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RDTN Episode 121: Tabletop Showcase – Interview with Eric Lang, Designer of The Godfather

As part of the Tabletop Showcase series, Eric Lang returns to RDTN for a discussion on his newest game from CMON, The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire. Eric goes over the design process and the things he hoped to accomplish with this euro-game that based on the theme, you might not expect it. Our discussion takes us from the start of the project to the final graphic design. Eric was a very gracious guest and provided us some great insight.

Don’t forget about the contest sponsored by Tabletop SHOWCASE. You have until 6/30/2017 to enter and you can get to the contest page HERE.

Marty and I would like to give a special thanks to Rich Sommer for coming onto the show and providing us with the Cocktail while gaming. Rich does a similar segment on his show that is always a treat to listen to, even if you do not partake in the spirits. Here are the links to The Godfather and The Godfather II drinks.

Be sure to return for Episode 122 where we discuss our events at Origins and the Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation as well as another game review.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Tabletop Showcase 2:00
Eric Lang 2:40
Why the move 3:40
What started The Godfather 5:40
The Prototypes 8:16
The Design Process 10:14
No movie needed 17:12
Game Overview 19:39
The birth of The Suitcase 21:45
Four rounds and why 23:12
It is the Family Business 24:25
Paths to Victory 27:04
Theme is everything 29:02
We got some replay 33:04
Why are there no $4 37:12
Talk about the Graphic Design 39:00
Rich Sommer: The Godfather Cocktail 42:43
Future Plans 49:45
What is Eric's Future 51:51
Con Plans 55:35
The Broken Token 59:48
Portal Games 1:00:31
Our thoughts on The Godfather 1:01:11
We have a CONTEST 01:07:42
Funagain 1:11:12

RDTN Episode 120: Lorenzo il Magnifico, Emerson Matsuuchi (Century), Honshu, Element

In this jam packed episode we spend time on the new CMON game called Lorenzo il Magnifico. To say it was a unique experience might be putting it somewhat mildly. The game is not hard to learn or play, but there are some really taxing decisions that must be thought through. However, we are not talking analysis paralysis type decisions, but ones where you know what you want to do and you go and do it only to say, “Oh crap, I can’t do that.” We heard that most of the night when playing. What would cause these events? Well, it is the tightness of the resources. This game doesn’t allow for you to squander them away, you really have to be on your toes. Will this game replace any other euro in your collection, we can’t say, but we can say give it a try for sure.

Next on the table was Century: Spice Road. This game is being called Splendor 2.0 because of how it plays so similar to Splendor. We are not saying that here at RDTN. This game should be judged on the merits it has going for it. Century is one of those game where you will find yourself planning 4 or 5 steps ahead and feel like you are in a race constantly with the other players. You will need to always be looking for alternate moves and not count on what you had planned being there. Maybe you do that in Splendor, but that is not the feeling we had when we played Splendor.

Must apologize for the technical difficulties in the show. We had an interview ready to go with Emerson and due to internet issues where he was, we couldn’t pull it off. And by the time he got to a reliable service, Tony was gone on his vacation. So, Marty took the helm and lead the discussion. Sometimes even we get bit due to technical difficulties.

Next episode is our first Tabletop Showcase and Mr. Eric Lang is back to tell us all about his new CMON game, The Godfather: Coreleone’s Empire. Eric is always a treat being on the show and he didn’t disappoint this time.

Thanks for listening and supporting us, we really appreciate it.


Segment Time
Intro 0:35
Warhammer 40k 7:32
Street Masters Video 13:50
Exit 16:35
Beasts of Balance 17:40
Train Heist 20:24
Honshu 24:27
Element 30:11
Lorenzo il Magnifico 32:23
The Broken Token 42:57
Interview with Emerson 45:53
Rank Em' 1:08:20
Portal Games 1:19:12
Outro 1:20:05
Funagain 1:27:21

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