‘Terraforming Mars’ Review: The Dice Section Podcast

‘Terraforming Mars’ Review: The Dice Section Podcast

If you like tabletop games and you’re looking for an in-depth review of the latest and greatest offerings, you’ll love the Dice Section podcast. We spend a whole month playing a single game over and over again, and then record our thoughts on how it held up. It’s not a shallow overview… it’s a deep and gory Dice Section. In this month’s episode, we discuss the 2016 tile placement/hand management game Terraforming Mars. Read More

‘Fate of the Elder Gods’ Review: The Dice Section

‘Fate of the Elder Gods’ Review: The Dice Section

If you like tabletop games and you’re looking for an in-depth review of the latest and greatest offerings, you’ll love the Dice Section podcast. We spend a whole month playing a single game over and over again, and then record our thoughts on how it held up. It’s not a shallow overview… it’s a deep and gory Dice Section. In this month’s episode, we discuss the 2017 area control/worker placement game Fate of the Elder Gods. Read More

The Dice Section 36: Roll Player

The Dice Section 36: Roll Player

If you like tabletop games and you’re looking for an in-depth review of the latest and greatest offerings, you’ll love the Dice Section podcast. We spend a whole month playing a single game over and over again, and then record our thoughts on how it held up. It’s not a shallow overview… it’s a deep and gory Dice Section. In this episode, the guys min-max and munchkin their way through Keith Matejka’s Roll Player. Read More

The Dice Section 35: Sentinels of the Multiverse and Arkham Horror

The Dice Section 35: Sentinels of the Multiverse and Arkham Horror

The Dice Section answers the age-old question: is this a board game that we can’t live without, or should we excise it from our gaming closet to make room for better options? In this episode, the guys revisit cooperative card games, which they have, as a rule, despised, and give ‘Sentinels of the Multiverse’ and the ‘Arkham Horror’ LCG a chance. Read More

The Dice Section #32: ‘Bad Detectives’

The Dice Section #32: ‘Bad Detectives’

The Dice Section is a podcast about tabletop games and what makes them great. In the latest episode, we revisit to ‘New Bedford’ because it’s our new favorite worker-placin’, city-buildin’, whale-huntin’ game. Then we talk about the winner of 2015’s Tabletop Deathmatch competition, ‘Bad Detectives’, a tile placement game about terrible cops solving a murder in the worst possible way. Read More

Real or Frakes: Remembering ‘Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction’

Real or Frakes: Remembering ‘Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction’

If you grew up watching ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ like I did, then you probably love Jonathan Frakes (AKA Commander William Riker). And if you love Jonathan Frakes, then you may have also been into his post-‘Star Trek’ docudrama, ‘Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction,’ which he hosted between 1998 and 2002. Read More

Easy Dungeon Master Preparation

Easy Dungeon Master Preparation

When I started my latest ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ campaign back at the beginning of the year, my goal was to reduce the amount of time I spent preparing for each session. I’d burned out on building crazy complex combat encounters and over-plotting with hundreds of wiki articles linked together like some nutcase’s string-smothered pegboard.

I needed simplification, so I made a vow to keep it to 30 minutes of prep for every weekly session. Read More

The Dice Section #29: Let Me Tell You About My ‘Shadowrun’ Character

The Dice Section #29: Let Me Tell You About My ‘Shadowrun’ Character

In this episode, our first after a long summer vacation, we discuss those moments in role-playing games—video and tabletop—that made us stop and think. As young players, the idea of character dilemmas and a satisfying story were the stuff of gaming legend. Now that we’re all growed up, we realize that it can happen, but it takes a special group and a GM willing to let go of a little control. Read More

The Dice Section #28: ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’

The Dice Section #28: ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’

Haircuts. Boxing. Sword and sorcery and dungeon crawls, including a revolutionary occurrence in our 5th Edition ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ campaign and a review of the new ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’ board game from Wizards of the Coast and WizKids. We reminisce about childhood games like ‘Hero Quest’ and ‘Dragon Strike’, and (spoiler alert) decide that we could all do a lot worse than ‘Temple of Elemental Evil’ as an introduction to the dungeon crawl genre. Read More