RDTN Episode 110: Heroes of Land, Air, & Sea, Raise Your Goblets, Survey and 2017 Predictions

Gamelyn Games has been killing it with all their Tiny Epic series, but they are expanding into the next realm with their newest Kickstarter Heroes of Land, Air and Sea. This is a 4x game without the hours of play that are often associated with these types of games. We were able to get this game on the table, learned and played in under 2 hours. Even with the few questions on the rules, the game was very easy to grasp and understand. Best of all, the downtime in this game was limited with only the start of each round being the speed bump as everyone thought through their next series of actions to perform in the coming round. But once the round got started, we were off and running. Before long, the game was over. Will admit, it might have taken longer had we been more aggressive with the other each other thus slowing down resource production, but still we made good time.

There is also a 5 Minute Initiative in this episode on the very light filler from CMON, Raise Your Goblets. Now, some of you may know this as another name, Toast!. It was a Kickstarter that did not get funded, but made its way into a game. So, there is always hope for games, even if they don’t get funded. I would drag this game out to get the evening going with people before I break out the meaty games. CMON has had some solid hits with their lighter games lately, Potion Explosion, Ta-Da!, and now Raise Your Goblets.

It is time for the 2017 Squirrelys, our annual award celebrating games from 2016. But there is one category we need your help with and that is the All Y’all Award. This is the award for what the RDTN listeners believe should have been the top game of 2016. You can enter three choices in the survey and the winner will be whoever gets the most points. Isn’t that the way all winners are determined by whoever gets the most victory points? You may enter your picks as many times as you want, but only one entry per email address will be accepted in the drawing. This drawing is for your choice of a $25 Broken Token eGift Card or Funagain Games. All entries must be received by 1/31/2017 at midnight.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Take 2 3:16
The Squirrelys 4:05
Stop Thief! Restoration Games 5:08
First Martian 6:54
The Rest of the Show 7:45
Dice Tower Indiegogo 10:10
Snow in the Carolinas 11:27
RDTN 2016 Survey 12:43
Squirrel: RickRoll 13:41
RDTN 2016 Survey cont 14:50
Winners are… 30:15
Heroes of Land Sea & Air 32:00
Portal Games 51:05
2017 Predictions 52:07
5 Minute Initiative: Raise Your Goblets 1:10:50
The Broken Token 1:15:53
Outro 1:16:40
2017 All Y'all Award 1:17:34
Another Contest #RDTNToast 1:18:55
Analog Gamer Shirts and a Bad Joke 1:21:40
Funagain 1:25:18

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 108: Star Wars Destiny, Paris Connection in the 4th Anniversary Show

episode108aHard to believe that this is our 4th Year Anniversary show. It doesn’t seem that we started doing this that long ago. However, if you were to ask our families, they can’t believe that it has only been four years. What is nice is that the excuse “for the show”, now actually has some weight with them. They understand that this is something we love creating. Also, we couldn’t have done the show for four years without their support and the support of this incredible community. Hopefully this wave of incredibleness will never end and if it begins to fade, we will still be around until it comes again.

Star Wars Destiny from Fantasy Flight is going to be one of those games that could easily suck you in. The CCG model is one where you need to decide if you are going to be in it for fun or to crush your opponents. Crushing your opponents will probably come at a cost and one where you may have to wait for the market to stabilize. However, if you take a look at the going rate for the Super Rare Green Goblin “Gobby”, it hasn’t come down in well over a year. And if you think that Lord Vader is going to drop in price so you can get that other dice you need, you can probably not count on that happening anytime soon. The one thing we would suggest, find someone to go in with you to buy a booster box, have a draft party and hope for the best. We have been doing this since our first CCG love and will probably do it again product is easier to get.martyburn

Thanks to Jamie Keagy from the Secret Cabal for this incredible GIF!

Paris Connection is a fun gateway game that is showing up on many tables, not because it is a new game, but because it is a good game that suddenly became very affordable due to deep discounts. There is no denying that it is a good gateway game for you to try, but maybe not one to put in the collection unless you need something that can hide as a stock market game behind the clever train theme.

Finally, here is the link to the annual survey we are asking you to complete by January 1st @ 00:00 EST. You will have a chance at a $25 gift card from either FunAgain Games or The Broken Token, your choice. Three people will be chosen at random and each will receive one. Good Luck!

Segment Time
Intro 0:54
My Little Pony RPG 4:23
ABCs of RPGs 7:50
Isometric Paper Rolls 14:07
Nintendo 15:03
iOS Games (Red 7 & Colt Express) 19:25
Noch Mal! 22:07
Star Wars Destiny 23:46
The Broken Token 28:53
BGG Questions 29:34
Paris Connection 59:25
Portal Games 1:04:14
Facebook Questions 1:04:57
Survey Time 1:21:35
Outro 1:23:38
Flag Dash 1:24:30
Funagain 1:28:35