The Dice Tower

Reviews For The Dice Tower

For years this was my favorite podcast. It’s still fine, but both the podcast and various dice tower YouTube shows have lot more non-gaming chitchat about movies or pie, etc. This is fine, but the show also bends over backwards to keep from even acknowledging any uncomfortable conversations about issues in the gaming community. It’s annoying to listen to 12 minutes on TV shows while the premier board game review company in the US completely ignores current game news. While other podcasts and review shows have started talking about problematic designers, race, colonialism and representation in gaming, the dice tower prefers to talk about what marvel show is out. I like Marvel but I also like to know what the experts have to say about problematic game themes. Even when it’s uncomfortable.
I love this show every week. My favorite weeks are the Mandi and Suzanne weeks. I love hearing a different perspective in the board game community.
I just started listening this past year as I just really discovered this wonderful hobby during the pandemic (something good to come out of it). I love your video reviews but equally love these podcasts. They really do put me in a happy place. Congratulations on 700 episodes and keep it up.
After many years playing board games of all types and absorbing all the hobby has to offer I can now say (5000 plays and 700 games later) this podcast and The Dice Tower in general is wheee is start and end and spend the most time. I thought it would be BGG but that are just a info dump. I check a game and move on. No smiles. No laughter or memories. This podcast and the Dice a tower give me that. And the friendship between them all makes me happy. Well done!
This was my favorite podcast for several years. It is still great as a biweekly board games podcast. Unfortunately, it is now about playing roll & writes and eating pie every other week. I wish Mandy and Suzanne had their own, separate podcast so they can follow their format: “Oh, it’s a roll & write? Haven’t played it but I loooove it. Haha lolz. This one is space-themed? Haven’t heard of it but I probably hate it. lolol.” And they call their App review segment “Tap that app”. Like, what? This is a family podcast...
I love this, more of everyone, more questions, more gametek, more reviews!!!
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Been a long time listener and this podcast has been instrumental in learning about the board game hobby. They strike that balance of being informative and entertaining.
Me and my mom love love love it!!!!!!!!!!!!😊
Love all the hosts and different insights. I love hearing about the new games they are playing mixed with discussion of some older games they still enjoy. Great to listen to on my way to work.
All four hosts are great! I love the banter and jokes between Tom and Eric. Mandy and Suzanne are great at describing games and making me excited for games I haven’t heard of before. I also enjoy their Shelf Staples segment and 2 truths and a lie are always fun.
Tom and Eric are fantastic hosts, and I love hearing their friendly banter. The addition of Mandi and Suzanne was the best choice they ever made. I love these two even more than I thought I could. They’re great! Super banter, great information with a unique perspective from each host, and amazing coverage! Give it a listen.
Eric and Tom have been doing this for many years and their synergy is unmatched in podcast hosts. And I listen to a lot of podcasts. I’ve heard a lot of hate for the new format, but I like it. Tom and Eric clearly had some fatigue with the prior weekly format and hearing from them only every other week produces a much fresher and livelier show. Mandi and Suzanne had some growing pains to start, but have come into their own with a slight different feel to the classic Dice Tower format. I’m always looking forward to a new episode.
The Dice Tower is one of the main reasons that I got into board gaming. Each host brings a good perspective to the table, but I really dislike how it’s now Tom & Eric one week and Mandy & Suz the next. I think the show would be much better if it was all 4 in a round table discussion each episode. As it is, it’s jarring and you never feel settled in with the hosts.
For people who want clean, good natured fun listening about games this is my favorite place to find it. However, I personally do not enjoy the podcasts that Mandi and Suzanne host for several reasons. My rating is for the past shows, live episodes, and for what Tom and Eric bring to my life through the content they have done for years in the past, and years to come.
I’ve been a longtime listener and wasn’t sure about the format changing when it was announced, but I LOVE the variety that we get now. Tom & Eric are great; such wonderful chemistry. And Mandi & Suzanne have really found themselves as well. Like both sets of hosts for various reasons. Always learning about new games!
