RDTN Episode 85: Golden Years – Chit Chat, Pandemic Cthulhu, Seafall, Portal Announcements, and Other Stuff

RDTK PROMO-01We have returned from the awards and we spend our time catching up on all the news. Big announcements from Portal, Z-man, Plaid Hat, and tons of other publishers. They are beginning to release their plans for 2016 and this is just the start. So with all this news coming out, we ask the question during the Chit Chat segment on are we becoming board game overloaded? Think about it for a second. Wasn’t it just last week when we received news from Essen about all those new releases? So maybe it was much longer ago, but it just doesn’t seem that long ago.

Suzanne also tells us about her new job over at the Board Game Breakfast. She is now the face for Kickstarter campaigns if you hadn’t heard. She tells us about the workings behind that segment and more importantly, she gives us a glimpse ks_suzanneinto how an item gets on her radar. Following that riveting discussion, we discuss a topic submitted by a listener on if games were to be equated to say a fancy dinner, fast food dinner, and a home cooked meal, which games would go into those categories. Please, by all means, tell us which games would fill those spots for you.

We also do an overview of the Kickstarter Escape Room in a Box that is currently active. We were surprised by this demo. Yes, the skepticism was high and we were caught off guard when we played it because this could be something very fascinating at your next party. It isn’t the same as going to an Escape Room, but it is a lot cheaper.

The last thing is the link to our announcement of the Podpledge page. Also if you want to just get the shirt, head over to Analog Gamer.

Segment Time
Intro 0:45
Portal Announcements 8:40
Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu 14:15
Plaid Hat Announcements 16:20
Cool Mini or Not Announcement 19:45
Marvel Universe Mini Game 21:00
Chit Chat 28:15
Kickstarter BGB Segment 29:45
Baseball 2045 App 45:00
Board Game Overwhelmed 48:30
What game is this meal 1:02:30
Squirrel – Meeple Source KS 1:07:45
What game is this meal – cont 1:09:00
Werewolf Experiment Kickstarter 1:17:25
Megamoosecon – a local CLT Con 1:21:45
Shush Con 1:24:25
Podpledge Announcement and new Shirts 1:25:30
And the Guild speaks 1:31:35

RDTN Episode 84 – The Squirrelys – RDTN’s 2016 Award Show

D&N Award-01A lot of people will make lists of their favorite games from the previous year and we are no different, sorry. But, we thought how could we differentiate our best of 2015 from other lists that are out there. And so, The Squirrelys were born. That is right,  a show that celebrates our best games from 2015 based on topics that only we would come up with. But that is not all, we have assembled a cast of individuals to help us with announcing and presenting of the awards.

Yeah, we were in jest on some of the awards, but some we are serious about. We hope you enjoy this episode and let us know what you think of our choices over in the BGG Guild.

Next episode we will be back to our normally board game show.

RDTN Annual Survey

Time for our annual survey and we appreciate any responses we get. There is a chance to win a $25 GC to The Broken Token if you include your email. We really do find these helpful as we strive to make the show better.

 

RDTN Episode 83 – Fortress Around Your Heart – Stronghold 2nd Edition Review and a bunch more

strongholdThe start of the new year is upon us, but before it began, a boatload of games were played over the holidays and probably one of the biggest Epic Fails in playing a board game occurred. Have you ever had one of those games that was just not going right, things were not working out the way it should and come to discover that after you played the game, you were doing something wrong. It wasn’t anything to make the game play wrong, it just made the experience not good.  But on a happier note, we had many enjoyable gaming experiences over the holidays.

