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Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer take a look at board games, card games, and the people who design, publish, and play them. Top ten lists, Q&A, tales of horror, and more await you!

Tom Vasel and Eric Summerer


    • Jan 18, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 1h 22m AVG DURATION
    • 761 EPISODES

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    TDT # 745 - The Long and Short Of It

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 73:06

    Eric joins Suzanne and Mandi as they discuss Awkwright The Card Game, What The Heck, Quacks expansion The Alchemists, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Orange Juice expansion for Bullet

    TDT # 744 - Best Games From 15 Years Ago - 2007

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 84:18

    In this episode, Joe Steadman joins Tom and Eric to discuss Return to Dark Tower, Townsfolk Tussle, Gloomhaven, and Advanced Squad Leader. Geoff has a story of sacrifice, Tom previews some new video projects, we answer questions from the mailbag, and we finish the show with our Top Ten games from 2007, 15 years ago. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 743 - Crossover

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 64:06

    Suzanne and Mandi discuss the Comic Quest books, Dom Pierre, Yokohama Roll and Write, Dinosaur Island Rawr and Write, and Number Drop. The Game Pie for the show is full of Hidden Role games. The Dice Tower is sponsored by TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 742 - 2021 Year In Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 94:11

    In this episode, Geoff joins Tom and Eric to discuss Witchstone, Picture Perfect, Warp's Edge, Living Forest, Radlands, and Aqua Garden. Geoff leads a live GameTek discussion, Eric and Geoff remember their PAX Unplugged adventures (including discussion of Jurassic World: Legacy of Isla Nublar, Familiar Tales, Corrosion, Scout, and 1923 Cotton Club), and we finish off the show with an overview of the gaming events of 2021. The Dice Tower is sponsored by TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 741 - Sail Away

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 68:41

    In this week's episode, Mandi and Suzanne talk about Tammany Hall, LAMA Dice, Bitoku, and Kids Chronicles. Concordia appears in Tap That App. And the Game Pie of the show is full of games from 2016. The Dice Tower is sponsored by TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.  

    TDT # 740 - Biggest Surprises of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 99:02

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Space Race, Kingdom Hearts Perilous Pursuit, Canopy, and Ark Nova. Geoff fudges the numbers, we have a holiday Tale of Boardgaming Horror, an announcement from Tom, and our Top Ten surprises from 2021. The Dice Tower is sponsored by TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 739 - Collection Roots

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 63:58

    In this episode, Mandi has a light week but they still discuss Palaces of Carrara, Psycle, 90 Grad, and Brian Boru: High King of Ireland. And they finally get to some of the mailbag! Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 738 - Games Ahead of Their Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 102:30

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss the G.I. Joe Deckbuilding Game, Star Clicker, Crimes and Capers: Lady Leona's Last Wishes, Roll Player Adventures, and Gutenberg. Geoff explores a study that questions our perception of things, and we answer questions from the mailbag, one of which is a little horrific. Then, we close the show with a Top Ten list of games that were ahead of their time. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 737 - Doldrums

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 61:18

    In today's show, Mandi and Suzanne discuss GPS, Floriferous, Yokohama Duel, Funkoverse Game of Thrones, and Silencio. The Game Pie of the show is full of Games with Expansions. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 736 - Dice Tower Retreat Orlando

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 93:59

    In this episode, Tom and Eric are joined at the Dice Tower Retreat Orlando by Stephen Buonocore to talk about all sorts of assorted topics, including but not limited to these games: Bitoku, Rummikub, Foundations of Rome, That's Life, Magical Athlete, The Crew: Mission Deep Sea, Cascadia, Transformers: The Deckbuilding Game, Vagrantsong, Preorders and Nostalgia (Heroquest, Risk: Shadow Forces, Return to Dark Tower), Picture Perfect, and Empyrial: Spells and Steam. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 735 - Holiday Yums

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 69:18

    In this episode Mandi revisits some games, she and Suzanne talk about Bad Company, Destinies Sea and Sand, Crimes and Capers: High School Hijinks, and Sequoia. Game Pie of the show is Tech Tree Pie. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com

