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!

RDTN Episode 57 – Gimmie Some Slack: Chit Chat, AquaSphere, Defenders of the Realm, and SCARAB Convention

In this episode, Marty tells us about the new Feld game AquaSphere that he just received from TMG which he backed via Kickstarter. I compare Defenders of the Realm which I traded Robinson Crusoe for at BGG Con to Pandemic and determine if it was a good trade or not. Suzanne Sheldon and Rhiannon Ochs join us again for another Chit Chat session where we just catch up since we haven’t talked in a bit and discuss what is going on in their Internet life. Matter of fact, Rhi drops a sort of bomb on us on the changes happening over at Spooning Meeples. We explore the new RDTN grading scale for gamRO Scalees, inspired by Rhi thus named accordingly as the RO Scale. It is real simple because that is all Marty and I can handle:

  • It’s a Game
  • It’s a Good Game
  • It’s a Great Game
  • It’s a Game I’ll Buy

Don’t forget to check out the newest addition to the board game table builders at BoardGameTables. One last thing, the Draco Magi Contest prizes were stated incorrectly in the show, but this is actually an upgrade. We are giving away a copy of the game, a mat, and 2 posters. To participate, go to the this page.

Segment Time
Start it off 00:40
Tony Rant 2:10
What are the wife's up to 5:00
SCARAB Convention Gaming 8:30
AquaSphere 10:00
Defenders of the Realm 20:00
Chit Chat 25:00
RO Scale 35:00
Bunch of generic game talk 48:00
Suz's new possible segment 1:04:00
Outro 1:10:00
Kickstarter Plugs – Stronghold & AEG 1:12:00
Two Contests this month 1:22:00

RDTN Episode 56 – Reminiscing: Tiny Epic Galaxies, 2014 Look Back, Game of Thrones, and Camel Up

Not sure how many of you use BGG to record your plays, but at the start of the year, we decided to try and record our game plays as best we could for 2014. It just surprises me that even after feeling like I played a bunch of games this year, my stats are not as high as I thought they would be. I also didn’t realize just how many are the same ones we play again and again. It goes to show you, you play only what your group is comfortable playing.

Marty and I then ask what is a good gateway game that came out in 2014 to handle the issue above and we couldn’t come up with one. Can you think of a gateway game of 2014? Let us know via BGG, Twitter, Facebook, or here. Love to hear your opinion.pic2349732

Marty then sits down for a one on one interview with me about the new Kickstarter from Gamelyn Games – Tiny Epic Galaxies. It is funded, blowing past goals, and Marty likes it. I think he has funded all the Gamelyn Games and this is no exception. Enjoy the show.

Segment Time
Intro into the show 1:00
Game of Thrones Board Game 7:45
Camel Up 15:25
2014 Highlights 21:50
What was a good gateway game of 2014? 35:20
Tiny Epic Galaxies 45:50
Outro 1:04:45

Our stats for 2014

Game Plays in Month Marty Tony
December 11 28
November 43 30
October 22 5
September 13 3
August 13 19
July 47 8
June 22 19
May 25 10
April 16 12
March 18 10
February 15 7
January 20 9
Total 265 160

RDTN: Tiny Epic Galaxies Preview

The new game, Tiny Epic Galaxies, from designer Scott Almes and publisher Gamelyn Games is the latest game in the Tiny Epic series. This is sci-fi themed gamed where your goal is to gather resources, colonize planets and gain victory points in order to achieve victory.


The following is a preview of the game based on a prototype version we received from Gamelyn Games.

The Kickstarter begins on January 8th, 2015.

RDTN Episode 55 – The Mob Rules: Imperial Settlers and Survey Results

cutmypicFor our last podcast of the year, Marty and I discuss Imperial Settlers at length. We talk about our likes and dislikes and Marty gives you a quick run-through of the game. Okay, maybe not so quick, but sometimes it is hard not to go into some detail as you discuss the likes and dislikes.

We also go over our survey results for 2014 and want to thank you so much for participating. If you were a winner, you will receive an email from us requesting your mailing address and permission to release your name. We will see you 2015!




Segment Time
Intro 00:00
Imperial Settlers 15:35
Survey Results 34:35
Outro 59:50

Survey Results:

Question Answer Results
We try and keep the show under 1:30 hours, is this time Too Short 8.13%
About Right 77.50%
Too Long 14.38%
Did you participate in a contest that we hosted this year? Yes 19.38%
No 65.63%
There where contests… 15.00%
We try and limit the number of guests to three a quarter, is that: Too few 15.63%
About Right 79.38%
Too many 5.00%
How do you find out that we released a new show? Twitter 27.50%
Facebook 12.50%
RSS Subscription 21.88%
iTunes 33.13%
BoardGameGeek Forums 20.00%
Visiting the RDTN website 15.00%
Have you ever watched our youTube videos? Yes 39.38%
No 32.50%
Seen a few 28.75%
What is the most important aspect of a review of a board game? How it is played 48.13%
What is liked about the game 73.75%
What is disliked about the game 60.00%
Quality of the components 16.25%
That it is not a demo copy 3.75%
Do you play PC/Console/Tablet board games? Yes 81.25%
No 8.75%
Not yet but thinking about it 5.63%
I did but stopped 5.00%
What system do you play games on? PC 51.88%
Xbox System 31.88%
Playstation 31.25%
Nintendo Console 19.38%
Nintendo DS 16.88%
Don't play video games 26.25%

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