RDTN Episode 74 – Do You Believe in Magic: Review of Ashes -Rise of the Phoenixborn, Vs. System 2PCG, Mage Wars Academy, and Fields of Arle

IMG_20150808_111043[1]As we have said many times, pre-constructed deck games or hand management games* are what pulled us into this hobby and it is what we get all excited about when a new pre-constructed constructed deck game comes out. So, needless to say, we were really looking forward to doing this episode because it is in our wheelhouse. We take a look at Vs. System 2PCG by Upper Deck and Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn by Plaid Hat Games. Even though Vs is based on the older 2004 system, it has been brought up to 2009 standards, but not 2015 IMG_20150808_095553[1]standards. Meanwhile, Ashes is going to set the constructed card game community on fire with its game play, mechanics, and art. Hopefully as they expand it, they don’t break it.

Marty and I also throw in a quick overview of Mage Wars Academy since all three of these card games are coming out this year. There will be a more indepth review of this
game in a later episode. Enjoy the show and hope you got your entries in for the Dice Tower Contest which closes on 8/25/2016.

Segment Time
Fields of Arle 6:00
Stilchen 8:00
Mysterium 10:10
Tony Rant 12:15
Vs. System 2PCG 14:45
Portal Games Announcement 36:31
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn 37:30
Mage Wars Academy 01:03:00

*Hand management games are games with cards in them that reward players for playing the cards in certain sequences or groups. The optimal sequence/grouping may vary, depending on board position, cards held and cards played by opponents. Managing your hand means gaining the most value out of available cards under given circumstances. Cards often have multiple uses in the game, further obfuscating an “optimal” sequence. (Source: BGG)

RDTN Episode 73 – Top of the World: Gen Con Overview with Marty and Vanessa, Forbidden Stars Review, and A Contest

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Forbidden Stars in action

Gen Con is over and the Connell family made it back alive and full of stories. To keep it from being the Marty Gen Con review, his wife Vanessa, the wonderful voice that introduces what is in the show, joins us for a special Flying Squirrel segment. Once all that is said, Marty and I go into a deeper dive on Forbidden Stars. We compare it to our first love in board gaming, Starcraft. We all know that Corey Konieczka was part of the design team for these wonderful games and love how the placing of the orders/actions on the board was carried forward from Starcraft to Forbidden Stars.

And then comes the big announcement for a special Dice Tower Network contest that runs in August. Please listen closely to all the ways to enter the contest and good luck. Google Form Link for contest

Segment Time
Neuroshima Hex Battle 1:00
Flying Squirrels 4:30
The Cupcake Incident 23:20
Portal Game Releases 34:45
Forbidden Stars Review 35:45
The Dice Tower Network Contest 1:05:20

RDTN Episode 72 – I Just Can’t Wait to Be King: The Gameboy Geek Dan King joins us for our Gen Con Episode

gbgeekimageOne of the most prolific reviewers on the Dice Tower, Dan King the Gameboy Geek, joins us for this episode to discuss what games we are looking forward to at Gen Con. Since Marty is the only one of us going to the convention, Dan and I are kind of making a list of things we want him to check out and report back on with his opinions. Hopefully some of the games we mention are on your list as well. Then we drag Dan into a round of Rank ’em that in itself was a very unique experience. We obviously needed to play test those questions before we presented them to Dan, but live and learn.

Fdankingor all those going to Gen Con, be sure to find Marty to get your Moon Pie and 1st Player Squirrel token, both are limited in supply. If you have time, be sure and pick up tickets for the Grudge Match going on Friday night. Also drop by our sponsors, The Broken Token and Portal Games and if anything let them know you heard about them on our Podcast, it is much appreciated. For those like me that are not attending, be sure to participate in the @Gencant activities and check out the website here. We are offering up a prize along with tons of contributors, publishers and just really nice people. What a great time to be part of the hobby.

