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Podcast #68: Gamer origin stories, adjacent hobbies, and Uwe! (guest: Dice Tower Podcast)

Suz and Mandi from the Dice Tower Podcast take some time off to do...another podcast with us!

Sure, we sometimes get asked how we became board gamers...but it's time to rebrand that and ask for our board gamer origin stories.

Delightful Dice Tower Podcast cohosts Suzanne Sheldon and Mandi Hutchinson (also founder and cohost of To Die For Games) somehow find the time between gaming, hobbying, and podcasting to drop by and discuss how they became the superpowered, multifaceted board gamers they are today. Now, we've talked about Uwe Rosenberg before, but Mandi wanted to know which other Uwe games to play, and Christina and Suz have some strong suggestions.

Our topics for this show:

  • Christina (host): Our board gamer origin stories
  • Suzanne (guest): What are our other hobbies outside of board games? Is there any overlap?
  • Mandi (guest): Which Uwe Rosenberg-designed games does Mandi need to play?

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The games mentioned in this episode:


  • Fields of Arle

Christina's topic: Our board-gamer origin stories

  • Monopoly
  • Mouse Trap
  • Power Grid
  • Bohnanza
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Trouble
  • Frustration
  • Dominoes
  • Risk
  • Magic: The Gathering
  • Big 2
  • Bridge
  • Hearts
  • Euchre
  • Poker

Suz's topic: Other hobbies

  • First Ascent

Mandi's topic: Which Uwe Rosenberg games should Mandi play?

  • Patchwork
  • Fields of Arle
  • Ora et Labora
  • Le Havre
  • Caverna
  • Agricola
  • Fields of Arle: Tea & Trade
  • At the Gates of Loyang
  • A Feast for Odin
  • Spring Meadow
  • Cottage Garden
  • Second Chance
  • Halltertau
  • Bohnanza
  • Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small
  • Le Havre: The Inland Port
  • Caverna: Cave vs. Cave
  • Caverna: The Forgotten Folk
  • Notre Dame
  • Fairy Trails
  • Bargain Hunter

Final thoughts:

  • Second Chance
  • Yahtzee
  • Bonfire
  • Destinies
  • A Gentle Rain