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RDTN Episode 118: 2017 Summer Movie Preview

Coming back for its forth year, our annual summer movie preview show. This is our break from board gaming to explore our second favorite hobby, watching movies. The episode is all about the summer movies that will be out in 2017 and just what we think of them. There are no tomatoes given out, we do not speculate on Oscar potential, we are simply discussing whether we think this movie is worth seeing or not. The rankings have changed this year thanks to the great suggestion by Josh Schwin from our BoardGameGeek Guild, so a little explanation is in order.

  • Screening: This was the Box Office ranking and if we say that it is a Screening, then we plan and believe it is worth going to the theater to see.
  • Streaming: This was the Red Box ranking and this is a movie that may not be worth the expense to see at a theater and we can easily wait for its release to some type of streaming platform
  • Steaming: This is a movie that while it may not be a bad movie, we have no interest at all in seeing. Then again, it could be just a pile of steaming crap.

To help us get through the movie list, we are joined once again by our good buddies from the Carolinas, Dan Patriss and Chris Kirkman. As some of you may already know, Dan is the lead host for the podcast The Geek Allstars. His podcast is about Board gaming, video gaming, MMO’s, movies, TV, tech, sports, and all things geek that come to mind. Yeah, straight from his BGG Guild page, we have no shame here. His co-host or “other guy” is Chris Kirkman, who has his own Podcast, The State of Games. Chris is also part of the Greater Than Games board game studio which is know for Sentinels of the Multiverse, VivaJava, Bottom of the 9th, Brewcrafters, and Exoplanets to name a few.

Don’t forget about our contest this year as it correlates to our yearly draft of which movies we think will be the big box office draws. You can fill out the survey by clinking on this link or viewing our webpage.

RDTN Episode 114: They Who Were 8, Rum & Bones Second Tides, & Fuzzy Tales

We hope you enjoy the brand new segment that is being brought to you from the creative mind of Chaz Marler. In this new segment, we will debate the aspects of various positions people take in the mechanics, themes, and design of board games. Now that it has been typed, that sounds a little heavier than anticipated. We hope to continue to have this segment in a regular fashion and love to hear comments and suggestions on how to make it even better.

We overview two games with our 5 Minute Initiative format in this episode. Rum & Bones, Second Tide is a follow up from CMON that adds some new mechanics that were not present in the original. If you want a good little dice chucker, then this might be a game that you need to check out. Don’t get us wrong here, there is some strategy around planning the moves, determining the quickest course to the needed victory points, but when the battles rage, it comes down to the dice.

They Who Were 8 is the other game we talk about. This one is a deceptive game in that what seems to be a simple “cube” pusher, suddenly becomes a real thinker. You will find yourself trying to out guess your opponents and thinking you have the game one, when suddenly, things shift on you and you are now trying to play catch-up to everyone else. Be sure to read the final scoring a couple of times before sitting down to play because failure to do it correctly will cause you to have a distaste in your mouth

Travis, Marty’s son, sits down and talks to us about the BGG Golden Geek 2016 RPG winner, 7th Sea. So, if you are curious why it won, be sure to give this a listen. Travis speaks to the system it uses and the setting. Most importantly, he mentions that everything you need is contained in one book and not spread over multiple books. If you are looking for a pirate themed RPG, you should give this one a look.

Once we had recorded and edited the episode, we got some excited news from Portal Games. They have announced one of their big games coming out in 2018, Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame. We decided this news was worth adding an additional segment at the end of the episode so that we can provide details that we gathered from the North American Portal Games Representative, Chevee Dodd. 

Thanks for listening as always and be sure and fill out our poll on what games you would like to hear our thoughts on in upcoming episodes.

 

Segment Time
Intro 00:41
Majority Rules 3:25
Next Vacation 10:29
BGG Golden Geek Awards 11:04
RPG Options 14:12
Rising Sun 16:17
War of the Ring 18:53
Imperial Settlers: Aztecs 22:25
7th Sea RPG 24:31
Flying Squirrels 29:51
A-Case 30:22
Kickstarters Suck 33:08
Movie Discussion 34:37
Dice of Crowns 36:35
Marty's Rant on Star Wars: Destiny 38:27
Favorite Fridays 41:13
The Broken Token 43:27
They Who Were 8 44:15
Fuzzy Tales with Chaz Marler 49:28
Pair of Dice Paradise Contest 1:17:50
Portal 1:24:10
Rum & Bones: Second Tide 1:25:08
What to Review Next 1:30:19
Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame 1:32:24