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RDTN: Episode 194 – Great Western Trail Vs Maracaibo, Ettin, Europe Divided, War of the Ring

Time      Segment
00:37      Intro
20:04      War of the Ring
30:09      Europe Divided
34:15      Nintendo Switch Bubble Bobble
42:14      Unlocking Insanity
45:56      Empires of the North Roman Expansion
48:49      Ettin
51:50      Dr Pepper Cream Soda
53:01      The Sami
55:10      LudoCherry Kickstarter
58:48      Portal Games
1:00:07    Maracaibo
1:26:58    Miniature Market
1:28:26    Outro
1:38:24    The Broken Token

After the Squirrely Awards, we need to catch up, plus I had a little vacation, therefore we ramble in this episode. While I was gone, Marty finally was able to get War of the Ring to the table. Based on what he told me in this episode, I am really looking forward to giving it a shot. Just hope the rules haven’t faded by the time we get it to the table. Vanessa, his wife, was also subject to gaming while I was gone and they sat down to play a few games that sound like I missed some good ones. We talk about the Switch and an upcoming release called Bubble Bobble, which we played together almost 30 years ago. So, once again, what is old is new.

Then we finally talk about a game we got to play together, Maracaibo from Capstone Games. We don’t just talk about it, but we discuss how it compares to Great Western Trail which is a game that we thought couldn’t be topped. But did the same designer of both games top his previous design, need to listen to find out.

Thanks for listening and we hope you and your family are safe during these unprecedented times. Often times while we focus on our physical health, we forget our mental health so be sure to take a moment and take care of all aspects of your wellbeing.

RDTN Episode 193: 5th Annual Squirrelly Awards

Time Segment
00:00 Introduction
07:10 Let’s Get This Party Started
09:58 It’s In The Cards
12:42 Need A #2 Pencil
16:55 You Gonna Paint Those?
18:54 No Quarter Required
19:49 Pass The Advil
25:36 Go Do My Bidding
30:53 Commercial Break
33:38 This Game Has Bling
39:20 Just The Two Of Us
42:38 Gimme More
45:56 Better Late Than Never
50:40 If I Can’t Play Strike
55:19 Necro Game
57:03 All Y’all
59:56 Publisher Of The Year
1:03:05 Marty’s Game Of The Year
1:06:25 Tony’s Game Of The Year

It’s our 5th Annual Squirrelly Awards! We pick some of our favorite games from 2019 to present the coveted (haha) Squirrelly Award. Our friends from all over the world are here to announce the awards with several designers and publishers coming up on stage to accept the award.

So grab an RC and Moon Pie and enjoy!

RDTN Episode 191: Egizia, Age of Steam, Lawyer Up

Time        Segment
00:29       Intro
02:14       Home Updated
03:00       Tantrum Con
08:01       Sorcerer City again
09:27       Superbowl Commercials
15:28       Marty likes On Mars
20:15       Tantrum Con Again
24:20       Phase 10
28:08       Gen Con High Hopes
29:56       Instapot
32:55       Lawyer Up Prototype
40:12       The Broken Token
41:44       Egizia Shifting Sands
47:21       Age of Steam Deluxe
1:09:20     Portal Games
1:11:45     What catches your attention for games
1:22:15     Switch News
1:25:21     Miniature Market

We are starting something new here at RDTN, we are going to do train games in 2020. That is right, you will hear us talk about train games throughout the year. And we are starting out with a classic, Age of Steam. While the mechanics are simple, you really need to plan ahead as you play. Hope to get this on the table again before we forget the rules

When the game Francis Drake was played and we talked about it on the show in Episode 30, people said, if you really liked the progression track, you need to give Egizia a try. Well, we got the new Egizia Shifting Sands from Stronghold Games played and the mechanic of progressing with your pawns and not going backwards was very rewarding. It has been over 160 episodes since we played Francis Drake, just not sure which is best. Maybe we can get it played again and compare the two on a later show.

Be sure to check out the Secret Cabal’s 200th episode where our stinger makes sense.