Tonight the studio is packed to the brim with geniuses as Mark and Garth are joined by Galileo, Bacon and of course, Newton in this weeks feature game discussion.
Then, oh boy, sit down, settle in, and get ready for a rant-a-thon as Mark has a few things to get off his chest! If you haven’t ever heard cranky Mark, well tonight is your lucky night!
Achtung! Achtung! Dive! Dive! It’s another Dice Men Cometh episode and this week we’re sailing on and under the high seas as we focus our attention on U-Boot, a real-time co-op submarine game where you ALWAYS do what the Captain says…no questions asked.
Mark then fills us in on a healthy dose of news before Leon finally gets to live out his dream of being a Cat Lady!
A hidden gem? A cult classic? A forgotten masterpiece? You’ll have to decide for yourself, as Leon and Mark give their thoughts on Warrior Knights from Fantasy Flight Games.
Also this week, Leon catches up with his predictions for the 2019 Spiel des Jahres, and finally, Mark gives us a long-awaited Kickstarter update, including a few Australian campaigns worth checking out.
Tonight, it’s a Spiel-a-thon as Mark and Garth review the Kennerspiel nominated Stefan Feld game, Carpe Diem, before analysing, dissecting and ultimately scoring all of the SdJ nominees (yes, that is L.A.M.A, Werewords and Just One). We crunch the numbers to come up with the one true champion! The game that all other games strive to be! The game that will sell a zillion copies and make their designers and publishers squillionaires! Will we be right? How wrong will we be? Which game do YOU think should be crowned the winner? Let us know!
So you want to be a super sleuth? Or a P.I? How about a gumshoe?
Well you are in luck, as the Dice Men are talking about the Kennerspiel nominated game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game in all it’s cardboard meets internet glory. This leads nicely to our thoughts on this years Kennerspiel award and the nominees who are fighting it out. Will it be Detective? Will it be Wingspan? Will Mr Feld grab first prize with Carpe Diem? We have our say, tally our votes and our prediction is….
What do we want? BORDERCON!
When do we want it? Well, we just had it and it was AMAZING!! And this week is the week after our favourite 4 days of gaming on the border. But first we need to discuss the gaming soaring over all others; the game using every updraft of hype to its advantage, the game who’s quack doesn’t echo – of course it’s Wingspan and the Dice Men have something to say about it.
And buckle in because Bordercon will be on our lips for a while to come…so lets get this party re-started…
Batman! Batman! Minis! Yes, tonight we poke and prod about with Batman: Gotham City Chronicles. Leon went all in with the KS, so does it live up to the hype? Does it live up to the $500 he spent? We then rattle on about all things pre-Bordercon; games we’re excited to play; games we NEED to play; games we think may be duds, but we’ll still play them; and most importantly, the people we get to play with! And a friendly reminder there will be no show next week as we’ll be AT BORDERCON!!! Woot! See some of you there!
original air date 30/05/2019
It’s time to try again…yes, the Dice Men are going to start another legacy game…and maybe, just maybe, try to finish one…
This week, Leon and Garth (yes, Mark IS alive, just sick still) give you a hint; a taste; a spolier-free tease of Betrayal Legacy from Rob Daviau.
And after that it’s time to celebrate as the awards season kicks off with the Spiel Des Jahres and Dice Tower nominees announced! Hip Hip Hooray!
We discuss the nominees and make our own half-arsed guesses on which games will take home the big wins!
And that fills up the episode – but next week it’s time for some caped crusading….if you know what we mean….
original air date 23/05/2019
And this week it’s out with the old and in with the new!! No, wait, actually the other way around as Mark finally decides to get back behind the buttons (and within 30 seconds breaks something) and Leon decides to make chocolate instead of talk gaming!! And on that note, tonight we talk cars, highways and popsicle sticks with Tokyo Highway featuring as our game this week. We then raise a glass to the dearly departed Aussie games publisher Rule & Make who closed their doors earlier this week. Finally, Mark gives you the inside word on games stores in Hong Kong and Singapore, so when you’re visiting make sure you pop in and tell them a Dice Man sent you!
To celebrate the return of Mark to Australia (but not the show this week as he decided to chuck a sickie), the youth of the show discuss the old, but classic, abstract strategy game Torres! Will Leon understand that games were made last millennium and they may even still be good? Will Garth accept that sometimes games don’t involve negotiation and even betrayal? Leon then moves the chat to a game from the designers of 7th Continent so it will be massive and all consuming, won’t it? Won’t it? I guess you’ll just have to listen in and find out all for yourself!
original air date 09/05/2019
Tonight we head to Spaaaaace! And build a baaaaaaase! As we feature, yes you guessed it, Space Base this week.
And then, oh me oh my, there are ALL THE THINGS on Kickstarter this week and Leon is looking to ursurp Mark and take the Crown of Kickstarting – so of course we talk all about that.
And then, as usual, time is our enemy and we’re done – that is your episode this week.
We’ve loved having no Mark, but we’re excited to have the newly engaged Mr Mark back and ready to talk all things gaming! See you all next week!
original air date 02/05/2019
Tonight the Dice Men are sailing without a rudder (or anchor maybe) as Mark is away travelling the world!
So it’s up to Garth and Leon to talk all things zombies, tiny zombies, epic zombies. Tiny Epic Zombies.
Leon then chats about travelling the USA to watch spandex clad wrestlers, while eating his fill of cheesecake and burgers!
Finally, we end up under the deep blue sea with a little chat about Deep Sea Adventure, a game where everyone dies. Well almost always anyway!
original air date 25/04/2019
Mark had the pleasure of having an extended chat with the President of Stronghold Games, now part of Indie Game Studios. They chatted about Terraforming Mars and the imminent release of the Turmoil expansion, as well as the German wunderkind, Wolfgang Warsch, and a few other upcoming titles.
We hope you find it interesting and informative, and feel free to check out Stephen’s own podcast with Ignacy Trzewiczek, Board Games Insider.
Man oh man, for someone it’s Christmas as we announce our Bordercon winner on this weeks show!
Also, yes also, we have a sneak peak of Mark’s interview with Stephen Buonocore from Stronghold Games before going through a quick fire chat about winner of the BGG Golden Geek most innovative game, best thematic game, best boardgame artwork and presentation, as well as the Game of the Year, Root!! What a show!! We’re excited!!!
This week, we’re LIVE from the Big Apple! Well, nearly, as Leon says hello from his trip to New York before Garth and Mark take the reigns and gallop through the 2018 Golden Geek Awards that just got announced!
Mark tests Garth’s expert powers of prediction – so listen in to hear success and/ or failure live on air! And you know what? That fills up the episode! There are 10 categories to go through and millions of games to discuss so that will just have to do as an hour just seems to fly by!
Garth and Mark have the Edge airwaves all to themselves this week, and so they take the opportunity, in Leon’s absence, to talk about his newly arrived Mega-Kickstarter hit from Gamelyn Games, Heroes of Land, Air and Sea. This is probably the most the two of them have disagreed in many, many episodes, and in fact the argument continues to this day! Mark also has the latest news from the GAMA Trade Fair, as well as some other new release information. All that, and the final chance to enter our Bordercon giveaway, will fill your aural canals for almost an hour.
Charge!!! And by charge we mean shuffle meeples across the board fighting circles of cardboard in the game that is Crusaders: Thy Will be done by Seth Jaffee and TMG. Trust us when we say, it is much more exciting than we made it sound.
After a great chat about Crusaders, Mark provides us with a long overdue Kickstarter update which features Aussie games as well as global ones so get your wallets ready!
And finally, the clock is ticking so get your BorderCon entries in soon! The competition closes at the end of March so stop whatever you are doing AND ENTER!!!
original air date 21/03/2019
It’s back to the future tonight as Mark and Garth chat about some great old games that have hit the table recently.
We start with City of Horror, a zombie survival game where its your fellow players who pose the biggest threat – or do they?
Mark, then re-discovers his love of Suburbia thanks to being a tight-arse! If you ever wanted to build your ideal city in the comfort of your own home – Suburbia is the game for you.
And, don’t forget about our BorderCon competition where you can win the only 2 tickets in the galaxy to some of the best days of gaming you will have all year!
Make sure to listen in and send in those entries!!
original air date 7/03/2019
Friends, Romans, Gamers! Lend us your ears! Tonight the Dice Men are all vying for control of the Roman Empire, with Donning the Purple by Tompet Games featuring tonight! So which Diceman makes the best Caesar? The best Senator? The best Heir to the throne? Well you will have to listen in, won’t you? But needless to say, the famous quote by Garthicus Maximus, “Veni, Vidi, Vici” applies as much today as it did centuries ago…maybe. Mark then enlightens us all on the gaming news before Garth ends with a quick-fire talk on Evolution for your mobility telephones. Also, don’t forget to enter our BorderCon competition!
original air date 14/02/2019
So what would life really be like as a thieving, cheating, lying, stealing creature? Well of course the Dice Men are here to tell you what that is like as they have heaps of experience in this field…because we are all Good Critters in tonights feature game! Mark will then conclude our Monopoly chat with is monologue on Monopoly killers, before Garth doesn’t review Evolution as we run out of time!! Make sure you listen for details on our BorderCon competition as we are already getting entries! We have the only 2 tickets on earth to give away to the best 4 days of gaming to be had on a border!
original air date 14/02/2019
It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your…no actually don’t do that please, we have a fire to fight! And not just any fire, it’s a fantasy fire as the boys delve into the hotness that is The Brigade!
We then switch topics as Leon is dead keen on educating us about what games we should play, instead of Monopoly, with our non-gamer friends.
This week we also want to shout out the Aussie game on Kickstarter now, Head Chef, so if you like eating jump onto Kickstarter and check it out!!
original air date 07/02/2019
Guess who?? I am the great-great-grandson of a President, and my grand-uncle invented the paperclip. I have also designed the world’s first unique card game and tonight the Dicemen will talk about it.The boys also recap some RPG highlights from Leon’s DnD campaign and the Horror on the Orient Express, which has seen Mark and Garth (redacted) because of (redacted) – there will be no spoilers. And congrats! You guessed right, I am Richard Garfield and we’re talking all things Keyforge!!
original air date 31/01/2019
So many things in life deserve a second chance, and for Leon one of those things is Terraforming Mars…which is the focus of our chat this week. Of course Leon needed some expert help so he reached out to good friend of the show, Melissa Rogerson, to help him decide if he was wrong about this game for all these years. Mark drones on AND on AND on about a recent trip to Melbourne and mainly his new love affair with Queen of Spades, a gaming cafe that has stolen his heart and might just be everything he ever wanted. Garth meanwhile, just sits around and chimes in whenever he has something useful to say…maybe…
original air date 24/01/2019
Psst, hey you, yeah you – want to get stoned? No, not that type…Charterstoned!
This week, Mark leads us through a non-spoiler review of Stonemeier Games most beautiful legacy game, Charterstone, before the guys discuss some of their top non-gaming highlights of 2018. It’s a busy time of year for the Dice Men, with so many games and so many highlights!
