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RDTN Episode 141: Fireball Island, Flamme Rouge, Middle Earth Quest, Charterstone

We know that Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Daviau are making their rounds to talk about Fireball Island: Curse of who we can’t say until it is funded. And we didn’t want to be left out of the media blitz. Hopefully, our sit down with them will be informative and help you decide on how much money you are willing to drop on this classic. If anything, be sure to check out our questions at the end where Rob’s true personality shows up.

Our games in this episode include the classic Middle Earth Quest (MEQ) by Fantasy Flight and Flamme Rouge by Stronghold Games. Don’t have a lot to say about MEQ other than I am glad I got to experience the game. The length of the game would make it hard to get to the table, but would play it anytime. Flamme Rouge will be a game we get on the table a bunch in the future. So fast and easy to play and teach. The only downside is setting up the track each time, but once that is done, you could easily do a best of 3 racing series in under an hour. Understand that people have been raving about this one for some time and wish we had been right there with them. You will be hearing about this again when we get the expansion to the table.

Segment Time
Intro 01:01
TRU sadness 09:40
Charterstone Thoughts 13:13
Eldritch Horror Excitement 17:54
Funky Chicken/Monster Match 21:05
App Games 23:48
Middle Earth Quest 25:54
Miniature Market 31:11
Flamme Rouge 32:10
Restoration Game 37:20
Trigger Thumb 39:30
Fireball Island 41:00
Game Play 52:45
The Expansions 57:38
See it in Action 1:15:20
Dinosaur Tea Party 1:20:06
Downforce Expansion 1:26:24
History and the Future 1:27:63
White Whale & Ooops 1:28:52
Diet Coke again 1:34:25
Fireball Island Road Tour 1:35:05
Questions from the Audience 1:38:11
This is funny 1:42:22
The Broken Token 1:46:21
Outro 1:47:26
Van Ryder Kickstarter 1:50:36
Portal Games 1:56:15

RDTN Episode 140: Noria, Clank! The Mummy’s Curse, TTR: France, and Miniature Market

We have an announcement to make. While we are very sad to see Funagain’s online store slowly close and support of the show stop, we are happy to announce that Miniature Market is picking us up as one of our sponsors. Marty and I couldn’t be happier about this and what it will mean for our listeners. Miniature Market has committed to us support for our contest and ways for a listeners to save money throughout the year. Matter of fact, if you visit this link, you will find a special discount code to enter during checkout. Who knows where this will end up, but we are very excited to have Miniature Market as a sponsor of RDTN. Not sure I used the link enough, so here it is again.

When was the last time you encountered a game and you finished the play and were not sure what just happened at the table? I had that experience with Noria from Stronghold Games. This is not to say it was bad thing that happened at the table, don’t get me wrong. It was just different, which can be exciting in today’s world of board gaming. Here was a game that took a core mechanic that I enjoy, engine building, and put it on its ear with three turning gears. We have played some tough games over the past year, but this one caught me by surprise. Reading the rules, didn’t seem to be anything special. Watching the videos, nothing jumped out at me. But once I was in charge of my own economic gear machine, it got very real. But once you solve the engine part, you now need to think about how to get the scoring done for a win because others can really mess with your strategy, so you need to be adaptable. Try this game, even if you are not a fan of engine builders, it might surprise you.

We also talk about the new expansion Clank!, The Mummy’s Curse by Renegade Game Studios. I enjoy base Clank!, even though I think it is lacking when it comes to being able to cull your deck of unwanted cards, but I really like Clank! In! Space!. So was curious if The Mummy’s Curse was going to add enough to base Clank! to make it the game to play of the series.

Be sure and enter our contest for a chance at a $10 gift card to Miniature Market. Five lucky winners will be drawn. You can enter the contest below.

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Thanks for listening and appreciate any feedback you can give us.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Podpledge Interruption 03:30
Song Trivia 4:57
Back to Podpledge 9:12
Funagain Countdown 12:47
Miniature Market Announcement 17:07
BGG Thank you and the Winners 24:10
Ticket to Ride: France Map 28:30
Seinfeld Reference 33:05
Pop Culture References 35:30
Game Toppers 37:05
Renegade Games: Power Rangers 38:20
Portal 40:05
Clank! The Mummy’s Curse 42:10
Noria 47:00
The Broken Token 1:02:36
Outro 1:03:57
Miniature Market Contest 1:04:56
The Gauntlet is thrown 1:06:54
Miniature Market 01:09:31

RDTN Episode 139: Stone Age, Cult, V-Commandos, Fast Forward Series, Age of Rivals

We are actually doing something that was asked for by the listeners of RDTN, we are looking at some older games in our 5 Minute Initiative Segment. The first one is a personal favorite of mine, Stone Age. Aside from the awesome wood dice and leather cup, I really enjoy the aspect of pushing your luck when collecting resources and I find it to be the next step in complexity for those new to board games. Marty has a different opinion on this and he tries to convince me why. Also, how can you not enjoy a game with a love shack in it.

We talk about a Kickstarter that we were able to try that is being brought to you by Cryptozoic. Cult: Choose Your God Wisely is an attempt to bring the Elder gods into the world and make yours be the one that goes off on destroys everything. Before you pass on this one, consider if you like multiple paths to victory, area control and backstabbing your friends, then you might want to go watch a video or two on their page.

And finally, we must say good-bye to Funagain Games. Like everyone else, we found out about them closing their online doors via email and it did sadden us. They have been great supporters of the show and to our listeners with our giveaways. However, they realized that after 15 years, they needed to make a business change and decided to go to brick and mortar stores.

Segment Time
Intro 00:35
Social Media 04:50
Game Night Movie 06:15
Wardrobe 9:45
Pulsar 2849 Again 11:45
Thank you BGG Nomination 14:25
Kickstarter Hurting Us 16:15
Man vs. Meeple Shameless Plug 19:25
Mayfair 21:30
Cheater’s Monopoly 26:00
In a Nutshell 28:35
Age of Rivals 28:55
Fast Forward 33:08
V-Commandos 37:08
Portal 43:46
Old Games and Us 45:14
Stone Age 46:28
Cult: Choose Your God Wisely 52:00
The Broken Token 01:06:39
Grumpy Tony Winners 1:07:34
Outro 1:12:15
Funagain 1:17:05