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 http://rolldicetakenames.blogspot.com

RDTN Episode 186: Stronghold Undead with special guest, Ignacy Trzewiczek

00:37                    Intro
01:55                    World Cup
03:55                    Volleyball
05:55                    Essen – Two Days is not enough
09:57                    Pret-a-Porter
14:14                    Empires of the North
17:46                    Magic Turing Machine
23:31                    The Magic behind designing a game
25:06                    Miniature Market
25:39                    Stronghold Undead
57:17                    The Broken Token
58:00                    Terra Mystica Correction from Episode 184
59:40                    Detective Plans
1:04:00                Portal Games Plans for 2020
1:12:18                Portal GamesProfessional Commercial

We are joined once again by Ignacy. You would think he would have gotten wise after all these years, but nope, he keeps coming back. This time, he talks to us about a game we have been waiting on for years – Stronghold Undead. It is no exaggeration, we have been waiting for years. Good news, the game is funded, so our wait is almost over. It will still be 2020 before we see it. This is also a very short KS and will be over 11/25/2019, so don’t delay if you are interested in backing it.

Ignacy gives advice on how to not loose so badly in Pret-a-Porter to help us in our next game. He then spoils a new faction for Empires of the North where it is about giving stuff to other players only to reap the benefits for yourself. Ignacy states this is going to be a tough but challenging faction to play and we are looking forward to it.

Thank you for listening and in the next episode, we hear about Marty’s adventurers at BGG Con

RDTN Episode 184: Ankh’or, Stronghold Undead First Look, Warhammer Feast of Bones, Hako Onna, Terra Mystica Expansion, Mega Moose Con

Time Segment
00:44 Intro
07:48 Hako Onna
16:55 Gates of Delirium
20:01 BooBQ Food
22:55 Revisit 183
28:05 Terra Mystica Expansion
36:00 Portal Games
38:03 Stronghold Undead
45:00 Mega Moose Con Retrospective
50:55 Miniature Market
52:15 Ankh’or
58:01 Warhammer Feast of Bones
01:21:40 Kapow Success Story
01:26:20 Outro
01:27:08 Broken Token

In this fine episode, we revisit some of our adventures at Marty’s annual BooBQ party and the local con that Mark Kale hosts, Mega Moose Con. During these events, we got to the table a brand new game from Space Cowboys that has found its way onto our shelves and might even be that filler that will be the go to when the chance presents itself. I am talking about Ankh’or and if you looking for a light Splendor type game, give this a try.

We also got to play a proto copy of Stronghold Undead and we give our first thoughts on this game that we have been waiting for for a few years. More on that because Ignacy will be joining us on a later show to give us some more intelligent thoughts than what we can supply.

Adam comes back to the show to share his thoughts on Warhammer’s new Feast of Bones box. He and Marty go all miniature and give the details on what is included in this expansion and their thoughts on if you need to add this to your Warhammer collection.

RDTN Episode 183: Tapestry, Bloom Town, War of the Worlds, Dizzle, Gates of Delirium,Annihilageddon

Time      Segment
00:41      Intro
06:20      Dizzle
09:57      Conspiracy – I tell you
14:04      McRibs are back
17:03      Run to the Border
19:50      Gates of Delirium
27:15      Last Bastion
33:18      The Broken Token
35:15      Bloom Town
40:45      Clarification
41:15      Tapestry
1:14:56    Battle Wizards Annihilageddon
1:19:51    Portal Games
1:21:05    War of the Worlds
1:40:22    Outro
1:43:38    8 Bit Box
1:47:06    Back to Outro
1:51:30    Miniature Market

Bit of a long episode this time due to the number of games covered and ten minutes of talking about food. At least it isn’t lawnmowers this time.

Tapestry gets the Scurry treatment and luckily we had Nate and Mark keeping us in check. Not sure if there is anything new that you haven’t already heard from others, but we had to play this beautiful game. This is one of those games that I want another chance at with the same civilization just to see if I can find a pattern and a winning strategy. I can see where this might be a legacy game for some from the standpoint that they just want to get good at all the civilizations in the game.

At the time of the recording, I had not gotten to play Gates of Delirium, but I have since. Marty is right, this is a fast pace game where you need to pay attention to what is on the table and going on around you with the other players. It is a fun game where the final outcome might surprise you. It did me.

Bloom Town and Dizzle provided a pleasant surprise to us both. Before you discount Dizzle as another Roll and Write, you need to give it a try because there is some strategy that will surprise. Bloom Town is the same way with the strategy, but there is the potential for hate drafting in the game. So what seems to be a light game suddenly becomes one of hard choices and sometimes mean decisions. Bloom Town is a Walmart exclusive.

War of the Worlds is brought to you by Marty and Adam and it is always fun to hear Adam needle his father about things. This is a two player game only so keep that in mind as you hear how Marty lost both times.

Annihilageddon is a very adult content game. You have been warned not only on the box, but by us.

Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy.