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RDTN Episode 124: Summit – The Board Game, Skyward, Isaac Vega, and The Scurry Report

Episode of epic proportions is upon us. Isaac Vega returns to the show after being sent away to an island to contemplate what is next for Plaid Hat Games. In this interview, Isaac talks about the future of Ashes and the new game Crystal Clans. While no dates are given, it is always nice to hear that things are still in the works. There might even be some nuggets on Mice and Mystics thrown into this interview.

We give the new game Skyward from Passport Games the five minute treatment. This is a fast game with a unique twist to the card drafting mechanic. Instead of players picking their cards one at a time, the dealer determines the distribution by placing them in piles equal to the number of players. They must be very careful in their distribution for while they control what cards go where, they get the last pick of the pile. There is strategy involved in the process and thus could cause the game to slow down, but not to the point of being painful.

Flying Squirrels return to the show as we have some quick topics to discuss and a new segment called The Scurry Report. This segment is where we are joined by other members of our gaming community and we talk about a recent game that we played. Hopefully, there will also be some moments that we can pick on one another.

Another contest, so be sure to see our post with the entry form on our website. Thanks for listening.

Gen Con 1:10
Dice Tower Booth 3:57
Passport Games 4:56
Other Business 7:12
Passport Games: Skyward 10:41
Portal Games 16:10
Flying Squirrels 17:02
Hobby Games making Bank 17:42
Expansions in the Base 19:18
Raxxon 21:18
MAPP Violations 23:18
Sweet Revenge 25:14
Isaac Vega 27:15
The Broken Token 53:10
Intro to The Scurry Report 54:00
The Scurry Report: Summit-The Board Game 55:18
Outro 1:21:00
Watch It Played Fundraiser 1:22:10
Contest 1:24:26
Funagain Games 1:28:56

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