RDTN Episode 171: Star Wars Outer Rim, Nagaraja, and Silver

One of these days, I am going to get us down below one hour again. But it isn’t going to happen for this show. Nope. We have too much to say about the games we got to play recently.

First off is Silver from Bezier Games. Sure you have heard it from other groups, but we wanted to give you our take on this simple card game that is very similar to Golf. But what is going to set it apart from Golf are the card actions that you can do and the action of replacing two or more of the same cards with a single card. The simple game of Golf is now full of interaction, strategy, and tension. This is one of those you might need to just keep in your game bag so you have something quick to play while waiting on people or to finish the night with. The problem might be that people will keep asking to play one more time. Very enjoyable.

Next is FFG’s Star Wars: Outer Rim. This required us to bring in the Scurry to discuss and dissect this game. While it didn’t jump out the gate at first, it did grow on us. You know how after you play a game, you wonder what was missing and you spend the next 30 minutes or so realizing that had you done this, then this might have enhanced the play. Or if you had changed your tactic at this point, then the game would have amped up even more. That is when you realize that it isn’t the game, it is the fact that the players knowledge is what was missing in the first few plays and this game will only suck you down the strategy hole even more over time.

And lastly, we discuss the new game Nagaraja from Hurrican Games. If you would like to add a Two Player game to your collection, recommend you consider this one. Here is another one that once the play is done, you will start questioning your previous moves and know you will do better next time. The strategy is going to reach up and bite you on this one. I am not trying to scare you away here, because the game is easy to teach, but each decision is important. You wouldn’t think so, but it is. Even the simplest decision can come back and, like I said, bite you later. So much fun. This one is up there with The Rose King for me.

Don’t forget to go out and nominate the next video game for the Hall of Fame and be sure to check out Level3B’s kickstarter on the new game bag.

Time Segment
00:45 Intro
04:55 Deer Repellent
10:20 Bezier Games Silver
26:23 The Broken Token
27:51 Star Wars: Outer Rim
56:28 Origin Award Announcements
1:01:12 Video Game Awards
1:07:29 Nagaraja
1:13:37 Miniature Market
1:14:27 Level 3B Game Canopy Kickstarter
1:17:42 Outro
1:25:52 Portal Games

RDTN Episode 170: Robinson Crusoe Mystery Tales, Res Arcana, Space Base Expansion, Wacky Races, Superfriends

Hope everyone has recovered from the onslaught of Avengers Endgame and Game of Thrones battles and ready to get back to board gaming. We are and this episode puts five games on the table for discussion and two Kickstarters we want to bring to your attention.

Res Arcana is one of those games that you might pass by, but it is one you should give a try if you enjoyed the mechanics that are in Century Spice Road. The premise is straight forward in that you must collect resources that allow you to purchase cards that let you convert those resources into other resources that you can then eventually get victory points. But unlike Century or other games like this, there are unique mechanics in impacting other players, player powers, and cards that can help adjust your strategy during the game.

Then we played a game that fits with the theme of doom from the aforementioned shows above, Robinson Crusoe: Mystery Tales. Solid planning and cooperation are even more essential to winning than in the base game because you are carrying forward your success and failures from the previous adventures. They don’t use the term legacy with this expansion, but I believe it is. We wish you luck with your adventures and hope your team doesn’t go insane and come back to hunt you.

Wacky Races and Challenge of the Superfriends takes us back to our childhoods and watching Saturday morning cartoons so nostalgia runs rampant during this segment. Bear with us because we do talk about the games eventually.

Finally, Marty is joined by Vanessa and Adam and they discuss an expansion to one of our favorite titles from last year, Space Base and the new expansion. Straight from AEG:

  • The Emergence of Shy Pluto is the first installment of Space Base “Saga Expansions”. This expansion to Space Base is a collection of story-based scenarios that introduce new content to the game via a narrative structure. Not only are new ships added, but new scenarios are included as well. Once the story is completed, it may be replayed or the contents may be added to the Space Base base set.

Spoiler Alert: Vanessa really likes it

Thanks for listening and come back in two weeks where we will tell you about the two player game Nagaraja and Star Wars Outer Rim.

Time Segment
00:42 Intro
08:00 Podpledge Announcement
20:37 Raccoon Tycoon Expansion
26:53 Robinson Crusoe: Mystery Tales
30:39 Portal
32:07 Res Arcana
38:05 Wacky Races
46:00 Cartoon Nostalgia
56:09 Challenge of the Superfriends
58:36 Contest Results
1:02:42 The Broken Token
1:03:51 Space Base Expansion
1:13:00 Vorpal Kickstarter
1:16:10 Homage to Ashes
1:18:19 Play By Forum Update
1:21:52 Miniature Market

RDTN Episode 169: Fifth Annual Screening, Streaming, or Steaming Summer Movie Preview

The 5th Annual Movie Show with our good buddies Dan Patriss and Chris Kirkman. This is going to be a big summer of movies and we wish we had enough time to cover all the summer releases, but that would be a six hour show. Instead, we only looked at those movies that were nationwide releases, not limited releases. Then we had to take that list and shorten it up even more by voting on them so we could get it down to a manageable amount. There are so many good releases early in the summer that many of the releases in August just didn’t make the cut.

Will give a spoiler here, we didn’t have that many steaming picks this year like in previous years. Hope you enjoy the episode and we will return in our next episode with more gaming discussions.

Time Segment
00:00 Intro
10:30 Time for the Movies
49:20 Miniature Market
50:08 Back to the Movies
1:31:20 Portal Games
1:32:15 Fantasy Movie Draft
1:51:00 The Broken Token