All posts by Tony McRee

I have been playing board games for as long as I can remember. When the summer heat in North Carolina was too much to be outside, we would retreat to playing games inside. My favorite game was Stratego but always loved the new, especially when things went electronic with Stop Thief. Even in later years, games would continue to be a major part of my life, none more that APBA Pro Baseball. Outside of gaming, I enjoy playing all sports but the current favorite is disc golf. There are some incredible courses in the area and a ever growing disc golf community keeps them in great shape. Whenever time permits, I will break out a game and play with family and friends and I get great enjoyment out of teaching new games to others though I don't do it worth squat. My favorite types of games are those that promote a fairly fast style of play and can be done in under two hours. My least favorite games are those that promote analysis paralysis by the players or promote large amounts of downtime waiting on other players. I am currently co-hosting a podcast at

RDTN Episode 150: Gen Con 2018 in Review w/ Special Guest Rodney Smith

This is our Gen Con recap show and we have joining us, like he had a choice, is Rodney Smith from Watch It Played. We discuss the shiny things we saw at the show and the adventures we had while there. Marty and I were also lucky enough to sit down with Joe Manganiello and discuss his new line of clothes Death Saves. We even have time to discuss the recently released game Railroad Rivals by Forbidden Games. Love my train games and this is a straight forward pick up and deliver game where you are trying to manipulate the prices of stocks that you are collecting so you have the most money at the end. What makes this game different is the strategy of placing the city tiles in hopes of connecting more than one route which if done, can greatly benefit you in the game.

There were other games we played, but didn’t go into any details. The breakdown of the show is in the table below, so hopefully that will help you navigate to the parts you might want to hear.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Wednesday @ Gen Con 2:07
Portal: Detective 2:55
Maxine’s 7:05
Watch it Pack 8:46
Age of Sigmar: Champions Event 11:05
CMON Event 13:25
A little history of Miniature Market 22:45
Fantasy Flight Report 26:55
Keyforge 32:14
Thursday @ Gen Con 42:37
No Respect 46:25
No Respect continues @ Stronghold 47:25
Meet the Designer 50:15
Interview with Joe Manganiello 54:10
Back to the Games 1:13:00
Portal Games 1:17:30
Friday @ Gen Con 1:19:15
Symphony 9 1:23:00
Squirrely Award Presentations 1:25:35
Kolossal: Mezo 1:27:50
Justin Gray quick discussion 1:31:10
Railroad Rivals Thoughts 1:32:20
Ticket to Ride: New York 1:34:35
Strike Tournament 1:35:35
Dark Tower Announcement 1:41:20
Ravensburg did us right 1:43:15
The Broken Token 1:47:55
Saturday @ Gen Con 1:50:00
Tudor Electric Football 1:54:05
Plaid Hat Games 2:01:10
Just taking it all in 2:04:06
Yellow & Yangtze 2:07:39
More Gen Con Stuff 2:10:10
Miniature Market 2:17:40

RDTN Episode 149: Detective, Carthago, Istanbul the Dice Game, Warhammer AoS Champions & Kill Team

Episode 149 is a long episode. Sorry, but that is what you get when we cram a bunch of game content into an episode. We have a guest joining us, nobody special, just Chaz. We invited him to come on so he and Marty could tell you all about the new game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game. It is getting some incredible praises right now, so the hype engine is working hard. I have yet to play it, but looking forward to it based on what Chaz and Marty were saying. And from watching videos, there is just something appealing about how the game works that I will not be scared to break it out with the lighter gamer crowd.

Need to warn you now, we really don’t have a lot of grumpiness to report in this episode. In the two five minute segments, enjoyed both of those games and look forward to playing them again. Play Fusion/Games Workshop is knocking it out of the park and really scared with Champions. Scared in that it might take me back down a path of buying into a trading card game again. If you don’t want to have anything to do with a TCG, then the discussion around this game is worth just skipping. If you do though, you will miss out on probably two really nice mechanics that they have built into this game.

