RDTN Episode 202: Justin Gary, Ascension Tactics, Cosmic Encounter Duels, Rise of the Empire

00:00 Intro
01:56 Expiration is a suggestion
05:12 Switch Talk
09:06 Ravensburger – Jungle Cruise
13:35 Stick’em
22:32 D&D Online
25:28 Metallic Dice Games – RDTN 10% Off Code
32:45 Justin Gary – Ascension Tactics
55:00 Ascension Tactics In Depth
1:36:34 Portal Games
1:22:06 Rank’em with Justin
1:36:34 Portal Games
1:37:39 Cosmic Encounter Duel
1:53:37 Contest for Cosmic Encounter
1:56:45 Unmatched Cobble & Fog
2:02:25 Back to the Future: Dice Through Time
2:08:32 Dice Masters Avengers
2:14:50 Miniature Market
2:15:50 Outro
2:16:40 Rise of the Empire
2:25:00 Portal Con – Online
2:29:00 The Broken Token

This episode is full of stuff. We have a discussion with Justin Gary about his career and the new Kickstarter from Stone Blade Entertainment: Ascension Tactics. Tony is a big old fan boy during this, but rightly so with over 1000+ games of Ascension played. But we learn some very interesting facts about Justin that just floors us. If you have the time, be sure to listen to the full episode because there are nuggets about the elements the lead up to Ascension Tactics. However, the hard cord discussion begins around the 55:00 mark. This episode comes out on the day the Ascension Tactics Kickstarter starts, so if you want to back it, do it in the first 24 hours to get your name in the book.

We have a ton of games to talk about in this episode as well. We are going to talk about Cosmic Encounter Duel which really caught Marty by surprise. You know of your expectations are kind of down there and you get blown away. That is what this game did to Marty. When it is just the two of us sitting down to play a game, this and Undaunted are going to be fighting for table time.

Then we have Portal’s new add on for Imperial Settlers, Rise of the Empire. This is only a preview because we need to get Imperial Settlers on the table some more to remember how to play that game well. We had both forgotten strategies, nuisances and the best way to play the factions we picked. If you enjoyed Imperial Settlers before, this add on is something you should consider.

Ravensburger Jungle Cruise and Back to the Future: Dice Through Time find their way to the table. Jungle Cruise is a very light, family game. It is really nothing more than a roll and move game with set collection. However, Back to the Future is a challenging co-op game that will be a tough one to beat. If you like Elder Sign, you should check this one out if you like the IP that the game is based on.

And we discuss the new Unmatched release Cobble & Fog which brings to the table some of the best Universal Monsters and the lovable crime fighter Sherlock Holmes. Finally, Dice Masters has campaign boxes and we got to try one out that let us take a trip down memory lane. We hate that they ran into issues when it was released, such a fun, quick game to play.

Thanks for listening and be sure to enter the contest when you get a chance.

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