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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
 
Hives & Easter Eggs (Head In The Clouds #52)
Head in the Clouds
Has the digital version of a board game ever affected your desire to play its physical counterpart? In this episode, Chaz confesses that a certain board game's app has ruined his desire to play its physical version. However, he'll never confess to stealing someone's candy bar...
Updated: April 11, 2015
 
Board Game Decathlon 2015 (Mockumentary)
Plays Well With Others
Witness the meteoric rise of board gaming legend, Murr Rockstroh! This is the story of a board gamer who defied the odds to become champion of the 2015 Board Game Decathlon. It's a story that would surely be true, if only it wasn't fiction.

The "2015 Board Game Decathlon" mockumentary was produced to raise funds and awareness for the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. Nearly twenty board game media creators contributed their time and talent to the project!
Updated: March 30, 2015
 
Machi Koro's Oversized Box: EXPLAINED!
Head in the Clouds
Machi Koro is a game all about transforming natural resources into commerce-generating franchises. And they took the same approach in their box design! Oh yeah!
Updated: March 14, 2015
 
A Board Game Thrift Trip
Head in the Clouds
To celebrate my 50th "Head In The Clouds" segment, join me on a field trip to partake in one of my favorite board game related activities!
Updated: March 8, 2015
 
Justin Bieber Backstage Pass Board Game
Thrift Sift
Today, what’s left of my will to live brings you 2010’s Justin Bieber Backstage Pass board game, which dares players to answer disturbing questions about the pop star and themselves as they race each other for a backstage pass and a special message prepared especially for the biggest Bieber believer.
Updated: March 5, 2015
 
Creators Cast Interview
Plays Well With Others
I recently sat down with Scott King of the Creators Cast podcast to record a couple of episodes talking about the production of Pair Of Dice Paradise, and the creative process. Both episodes are now available online!
Updated: March 3, 2015
 
Building A Board Gaming Group #12: Question & Negotiate
Head in the Clouds
In this episode, I describe how I accidentally saved my board game group after the facility that we meet at quintupled their rates.
Updated: March 2, 2015
 
Expansion Overload
Head in the Clouds
Sometimes I get so excited about a game that I buy not only the base game, but also all its expansions. Then, inevitably, trying to learn the base game and its expansions all at once proves to be too overwhelming, and I have to put the game away and write an angry letter instead.
Updated: February 22, 2015
 
Digital Board Games vs. Cardboard Counterparts
Plays Well With Others
On this episode of Plays Well With Others, Suzanne Sheldon, host of the Board Game Apps segment on The Dice Tower's Board Game Breakfast show, joins me to talk about the various digital versions of popular board games that are available, and whether they'll soon replace traditional physical board games.
Updated: February 19, 2015
 
Simple Tip For Straightening Bent Miniatures
The Component Proponent
I test a tip for fixing bent plastic board game miniatures. Join me in the Pair Of Dice Paradise test kitchen, where we’ll put this technique to the test!
Updated: February 14, 2015
 
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