RDTN Episode 201: Isaac Childres Interview, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

00:00 Intro
02:36 Background of Gaming
06:00 Video Games with Isaac
08:40 Then the Board Games
13:09 What sparked the interest
15:28 Back to Video Games
18:00 The Gloomhaven spark
27:19 Time to get educated
28:41 Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
39:27 Target Story
44:38 Why get this
51:14 Plushies???
54:45 Rank’em

After 200 episodes, you would think that word would get around to designers warning them of coming onto our show. Well, if it did, Isaac Childres ignored it and took his chances with us.

We have a great time talking video games, board games, and his new creation Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. You can find this game at Target right now, and sometime next month at your local stores or online. If you go to Miniature Market, you can go ahead and pre-order. Click on the this link

And just when Isaac thought he had escaped, we drop Rank’em on him. If only had listened to the warnings. You would think a guy who writes scenarios would have picked up on those tales of foreboding.

RDTN Episode 200: Co-host Auditions, Ride the Rails, Gulf, Mobile & Ohio, Undaunted: North Africa, Wingspan

00:34      Intro
07:15      Food and Movies
10:18      Wingspan
15:08      And maybe we will not be gaming
16:57      A new Grumpy thing
20:17      Auditions for Co-host
50:21      Portal Games
51:31      Undaunted North Africa
1:04:15    Wingspan with Donna
1:17:10    Miniature Market
1:18:16    Ride the Rails and Gulf, Mobile, & Ohio
1:41:22    Outro
1:48:42    The Broken Token

Physical games were actually played for this episode. That is right, we gathered around a table and played to new train games. Ride the Rails from Capstone Games was first on the table. It was refreshing not to have to bid on stocks in a train game and concentrate on the network. But then, Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio rolled onto the table and we were back to stocks and building the network. Winner is the one with most points in both games. Both games took a little bit to get the fire stocked in the boiler and get the train out of the station. But isn’t that how it is with these games, got to see how the strategy will play out. The concepts are easy to grasp, but how to use them to your advantage just takes some time.

Tony and Donna talk about the Game of the Year, Wingspan. They finally get to play it and can see why it got the praise that it did. Artwork, table presence, ease of teach, and concepts were just top notch. Even the mother-in-laws enjoy the game and they are not use to these types of games.

And the love for the Undaunted series continues with the next installment, North Africa. Not sure what it is, but this series continues to be a favorite. It melds in enough strategy and the favorite mechanic of deck building which is why it seems to be hitting the table as often as it is.

A big thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate the 200th episode of Rolling Dice & Taking Names. We asked a ton of people to send in audition tapes to replace Tony as a way to close out that running gag and we appreciate all that took the time out of the schedule and sent one in.

Episode 201 is around the corner and we will be visited by Isaac Childres as he talks about his new game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

RDTN Episode 199: Arkham Horror Dead of Night, City Builder, TTR Japan, Crossed Words, The Alpha


Time       Segment
1:33       Intro
4:43       The Daughter’s Boyfriend Visit
13:50      Lorenzo Victory Snatched
17:55      CMON Virtual Con – Guilds of Cadwallon
21:43      Time to Organize
25:55      Crossed Words
30:13      More Undaunted Normandy
31:06      Blood Rage Digital
40:04      Video Game Update
45:15      Miniature Market
46:48      City Builder: Ancient World
1:02:54    Ticket To Ride Japan
1:11:14    The Broken Token
1:12:45    Arkham Horror Dead of Night
1:41:32    Ewin Racing Chairs Promo Code: RDTN
1:45:15    The Alpha
1:55:10    Gen Con cancelled impacts
2:08:45    Origins Online with Marty and Jamie
2:11:39    Portal Games

Episode is full of family. Donna and Rebecca join Tony to discuss two games that they played while Rebecca was home for a little bit. Ticket to Ride is always a family favorite and it was good to try out the new Japan map. The Bullet Train and only 20 trains help speed up the game considerably and bring the Destination Ticket strategy to the forefront as Rebecca points out. The Alpha by Bicycle Games is what it advertises to be, a very light strategy and while the theme may seem not so family oriented with wolves hunting their prey, it really boils down to a an area control game with luck based on the results of the die.

Marty, Vanessa and her younger brother, Bob talk about the new expansion for Arkham Horror Dead of Night. Now when you get to Arkham lovers talking about one of their favorite games, they could go on and on and you can sense the enjoyment they had playing the latest expansion even though it was through Zoom. And a big thanks to Vanessa for not spoiling the adventure but once you play, sure she would love to talk to you about it.

On June 2, Inside Up is releasing a new Kickstarter for the game City Builder: Ancient World.  We got to play this on Tabletopia and were very impressed with it. Please be sure to check it out and even play online if you are not sure. So good