Category Archives: Convention

RDTN Episode 132: Bastion, Sidereal Confluence, Necromunda, Fate of the Elder Gods, and Samurai Gardener

After playing Gentes, we thought all the goodness had come and gone for the year. But no, we are here to tell you that once again, we get blindsided by two games: Bastion and Sidereal Confluence. When will the madness end? How are we going to narrow down our selections for the Squirrely Awards? And on top of that, Marty goes to Pax Unplugged and I am sure he has more to add to the pile.

Bastion is a coop game from Z-Man that was out in 2015 and they have made it available for all to consume. We saw this at Gen Con and we were intrigued by this simple tower defense game. What seemed to be a straight forward coop game turned into a strategy game that caught us off guard. It went from go defeat this guy to now, wait, you need to do this, so I can do that and then he can do that because if you don’t then this will happen and then this chain occurs and so forth and so on. Give this one a try if you like coop games.

Then the Excel spreadsheet game hit the table, Sidereal Confluence and man did it have us scratching our head and in the dark, but not in a bad way. It had player interaction, engine building, multiple strategies and depth, so much depth that we can’t wait to get this back on the table again. Will have to say if it wasn’t for the trading, this game would have floundered a bit, but with the trading, it took it up so many levels. In an engine builder, if your plan comes together, even if you don’t win, there is still satisfaction and that is what happened here. For those that enjoy these types of games don’t miss it.

But not everything was rosy on the table and we discuss that as well. And also, special guests come on the show as Marty heads to Pax Unplugged and has a slumber party with some people you may already know. Listen to these familiar voices talk about Necromunda.

Thanks for listening and all the support.

Segment Time
Intro 0:35
Big Box Store Concerns 8:35
Sidereal Confluence 13:55
Samurai Gardener 25:15
Tony Whines 29:00
Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie 30:10
5 Minute Initiative: Bastion 32:30
The Broken Token 37:45
Necromunda 38:37
Necromunda Lore 45:00
Shadow War Vs Necromunda 46:45
Necromunda Underhive Core Set 49:10
Necromunda Rules 54:20
Necromunda Gang War 59:00
Combat Example 1:00:45
Campaign 1:04:00
Bottling Out 1:07:00
Necromunda vs 40k 1:11:00
If Necromunda for you? 1:15:40
Portal Games 1:25:15
5 Minute Initiative: Fate of the Elder Gods 1:26:15
Outro 1:31:10
Funagain 1:41:00

RDTN Episode 126: Gen Con 50 with special guest host, Rodney Smith from Watch It Played!

Our Gen Con report is here and it is a hefty one. It might have been shorter had a special guest not joined us, but he was forced to participate or we wouldn’t let him go to bed. Rodney Smith joins us on this episode as we recount our events at Gen Con. The daily festivities are recounted and not much gaming because, well, Gen Con is about seeing the stuff that is coming and hearing about what is planned for the rest of the year. Also, it doesn’t help that there are 60,000+ people at the Con and we are all trying to get to the hotness. Also, please don’t forget to support Rodney on his crowd funding campaign.

Even with that many people, it never felt that crowded. Now, don’t misunderstand, there was a crowd, but you could move and patience went a long way when you were on the floor. And when the vendor area closed, there were plenty of opportunities to attend other events, some you paid for, others were free.

We also want to say thank you to everyone who attended the RDTN meetup at the Omni Bar, it exceeded our expectations. The Strike tournament was a hit and the final battle was epic.

We also want to thank those companies that sponsored the prizes during our meetup, without them, we would have still had the event, but it wouldn’t have had that humph! (Portal Games,Restoration Games,Stronghold Games,The Broken Token,Capstone Games,Osprey Games,CMON,Big Potato Games,Passport Games,CGE)

You can visit our Facebook page for pictures from our trip!