So grab your headphones and get listening!
original air date 17/01/2019
This week we jump aboard the Pork Chop Express and ride along with Garth, as he recounts his experiences with Big Trouble in Little China. Then its time for part 2 of our 2018 boardgame recap, with our duds, sleeper hits, surprises and disappointments. So many games, so little time, such short attention spans.
original air date 10/01/2019
Happy new year!! It’s 2019 and tonight it’s the Dicemen’s top 10 games from 2018! And boy oh boy are they an eclectic mix of gaming goodness! Did we say top 10! The ten best! 10!
original air date 03/01/2019
Yippee-ki-yay gamers! It’s your die hard gaming troupe the Dice Men Cometh here to spread the gaming word for the last time in 2018. We start with a chat about Wildlands from Martin Wallace; fantasy – tick, miniatures – tick, skirmish – tick, a real Wallace game…well, you will have to listen! Mark does his news wrap up, including some exciting Bordercon updates, before we end this episode with some Christmas party games we have been playing. So now that 2018 is done and dusted, it’s onwards and upwards to 2019! Will this be the year the Dice Men finally finish Pandemic Legacy Season 1?!?!
original air date 27/12/2018
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!!! If you are after any last minute gaming ideas the Dice Men are here as we have bought presents for each other! Get your wishlists ready because it’s present time!! Mark also interviews long term listener Steve O’Rourke from New York talking about his first big con, Pax Unplugged in Philadelphia! So for all the Aussies who can’t get over to the USA this is your insight into the USA gaming scene. So that’s it, next week Christmas will be done and the new year is just around the corner. Bring it on!!!
original air date 20/12/2018
The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 242
Dead of winter?!?! Summoner Wars?!!? Mice and Mystics!??? Stuffed Fables?!?? Seafall… do these sound interesting (maybe not Seafall)? Would you like to know more?Well Diceman Mark interviews the man involved in all of these, Colby Dauch from Plaid Hat games. We then wrap up this episode with some suggestions for board game presents for loved ones, family, frenemies and even introducing your non-gaming friends to this amazing hobby!It’s almost time to jingle our bells, so be sure to listen next week for even more gaming goodness!
original air date 13/12/2018
This week it is game after game after game as the Dice Men go crazy in their pursuit of playing all the things! So, what do you get when you cross crime, QR codes, Virtual Reality AND a board game? Well, we can tell you if you listen up! We also grab our snorkels and hit the Reef for some underwater action, before going completely INSANE as we try to survive Cthulhu Kerpunk!! Do you dare to listen to the whole episode? We promise you will only go a little bit mad…
original air date 06/12/2018
This week it’s a Garth/ Essen hybrid (Gassen) as he talks about some of the games played at Essen Unplugged! We start we Teo…teot…Teotihuacan, move swiftly onto Spirit Island and finish with a healthy dollop of Wildlands while also having general chit-chat about the whole event! There will be more Essen Unplugged chat as there were sooo many new games played, so stay tuned for future episodes!! We also tease a board game cruise that even gamers in the southern hemisphere can be a part of! Much excitement!
original air date 29/11/2018
Isn’t three a wonderful number? We hope so as all three Dice Men are here to talk all things gaming! This week we pretend to be art snobs while discussing the classic Knizia game Modern Art, a game where you get to bid and bluff and buy all the art you can in search of those elusive dollaridoos. Mark then has some dee-di-dee-di news which shows that making games isn’t always profitable, before we bring this baby home with a quick chat about an easy game to play, but a dastardly game to explain.
original air date 22/11/2018
original air date 15/11/2018
He’s baaaaaaaack! Yes, fresh from his holiday Garth is back behind the mic, and it’s now Leons turn to be away for a few episodes! We kick off with an interview with great friend of the show and Essen aficionado Rene who talks all things Essen and brags about how many games he brought back (yes, we’re jealous Rene!). From there we recap on the Kanga Awards and tip our hats to all the nominees and the winners. It’s so amazing being a small part in such a wonderful hobby that is filled with incredibly talented Aussies!
original air date 08/11/2018
After Garth calls in from China to taunt us, Leon and Mark settle in to catch up with a studio guest, Marty Abel, the Hobart-based artist for Plaid Hat Games’ Crystal Clans. We chat with him about upcoming expansions, as well as the Kanga awards. We also take the opportunity to look at some of the new games being released this week in Essen, and then take Marty off to the pub for a beer and a game. Thanks again to Area 52 for helping us keep the lights on and Leon’s fur babies fed. Damn you, Garth!
original air date 25/10/2018
One, ha ha ha, two, ha ha ha, three, yes three Dice Men are in the studio today for the last time (at least for a few weeks) as Garth jets off on holiday!
Tonight we dust off Cyclades in this weeks what we’ve been playing before Mark expands our Essen minds with a preview of some really exciting expansions that will be released very very soon!
Leon brings the show in for a perfect landing by chatting about Now Boarding, a real time co-op game all about transporting people around the good old US of A. It may be a little stressful, but hey, such is life!
Garth says see you in a few weeks, while Mark and Leon say good riddance to him and can enjoy their FREEDOM!!!
original air date 18/10/2018
Like a fine wine, the Dice Men are here to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Tonight we are chatting about some classics in our hobby, and why we love them so. Leon kicks off with his love for El Grande, an area control game that tickles his fancy; Garth follows suit with Chinatown, a raw negotiation game that hopefully will be getting a re-print, then Mark finishes up with an all time great in Power Grid. Do these classics still hold up? Of course they do and the Dice Men will tell you why! All that and a little bit more for free! Thanks to our sponsor Area 52!
original air date 11/10/2018
As three completely law-abiding citizens (Hail Hydra), the Dice Men are today discussing a new social deduction game for other law-abiding citizens (Hail Hydra); but we can’t tell you what it’s called as that is against the law (Hail Hydra). And one of the surfaces that Leon played games on recently was his newly delivered and built Table of Ultimate Gaming!!! Was it worth it? Worth the wait? Worth the weight? Does size really matter?? Our jealousy towards Leon steers us towards a discussion on what would the ultimate gaming room look like. Garth needs some advice as his new gaming room is getting nearer to completion. Then finally, we make up for last week by chatting about the Kanga nominated game Lisboa. If you haven’t played it yet and even if you have, well, you should listen. And that is the show this week! Thanks to our favourite area, Area 52. Hobart’s home of all things geek and gaming.
original air date 04/10/2018
It’s the three amigos back this week as Leon decides to grace us with his presence! He then leads us through Champions of Midgard including a stopover at Valhalla in this weeks what we’ve been playing. Then buckle in buckaroos as Mark rambles through Kickstarter which takes us through to the end of this weeks show! Make sure to pay close attention to Garth’s confusing intro this week as there may be a prize in it for you! All that and even a little more, thanks as always to Area 52!
original air date 27/09/2018
For the second week in a row it’s just Mark and Garth as Leon is building his new table of ultimate gaming. We kick off with the trainiest train game to ever grace a table with Railways of the World! Choo choo! After some gaming news we keep on rolling, and yes we mean dice, as Mark walks us slowly and confusedly through the stained glass goodness that is Sagrada. This week we thank Area 52, the home of all your nerd needs!
original air date 20/09/2018
Tonight is all about little creatures as Mark and Garth first discuss the hotness which is Everdell, a tableau building, worker placement game where you get to control porcupines, rabbits, squirrels or even turtles! This leads us beautifully into the cut-throat world that is Kickstarter; specifically Kickstarter board game projects in September and October. Why do so many projects launch now? Where do people find the money to back them all? And lastly, it’s back to cute, but not so cuddly creatures, as we re-visit an oldie but a goodie in Triassic Terror by Australian designer Peter Hawes. So that’s your fill for this week, and as normal we’re proudly sponsored by Area 52, Hobart’s best ventilated game store!!
original air date 13/09/2018
Tonight the Dice Men are all sick, so we will cough and splutter our way through episode 228!
We kick off with an in-depth look at Guild Master, the latest Kickstarter game from Good Games Publishing, designed by Aussie Chris Antony. We then squeeze in a little break on Mark’s latest app game addiction, Jaipur, plus a few other great apps, and finally take a look back at the classic game which is 7 Wonders and ask, does it still stand up after all these years?
Again, thanks to Area 52 for having the best selection of comics, books, board games and funko pops in town!
original air date 06/09/2018
As the Dice Men sail blindly into another show, we chose to sail up the Ganges and discuss the latest outing by Marcus and Inka Brand, and its so pretty.
Old man Mark then ploughs through all the Kickstarter news out there so you can spend that hard earned cash money.
Finally, we discuss the International Gamers Awards which have just announced their 2018 nominees.
That’s your lot this week, with thanks to Area 52.
original air date 30/08/2018
Knock? Knock? Who goes there? It’s your friendly local Dice Men and we’re here to tell you all about the thing. The Thing!! And TV, movies, do you like them? Well we do, and we love games based on them too. Well good games anyway… And finally it’s time for a revolution! Mainly a Cuban one, mainly from the 50s and 60s as we discuss Cuba Libre from GMT Games. So that’s it for this week and thanks to Area 52 for their ongoing support as always!!
Original air date 23/08/2018
The boys are back in town! (The boys are back in town!). Yes, we are no longer a one man show as Leon and Garth join Mark in the studio for this weeks instalment of The Dice Men Cometh! We are picking up and dropping off all the things as we traverse the apocalyptic world of Wasteland Express Delivery Service before diving into more post-Gencon news, and finishing off with a fresh helping of Mint Delivery, a micro game about becoming employee of the month. Thanks to Area 52 again for their continual support, we love you all!
Original air date 16/08/2018
For the first time ever, Mark is allowed into the studio alone. What happened? Well, you’ll have to judge the results for yourselves, although he did have the digital company of Ella from Ella Loves Boardgames, as she chatted with Mark about her recent trip to GenCon. Mark also has a bit more news from GenCon, and a bit of a chat with himself about the Kanga award finalists. Hopefully we will still be sponsored by Area 52 when they listen? Lets hope so.
Original air date 09/08/2018
Should you whistle while you work, or simply whine when making wine?
This week the Dice Men combine working and wine as we are try to have the best vineyard in our review of Viticulture Essential Edition by Stonemaier Games. Psst…Garth had the best vineyard. After that, we’re on the make believe plane to Gencon, the USA’s biggest gaming convention, as we discuss the games that tickle our fancy, and we discuss how jealous we are of so many friends being there. Lastly Garth, no wait, Mark tells us about some iOS, no, Android games he has been playing. But is rolling virtual dice making him feel Ganz Schon Clever? We would usually say thanks to Area 52 right about now, so thanks Area 52!
Original air date 02/08/2018
Mark had another lengthy chat with Australian game designer Matthew Dunstan, following on from his interview featured back in episode 39.
This time Matt and Mark chat about upcoming games, the SdJ awards and even Eurovision and the World Cup*!
*Interview recorded prior to both the World Cup and SdJ being finalised
Want to play cops and robbers? Well the Dice Men will tell you all about a game which will allow you to live out that fantasy at the gaming table. And then it’s time for us build, manage and destroy each others’ theme parks as we discuss the first expansion to the Aussie designed game, Unfair from Good Games Publishing. Lastly, it’s Marks turn to spend all of our money (but none of his conveniently) as he talks us through the latest highlights and lowlights from Kickstarter. And that’s your lot for this weeks episode, it’s chock full of gamey goodness with thanks to Area 52.
Original air date 26/07/2018
This week it’s all the Mark, all the time! Mark firstly talks us through the third SdJ nominee Luxor before the guys make their call on which game will take home the big prize this year! Then Mark packs his bags and talks us through LFG Sydney 2018. He has interviews with everybody there, highlights from the event and a chat with the organiser himself. So Garth and Leon basically had a week off, it was lovely! Thanks to Area 521
Original air date 19/07/2018
With Garth back in the studio, this week the show is back to its regular high level of discussion, insight, humour and saying the alphabet backwards…trust us it’s true. The boys venture into the library and don their gnome hats to talk Ex Libris; we scale the high peaks of South America and it’s Alpacas with Altiplano; and take a trip down memory lane to talk about each of their top 5ish and bottom 5ish games from Bordercon 2018. As always, Area 52 is your place to buy all the things!!
Original air date 12/07/2018
With Garth away for the the week, Mark and Leon are up to the usual (technical difficulties and saying things incorrectly). Apart from that, they also manage to talk about two games they played at Bordercon; One with flowers and one with rabbits. Isn’t that nice? They also regale you with all the newest newsy news coming out of convention season. All that fun, and more, as always brought to you by our friends at Area 52.
Original air date 05/07/2018
What is better than 3 Dice Men talking about games? Well, not much, but this week we can offer you two as Leon is too busy working to play games! Mark and Garth clip on their helmets, put on their bike shorts and discuss Flamme Rouge and it’s peloton expansion before Mark highlights all the Kickstarter hotness out there! And that’s it, just please try not to picture us in our bike shorts… Thanks to Area 52 as always
Original air date 28/06/2018
This week the Dice Men are using their minds…to discuss some games…called The Mind…and The Game…
But on another note, the rest of the show is chock full of Bordercon goodness as we shine the spotlight on one of our favourite gaming events of the year! There are highlights, surprises, lowlights, and as usual all of us have many stories to tell
With special thanks to Area 52 as always
Original air date 21/06/2018
So what the hell has happened in the last 2 weeks since the Dice Men were last on air? Well, Bordercon happened, that’s what, and we are here to talk about the three nominees for this years Kennerspiel. Who likes what? What likes that?!?! And that is so much better than the other one!! The whole episode is taken up with everything Kenner as the boys have played all three contenders, and as usual we are expecting one to clearly win; so it won’t. It’s great to be home, but we had so much fun at Bordercon we will no doubt mention it for a long time so stay tuned for more in coming weeks! Thanks as always to Area 52!