Unfortunately, we did discuss our impression of Star Wars VII, thought we could avoid it, but everyone else has been doing it. If you want to skip it, we understand and have clearly indicate when it is going to start in the show and you can find the time below. Speaking of Star Wars, when we talk about the SW: Risk game, one of the biggest complaints I heard over the holidays is just how unfair it is. They said the Death Star shouldn’t be blowing stuff up that easily or the rebels shouldn’t have it that easy to blow up the Death Star. This was from the same group, so it isn’t like one side was just saying. So, what does that tell you? Tells me if both sides are complaining, then maybe it is balanced :)

Lastly, Marty and I do a different style of review for Stronghold Second Edition. One of us discusses the Attacker and the other is the Defender. Just like in the game, we go back and forth discussing the options as if we were going through the phases in the planning part of the game. Quick spoiler, we really like the game. Yeah, the rules are a mess, but we will be happy to help you with questions.

As always, please leave comments here, Facebook page, or BGG Guild.

Segment Time
Intro 00:35
What we did over the holidays 02:15
Star Wars: Risk 03:15
Other things under the tree 04:45
Starcraft Brood War 07:00
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (spoilers) 09:45
Flying Squirrels 14:45
Warhammer Quest: Adventure Card Game 15:15
Scoville Epic Fail 17:15
B-Sieged: Sons of the Abyss by CMON 19:15
Qwixx 21:15
The Last Spike 23:00
Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary 25:00
Magic: Arena of the Planeswalker 27:00
Line of Sight Discussion 29:15
The Cookie by Gaga Games 31:30
The Golden Ages 33:30
Rolling America 35:30
Wrath of Dragons 37:30
Carcassonne 39:30
Zombicide Black Plague 41:30
Epic Fail concludes 43:45
Stronghold Second Edition Review 46:45
Stronghold Phases 49:30
The Battle in Stronghold 55:20
Determining if there is a Breach 57:30
Final Thoughts 59:30
The RO Scale verdict for Stronghold 1:13:15
Outro 1:15:00

RDTN 3rd Anniversary Contest

For our 3rd anniversary we are giving away a $30 gift card to Funagain Games. Just answer the question:

“Which episode in 2015 has the most downloads? (Episode 56 – Episode 82)

Every submission is entered in the contest, but each person with the correct answer gets an additional entry for a greater chance to win.

Contest ends on December 22, 2015

Thanks for entering and thanks for listening!

Contest is over unfortunately and congrats to Jake B for correctly guessing Episode 76 as the most downloaded episode and being drawn from those that correctly guessed the answer. You can find the episode here in case you missed it.

 

RDTN Episode 82 – Who Are You: You got Questions, We got Answers

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Well, the end is upon us. We have completed another year of podcasting and we thought, hey, for our Third Anniversary show how about we answer some questions. And as I always say when someone says “I got a question”, I respond back “I got an answer, maybe they will match”. And this has never been more true than in this show.  When we thought of doing this, we were concerned that only our 3rdanniversarymothers would send in some questions, but we were very surprised by the response we got and we thank you for it especially since our mothers didn’t come through. Some of the questions were very thought provoking on our part, some were no brainers, and others just caused a squirrel moment. Hopefully we covered all that were asked and some answers may make you sit back and go “Really?”.

This is the last show for the year and we will return in January ready to take on 2016. We look forward to returning next year with more reviews, Flying Squirrels, and bring back our regular guests. Who knows what will occur in 2016, but hopefully we will continue to entertain, inform and make fools of ourselves.  Thanks for listening in 2015 and please don’t hesitate to drop us a line either at our BGG Guild, Facebook Page, or here.

Be sure to come back to our website later today for an announcement on how we plan to celebrate our 3rd Anniversary.

Segments Time
Flying Squirrels 3:30
BGG Membership Drive 4:15
Adventure Scents 6:00
Please be Safe for the Holidays 8:00
Stonemaier Games Charity Auction 10:00
7 Wonder: Duel 12:00
Subterfuge iOS Application 13:30
Happy Farm 16:00
Q&A Time 16:30
Outro 1:15:00