I thought Mandi and Suzanne helped revitalize the show, and I like their perspective as much as Tom n Eric’s
I love the chemistry between Mandy and Suz, and Tom and Eric. I don’t understand the dislike for Mandy and Suz. They do a great job and bring a different mindset and opinion. I love the app segments as well as shelf staples. As far as complaints about the podcast being to long, then listen to it in faster speed. I wish they were longer. I listen while working so longer the better.
Tom and Eric are phenomenal however it’s unbearable when the ladies are on.
I appreciate the reviews of games and the lists, but I find that each episode is far too long. It seems like it could be easily cut by 1/3 - 1/2 and not miss out on actual content. Additionally, the episodes with Mandy and Suzanne are unbearable. They are not funny or fun to listen to, despite seemingly trying to be either. I cannot stand the sound of them inhaling into the microphone, and the fact that they have multiple times recorded while nasally and sniffling is obnoxious (among many other things). They could easily cut this podcast into a 1 hour, every other week episode and we would not be missing out on anything.
I hope the new format is bringing in new listeners. For me it does not work. I only give it 5 stars because Tom and Eric are amazing hosts and they deserve 5 stars. I hope the show switches to two separate shows sometimes soon.
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As a relatively new member of this growing hobby, I find this podcast a fabulous, informative, inspiring and entertaining resource. With almost 600 episodes to choose from, there is SO much to tap into. Great for a commute to get you ready for a weekend of gaming or game design. However, live shows and those with alternate hosts are less entertaining... even annoying at times. In jokes between the giggling guest hosts or pandering to the negative with a live audience are simply not what I’m after. Still ... it’s a podcast I listen to when there’s a new one.
I’d rather listen to Tom and Eric on a biweekly podcast than have rotating hosts. Also, the A-Z Top 10s need to go. I never find myself looking for a great game that starts with the letter C. I’m fine with revisiting past lists if you’re running out of ideas.
Tom's series of podcasts and video reviews are in large part responsible for my interest in the boardgame hobby. Like others I'm sure, when I first got started it was the Dice Tower that I would listen to and watch to discover new games. Things have changes over the years, sometimes they miss but often times they hit.
Love time listener to the podcast and enjoying the new alternating format and Tom/Eric and Susan/Mandi. Just listened to the 5 and 10 year look back episodes and really enjoyed the trip back to the past.
I have listened for a long time! I love the new format and am happy to hear what perspectives each brings. Thanks guys and gals. Keep up the good work!
Tom and Eric, but the other two hosts are unlistenable. I had be listen to the podcast since 2012 and can no longer do it. The only thing that has come out of this change was the discovery of new board game podcasts. Judging from some of the more recent reviews, you're losing loyal followers. I can no longer cringe at the words pie or random giggling at unfunny jokes. It honestly stresses me out and have to turn it off.
Great for getting a quick overview of recently released titles. I think the girl hosts are immature and overly giddy though. Skip the live shows.


By Mgs72
Tom and Eric have tremendous chemistry. Great asset to the board gaming hobby.
Was one of the best board game podcasts and still is when Tom and Eric do the show together. When the other hosts are on is almost unlistenable. What made/makes this podcast great is the interaction between Tom and Eric which is now less than every other week. Still love you guys though.
I’d really love if Tom & Eric could have their own feed. I really dislike the changing hosts every other week.
Tom and Eric are great. They are the reason I listen to the Dice Tower, and I have been listening since 2011. I also like when Susan and Mandi are guests, but definitely not as hosts. I'm not trying to be mean or rude, and I truly do try and listen to their episodes. That being said, once the giggling, and pie talk, and long discussions of one game happens, then I move onto another podcast. If this new format has taught me anything, it's that there are other great podcasts out there, but I do miss Tom and Eric.
I’ve listened to this for years but lately I’ve really not liked it. They advertise for games the same episode that they talk about them. I feel like they won’t say it’s a bad game or talk about it’s negatives when this is the case. Susan and Mandy are cool but not why I listen. I feel like you guys talk more and more about the industry and less and less about games.
Great show. It’s nice to hear the broad array of opinions from the 4 hosts. Good work!
