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RDTN Episode 144: Crystal Clans, Rising 5, Raiders of the North Sea, Prowler’s Passage

Episode 144 is a heavy game centric episode. We have gotten in plenty of games and with Episode 143 being about movies, we needed to make sure we talk about the games we played before we forgot what we had played. On top of the games, we also were visited by Bezier Games to demo their newest offerings. We sat down with Matt at our local game store Carolina Tabletop Games and he was patient with us while we did all we could to explore the new treasures he was putting on the table. We got the chance to play the expansion to Whistle Stop, which is still a favorite game of mine, the new social deduction/collection game Werebeast, One Week Ultimate Werewolf, which is on KS right now, and Werewords Deluxe, one of Marty’s favorites. Werebeast caught me off guard because I enjoy the hidden set collection type games and was pleasantly surprised how this game pulled it off. I am never keen on player elimination in a game, but for this game, it worked and after the first player was eliminated, the game soon came to an end, so there wasn’t much downtime and this was with a five player game.

Four games and a tutorial we played over the past month are also part of this episode. There really wasn’t a stinker on the table either. The tutorial was our prep for Hannibal & Hamilcar, which is going to be a beast and a blast to play. Really looking forward to the tactical nature of it, as long as somebody doesn’t have AP during the game. Crystal Clans by Plaid Hat had us with the solo crystal to track how much you spent to summon your army. Then it kept us engaged with the diversity of each clan and the quick play. This will give Shadespire a run for the table time over the year, especially as more clans and potential for deck building comes about. This game has a bunch of potential, hope Plaid Hat doesn’t fumble the ball on this one.

But don’t want to neglect the simplicity of Prowler’s Passage either even though it is light game it still provides thought provoking strategy. It isn’t going to blow you away, but I can see where this two player game will get some plays this year. It reminds me of 7 Wonders Duel and I really enjoy that game, but it is more simpler which is a good thing. Finally, Raiders of the North Sea, I have heard so much about this game that I really looked forward to playing it. The mechanics were there and the choices were tough, but the game got long, which after much reading, can happen. But, with all of us being new to the game, I can see how we might not have recognized this setup and had we, we could have probably made the game progress at a quicker pace. Either way, another game that can get back to the table anytime.

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Segment Time
Intro 0:37
Song Analysis 2:43
Hannibal & Hamilcar 9:07
Restoration Games Celebration 15:38
One Star Review 16:23
Crystal Clans 26:10
Miniature Market 31:10
Rising 5 32:10
Flying Squirrels 37:06
Whistle Stop Expansion & Werebeasts 37:38
One Week Ultimate Werewolf & Werewords Deluxe 39:33
Majesty: For the Realm & Shards of Infinity 41:46
Shadespire Tournament 43:47
Game Night in the Vineyards 45:44
Thanos Rising 47:45
Prowler’s Passage 50:05
The Broken Token 55:25
Raiders of the North Sea 56:30
International Tabletop Day 1:01:37
Rehash 1:04:02
Spoilers – The Dos and Don’ts 1:04:56
Portal Games 1:08:44

RDTN Episode 142: Council of 4, Shards of Infinity, Space Base

Once again, we get easily distracted in this Episode, but it is a justifiable reason. I need to find a new lawn mower so that I am not spending my weekend mowing, but playing board games. Here in the Charlotte area, mowing is something you start at the beginning of April and usually don’t stop until the first of November. Heck, I have even had to mow before Thanksgiving when we had a fairly warm, wet fall. But once you make it through that discussion, we have three really good discussions about soon to be released or just released games.

Don’t miss Space Base if you are a dice fan. This one is going to have people going crazy over it because they will start talking about how it is their next Machi Koro or something they wanted in addition to other simple dice games. It isn’t a brain burner, but a really fun luck based engine builder that keeps the whole table involved to the end. If you are like me with the love for dice games, then you might enjoy this game.

Shards of Infinity, deck builder, Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, enough said. Yes, I am biased. Yes I have been dying to play this since I heard about it. Yes, I have 18 games of Ascension going on right now on the iPad. But you might be surprised about our overall thoughts about this game. However, you will wait to find it when it comes back in stock, sorry. In talking with Stone Blade, they understand the issue and are working towards resolution with Ultra Pro.

Council of 4 is a hit and a miss at RDTN. There is some goodness there and then there is some issues and hopefully we discuss them so you can decide if this is a game you would like to play if you didn’t play the original version. I will always play it because I have the love/hate relationship going on with that game. It scores a 7.2 average rating on BGG with over 1000 ratings, so you know something is there. I think if you go into the game realizing that, as Nate points out in the Scurry Report, this is a race, then your play experience might not be as disappointing as what I experienced. But the AP in this game has to go or lessen over time or one can hope.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Hidden Meaning 03:20
Marty Struggles 4:40
Fireball succeeds 5:23
Street Fighter KS 7:30
Secret Cabal KS 9:22
Mowing 9:45
Back to Secret Cabal 14:30
Shards of Infinity 16:20
Portal Games 21:25
Support for Shards of Infinity 22:41
Scurry Report – Council of 4 26:21
Clean up 58:10
Space Base 1:00:00
Miniature Market 1:05:28
Age of Rivals Contest 01:06:29
You are Responsible 1:10:27
The Broken Token 1:15:45

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