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 156: Igancy, Monolith Arena, Imperial Settlers Amazons

 


Back to the regularly scheduled show…

Ignacy is here! We love having him on. Not only is he a great designer, but he is funny, and he has some incredible stories to share. If you have some time and want to waste it, go back and listen to previous episodes with Ignacy. You can tell how his command of the English language changes and just how much we digress. It is so sad. We get to talk about his hot game Detective and what is in store for it in the future. We explore his new Essen releases Monolith Arena and Imperial Settlers: Amazons. We go to some dark places and we find out that being a famous designer is not always a great thing.

We also got to play an early release of Monolith Arena and it did not disappoint. I really enjoy when a game meets my expectations. I had hopes that this game would give me the satisfaction Neuroshima Hex and with the monolith, add a layer of strategy and depth that I didn’t realize at first was missing. The game did just that. This is another game that is perfect for that time when you have under an hour to play a game. It is quick to setup and fast to play, once you know the icons.

As always, thanks for listening and please let us know your comments or thoughts.

Intro 00:40
Another Delivery 2:05
Ignacy 06:45
Volleyball Games 07:39
Ignacy's Lawnmower 10:56
It gets dark 11:40
It is an Ark 14:35
Detective Talk 15:29
Life of a Designer 24:15
Moving On 27:53
Monolith Arena 28:31
Imperial Settlers: Amazons 42:41
Playmats at Portal 46:24
Back to Amazons 48:17
Fonts again 50:00
More Expansions 51:00
Snakes 52:20
Back to Expansions 53:10
Portal Con 20th Anniversary 57:43
Portal Merchandise 1:02:38
The Broken Token 1:06:32
Monolith Arena First Thoughts 1:07:08
Portal Games 1:27:57
Outro 1:28:19
Miniature Market 1:32:51

RDTN Episode 155: Tabletop Showcase – Martin Wallace

Over the six years of doing the Rolling Dice & Taking Names podcast, we have been privileged to have some of incredible designers drop by the show and talk. Once again, the show is graced by another well-known designer who really doesn’t need much introduction. Martin Wallace took some time from his game designs to discuss his new game Wildlands.

Wildlands is being produced by Osprey Games and already has one expansion and a second following in first quarter of 2019. This isn’t a typical Wallace game, but the depth and strategy are there as you would expect. Martin mentions during the show about the use of the Interrupt in the game and just how strategic it is. To be honest, it is something we had not even thought of during our plays. So, the next time it is on the table, we will sure to be taking it into consideration.

Be sure to catch the other content produced this week by the other creators that are part of Tabletop Showcase.

Thanks for listening and be sure and check out our next episode when Ignacy stops by to  discuss Portal’s new game, Monolith Arena.

Segment Time
Quick Introductions 3:12
Tour of WETA 7:17
Movie Set Tours 9:07
Early Life of Martin Wallace 10:55
Lego Discussion 14:50
When did it all start 17:42
Now vs Then 19:18
His better half 21:47
Clockwise or Counter-clockwise 23:49
Industry thoughts 25:02
It’s a Martin Wallace 28:02
The birth of Wildlands 30:47
Combat in Wildlands 32:52
Designer Hints on Playing Wildlands 36:22
Wildlands is like? 39:07
Simplicity for the win 41:03
Infinitely Expandable 43:02
How do you win and game balance 45:12
Wildlands comes together 48:40
Rank’em 51:50
What is next for Martin Wallace 1:05:22
Martin Wallace's lawnmower 1:11:00
Outro 1:13:21

RDTN Episode 154: War Chest, Criss Cross, Warhammer:Nightvault, Toy Hall of Fame

Episode 154 has an extended discussion on the new game from AEG called War Chest. We really enjoy abstract games and this one was no exception. The rules are straight forward, the production top notch, and the strategy is where the game really stands out. It is not going to be Chess deep and it might play a bit fast for some players, but for me, it stays on the table the right time. It is a beast to carry around, but it would be the type of game you could play while waiting for others to finish up a game. Better yet, this game really lends itself to tournaments in structure and style of play. This might be a good side project for Marty to do at our local game store.

We mention a few other games that we got to play, but haven’t played together or enough to do a Five Minute Initiative on, so they ended up in the Flying Squirrel segments. Other good chunk of the show was spent talking about the Finalists for The Strong Toy Hall of Fame. Nothing like saying you are old when toys you played with as a kid show up on the list for being inducted into

the Hall of Fame. Then again, you know you are getting older when baseball and football players are getting inducted into their respective Hall of Fames. Tell us who you think should be inducted in our BGG guild, there is a survey running as we speak.

Thanks again for listening and just a heads up, we have back to back episodes in the coming weeks, so don’t think your Podcast software is broke. And also, here is a link if you are interested in helping out the Hurricane Florence victims in the Carolinas.

Segment Time
Intro 00:43
Fast Food Disappointment 2:50
Hurricane Florence 6:57
Instagram Takeover 10:12
Tony’s Trip 12:20
Thanks to David Waybright 16:24
Flying Squirrels 18:18
Asmodee Digital on Nintendo Switch 19:02
Criss Cross by Grail Games 20:49
Warhammer: Nightvault 22:42
Lawnmower Update 24:32
Wizards selling on Amazon 26:58
Trainmaker 28:56
The Broken Token 30:56
War Chest Discussion 32:36
Portal Games 47:15
Toy Hall of Fame 49:12
Outro 1:02:58
Movie Draft Rehash 1:07:55
Miniature Market 1:13:24