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RDTN Episode 137: Castell, Pulsar 2849, and Being Swaggled

We spend a good portion of this episode discussing the new game Castell from Renegade Games. While what you do on your turn is simple, the complexity is driven from the advance planning that needs to be done. This is not a game where you play your turn, rinse, and repeat. No, you need to be thinking two, three, shoot, to the very end of the game if you want to be successful and pull of the best human tower, a Castell, as possible. This game, when done playing, is like others where you will find yourself thinking about the strategy for the next play. But due to the randomness, it will not be cookie cutter, you will need to adapt.

Pulsar 2849 from CGE was another thinky game that we put on the table, but the randomness of the dice and the limited actions on your turn can keep you from being able to plan ahead. You will have a strategy, but it will not be detailed like Castell, but more on how you will maximize your points this turn and hope that you have built your engine up enough to score major points at the very end of the game, while keeping your opponents in check.

Both of these games will be back on the table this year, or I can only hope.

Finally, we have a contest! Have fun with this as you can use the Grumpy Tony image to make your own meme or box cover. You can send your submission via Twitter using #GrumpyTonyRDTN, post in our BGG Guild, on our Facebook page, or send an email to We’ll pick our top 3 and send the winners a RDTN Mason Jar (shipping to US only). Make us laugh!*

Segment Time
Intro 00:35
Skybell 3:40
You have been Swaggled 5:47
Charterstone 9:55
Thank you 12:00
Shadespire 14:00
Tide Pods 17:00
LOTR LCG Digital 18:30
Portal Games 26:30
Castell 27:30
Pulsar 2849 52:00
The Broken Token 56:55
Outro 57:49
Contest 58:30
Funagain 1:04:29

*And there might be one more in the future

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 135: Gaia Project, Topiary, Codenames Disney, Passport to Culture

We start of the new year with a game that we were excited to hear about in 2017. Gaia Project by Zman games is one the table and since it is similar to one of Marty’s favorite games, Terra Mystica, we had to do it right. Therefore, we start off in our first show of 2018 with a Scurry Report. And if that wasn’t enough, Vanessa joins Marty for a 5 Minute Initiative on Renegade’s new game Topiary. And we go over your thoughts on the show in our survey review. Really, less cowbell, I think someone was pulling our leg.

Segment Time
Intro 1:01
Algot 05:21
Codenames Games 09:12
Pandemic Legacy Season 2 14:05
Games Workshop 16:05
Passport to Culture 19:45
Heaven & Ale 24:00
Civilization: New Dawn 25:02
First Squirrel of 2018 29:43
Baseball Cards and Board Games 32:48
Portal Games 43:29
Topiary 5 Min Initiative 44:50
2017 Survey 50:23
And the Second Squirrel 1:06:29
Scurry Report: Gaia Project 1:09:13
The Broken Token 1:35:50
Outro 1:36:38
Gaia Contest 1:41:12
Funagain 1:44:32