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 220: Hallertau, Seeders from Sereis: Exodus, Renature, Aliens, Redcap Ruckus

00:00 Intro
11:06 Major Melon Taste Test
14:01 Squirrel Time
14:54 Bloodborne has arrived and other Kickstarters
22:09 Miniature Market
23:36 Redcap Ruckus
29:42 Seeders from Sereis: Episode 1 – Exodus
46:57 Portal Games
49:03 Renature
58:33 Hallertau
1:13:01 Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps!
1:31:34 Outro

An episode that is full of games, family, and Dew. Yeap, we got a taste test for you. It seems Mt. Dew released a new favor called Major Melon and we had to give it a try. I would have thought they would have held off until the summer because it is based on a watermelon flavor, but they didn’t ask our opinion. Hope you get a chance to try it, because it different.

From the game standpoint, we got games we enjoyed to the table, a game that is just silly fun, and one we disagree on. The later is an example where a mechanic, no matter how good the game is, isn’t something you would enjoy. We all have those games and that is what is great about board games. If one doesn’t float your boat, there only a gazillion more out there that might. Face facts, there is a game you really enjoy and others dislike. But that is okay because there is one where everybody likes it. So, find that game and have an fun, relaxing night because you deserve it.

The Connell boys have returned and share their opinions on a game and keep their father straight. What is it about our kids, they just love to torment and make fun of us when they come on the show. I guess that is why people enjoy them participating.

Thank you for listening and please be safe and well

RDTN Episode 219: Cubitos, Survey Results, Disney Color Brain, How to Learn a Game

00:00 Intro
01:09 Strike – Gladiators continue their Dominance
09:16 Home Repair
20:30 Holiday Gaming – Ticket To Ride
21:30 New Carcassonne
23:08 Wingspan Switch App
29:05 Qwixx – Mixed Color Board
31:55 Fluttering Souls
34:20 Disney Color Brain
38:06 Cubitos
47:43 Portal Games Extended
50:38 Survey Results
1:07:45 Miniature Market
1:08:45 How is Rodney ruining the hobby (kidding)
1:27:51 Outro
1:29:30 Thank you Dawn
1:32:13 The Broken Token

We are back again for 2021. Some might have hopes that we would not return after the break. But nope, we decided we’d bring it on back and bring you more entertainment in 2021. We promise more of the same with discussions around board games, lawnmowers, and food. Just to get it started off right we’re going to talk about kitchen repair. That’s right, you thought we would have explored all the useless things we could but nope, we’re going to talk about how to repair a microwave and to fix the stove top.

Don’t worry, we also got some games on the table even though we didn’t really get a chance to get together and play. We review the results of our survey and hope that some of you were able to win some of our fabulous prizes provided by our sponsors and other publishers who contributed. Then we explore the question how is Rodney Smith ruining the gaming industry. That’s right, we think he is and he’s not the only culprit. There is plenty of blame to go around and we discuss how we share in this demise by being lazy.

Thanks for coming back in 2021 and get ready for another year of background noise from Rolling Dice and Taking Names.

RDTN Episode 218: Gates of Mara, The King is Dead, Rococo Deluxe, Whistle Mountain, Anniversary Survey

1:29 Intro
7:37 Survey Information
15:19 Birthday Games
18:09 Our Wives put up with this
23:40 Miniature Market
24:56 Gates of Mara
37:50 The King is Dead
49:10 Portal Games
50:31 Rococo
1:01:36 Whistle Mountain
1:08:59 Evolution on Switch Code:RDTNEVO
1:11:42 Outro
1:15:03 The Broken Token

It has been eight years since we started this podcast. Amazing, unreal, really, why are often words we hear when we mention this fact. No matter what the answer is, we are still around and hope to continue for a few more years. But with every anniversary show, we give you, the listener, the opportunity to wins some prizes. So be sure to listen on how you can be a winner. The sure way is to fill out the survey.

Once we get through all the anniversary talk, we have four games to talk about and what is wild is that two of them have area control. But the similarities between games continue. Two games are also remakes of the originals. Funny how that worked out.

Thank you again for taking time to listen to our podcast and hope you are safe and healthy as we go into 2021

Links that were mentioned:

BGG Guild
Discord Channel
Survey Again