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RDTN Episode 120: Lorenzo il Magnifico, Emerson Matsuuchi (Century), Honshu, Element

In this jam packed episode we spend time on the new CMON game called Lorenzo il Magnifico. To say it was a unique experience might be putting it somewhat mildly. The game is not hard to learn or play, but there are some really taxing decisions that must be thought through. However, we are not talking analysis paralysis type decisions, but ones where you know what you want to do and you go and do it only to say, “Oh crap, I can’t do that.” We heard that most of the night when playing. What would cause these events? Well, it is the tightness of the resources. This game doesn’t allow for you to squander them away, you really have to be on your toes. Will this game replace any other euro in your collection, we can’t say, but we can say give it a try for sure.

Next on the table was Century: Spice Road. This game is being called Splendor 2.0 because of how it plays so similar to Splendor. We are not saying that here at RDTN. This game should be judged on the merits it has going for it. Century is one of those game where you will find yourself planning 4 or 5 steps ahead and feel like you are in a race constantly with the other players. You will need to always be looking for alternate moves and not count on what you had planned being there. Maybe you do that in Splendor, but that is not the feeling we had when we played Splendor.

Must apologize for the technical difficulties in the show. We had an interview ready to go with Emerson and due to internet issues where he was, we couldn’t pull it off. And by the time he got to a reliable service, Tony was gone on his vacation. So, Marty took the helm and lead the discussion. Sometimes even we get bit due to technical difficulties.

Next episode is our first Tabletop Showcase and Mr. Eric Lang is back to tell us all about his new CMON game, The Godfather: Coreleone’s Empire. Eric is always a treat being on the show and he didn’t disappoint this time.

Thanks for listening and supporting us, we really appreciate it.

 

Segment Time
Intro 0:35
Warhammer 40k 7:32
Street Masters Video 13:50
Exit 16:35
Beasts of Balance 17:40
Train Heist 20:24
Honshu 24:27
Element 30:11
Lorenzo il Magnifico 32:23
The Broken Token 42:57
Interview with Emerson 45:53
Rank Em' 1:08:20
Portal Games 1:19:12
Outro 1:20:05
Funagain 1:27:21

RDTN Episode 119: 13 Days – Cuban Missile Crisis and Pax Unplugged Interview

Conventions are upon us and it is all being kicked off by International Table Top Day. We hope you had a good experience and played a few games on April 29th. What is so interesting is that we went old school this year and pulled out some classics and enjoyed them. Just goes to show that you really do need to take a look at what might be collecting dust on your shelf and give it a try and who knows, you might even discover something that makes you wonder how you lived without that game in the past. Or better yet, you might discover a rule to a game that you know cold, but then something that never has occurred happens and there is an “Ohhhh, I didn’t know that” moment.

Marty got to enjoy CMON Expo in Atlanta again and while the games where good, the food was incredible. He got to see some of the newest games to try, but there was a minor issue due to limited amounts of the games. However, it was still a great experience and the swag bag was incredible. Speaking of new CMON games that are coming out, The Godfather will be out at the end of June and if you missed the announcement, it is going to be the first game in the collaborative effort known as Tabletop Showcase. We are teaming up with Watch It Played, The Secret Cabal, Drive Thru Review, Pair of Dice Paradise, and Board Game Replay to bring a week long series media content on a featured game. You can find more information on the website by clicking in this area.

Our game for this episode a great two player game called 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis. People have said that this game gives you a flavor for the epic scale Twilight Struggle and even though we haven’t played it, if it is anything like 13 Days, we would like it. 13 Days is so simple but yet, very deep and well worth your time to give it a try. Plus it is at a great cost point. However, be sure to have the BGG website handy for there will bound to be questions.

Don’t forget that the contest for guessing the box office draw on opening weekend for the movie Wonder Woman. Deadline to enter is May 31st.

Segment Time
Intro 00:35
Gaming Gastronomy 1:12
Origins Plans 4:25
CMON Expo Highlights 5:33
Council of Four 7:10
Ethnos 9:23
Swag Bag at CMON 11:15
Chaz tries Grits 12:45
International Tabletop Day – Tony 14:44
International Tabletop Day – Marty 18:36
Attack on Titan: The Last Stand 19:05
Marty at Rich's 21:12
Flying Squirrels 30:59
Gloomhaven Remorse 31:24
Tabletop Showcase 33:53
Passport and Rule & Make 36:19
Guardians of the Galaxy Thoughts 38:11
Sharazad & Element 40:13
Player Count complaints 42:08
The Broken Token 44:03
Matt Morgan – PAX Unplugged 45:12
The Gauntlet is thrown 1:06:25
Acquisitions Incorporate 1:08:14
Back to Food 1:11:08
Final plug for PAX Unplugged 1:11:57
13 Days Review 1:14:58
Portal Games 1:19:43
Outro 1:20:11
Funagain 1:23:03

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