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The State of Game is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by me - a board game designer and publisher - and two published board game designers as co-hosts. The podcast has been covering board games and the industry for 7 years, and we just launched our 144th episode. We'd love to spread the love of board games to new listeners on TuneIn!

The State of Game is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by me - a board game designer and publisher - and two published board game designers as co-hosts. The podcast has been covering board games and the industry for 7 years, and we just launched our 144th episode. We'd love to spread the love of board games to new listeners on TuneIn!
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The State of Game is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by me - a board game designer and publisher - and two published board game designers as co-hosts. The podcast has been covering board games and the industry for 7 years, and we just launched our 144th episode. We'd love to spread the love of board games to new listeners on TuneIn!

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English

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9192608029


Episodes

The One About the Fate of the Galaxy, Pt. 2

6/5/2018
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In this very special episode of The State of Games, five intrepid gamers set out to eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate their way across the galaxy in Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition! Join Chris as he attempts to guide his gentle peace turtles - the Xxcha Kingdom - in an attempt to defend his crown from five years ago (Episode 46) against Dan Patriss (Yin Brotherhood), Daniel Solis (Universities of Jol-Nar), Matt Wolfe (Naalu Collective), and Linus (Yssaril Tribes)!

Duration:01:46:56

The One About the Axis of Not Misrepresenting Your Product

5/23/2018
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In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC discuss what makes the perfect package with aesthetics that accurately reflect the experience you can expect inside the box. All this, plus first impressions of Rising Sun, game development at Camp Sleepy Hollow, Barker’s Row, the Carnies expansion, a new contest to win Harvest & Pioneer Days from TMG, Protospiel Atlanta, Otys, & more!

Duration:02:27:08

The One About Going Back to the Well

4/30/2018
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In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC are joined by special guest Seth Jaffee of Tasty Minstrel Games to talk reprints, rebrands, & special editions, and what sort of effect they have on the hobby market. All this, plus International Tabletop Day, the Cardboard Edison Awards, Avengers: Infinity War, things that grind our gears about perception vs. reality on Kickstarter, Arboretum, plagiarism, Magic, Orléans, Puerto Rico, Eminent Domain Origins, and more!

Duration:02:42:44

The One About Just Some Games

4/13/2018
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In this more streamlined episode Chris, Darrell, and TC decide to just talk about some games they’ve been playing, their gaming habits, and whether they get to game enough or too much. All this, plus first-hand accounts of Fireball Island gameplay, the madness of seeing A Quiet Place in the theater, plays of Captive from Graphic Novel Adventures, Star Wars: Destiny, joys of dice drafting, Feudum, Majesty: For the Realm, and, of course, camels.

Duration:01:50:47

The One About the Nature of Fun

4/17/2015
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In this episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell, TC and special guest Tiffany Bahnsen dive deep into the intrinsic fun value of games, examining how atmosphere and mechanics can join together to make games enjoyable for a wide variety of gamers. All this plus Rapid Fire, the A-Team, Aquasphere, Deus, VivaJava, Mario, Zelda, Tetris, and so much more! Plus, stick around after the end of the podcast to find out how everyone organizes their board game shelves. It's an insanely good time!

Duration:02:01:44

The One About Going Digital

4/3/2015
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In this episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell and Stephanie discuss a salient topic suggested by an avid listener: The past, present, and future of digital components utilized in the analog boardgaming space. All this, plus April 1st shenanigans on Kickstarter, Unpub: The Unpublished Card Game, Deck Building: The Deck Building Game, Mamma Mia, Mall Madness, Omega Virus, and much more!

Duration:01:58:59

The One About Unpopular Mechanics

3/20/2015
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in this episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell and TC discuss unpopular mechanics in board games. From bidding, to set collecting, to deckbuilding, the trio talk about mechanics that might be overused in modern boardgame design. All this, plus company demises that use Kickstarter, how to hopefully avoid bankruptcy, managing Kickstarter funds, what modern mechanics are acceptable and what seems irresponsible. All this plus the state of Kickstarter, Bottom of the 9th, DHMG integrating...

Duration:01:53:42

The One About Some Business & Baseball

2/26/2015
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In this superbly special State of Games, Dice, Darrell, TC, Stephanie, and special guest Christopher Badell of Greater Than Games and Sentinels of the Multiverse fame discuss the future of Dice Hate Me Games, as well as a multiverse of other future boardgame ventures. All this, plus the BoardGameGeek Golden Geek Awards, superheroes, baseball and Bottom of the 9th, Richard Launius, Cthulhu, Mike Fitzgerald, and so many other awesome boardgame things. It’s full of stars, so fill your ear...

Duration:01:49:22

The One About Unpub 5

2/13/2015
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In this special episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell, TC and Stephanie recount their adventures in Baltimore, Maryland at the 5th annual Unpublished Games Festival playing prototypes, giving feedback, and getting a glimpse at some future games that may just grace everyone's table before too long. All this, plus wombat poop, Richard Launius, Don't Get Eated, trophies, tropes, and trucks - both post-apocalyptic and of the monster variety.

Duration:02:17:14

The One About Following The Rules

1/30/2015
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In this episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell, TC and Stephanie discuss the ins, outs, profits and perils of teaching and learning boardgames, sharing personal experiences, pet peeves of the learning and teaching process, and exactly how not to go about getting new players acquainted with a game. All this, plus GenCon housing, Exploding Kittens, the passionate dichotomy of opinion in regards to Splendor, sloths, jivecats, Unpub 5, Arkham and Eldritch Horror, the social meta game,...

