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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

RDTN Episode 109: Jorvik, Adrenaline, Oracle of Delphi, Clank! and the Sadlers

episode109We enter a new year by starting off pretty strong. We have four 5 Minute Initiatives and we interview the Sadler brothers about a new game they designed for Megacon Games. The game the Sadlers designed is based on the Myth Universe, but aside from having roots in the universe, it is a standalone game, so you will not need Myth to play. You can use the miniatures from Myth if you want as an added bonus, but they are not necessary. The game is a coop game and should be released mid to late summer. If you are interested, be sure to check out the Kickstarter that starts the first week in January.

One thing that I, Tony, would like to point out in the blog that might not have come through in the show or might give the wrong impression is about the game Oracle of Delphi, Marty and I are not saying it is a bad game just that it is one that out of all the Feld games, is not one we would play first. There were many items that just rubbed us wrong in this game and the fact that we played Jorvik soon after, made the conclussion even more prevalent. The game has things I really like in games. It has a modular map for adding replay ability. It has dice, it has simple objectives, and it has multiple options to help you throughout the game. The downtown or A.P. wasn’t strong with this game either. But the fact that Marty has had run away leaders and the frustration I felt while playing was large, it just left us with a bad aftertaste. But like the Geico Raccoon commercial, you really need to try this game for yourself.

As far as deck builders go, Clank! is a good one for sure, but I think I liked Tyrants of the Underdark more. However, Clank! is so easy to teach and I can see where the board, sweet bag, unique endgame, and push your luck aspect can really draw people into that game. Jorvik is a great mid to light euro that anyone will be able to catch on and be able to play. But recommend that you go through the cards with everyone before playing so they know what to expect each season and can somewhat have a strategy. Adrenaline is just fun to play and the whole aspect of dwindling points when people get killed ensures that there is no gang up on anyone. There is no meanness to this game because people just need to understand that their character is nothing more than a way for people to score victory points. And with there being no downtime or punishment for getting killed, people are never out of the game. Be sure and check it out if you get a chance.

Oh, and we pulled a Legendary Darth Vader in our Star Wars Destiny booster packs. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Flying Squirrels 3:50
TTR:Switzerland 4:31
FFG: Arkham Horror Investigator Book 6:15
R&R Games: Times Up 8:13
NES Classic 10:42
The Good the Bad the Ugly 12:40
Star Wars Destiny 14:47
Oracle of Delphi 17:25
Portal Games 23:07
Jorvik 24:05
The Sadlers: Myth Dark Frontiers 29:30
Clank! 45:57
The Broken Token 51:29
Adrenaline 52:06
Outro 56:57
Funagain 1:02:51

RDTN Episode 106: Great Western Trail, A Feast for Odin, and a conversation with FunAgain about Essen

episode106Episode 106 was a Beast of Burden for us, but it was a labor of love. We have played two of the newest games that are out now, A Feast for Odin from Z-man Games and Great Western Trail from Stronghold Games. We do not go into a full review of both the games, but we use our 5 minute initiative format wear we touch on each game at a high level and discuss our Pros and Cons. In the outro, we do go back and revisit, but it is a discussion on which we liked better and why that was the case. Don’t get us wrong, both games are really good, solid games and aside from what we think, you need to do yourself a favor and try both.

The local con MACE was held in Charlotte, NC over the weekend of 11/11 to 11/13 and we had a very good time. Happy to see all that could attend. The organizers have done a great job in giving people a place to play as well as have some tables for open gaming. One thing that always happens is that while we are there for 18 hours, it is never enough time.

One of the big things done at MACE, which is probably why time was gone before we knew it was demoing the game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle for the Envoy Team. If you are interested in joining the team, head over to their website and read through what it takes as far as time commitment. One of the neat aspects of being on the Envoy Team is doing the splashes where one weekend, a game is demonstrated across the USA. Check it out if you think you might have the time for this.

One final thing in this episode is a visit from Nick Medinger who is the COO at Funagain Games. We all love playing games and the joy we get when we see a package on our doorstep knowing what goodness is inside. But it is amazing what it takes to get the games to us or our local game stores and Nick shares some of that knowledge. More importantly, we wanted to know what was going on at Essen this year and hoped he would share with us some of the hotness from that con.

Segment Time
Intro 00:50
MACE Adventures 1:35
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle 5:05
A Feast for Odin 10:55
The Broken Token 16:10
Great Western Trail 17:10
Interview with Nick from Funagain 22:50
Essen Games to the USA 24:45
How accessible is Essen 28:30
How do you pick 29:50
What was the big Pre-order @ Essen 34:00
Why do prices fluctuate 37:50
Essen vs Other Conventions 41:15
Essen Misc 44:05
BGG Con Plans 45:50
Why Puzzles & Funko 47:40
The Business side 49:45
What is up with release dates 53:00
Portal 57:00
Outro 57:48