I have been listening to this show for years as my go to podcast on board games and convention news. I like the hosts Tom and Eric and the idea to branch out and create new content in bringing us other podcasts. That being said, I have started to fall of when the show is featuring the two new hosts that were added. If the they as hosts were good enough to have their own show, let them. I do not listen to hear about food at the conventions or hear them laugh at their own jokes. Please, go back to the just Eric and Tom. Put the other two on their own show and see what the number for them are, don’t force them on us by putting them on this podcast. I check my downloads to see if its going to be anther foodie and giggle fest before I listen.
Two stars, this show was a five star for yearssssss. I loved it. Till they changed the line up and I’ve watched it crumble. And maybe they are growing more than ever? But for me it’s done. It’s like if you ordered steak from a restaurant and the waiter brings you an uncooked heap of hamburger meat. I’m sure the noble thing would be to get up and walk away but something I loved was cheapened and I feel the need to explain why I’m so sad the restaurant is doing this. It’s so hard to bring someone on, let alone two, who were not the main attractions before. And to expect them to run the show? To hold down the fort? Looking at other reviews I am so thankful others were feeling since 500 like I did. Thank you all. I think until I hear it’s changing up and we see more of the steak we want and came for, I’m out. Sorry gals. You guys aren’t bad people, just not the hosts I want to listen to. Edit: I upped the stars to 4 because they have500 episodes and don’t deserve the hard grade because of a line up change.
This podcast is, bar none, the best one for keeping its audience up to date on developments in the world of board games. Well done and highly recommended.
Dice tower used to be a great weekly podcast. But after a major format, the show is a shadow of it former glory. I gave it a 3 month chance, but I have to unsubscribe now. I hate having to delete half the shows. They are not what I want.
The Dice Tower Podcast is the standard by which we measure all others. Their consistency, humor, knowledge and shear love of gaming makes each episode a true joy. The recent addition of Mandi and Suzanne has added fresh life to this great show and made it even more entertaining. You can't go wrong subscribing.
Have been listening for years and years, and Tom has always grown and improved the show. The latest season is the best yet, with a rotating set of hosts and lots of great games and opinions to hear about.
Because of two intercontinental moves over the second half of the year, we had not listened to The Dice Tower since August. When I just now played the new episode and didn't hear Tom and Eric, I was concerned. Now, it's just no longer The Dice Tower. I don't know these people. I don't have any connection to them. They were just subsitituted in without notice. I won't be listening anymore. It was the only gaming podcast we listened to on a regular basis. Sad to see the sudden change.
If you like board games and podcasts, then you should already be listening to this one.
I love the dice tower I listen to the podcast at work ( def makes it an easier day) and watch the videos on YouTube. I like their recommendations for games I'm a new gamer I got into gaming last year while I was pregnant. Loving the extra guests and have a female presence because I think it's a different view point
This used to be the premiere tabletop gaming podcast, but it has gone way downhill since episode 500. The new format is very poor compared to past formats. They brought in new hosts that alternate episodes between Tom and Eric, who instead should have just had their own podcast. The quality between episodes oscillates up and down so much between hosts and the new guests format that many episodes lose all critical objectivity or listenability. This truly was the top tier of gaming podcasts, and now maybe an episode or two a month is even worth listening to—what a shame.
This is a downgrade from what has for the better part of the last decade been a five-star show for me. During that time I know that the Dice Tower as an organization has grown exponentially and I understand that means change. But the one thing that should never have been changed is this flagship podcast. Tom and Eric’s voices are the heart and soul of the Dice Tower and without those voices it just isn’t the Dice Tower at all. The new hosts are less engaging, less knowledgeable and less connected than Tom. This makes this new Dice Tower podcast a massively inferior product. I have stopped listening to what was once a weekly must-listen podcast because of this change. My one glimmer of hope is that Tom and the folks at TDT have always been good at listening to fan feedback. Mine is this: give these ladies their own slot on the network but bring back the real Dice Tower podcast. Even if administrative constraints mean we only get a biweekly or monthly show it would still be preferable to the disappointment that many of us feel when we fire up a brand new episode only to hear someone other than Eric and Tom introducing the show.
Big fan. The personalities of the Dice Tower are all fun, enjoyable to listen to, and full of great board gaming knowledge.
Very good.