Original air date 14/06/2018
Have you ever dreamed of being a tiler? In Spain? In an Alhambra? Well if the answer is yes, you really need to listen to this weeks episode as the Dice Men discuss the hottest of hot games, Azul. But if tiling isn’t your thing, maybe it’s being a mayor, or a villager or even a werewolf is! Leon talks us through his newest, favouritist game that uses words and things, Werewords. Finally, the countdown is on to Bordercon 2018! We talk about what we WANT to play, what we NEED to play and how there may be a surprise next week (as there won’t be an episode)! Thanks to Area 52 for their love and support!
Original air date 31/05/2018
Leon beating both Mark & Garth in his first game by one point
Abraham Lincoln famously said “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”, but at the Dice Men Cometh staying silent isn’t an option, especially as this week we discuss the newest Martin Wallace game, Lincoln which is wrapping up on Kickstarter as we go to air. And with the news that SdJ Judges are sick and tired of games with poor rulebooks, we talk about our experiences with the various levels of rulebook quality we encounter before finishing with a quick fire review of Khan of Khans by the good Dr Reiner. And now it’s time to thank Area 52 for their continued support!
Original air date 24/05/2018
Moar Spaaaaace!!! Tonight the Dice Men go back in time and discuss one of the best games ever to hit a table, but you’ll have to listen to find out what it is! Then Mark hijacks the microphones to talk about almost every tabletop Kickstarter out at the moment, and we finish we a chat about the recent Spiel des Jahres (SdJ) nominations. All that with some witty banter thrown in for free thanks to our lovely friends at Area 52
Original air date 17/05/2018
Thunderbolts and lightening, very very frightening me! Galileo! Galileo! And although Tasmania is nearly underwater, the Dice Men Cometh venture into the studio to discuss a game, based on a show, based on several books; The Expanse. Leon then takes a look at some expansions for one of his favourite games, and Mark finishes us off with a discussion on Darwin’s Choice, a game currently on Kickstarter which has you migrating, mutating and munching on various made up animals! Yet another full show! And here it is, our thank you to Area 52 as always!
Original air date 10/05/2018
Who would have thought that little old Tasmania is home to yet another tabletop artist? Well, the Dice Men have brought him into the studio to discuss Plaid Hat Games latest outing, Crystal Clans for which he did all the art. It’s Marty Abel and we’re sure this won’t be the last time you see his work in a game! And if you thought the half-arsie awards from last year were good, we have some amazing news for you as we announce Australia’s newest tabletop awards, The Kangas! Thanks to Area 52! Buy things from them!
Original air date 03/05/2018
Brains!!! We wish we had some, but not tonight as it’s all things Zombicide Black Plague in this weeks episode! The guys discuss the burning question – are there ever too many zombies in a game?!?!?! And from brains to zombies and back again as Mark discusses the entire history of Mensa and the recent announcement of the Mensa Select Winners for 2018 including a big game from a small island, Raiders of the North Sea. Finally, Garth takes a quick trip to the loo as he does a brief, but long overdue iOS update! All that and not much else, as it’s a full show except to say thanks again to Area 52
Original air date 26/04/2018
This week the Dice Men are sending their love, in the fog, to each and every one of you as we discuss a game we have ALL played, but not with each other – we think this may be a first! After we manage to kill the romance off it’s time to spend all our disposable income on all the newest and shiniest Kickstarter games (and yes there are a lot as always). We end this week’s episode with a brief chat about a micro game all about hitting the waves, hanging 10 and generally being gnarly, all of which is beyond us in real life. And for anyone playing at home, you will also receive the world famous Thunderscone recipe! As always, thanks to Area 52 for all of their love and support!
Original air date 19/04/2018
Original air date 12/04/2018
We’re all mad this week as the Dice Men attempt to climb and then escape from a Mountain of Madness thanks to fiendish designer Rob Daviau. And even if you didn’t want to know, it’s Leons birthday and he’s going have a party full of games and beer and beer and games, would you like to know more? And we wrap up this week with the tiniest of games in Deep Sea Adventure and A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King. So many games!! And for that we thank Area 52 as always!
Original air date 05/04/201
If you thought the Dice Men we’re done with D&D, you are so wrong it’s not funny! We don’t even talk about what we’ve been playing this week as we have a special guest who runs D&D sessions with primary school kids for fun and so much more! Can you imagine running a session with a group of 12 ten year old kids? This special guest is very brave. Or stupid. Or maybe both. Yes, we are thanking Area 52 again, but only because we love them!
Original air date 29/03/2018
It’s true, we can’t take the sky from you, but we certainly CAN take away nearly an hour of your life, as this week the Dice Men talk about Legendary Encounters: A Firefly Deck Building Game and how it compares to the many other Legendary offerings. We also look back 10 years to 2008 and discuss the amazing games that came out then (seriously, you should take a look!) and then Leon fills all of us in about the latest Werewolf night the Silver Bullet Society hosted at our FLGS Area 52!
Original air date 22/03/2018
In honour of the late Stephen Hawking, we discuss a brief history of time spent playing RPGs, and in particular our recent D&D campaign and using the D&D Beyond website has made it so easy. Garth gives us the gossip on the Golden Geek awards, also known this year as the Gloomhaven Gongs. Finally, Mark brings us a snapshot of the industry in Gaming News.
Original air date 15/03/2018
While Garth is away for “work”, Mark and Leon chat about a couple of games they’ve played recently, in When I Dream and Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle. They also discuss all the current Kickstarter craziness, and give one final chance to win a trip to Bordercon to play a game with the lads in person.
Original air date 08/03/2018
…And we’re off and racing on this weeks show, which features the newest hottest mythically feudal game Rising Sun by CMON games! If you like games that involves plastic things on a board, well you should listen, AND LISTEN NOW!! In what little time we have left, we go all na-na-na over another mini-fest that is dominating Kickstarter – and yes we mean Batman.
And thanks to Area 52 of course
Original air date 01/03/2018
War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, except when it is a War of Supremacy!! This week the Dice Men discuss this upcoming Aussie Kickstarter game, just before it launches. Mark has some news to share and Garth talks about his not-so-secret meeting with an absolute icon in the design world, Martin Wallace. And don’t forget to enter our BorderCon competition for your chance to win a ticket to this years sell-out event! With thanks to Area 52 as always!
Original air date 15/02/2018
So here it is, episode 200! What kind of intro can we say that you haven’t already heard before? Yes, we talk about what we’ve been playing lately (that’s Martin Wallace’s AuZtralia), yes we talk about games that might be the new classics, yes Leon wants everything to be big, and yes Mark wants you to spend money on Kickstarter. Normally that would be too much for one episode, but not this one as it is 2 hours long!!! Or nearly two hours once we remove the songs for copyright reasons….200 bloody episodes, woo hoo!
Original air date 08/02/2018
We’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh, and we cut our teeth on wedding rings, not in the movies, but at the Gamer wedding of the year. We may never BE Royals, but we played it, and we’ll tell you why you should too. We also fill you in on all the glamorous details of the afore-mentioned wedding, as well as some Kickstarter updates and a bit of news.
Original air date 01/02/2018
We have finally found a game that none of the Dice Men agree on, as we discuss Ethnos, and why it has caused such a wide range of views amongst gamers.
Mark gives us a mega Kickstarter update, as the New Year brings in some awesome game campaigns.
We also give YOU a chance to be on air for our upcoming 200th Episode.
Original air date 18/01/2018
Want to know what is truly dreadful? Well apparently it is London, but not just any London. Victorian London to be exact. As this week we discuss London Dread, a cooperative game the Dice Men played this week. And finally, Leon gets to reminisce about all the good things that happened to him in 2017! Good tv, yep! Good movies, sure! And good other stuff too. Plus we announce the winner of our Campaigner Magazine competition. And we should remind you to spend your money at Area 52. You know you want to!
Original air date 11/01/2018
Happy New Year! We kick off 2018 with special guest Shannon Kelly from Foxtale Games, designer of Lucidity: Six-Sided Nightmares, who joins us for the whole show! We’re talking about a game that’s all about food and trucks, followed by an update from Shannon on what life is like when you dominate Kickstarter! Finally, it’s time to gaze into the 2018 crystal ball and talk about the games we are most looking forward to this year!
All that and a little bit more, with thanks as always to Area 52!
And so as 2017 comes to a grinding halt it is time for the Dice Men to announce their top 10 games for the year! Each Dice Man has their own list so there is a lot of discussion around how wrong we all are, so please let us know your top games of the year and why the Dice Men got it so horribly wrong. For those of you who are interested, we also take a moment to talk all things Trent and let you all know he’s not dead. What will 2018 bring? Well, more games, more fun and more Dice Men! That is our promise to you! Thanks so much for your support this year, and thank you to Area 52 for their continued sponsorship!
Original air date 28/12//2017
Are you feeling gloomy? Well, normally the Dice Men would offer to cheer you up, but this week it’s all gloom and potential doom as we discussed the biggest box in gaming; Gloomhaven! Fitting a game this big, the Dice Men spend almost the whole show discussing our experience so far and it is a game that is right for you. In what little time we have after this talk, it’s back to our Secret Santa where each of us tries to find a perfect game for the other Dice Men. Do we succeed or fail miserably, you will have to listen to find out! As the year winds down we again thank Area 52 for their delicious sponsorship!
Original air date 14/12//2017
Yes, one may be the loneliest number, and number twos may be funny but today’s episode features three, yes three Dice Men as Leon returns from his overseas jaunt! Tonight we are betraying each other in the lovely town of Baldur’s Gate before take a journey through Japan before finishing up with Mark’s Christmas Gift Guide to keep every gamer happy. All that and a few laughs along the way, with thanks to Area 52!
Original air date:07/12//2017
After discussing the nominees in the Board Games Australia awards last week, we thought we’d have a stab at our own nominations list, in what we are calling the “Half Arsies”. Hear Garth and Mark go through their list and come up with a winner, in their own half-arsed, Dice Men way.
We also talk about our recent play of Red November at PAX, and give a quick Kickstarter update as well.
Finally we come across a game that Garth and Mark disagree on, and that is Inis. Listen to our heated debate on its merits and shortcomings, as well as a rundown on Pax Unplugged in Philadelphia.
Garth also gives us a brief overview of the Steam game,Hand of Fate 2, and our Campaigner Magazine competition is almost over, so hurry and get your entries in.
So what would the world look like if the Dice Men really did kill Hitler? Well you get to experience that today as we talk all about Black Orchestra from Game Salute! Leon then gives a full Essen rundown which consists of “Meh”, and Mark uses every spare minute to bring you the latest news from around the globe! Have we told you we like Area 52? Check them out!
What happens when a Dwarf, an Elf and a Barbarian walk into a shopping mall? Well, answers to that question, as well as an in-depth conversation about throwing seeds pre-occupy the Dice Men in this weeks episode, as they discuss the two big hits of PAX, Magic Maze and Photosynthesis.
With what little time they have left, the Dice Men talk about their competition (you should totally enter) as well as a second lot of PAX interviews with more Aussie games designers, publishers and more.
Thanks to Area 52 for this weeks episode!
How do the Dicemen get over their post-PAX blues? By reliving their PAX highlights, listenening to some interviews with some fabulous Australian game creators, and then running away to the Circus! There’s also a new competition, in conjunction with The Campaigner, Australia’s leading boardgame magazine, so make sure to enter.
Original air date:02/11/2017
How do you decide to terminate a Kickstarter before its time? The Dicemen discuss the recent T2029 kickstarter, including exclusive insights from the R&M team themselves. Mark also reveals whether the 7th Continent lives up to the hype, and we preview our upcoming PAXAUS 2017 trip.
