RDTN Episode 113: Mare Nostrum, Conflict of Heroes – Guadalcanal, Kingsport Festival – The Card Game, 50 Hours of Gaming

We have been trying for weeks to get Mare Nostrum Empires by Academy Games to the table and it is a shame that it took so long. Yeah, it is a good game, but you will need to listen to just what it was that impressed us so much about it. Will say it is one of those games when you are done, you sit back, contemplate the play, and, for us, we need to do it again because you know you could have done better.

Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal was a game that also needed to get to the table. We have been wanting to try a chit based wargame just to see how we like it. It isn’t like there are a few waiting to be played, but we really wanted to give this a try for it seemed easy to get into and should build up as we play more missions. It was very surprising how easy it was to read the small chits and all the data was right there in front of us. There was also some very handy guides that came with the game. Great, we now have two games fighting for time on the table.

Kingsport Festival: The Card Game from Passport Games was a different experience. It wasn’t a bad game, but we experienced a bunch of downtime. Now it could be that we were all reading the cards over and over and thus slowed down the game. Then again it could be that the game just didn’t have much interaction at all. But, the cards could have been possible done without text thus speeding up the play or after multiple plays, you will know the cards. What is really funny is that they are calling this a card game, but it also requires the use of dice on every turn. Either way, want to get a chance at playing this again.

A lot of work and time are put into turning a game into a fully funded reality and through the help of Kickstarter, some actually make it to the market. We talked about Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire by Steve Finn, the designer behind Biblios. This game is a two player dice implementation of Cosmic Run that came out last year. One of our favorite games from 2015, Champions of Midgard, has an expansion KS going on now that adds a fifth player which is just a small part of the expansion. Then there is one that ended already, but you can still order from from the developers site called Dungeon Dealer. This is nothing more than a deck of cards that let you set up a dungeon pretty quickly for your RPG. Maybe this will get the Lord of the Rings RPG to the table. But wait, there is more, be sure to check out Zen Bins, because we know you have gotten into Star Wars Destiny like we have. These bins will help organize your decks for your tournaments and making carrying there easier.

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

RDTN Episode 112: The 2017 Squirrelys – Our Board Gaming Awards

Another year has past and that brings us to the coveted award ceremony of RDTN, The Squirrelys. This is the show where we decide our games from 2016 that need some recognition. While most of the awards are the standard ones you hear about on other shows, we also like to throw out the odd one here and there. If you missed the Squirrelys from last year, then you need to know that this show has presenters from other podcasts and acceptance speeches from some of the winners. Yeah, it isn’t just us talking about the best of the best, but it is our attempt to mimic the award shows that are bombarding our senses during this time of year. And just like normal awards, we are sure there will be some controversy over the selections. Truthfully, we hope there is some to drive discussion and the selection committee would love to know your thoughts and possible ideas for the 2018 Squirrelys.

But looking back, 2016 was a banner year in board gaming as we were hit with many solid games. Now, it doesn’t mean there weren’t any stinkers, but there were probably more good games this year than we all realize. Shoot, there were probably games that flew under the radar because of the number of games competing to be on your table. Hopefully this will also hold true in 2017. Maybe, just maybe there will be that game that will blindside us again more so than 2016. Or even yet, we say that 2017 was even better than 2016, but that will be hard to imagine. Then again, we were saying something similar at the start of 2016 as we looked back on 2015.

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening. This show is probably one of the more tedious for Marty to edit. Too bad they don’t offer an award for best editing of a podcast.

And if you are so inclined, we would appreciate a nod over at the BGG Nominations as well.

Presenter Segment Time
Tony & Marty Introductions 00:30
Dan King That's Unique Award 03:05
Mike Risley & Chris Mosley All Y’all Award 05:58
Suzanne Sheldon Blindside Award 09:10
Patrick Kelly & Robb Rouse Better Late Than Never 11:57
Joel Eddy Best Use of Plastic 15:27
Chaz Marler We Must Have Missed Something 17:36
The Broken Token Commercial 22:28
Portal Games Commercial 22:47
Funagain Commercial 23:07
Tantrum House Accounting Firm 23:55
Matt Evans Not Your Father’s Deck Builder 27:10
Jamie Keagy Best Hi Player Count 30:03
Dan Patriss & Chris Kirkman Just the Two of Us 33:38
Ambie Valdés & Cassadi Thomas & Crystal Pisano Resurrection Award 37:15
Rodney Smith Breakout Game 40:05
Sean Ramirez Tony GoTY 44:24
Rich Sommer Marty GoTY 50:31
Marty & Tony Closing Remarks 54:38

RDTN Episode 111: The Castles of Burgundy The Card Game, Flying Squirrels and Our Awesome Wives

It was over 100 episodes ago when our wives joined us on RDTN. It only took four years for them to forget about that experience and join us again beyond just a game review. They enlightened us on where they thought RDTN would be in four years and how things have changed in the four years since we started this adventure. We then tricked them into playing The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game so we could do a group review. We hope you enjoy them coming back and remember, the next four years will fly by until they return again. Maybe, if they get some praise, they will come back on sooner than later.

We had some time to capture a few Flying Squirrels for the show since the ladies left a little early and how we have gone down the rabbit hole with Star Wars Destiny. Be sure and check out the Kickstarter for Delve by a good friend of the show Pete Shirey. It is tile laying, dice rolling, dungeon delving game. Delve, I get it now. Have you ever noticed just the amount of kickstarters that come out this time of year. There a another big one from CMON and then there is Railways of Nippon. How is someone to decide on what to get and still have some money to spend on Star Wars Destiny boosters. Then there are accessories and little projects as well that need some love.

Hope you enjoy the show and please be sure to post a review if you get a chance, we really do appreciate it.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Back to the Future 2:44
La La Land 3:37
The Wives take the mics 5:45
The Broken Token 24:15
The Castles of Burgundy: The Card Game 25:18
Flying Squirrels 36:03
Delve & The Gameboy Geek 36:34
Mysterium App 38:40
Stop Thief! Restoration Games 40:54
Dark Side of Collectible World 42:57
Zen Bins 44:56
The RDTN site malfunction 46:53
Portal Games 49:25
Outro 50:10
Rickroll again 52:20
Cowbell has a new meaning 53:35
Last thoughts 54:30