RDTN Episode 164: Raccoon Tycoon, Beta Colony, Terror Below

Sorry for the back to back long episodes. However, we have a good reason. First, Sara Erickson from Renegade Game Studios dropped by and wanted to tell us about Mike Elliot’s new game, Terror Below, that is currently on Kickstarter. Don’t worry, it is funded but if you have any doubts on if you are backing or have questions, maybe Sara will have the answers you seek. She also was subjected to a Rank’em, something we haven’t had the opportunity to do in awhile.

Next comes to fairly lengthy discussion about two games that we go to the table. Raccoon Tycoon from Forbidden Games is a very enjoyable commodities game that is fast to teach and play. We also are finding that the various strategies work well so no set winning one and anytime we have an hour to get a game in, it is a good bet we will reach for it. If you want to try out a commodities game, we can’t recommend this enough. Components and art are top notch and the price at Miniature Market makes it tough not to get.

Beta Colony by Rio Grande Games was a different style of game that employed a dice mechanism similar to the one that is used in Lorenzo, but they took it one more step with the “rolldell” in the center of the board. Everyone is using the same dice pool, but how you use it in determining your actions is different between players. There is no competing for spaces,  so the game is more about how well you strategize during your turn.

Finally, Vanessa and Marty discuss Precious Cargo from Winning Moves Games. Maybe Marty will keep her doing these reviews and we can get more reviews to the Podcast.

The next episode is our annual award show and all the votes are in and the presenters are lined up. Hopefully there will be some surprises in 2019.

Time Segment
00:31 Intro
01:10 Bubble Burst
06:30 Spiderman: Into the Multiverse
14:00 Grizzled Armistice
19:35 GMT P500 Battle Line
26:20 Chronicles of Crime
28:45 Precious Cargo
34:40 The Broken Token
36:00 Beta Colony
48:09 Sara Erickson: Terror Below
51:58 Mower Discussion – It isn’t just us
55:00 Terror Below
1:18:22 Rank’em with Sara
1:33:50 Miniature Market
1:35:02 Portal Con Retrospect
1:54:51 Raccoon Tycoon
2:11:00 Outro
2:14:15 Portal Games

RDTN Episode 163: Everdell, Stephen Buonocore, Tantrum House

We have guests on for this show and we get chatty with one guest. He is such a great friend to the show and it is hard keeping it short. Stephen Buonocore does a deep dive with us on what it takes for a game to get noticed in today’s market and have staying power. Think about it. How many times do we all hear about this great game that is out and within a month, crickets. We ask Stephen what does it take to make it last or how can Stronghold renew interest in games that have received the Squirrel treatment by game players. Stephen even talks about Stronghold’s catalog and how things in hindsight were a sure thing, were not that way at the start. And it would not be a visit without Stephen doing some pitching on the upcoming games, but we try and challenge him to tell us how is he going to keep the spotlight on them.

Marty and I also have been discussing the upcoming convention Tantrum Con in Spartanburg, SC. Well, why should we try and guess at what is happening when we can bring Tantrum House on to tell us about it. Sarah and Melissa join us and in RDTN fashion, we end up talking about more than just Tantrum Con. We are really looking forward to the convention except for the early morning drive.

And we would not be a board gaming podcast if we didn’t talk about a game. We got in the hot game from Gen Con called Everdell. This is a great worker placement, engine builder that has a unique twist where there are not defined rounds where everyone advances at the same time. But it goes back to our discussion with Stephen, do you still hear about this game, well you should. Very assessible game for people to get into.

Thanks for listening and we are about a month away from our annual award show The Squirrely’s. If you haven’t voted in the All Y’all Award, be sure to visit this link and cast your vote. Nominations will be closing soon.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
02:32 Rob Daviau in Town
03:35 Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr
08:35 Behind the Scenes: Font Sizes
13:20 Rulebook writing
14:52 Tony-proof the Internet
17:24 Expanding Musical Tastes
19:02 Snakes & Lattes in CLT
22:15 Miniature Market
24:30 Stephen Buonocore – Deep Dive Discussion
26:45 Stephen’s Mower of Choice
30:05 How does a game get noticed
37:08 Can you have Evergreen titles now?
42:40 We don’t constrain supply
45:00 Two Week shelf life?
51:40 Lightning in a Bottle
57:32 Stephen’s in Trouble
1:00:35 The Pitch
1:07:10 Drawring?!?!?
1:08:10 The Kickstarters that are coming
1:16:00 No Chocolate Bombs at Gen Con
1:18:25 Portal Games
1:20:00 Everdell
1:24:25 Tantrum Con
1:44:18 Outro
1:48:32 The Broken Token

RDTN Episode 162: Too Many Bones-Undertow, Master of Wills, Kitchen Rush, GoT Expansion, Quiver

We are back from our break and ready to tackle another year of board gaming podcasting. Or as a listener pointed out to us, making background noise. We love comments like this because they truly keep us grounded and never take offense to them.

Anyway, in this episode we discuss our events over the holidays, do a Flying Squirrel segment, and give impressions of two games that made it to the table. Master of Wills by Stormcrest Games is a deck building card game that has a twist on winning the game. Your score is determined at the end of the eighth round based on the number of citizens you have on your side of the board. When you pick a Citizen card at the start of your turn, they will have abilities on them that will impact the game by allowing you to play special cards from your faction deck that you built prior to the start. There are different factions in the game allowing for increased replayability. This one is straight forward, but very tactical and made for fun games.

Too Many Bones: Undertow was the next beast on the table and it needs to come back. We had some false starts but once we got up and running, things went really well and enjoyable. I keep visiting Chip Theory’s website and keep reminding myself to hold off and maybe get a bundle at Gen Con. I want the additional characters and I look forward to getting this game on the table again. One thing we didn’t mention in the show that impressed me was how well written the encounter cards were, in my opinion. I said I wanted the flavor text to be read and I think that is the reason why. It is a costly game, but for what you get, I can understand the price point.

We also announce our winners for the celebration of our 6th anniversary. Thank you again for taking time to listen to the podcast and we are excited to bring you another year of background noise.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
04:42 Game of Thrones Expansion
10:15 Kitchen Rush
14:40 On the Road Again
17:35 Doughnut Shade
20:07 The Quiver
26:45 Thank You Pete
28:33 Vanessa’s Poem Reading
33:40 Portal Games
35:33 Flying Squirrels
36:15 App Games taking over
38:13 War of the Worlds Kickstarter
40:25 Tony’s Games at Christmas
42:29 Gama Drama
44:32 Railways of Portugal
46:33 Golden Globes
48:38 The Broken Token: Keyforge Tokens
50:14 Master of Wills
54:58 Too Many Bones:Undertow
01:08:25 The Winners
01:15:20 Outro
1:17:18 Miniature Market: The Drop