Thoughts on Dice Masters Amazing Spider-Man

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We were lucky enough to receive a copy of the new Amazing Spider-Man starter pack from Wizkids Games for their Dice Masters series. As many of you know from our previous podcasts, we were all over the Dice Masters  game. We bought the original starter set and one gravity feed box. I then supplemented our collection by going to CoolstuffInc and buying additional dice and cards so that we had a complete set of commons and uncommons and enough dice to have four of each character. We were playing at our local game store and even had some weekly events, but then something happened. Blame it on lack of product, the meta with what seemed to be ultra-powerful rares, or just hype of the game dying off, the group stopped playing and things kind of died off to the point where we stopped playing.

spidermanHowever, things seem to be picking up around our area and just in time for the release of the new Amazing Spider-Man expansion. I am not going to do a deep dive into the cards like others have, for having missed the past expansions, I doubt I could do them justice in how the relate to the overall game. But when looking at how just the Action Cards and the base set might fit in with the first Dice Masters release, there shouldn’t be any major issues. So with that generalization, I am going to look at this expansion as if this is something that would bring me back to Dice Masters.
First, it is a Spider-Man expansion so I expect that some of my favorite characters be included in this expansion. And they are, so that is a positive for the expansion. Many of the best villains from the comics are here and many of the various incantations of Spider-Man are also here. This allows you to have some potential battles between the Spider-Mans against the villains trying to bring destruction upon the masses. And with the Ally keyword addition, I can see how they included MJ and Aunt May in the series. So, they can’t battle the Rhino, but you got to think of them as support and that is what they do in the comic series.

This expansion also brings to us a new keyword in Underdog that triggers when you have less dice fielded than your opponent. I kind of like this because one of the biggest issues I had with the original was the minion rush as I called it. It seemed that was the only strategy people were going for and I know it was countered later, it was still one that was used a lot. This keyword can help you out of a jam and the cards in the starter all have a different effect when this occurs. It kind of gives you hope when the odds are not in your favor. The other new keyword, Overcrush, lets damage get through even when blocked. This will finally bring in some epic battles between the big guys or at least create the need for a bit more strategy when defending those attacks instead of just throwing a minion into the fray.

The new action cards contribute something to the game and maybe more than the originals for it seemed we never really used them in the beginning. And Back for Seconds! is one that might be appearing in many decks since it has the new Underdog trait. When you are down a man and have someone sitting in the used pile, you can bring them back into the fight. I kind of like that for here is a card that could turn the battle in your favor even if the dice are not going your way.

So, with the Spider-Man theme, the new keywords and Action cards, this is something that could get me back into Dice Masters. But not so fast, I have moved away from the collectible scene in the past year, but I will say that they have my attention again and will be watching how the rest of cards in the series turn out. Does one strong meta prevail or have things truly balanced out to make me a true believer again? Just going to wait and see.truebeliver

RDTN Episode 81 – Come Together: BGG Con Review – Suzanne Sheldon, Matt Evans, Chaz Marler, and Joel Eddy


This one is recorded live at BGG Con and we share some of our highlights and low-lights that occurred over those five days. We went last year, had a blast, and decided to return. Once again, time well spent and a great time was had by all, but it wasn’t always perfect as you will hear.
Someone got a little testy during one game, but we will not mention names in this blog, only in the show. We got to see plenty of friends and fellow members of the guild and moonpies were flowing when available. It still amazes me how many gamers there were, the number of vendors that showed up, and the abundant library that had about anything you wanted to play. Even with the reduction in the number of tickets sold, it still was packed to the gills during the weekend so table space was at a premium. However, people were very cordial to on another and while finding space to play was daunting, it could be found.

But a place full of gamers was not enough for us. Oh no, we had to go and try our wits in an motleycrewEscape Room. The question is, the picture you see in the post, is that before or after the room? You just have to listen and find out. Regardless, it was a great experience and I recommend it for anyone who might want to try their luck and smarts.

Somethings barely mentioned in the show because we think the name dropping would have gotten out of hand were some great demos we got to sample by known designers Eric Lang, Mike Fitzgerald, Emerson Matsuuchi, and Rob Daviau. We hope to see these new games in 2016, but one thing we know is that what we tried was either being signed or very close to getting a commitment for a printing. So, the momentum continues in this hobby with little signs of slowing down.

