RDTN Episode 125: Clank! in Space, Terraforming Mars Expansion, and The Climbers

Surprise, surprise, surprise. That is right Renegade Studios is releasing Clank! in Space at Gen Con. Talk about keeping things under wraps and making a huge a splash, Renegade might have done it. If you like Clank and you like space themes, give this game a try. It builds on the mechanics of Clank!: The Deck-Building Adventure and adds some solid additions. One of those additions is the factions on cards where if cards from the same faction are played on a turn, their special abilities trigger. This is a solid component that it really can add strategy to the market as you look at what to buy during your turn. Was looking forward to seeing Thunderstone Quest at Gen Con, but this might still a little of that thunder in the deck building world.

The Climbers was released in 2008 and is being brought back to us gamers by Simply Complex which is part of Capstone Games in 2017. This is an easy to play game with a ton of strategy that even creates moments of take that. As you play the game, it is so cool to watch the tower grow and see it morph into a skyscraper. However, there are cases where players can almost be eliminated and thus not be fun for those left on the lower portions of the tower. This is one of those games that maybe for the older gamers, it will be a nice one to break out periodically, but this definitely has the staying power with younger gamers.

Gen Con is this week and we are very excited to be attending and for the first time, together. Hard to imagine, but Marty and I have never attended Gen Con at the same time. Last time that I was in attendance was in 2012, so I know I am in for a shock to the system. I joked during the show about being confused and lost, but how can you not be? This is a huge show and there will be so much to take in. If you can’t make it to Gen Con, be sure to take part in Gencant which is now in its third year and headed up by our incredible friend @425Suzanne.

If you are lucky enough to be attending, here is our schedule:

Day Event Time
Thursday The Summit Charity Event 21:00
Friday Portal Booth 16:00
Friday RDTN Meetup Omni Bar 19:00
Saturday Dice Tower Booth 11:00
Saturday Passport Games 13:00
Saturday Secret Cabal Meetup 19:00

Thanks for listening and look forward to our next show where we data burst our thoughts on Gen Con.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Moving 1:15
Gen Con Game Preview 6:10
Game Toppers 13:10
Secret Cabal Meetup 15:35
RDTN Meetup 17:00
Expletive 17:45
Save a Gamer 19:05
The Summit Charity Event 21:50
Squirrels 25:01
Clank! in Space 27:20
Portal Games 37:43
The Climbers 38:51
Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium 44:22
The Broken Token 50:56
Mega Moosecon 52:05
The Front Porch 58:25
Outro 1:01:31
Funagain 1:03:30

RDTN Episode 124: Summit – The Board Game, Skyward, Isaac Vega, and The Scurry Report

Episode of epic proportions is upon us. Isaac Vega returns to the show after being sent away to an island to contemplate what is next for Plaid Hat Games. In this interview, Isaac talks about the future of Ashes and the new game Crystal Clans. While no dates are given, it is always nice to hear that things are still in the works. There might even be some nuggets on Mice and Mystics thrown into this interview.

We give the new game Skyward from Passport Games the five minute treatment. This is a fast game with a unique twist to the card drafting mechanic. Instead of players picking their cards one at a time, the dealer determines the distribution by placing them in piles equal to the number of players. They must be very careful in their distribution for while they control what cards go where, they get the last pick of the pile. There is strategy involved in the process and thus could cause the game to slow down, but not to the point of being painful.

Flying Squirrels return to the show as we have some quick topics to discuss and a new segment called The Scurry Report. This segment is where we are joined by other members of our gaming community and we talk about a recent game that we played. Hopefully, there will also be some moments that we can pick on one another.

Another contest, so be sure to see our post with the entry form on our website. Thanks for listening.

Gen Con 1:10
Dice Tower Booth 3:57
Passport Games 4:56
Other Business 7:12
Passport Games: Skyward 10:41
Portal Games 16:10
Flying Squirrels 17:02
Hobby Games making Bank 17:42
Expansions in the Base 19:18
Raxxon 21:18
MAPP Violations 23:18
Sweet Revenge 25:14
Isaac Vega 27:15
The Broken Token 53:10
Intro to The Scurry Report 54:00
The Scurry Report: Summit-The Board Game 55:18
Outro 1:21:00
Watch It Played Fundraiser 1:22:10
Contest 1:24:26
Funagain Games 1:28:56