The State of Games

The State of Games

A board game podcast that tackles the industry from both inside and out! The State of Games is hosted by Chris Kirkman, the head of publishing house Dice Hate Me Studio and co-owner of Greater Than Games, and features regular co-hosts Darrell Louder, resident grump and designer of Compounded, Bottom of the 9th, and Fate of the Elder Gods, and TC Petty III, gaming hipster and designer of VivaJava and VivaJava Dice, Xenon Profiteer, and Spires. Presented by the website www.dicehateme.com - the board game blog with worse luck than you.

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May 27, 2021 121 min

In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC are joined by special guest Justin Jacobson, president of Restoration Games, to talk about new editions of older games, whether they are good for the hobby, some of their favorites, and a few on their wishlists. All this, plus a deeper dive into the inner workings of Restoration, a look at new Board Game Arena titles Beyond the Sun and Lost Ruins of Arnak, fireballs, gaming a quarter mile at ...

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In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC delve into games that may require you to set a specific calendar day (or, at least, a game night) aside to play, why they’re still pretty awesome, and whether the stigma of extended play time might be a marketing myth.  All this, plus mutants, harpoon shortages in Tentacle Town , mad scientists, Pitch Black, the endearing Welcome To..., the joy of event gaming with Richard Launius (naturally)...

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March 26, 2021 88 min

In this episode, Chris and TC are joined by Daniel Newman and Tony Miller, game designers and founders of New Mill Industries, to talk about the benefits of small publishing, their company’s “punk rock ethos”, and various upcoming projects. All this, plus predictions on fall convention attendance, Calimala, gladiators in a bowl, Fleet: The Dice Game, the genius of ButtonShy and Spielworxx, wrestling, mad scientists, and more! 

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February 4, 2021 102 min

In this special 10th anniversary episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC look back on a very weird year of gaming and try their damndest to stick to tradition and select their best games of 2020. All this, plus progress on TC’s My Father’s Work, piracy in the 19th century, sharing some classics with loved ones, Draftasaurus, another game with camels, the adorable Beez, 2021 convention talk, Fiasco, Stellar, and much, much more!   

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October 1, 2020 134 min

In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC break out their six shooters and mount up to talk about western games, what makes that theme so awesome, and how it might possibly go horribly wrong on occasion. All this, plus Darrell’s move out west to St. Louis, discussion of the big news of Transformers, GI Joe, and My Little Pony titles coming soon from Renegade Games, how good Pan Am really is, what’s Ragusa’s deal, anyway? - and so muc...

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May 21, 2020 107 min

In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC dig a bit deeper into TC’s suggestions as to how Rallyman GT might be improved, how that went over like a lead balloon on BoardGameGeek, and chat about what makes racing games awesome. All this, plus our top five favorite racing games, the beauty of No Man’s Sky, the canceling of cons for all of 2020, livestreaming with Strong Bad, the Spiel des Jahres nominees, saving Arkham - once again - a...

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April 17, 2020 157 min

In this very special episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about life in the time of COVID-19, including a first-hand account by Darrell about his family living in a COVID-positive household and dealing personally with contracting the virus. We also lighten it up a bit by discussing gaming during lockdown, Aquatica, a rant from TC about Rallyman GT, livestreaming, more from Alexander Pfister, a free print and play from the Fleeples,...

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February 25, 2020 119 min

In this episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC dig into the podcast mailbag to talk about the effect of overly-negative and positive reviews on the boardgame community, the difference between impressions and critical thinking, and how all of it may influence fan purchasing. All this, plus a look at Marvel Champions LCG, being a boardgame influencer, how Azul: Summer Pavilion could be the best Azul yet, fly fishing, party games & more!...

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January 16, 2020 136 min

In this special episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC look back on a year of gaming and share their awards for favorites published last year, discoveries that came out before 2019, and many more categories like Favorite Publisher, Biggest Surprise, and our Game of the Decade! All this, plus tales from the beach, Copenhagen Roll & Write, Foodies, getting old, Irish Gauge, Old West Empresario, Disney after dark, a roll & write rant...

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December 19, 2019 120 min

Chris, Darrell, and TC get in the holiday spirit by talking toys - specifically, the special relationship between toys and games, and the effect “toy factor” has on consumers and the board game hobby. All this, plus Darrell’s adventures in Philly at PAX Unplugged, Irish Gauge, throwing axes, Just One, Letter Jam, Word Slam, and other word-related things, bounty hunting in Star Wars: Outer Rim, Godzilla, M.A.S.K., and more!