    TDT # 734 - Games We Should Play, But Haven't

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 105:44

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Witchstone, Art Decko, So Clover, Savannah Park, Exit: Kidnapped in Fortune City, and Unfathomable. Geoff tries to scare us, but nothing is as terrifying as our Tale of Boardgaming Horror. Finally, we finish the show with a Top Ten list of games that we SHOULD play, but haven't. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com

    TDT # 733 - Collection Quantity

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 64:28

    In this episode Suzanne and Mandi discuss Smartphone Inc: Status Update 1.1, Riftforce, Islands in the Mist, and Great Plains. One and Done is revived and the show wraps with a Pick Up and Deliver Game Pie. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 732 - Party Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 95:07

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss The Hunger, The Loop, Paint the Roses, 7 Wonders Architects, Bitoku, and Llamaland. Geoff remembers Sid Sackson, we answer questions from the mailbag, and we revisit our Top Ten Party Games. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 731 - Animal Companion

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 65:12

    In today's episode, Suzanne and Mandi discuss Durian Dash, Tucano, Shadows of the Obelisk, Paper Dungeons, and Welcome to The Moon. And there's a super sized Spiel Anticipation Game Pie to wrap up the episode. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com

    TDT # 730 - Mass Market Madness

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 94:48

    On this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Wild Space, Cascadia, EXIT: The App - The Hotel Ophir, Iki, X-Men United, and Disney Sidekicks. We present a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, answer questions from the mailbag, and argue over our Top Ten Mass Market Games. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com

    TDT # 729 - Pumpkin Spice

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 78:15

    Eric joins Suzanne and Mandi on this episode as they discuss Praga Caput Regni, Tranquility, Explorers (the app version), Crash Octopus Automobiles, and Papageno. The Game Pie today? Literary Games!

    TDT # 728 - 30 Minutes or Less

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 104:30

    In this episode, Tom is away, so Crystal joins Eric to talk about 50 Missions of The Crew, Hugo, Alice is Missing, Arch Ravels, Gravwell 2nd Edition, and Stellar. Geoff talks about choking, and we finish up with a Top Ten list of games that be played in 30 minutes or less. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 727 - Convention Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 64:30

    In today's episode, Suzanne and Mandi discuss Tiny Library, Semiramis, Sleeping Gods, 60 Second City, Whirling Witchcraft, and K3. The Game Pie of the day is Nautical games! Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.  

    TDT # 726 - Trash Talkin' Titles

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 81:08

    In this episode, Tom, Suzanne, and Eric discuss Shake Up, Rise of the Metro, Almadi, Happy City, EXIT: The Gate Between Worlds, and Picture Perfect. We answer questions from the mailbag, and then the words start flying as we list our Top Ten Games that make it easy to Trash Talk. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 725 - Back in my day

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 71:05

    In this episode, Suzanne and Mandi chat about Winter Queen, Plantopia, Mandala Stones, Mountain Goats, Crack the Code, and Faiyum. And then Suzanne and Mandi serve up a second helping of Drafting Game Pie Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 724 - Spiel des Jahres Winners

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 100:18

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Omega Virus Prologue, Exit: The Sacred Temple, Sweet Existence: A Strange Planet Card Game, Snakesss, Mystic Paths, and So Clover! Geoff heads to the Olympics, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Finally, we finish up with our Top Ten Games that have won the Spiel des Jahres award. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 723 - Polyhedral

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 69:53

    In this episode, Suzanne and Mandi discuss Godspeed, Mozzaroller, The Loop, Galtoni, Flipover Frog, and Riverside. The pie of the show is Garden Games game pie! Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 722 - City Building Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 93:48

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Islands in the Mist, Aggretsuko: Work/Rage Balance, Crack the Code, Great Wall, Chronicles of Drunagor, and Ankh: Gods of Egypt. Geoff previews an Interview about the current international shipping woes, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Then, we finish the show with our Top Ten City Building Games. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 721 - Jigsaw or Naw

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 74:00

    In today's episode, Mandi and Suzanne discuss Merv, Mazescape Ariadne, Match 5, Gargoyles Awakening, Bonfire, and Castle Party. The Game Pie of the day is: Games set in the old American west. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 720 - Gimmie a Gimmick

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 88:31

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Meadow, Wonderland's War, Cubitos, and Subastral. Geoff discusses some recent studies around playing games with monkeys, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Then we finish off the show with our Top Ten favorite gimmicks in games. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 719 - Digital Influence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 70:37