Original air date:19/10/2017
This week the Dicemen are just like Alchemists, turning a discussion about a game of the same name into radio gold. We think about what we might be missing by not going to Essen, and Leon, our resident film critic, enlightens us about Space Lions, and a documentary and game containing them.
Original air date:12/10/2017
This week we find out if Mark and Garth finally get the chance to become fully fledged wizards (or elves or orcs) as they discuss the board game all about creating the best RPG character in the world!! And they’re rolling, but don’t be hating as it’s school holidays and Garth needs advice! What games do you take on a family holiday when there is no internet and no TV! No TV and no internet make Garth something something… Mark also declares his love for a game he hasn’t even seen yet – the 7th Continent. Thanks again to Area 52 for this weeks sponsorship!
Original air date:28/09/2017
Do you want to build a snowman??? No! You want to build a treehouse! But not just any old treehouse, the best treehouse ever! And the Dice Men will tell you how in this weeks what we’ve been playing lately. With Mark calling in sick with only minutes to spare, Leon and Garth wade through lots of news and Kickstarter updates to keep you ahead of the board gaming curve! Listen in and have you fill of gaming goodness with thanks to Area 52!
Original air date:21/09/2017
Let the Dice Men tell you a story, a story so magical you will need to hear it to believe! Tonight’s episode is all about story-telling in games so Mark and Garth discuss Legends of Andor before delving into all manner of games who use story to create an immersive gaming experience. And not just that, but we also draw the winners of our King or Queen for a day competition with thanks to Grail Games. All that as well as guaranteed humour from your friendly neighbourhood Dice Men! Tonight’s episode is proudly sponsored byArea 52
Original air date:14/09/2017
This week, Dicemen: The Brave and the (b)Old sees Leon and Mark discuss some more Bordercon games, in Hit Z Road and Century: Spice Road. There are also many things you can purchase on Kickstarter, including the most important acquisition for Leon’s new man-cave. Finally, they let you know about your last opportunity to enter the Grail Games competition
Original air date:07/09/2017
It’s the last day of winter and the Dice Men celebrate by having only half of them turn up! Leon and Garth run wild while our elderly colleagues sit at home with a warm cup of cocoa, so of course the boys talk about secretly being Hitler at a birthday party. Like so often in history our Hitler conversation takes us to party game as well as the latest iOS news. Don’t forget to enter our Grail Games competition where you can win some free games simply by answering one question! But you’ll have to listen to find out the question. Thanks to Polymorph Games and Hobbies for sponsoring this episode.
Original air date:31/08/2017
The Dice Men cross to GenCon, catching up with Rule & Make to discuss their upcoming Kickstarter for Terminator T2029 and the finer points of hotel wifi. There’s more great sounding releases from GenCon, more chances for you to win Kings Road and Medici from Grail Games by crowning yourself King of a board game universe, and a WWBPL discussion of Fistmall – I mean Missed Falls – I mean Mistfail – I mean… I don’t know what I mean anymore.
Original air date:24/08/2017
You’re invited to Mark’s holiday slide night, featuring ‘amusing’ anecdotes of visits to board game stores in Colorado. Luckily, there’s also talk about the return of Twilight Imperium for a fourth edition. And Garth recaps a massive 7 player game of Scythe which has forced a reconsideration of this gold-standard game. The Dice Men Cometh, thanks to polymorphgames.com.au.
Original air date:17/08/2017
With the two older Dice Men absent presumably because it’s past their bedtime, the youth of the show Leon and Garth (yes he is a bit young) take the reins and discuss a double what we’ve been playing lately! Are the games any good? Well you will have to listen, won’t you? Leon then fills in what little time we have left by giving us the inside scoop on Gencon 50 which starts in only a few days time! This week’s show is proudly presented by Polymorph Games and Hobbies, so check out their website for all your gaming needs.
Original air date:10/08/2017
Eye spy with my little eye… something which is a lot more fun to play on a car trip. In fact, the Dice Men have discovered a whole new class of games: caRPGs! Plus, Bärenpark let’s you build a whole zoo-full of bears, so you can play bear-Tetris… which is weird. But it’s also the new game from Australian designer Phil Walker Harding. And Trent runs late for the studio, but has a good excuse and a better life lesson.
Original air date:03/08/2017
This episode is like a submarine – long and thin and full of Dice Men talking about Captain Sonar. Is it just Battleship 2.0? The Dice Men turn their periscope onto the hit party game to discuss. Plus, Friedemann Friese’s Friday, which fantastically is rated fifty five on BGG. The Dice Tower Awards was weeks ago, but we’ve only gotten round to realising now, and will Mark remember what he wanted to tell us about Great Western Trial? Oh God, the suspense.
Original air date: 27/6/2017
In what is surely our best episode ever, the Dice Men talk to an actual SdJ Judge to discuss the recent awards! We then argue over which game won and why, especially as we just played Exit and our brains still hurt. Trent then has the nerve to interview another game designer who for some reason choses to live in northern Tasmania…you’ll have to listen to find out why. All that plus the winners of our Ludicity competition are announced live on air!!
Original air date: 20/7/2017
Original air date: 13/7/2017
Captain America vs Predator ?
This episode it’s Mechs vs Minions, Leon vs Trent in a battle for Big Trouble in Little China, Mark vs the thesaurus, and everyone vs good pronounciation and better sense. It’s the Dice Men Cometh and their wacky, wacky banter back for another week.
Original air date:06/07/2017
This week the Dice Men head across the dutch, bro. We talk to Shem Phillips of Garphill Games and play his Kennerspiel-nominated ‘Raiders of the North Sea’. And the Origins Awards have been announced, so you better scramble to buy all the games everyone else says are good. Who says board gamers don’t succumb to peer pressure?
Original air date: 22/06/2017
Clank! That’s the sound of the Dice Men returning from BorderCon, AND the name of a bloody great game, as it happens. Kingdomino is also the name of a game. As is Burger Up, which 3 people win this week. Then the Dice Men got so lost they started voting who would be eaten first. None of it makes sense, but it’s all on the show this week, thanks to polymorphgames.com.au.
Original air date: 15/06/2017
As the Kickstarter juggernaut that is Rule & Make’s Hand of Fate: Ordeals rolls on, the Dice Men discuss some of the finer points of this very worthy game. There’s a gaming news update from Trent. More sickness. More burgers. More colons. Thanks to Area 52, Hobart’s leading independent game store.
Original air date: 25/05/2017
Trent and Leon hold the show together this week, as all else seems to crumble about them. But all is not yet lost. Omen: A Reign of War is a great little 2 player beat-em-up, and there’s plenty of gaming to be had on Kickstarter. Plus, YOU can win a copy of Burger Up from Rule & Make, and the lads are looking ahead to their annual pilgrimage to Albury for BorderCon.
Original air date: 18/05/2017
Again with the aliens! This week the Dice Men are talking hidden space aliens in space boats in what they have been playing lately, followed by a great discussion with Allen and Alistair who are the brains behind Rule and Make Games. We get the inside scoop on Hand of Fate: Ordeals plus you could win some games just by eating burgers! Tonight’s show is proudly sponsored by Area 52
Original air date: 11/05/2017
This week Trent, Leon and Jellybean Games‘s finest dice woman, Tania talk Alien Legendary, all the news, Tania’s non-stop talent parade and of course, since this show was recorded on May the 4th, the obligatory Star Wars mention.
So Join Darth, Luke and Fish Head for all your tabletop goodness.
Original air date: 04/05/2017
With Trent and Garth away, the lunatics take over the asylum/studio. Leon brings in a friend to talk about Specter Ops, and Mark decides to grill him on just about everything. There’s also news about International Tabletop Day, and news that’s not.
Original air date: 27/04/2017
Original air date: 20/04/2017
It’s a special episode this week, as the Dice Men gush about their new love of escape rooms. But if the idea of being locked in a strange room freaks you out, there are plenty of escape-rooms-in-a-box you can play in your own rooms. So there’s no escape from the Dice Men this week!
Original air date: 06/04/2017
This week, Leon talks about 5 Minute Dungeon. That takes 15 minutes. Then Mark talked for another 45 minutes. Luckily, it was about a whole bunch of Kickstarter stuff you might be interested in. Or not. Garth was there too, smiling and nodding. And that was episode 160.
Original air date: 06/04/2017
Original air date: 30/03/2017
Imagine, trapped in a caravan with a four year old and only a copy of Trouble to keep you amused. Trent has faced this horror and emerged with new found wisdom on gaming with the monsters we call children. Plus, there’s all kinds of geeky goodness from the GAMA Trade Show in Las Vegas to look forward to… or is there? As usual, the Dice Men agree on very little.
Original air date: 23/03/2017
Without Trent to steer the Dice Men, naturally everything is going to KHAAAAAARNAGE as Leon, Mark and Garth discuss this latest game of fantasy army smashy mayhem. We also go over the 2016 Golden Geek Awards: who shone on the red tabletop carpet (if you can in fact put carpet over a table) and who came out wearing a dress made out of meeple flesh (we are bad people).
Original air date: 16/03/2017
No Dice Man is an island, unless they’re playing Islebound, which is WWBPL. Kickstarter is garn orf, but who can be bothered watching all those crappy promo videos when the Dice Men do it for you? And finally, there’s news about some upcoming changes in Dice Man land, so keep your ears peeled!
Original air date: 02/03/2017
Australia’s Rule & Make Games have made a big noise outta Brisbane, with Burger Up and more going around the world to GenCon, Essen and back. R&MG’s David Scott chats with Garth and Trent to explain how it’s done, their upcoming relaunch of Smiths of Winterforge on Kickstarter, and the Hand of Fate adaptation. Plus, if you have the audacity to name your game ASHES: RISE OF THE PHOENIXBORN you better be able to back it up. So why has this game divided the Dice Men so? It’s all on the latest episode from Edge Radio 99.3FM.
Original air date: 23/02/2017
Original air date: 16/02/2017
Backstabbing is at its peak this week, with Leon, Garth and Mark talking about the new Aussie Kickstarter Kingdoms of Aer: Kingmaker and the classic act of self-sabotage Nothing Personal, plus all your other Kickstarter needs. Will they even make it out of the studio alive? Who knows? Tune in, as they used to say in the 20th Century.
Original air date: 09/02/2017
Adults voting to lynch each other. Germans with green hair. Fake plastic fur. Mispronounciation of “seer”. And another board game that doesn’t feature Matt Damon. It must be another episode of the Dice Men Cometh, talking Power Grid the card game, massive Werewolf nights and gaming news.
Original air date: 02/02/2017
It’s the Dice Men’s 150th episode! Can you believe it? No, neither can we but we did it, so take that mum. Join Mark, Trent and Garth to talk Euro gaming goodness from TMG, with Guilds of London. There’s some disagreement about tracking game plays. And lots of chat about the past, present and future of the show, with special words from some of our extended Dice Family. Thanks for listening!
Original air date: 26/01/2017
Leon admits to owning Monopoly: Transformers! Mark refuses to reveal his real age! Trent thinks he has a drinking problem! Also, there is a lot of mixed talk about Cry Havoc and the phrase, “tentacles tighten around the testicles” during another edition of deet-deet-deetdeetdedeet Gaming News. THIS is The Dice Men Cometh Episode 149!
Original air date: 19/01/2017
It is a brand new year but the same crotchety old men and one jaded 30-something are back for all your board gaming goodness. This week the lads discuss the new hotness of the Arkham Horror LCG, all your gaming news and the drawing of our ‘Ain’t No Party Like a Dice Men Party Game Competition…Party’… or something like that. So join Leon, Trent and Mark in ushering in a new gaming year as only they can (very half assedly).
Original air date: 05/01/2017
Trent’s Game of the Year is the Dice Men’s WWBPL game this week, Mansions of Madness, and although it’s not without its issues – such as its ridiculous price – the praise is nearly universal. Not to be outdone, Mark takes his turn to list SEVEN of his favourite games of 2016, before Leon leads our shopping list for 2017, and we reveal the existentialist crisis at the heart of being a Dice Man.
Oh, and there’s the competition!