Segment Time
Dan King is here 2:00
Gen Con Preview 15:30
Nevermore 17:15
Codenames 20:00
Vs. System 2PCG 23:00
Dice City 26:15
Discoveries 28:30
Wrath of Dragons 31:15
Star Trek: Five Year Mission 34:00
Mysterium USA Version 35:30
Steam Works 39:00
The King's Armory 41:00
New Salem 43:00
Code of Nine 47:15
Central City: Heroes 49:45
Warehouse 51 51:30
The Undercity 53:30
And a just quick hitters 56:30
Rank 'em 01:08:30
Wrap up with Dan 01:23:00
Portal at Gencon 01:27:45
Outro 01:28:45

Giveaways at GenCon!

Vanessa and I are looking forward to attending GenCon this year. We can’t wait to see all the new games and to hear the industry buzz. But the most exciting thing is hanging out with 60k other gamers.

While we are there we hope to meet people who listen to our show and give them a little something.
First is our squirrel token from The Broken Token. You can take this token to the Broken Token booth and get 10% off your purchase.
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Next are some custom dice with our logo.
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Finally, no convention is complete without some Moon Pies

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There will be several ways to get these. One is we’ll be at the Dice Tower Booth (#3030) from 11am – 12pm on Saturday. Come by, say hi, and get some swag.

During the other days, I’ll be tweeting locations Vanessa and I will be to get some swag. So make sure to follow us on twitter @DiceAndNames. In addition, I’ve setup a texting mechanism such that you’ll be notified via text when and where we will be. To receive these texts, text EZRDTN to 313131. This will be the only time I use these texts so don’t worry about receiving any spam.

In addition I’ll be participating in two events at GenCon. First is the Neuroshima Hex Grudge Match and the second is the Battle of the Board Game Networks. Both of those events will be a lot of fun so hope to see some of you there.

Can’t wait to meet as many of you as I can!

Note: We do have limited supplies of the swag items. so don’t wait too long.

RDTN Episode 71 – Still the One: Stockpile Review, Forbidden Stars Impression, Chit Chat: Game to Settle Down With

iheartboardgames Suzanne and Rhiannon are back and we discuss a topic suggested by a BGG RDTN Guild member on what game we think is our soulmate. That is right, is there a board game out there that would be one that you could settle down with and thus live out your life just playing that game. Now in real life we know that there will never just be one game for us to play, but it was a fun debate among the four of us.

Marty and I review a game he got at Origins called Stockpile. I must say that I was very surprised by this game and was initially concerned that it might be a tad boring because economic games are that to me. But what a breath of fresh air and iheartgamesone game I will pick up for myself instead of trying to borrow Marty’s copy all the time.

We also give our initial impression of Fantasy Flight’s Forbidden Stars that we have been chomping at the bit to play. This one is going to take another few plays to get a full feel for the game, but initial impression is it worth the time investment to discover if you might like it or not.

We also want to thank our newest sponsor Portal Games and for those heading to Gen Con, be sure to visit their Store and place your order for delivery at the show.

Segment Time
Intro 00:30
Tony who? 4:30
Forbidden Stars 6:00
Stockpile 14:00
Chit Chat 27:15
Dice Tower Con 28:30
Geekway to the West 32:30
General Con Thoughts 37:30
The Gauntlet is thrown: Neuroshima Hex 44:00
The Game You would Marry 48:30
Battle of the Board Game Networks 1:10:00
Gen Cant 2015 01:15:00
Portal Announcement 1:25:45
Marty's Gen Con Events 1:27:15
The Broken Token Special Offer @ Gen Con 1:29:15
Outro 1:32:15

And here is the Battle of the Board Game Networks Video.

RDTN Episode 70 – North to Alaska: Terra Mystica Review, Marty’s CMON Adventures, Eric Lang’s The Others & Blood Rage

In this Episode, we are going to cover a not so new game, one that came out in 2012, Terra Mystica and its expansion Fire and Ice. We also hear from Marty on the adventures down at CoolMiniorNot Expo and the games he got to play. He really enjoyed himself and if you are in the Atlanta area in May 2016, consider this small little Con. We of course have some Flying Squirrel moments to discuss the happenings in the gaming community and things that just cause me to shake my head at. There is even an actual squirrel moment in the show, so happy hunting.