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November 20, 2019 119 min

Chris, Darrell, and TC are finally back in the podcasting saddle and ready to talk about their adventures at Camp Launius and the Gamers for Cures 24-hour Board Game Marathon! All this, plus Final Hour, Horrified, barbecue medals, Journeys in Middle-earth, the madness of video games, Tapestry, Era: Medieval Age, getting engaged, Scott Pilgrim, Disney+, Deep Blue, Nemo Rising, and more! 

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August 12, 2019 161 min

After a two-month hiatus Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about all the big events over one crazy summer, including highlights from Origins Game Fair, Dice Tower Con, RuthCon, and Gen Con. All this, plus talk of the Nixon administration, camels, the controversial BoardGameGeek rebrand, the Sinister Six, Parks, The Artemis Project, racing with Richard Launius, fun in the Funkoverse, Medium, Homebrewers, Corinth & more!

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May 22, 2019 133 min

 In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about spoiler culture, whether it translates to the board game hobby, how consumers & reviewers might avoid it all, and whether we should even really care. All this, plus Darrell dips into the dangerously addictive world of Warhammer, TC goes kayaking, Chris buys a scooter; a return to Fireball Island, Roll for the Galaxy, Crokinole, & The River; the Cardboard Edison Awards &...

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April 25, 2019 151 min

In this very special episode Chris, Darrell, and TC get some things off their chest that have been bugging them around the board game hobby and in life, such as geek shaming, lazy journalism, mental health nuances, and cultural perspective awareness deficiencies. All this, plus The River, some unexpected Kickstarter news, Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame, the legend of Baahubali, Mensa Award winners & more!  

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March 26, 2019 132 min

In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC are joined by special guest Lesley Louder as they recount personal highlights, behind-the-scenes exploits, and lessons learned from the Ninth Annual Unpublished Games Expo in Hunts Valley, Maryland. All this, plus bad brie, Men at Work, the joys of trailer wrangling, TransAtlantic, fried chicken wind, Cartographers, ghost horses, Those Meddling Kids, My Father’s Work & more!        

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February 26, 2019 87 min

In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about games that tell stories, either through dedicated mechanics and thematics, or by emergent gameplay. All this, plus Darrell’s 40th birthday shindig at Dice Hate Me HQ, Arkham Horror 3.0 versus Arkham Horror 2.0, Beta Colony, news of TC’s big move, more Modern Art, Gugong, volcanoes, fishing, My Father’s Work, Jeeps, sand worms, coal mining, & so much more!       

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January 31, 2019 136 min

In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC talk about the subtle art of selling games, what makes a good game versus what makes a good product, and the state of the board game market. All this, plus more Wingspan, Quacks of Quedlinburg, the vaguaries of game design credentials, The Boldest, Architects of the West Kingdom, dead men’s parties, the glory of Glory to Rome, a bit of whining, Heroes of Terrinoth, and more! 

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January 16, 2019 156 min

In this special episode, Chris, Darrell, and TC look back on a year of gaming and share their awards for favorites published last year - and even some discoveries that came out before 2018! All this, plus festivities from the annual DHM Holiday get-together, Escape from Colditz, a special sneak peek at Wingspan, expansions for 7 Wonders and Great Western Trail, fishing, dice, fireballs, Paper Tales, dogs, alpacas, Cryptid, castles,...

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December 7, 2018 100 min

In this episode Chris, Darrell, and TC recount all the fun, food, and fanfare at the 2nd annual PAX Unplugged gaming convention in Philadelphia, PA. All this, plus first plays of Keyforge, how TC broke Keyforge, Medium news, the final arrival of Fireball Island, the great cheesesteak debate, VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game goes digital, security theater, dim sum, Defenders of Champion City, Up N Over, & more!

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November 16, 2018 191 min

In this jam-packed episode Chris, Darrell, and TC make up for lost time (almost a month since the last episode!) by talking about those modern classics that are influential but are just plain played out and don’t hit the table anymore. All this, plus the bleeding edge of Essen Hotness like Blackout: Hong Kong, Underwater Cities, and Carpe Diem, unfortunate Keyforge deck names, listener shoutouts, Newton, more game theory, & mor...

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