Original air date: 15/12/16
2016 cannot end fast enough, but not before the Dice Men pick their Game of the Year (although Leon seems to struggle with the concept a little). Garth hits the Tokaido Rd from his toilet. And Trent talks Mystic Vale, the new “card crafting” deck builder from AEG. Is now a good time to get in on the ground floor before the expansions send this game into overdrive?
Original air date: 08/12/2016
If you need Christmas gift tips for the gamer in your life, look no further than this episode of the Dice Men, as Trent, Mark and Garth get help from Area 52’s Nicole, talking retail. Plus, Terraforming Mars is the hottest game no one can get their hands on, including Trent who has to be content with listening to everyone else talk about how good it is. And there’s a new competition for you to win. God damn we’re good to you!
At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign for Lisboa, the latest game from Portugese game designer, Vital Lacerda, is in its final weeks and is considerably more than funded, with stretch goals and extras galore.
Lisboa’s success is another triumph for Vital. In a very short amount of time he has built a huge following among gamers who love his sprawling, complicated economic games and their unusual themes. That Lisboa – a game about a minor economic miracle from European history which most of the world knows nothing about – is already such a success speaks volumes about Vital’s reputation and the quality gamers have come to expect from the man who gave us The Gallerist, Kanban and Vinhos.
You may have heard episode 143 of the Dice Men Cometh podcast which featured an edited version of our interview with Vital, but we’d also like to offer an extra long, unedited version of this conversation, which took place on 17 November 2016, for anyone who’s interested in learning a few more details.
Thanks again to Australian graphic designer and illustrator Ian O’Toole for hooking us up with Vital. He was a pleasure to talk to and has more than a few good things to say about Ian too.
We hope you enjoy this interview. It begins with Vital reflecting on his previous Kickstarter campaigns…
Original air date: 24/11/16
It’s all Vital Lacerda, all the time this week, as Garth and Mark talk about their experience of playing an “advanced prototype” of Lisboa at Pax Aus 2016, and Trent interviews the designer himself. We also touch on the Lisboa Kickstarter, and give you the heads up on our Instagram competition .
Original air date: 17/11/16
Leon struggles to stay awake. Trent shares a tragic incident from his childhood. Mark attempts to rewrite history. Among all this, the Dice Men find time to talk about the Aussie theme park game, Unfair, gaming news, Tiny Epic Western, Catopoly, shopping for hardware, and another Aussie effort to promote the benefits of vaccination throughout the world.
Original air date: 10/11/16
Back from Pax Mark, Leon and friend of the show Josh talk about Pax
What they did at Pax , how was Pax , what they played at Pax , the future of Pax and finally they talk about Pax.
Original air date: 27/10/16
Mark , Garth and Leon are in the Halloween spirit this episode , as they are talking the new kickstarter game Crimson creek as well as all the horror games you will need to enjoy a theme appropriate all hallows eve.
They then delve the deeps of IOS and Kickstarter to let you know how you are spending your money this week and get rather excited at the thought of inflicting mayhem on Melbourne, during their upcoming PAX trip.
Original air date: 20/10/16
The inmates are running the asylum this week, as Mark and Garth thought it would be a good idea to leave Trent and Leon alone with no supervision. Oh dear.
But worry not, they have plenty to talk about as they delve into the monster gaming experience of Twilight Imperium 3. How does it still hold up after 10 years for the old and new gamers alike and what is the behemoth’s future in the hobby?
They are also joined by Neil from polymorphgames.com to chat about running an Australian board game store without that pesky brick-and-mortar being involved.
Plus the winners of our Grail Games Medici competition, and more.
Original air date: 13/10/16
Mark and Trent are joined by Dice Woman Tania to talk party games – specifically Dracula’s Feast. Tania’s the art director for this little Kickstarting gem that gives a friendly twist to hidden role games. There’s talk of cave farming in Caverna, the latest in board game news and your final chances to win in our Vini Vidi Vici Medici competition thanks to Grail Games.
Original air date: 6/10/16
This episode hasn’t quite made it behind the paywall (we’re looking at you, Tabletop), so tune in for free to hear Garth, Leon and Mark discuss the peaks and troughs of gaming. One peak we’ll tell you all about is Broad Peak, the expansion to K2, by Rebel.PL, whilst Garth delves to the lows of online RPG tools. Leon also regales us with news of the grand Essen Game Fair, and we remind you all to take part in our Medici competition (hint: it’s easy to enter).
Original air date: 29/9/16
There are TWO things you need to know about this episode: 1) We launch our latest competition thanks to Grail Games – to win a copy of the reprinted Medici, the game that lets you live out the fantasy of being an Italian who buys things with victory points – and 2) We launch the biggest board gaming website on the planet (or at least Tasmania) on dicemencometh.com. Then we send a monkey down a rabbit hole to find the most “interesting” facts about gaming as the “interesting-o-meter” goes off the chart!!!
Original air date: 22/9/16
What is the one game you would take with you into the zombie apocalypse? Is it Dead of Winter? Or the updated Dead of Winter: The Long Night? The Dice Men love them both, but does the new expansion make it onto their list of the most essential expansions? And are there any new games worth funding on Kickstarter? Questions, questions, questions flooding the mind of concerned gamers around the country, as they listen to the latest episode of the Dice Men Cometh with Trent, Mark and Garth.
Original air date: 15/9/16
Mark, Garth and Leon are doin’ it for the kids of Australia this week. In fact, Garth has kids of his own so he talks about the games they’re enjoying, and the games he enjoys on his iPad when he’s hiding from his kids in the toilet. Then the Dice Men travel back in time to 2007 to consider the games of that year. And if there’s one thing that kids really love – it’s zombies! Especially when they come in the new Dead of Winter expansion that the Dice Men cannot wait to play.
Original air date: 8/9/16
“Never judge a book by its cover,” they say. But what about a game? From deadly dull looking Euros to ghastly Ameritrash, there’s plenty of great-playing games that do themselves no justice at all in the cover department. Exhibit A is Agricola, that classic, classic, classic game of… well, it’s a game about farming and Trent has a problem with that. Leon’s been burning the candle at every available end and stuffing his pockets full of games, and wants to share his party-in-a-pocket favourites. It’s another week of the Dice Men Cometh!
Original air date: 1/9/16
This week, the Dice Men roll to win from www.polymorphgames.com.au announce the winners from everyone who entered their CodeGames competition – THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO WROTE TO US AND LEFT US REVIEWS! YOU’RE BOOTIFUL. Next, pack up your camels to follow the Voyages of Marco Polo. Then there’s more conquest and expansion with the Imperial Settlers expansion, Why Can’t We Be Friends. And Trent completely fails to contain his excitement over Invisible Sun and the Kickstarter that’s changed his world.
Original air date: 25/8/16
Australia’s board gaming community went into a rage-fueled internet frenzy this week, when one of the country’s most beloved annual conventions, Albury’s BorderCon, sold out in less than two hours. Trent talks to organiser Neil Thomson to learn more about what makes this event so successful, and how other events could learn from it. This includes those behind Hobart Winter Games Fest, which just wrapped up in the Dice Men’s hometown. Garth and Leon brought 2 Rooms & A Boom to this convention and give their verdict on this huge party game. And Trent waxes lyrical on his obsession over Monte Cook’s Kickstarter, Invisible Sun.
Original air date: 18/8/16
It’s not often the Dice Men will admit what a good gamer Mark actually is, so he wanted to make sure it happened during an episode for posterity. Indeed, his skills were put to good use when the Dice Men tackled that “perfect bastard of a game”, The Grizzled and its expansion, At Your Orders. Mark takes a gander at Kickstarter’s Unfair, Glorantha, Sharknado and Trent’s more than a little excited about Monty Cooke’s new RPG, Invisible Sun, despite its exorbitant cost. And the lads hand over the final of three Code Games for you to win 2 x $50 vouchers from Polymorph Games and Hobbies. Name all three Code Games and send an email to email@example.com by 31 August to be a winner!
Original air date: 11/8/16
This week, Trent, Garth and Mark are fixated on Indianapolis and the wonders of GenCon, America’s biggest annual board gaming convention… which they have no hope of ever being able to afford to attend. But Trent does have a list of the games from GenCon he’s most interested in playing. Plus, Mark takes us through the latest hot Kickstarter to deliver to its backers – The Others: 7 Sins. Is it all it’s cracked up to be? Garth talks iOS games and there’s the second Code Game named in the lads’ Code Games competition, thanks to Polymorph Games and Hobbies.
Original Air Date: 04/08/16
In this one, Mark, Trent and Leon launch their new Code Games competition, giving you a chance to win vouchers from Polymorph Games and Hobbies. They get stuck into Robinson Crusoe: Adventures On the Cursed Isle, still a cracker despite its exorbitant price. Leon learns the hard way there isn’t enough time in the podcast to list every game he’s currently think about buying. Asmodee continues swallowing game companies like some deranged French pac man… le pac homme. And Mark attempts a joke.
Original Air Date: 07/07/16
It’s here! It’s actually here! Thanks to the efforts of Dice Man Mark, Episode 124 has been retrieved from the depths of the Internet at long last. In this episode, the guys talk about what they were playing that week, discuss iOS gaming, and talk about Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Plus Trent caps off the episode with some discussion about being a gamer. Sadly Trent’s talk at the end of the episode ran over time so the end just cuts off rather than having the guys say their normal goodbyes.
Original Air Date: 28/07/16
This week, the Dice Men party on as they discuss party games. They also interview Australian board game artist Ian O’Toole. Trent discusses his addiction to a certain boardgame/Netflix mashup, and a new competition is announced!
Original Air Date: 21/07/16
This week, the guys rehash the “what we’ve been playing” from Episode 124, since it seems to have disappeared for good. On top of that they go over the recently announced winners of the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres winners, and give us an update on the latest in gaming Kickstarter news. And if all that isn’t enough, Trent does a thing about why he won’t teach the guys a certain game.
Original Air Date: 14/07/16
No, it’s not a typo – this is Episode 125. Episode 124 has at this stage been lost to the wonders* of technology. Efforts are underway to retrieve it, so if we do get a hold of the episode then it will show up!
All that said, this is Episode 125, and in this episode, the guys talk about one of the biggest new games to come out in 2016, Stonemaier Games‘ tale of 1920s alternate history strategy Scythe. They also discuss Spiel des Jahres nominee Karuba, the Gathering of Friends convention, and a little mobile game called Pokémon Go.
Original Air Date: 30/06/16
In Episode 123, Mark and Garth are once again joined by founding Dice Man Trent. In this episode the trio discuss the latest in board gaming news; plus Garth and Trent regale us with tales from their travels. All that and more!
Original Air Date: 23/06/16
In this week’s episode, the guys discuss more about their recent Bordercon trip, touching on Burgle Brothers, Burger Up and Paperback. They visit some Kickstarter news, as well as discuss the Kinderspiel award.
Original Air Date: 09/06/16
The boys are back from Bordercon in this week’s episode, as they talk all about one of the new games they played while they were away. In addition to this, there’ll be some discussion about the Kennerspiel, followed by a general recap of Bordercon itself.
Seeing as the guys are up at Bordercon and there’s no episode this week, please enjoy this recording of the Dice Men playing a new session of TIME Stories; this time, playing through The Marcy Case
Spoilers for this particular part of the story-driven game in this episode, obviously.
Original Air Date: 02/06/16
In episode 120, Trent goes feral as the guys discuss a game they’ve been playing recently that’s a brain burner. Following that is some gaming news, app integration and the guys talk the upcoming Bordercon gaming convention.
Original Air Date: 26/06/16
Garth is back in the studio in this episode, as Trent and Mark discuss what they’ve been playing in his absence. Garth covers the recent nominees for the Spiel des Jahres awards, and Trent discusses possible Kickstarter fraud while Mark covers other Kickstarter news.
Original Air Date: 19/05/16
Tania joins Mark and Trent in this episode as both Garth and Leon are absent the Dice Men Cometh studio. Together, the trio talk Roll for the Galaxy among what they’ve been playing, the addiction that is miniatures gaming – both the playing and painting thereof – as well as a hot new Australian RPG.
