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RDTN Episode 138: 3rd Annual Squirrelly Awards


Time for the 3rd Annual Squirrelly Awards. For those of you that are joining us for the first time, welcome to a unique type of award show. We want to make sure you understand this isn’t a typical award show. This is our way of recognizing the games that we played last year and really enjoyed with some different if not bizarre categories. Also, we are joined by many awesome people for the board gaming world to help us with the presentations. Some you may know, some you may not, either way, be sure and check out their contributions to the hobby by clicking on the link below.

2017 was another fantastic year in board gaming with an incredible amount of content released. So much content, that we didn’t get all we wanted to the table and we are sure many great games were missed. Please let us know some of your favorites so that we can be sure to try them.

Once again, thanks to everyone who made this another great show and be sure to let Marty know what a terrific job he did in editing this episode. We return in two weeks with the normal stuff and a new segment where we go back and play a game from many years ago.

Award Presenter(s) Show Time
Intro Marty & Tony RDTN 01:00
You're The Game That I Want Ambie & The Nuts 6:22
The Review Song Contest Marty 09:20
Most Innovative Dan King Gameboy Geek 12:35
About Freaking Time Ambie & Cassidi & Crystal Boardgame Blitz 15:50
Miniature Game Joel Eddy Drive Thru Review 19:35
How Did We Miss It Robb & Patrick BPPP 22:58
Best game Tony didn't play Roy & Rob Epic Gaming Night 27:32
We just don't get it David & Jeremy Man vs Meeple 32:30
All Y’all Award Patrick & Brandon WDYPTWPT 36:35
Accounting Firm Mandi & Suz The Dice Tower 41:14
The Broken Token Marty RDTN 44:45
Portal Tony RDTN 45:41
Funagain Marty RDTN 46:30
Pass the Advil Jamie Keagy The Secret Cabal 49:20
It is New to Us Dan & Chris Geek Allstars & Dice Hate Me 52:57
If I can’t play Strike Rodney Smith Watch It Play 56:53
The Really Neat Award Matt Evans Board Game Replay 1:01:39
Just the two of us Rich Sommer Cardboard Cast 1:05:24
Game of the Year – Tony Matt & Christy Cardboard Carnage 01:10:00
Game of the Year – Marty Chaz Marler Pair of Dice Paradise 01:14:14
Thank you Thank You Thank you 1:21:03

Hippocampus and Nociceptor

RDTN Episode 132: Bastion, Sidereal Confluence, Necromunda, Fate of the Elder Gods, and Samurai Gardener

After playing Gentes, we thought all the goodness had come and gone for the year. But no, we are here to tell you that once again, we get blindsided by two games: Bastion and Sidereal Confluence. When will the madness end? How are we going to narrow down our selections for the Squirrely Awards? And on top of that, Marty goes to Pax Unplugged and I am sure he has more to add to the pile.

Bastion is a coop game from Z-Man that was out in 2015 and they have made it available for all to consume. We saw this at Gen Con and we were intrigued by this simple tower defense game. What seemed to be a straight forward coop game turned into a strategy game that caught us off guard. It went from go defeat this guy to now, wait, you need to do this, so I can do that and then he can do that because if you don’t then this will happen and then this chain occurs and so forth and so on. Give this one a try if you like coop games.

Then the Excel spreadsheet game hit the table, Sidereal Confluence and man did it have us scratching our head and in the dark, but not in a bad way. It had player interaction, engine building, multiple strategies and depth, so much depth that we can’t wait to get this back on the table again. Will have to say if it wasn’t for the trading, this game would have floundered a bit, but with the trading, it took it up so many levels. In an engine builder, if your plan comes together, even if you don’t win, there is still satisfaction and that is what happened here. For those that enjoy these types of games don’t miss it.

But not everything was rosy on the table and we discuss that as well. And also, special guests come on the show as Marty heads to Pax Unplugged and has a slumber party with some people you may already know. Listen to these familiar voices talk about Necromunda.

Thanks for listening and all the support.

Segment Time
Intro 0:35
Big Box Store Concerns 8:35
Sidereal Confluence 13:55
Samurai Gardener 25:15
Tony Whines 29:00
Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie 30:10
5 Minute Initiative: Bastion 32:30
The Broken Token 37:45
Necromunda 38:37
Necromunda Lore 45:00
Shadow War Vs Necromunda 46:45
Necromunda Underhive Core Set 49:10
Necromunda Rules 54:20
Necromunda Gang War 59:00
Combat Example 1:00:45
Campaign 1:04:00
Bottling Out 1:07:00
Necromunda vs 40k 1:11:00
If Necromunda for you? 1:15:40
Portal Games 1:25:15
5 Minute Initiative: Fate of the Elder Gods 1:26:15
Outro 1:31:10
Funagain 1:41:00

RDTN Episode 130: Richard the Lionheart, Sundae Split, Alien Artifacts and Ted Alspach

We are back and we have tricked another designer to come on to the show. Ted Alspach joins us and talks about the follow-up to Castles of Mad King Ludwig, The Palace of Mad King Ludwig. To answer the question right away, yes, they are different games and you need to hear what Ted says about it to determine if you will consider giving it a spin when it comes out next year.

And what would a show be without a few game discussions. CMON’s Richard the Lionheart was on the table and will be back, it was a fun game. Alien Artifacts was played and needs another few or ten plays to get down to the nuts and bolts of this engine. And then there was the filler from our pal Nate Bivens, the up and coming designer, with his first release Sundae Split.

Plus another contest to celebrate 10K in Twitter Followers.

Segment Time
Secret Cabal Halloween Special 2:10
Alien Artifacts 4:00
Master of Orion 10:35
News Break 1 13:00
Lisboa 14:20
News Break 2: Contest 19:45
Star Cartel 22:15
News Break 3 25:45
Richard the Lionheart 27:15
The Broken Token 32:00
Ted Alspach 32:50
Palace of Mad King Ludwig 41:50
Werewolf Legacy 54:35
Rank’em with Ted 1:01:30
Portal Games 1:13:05
Sundae Split 1:14:00
Outro 1:18:50
Outbreak RPG 1:20:15
Game Toppers 1:22:20
Rant 1:23:45
Funagain 1:28:40