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

RDTN Episode 46: Days of Wonder – Teaching Games, Merger and The Undead Viking

In this episode, we have two special guest stars on our show, Lance Myxter and Lee Undead VikingShelton. Some of you know Lance from his youTube channel Undead Viking Videos and Lee you have heard us mention his name many times on our show as our resident go to guy for Netrunner and teaching games. Both gentlemen were kind enough to talk to us about the recent news with the merger between Asmodee and Days of Wonder and then share their thoughts on how to teach games. Then of course, we had to hear about their Gen Con experience as much as it pained us, okay, me. Lance talks about Five Tribes, Panamax, and Shinobi Clans and Lee tells us about Tragedy Looper, Subdivision, and Red.

I wanted to document the discussion about teaching games because it will be easier to reference here then go back and listen to the show again and I am sure I will need to pull it up time and time again. So our guest recommend the following tips on teaching

  1. Have one teacher at the table. We have heard this many times before, but it deserves repeating.
  2. Make sure that your players put their phones away and you have their attention.
  3. Don’t be afraid to let them ask questions during the instruction because that is how we all learn is by asking questions. In other words, don’t just blurt out rules and then see if there are questions at the end.
  4. Teaching a game is easier if you are not an active participant. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like fun, but sometimes that is what you need to do.
  5. Keep the rules simple at the start and let the game get started if possible. We learn more when we have examples.Know your
  6. Get to know the players if you can. Are they familiar with the style of game? Have they played similar games? What games do they like? All this can help you know at what level you need to teach the game.
Segment Time
The Merger 1:30
Magic Core Set Cycle Change 19:20
Lance's thoughts on teaching games 21:30
Lance's daughter says Hi 22:30
Back to teaching games 23:00
Lee's thoughts on teaching games 25:30
Some more Gen Con 2014 experiences 51:00
Lee talks Doomtown 1:00:00
Outro 1:07:00

RDTN Episode 45: Walk like an Egyptian – Kemet, Dead of Winter, Pack O Games KS, and a Contest

Scott King Gaming CalendarThat is right, we got a contest* for you. Scott King has graciously offered our listeners a chance to win a print from one of the images in his 2015 Gaming Calendar Kickstart. To hear more details, got to listen to the show, but you can enter the contest by going to this link.

Marty and I review the promos that we received from Chris Handy and his KS for Pack O Game games. For a big whopping $6 per game, some might be of interest to you, so be sure and check them out. FFG’s announcement of Star Wars Armada and XCOM got our attention and then we try to guess what big surprise will still be announced by FFG at Gen Con. We weren’t exactly right, but we were both sort of close, we thought it would be some type of Decent game and yeah, it was. Great minds think alike. Okay, that was a bit of a stretch. As the title suggests, Kemet was played by Marty and we get to hear that experience. One final item, Marty talks about his new game Dead of Winter by Plaid Hat Games which arrived just in time for Gen Can’t 2014.

For those that were able to take part in the Gen Can’t 2014 Non-convention, hope you had fun and wish you luck if you entered into the contest over there.

Segment Time
Pack O Games KS 10:00
Fantasy Flights New Games 16:00
Big FFG Release – our guess 26:00
MDM Demise in our area 30:00
At the Table 40:00
Recent Games and Stories 52:00
Dead of Winter 1:04:00

*Scott King calendar contest is unfortunately only available to those in the continental United States. Sorry about that, but if we could figure out how to safely get our Owl to fly stuff over the ocean, we would open it up.

RDTN – Gen Can’t 2014 – Report from the Floor

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Marty and I took some time out of our busy Gen Can’t schedule to throw together a report to highlight our early experiences so far this year. We give reports on the accommodations and food we had and how the gaming library compares to what we are use to. Be sure to check out other reports and experiences by doing that Twitter thing #GenCant2014. Also, be sure to get into the contest by submitting a picture to twitter of how you are enjoying Gen Can’t and include #GenCantContest.

For all the information, prize list and rules, be sure to head over to the unofficial official website gencant.wordpress.com.

Thanks again to everyone for making this the best four days of gaming at home!

