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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 114: They Who Were 8, Rum & Bones Second Tides, & Fuzzy Tales

We hope you enjoy the brand new segment that is being brought to you from the creative mind of Chaz Marler. In this new segment, we will debate the aspects of various positions people take in the mechanics, themes, and design of board games. Now that it has been typed, that sounds a little heavier than anticipated. We hope to continue to have this segment in a regular fashion and love to hear comments and suggestions on how to make it even better.

We overview two games with our 5 Minute Initiative format in this episode. Rum & Bones, Second Tide is a follow up from CMON that adds some new mechanics that were not present in the original. If you want a good little dice chucker, then this might be a game that you need to check out. Don’t get us wrong here, there is some strategy around planning the moves, determining the quickest course to the needed victory points, but when the battles rage, it comes down to the dice.

They Who Were 8 is the other game we talk about. This one is a deceptive game in that what seems to be a simple “cube” pusher, suddenly becomes a real thinker. You will find yourself trying to out guess your opponents and thinking you have the game one, when suddenly, things shift on you and you are now trying to play catch-up to everyone else. Be sure to read the final scoring a couple of times before sitting down to play because failure to do it correctly will cause you to have a distaste in your mouth

Travis, Marty’s son, sits down and talks to us about the BGG Golden Geek 2016 RPG winner, 7th Sea. So, if you are curious why it won, be sure to give this a listen. Travis speaks to the system it uses and the setting. Most importantly, he mentions that everything you need is contained in one book and not spread over multiple books. If you are looking for a pirate themed RPG, you should give this one a look.

Once we had recorded and edited the episode, we got some excited news from Portal Games. They have announced one of their big games coming out in 2018, Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame. We decided this news was worth adding an additional segment at the end of the episode so that we can provide details that we gathered from the North American Portal Games Representative, Chevee Dodd. 

Thanks for listening as always and be sure and fill out our poll on what games you would like to hear our thoughts on in upcoming episodes.

 

Segment Time
Intro 00:41
Majority Rules 3:25
Next Vacation 10:29
BGG Golden Geek Awards 11:04
RPG Options 14:12
Rising Sun 16:17
War of the Ring 18:53
Imperial Settlers: Aztecs 22:25
7th Sea RPG 24:31
Flying Squirrels 29:51
A-Case 30:22
Kickstarters Suck 33:08
Movie Discussion 34:37
Dice of Crowns 36:35
Marty's Rant on Star Wars: Destiny 38:27
Favorite Fridays 41:13
The Broken Token 43:27
They Who Were 8 44:15
Fuzzy Tales with Chaz Marler 49:28
Pair of Dice Paradise Contest 1:17:50
Portal 1:24:10
Rum & Bones: Second Tide 1:25:08
What to Review Next 1:30:19
Detective: A Modern Crime Boardgame 1:32:24

RDTN Episode 111: The Castles of Burgundy The Card Game, Flying Squirrels and Our Awesome Wives

It was over 100 episodes ago when our wives joined us on RDTN. It only took four years for them to forget about that experience and join us again beyond just a game review. They enlightened us on where they thought RDTN would be in four years and how things have changed in the four years since we started this adventure. We then tricked them into playing The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game so we could do a group review. We hope you enjoy them coming back and remember, the next four years will fly by until they return again. Maybe, if they get some praise, they will come back on sooner than later.

We had some time to capture a few Flying Squirrels for the show since the ladies left a little early and how we have gone down the rabbit hole with Star Wars Destiny. Be sure and check out the Kickstarter for Delve by a good friend of the show Pete Shirey. It is tile laying, dice rolling, dungeon delving game. Delve, I get it now. Have you ever noticed just the amount of kickstarters that come out this time of year. There a another big one from CMON and then there is Railways of Nippon. How is someone to decide on what to get and still have some money to spend on Star Wars Destiny boosters. Then there are accessories and little projects as well that need some love.

Hope you enjoy the show and please be sure to post a review if you get a chance, we really do appreciate it.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Back to the Future 2:44
La La Land 3:37
The Wives take the mics 5:45
The Broken Token 24:15
The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game 25:18
Flying Squirrels 36:03
Delve & The Gameboy Geek 36:34
Mysterium App 38:40
Stop Thief! Restoration Games 40:54
Dark Side of Collectible World 42:57
Zen Bins 44:56
The RDTN site malfunction 46:53
Portal Games 49:25
Outro 50:10
Rickroll again 52:20
Cowbell has a new meaning 53:35
Last thoughts 54:30