RDTN Episode 90: Africa – West of Africa and Ascension Dreamscape Reviews and Flying Squirrels

Two reviews in this episode along with 2 minute discussions mostly on Kickstarter stuff. The first review is on the 9th expansion for the deck building ascension_dreamscapegame Ascension, called Dreamscape. We know there are people out there that enjoy talking it down, but it gets love here at Rolling Dice & Taking Names. For Tony, it is the only game that he is constantly playing on his Ipad, next to Cookie Jam. For Marty, it is a deck builder that he can appreciate, even though the art isn’t to his liking. We have different opinions about the new Insight mechanic, but if you are a fan of Ascension, you should check it out. Also, if you want to play online, shoot damcree a challenge, just be sure to set it for 28 days.

westofafricaWest of Africa, which is on preorder at Funagain, was the next game on the table. This is a very interesting game and one that might sneak up on you. Your first play may have you thinking, that was interesting, but how is this any different than the other dozen euro games I play. Well, as Marty points out, you better have a Plan B ready to go because of the simultaneous selection, you never know when things could go south. So, how many of your Euro games force you to do that. Then there is the whole how to break a tie mechanic in this game that is really awesome. Did we mention that if you don’t come to the table with a Plan B then you will find yourself playing catch-up at times.squirrelonnut

When the squirrels get let loose during our Flying Squirrel segment, they bring back an abnormalamount of Kickstarter news. We punished them for this and hope they will do better the next time. Once again, the big Summer Movie Episode is our next release, so be sure to pick up some popcorn between now and then.

Segment Time
Toto 01:10
Ascension Dreamscape Review 04:35
Armada Games 20:55
Game Canopy Bag 22:50
Cavern Tavern 25:00
Tiny Epic Kingdom v2 26:55
Saltlands 28:55
Warmachine/Hordes New Rules Edition 31:05
Horse isn't dead yet 33:20
West of Africa 36:30
CBJ Shoutout 1:05:20
Podpledge 01:06:05
Outro 01:07:35

*Correct to location of Armada Games, it was stated I-77 on the show, they are off of I-75.
**Yes that was the second time there was a flush on the show

RDTN Episode 89: Reverence – Commissioned, Dungeons & Dragons 5E, and Asomodee North Price Policy

Based on the poll over in our BGG Guild for what game to review next, we followed the advice of our members and reviewed the game Commissioned. If you are not familiar with the game, it is a coop, cube manipulation, deck building game based on the history around the time of the spread of Christianity. The game is not in your face on the theme, but it brings to life the events that were going on during that time through the commissionedgame’s mechanics. You are facing trials that are out to hinder your progress as you try and accomplish the goals of your chosen scenario. This game has been compared to the inverse of Pandemic, but with the deck building, it is more than that.

We decided to go check out Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition on an Encounters night. We have dabbled in the RPG world many times, but were curious how the new edition was different than the old and with other systems we have tried recently. The shop was very crowded and the noise was very loud, but that did not dampen the fun we had playing.

Finally, we debate the recent interview that was done at GAMA with Asmodee North and their reasons behind their pricing policy changes. Research was done because we even asked our local store owner his opinion on these changes. It is fair to say that we understand these stances, but the reasons just don’t match up to our experiences in the various hobbies we have been part of over the years. Beware, minor ranting will be done.

Congrats to Chris G. from our guild on his win in the first annual RDTN NCAA Guessing Game Bracket Challenge. He beat about ten other people who had no clue on the NCAA Basketball Brackets so take it for what it was worth.

Segment Time
Intro 00:40
Commissioned 04:40
Game Play 08:55
Building the Deck 14:00
Which Cards to play 15:30
Pros of Commissioned 16:35
Cons of Commissioned 18:40
Final Thoughts 20:45
D&D 5E Adventure 26:15
The Pricing Policy Debate 41:40
Local Store Owner thoughts 50:55
Privateer Press Policy 54:25
Outro 58:25

RDTN Episode 88: I Can’t Drive 55 – Ignacy is in the house, Sularia Card Game, GAMA Thoughts

cc_cover_roboczy_loresTime for our yearly visit with Ignacy Trzewiczek and as always, it was a blast. He was upfront with the plans at Portal games this year and talked to us about 51st State, Cry Havoc and the new game Crazy Karts that was announced at GAMA 2016. We also got to share in a designing session with Ignacy on the challenges he is facing with First Martians. Our input might get us some credit on the box. Okay, that might be a stretch because we didn’t help one bit. We went into great depth about the app that will be used in First Martians and found it interesting how decisions you input into the campaign may impact games later down the line. Yes, that is legacy style, but without changing the rules and board. He also was kind enough to answer our questions from the guild.

20160320_231444We also discussed a new card game the Battle of Sularia that was funded on Kickstarter and you know how we love card games. What is different about this game is the use of two “resources” to play cards. One resource lets you place sites or play special cards in your resource site and the other which is generated by the sites played let you play soldiers to the battlefield. Very unique and if you are interested, give them a look.  Punch-It is going to release an expansion on Kickstarter in April so that shows a commitment to the product for now. Also, for more information, take a look at Lance’s video.