Istanbul the Dice Game will be a game I would even try and get my wife to play because of the speed of play, the light strategy, and the teaching ease of this game. Simple actions for people to follow and once again, doesn’t grow stale on the table. One ding that I failed to mention was the setup, took a little while, but that can be decreased with individual bags and maybe someone not putting out all the gems and just one to track the progress on each area.

Segment Time
Intro 1:00
Games at Dice Tower Con 14:40
Clank in Space Expansion 22:15
The Parkers come to town 26:45
Pioneer Days 31:40
Miniature Market 36:25
Istanbul the Dice Game 37:40
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game 42:50
The Broken Token 1:05:15
Esport Convention 1:06:30
Carthago: Merchants & Guilds 1:15:05
Warhammer 40k: Kill Team 1:21:17
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions TCG 1:35:40
Chaz Returns 2:05:32
Portal Games 2:16:20

RDTN Episode 148: Coimbra, Century Eastern Wonders, Steamrollers

Marty returns from Origins and he informs me that he has a game that will change my sour attitude of late. I tell him to take his best shot and he pulls out Coimbra from eggertspiele. But before I spoil the episode, need to point out that I have been in a slump with games lately. It seems that while the majority of the games are very enjoyable, I haven’t had one to knock it out of the ballpark lately. You know, one where you just sit back and let the experience pour over you once the game is done. Matter of fact, people are wondering if Grumpy Tony was here to stay. So, Marty drops Coimbra on the table as I have said. He says he knows I will like it because it has two of my favorite elements in a game: drafting and dice determining value. This game did bring back a smile to the face and not only due to the elements listed before, but just the simplicity of the rules and the iconography on the board. It was a pleasure learning this game and even though my score didn’t reflect a solid play, I was very pleased with the outcome. Because this game left such an impression, we had to give it a long discussion.

Century Eastern Wonders got some plays. This follow up to Century Spice Road had a challenge to overcome since everyone will be comparing the two games. Does the game keep the simplicity that was so enjoyable in Spice Road? Did it become overly complicated? How can you add a mechanic without breaking the core game? During the 5 Minute Initiative, we talk about these questions and give our thoughts on which we like more, Spice Road or Eastern Wonders.

More importantly, we announce our Gen Strike Tournament – Round 2. Unlike last year and because space is a premium, we have decided to host a dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory @ 5:45 on Friday, August 3. This is open to the first 80 people. Since this will cost us some money, we need to make sure that if you plan on attending, you have skin in the game as well. Therefore, we are selling tickets for $10 on our Podpledge page, link is here. What does $10 get you? You will get a soda, bread, salad, choice of an entrée and ice cream. That is pretty good deal for a dinner during Gen Con and we know you have to eat. Also, Miniature Market will be giving away a special gift for all those in attendance and we can’t thank them enough for this. There will be giveaways such as gift cards to The Broken Token and games of course. And since there is food, we have found some special guests that will be in attendance: Rodney Smith, Chaz Marler, Rob Daviau, Ignacy Trzewiczek, Robb & Christina Rouse and who knows who else. We continue to work on this event and hope to make it something you will be talking about after Gen Con. Oh, I forgot the most important thing, we will host the Strike Tournament to determine Gladiators in an Arena or Dice in a Bowl. There is a deadline on when you have to have your tickets purchased by, so do not delay.

Segment Time
Intro 0:40
An Apology 3:30
Origins Discussion 5:40
Gen Con Strike Tournament 10:54
Tony Shares A Story 20:25
Portal Games 22:55
Century Eastern Wonder 23:40
Lord of the Rings Collectors Edition 28:24
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Reprint 34:25
The Broken Token 37:05
Coimbra 38:35
Exodus by Martin Wallace 57:42
Steamrollers first thoughts 59:50
Miniature Market 1:03:20