And yes, these are my accommodations in Alaska

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Meeples or Minis 4:50
I am cheap 6:50
Paradox 9:00
Kickstarter Video Stupidity 11:15
Selfie Sticks 13:15
Hug YLGS 15:15
Kraftwagen 17:15
Give the old games another try 19:45
2016 Scott King Gaming Calendar 21:45
CMON Adventures 26:15
Eric Lang's The Others – 7 Sins 29:00
Grizzled 36:30
Blood Rage 38:30
Shout Out Time 44:00
Terra Mystica 47:30
Hero's Convention 59:00

RDTN Episode 69 – Love Rollercoaster: Review of Origins 2015 with guest co-host, Rodney Smith

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In this episode, Love Rollercoaster,  guest host Rodney Smith (Watch It Played) and I discuss our trip to Origins. And what better way to cover all the different topics of Origins than Flying Squirrels.

In addition, we compare and contrast various aspects of Origins, GenCon and BGG Con.

Meanwhile, Tony is still playing Yukon Cornelius somewhere in Alaska. Hopefully he’ll make it back safe and sound in time for Episode 70.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
How did Rodney get to go to Origins? 4:00
Flying Squirrels (games/people/food/rants) 7:05
Compare and Contrast Origins/GenCon/BGG Con 48:40
Outro 1:03:05
CMON Expo 1:07:05

RDTN Episode 68 – Roll with the Changes: Roll for the Galaxy, Jaipur, Terra Mystica Expansion

We spend a good portion of the show talking about Roll for the Galaxy, a game that not only has our attention, but the attention of our wives and we get to hear their thoughts. That is right, bad enough we get to hear our wives opinions off the air and now you get to experience it on the air. For my wife, she has not been on since Episode 11 and so I was very happy when she said she would be willing to come on and discuss the game. That taz_photoshould say something on just how much she likes this game. It is #2 on her list, with Pandemic being #1. Vanessa, Marty’s wife, has been on since Episode 11, but once again, she was willing to take time from her new responsibility, see picture to the right, and discuss Roll for the Galaxy.

Flying Squirrels includes a discussion on my new favorite two player game Jaipur and a must buy expansion for Terra Mystica according to Marty.

Enjoy and please leave comments over at the guild. Always love those reviews on iTunes.

Segment Time
Intro 00:30
Cubist Podcast 01:30
Terra Mystica – Fire & Ice 4:50
Jaipur 06:50
The Movie Draft – The Concession 08:50
Defenders of the Last Stand vs. Defenders of the Last Realms – Dragons 10:50
Trading Trends at Boardgameco 12:50
Bug Testing Software 14:50
New MicrobadgesGet you some 16:50
Roll for the Galaxy Overview 18:30
Roll for the Galaxy – Wives 26:00
And Now Us 41:00
Outro – Origins 53:00

RDTN Episode 67 – Just the Two of Us: XenoShyft Review, Flying Squirrels and Statistically Speaking

It has been awhile and we recognize it, but it is just the two of us for this show. Much of the show is on our critique of the new game from Cool Mini Or Not – Xenoshyft Onslaught. Marty and I have different opinions on this game, which is no surprise here, but what was the surprise was where the difference came in.

I do have to give a big thanks to my Co-host for doing this Kickstarter,  which allowed us a chance to play it. Just think, it was almost a year since Marty was exposed to the game at the CMON Expo.

We introduce our new segment in the showing called Flying Squirrels. This is intended to be quick discussions on topics that have caught our attention. This way we keep ourselves focused and mostly on task.

Finally, Taylor is back for another Statistically Speaking.  We talk about what it means to have expectations of your rolls in dice games. He makes an interesting argument about city placement in Catan that I had never considered before.

Don’t forget to enter our contest for a copy of Xenoshyft, just follow this link over to survey. We decided to try Google Survey this time, so hope this doesn’t confuse you.

Date Segment
Intro 00:30
Flying Squirrels 03:00
1st & Goal 5:10
BattleBards/Defenders of the Last Stand 7:10
Kickstarter Shipping 9:15
The Muppets 11:15
Imperial Settlers – The Atlanteans 13:15
Memior '44 15:15
Tumblers 17:15
Neuroshima Hex App 19:15
Review – XenoShyft Onslaught 22:15
Statistically Speaking 43:00
Outro 53:45

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