RDTN Episode 133: Whistle Stop, Battle for Rokugan, and PAX Unplugged 2017

Whistle Stop by Bezier Games has given gamers another train game that incorporates tile laying, resource collecting, and set collection, all the things that scratch that itch in a game for us. But does it deserve a place on the shelf, hang around for 5 minutes and you will have your answer. The Scurry Reporters are back and they give us their thoughts on the newest game from Fantasy Flight, Battle for Rokugan. And we get to hear all about PAX Unplugged from Marty as he tells us about the adventures in Philly. Wish the same rule applies for Philly as it does for Vegas.

Be sure to check back with us in two weeks for our 5th year anniversary. Many announcements and we determine if we are compatible or not by playing the game, Fog of Love.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
More on Apple Pie 4:52
What is on Deck 6:25
Blue Peg Pink Peg Plug 8:30
PAX Unplugged 2017 9:25
Food at Pax 14:27
What else can you do in Philly 15:15
How were the crowds 16:55
Alien Artifacts Demo 19:15
Catan VR 21:50
Fog of Love Tease 24:18
Whistle Stop Review 26:40
The Broken Token 32:05
Scurry Report: Battle for Rokugan 32:52
Portal Games 1:04:30
Waffle House 1:05:35
Codenames: Marvel 1:07:20
Justice League 1:09:33
Hunt for the Ring 1:13:15
RDTN Under Construction 1:16:31
Outro 1:19:15
Funagain 1:20:48

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