Original Air Date: 12/05/16
In this episode, Trent is back in the studio while Leon cavorts around the globe. The guys talk about a game they’ve revisited after initially panning it. They also recap their Call of Cthulhu and Imperial Assault games, and talk RPG games.
Original Air Date: 05/05/16
In Leon’s final episode for a bit as he goes on holidays, the fellas sit down and have a chat about a… non-physical game? Mark dishes on the details on that particular topic. Following that is some talk of the Dice Men’s last Saturday night shenanigans, whatever that might entail, and rounding out the episode is discussion of The Dice Tower’s most recent Dice Tower Award nominations.
Original Air Date: 28/05/16
In this episode, Mark and Garth are joined by Trent once again, as the boys pay tribute to Prince, talk about what they’ve been playing recently, and recap their latest session of Horror on the Orient Express. All that plus some Kickstarter news!
Original Air Date: 21/04/16
Firstly, apologies for the delay on this one. No computers to blame this time – just a busy week and a forgetful podcast editor. Also a note that although the guys at the start of the episode lament the loss of Episode 113 from the previous week, it actually did manage to find its way online last week, but the guys weren’t aware of that before the show.
Anyway, onto this episode, where the guys talk about Leon’s Birthday, plus a couple of different games they managed to play in the past week. And more, I’m sure.
Original Air Date: 14/04/16
Due to a slight computing error, this episode is about a week late, so our apologies go out to everyone for the delay. However, it’s here now for your listening pleasure! In this episode, the guys regale your ears with an entire episode dedicated to what they’ve been playing lately, thanks to Leon’s birthday boardgaming extravaganza which took place over the weekend prior to this episode airing.
Original Air Date: 07/04/16
This week the Dice Men are joined by a “special” guest on the show. With this “special” guest they talk about what they’ve been playing lately, and recap another session of Horror on the Orient Express. Our guest then gives us some Game Master tips from his extensive experience in the role, plus some other stuff.
Original Air Date: 31/03/16
Complete episode 111 including Pandemic Legacy spoilers for April-June.
Original Air Date: 31/03/16
This week on the Dice Men Cometh, Garth talks iOS! Leon plays games with other people? And finally, finally, the guys gives us the details on their Pandemic Legacy games from April through to June. But don’t worry, as this file has been edited to remove the spoilers. A separate file will be posted including the spoilers for those who wish to listen to them.
Original Air Date: 24/03/16
It’s almost Easter time at the Dice Men Cometh in Episode 110, and this time around the guys discuss what they’ve been playing lately, bring everyone up to speed on gaming news and delve once again into the world of Kickstarter. And if that wasn’t enough, the winners of the Rule and Make Make a Rule Competition are announced!
Oh, and they run out of time to talk about Pandemic Legacy. Again!
Original Air Date: 10/03/16
This week, the Dice Men give us the end date for their competition, discuss the upcoming Geek Quiz Night, as well as a fairly extensive talk about what they’ve been playing lately.
Note: at the start of the show they say they’re going to talk about Pandemic Legacy, but fear not – the guys run out of time talking about other stuff, so that’ll be in a future episode. So you can listen to this one without fear of spoiling the storyline of that particular game for now.
Original Air Date: 03/03/16
Summer is over, and the Dice Men recap the lost Episode 106 as they discuss what they’ve been playing this week (and a couple weeks ago), plus news about Bordercon. On top of that, the guys risk their sanity as they delve into the demented world of Call of Cthulhu, plus more info about the competition.
Original Air Date: 25/02/16
Sadly, the computer gremlins ate Episode 106. But as a consolation, even though it’s somewhat late, we do have Episode 107 for your listening pleasure. In this episode, Garth and Mark are joined by Tania Walker, as they discuss a bevy of Rule and Make games which they’ve all been playing recently, along with a brand new competition.
Original Air Date: 19/11/15
Editor’s Note: This is an old episode which wasn’t previously posted because the ending is cut short. However, due to the fact that Episode 105 is lost forever due to a technical glitch, and we’re still waiting on Episode 106, we thought you might want to hear what we do have of the episode anyway.
In this episode, the guys talk Essen! Mark interviews Terry and Merran Furness, freshly back in Australia after their trip to the Essen Games Festival in Germany!
Original Air Date: 18/02/16
Mark interviews Mitch Dovey from Joe Dodgy Games. This interview appeared on the live broadcast of The Dice Men Cometh on Thursday, 18/02/16.
Original Air Date: 11/02/16
This week, the Dice Men are joined by Morgan from local gaming store Area 52, as she gives us all the news from CanCon – which she attended recently – as well as the recent Board Game Night the store held. On top of that, Leon introduces us to a new game called C.V. which he taught to Garth recently, and Mark regales us with his tales of retail therapy from a recent trip to Newcastle.
In this special episode of The Dice Men Playeth, the boys sit down and play through the first scenario of story-based game Time Stories.
This episode contains spoilers for the first scenario of the game, called “The Asylum” so if you don’t want to know what happens in that scenario, I suggest giving this one a miss.
Original Air Date: 04/02/16
Leon’s away and so the Dice Men will play, as Trent makes yet another return visit to the studio. I think he’s starting to miss being on the air. Anyway, the boys take a look at what they’ve been playing lately, Trent catches everyone up on the latest in board gaming news, Garth regales us with news from the iOS aspect of the hobby, and the first part of a two-part series involving Trent and a certain Australian game store.
It’s another Dice Men Playeth, as Leon records yet another play session – this time of the story-telling game Tales of the Arabian Nights.
Now, once again I do have to mention there may be story spoilers in this episode, but it’s a lot different to the others as each story moment is randomly generated from the game’s mechanisms. So while you will hear stories being read from the massive tome that comes with the game, your own experiences with the game will most likely wildly differ from those you hear in this special episode.
Original Air Date: 28/01/16
This week, the Dice Men finally announce the winners of their 12 weeks of Christmas competition! Also Leon does a movie review, and of course they discuss what games they’ve been playing recently.
Original Air Date: 21/01/16
This week, the Dice Men do their usual recap of what they’ve been playing, and it’s a doozy this time around as they have taken an entire day off doing anything except playing games! As well as all that, they discuss Kickstarter news, iOS gaming, local competitions going on, and a challenge for the Dice Men.
Original Air Date: 14/01/16
This week the Dice Men are without Leon, but in his absence have brought in a special guest, the likes of which you’ve never heard before. Yep, definitely never heard this fella on the podcast before! The 3 fellas talk about what they’ve been playing lately, the special guest talks some news, and finally they discuss games that they absolutely love, but completely suck at.
Original Air Date: 07/01/16
It’s a new year, a new season, and a 100th Episode! Listen in as the Dice Men not only discuss what they’ve been playing, but also revisit some of the older episodes from the show’s history. Rounding out the episode is some spoiler-filled discussion on Time Stories.
Please note: This episode is the UNCUT version, containing ALL spoilers as discussed on the show. If you don’t want to hear about these pertaining to Time Stories, then listen to our spoiler-free Episode 100 instead.
Original Air Date: 07/01/16
It’s a new year, a new season, and a 100th Episode! Listen in as the Dice Men not only discuss what they’ve been playing, but also revisit some of the older episodes from the show’s history. Rounding out the episode is some spoiler-filled discussion on Time Stories. But fret not, we’ve cut out the spoilers from this file and posted the uncut version separately, just like we have been with Pandemic Legacy.
Original Air Date: 31/12/15
It’s the final episode of the year, on the final night of the year! 2016 is fast approaching as the Dice Men say goodbye to the current year by discussing what they’ve been playing lately. They then move on to looking forward to what’s coming up in the next year in gaming. Plus some Kickstarter news!
Original Air Date: 24/12/15
This is the full, unedited cut of Episode 98. In this episode, the guys discuss their third month of Pandemic Legacy. Again, this episode does contain spoilers for Pandemic Legacy Jan-March, so if you don’t want to hear them, check out the edited version of Episode 98 instead.
Original Air Date: 24/12/15
It’s Christmas Eve, and the Dice Men are still going strong on the night before the biggest holiday of the year. As well as the usual game discussion, Mark interviews Chris from the group behind this year’s cancelled Sydney Toy and Game Expo about some exciting new news. They also cover the latest news regarding Asmodee and their Days of Wonder and Fantasy Flight acquisitions, and finally cover their third month of Pandemic Legacy. NOTE: This episode has been edited to remove the Pandemic Legacy spoilers. A separate post will be made with the full, unedited episode for all your spoilery goodness.
Original Air Date: 17/12/15
It’s just a week until Christmas, and the Dice Men are in full holiday swing. As usual they discuss what games they’ve been playing recently. On top of that, as the end of the year approaches, the guys discuss their Top 5 games of 2015, before running out of time to discuss Pandemic Legacy.
While technical difficulties continue to delay our regular weekly episodes getting into the hot little hands of our listeners, we do have a little something to listen to in order to tide the time until we can get those episodes online.
In this episode, Leon records a playthrough of the first case of Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. Bear in mind before you listen to this episode, that Sherlock Holmes is a story driven game, and if you are interesting in playing through it yourself, then this episode will spoil the story elements.
Original Air Date: 10/12/15
This week, the Dice Men are joined by Andrew ‘The Schwartz’ Schwartz, owner of one of Hobart’s friendly game stores Area 52. On top of what they’ve been playing recently, the boys and their guest discuss what games are worth buying for Christmas – either for yourself, or friends and family. And to wrap up, some info on a competition being run.
Herein is contained an extended version of the recording from the Dice Men’s final Descent campaign session, in case you were interested in checking it out.
We must advise this recording comes with a Language Warning because these guys are real potty mouths.
Original Air Date: 26/11/2015
This is the full cut of Episode 94, in which the guys discuss the January section of Pandemic Legacy, in all of its spoilery splendour. Do not listen if you don’t want to hear what goes on in the game; just listen to the original Episode 94, which had the spoilers cut out.
Final warning: This episode contains SPOILERS for Pandemic Legacy January.
Original Air Date: 26/11/15
It’s a special time at the Dice Men Cometh, as Garth, Mark and Leon discuss the current hottest game, Pandemic Legacy! Spoilers for the January portion of the game will be present – but we’ve made a special cut of the episode for those who don’t wish to hear the spoilery bits. On top of Pandemic Legacy the guys recap their final Descent Campaign session.
The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 94 – This is the episode without spoilers, so anyone who doesn’t want to hear what happens in the January portion of Pandemic Legacy, this file’s for you!
The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 94-s – This is the episode with spoilers, for those who want to hear what goes on during the January portion of Pandemic Legacy.
Original Air Date: 12/11/15
This week, Garth’s back in town to join Mark in the booth, as the boys recap their last Descent campaign session – including a special treat for the listeners! Garth also marks his return with a rundown of what’s happening in the world of Kickstarter.
Original Air Date: 5/11/15
Apologies for the lateness of this week’s episode; we experienced some technical issues which delayed the ability for us to get things online before tonight.
This week, as Garth is once again away overseas, Mark is joined by Leon and special guest Tania Walker, who has arrived back in Tassie after her eventful trip up to Melbourne for PAX Australia. As usual they’ll cover what they’ve been playing, and Tania talks about her experiences at PAX Aus as both attendee and panelist. And then they forget to do Leon’s Kickstarter thing, but promise to get to it next time.
Original Air Date: 22/10/15
Guess who’s back in the studio this week as Garth gallivants around the frozen north of the American continent? You’ll just need to listen to find out, as this week Mark is joined by a special guest to fill in the Garth-sized gap in the show. The fellas discuss what’s been going on lately as well as Epic Game Sundays, go into some more details on the Descent 2nd Edition campaign they’re caught up in, and dish some details about the recent Essen Spiel convention in Germany.
Original Air Date: 15/10/15
In this week’s episode, we are treated to a recap of the Dice Men’s recent Descent 2nd Edition campaign session. On top of that, the guys discuss what’s new in iOS and Android boardgaming apps, after which the talk turns to the dreaded bad rulebook.
Original Air Date: 08/10/15
This week, we delve into the deep dark depths of Garth’s gaming history. Plus the guys talk some more about Board Game Arena, so Garth can get his own words in on the subject. Plus, Mark performs some gruesome mangling of the English language for the sake of a few puns.
