All posts by Tony McRee

I have been playing board games for as long as I can remember. When the summer heat in North Carolina was too much to be outside, we would retreat to playing games inside. My favorite game was Stratego but always loved the new, especially when things went electronic with Stop Thief. Even in later years, games would continue to be a major part of my life, none more that APBA Pro Baseball. Outside of gaming, I enjoy playing all sports but the current favorite is disc golf. There are some incredible courses in the area and a ever growing disc golf community keeps them in great shape. Whenever time permits, I will break out a game and play with family and friends and I get great enjoyment out of teaching new games to others though I don't do it worth squat. My favorite types of games are those that promote a fairly fast style of play and can be done in under two hours. My least favorite games are those that promote analysis paralysis by the players or promote large amounts of downtime waiting on other players. I am currently co-hosting a podcast at

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RDTN Episode 141: Fireball Island, Flamme Rouge, Middle Earth Quest, Charterstone

We know that Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Daviau are making their rounds to talk about Fireball Island: Curse of who we can’t say until it is funded. And we didn’t want to be left out of the media blitz. Hopefully, our sit down with them will be informative and help you decide on how much money you are willing to drop on this classic. If anything, be sure to check out our questions at the end where Rob’s true personality shows up.

Our games in this episode include the classic Middle Earth Quest (MEQ) by Fantasy Flight and Flamme Rouge by Stronghold Games. Don’t have a lot to say about MEQ other than I am glad I got to experience the game. The length of the game would make it hard to get to the table, but would play it anytime. Flamme Rouge will be a game we get on the table a bunch in the future. So fast and easy to play and teach. The only downside is setting up the track each time, but once that is done, you could easily do a best of 3 racing series in under an hour. Understand that people have been raving about this one for some time and wish we had been right there with them. You will be hearing about this again when we get the expansion to the table.

Segment Time
Intro 01:01
TRU sadness 09:40
Charterstone Thoughts 13:13
Eldritch Horror Excitement 17:54
Funky Chicken/Monster Match 21:05
App Games 23:48
Middle Earth Quest 25:54
Miniature Market 31:11
Flamme Rouge 32:10
Restoration Game 37:20
Trigger Thumb 39:30
Fireball Island 41:00
Game Play 52:45
The Expansions 57:38
See it in Action 1:15:20
Dinosaur Tea Party 1:20:06
Downforce Expansion 1:26:24
History and the Future 1:27:63
White Whale & Ooops 1:28:52
Diet Coke again 1:34:25
Fireball Island Road Tour 1:35:05
Questions from the Audience 1:38:11
This is funny 1:42:22
The Broken Token 1:46:21
Outro 1:47:26
Van Ryder Kickstarter 1:50:36
Portal Games 1:56:15

RDTN Episode 140: Noria, Clank! The Mummy’s Curse, TTR: France, and Miniature Market

We have an announcement to make. While we are very sad to see Funagain’s online store slowly close and support of the show stop, we are happy to announce that Miniature Market is picking us up as one of our sponsors. Marty and I couldn’t be happier about this and what it will mean for our listeners. Miniature Market has committed to us support for our contest and ways for a listeners to save money throughout the year. Matter of fact, if you visit this link, you will find a special discount code to enter during checkout. Who knows where this will end up, but we are very excited to have Miniature Market as a sponsor of RDTN. Not sure I used the link enough, so here it is again.

When was the last time you encountered a game and you finished the play and were not sure what just happened at the table? I had that experience with Noria from Stronghold Games. This is not to say it was bad thing that happened at the table, don’t get me wrong. It was just different, which can be exciting in today’s world of board gaming. Here was a game that took a core mechanic that I enjoy, engine building, and put it on its ear with three turning gears. We have played some tough games over the past year, but this one caught me by surprise. Reading the rules, didn’t seem to be anything special. Watching the videos, nothing jumped out at me. But once I was in charge of my own economic gear machine, it got very real. But once you solve the engine part, you now need to think about how to get the scoring done for a win because others can really mess with your strategy, so you need to be adaptable. Try this game, even if you are not a fan of engine builders, it might surprise you.

We also talk about the new expansion Clank!, The Mummy’s Curse by Renegade Game Studios. I enjoy base Clank!, even though I think it is lacking when it comes to being able to cull your deck of unwanted cards, but I really like Clank! In! Space!. So was curious if The Mummy’s Curse was going to add enough to base Clank! to make it the game to play of the series.

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Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Podpledge Interruption 03:30
Song Trivia 4:57
Back to Podpledge 9:12
Funagain Countdown 12:47
Miniature Market Announcement 17:07
BGG Thank you and the Winners 24:10
Ticket to Ride: France Map 28:30
Seinfeld Reference 33:05
Pop Culture References 35:30
Game Toppers 37:05
Renegade Games: Power Rangers 38:20
Portal 40:05
Clank! The Mummy’s Curse 42:10
Noria 47:00
The Broken Token 1:02:36
Outro 1:03:57
Miniature Market Contest 1:04:56
The Gauntlet is thrown 1:06:54
Miniature Market 01:09:31