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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

RDTN Episode 122: Near and Far, Sentient, Lovecraft Letter, and Pit Crew

We are well rested after our recent vacations and back at the mics. Because of the vacations, we have a backlog of games, so we have four for you in this episode. We also revisit our vacations and our experiences. As always, Origins was a blast for Marty and he got to sample the food at the vendor hall, the food at MELT, and of course the food at the North Market. Oh, and he played a few games. If you haven’t checked out the video of him and Chaz as they closed out Origins, you can see it here.

Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation was an incredible adventure for me and my wife. The lodging was great and the hiking was an awesome experience. First, nobody was trampled by a moose, attacked by a bear, or bitten by a squirrel. But there were plenty of pictures with squirrels and moose poop. Oh, and also some good gaming was had during the vacation. Next year is in Park City, Utah and we are trying to decide do we go again or not.

Since there are four games in this episode, not going to go in depth on any of them. Near and Far is another great Red Raven game that if you enjoy Above and Below, you need to give this one a try. Sentient will be one of those games that is going to get mixed thoughts from people, but not from us. Lovecraft Letter is well, Love Letter with a new theme, but at least it is a theme we can enjoy. Pit Crew gets nothing but three F’s, it is Family Fun Filler for sure.

Okay, been hanging out with Chaz to much. Congrats to our winners of the Screening, Streaming, or Steaming contest. And here is the link to the Gen Con Event that Marty mentioned.

Segment Table
Intro 00:39
Instagram Event 2:51
And the winner is 5:23
And the winner is…again 9:16
Transformers 11:33
Back to Business 13:54
Near and Far 16:06
Origins 21:40
Origins: Century 24:09
Origins: Renegade Booth 24:47
Origins: Werewords & Rodney Smith 26:13
Origins: Summit – The Board Game 32:06
Origins: JVMF Auction Team Vest 34:17
Origins: The Food 36:13
Origins: Almost The Final Thoughts 38:31
Origins: Restoration Games 40:41
Sentient 41:18
The Broken Token 46:19
Lovercraft Letter 47:08
Pit Crew 49:27
Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation 52:00
Sit down with Sean and Mark 1:00:25
Portal 1:12:27
Outro 1:13:38
Megamoose Con 1:15:28
Bye-Bye Flip the Table 1:16:50
Funagain 1:21:00