RDTN Episode 64 – With A Little Help From My Friends: Chaz Marler from Pair Of Dice Paradise

pairofdiceChaz_popfilterLook 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, squirrelEric 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.

Segment Time
Intro 00:30
Battle Bards 2:00
Scoundrels 6:00
Chaz Marler 9:30
Mocumentary Discussion  16:00
Other Chaz products 36:00
Chaz at Cons 43:00
Rank'em by Chaz 49:00
Chaz on GAMA 1:06:00
Outro 1:11:30

Recorded on 4/6/2015

RDTN Episode 63 – Premonition: Royals, Chit Chat, Gaming Theme Songs

gamaBack 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.

Like to give a shout out to Matt Franz over at our BGG Guild for suggestion the theme song music topic, that was a great idea. Hope you enjoy that segment.

Segment Time
Intro 00:30
Royals 3:30
Chit Chat 8:45
GAMA Discussion 18:30
Gaming Theme Songs 37:00
BGG Geek of the Week 58:00
Outro 1:09:25

RDTN Episode 62 – Tough Enough: Interview with Matt Leacock

thunderbirdsMatt 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. Hepic2452831 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.

Segment Time
Intro 0:15
Overview Warhammer Conquest 6:00
Thunderbirds 8:00
Overview of the Game 14:00
Mission Clock Discussion 22:00
Daughter Anna helps Dad 28:00
Pandemic Legacy 36:00
State of Emergency 42:00
Matt stocking shelves at Target 44:00
Matt answers your questions 45:30
Rank'em 58:00
Outro 1:07:45

The monster from Johnny Quest, best episode ever :)oneeyemonster

RDTN Episode 61 – Rock Me Amadeus: Deus and Pandemic – The Cure Reviewed, Imperial Settlers Family Thoughts, and Kickstarters

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 martyvanessa.jpg-largegames, 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..

Segment Time
Pandemic: The Cure 7:00
Imperial Settlers – with the family 12:30
Deus 22:00
Machi Koro 44:30
Blood Rage 47:00
Bottom of the 9th 51:00
Outro 54:30

RDTN Episode 60 – Don’t Look Back: On Board Game Interview with Donald Dennis and Erik Dewey


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,stats 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.


Segment Time
Intro 00:20
Interview with On Board Games  2:30
Rank'em 31:00
Statistically Speaking 46:00
Outro 57:00

RDTN Episode 59 – Come Sail Away: XCOM, Harbour, Let Them Eat Shrimp, Wizard Dodgeball, and Contest again

xcomimageWhat 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 aroundletthemeat 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.tictactoetee

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.

Segment Time
XCOM 6:00
Let Them Eat Shrimp 27:00
Harbour  33:00
The Undercity: An Iron Kingdoms Adventure Board Game  43:30
Pandemic: State of Emergency 49:00
Wizard Dodgeball  51:30
Tic Tac Toe Tee  57:30
The Broken Token Contest 1:03:00

RDTN Episode 58 – Start Me Up: Happy Mitten Games, Ghostbusters, and Stronghold

happymittenWow, 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 Box - Standardannouncement 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

Segment Time
Happy Mitten Games 1:30
Happy Mitten Games Company 8:00
Aether Magic 15:00
Rank'em 52:30
How did they get their name 1:07:00
Ghostbusters 1:15:00
Stronghold 1:18:00

Win Geek Out or Draco Magi

We are currently running two contests for some great games. First is Geek Out from Playroom Entertainment. A party game for geeks of all types that was featured on Tabletop.

The next is Draco Magi from Robert Burke Games. We’ll be giving away a copy of the game plus a play mat and two dragon posters

To enter fill out a simple survey.

Answer a question from Geek Out.

Name you favorite dragon.

Winners will be randomly drawn and the contest ends February 8th at midnight EST.

Good luck!

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