Intro of Guests 1:00
Eggs of Ostrich 5:10
Shipping of the Stuff 9:45
Flying Squirrels 12:00
Tony – Diversity @ BGG Con 12:30
Chaz – Hotel Floor @ Convention 14:30
Matt – Uber Experience 16:30
Suzanne – Hard 8 Vegetarian Experience 18:30
Marty – Ashes @ Plaid Hat 20:45
Joel – Chronicles Origins from Artana 23:15
Portal Games – Ignacy 25:50
Escape Room Event 27:00
BoardGameGeek Con Impressions 38:30
And we can find you where? 56:30
Outro 1:00:30

RDTN Episode 80 – Blood of Heroes: Blood Rage, Champions of Midgard, and the Flying Squirrels

IMG_20151107_095854Like  Leif Erikson, we explored undiscovered lands looking for treasures and riches in this release. Okay, maybe we don’t find new lands, but we did review Blood Rage by Eric Lang, the area control style game that pits you against other clans for glory and while Marty has said on past shows that area control just isn’t his cup of mead, this game has his attention. You can’t deny that this game from Cool Mini or Not is beautiful, but we do get in a somewhat heated discussion over the scoring. Champions of Midgard by Ole Steiness is also discussed and this game is right up my alley with worker placement and the added bonus of dice. The games that I have played so far have all been very close in scoring which makes me enjoy the game even more, but then again, I just enjoy worker placement games.

Being fall, the squirrels are on the loose gathering acorns and they invaded the show again. We got some short reviews, close out on a Kickstarter, some groans and complaints as only Marty and I can do. We are off to BGG Con this week and if you are going to be there, please say hello.

Segment Time
Intro 1:00
Flying Squirrels 4:00
Game Hype 4:30
Dicemasters Amazing Spider-man 6:30
Vikings/Nations Dice Game 8:30
The Grizzled 10:30
Brain Damage 12:20
Patchwork 14:20
Happy Mouth BBQ Rubs 16:00
Doublesix Dice 18:00
Blood Rage 20:30
Portal Announcement 42:45
Champions of Midgard 43:30
Outro 57:30

RDTN Episode 79 – Master of Puppets: Warhammer Quest-The Adventure Card Game with Brady and Adam Sadler

whacgThe Green Room at RDTN studios has been worn out with all the guests we have had recently. Adam and Brady Sadler drop by to discuss the new Fantasy Flight game Warhammer Quest Adventure Card Game (WQ:ACG) that they designed. We listen to them tell us why it isn’t Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, we discover how it compares to LOTR LCG, talk about Folklore: The Affliction and we learn what it takes to be a Heavy Metal Historian. We also dragged some news out of them, okay, maybe we didn’t get a scoop, but they spend time talking about their soon to be released Kickstarter Dark Frontier. Dark Frontier is based on the Myth fantasy world. They had us buying it for it was kind of like a Tower Defense game and well, maybe it isn’t really. That was four minutes of the show that was like a roller coaster for us.

Marty and I also take time to talk about The Gallerist, Pandemic Legacy, and Blood Rage, three games that are all the rage right now. We do not give out any spoilers in Legacy and this should be the last time we mention it in the show as far as what I am playing. Blood Rage was very enjoyable game and a very hot game right now. But admittedly it may not be for those that don’t like the in your face type of game. But do yourself a favor if you get a chance, play the game just to experience how all the mechanics come together. And did you know that Twitter can be more than just a bunch of nonsense posting. How so you ask? Marty used it to get a better understanding of The Gallerist from the designer. Amazing, this internet thing might catch on.

Enjoy the episode.


Segment, Time
The Gallerist, 2:25
Pandemic Legacy, 4:30
Blood Rage, 7:10
Portal Games Announcement, 10:55
WQ:ACG , 18:15
Folklore: The Affliction, 46:40
Dark Frontier – their new game, 52:00
Rank’em, 56:06
Outro, 01:10:00
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