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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 136: Hunt for the Ring, Heaven & Ale, Muse, Finished!, and Lotus

One of the first games that I introduced my family and friends to was Nuns on the Run. One of the draws of that game is the number of people that can play this hidden movement game. But, one of the biggest faults of the game is the Line of Sight where you have to constantly check and ask “Can I see you, can I hear you”. So it was refreshing to get to play Hunt for the Ring without having to constantly check on these types of conditions. While the player count was lacking, there were Nine Ringwraiths, this can be forgiven for the lack of line of sight checks and the use of dice to activate powers. Also on the table for this episode is the very deceptive game Heaven & Ale. This game has simply mechanics to teach but some very tough decisions to make during gameplay. The game has many pros but there are cons as well such as AP and complicated scoring at the end until you have played the game and seen it in action. However, this game will get you thinking.

We also talk about two more games and one app in our new segment, In a Nutshell. This segment is where we talk about games that we got to play and something we hope you get to try. And the Flying Squirrels are back and our predictions for 2018.

Thanks for listening

Segment Time
Intro 00:35
Out the Gate: Rant 1:00
The New Gaia Project Box 3:15
Why The Battle of Evermore 6:05
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 8:50
Internet Again 11:10
Heaven & Ale 13:20
Flying Squirrels 24:27
Stretch Armstrong 24:55
Netflix:Toys that Made Us 26:45
WoTC Background Checks 28:50
Great Western Trail 30:54
Vacation Plans 32:36
Movie Revenues 34:25
The Broken Token 36:26
In a Nutshell 37:31
Muse 37:45
Finished! 39:01
Lotus the App 41:17
Hunt for the Ring 43:35
Portal 49:00
Predictions of 2017 50:35
Predictions for 2018 54:05
Outro 1:01:52
Podpledge for 2018 1:02:50
Funagain 1:09:55

RDTN Episode 129: London, Azul, Flying Squirrels, and Rambling

I am back and ready to get back in the rut of life. You know, play a game, talk about a game, play a game, discuss food, and so on. It is good to be back and to put two different games on the table. Plan B Games showed us Azul at Gen Con and said to keep it hush hush. Well, we did but now we can tell you about it in a 5 Minute Initiative. Then, Osprey Games was kind enough to let us try out the re-implementation of Martin Wallace’s London. This is going to take multiple plays in order to fully appreciate this game. There are so many different aspects of this game that we couldn’t contain it in 5 minutes. Either way, we hope you get the opportunity to give this one a try.

Segment Time
Intro 00:30
Codenames: Duet 13:10
Restoration Games Contest 14:50
Drama on Vacation 18:53
PAX Unplugged 21:55
Gaming is growing 23:24
Stroopwafles 25:46
SNES Classic 27:31
Brave New World 29:30
TRU is Bankrupt 31:30
Grey Fox Customer Service 33:16
L5R RPG 35:20
2018 Vacation 37:10
The Broken Token 39:05
London 39:51
Portal Games 57:35
Azul 58:33
Outro 1:03:45
Dream On by CMON 1:04:55
No Gift for You 1:11:00
RWBY Combat 1:12:00
What is that on your face 1:14:38
Funagain 1:17:21