I do all of my podcast listening in the car to and from work, and sometimes at work. Since I was on vacation last week, I didn’t get a chance to listen to the 500th episode of the Dice Tower podcast when it came out.
I’m almost done with it now, and I have to say what a wonderful celebration of 500 episodes; what a sense of history that this provides, and what a lot of hard work that I’m sure has gone into making the podcast as good as it is.
The Dice Tower started in 2005, but I only started listening to it around episode #275 or so (I can’t quite remember). That was a little over four years ago. The only reason I remember even that closely is because it was early in my listening career that the whole “is Eric going to take over the podcast?” running joke culminated in episode #300.
Over those 4+ years, Tom Vasel, Eric Summerer, and the large number of contributors have made my commutes very pleasurable, listening to such knowledgeable people talking about one of my favourite topics: board games. I don’t get much of a chance to watch videos until recently, so the video channel didn’t do as much for me. But the podcast has been a mainstay, and one of the few podcasts that I never even considered culling when I started cutting down on the number of podcasts I listen to.
The 500th episode has been really neat, hearing all the history behind the podcast, the old clips that I had never heard before, so many of the ending-credits puns from Eric, and so much more.
I’m looking forward to the new direction the podcast takes, without the contributors and with some format changes. It will be interesting to see what Tom and Eric have come up with. Not that I minded the contributors. Some of them were quite good. But the format changes are intriguing.
Kudos to you, Tom, for starting this wonderful thing. And thank you to everybody who has contributed over the years for making the Dice Tower podcast what it is.
It’s even been one of the inspirations for me starting this blog.
I am greatly anticipating listening to episode #1000 in 12 more years.