Look out, Chaz is in the house again so you might want to just get ready for an episode that is nothing but Squirrel moments. Sure we talk about the happenings in the board gaming world, but we spend much of our time talking about his Mockumentary that he did for the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund. The winning bidder received a 30+ minute tribute to their gaming glory at a competition where they beat some heavy hitters in the gaming community. The people that appear in this small film are Tom Vasel, Eric Summerer, Rodney Smith, Joel Eddy, Hunter Shelburne, Rhiannon Ochs, and many others. But it wasn’t just these heavyweights, Marty and I got parts as well.
Chaz then pulls a switch-a-roo on us and makes us play our own game – Rank’em. His topics actually had some thought behind them. Enjoy the show and be sure and check out Chaz’s youTube channel when you get a chance if you don’t already.
Back by popular demand or maybe because there was a throat punch involved, Rhiannon and Suzanne. We spend our time discussing the news from GAMA, what caught our eye, and how Fantasy Flight seems to be leveraging a particular IP. If you had asked me when I first saw Star Wars as a kid, did I think it would be around when I was approaching 50 years of age, I would have told you that you were crazy. Same goes for Star Trek, but in all fairness, it doesn’t have the draw like Star Wars. So, we can make fun of Fantasy Flight for hitching their wagon to that name brand, but I am grateful they did for it gives them the financial ability to explorer other ideas that may not be feasible.
I love Dead of Winter, but the game insert is not very good at keeping that game organized. So I purchased a custom insert from The Broken Token to see if their insert did a better job of making setup and clean up easier. Does it? Can it survive the shake test? Find out in my latest Marty’s Musing
Matt Leacock has been making the rounds to promote his new game Thunderbirds, published by Modiphius Games and we were lucky enough to be including in his tour of podcasts/video channels. Some of us even got to interview him twice. The Kickstarter is doing incredibly well as you can imagine and was funded I believe in one day. While this game has my interest, I am already stretched thin on my KS dollars for the year, so I am going to pass until it hits retail.
Matt then took some time to talk with us about his Pandemic series and a little about Pandemic Legacy but unfortunately he can’t spoil anything yet and we all have to wait. He did mention what most of us have already heard, that it is atwelve month campaign, there are two cover art boxes out there, but it is the same game, and it was great working with Rob Daviau. One thing I hadn’t heard that was news to me was that they signed off on the game and it was ready to print. Zman is saying that they had 52,000 pre-orders for this game which is incredible in my opinion.
This was a really fun interview with Matt and we appreciate him taking his time to come on our show. Here is a link to the shop we were talking about with the Game Pimper T-shirt if you are interested.
Has it already been two weeks since our last show? Man, time is moving quickly and spring is upon us, or at least in the Charlotte area. So, time to get outside, do some weeding, pruning, and get the gardens ready for planting. But before we do, Marty and I got the chance to play Deus and for me, I really enjoyed it. Do yourself a favor and find someone who has the game and give it a play. It is a nice mix of various mechanics from other games, but it doesn’t feel like they were forced together at all. I get to talk about Pandemic: The Cure and if I think it is more than Just a Game as stated by Rhi on a previous episode. Marty tells us what the family thinks of Imperial Settlers and if you missed his tweet on trying to read the cards, reposting image here..
And the Triad is complete. We have concluded our back to back to back shows and I don’t know about you, but I am spent. We are very honored to have on the show Donald and Erik from On Board Games. We talk to two guys that have seen a bunch of change in the industry and get them to reflect back on the dark days of gaming and compare it to today’s enlightened world.
I get to introduce a new segment, Statistically Speaking, that I hope turns out to be a plus for the show. My goal for this segment is to help us play our games smarter without a huge deep dive into the world of statistics. We all think we know something about statistics, I mean who doesn’t know that you have a 50-50 chance with a coin, or a 1 in 6 chance to get a number on a dice, but are we truly using the terms correctly. I mean, statistically speaking, I got a 50% chance of this segment falling flat on its face, okay, maybe greater chance than that.
Thanks for listening and don’t forget we have two contests going on currently.
What is this you say, another episode only a week away from the last one we released. Marty and I had some unfinished business after the Happy Mitten Episode and needed to get out the goodness to y’all. Marty does a great job explaining the XCOM game and if things keep going the way they are, he might have it up for trade. Even with his pain of the dice in the game, he gives it a Game to Buy on the RO Scale.
I review a Dr. Finn game Let Them Eat Shrimp! which I believe has made its way around the game reviewer circle. For what it is worth, if you have young kids that enjoy Blokus, you might want to think about this game. Or if you are like me and have elder parents, you might want to think about this game. Placing tiles strategically helps those of advanced years keep spatial relations in my opinion. I am sure some person at the Helsinki Institute did research on it, but I am too lazy to go look for it.
Next we talk about the new TMG game Harbour that I really enjoyed and so glad Marty did the Kickstarter for it. But, you, our listeners, have a chance at winning a copy of the game. Just head over to our survey and supply some really simple answers and based on our favorite answer for why you need a new worker placement game will determine the winner.
We then discuss to big news events and two Kickstarters that may or may not be your cup of tea, but wanted to bring them to your attention. Go check out Wizard Dodgeball and Tic Tac Toe Tee for more information if you are interested
For The Broken Token contest, you have to tweet to @DiceAndNames a picture of why you need a 7 Wonder Insert or Dead of Winter Insert to win. Or you can post a picture as described above on the BGG Guild Contest thread. Either one will get you in this contest. Contests end as stated in Episode 59.
Wow, that didn’t go as planned. We had this entire episode planned to bring in the guys and gal from Happy Mitten Games, discuss their podcast, their Kickstarter for Aether Magic. and then a bunch of other big announcements. Well, one thing lead to another, and bam, we were out of time and didn’t get to all of the news we had. But the sacrifices have to be made and you dear listener will get a bonus with RDTN rolling out another episode as soon as next week if that plan goes well. I will say this has got to be one of the best Rank’ems we have had on the show so be sure to check it out. Once we finally got HMP out of the studio, we talk about the Cryptozoic Kickstarter for Ghostbusters and Stronghold’s announcement for publishing a new version of Ignacy’s Stronghold. I am very excited about the this because I love the original game.
Enjoy the show and if you get a chance, head over to BGG and rank us with the other Podcasts in the Golden Geek Awards. Marty and I are very surprised and humbled by this honor and want to say thanks to everyone that helped us get there. And we don’t make this stuff up: Wombat