1, 2018

Ambie and Crystal discuss a couple games they've played recently, including Dinosaur Island, Castell, and GROWL. We then talk all about social deduction games. In this week's "Board Game Etymology" segment, Crystal discusses the origins of the word "deduce."

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