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 137: Castell, Pulsar 2849, and Being Swaggled

We spend a good portion of this episode discussing the new game Castell from Renegade Games. While what you do on your turn is simple, the complexity is driven from the advance planning that needs to be done. This is not a game where you play your turn, rinse, and repeat. No, you need to be thinking two, three, shoot, to the very end of the game if you want to be successful and pull of the best human tower, a Castell, as possible. This game, when done playing, is like others where you will find yourself thinking about the strategy for the next play. But due to the randomness, it will not be cookie cutter, you will need to adapt.

Pulsar 2849 from CGE was another thinky game that we put on the table, but the randomness of the dice and the limited actions on your turn can keep you from being able to plan ahead. You will have a strategy, but it will not be detailed like Castell, but more on how you will maximize your points this turn and hope that you have built your engine up enough to score major points at the very end of the game, while keeping your opponents in check.

Both of these games will be back on the table this year, or I can only hope.

Finally, we have a contest! Have fun with this as you can use the Grumpy Tony image to make your own meme or box cover. You can send your submission via Twitter using #GrumpyTonyRDTN, post in our BGG Guild, on our Facebook page, or send an email to rolldicetakenames@gmail.com. We’ll pick our top 3 and send the winners a RDTN Mason Jar (shipping to US only). Make us laugh!*

Segment Time
Intro 00:35
Skybell 3:40
You have been Swaggled 5:47
Charterstone 9:55
Thank you 12:00
Shadespire 14:00
Tide Pods 17:00
LOTR LCG Digital 18:30
Portal Games 26:30
Castell 27:30
Pulsar 2849 52:00
The Broken Token 56:55
Outro 57:49
Contest 58:30
Funagain 1:04:29

*And there might be one more in the future

RDTN Episode 136: Hunt for the Ring, Heaven & Ale, Muse, Finished!, and Lotus

One of the first games that I introduced my family and friends to was Nuns on the Run. One of the draws of that game is the number of people that can play this hidden movement game. But, one of the biggest faults of the game is the Line of Sight where you have to constantly check and ask “Can I see you, can I hear you”. So it was refreshing to get to play Hunt for the Ring without having to constantly check on these types of conditions. While the player count was lacking, there were Nine Ringwraiths, this can be forgiven for the lack of line of sight checks and the use of dice to activate powers. Also on the table for this episode is the very deceptive game Heaven & Ale. This game has simply mechanics to teach but some very tough decisions to make during gameplay. The game has many pros but there are cons as well such as AP and complicated scoring at the end until you have played the game and seen it in action. However, this game will get you thinking.

We also talk about two more games and one app in our new segment, In a Nutshell. This segment is where we talk about games that we got to play and something we hope you get to try. And the Flying Squirrels are back and our predictions for 2018.

Thanks for listening

Segment Time
Intro 00:35
Out the Gate: Rant 1:00
The New Gaia Project Box 3:15
Why The Battle of Evermore 6:05
Star Wars: The Last Jedi 8:50
Internet Again 11:10
Heaven & Ale 13:20
Flying Squirrels 24:27
Stretch Armstrong 24:55
Netflix:Toys that Made Us 26:45
WoTC Background Checks 28:50
Great Western Trail 30:54
Vacation Plans 32:36
Movie Revenues 34:25
The Broken Token 36:26
In a Nutshell 37:31
Muse 37:45
Finished! 39:01
Lotus the App 41:17
Hunt for the Ring 43:35
Portal 49:00
Predictions of 2017 50:35
Predictions for 2018 54:05
Outro 1:01:52
Podpledge for 2018 1:02:50
Funagain 1:09:55