RDTN Episode 50 – We’ve Only Just Begun: Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games), Chit Chat (Suzanne and Rhiannon), Panamax, Kanban

50thThe Big 5 0. That is right, we have made it to Episode 50 and we did not hold back. We introduce a new segment Chit Chat with two very well known contributors in the gaming community, Suzanne and Rhiannon. You recognize Suzanne from her Boardgame Breakfast segments on games for tablets and such. Suzanne was also one of the main organizers of GenCant 2014. Rhiannon of course is from Spooning Meeples and can carry on a gazillion conversations on Twitter. They join Marty, I chime in occasionally, in a discussion about helping your significant other find the joy in the gaming hobby. spooningmeeple

We are then honored to have Stephen Buonocore from Stronghold Games join us and discuss the banner 2014 year that his company has had. We learn how Stronghold got its start and just how much goes into running a small gaming company especially when it isn’t your full-time job. Then Marty and Stephen begin their love feast discussion on Panastrongholdmax and I try and muscle my way in with Diamonds. Seriously, if you love card games and those that you game with do, get this game.

We also want to give a big shout out to Eric Summerer for providing us with our intro to celebrate our 50th show and The Chalk for featuring our logo recently on Boardgaming Breakfast.

Intro 00:00
Chit Chat 02:50
Stronghold Games – The Beginning 42:45
Panamax 1:01:00
Behind the Scenes at Stronghold 01:10:45
Kanban 01:21:10
What's in the Future at Stronghold 01:30:00
Stronghold Lovefest 01:40:00
Rank'em 01:46:30
Outro 02:04:25

RDTN – Episode 49 – New York State of Mind w/ special co-host, Marty’s Wife (NYCC, Comic Book TV Shows, Potpourri)

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Once again, Tony is on a lavish vacation leaving me behind to produce an episode of the show. So I decided to bring in someone who knows me even better than Tony. My wife, Vanessa.

We recently just got back from a family trip to New York Comic Con. In this episode we share our adventures at NYCC and compare it to other conventions we’d been too. In addition, as southerners, we give our first impressions of visiting New York City.

Next, we discuss and rate the current Comic Book shows on TV.

Finally I mention a few Kickstarters you may want to check out.

Segment Time
New York Comic Con 1:00
Cosplay at the Con 11:00
Panels at the Con 21:00
On the Con Floor 25:30
Phoenix Covenant 29:00
Final Thoughts on the Con 32:15
Southerners First Impressions of NYC 35:45
Comic Book TV Shows 47:15
Outro 57:30
Space Movers 58:00
Hex Chests 1:00:45
Insert Here (Promo Code: rollingdice) 1:03:15

Diamonds Tournament at MACE – Charlotte, NC, Nov. 8th

As teased in Episode 48, we are going to run a special event our local convention, MACE, in Charlotte, NC on November 8th. We are hosting a Diamonds tournament.

Diamonds is the new trick-taking game designed by Mike Fitzgerald and published by Stronghold Games. Tony is a huge fan of this game because it’s quick, easy to learn, and fun to play. So we thought it would be the perfect game for our MACE event. There are 12 slots open for this event and we’ll play multiple rounds until we have a winner.

Stronghold Games is graciously sponsoring the event and is providing two copies of Diamonds to give away as prizes. The winner of the tournament will win a copy and then we’ll do a random drawing to give away the other copy.

We also want to use this event to raise money for Gamers For Cures which is a charity ran by Dan Patriss of the Geek All-Stars podcast. There will be $1 entry fee into the tournament and you’ll be able to buy additional raffle tickets at $1 a piece in order to earn more entries into the raffle. All proceeds will go to charity.

The event will be on Saturday, November 8th from 3pm – 7pm. You must have a MACE pass to participate and you can sign up online.

So come on out, have fun, get a chance to win a great game and support a worthwhile charity. Hope to see you there!

MACE Pass Giveaway

As mentioned in Episode 48,  a listener has donated a MACE Full Convention Pass to the show for us to giveaway. The listener wants it to go to an individual that might not normally be able to make the convention due to a loss of job, financial troubles or maybe they are just down on their luck.

If you know someone that could really use this pass for a fun filled gaming weekend, please email us at rolldicetakenames@gmail.com to nominate this person and give us the reasons why this individual could use the pass. Tony and I one will select one person from all the entries received and award the pass to that individual. Note: Transportation and lodging is not provided.

A big thanks goes to the listener who is providing the pass. Acts of generosity like this is what makes our community so great.

RDTN Episode 48: Carolina on my Mind – Shadowrun Crossfire, Toy Hall of Fame, and Two Contests

This episode is just us this time. We were recovering from our marathon with the Geek All Stars when we recorded this episode. We talk about the upcoming gaming convention in Charlotte called MACE which is being held November 7-9, 2014. It is at the Hilton Charlotte University Place if you can find time to come down. Marty and I hope to hold a tournament that weekend if the logistics work out. We are still ironing out the details, they are rather rough, but it will be for the charity Turner Syndrome Society. This is the same charity that the Geek Allstars support with their 24 hour gaming marathon. You can find more information about this event at Gamers for Cures. We have also received a pass to MACE that we will be giving away to someone that our listeners nominate.

CrossfireCoverOne more important thing in the episode is Catalyst Game Labs sent us some of the expansion packs for their new game Shadowrun: Crossfire. We are giving these away to four listeners who get us a picture. We can’t thank Catalyst enough for providing us with this giveaway of their expansion. Marty gives you all the details in the show but two things to remember: use #RDTNShadowrun and only available to listeners in the continental United States, sorry. The expansion cost less than shipping if we were to send it over the pond.

And all the links we promised:


And now the good stuff
Segment Time
MACE 6:30
MACE Contest 12:40
BryceCon 19:00
Toy Hall of Fame 22:15
Shadowrun Crossfire 40:30
Shadowrun Contest 54:30
Things that have our attention -Squirrel 57:30

RDTN 5 Minute Initiative: Star Realms

Our first attempt at doing a 5 Minute Initiative on video. We took on the killer deck builder Star Realms. This game is hot and worth all the hype in my opinion. How good is it, it has my wife’s seal of approval. She loves enjoy’s playing it and quickly caught onto the mechanics of the game. If anything, check out the free app of the game to help you decide if you want to pick this one up, but you are going to have to wait because it is sold out and the 4th, that is right, the 4th printing should hit near the end of the year.

Thanks for watching

RDTN Episode 47: Nowhere Man – Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise, Introverts & Board Gaming, and Stuff

pairofdiceOur show is graced by another awesome guest, Chaz Marler from Pair of Dice Paradise. Chaz is known for his YouTube videos on Thrift Store Games, Game Reviews, and most recently helpful insights on what it means to have an introvert personality and still be a board gamer. We discuss his webseries, his Indiegogo campaign, and games we have played recently. Near the end, I get to mention a new game that should be on Kickstarter soon called Knee Jerk and we all weigh in on how this game is not for old people like myself but might be for you.

And on a very important topic, Marty puts out a request for someone to send him a Scooter Pie because he wants to compare it to a Moon Pie. In all accounts, they are the same, but he wants to see for himself.

Segment Time
Intro 2:00
Indiegogo Campaign  15:00
Being an Introvert Gamer 34:00
Chaz's Favorite Games  47:00
Knee Jerk Game  1:06:00
Scooter Pies  1:10:00

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