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RDTN Episode 166: Unmatched, Restoration Games Interview, Tudor, Kapow, Combo Fighter, Kickstarters

I told Marty that we should occasionally change the secret word to the Green Room. By keeping the same code, past people could show up and request to come back on the show. Luckily that has not happen yet, but we were lucky to have Justin Jacobson and Rob Daviau make another guest appearance on the show. The last time they were on, Fireball Island was launched on Kickstarter and we all know how that turned out for them. This time, they tell us about the new Unmatched Battle of Legends. Also, it seems “moonpie”, “squirrel”, and “lawnmower” aren’t very strong codes.

We rez from the dead the segment In a Nutshell and talk about a couple of games that we got to the table. We had a dice chucker called Kapow. This was one that is a filler and ramps up very quickly. Hidden strategy on building and constructing your dice to combat your opponent. Combo Fighter is a card battle game that rewards those that can card count. Tudor has a unique method of changing the base actions through the collection of rings and their position on a cardboard hand. What makes this difficult is the only way to get the rings is by moving up to the top in the throne room. And if someone displaces you, then they can take your ring. Interesting mechanic in the game.

We also played many Kickstarters and give our opinions on them. They are either already active or will soon be active. One of these was designed by a Nate Bivins who has been on the show before and is part of the Scurry Report. This seems to be Kickstarter season, so lots of competition for your dollar. I know I have passed up some incredible ones, but the temptation is too great on some of the ones we talk about in this episode.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
03:10 Tantrum Con – Table Flip
06:05 Portal has a new URL
10:15 Kapow
14:32 Combo Fighter
18:08 Tudor
23:35 Miniature Market
24:22 Restoration Games in the House
29:00 Breaking Bread
30:50 Kitchen Makeover
32:20 Fireball Island
35:00 Dark Tower
37:12 Unmatched – Restoration of Epic Duels
1:08:13 Fireball Expansion – Spider Springs
1:14:00 Conspiracy
1:21:15 Downforce – Wild Ride
1:25:50 Sports Ball Talk
1:31:16 Portal Games
1:32:32 Kickstarter Previews
1:33:20 Roland Wright
1:34:32 Graphic Novel Adventures
1:37:21 Silver River
1:48:12 Summit Expansion
1:49:40 Glen More II Chronicles
1:54:58 Outro
1:57:07 The Broken Token

RDTN Episode 153: Cryptid, Taj Mahal, and Gizmos with special guest, David Waybright


While on vacation, Marty was able to find someone who obviously had nothing to do and filled in for me. David Waybright, from Man vs Meeple, was kind enough to take on the challenge of being grumpy. He failed, but that is okay. We still really appreciate the effort. David and Marty talk about Tiny Epic Mechs that is on Kickstarter now and has already blown past $300k, no chance of this not funding at $15,000. David and Marty also spend time and no telling how many takes doing a 5 Minute Initiative on Cryptid from Osprey Games. Since I haven’t played it, I am interested in their thoughts on it and whether or not I will be taught by Marty or if this is one I will learn on my own. Those two also decide that they need to explore hype for a board game and how it impacts expectations, sales, and initial plays. Don’t want to “hype” this discussion to much so you will not be let down when you listen to it.

But before I left on vacation, Marty and I did two reviews as well. Gizmos from CMON is a simple engine builder that will be on the table again. Taj Mahal is a reprint by Z-Man Games that we were like, what just happened here. This game made us want to break it out again right away. We are so glad this game is back out.

When we return in two more weeks, hopefully we will have a plan and a show but with the hurricane in the Carolinas, it has put a damper on many plans. We hope that if you were impacted, you are safe and those that you know are as well.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Tiny Epic Mechs 17:45
Gizmos 24:30
Portal Games 29:40
Hype in Board Gaming 32:30
Taj Mahal 1:00:40
Miniature Market 1:05:43
Cryptid 1:08:03
Gearworks 1:13:35
Man vs Meeple happenings 1:17:45
The Broken Token 1:28:57

RDTN Episode 146: History of the World, Dragon Castle, Gorus Maximus

In 1991, Avalon Hill published the game History of the World. Looking back at pictures of this game, you can just imagine what people thought of it. You have this huge sprawling map, little miniature armies, plastic cities and fortifications, and dice. I would have seen this and gone, why would I want to play another type of Risk. But we fast forward to 2018 and Zman Games is re-releasing it. The armies are just normal colored Sorry styled pawns, the board is still incredible, there is a catapult and dice. And once again, I would ask why do I want to play another type of Risk. But I am glad that I did. I am now wishing I had the original from 1991. Instead of those stupid baseball cards, I could have been buying this game and playing at the apartment. Where is that time machine to go back and tell myself to pick this up. Sell that Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck card and buy this.

If I haven’t convinced you to try the game, ask yourself, why would Z-man be re-releasing it in today’s board game world if it wasn’t a solid and enjoyable game. There isn’t that much too it, and it is fairly easy to teach. Actually, I would say you could use this games first round to teach the rules without really handicapping players. One thing that is a given, Marty is not a big fan of dice rolling games at times, but even he smiled with this one. I mention the downtime in the show, but looking back, it wasn’t that bad and I think with ever play, it will go incredible fast. Thank you Z-man for bringing this one back to us since we missed it the first time.

What is so surprising from our next game is how it is a deceptive take that game. Dragon Castle from CMON can be pretty nasty with the wrong type of players. I know in our first game, we were not going after each other, but any other game, the gloves are off. But how can that be in a game where you are simply collecting tiles of the same color and symbols to try to score victory points. It all comes down to the one action of discarding a tile to get a victory point. That action, if planned right, can really mess someone up. But be careful, it can also open the board up for others, so you have to be very strategic. So there is the hidden depth that you may not expected from this game on you look at the box cover and flip it over to look at the contents. Must warn you, if people are just concentrating on their board, then this game could fall flat.

Gorus Maximus should be live on Kickstarter, it was schedule for 6/11/2018. If you are interested in the game, be sure to check out their Kickstarter page as well as Inside Up’s home page.

Thanks for listening and all the support. Marty is at Origins this week, so if you are there, go find him for a ribbon and maybe a Moonpie.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Linking Show Titles Contest 3:57
Miniature Market Discount Code 9:34
Shipping a game – Really? 11:17
Miniature Market 18:44
Dragon Castle 19:45
Solo Movie Thoughts 25:10
Ascension App Update 30:55
Overcooked Video Game 34:05
Gorus Maximus 38:30
Portal Games 44:26
History of the World 46:18
Outro 1:09:07
Podpledge Update 1:12:55
The Broken Token 1:19:17