Duration:02:04:02

The One About The Games of 2014

1/9/2015
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In this special New Year's episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell, TC and Stephanie reminisce about their favorite titles of the past year, and share their gaming experiences over the holidays. All this, plus Dr. Pepper, how components can improve a game, the irresistible impulse to rob a train, Stephanie's wildcard picks of the year provided by Twitter, TC's most inspiring design, Darrell's greatest family game and Dice's most enriching social experience. It's a whole year's worth...

Duration:02:44:01

The One About the Fireside

12/11/2014
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Just in time for the holidays, in this episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell, TC and Stephanie get all cozy in front of the fireplace discussing games that are great to play by firelight when the power goes out. All this plus a postmortem on the cancelled New Bedford, how Kickstarter is total crazytown right now, why camels still rule, where Azathoth comes from, Mysterium, Mastermind, mystics, and TC's Corner of Mundanity!

Duration:01:37:32

The One About BGGCon 2014

11/27/2014
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In this special 75th episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell and Stephanie talk all about their adventures at BGGCon 2014 in Dallas, Texas - experiences shared, games played, and wonderful people met. All this, plus thoughts on Black Fleet, the dreams of Mysterium, the social wonder of Spyfall, infamy of Fury of Dracula, New Bedford, baseball with game designer Mike Fitzgerald in Bottom of the 9th and Baseball Highlights: 2045, Roll for the Galaxy, Pandemic: The Cure, Kanban, Panamax,...

Duration:03:28:37

The One About Salt and Sea

11/13/2014
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Gather round and sing your favorite sailing shanty, as The State of Games is heading out to sea! In this episode, Dice, Darrell, TC and Stephanie are joined by game designer Nat Levan to talk about his upcoming Dice Hate Me Games title New Bedford. The five also take some time to discuss their favorite games full of salt and sea, like Fleet, Lifeboat, Survive and even Battleship! All this, plus 24-hour boardgame marathons, BGGCon planning, lap dances, conviviality, and more! Come on in, the...

Duration:02:42:07

The One About Tales of Gaming Terror

10/30/2014
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In this spooktacular episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell and TC share scary tales of times when games have gone horribly wrong, creepy gaming fetishes such as spreadsheet arranging, gaming phobias, and games even we might be too scared to play. Thrill to tales of fights over camels, bear rape, The Game That Would Not End, two-player abstracts, touching the water in Egizia, our love for everything Jack the Ripper, why some games are like a ball-pit full of spiders and much, much more!

Duration:02:12:08

The One About Making Good Decisions

10/9/2014
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In this episode of The State of Games, Chris, Darrell, TC and Stephanie have a roundtable discussion about decision making in the boardgame world, from a publisher, designer, consumer, and player perspective. All this, plus talk of Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition, why people who hate Kingdom Builder are wrong, flipping the table in T'Zolkin, Suspend, Quelf, Brew Crafters, Bottom of the 9th, New Bedford, and, of course, camels. Make the right decision and listen in!

Duration:01:58:11

The One About GrandCon 2014

9/25/2014
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In this very special crossover episode of The State Of Games, Dice and Darrell are joined by New Bedford designer Nat Levan, as well as Leandra, Jeff and Kyle from the Happy Mitten Podcast at GrandCon in Grand Rapids, Michigan! The sextet gab about their favorite con experiences, discuss The Monk & The Riddle and how you, too, can quit your job and do what you love, bring up Sir Richard Launius for a quick Q&A, and give a PSA on how strong Michigan beer can be. All this plus New Bedford,...

Duration:00:58:04

The One About To Be Named Later

9/11/2014
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In this nameless episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell, TC and Stephanie pick up where they left off in The One About GenCon 2014, discussing prototypes they've played of upcoming games, as well as some more plays of hot games from the big show. All this plus talk of the hullabaloo surrounding the strip club game Lap Dance, Five Tribes, Warhammer 40K: Conquest, the announcement of a new Dice Hate Me games title all about baseball, and how much fun divorce can be when turned into a...

Duration:02:29:34

The One About GenCon 2014

8/21/2014
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On this very special episode of The State of Games, Chris, TC and Stephanie talk about their experiences at the biggest gaming convention in North America - GenCon 2014 - while Darrell listens intently since he went to the beach, instead. Chris talks about buying all the things, TC earns his hipster cred by only buying two Carl Chudyk titles, and Stephanie talks up the coolness of Sheriff of Nottingham and the disappointment of Night of the Grand Octopus. All this, plus Ellen Barkin, current...

Duration:02:16:18

The One About Themes

8/1/2014
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On this episode of The State of Games, Dice, Darrell, TC and Stephanie talk about their favorite (and least favorite) board game themes and how those themes might influence both their choices in whether to buy the game or play the game. All this, plus talk of love for Kennerspiel des Jahres winner Istanbul, old school Weapons & Warriors, New Bedford, VivaJava Dice, the Geiger Expansion for Compounded, zombies, dungeon crawlers, Firefly, Eldritch Horror, MASK, baseball, Feld Kickstarters, and...

Duration:02:11:57