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 178: Gen Con Live! – With lots of special guests including Stefan Feld!

Time Segment
00:40 Wednesday with Joel Eddy (Drive Thru Reviews)
22:04 Miniature Market
22:45 Thursday with Rodney Smith (Watch it Played) and Dave Finkel (Hollywood Producer)
49:28 Interview with Stefan Field (Designer)
1:06:08 The Broken Token
1:07:00 Saturday with lots of special guests
1:42:42 Portal Games

In this episode, we have a bunch of guests drop by to talk Gen Con and all the great games we saw at the show. Plus a very special interview with designer – Stefan Field.

RDTN Episode 175: Brikks, Dark Domains, Point Salad, Mountains, Dragon’s Breath, Curios

Time Segment
00:40 Intro
06:39 Mr. Smith For the Win
18::04 RDTN Empires  of the North Promo Card
25:24 Portal Games
29:11 Curios & Point Salad
36:39 HABA Games Dragon’s Breath & Mountains
44:43 Dark Domains
54:16 The Broken Token
56:08 Brikks
1:08:17 Donna Rank’em
1:13:38 Outro
1:16:42 Game Designers Movie
1:23:28 Redbubble Strike Attire
1:25:43 Miniature Market

Back from vacation and not well rested, but ready to talk about games once again. Marty tells me all about some games he played while I was away on vacation and the great reactions he got when he put them on the table. All them sounded fun, but one stood out that grabbed my attention, Dark Domains. It is a worker placement that provides a twist where you must be careful because the more evil you become, the more the heroes are out to get you. After I got to play, this game is an onion with tons of layers waiting to be discovered.

As a special treat, my wife, Donna, joins me to talk about Stronghold’s game Brikks. We played this a bunch while on vacation. You can tell we are a bit sleep deprived because we go on and on during this segment. But as a bonus, Donna ranks her favorite Roll and Writes that are in the house. Hope you appreciate this and let us know so I can have her come back on for a future review.

Finally, the episode has information on how to get our first ever Promo card. This is being provided by our buddy Ignacy. He has designed a card that you can use in Portal’s upcoming game Empires of the North. We are honored that he did this and we really do appreciate it.

Enjoy the episode and hope to see some of you at Gen Con.

 

RDTN Episode 174: Origins Recap, Undaunted: Normandy, Corinth, Southern Fried Gaming Expo

Time Segment
00:50 Intro
13:20 Nintendo Switch Obsession
21:25 Corinth
23:35 Discover This
26:50 The Broken Token
28:30 Origins Recap
52:05 Portal Games
53:17 Undaunted: Normandy
58:55 Southern Fried Gaming Expo
1:14:05 Game Toppers
1:18:23 Miniature Market

Marty had a great trip to Origins. There are so many good games coming out and he shares a sample of some that stood out to him.

It is no secret that we went gaga over War Chest last year. It won a Squirrely last year, that is how gaga we were for it. Well, the same designers have returned and this time, they bring us a theme that I enjoy playing in board games, World War II. Specifically, this game is about the invasion of Normandy and the attempt of the Allies to break the German lines. It comes with a scenario book that helps detail the battles that occurred during that phase of the war. It has a theme that I enjoy and a mechanic, deck building, that I enjoy and has strategy incorporating cover, line of sight, and variability with dice. Very excited for this game and look forward to more plays of it in the coming months. Also checking online, preorders are being taking at Miniature Market, so if you are interested, might want to place that preorder.

We played another roll and write, which is now officially known as RnW. It is Corinth from Days of Wonder. This is a simpler RnW but there is a mechanic that haven’t seen in these types of game. If you don’t have a play or you don’t want to use what is given to you during your turn, you can move a traveling merchant and where he stops, you get the bonus at that spot. However, he can’t cross his path again. So, you have to plan accordingly as you plot your path. If you are enjoying the flurry of RnWs, give this one a chance.

With a name like Southern Fried Gaming Expo, we just have to find out more. Marty talks to one of the organizers about the event and what he can expect when he attends as a special guest.

Thanks for listening to the show and we will be back in two weeks.