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RDTN Episode 115: VAST, Imperial Settlers-Aztecs, Balloon Pop, and Interview with Justin Jacobson


It is no secret that we like games that have some type of asymmetrical component to it and VAST: The Crystal Caverns has this. The fact that each individual has their own “powers” and play style is what brings us to the table for this game. But, the individuality doesn’t keep the interaction down because everyone must help one another at times in hopes that they are able to score their winning condition when the time is right. One thing that would scare us for sure in designing this game is how to balance this game with all this individuality. But thank goodness they did achieve it. And due to the individuality, you will spend time getting good at one, then realize you got four more to go, so the replays will be in this game. There has been some negative comments out in the community, but you do owe yourself at least one play of this game.

We also got to try the Aztec expansion for Imperial Settlers which we were lucky enough to demo back in July of 2016. We enjoy Imperial Settlers and this expansion will hopefully get the game to the table more. The Pray mechanic and Blessing resource are truly a new and innovative approach for this type of game. Instead of a dry get resource, use resource repetitive play, you know have the randomness that these games are lacking at times. Also, there was an error on a card that delayed this game coming out until Portal was able to reprint this one card and stick in each expansion. That goes a long way in showing the type of company you are dealing with because they could have just pushed the expansion out and had people contact them for a replacement. Well done Ignacy, well done.

It is exciting that Stop Thief got funded, but wait till you listen to Justin tell us about the plans for Restoration Games. They are already working on more games and will be making announcements at Gen Con. We tried, man did we try to get him to Spill the Beans, but he was tight lipped. He did promise to come back and we will surely have him back on the show and hopefully Rob Daviau will join us.

Segment Time
Intro 00:45
GAMA News 2:45
Castle Dukes 6:30
Cooking with Dice 7:55
Evolution Climate 9:58
Balloon Pop 11:43
Karuba 15:10
First play of Star Wars Rebellion 16:43
Imperial Settlers: Aztecs 19:23
Portal Games 24:25
VAST: The Crystal Caverns 24:56
The Broken Token 46:58
Justin Jacobson 47:25
Outro 1:04:20
Funagain 1:10:05

RDTN Episode 113: Mare Nostrum, Conflict of Heroes – Guadalcanal, Kingsport Festival – The Card Game, 50 Hours of Gaming


We have been trying for weeks to get Mare Nostrum Empires by Academy Games to the table and it is a shame that it took so long. Yeah, it is a good game, but you will need to listen to just what it was that impressed us so much about it. Will say it is one of those games when you are done, you sit back, contemplate the play, and, for us, we need to do it again because you know you could have done better.

Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal was a game that also needed to get to the table. We have been wanting to try a chit based wargame just to see how we like it. It isn’t like there are a few waiting to be played, but we really wanted to give this a try for it seemed easy to get into and should build up as we play more missions. It was very surprising how easy it was to read the small chits and all the data was right there in front of us. There was also some very handy guides that came with the game. Great, we now have two games fighting for time on the table.

Kingsport Festival: The Card Game from Passport Games was a different experience. It wasn’t a bad game, but we experienced a bunch of downtime. Now it could be that we were all reading the cards over and over and thus slowed down the game. Then again it could be that the game just didn’t have much interaction at all. But, the cards could have been possible done without text thus speeding up the play or after multiple plays, you will know the cards. What is really funny is that they are calling this a card game, but it also requires the use of dice on every turn. Either way, want to get a chance at playing this again.

A lot of work and time are put into turning a game into a fully funded reality and through the help of Kickstarter, some actually make it to the market. We talked about Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire by Steve Finn, the designer behind Biblios. This game is a two player dice implementation of Cosmic Run that came out last year. One of our favorite games from 2015, Champions of Midgard, has an expansion KS going on now that adds a fifth player which is just a small part of the expansion. Then there is one that ended already, but you can still order from from the developers site called Dungeon Dealer. This is nothing more than a deck of cards that let you set up a dungeon pretty quickly for your RPG. Maybe this will get the Lord of the Rings RPG to the table. But wait, there is more, be sure to check out Zen Bins, because we know you have gotten into Star Wars Destiny like we have. These bins will help organize your decks for your tournaments and making carrying there easier.

Thanks for listening and as always, appreciate any feedback you can give us.

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