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PoDP News, Updates and a Contest!
The Silver Lining
News & Updates about several board game-related projects created by friends of the show, surprise packages, and a hot tip about the most recent Pair Of Dice Paradise contest!
Updated: July 2, 2015
 
What's Your "Grail" Game?
Head in the Clouds
Following up on my recent new segment that featured my "grail game", I ask what's your grail game, and have you found it, or are you still searching?
Updated: June 30, 2015
 
The Divorce Court board game was designed by aliens. (I have proof!)
Thrift Sift
You never know what you’ll discover during an expedition into the aisles of your local thrift store. Every now and then, you unearth an artifact that’s so unexpected, so bizarre, so indescribably otherworldly, it could only have come into being through extraterrestrial intervention. Prepare to discover the board game Divorce Court.

You have been warned.
Updated: June 16, 2015
 
The Rules of the Game vs. The Spirit of the Game
Head in the Clouds
Rules conflicts. Until a rule book addresses every possible scenario you could encounter, they’re going to be inevitable. What house rules do you use to handle rules conflicts in your house (rules do you use to handle rules… conflicts? If you can figure out what I just said,) Let me know in the comments below.
Updated: June 5, 2015
 
Expandable Card Games (ECG), Trademarks & Patents (3 of 3)
Head in the Clouds
I discussed Collectible Card Games, using Magic: The Gathering as an example of the concept; and Living Card Games, using AEG’s Doomtown: Reloaded as an example of that concept. Today, I round out the trilogy by discussing the Expandable Card Game, or ECG.
Updated: May 30, 2015
 
The Difference Between Collectible Card Games (CCG) and Living Card Games (LCG) (2 of 3)
Head in the Clouds
What’s your experience with Living Card Games (LCGs)? Are you comfortable diving in to one? Or do their evolving card pools make them too much of a moving target?
Updated: May 30, 2015
 
Is the Collectible Card Game (CCG) Dead? (1 of 3)
Head in the Clouds
Does the Collectible Card Game still have traction in the marketplace? Or, is it a concept that's time has passed?
Updated: May 30, 2015
 
When Board Game Themes Go Rogue
Plays Well With Others
Theme. There's many common themes in board games. But what happens when a game designer wanders outside the realm of familiar themes and tries something different?

Today, Joel Eddy of Drive Thru Review and I discuss our opinions on what board game themes work, which ones don't, and why.
Updated: May 29, 2015
 
Cauldron (Kickstarter Preview)
Get Your Wings (Reviews)
Cauldron is a game for two to five players, in which each player assumes the role of an alchemist competing for the title of Grand Infusionist, a title which only one player can achieve, because that’s the way board games work.
Updated: May 15, 2015
 
Mage Wars Companion App (Review)
Get Your Wings (Reviews)
The Mage Wars companion app is designed to works in tandem with the Mage Wars board game to track your stats as you play. It also includes a comprehensive deck editor. Does it achieve its goals, or does it just add a layer of technical turbulence to the game?
Updated: May 4, 2015
 
Tabletop Simulator: Part 2 (Opinion)
Head in the Clouds
What's your opinion of Tabletop Simulator?
In this episode I dig into the mailbag to answer a question about Tabletop Simulator. Part one gives an overview of what Tabletop Simulator is, and part two contains my opinion of its place in the board game hobby.
Updated: April 29, 2015
 
Tabletop Simulator: Part 1 (Overview)
Head in the Clouds
What's your opinion of Tabletop Simulator?
In this episode I dig into the mailbag to answer a question about Tabletop Simulator. Part one gives an overview of what Tabletop Simulator is, and part two contains my opinion of its place in the board game hobby.
Updated: April 29, 2015
 
A dozen board game podcasters play Spyfall online
Plays Well With Others
I join Spooning Meeples as they play a live game (or two) of Spyfall with fellow reviewers:
Rhiannon Ochs (Spooning Meeples)
Marty Connell (Rolling Dice & Taking Names)
Hunter Shelburne (Weaponsgrade Tabletop)
Lance Myxter (Undead Viking)
Scott "Tox" Morris (Crits Happen)
Suzanne Sheldon (Wears A Khaki Vest)
Anthony Racano (The Cardboard Jungle)
Robin Lees (Whose Turn Is It Anyway)
and more!
Updated: April 28, 2015
 
Board Game Box Hole Punch
Head in the Clouds
Ever wonder if there's way to make your board game boxes easier to open? (And reduce "box fart" frequency in the process.)

In this episode, I run an experiment that tries to solve this very conundrum. Will it succeed or fail, and why?
Updated: April 28, 2015
 
Surprise Packages & Grail Game
The Silver Lining
It's been quite a while since we've had a "mail bag" episode, so I wanted to take a moment to discuss three special packages that recently arrived at Pair Of Dice Paradise headquarters.
Updated: April 21, 2015
 
Pair Of Dice Paradise joins Rolling Dice & Taking Names for episode #64
Plays Well With Others
I join Rolling Dice & Taking Names on episode #64 of their podcast this week to discuss the recent Board Game Decathlon Mockumentary, and then I pull the ol' switcheroo on Marty & Tony by challenging them to a version of their own game, Rank 'Em!

Listen to Rolling Dice & Taking Names episode #64 here!
Updated: April 14, 2015
 
Bag Man (Head In The Clouds #55)
Head in the Clouds
Prior to entering the board game hobby, I couldn’t have told you the difference between an everyday Ziploc sandwich bag and a 5 inch, Eco Clear Low Density Ethylene Lay-Flat Poly. I know, unbelievable, right?

But it’s true, not all plastic bags are not created equal. “What’s the difference?” you probably didn’t just ask. Well, in this episode, we find out!
Updated: April 14, 2015
 
Fantasy Flight Proof of Purchase
Head in the Clouds
As I was opening my most recent Fantasy Flight acquisition, I began to ponder the obligatory Proof of Purchase that comes batched inside every box they bundle.

What does it do? How is it used? I had to find out! Soon, I found my answer. What could it be?!?
Updated: April 13, 2015
 
Positively Negative (Head In The Clouds #53)
Head in the Clouds
As I’ve started to absorb more online board game related content as entertainment, I’ve noticed myself frequently being drawn towards reviews of games with poor ratings. For me, negative reviews are more of a morbid fascination. But my curiosity towards these televised trainwrecks got me wondering if negative reviews generally garner more attention than positive ones, and why.
Updated: April 12, 2015
 
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