    In this episode we discuss Dream Crush, Wok and Roll, Four Gardens, Lost Cities Roll and Write, Adventure Mart, and Super Mega Lucky Box! And today's Game Pie is full of Team Games (mostly.) Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com  

    TDT # 718 - The 2020 Dice Tower Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 63:57

    In this episode, we present the 14th Annual Dice Tower Awards, highlighting the best games from 2020. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com

    TDT # 717 - Whoopsie Daisies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 76:22

    In today's show - Eric joins Suzanne and Mandi as they talk about Fast and Furious: Highway Heist, The Independence Incident, Varuna, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, Under Falling Skies, and Villagers w/ Shifting Seasons expansion. And today's Game Pie is full of games that cost $15 or less! Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com. Listen carefully for an exclusive discount code from The Op!

    TDT # 716 - Unknown Children's Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 98:36

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Caretos, Gorinto, Paper Dungeons, and Doodle Dungeon. Geoff explains some Unwritten Rules, we answer a bunch of questions from the mailbag, and we finish up with our Top Ten Unknown Children's Games. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com. Listen carefully for an exclusive discount code from The Op!

    TDT # 715 - To expand or not to expand

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 76:53

    In today's episode Suzanne and Mandi chat about The Magnificent Sno, Rock The Bock, Cat Sudoku, Ramen Ink, and Destinies. Suz chats about the digital deck builder Roguebook and they wrap with some Q&A.   Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and Gamenerdz.com.

    TDT # 714 - Duel Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 101:17

    On this episode, Tom, Suzanne, and Eric discuss Switch and Signal, Fantasy Realms, Uk'otoa, Rowboat, Mythic Battles: Pantheon, and On the Rocks. Geoff discusses Power Laws, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Finally, we face off with our Top Ten Duel Games. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and Gamenerdz.com.

    TDT # 713 - Cold and Chunky

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 74:00

    In today's show, Suzanne and Mandi talk about It's a Wonderful World Corruption and Ascension, Imperium Classics (and Legends), The Game Face 2 Face, Bullet

    TDT # 712 - Mean and Nasty Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 102:52

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Mandala Stones, Barrage, Castell, Witchstone, Rule the Realm, and Hadrian's Wall. Geoff tells us how to fudge the numbers, we have a Tale of Amazement to share, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Then we get all worked up by sharing our Top Ten Mean and Nasty Games. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com

    TDT # 002 - Panzers and Pieces

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2021 95:26

    In this show, Tom and Joe go back in time to 2005 and listen to our second episode, the only episode to have the show name "Panzers and Pieces".  Join us as we talk about our top ten card games - well, at least what they were 16 years ago!  This episode was originally recorded in May 2005, with commentary added May 2021.

    TDT # 711 - Money Money

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 65:07

    Tom joins Suzanne and Mandi for this episode as they discuss Clever Cubed, Sheepy Time, Similo Animals, Keystone North America, Rival Networks, and Cloud City. The trio wraps up with a Game Pie full of Klemens Franz art.

    TDT # 710 - 123456789101112

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 99:30

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Pass the Pot, Beyond the Sun, The Initiative, Merchant's Cove, Red Rising, and Destinies. Geoff wants us to Take it Away, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Then, at long last, we finish our alphabetical journey with our Top Ten Games that start with a numeral. Support for The Dice Tower comes from TheOp.games and GameNerdz.com

    TDT # 001 - The First One

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 73:13

    In this episode, Tom Vasel and Joe Steadman listen together to their very first episode, originally recorded in 2005.  We talk about our favorite games and more in the episode - and we talk about where those games land now.  Back to the very beginning!

