Author Archives: Mark Rickards

The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 229

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 more »

Interview with Matthew Dunstan

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        more »

Interview with Jamey Stegmaier

While we are off to Bordercon this week, here’s something to keep you busy – an extensive interview with Jamey Stegmaier from Stonemaier Games, the designer of Viticulture, Scythe and Charterstone, among others. We hope you enjoy it!    

The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 196

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 more »

The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 192

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 more »

The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 191

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 more »

The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 189

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 more »

The Great Tabletop Debate – PAX AUS 2016

I (Mark) was lucky enough to take part last year in the inaugural Tabletop Debate at PAX AUS 2016, where I and 5 boardgaming luminaries debated the existence of a ‘Tabletop Bubble’, in a packed out Kookaburra Theatre in the PAX AUS venue. I’ve finally managed to get the audio track that was recorded by more »

The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 146

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 more »

The Dice Men Cometh – Episode 143

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 . more »