Original Air Date: 01/10/15
This week, the Dice Men take on the world wide web as they talk about playing board games online. Mark interviews Jason Kotzur-Yang of End Game Games about his Kickstarter game Ragnaroll, and someone familiar to the show features in the boys’ new Descent campaign.
Original Air Date: 24/09/15
This week, Garth and Mark are joined by special guest Leon to talk about all the money he’s sunk into the seemingly never-ending flood of Kickstarter board games. Plus the boys talk about their favourite dice games.
Original Air Date: 17/09/15
This week, Mark and Garth talk about Epic Game Day, a day on which several friends of the show gather for a full day of playing some of the longer games in the collection. On top of that, they talk about one of the biggest years of Mark’s life – the year he joined Boardgamegeek.
Original Air Date: 10/09/15
This week, the guys delve in the deep dark depths of Mark’s gaming past, so prepare yourselves – it’s quite a long trip (cos he’s old, see). Coming back to the more recent past, they also cover all of the gaming hotness to come out from the recent GenCon game expo in the United States. Plus all the usual goodness of what the boys have been playing lately!
Original Air Date: 03/09/15
This week, Mark forgets what day of the week it is, and regales us with some terrible puns. All is not lost however, as the guys bring in a special guest whose identity you’ll just have to find out by listening! Garth also updates us all on the latest iOS and other mobile gaming news.
Original Air Date: 27/08/15
It’s the first episode without Trent in the studio, and Mark and Garth get right into it with what games they’ve been playing, then continue with a Kickstarter update, plus a special guest joins the boys.
Original Air Date: 20/08/15
It’s a bit of a sad week this week as the Dice Men say goodbye to founding Dice Man Trent. Before he leaves us however, he regales us with the latest in board gaming news. On top of that, the guys also talk about what it takes to produce and star in a weekly radio show/podcast.
Original Air Date: 30/07/15
Our apologies for the lateness in posting this week’s episode. Regular podcast poster Dave was replaced this week by some new guy called Slacker Dave, and for some reason he isn’t as good at his job. Who’d have known? Don’t worry though because regular Dave will be back next episode.
Also, a small announcement that there will be no Dice Men Cometh tomorrow (Thursday August 6th) and thus no podcast next week.
All that said, let’s get onto the podcast. This week, the Dice Men talk about bursting the boardgaming bubble, Winter Gamesfest happening the weekend of August 8/9th, and also some boardgaming news!
Original Air Date: 23/07/15
We are so very very sorry for the lateness of this week’s podcast episode, but there was a problem with the Goggo-mobile… no, that’s not right. A problem with the computer. That sounds more feasible. Anyway, it’s all been sorted and here it is! The 79th episode of The Dice Men Cometh, featuring iOS chat with Garth, Mark’s biggest boardgaming fear, and Trent’s interview with Craig Judd, whose new RPG PowerFrame is available now via DriveThruRPG!
Original Air Date: 16/07/15
The computing gremlins have been put to rest, and The Dice Men are back with a new episode. This week the conversation is about scale – which games scale well for differing player numbers, and which ones don’t do so well? On top of that Mark takes a look at what’s happening on Kickstarter, and we enter week 3 of the current competition, brought to you by Area 52! (Or is it Aree 52, Mark?)
Original Air Date: 2/07/15
This week, the Dice Men revisit their high school essay training as they contrast and compare Suburbia and The Castles of Mad King Ludwig. On top of that, Trent gives us the latest gaming news (and a bit of a book review), Mark covers the Dice Tower Awards, and Garth gives some details on a brand new competition!
Original Air Date: 11/06/15
Freshly back from their week off the air, the Dice Men get right into the swing of things with a show full of recapping their adventures at BorderCon, held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Albury-Wodonga.
Original Air Date: 28/05/15
This week, the Dice Men interview Phil Walker-Harding, designer of the massively popular game Sushi Go! and Spiel des Jahres recommended game Cacao. They also touch on their wishlist for games to play for Bordercon on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, plus gaming news!
Original Air Date: 21/05/15
This week the Dice Men talk the many game awards which are on at the moment, Garth talks about iOS gaming, and Charles Bishop from the Australian Toy and Game Expo is interviewed about the Australian Boardgame Championships.
Original Air Date: 14/05/15
This week, the Dice Men talk GenCon, America’s largest board gaming convention. Plus games they absolutely hate with a white hot passion, and Kickstarter!
Original Air Date: 07/05/15
This week, as the snow blanketed the foothills of Hobart, the Dice Men discuss Steve Jackson’s megahit game Munchkin, along with other gaming related news. On top of that they talk about Mice and Mystics, and what games have caught their eye because of their interesting names.
Original Air Date: 30/04/15
This week, the Dice Men interview Aeos James, discussing the The Gathering of Friends event in Niagara Falls. On top of that, Garth bring us some more iOS boardgame app news, and the winner of the Grail Games competition is revealed!
Original Air Date: 23/04/15
This week, the Dice Men have an exclusive interview with the new owner of local Hobart gaming store Area 52, Andrew Schwartz (aka The Schwartz), with whom they discuss the financial side of the gaming industry. Mark also rounds up some Kickstarter campaigns including Campaign Coins and The Road, and the Grail Games competition continues!
Original Air Date: 16/04/15
This week, the Dice Men talk International Tabletop Day, as well as bring us the latest gaming news. They also dream up the perfect game for Trent’s dad, as well as announce a new competition, thanks to Grail Games.
Original Air Date: 02/04/15
It’s been a wild ride the past 5 weeks, but it’s finally here – the drawing of the Five Weeks of Five Tribes competition! Listen in as Trent, Mark and Garth reveal who the lucky entry was. On top of that, Garth talks iOS and Android, and the Dice Men are joined by resident miniatures gaming expert Kyle to talk all things mini.
Original Air Date: 26/03/15
This week, the Dice Men introduce each other! To familiarise some new listeners with the crew, Trent, Mark and Garth talk about each other’s gaming habits, among other things. There’s also a bunch of Kickstarter news, and the guys talk about what games they’d like to play, but haven’t yet had a chance to.
Original air date: 19/03/15
This week, Trent interview Al Caynes – designer of a card game currently being Kickstarted called “El Luchador Fantastico Grande” – about the highs and lows of crowdfunding. There’s also some boardgaming news, another week of the Five Weeks of Five Tribes competition, and the guys discuss the table etiquette required to be a good loser.
Original Air Date: 12/03/15
This week, the Dice Men interview game designer Jon Gilmour – best known for his work on Dead of Winter – about his new game Vault Wars. Also, with the Catan movie in the works, the guys discuss what games they’d like to see made into movies. Plus Garth delves into boardgames on Android devices.
Original Air Date: 04/03/2015
First off, a note and an apology: due to some technical issues, the last few minutes of this week’s episode was cut short. We have attempted to recover them, but alas it was not to be. This is also the cause of the delay in getting the episode online at the usual time. Again, our apologies for any inconveniences caused.
This week the Dice Men cover Kickstarter, new gaming website Board Game Arena, and continue the discussion of first impressions – this time talking about games they fell in love with before giving them a go, especially when they turned out not to be all that amazing.
Original Air Date: 26/02/15
This week, the Dice Men talk about what games they’ve judged based on first appearances – either thinking that it would suck, and later finding out it’s good, or the complete opposite. They also revisit their Five Tribes competition where you can win a copy of Bruno Cathala’s latest hit game of your very own, plus a whole bunch of gaming related news.
Original Air Date: 19/02/15
This week, Mark interviews Australian game designer Allen Chang of Rule and Make Games about how to run a successful Kickstarter campaign. Garth takes on the iOSphere, and the Dice Men offer their fans a chance to win a copy of Bruno Cathala’s new game Five Tribes.
Original Air Date: 12/02/15
This week, the Dice Men delve into the insane depths that make up the Call of Cthulhu RPG. They also talk about not being allowed to talk about yet still talking about the playtesting of Jon Gilmour’s (Dead of Winter) latest game Vault Wars, as well as some Kickstarter news.
Original Air Date: 05/02/15
It’s all Bruno this week on the show, as Trent interviews none other than game designer extraordinaire Bruno Cathala. The guys even forgo their usual waffling on about what they’ve been playing recently, because Bruno is that big of a deal.
Original Air Date: 29/01/15
This week, the Dice Men talk about Mark and Garth’s latest obsession; the website BoardGameArena, where you can play board games online! There’s also a bout of half-arsed news, and Aeos James brings us all the action from the past weekend’s CanCon event. Oh, and Trent has a whinge about Imperial Assault, the big baby.
Original Air Date: 22/01/14
This week, Trent starts off by yelling at the Prime Minister, before moving onto more standard fare like discussing his Call of Cthulhu RPG campaign. Mark regales us with a tale of a game which went four times the recommended play length, and Garth talks iOS games.
Original Air Date: 15/01/15
The house is full again as all three Dice Men manage to congregate at the same time! This week, the boys discuss Mark’s recent visit to Melbourne, Trent interviews Terry and Merran from Cancon, there’s some Kickstarter news, and Mark responds to the question “who’s the worst behaved Dice Man at the gaming table?”
Original Air Date: 08/01/15
Trent’s back in the driver’s seat, but where’s Mark? Galavanting around the big island for some sporting event, apparently. But the remaining Dice Men have plenty to talk about, including Trent telling us all about his gaming stats of 2014, as well as what he and Garth have been playing lately. We’re also serenaded with some gaming news, and discuss who’s the worst behaved Dice Man at the gaming table.
Original Air Date: 1/1/15
Trent’s away, so Mark and Garth play like they know what they’re doing. Is Machi Koro the new Catan killer? What to do with your unwanted board games? Is playing iOS board games awesome, or for people who are stuck alone at home pretending they’re wizards? It’s all in this week’s episode!
Original Air Date: 18/12/14
In this – the final episode of 2014 – Mark talks to the King of Boardgaming Podcasts, Tom Vasel of The Dice Tower fame. And if that isn’t good enough for you, the guys also talk about some upcoming game news, and what they want for Christmas.
Original Air Date: 11/12/14
It’s almost Christmas, so the Dice Men have sought an expert opinion on what one should get for their loved ones – gaming wise – for the year’s biggest holiday, as Caroline from Area 52 joins Trent, Mark and Garth to talk gaming gifts. Mark also gives us the latest on boardgaming-related Kickstarters.
Original Air Date: 04/12/14
It’s the vaunted half-century, the quadruple dozen (plus two), the premiere of Season 3 of The Dice Men Cometh and 50th episode! In this week’s show, Trent and Mark are joined in their new live timeslot on Thursday evenings by new Dice Man Garth, as the trio reveal to us their Top 5 Games. In addition, Trent talks to Matt Utting from Meeplecon starting Saturday, Dec 6th in Melbourne.
Original Air Date: 27/11/14
In this week’s episode, Trent talks to Paul Dean, designer of the most recent reboot of the Paranoia RPG and more famously known as one half of boardgaming site Shut Up and Sit Down. Mark reviews Grail Games’ new Kickstarter Too Many Cinderellas, and the boys discuss the latest board gaming news.
Original Air Date: 19/11/14
First off, I would like to apologise for how late this post was to be put online. I’ve been quite sick with a bout of man-flu and haven’t been able to get around to editing the audio and getting it online. Now, onto the post!
In this episode, Mark interviews Jonathan Gilmour, one of the designers on the Dice Men’s favourite new game Dead of Winter. Mark also rounds up some Kickstarter news. Please note that for some reason, the recording of the episode was cut short by about 3 minutes at the end, so the very end of the episode is cut off just before the end of Mark’s Kickstarter round up.
Original Air Date: 12/11/14
This week, Trent has a minor fanboy breakdown as the Dice Men interview Andrew Hackard from Steve Jackson Games. The guys also broach the topic of GamerGate, and give us some of the recent gaming news.
Original Air Date: 05/11/14
It’s all about the PAX, baby! This week Trent and Mark return from PAX Australia in Melbourne, bringing with them all kinds of tales of gaming greatness, and occasional woe (just don’t ask Trent about 7 Wonders).