Segment Time
Intro 0:32
Day One 5:58
Portal 7:35
FFG Booth 9:20
Gia Project 11:33
Crystal Clans 13:05
Stuffed Fables 15:00
Starship Samuri 20:12
Other Plaid Hat Games 21:32
Face Plant 24:30
CMON Booth 26:05
Way of the Panda 28:00
Other CMON Games 30:50
The Broken Token 34:18
Day Two 34:56
The Century Frenzy 36:50
Renegade Games 37:30
Steamforged 38:50
Academy Games 40:48
Queen Games:Merlin 42:10
Osprey Games 44:44
Asmodee Event 48:10
The Summit Charity 49:27
Day 2 concludes 51:29
Games Workshop 57:13
Day Three 59:40
Fantasy Flight Inflight Report 1:00:25
That's A Question 1:10:10
Asmodee Digital 1:13:45
RDTN Meetup 1:16:20
The Awesome BPPP 1:20:15
The Final Battle 1:21:19
We played a game 1:26:23
Portal Games 1:31:52
Day Four 1:32:37
Plan B Games 1:33:25
Forgetting Marty 1:37:46
Say What!! 1:39:05
Dice Tower Booth 1:40:55
JVMF Meetup 1:42:15
Passport Game Event 1:44:28
Always busy 1:47:15
Star Trek RPG 1:49:30
Zman Games 1:49:55
Splitting Up 1:54:30
Lucas Oil Field 1:57:47
Forgetting Marty Again 2:00:00
Secret Cabal Meetup 2:02:10
Stop Thief! 2:05:31
Traitors 2:08:50
And we are punchy 2:09:45
Funagain 2:16:05

RDTN Episode 125: Clank! in Space, Terraforming Mars Expansion, and The Climbers

Surprise, surprise, surprise. That is right Renegade Studios is releasing Clank! in Space at Gen Con. Talk about keeping things under wraps and making a huge a splash, Renegade might have done it. If you like Clank and you like space themes, give this game a try. It builds on the mechanics of Clank!: The Deck-Building Adventure and adds some solid additions. One of those additions is the factions on cards where if cards from the same faction are played on a turn, their special abilities trigger. This is a solid component that it really can add strategy to the market as you look at what to buy during your turn. Was looking forward to seeing Thunderstone Quest at Gen Con, but this might still a little of that thunder in the deck building world.

The Climbers was released in 2008 and is being brought back to us gamers by Simply Complex which is part of Capstone Games in 2017. This is an easy to play game with a ton of strategy that even creates moments of take that. As you play the game, it is so cool to watch the tower grow and see it morph into a skyscraper. However, there are cases where players can almost be eliminated and thus not be fun for those left on the lower portions of the tower. This is one of those games that maybe for the older gamers, it will be a nice one to break out periodically, but this definitely has the staying power with younger gamers.

Gen Con is this week and we are very excited to be attending and for the first time, together. Hard to imagine, but Marty and I have never attended Gen Con at the same time. Last time that I was in attendance was in 2012, so I know I am in for a shock to the system. I joked during the show about being confused and lost, but how can you not be? This is a huge show and there will be so much to take in. If you can’t make it to Gen Con, be sure to take part in Gencant which is now in its third year and headed up by our incredible friend @425Suzanne.

If you are lucky enough to be attending, here is our schedule:

Day Event Time
Thursday The Summit Charity Event 21:00
Friday Portal Booth 16:00
Friday RDTN Meetup Omni Bar 19:00
Saturday Dice Tower Booth 11:00
Saturday Passport Games 13:00
Saturday Secret Cabal Meetup 19:00

Thanks for listening and look forward to our next show where we data burst our thoughts on Gen Con.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Moving 1:15
Gen Con Game Preview 6:10
Game Toppers 13:10
Secret Cabal Meetup 15:35
RDTN Meetup 17:00
Expletive 17:45
Save a Gamer 19:05
The Summit Charity Event 21:50
Squirrels 25:01
Clank! in Space 27:20
Portal Games 37:43
The Climbers 38:51
Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium 44:22
The Broken Token 50:56
Mega Moosecon 52:05
The Front Porch 58:25
Outro 1:01:31
Funagain 1:03:30