Segment Time
Accommodations 1:00
Gen Can't 2014 Photo Contest 4:15

RDTN Episode 44: Back in the Saddle – GenCon List for Non-Attendees, Our Pre-orders & Crowdfunding madness

Amazing what a vacation can do to your rhythm and timing, not that I really had any, but Marty was patient as I get back up to speed in this episode. Once again, a big shout out to Rodney Smith for sitting in last episode and if you haven’t checked out his MartyresultsIndiegogo campaign yet, be sure to give it a look.

What goodness do we have for you in this episode? Well, Marty gives us a quick review of the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. We then get back on track and talk about our pre-orders (Among the Stars, Panamax and more) and various crowdfunding items that have our attention such as Scott King’s 2015 Gaming Calendar, Mantic’s new Dungeon SagaChris Handy’s Pack of Games, and Dice Hate Me Games’ Compounded: Geiger Expansion.

Way too much goodness out there and on top of that, GenCon releases. Wonder what an ’89 Rookie Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr is worth these days so I can sell it and support all this goodness.

We then get to our main segment and share our top 5 list on why we are glad we are NOT going to GenCon. This is also our At the Table question for this month so be sure to head over to our guild on BGG and tell us why your are glad you are not going GenCon. We have been told that group therapy helps during these times.

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening, we do appreciate it!

Segment Time
Catching up 2:00
Guardians of the Galaxy Review 3:30
Crowdfunding 12:00
We are on a Pre-Ordering Juggernaut 27:00
Top 5 Reasons NOT going to Gen Con 38:30
Bad Sports – Puerto Rico 52:30
Marty's gaming night 1:00:00
Outro 1:04:00

RDTN Episode 43: Take Off – w/ Guest Host Rodney Smith from Watch It Played

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The show must go on while I was on vacation and Marty was able to find someone, well in my opinion, way over qualified to fill my chair. You guys are in for a real treat as Rodney Smith from the Watch It Played incredible gaming YouTube series guest stars on this episcutmypic (1)ode. They discuss the awards from Dice Tower and Spiel and their thoughts on the winners and how could Kemet not win. They then do a great job with the At the Table question and abuse my write up in the forum. Based on suggestions from our listeners, the segment has been shortened. See, we listen.

 

Segment Time
Dead of Winter Impressions 5:00
Shadowrun: Crossfire 10:30
Dice Tower Awards – The Ceremony 19:00
Spiel des Jahres – Winners 46:30
At the Table – Summer Game 54:00
Outro 1:02:00
Watch It Played Indiegogo 1:05:00
GenCon Event with Rodney 1:08:00

 

RDTN – Marty’s Musings: Game Box Inserts

I’ve always been impressed with well designed game box inserts. So in this video, I look at a few inserts, discuss their design and perform a simple test to see how well they hold up for transportation purposes.

Note: No games were hurt in the making of this video. The only thing hurt may be my pride.

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RDTN Episode 42: Fields of Gold – Trajan, Castles of Burgundy, and Marvel Dice Masters

trajanSummer is upon us and down here in the South, humidity and heat chase us inside so we get more opportunity to play games and boy did we get some games in this past two weeks. Like the title says, we were on a Feld kick to the point where Marty broke the drought again of not buying a game and took advantage of the Barnes & Noble sales and picked up his own copy of Trajan. I can’t wait to borrow it.

 

cyclopsWe continue our delve into the Marvel Dice Master world with an Organize Play event at our game store. While it wasn’t a tourny or draft event, it was a chance for us to demo the game, play against other people, and talk about the likes and dislikes of the game. Don’t get us wrong, we like the game and while it is fun, we continue to struggle with the strategy to use. That night we saw the Black Widow Super Rare and the Green Goblin “Gobby” and saw how they performed. One thing for sure, the luck of the roll can make or break you in that game. As I said in the podcast, I was down 1-11 in life points and the gentleman I was against pulled two Black Widows from his bag and both rolls resulted in energy, no characters. I pulled a Cyclops and rolled a level 3. With what was on the field already, Cyclop’s ability to kill everything when he attacks, allowed me to pull out a win. Some will hate this about that game, but right now, it doesn’t bother me.

Enjoy the show and don’t forget about the At The Table question over at BGG.

Segment Time
Intro 1:00
Instant Effect in Card Games 11:30
Marvel Dice Masters 17:15
Feld Games 28:00
Tony Tantrum 45:30
Origins Previews 47:00
Outro 53:15
Tiny Epic Defenders 55:15

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