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    TDT # 709 - Warm Bevy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 74:20

    In this week's episode, we discuss Biblios Parchment and Quill, Hippocrates, Hadrian's Wall, Hashi, Paris, and Summoner Wars 2nd Edition. And today's Game Pie is full of gam es for younger kids.   Support for The Dice Tower comes from The Op at TheOp.games, and from GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 708 - Z is for Zany

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 97:23

    In this episode, Tom, Mandi, and Eric discuss Castles of Burgundy (Alea 20th Anniversary Edition), Monster Slaughter, Umbra Via, EXIT: The Cemetery of the Knight, Equinox, and The Specialists. Geoff has a new toy, we have a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and we finish off the show with our Top Ten Games starting with Z. Support for The Dice Tower comes from The Op at TheOp.games, and from GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 707 - Wood or Plastic

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2021 74:59

    In this episode, we chat about Space Race, Royal Visit, Pan Am, Medici Dice, Las Vegas Royale, and A Gentle Rain. To wrap, we serve up a Game Pie full of beautiful Vincent Dutrait art. Support for The Dice Tower comes from The Op at TheOp.games, and from GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 706 - Best of 2001 (20 Years Ago)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 103:35

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Let's Make a Bus Route: The Dice Game, Bravo!, Santorini: New York, The Quest Kids, Andor, Catapult Kingdoms, and Spinboard Ghost Adventure. We have a tale of Boardgaming horror, and we answer questions from the mailbag. Then we finish off the show by looking back 20 years to our Top Ten Games from 2001. Support for The Dice Tower comes from The Op at TheOp.games, and from GameNerdz.com.

    TDT # 705 - MCU

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 60:55

    In today's episode, we discuss Block Ness, Capital Lux 2 solo, and Cryo. We swing to the app side of things to wax romantic over Dorfromantik and we serve up a Storytelling Game Pie.

    TDT # 704 - Y is for Yelling

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 87:30

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Escape Tales: Children of Wyrmwood, Haiclue, Marvel United Expansions, and The Initiative. Geoff tries to get us to stop, we have a new Tale of Horror, and we answer questions from the mailbag about silly voices, business decisions, and How to Host a Murder. We then finish off the show with our Top Ten games that start with Y. Support for The Dice Tower comes from The Op at TheOp.games, and from GameNerdz.com

    TDT # 703 - M&M Insider

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 65:09

    Another mish mash of games in today's episode as Suzanne and Mandi discuss Oaxaca Crafts of a Culture, The Field of Cloth of Gold, Smash Up Marvel, Carnegie, Genotype, and Yakatabune. And the pie of the day is Drafting Game Pie.

    TDT # 702 - Best of 2006 (15 Years Ago)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2021 107:03

    In this episode, Tom, Suzanne, and Eric discuss Three Sisters, Cascadia, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, Lovelace and Babbage, For Science! and Danger Park. Geoff enters the world of NFTs, we answer questions from the mailbag, and we look back 15 years with a Top Ten Games from 2006. Support for The Dice Tower comes from The Op, at TheOp.games.

    TDT # 701 - Beetlejuice

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 82:00

    In today's episode we chat about Dive, Brew, Mariposas, Troyes Dice, Hallertau, and Sherlock Files Vol 3. And the pie of the day be Pirate Pie, arrrr.  

    TDT # 700 - Tom, Eric, and YOU!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2021 108:14

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Faiyum, Unlock: Mythic Adventures, Res Arcana (on BoardGameArena), Fantasy Realms, and Haunted Mansion: Call of the Spirits. Geoff concludes his series on solo games, and we celebrate a milestone episode with your questions and comments from the audio mailbag. Support for The Dice Tower comes from The Op at TheOp.games

    TDT # 699 - Make It So

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 72:33

    Eric joins Suzanne and Mandi to talk about Pusheen The Purrfect Pick Card Game, 7 Wonders and 7 Wonders Duel (on BGA), Escape Tales Children of Wyrmwood, The Whatnot Cabinet, Cantaloop, and Cosmic Colonies. They'll also serve up a Game Pie full of Friedemann Friese games.

    TDT # 698 - X is for What?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 94:41

    In this episode, Tom and Eric discuss Unlock: Mythic Adventures, Cantaloop, Via Magica, Sleeping Gods, and Lucky Numbers. Geoff begins a series on Solo games, we have a new Tale of Boardgaming Horror, and we attempt to assemble a Top Ten Games that start with X.

    TDT # 697 - M E L E E

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 67:50

    In this episode we chat about Judge Dredd Helter Skelter (a Wildlands Game), Wolle - Volle Weide - Honeymoon - Hamstern roll and writes, Maglev Metro, and 111 Ants. We also serve up a "non-dexterity games that build up" Game Pie.

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