We also talk about GAMA 2016 held during the week of March 14-18. There were live feeds going on and in one of those, there is an interesting discussion going on between Anton Torres from Fantasy Flight (Asmodee North) and W.Eric Martin of BGG. Here is a link to the video, and if you go to the 4:25:00 mark, you can do your homework assignment from our show. And yes, the notes are on a piece of wood, we were not messing around.

Segment Time
Intro 00:45
RDTN NCAA Bracket Tournament 2:40
Ignacy in the House 4:30
Family & Snapchat 6:15
Inis New Game 11:00
51st State  12:20
Cry Havoc 23:40
First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet 35:40
Crazy Kart 50:45
You asked – Ignacy Answers 1:04:35
Ignacy in America 1:14:00
Outro 1:19:10
Battle of Sularia 1:20:30
GAMA Discussion 1:24:05
Homework Assignment 1:34:40

RDTN Episode 87: Castle Walls – B-Sieged: Sons of the Abyss, Titan Race, iOS Patchwork, and Ascension Dreamscape

It always amazes me on how things repeat themselves, time and time again. Fifteen years have passed since Marty and I got into CCGs and now, Marty’s son is getting into Magic. Because of this, Marty is reliving the excitement of opening new packs, trading cards and even sharing in the joint venture of buying a full booster box through his son. And then the anniversary of Pokemon is upon us, talk about a rehash from the past. This makes me want to pull out my daughter’s Pokemon cards and give them a try and see how the game fairs after all these years. Like I said, it is funny how things tend to come back around.bsieged

More importantly, we also got to sit down and play a few games recently and wanted to share our thoughts on them. The first is B-Sieged by CMON. This is one of those games that will smash in the face, ask if you are okay, and then do it again. This game reminds us of many scenes from the Lord of the Ring movies. Now we know how the armies felt at Helm’s Deep or on the other side with the Orcs trying to assault Minas Tirith. Either way, it looks like a never ending battle with little hope.LOTR_ReturnOfTheKing_2385

Titan Race is a very light game that also fell under our critique. It is a fun family game if the family enjoys doing a little take during their gaming time. But if you think about it, many family mass market games have a take that type of mechanic in them, so this game should not be an issue for anyone if they have played Sorry, Trouble, or Aggravation. Either way, Titan Race is one of those games that there is more strategy laying in the underlying game than you realize.

As we mentioned in the show, there is a joint contest going on between many podcasts to get your hands on a shiny insert. If you haven’t entered yet, please head over to here.

Segment Time
Intro – Styx 1:26
Warhammer Quest 3:50
Flying Squirrels 5:55
Patchwork iOS Thoughts 6:10
Pack o' Games (Rum Orc) 8:15
Pack o' Games (Sow Gym) 10:20
Magic for the Next Gen 12:35
Road Trip to Raleigh 14:45
Pokemon 16:40
Portal Info 18:50
CMON B-Sieged: Sons of Abyss Review 19:25
Initial Thoughts 21:05
Set-up 21:40
Overall gameplay 23:55
Pros and Cons 36:05
Final Thoughts 46:35
Passport Studios Titan Race Review 48:55
Initial Thoughts 50:15
Set-up 51:05
Overall gameplay 52:00
Pros and Cons 57:55
Final Thoughts 01:02:15
Insert Contest with Board Game Theater 01:04:05
Outro 01:05:30
CMON Expo – we are there 1:10:45

RDTN Episode 86: Go the Distance – Game Boy Geek, Survey Results and 6 Nimmt

We have the honor of having Dan King, the Game Boy Geek, back on the show. He stopped by and said he wanted to revisit not only his predictionsdanking1 about games at GenCon but redeem his Rank’em answers from Episode 72. Normally we don’t allow people to replay Rank’em, but in this case and the epic fail we had last time, we couldn’t say no to Dan. Also, since he was stopping by, we were able to take the time and ask him about his recent graduation from the Stephen Buonocore University on Shameless Plugs. Just kidding, but we were curious that since he has gone out on his own, how his recent Kickstarter was going and asked him to explain the various levels.

6nimmtWe finally get a review in for an episode. We know, we know, novel idea. So we talk about the card game 6 Nimmt! We love card games and this is one of those that is appropriate for many ages and can play up to ten people. There might be more strategy to this game than some people realize. You really need to pay attention to the cards that are being played and think not about your next card, but that one a few plays away. Even though it is a light game, there is a slight take that to it but not in a mean way. When someone takes a bunch of bulls, you can’t help but get a little smirk on your face, especially if you are the one that caused it.

Segment Time
Intro 00:40
A Tragedy 2:30
A new game-Shark Island 3:45
Pandemic-Reign of Cthulhu 05:50
6 Nimmt! Review 09:00
Survey Results 15:45
Game Boy Geek in the house 27:00
Gen Con Revisited 29:05
Star Trek – 5 Year Mission 29:35
Another Podcast 30:55
Warehouse 51 33:10
Behind the Scenes 34:45
Dan's Recommendations 39:15
Mini Reviews and Teaching 41:55
Dan's Kickstarter 45:50
Promo Cards 48:05
Police Precinct Guilt Trip 50:05
Dan does Mario 53:52
Rank'em 55:00
Outro 1:08:10