Original Air Date: 29/10/14
This week, the Dice Men interview Melissa Rogerson, Tabletop Manager for PAX Aus. The boys also discuss their own PAX Aus appearance on their very own panel, and Mark looks over some Kickstarter news.
Original Air Date: 22/10/14
This week, Trent and Mark interview Julian from Unhalfbricking Games, and recap the recent Essen Spiel fair.
Original Air Date: 15/10/14
First, our apologies for some technical difficulties last night which meant some choppy experiences with listeners on both radio and online stream. Rest assured however that the whole episode was recorded and is now available below!
Mark is back in the booth as the Dice Men talk about the upcoming Essen Spiel convention which is on this weekend. They also talk RPGs – in particular the new Star Wars RPG by Fantasy Flight Games, and Trent shares what it was like to enter an Android: Netrunner tournament recently.
Original Air Date: 8/10/14
While Mark is away, the Dice Men will play. Special co-host Garth joins Trent this week as Mark is gallivanting his way around… somewhere, we’re not entirely sure. In this week’s episode, the guys talk about Trent’s experience with Warhammer, and touch on boardgames on mobile devices, as well as some gaming news.
Original Air Date: 1/10/14
This week, the Dice Men interview Ben Nelson (graphic designer on Merchants and Marauders) regarding Adelaide’s Concentric Games, plus discuss miniatures gaming and the Deutscher Spiele Preis
Original Air Date: 17/09/14
This week the Dice Men interview Concentric organiser Ben Nelson, discuss the surge of success that boardgames have enjoyed on Kickstarter, and definitely not least – Dice Men Comething Live at PAX!
Original Air Date: 10/09/14
This week, Dice Men Trent and Mark interview Aussie-living-in-the-UK game designer Matt Dunstan, have a chat about the Edge Radio Radiothon and give lip service to a game which has hit the “hotness” list on BoardGameGeek – Lap Dance.
Original Air Date: 03/08/14
This week, the boys revisit a part of the Peter Hawes interview from last week regarding the Spiel des Jahres, as well as talk about the Edge Radio Radiothon, and they give us their ideas on what a game about being a “Brain in a Jar” would entail.
Original Air Date: 27/08/14
In this week’s episode, Trent interviews Peter Hawes – Brisbane-based GP, champion runner and most importantly (to us boardgamers at least) designer of new Dice Men favourite Francis Drake. Turns out Peter has a bit to say, especially when it comes to the Speil des Jahres gaming awards. There’s also some other stuff in here as well, including the Edge Radio Radiothon and some Dice Men Quotes from Twitter.
Original Air Date: 20/08/14
This week, the Dice Men interview David Harding from Grail Games on his recent Kickstarter success with the binary card game One Zero One. Trent also half-arses some GenCon news, and Mark gives us some more Kickstarters – including a possible glimpse into our future…
Original Air Date: 13/08/14
In this week’s episode, the Dice Men talk about the recent Devil Island Con and Hobart Winter Gamesfest 4 and the various awesome games that were played, and discuss the world’s largest boardgaming convention – GenCon.
Original air date: 06/07/14
This week, the Dice Men preview the first annual Devil Island Con (DICon) with special guest Morgan from Area 52, as well as the 4th annual Hobart Winter Gamesfest. Mark also gives some updates on gaming-related Kickstarters.
Original Air Date: 30/07/2014
Disclaimer: Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to obtain the full audio for this episode until this morning, hence the lateness of the post. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
This week, the Dice Men talk about the sorts of games you can play in the pub, interview Wade Dyer from Melbourne, who has created a brand new RPG “Fragged Empire”. They also discuss some game awards, including the Dice Tower Awards.
Original Air Date: 16/07/14
This week, the Dice Men really finally discuss these Game of Thrones games that they’ve been promising for a month now! To back this up, they interview Brandon Freels, an American game designer who has made a Game of Thrones dice game. The boys also cover half-arsed news and Kickstarter updates, and pour over into the Edge of Reason timeslot to play Psycho Dice with Jinks and Monty
Original Air Date: 09/07/14
This week, the Dice Men talk about Czech game designer Vlaada Chvatil and the many games he’s put out, they’ll finally get around to those Game of Thrones themed games they’ve been talking about for weeks, and they’ll preview Dungeons & Dragons “Next”.
Original Air Date: 02/07/14
In their 30th episode, the Dice Men interview Charles Bishop – one of the organisers of the Australian Toy and Game Expo, talk about what you’d like to see in a Game of Thrones game, and once again take a crack at half-arsed gaming news.
Original Air Date: 25/06/14
This week, Trent recaps his Bordercon experience, while Mark does another Kickstarter roundup. Also featured this episode are an interview with Julian from Unhalfbricking Games, the fellas talking about gaming etiquette, and discussing Game of Thrones-themed games.
Original Air Date – 18/06/2014
The Dice Men Return from Bordercon this week, and after Trent’s rather hyperbolous introduction, the guys discuss all things Bordercon and give us the “world’s greatest boardgame related love story”.
Original Air Date: 04/06/14
This week the Dice Men talk all about Flames of War, the World War II tactical miniatures war game, with special guest Richard from the BAK Bunker Rats. They’re also continuing their half-arsed news, and finally discuss some party games!
Original air date: 28/05/14
This week, the boys discuss Kickstarter, review Alien Frontiers, interview Universal Head and also talk about party games (or do they?).
Original air date: 21/05/14
This week, the Dice Men continue their half-arsed news segment and talk about the Academy Awards of the board gaming world, the Spiel des Jahres. Also, Trent confesses about a new obsession that he’s discovered recently and begs Mark to play with him…
Original Air Date: 14/05/14
This week, the Dice Men are joined by special guest and President of the Hobart Games Society, Carl. Together the trio celebrate Trent’s birthday as well as the announcement of Season 2 of The Dice Men Cometh! Trent interviews Neil Thompson, one of the organisers of Bordercon in Albury, and the boys discuss some of the upcoming gaming-related Kickstarters and some gaming news.
Original Air Date: 07/04/2014
This week the Dice Men deal with a world without technology as their computer equipment fails to appear for the show. They also occasionally talk about games, with special guest Mike from the Van Diemen’s Wargaming club. They also interview Neil Thompson from Bordercon in Albury and discuss gaming in the 1980s.
Original Air Date: 30/04/2014
This week, the Dice Men discuss some upcoming gaming conventions and talk about games they just don’t get to play nearly enough. Also joining the boys this week is their youngest guest star yet – Trent’s daughter Pearl!
Original Air Date: 16/04/2014
This week, Trent plays a brand new game – Where In The World is Mark? Yep, Mark is missing for pretty much half the episode! But he shows up eventually, and all is right in the world. They discuss leveling up from entry-level or “gateway” games into more substantial fare, Trent interviews Sean and Anthony from 93 Made Game on their Kickstarter game “Monster Town”, and they talk about one of the major designers and publishers of geeky cardboard things – Steve Jackson Games.
Original Air Date: 09/04/2014
This week, the Dice Men recap their International Tabletop Day gaming event, and Mark interviews comedian Ben McKenzie, direct from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. They also talk about what is the worst possible thing that can happen at a gaming table. Also, Trent “woo”s a lot…
Original Air Date: 02/04/2014
Pimpin’ ain’t easy, but it sure can be fun – in regards to pimpin’ your board games, that is. In this episode, the Dice Men talk about purchasing those little extras which don’t really add anything meaningful to your games, but do make them a whole lot cooler. They also discuss International Tabletop Day and all the excitement that brings to the fellas, and the sort of food that is and isn’t appropriate for bringing along to a gaming event.
Original Air Date: 26/03/2014
In this episode, the Dice Men run out of time to talk about what they were supposed to, but they do talk about some upcoming gaming events. They also talk about what upcoming games they’re looking forward to in the near future. But fear not, because the topic of pimping out your games will be back in the next episode.
Original Air Date: 19/03/2014
This week, the Dice Men review the popular space-themed negotiation/back-stabby game Cosmic Encounter. They also talk about The Great Nerd Purge, and the very real problem of how easily one can get addicted to buying and playing board games.
Original Air Date – 12/03/2014
In this week’s Dice Men Cometh, Trent and Mark are joined by special guest David (that’s me!) to talk about gaming with family and kids. We also touch on the state of various card games and discuss upcoming gaming events around the country.
Original air date: 05/03/2014
This week the Dice Men celebrate as they finally get their grubby mitts on the 2013 hit game “Suburbia”. They also talk with some folks about a new Kickstarter out of New Zealand called “Shipwrights of the North Sea”, discuss what games are good to get people into the hobby, and talk about some upcoming events.
In this week’s episode, the Dice Men discuss the official launch of the podcast, both via this site and also on iTunes, along with a review of “D&D-in-a-box” aka Descent: Journeys in the Dark – Second Edition. The boys also discuss some local gaming competitions and have a chat about what games give you an emotional response, be it anger, frustration, excitement or joy.
Put on your robe and wizard hat as the Dice Men bring in special guest Richard from Area 52 (Hobart’s main gaming mecca) to discuss the grandaddy of all role-play games – Dungeons and Dragons, on this 40th D&D Anniversary episode.
A Dice Man is never late, fellow gamers. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to. At least that’s what Trent and Mark would have us believe in this episode, with special guest “Gandalf” aka Jon. The fellowship journey through the misty history of gaming and into the recent present as they discuss not only how Jon discovered a joy of board games and the secret of fire simultaneously, but also the recent CanCon convention in our nation’s capital. They do battle upon a mountain top with some retail therapy as well, and throw their One Rings into a volcanic pit as they discuss theme in games.
On the week that Geek & Sundry announced this year’s Tabletop Game Day (April 5th), the Dice Men bring us the whole Terry Furness interview (yay!) and discuss our local gaming conventions coming later in the year. We discuss the podcast and what the future holds for The Dice Men Cometh (please, more ukelele), tracking games on BoardGameGeek, and Role Playing Games.
This week on the Dice Men Cometh we ask the most important question a board gamer should think about: “Your house is on fire, you only have time to grab one thing – what do you grab?” (give us your answer in the comments!) The Dice Men also discuss dexterity games, and interview Terry Furness from the Canberra Games Society as we talk about CanCon and the emergence of board game conventions in Australia.
This week the Dice Men welcome special guest Niall Smith before he departs our shores for the nation’s capital. We review Space Cadets: Dice Duel (the world’s shoutiest game?), playing games with kids and the world’s ugliest and most confusing non-government website: BoardGameGeek.
Happy New Year from the Dice Men Cometh in our first episode of 2014. In this week’s episode, Trent struggles with “Falls Throat” as we discuss CanCon, the Boxing Day Twilight Imperium 3 marathon game and Living Card Games like Android: Netrunner and A Game of Thrones. We’ll also look back at the Top 5 games of 2013, and look forward into the future at what’s coming up this year in the world of board gaming.
It’s Christmas Day on the Dice Men Cometh, as the guys duck their familial responsibilities along with special guest Christine Chiavassa. The trio discuss Christmas Gaming Wish Lists, “Shite Santa” gifts and talk about the Longest. Game. Ever: Twilight Imperium 3.
On this week’s episode, Trent and Mark ask the question: “Are board games racist?” along with “are French farmers lazy?” and “should we be nicer to Cthulhu cultists?” They also review Mark’s favourite cube-pushing, trading-in-the-Mediterranean-or-whatever Euro game Puerto Rico, discuss large-group games, and talk to Ben Hughes about his upcoming Kickstarter campaign Spiders.
This week, the Dice Men talk to Adam Walker, whose Viking Horde: Papercraft Kickstarter has caned its financial goal and looks set to export origami viking warships to the world, from right here in Tasmania. We’ll look in depth at Race for the Galaxy and why it’s the best game ever to be ruined by too many expansions. And Trent finally reveals his big idea for a James Bond boardgame… if someone wants to buy him the rights.
This week the guys review Nothing Personal, the most backstabbingy-mafia-negotiation game ever invented? They’ll reel off their Christmas wishlist for gamers. Trent reveals his big idea for a James Bond board game (copyright pending). And the guys finally, maybe, catch up with comedian and Blood Bowl champion Tommy Dean to talk about his love of board gaming.