RDTN Episode 144: Crystal Clans, Rising 5, Raiders of the North Sea, Prowler’s Passage

Episode 144 is a heavy game centric episode. We have gotten in plenty of games and with Episode 143 being about movies, we needed to make sure we talk about the games we played before we forgot what we had played. On top of the games, we also were visited by Bezier Games to demo their newest offerings. We sat down with Matt at our local game store Carolina Tabletop Games and he was patient with us while we did all we could to explore the new treasures he was putting on the table. We got the chance to play the expansion to Whistle Stop, which is still a favorite game of mine, the new social deduction/collection game Werebeast, One Week Ultimate Werewolf, which is on KS right now, and Werewords Deluxe, one of Marty’s favorites. Werebeast caught me off guard because I enjoy the hidden set collection type games and was pleasantly surprised how this game pulled it off. I am never keen on player elimination in a game, but for this game, it worked and after the first player was eliminated, the game soon came to an end, so there wasn’t much downtime and this was with a five player game.

Four games and a tutorial we played over the past month are also part of this episode. There really wasn’t a stinker on the table either. The tutorial was our prep for Hannibal & Hamilcar, which is going to be a beast and a blast to play. Really looking forward to the tactical nature of it, as long as somebody doesn’t have AP during the game. Crystal Clans by Plaid Hat had us with the solo crystal to track how much you spent to summon your army. Then it kept us engaged with the diversity of each clan and the quick play. This will give Shadespire a run for the table time over the year, especially as more clans and potential for deck building comes about. This game has a bunch of potential, hope Plaid Hat doesn’t fumble the ball on this one.

But don’t want to neglect the simplicity of Prowler’s Passage either even though it is light game it still provides thought provoking strategy. It isn’t going to blow you away, but I can see where this two player game will get some plays this year. It reminds me of 7 Wonders Duel and I really enjoy that game, but it is more simpler which is a good thing. Finally, Raiders of the North Sea, I have heard so much about this game that I really looked forward to playing it. The mechanics were there and the choices were tough, but the game got long, which after much reading, can happen. But, with all of us being new to the game, I can see how we might not have recognized this setup and had we, we could have probably made the game progress at a quicker pace. Either way, another game that can get back to the table anytime.

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Segment Time
Intro 0:37
Song Analysis 2:43
Hannibal & Hamilcar 9:07
Restoration Games Celebration 15:38
One Star Review 16:23
Crystal Clans 26:10
Miniature Market 31:10
Rising 5 32:10
Flying Squirrels 37:06
Whistle Stop Expansion & Werebeasts 37:38
One Week Ultimate Werewolf & Werewords Deluxe 39:33
Majesty: For the Realm & Shards of Infinity 41:46
Shadespire Tournament 43:47
Game Night in the Vineyards 45:44
Thanos Rising 47:45
Prowler’s Passage 50:05
The Broken Token 55:25
Raiders of the North Sea 56:30
International Tabletop Day 1:01:37
Rehash 1:04:02
Spoilers – The Dos and Don’ts 1:04:56
Portal Games 1:08:44

RDTN Episode 143: Everyone’s Gone To The Movies (2018 Summer Movie Preview)

Just a heads up, this is our indulgent show where we get to spend time with Dan Patriss and Chris Kirkman talking not about board games, but about the 2018 summer movie releases. This is the fourth year and it is interesting how many of the ones we discuss are sequels. Heck, most of them are sequels, very few are originals movies. Guess it is always best to keep producing what has worked in the past. Throughout the show, three people were in on a joke that was completely lost on me, hope you pick up on it. I knew they were doing it, but had no clue why. Thank goodness Marty adds little nuggets at the end of the show.

We will get back to the games in the next episode, but until then, remember what the great film critic Roger Ebert said:

No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.

I think that quote can apply to board games as well.

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Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Replay from last year 2:28
Venom Trailer 5:21
The Avengers: Infinity War 8:34
Breaking In 13:45
The Untitled Deadpool Sequel 16:07
Solo: A Star Wars Story 20:03
Action Point 25:13
Ocean's Eight 30:00
The Incredibles 2 34:39
Tag 38:06
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 41:33
Ant-Man and the Wasp 46:41
Skyscraper 49:51
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! 53:15
Mission: Impossible – Fallout 58:02
Teen Titans GO To the Movies 1:02:22
The Meg 1:06:05
The Final Count 1:09:03
The Broken Token 1:10:19
Portal Games 1:10:58
Draft Time 1:11:32
Another Contest 1:24:42
Outro 1:26:25
Miniature Market 1:31:17