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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

RDTN Episode 143: Everyone’s Gone To The Movies (2018 Summer Movie Preview)

Just a heads up, this is our indulgent show where we get to spend time with Dan Patriss and Chris Kirkman talking not about board games, but about the 2018 summer movie releases. This is the fourth year and it is interesting how many of the ones we discuss are sequels. Heck, most of them are sequels, very few are originals movies. Guess it is always best to keep producing what has worked in the past. Throughout the show, three people were in on a joke that was completely lost on me, hope you pick up on it. I knew they were doing it, but had no clue why. Thank goodness Marty adds little nuggets at the end of the show.

We will get back to the games in the next episode, but until then, remember what the great film critic Roger Ebert said:

No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.

I think that quote can apply to board games as well.

Don’t forget to enter our contest.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Replay from last year 2:28
Venom Trailer 5:21
The Avengers: Infinity War 8:34
Breaking In 13:45
The Untitled Deadpool Sequel 16:07
Solo: A Star Wars Story 20:03
Action Point 25:13
Ocean's Eight 30:00
The Incredibles 2 34:39
Tag 38:06
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 41:33
Ant-Man and the Wasp 46:41
Skyscraper 49:51
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! 53:15
Mission: Impossible – Fallout 58:02
Teen Titans GO To the Movies 1:02:22
The Meg 1:06:05
The Final Count 1:09:03
The Broken Token 1:10:19
Portal Games 1:10:58
Draft Time 1:11:32
Another Contest 1:24:42
Outro 1:26:25
Miniature Market 1:31:17

RDTN Episode 142: Council of 4, Shards of Infinity, Space Base

Once again, we get easily distracted in this Episode, but it is a justifiable reason. I need to find a new lawn mower so that I am not spending my weekend mowing, but playing board games. Here in the Charlotte area, mowing is something you start at the beginning of April and usually don’t stop until the first of November. Heck, I have even had to mow before Thanksgiving when we had a fairly warm, wet fall. But once you make it through that discussion, we have three really good discussions about soon to be released or just released games.

Don’t miss Space Base if you are a dice fan. This one is going to have people going crazy over it because they will start talking about how it is their next Machi Koro or something they wanted in addition to other simple dice games. It isn’t a brain burner, but a really fun luck based engine builder that keeps the whole table involved to the end. If you are like me with the love for dice games, then you might enjoy this game.

Shards of Infinity, deck builder, Justin Gary, Stone Blade Entertainment, enough said. Yes, I am biased. Yes I have been dying to play this since I heard about it. Yes, I have 18 games of Ascension going on right now on the iPad. But you might be surprised about our overall thoughts about this game. However, you will wait to find it when it comes back in stock, sorry. In talking with Stone Blade, they understand the issue and are working towards resolution with Ultra Pro.

Council of 4 is a hit and a miss at RDTN. There is some goodness there and then there is some issues and hopefully we discuss them so you can decide if this is a game you would like to play if you didn’t play the original version. I will always play it because I have the love/hate relationship going on with that game. It scores a 7.2 average rating on BGG with over 1000 ratings, so you know something is there. I think if you go into the game realizing that, as Nate points out in the Scurry Report, this is a race, then your play experience might not be as disappointing as what I experienced. But the AP in this game has to go or lessen over time or one can hope.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Hidden Meaning 03:20
Marty Struggles 4:40
Fireball succeeds 5:23
Street Fighter KS 7:30
Secret Cabal KS 9:22
Mowing 9:45
Back to Secret Cabal 14:30
Shards of Infinity 16:20
Portal Games 21:25
Support for Shards of Infinity 22:41
Scurry Report – Council of 4 26:21
Clean up 58:10
Space Base 1:00:00
Miniature Market 1:05:28
Age of Rivals Contest 01:06:29
You are Responsible 1:10:27
The Broken Token 1:15:45