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 159: Brass, Newton, BGG Con

BGG Con has come and gone and Marty was there and he relives his adventures, including raiding a mini-bar and squatting in an area that was not meant for them. And when they found out they should not be there, what do you think they did? Well, I was surprised by the answer. The list of games played in Dallas included: Cerebria, Keyforge, Just One, Underwater Cities, Cryptid, Railroad Ink, Shadows: Amsterdam, The Estates and Time’s Up! (Eric Lang’s rules). If all the games, that is the one I hate I missed because it sounded like a blast and second, I always enjoy playing Time’s Up.

Brass gets a full blown discussion because it deserves it. For me, Tony, there is a love/hate relationship going on with this game. It is a game that I know I can play better and should play better, but it is eluding me. It is a game that is simple to play that I know I can get others to play, but the subtilties might get loss which could ruin the play . You need to play this game and see how it strikes you. See if this game would be one to replace a network building game like Terra Mystica, Railways of the World, or even Ticket to Ride. Yeah, would this game be a next step game from Ticket to Ride or is it too much?

Newton was the follow up to one of our favorite games, Lorenzo il Magnefico. Cards on the table here, we had a rough start with this one. We confused ourselves with one of the actions which might have tainted our play a bit. Once we got past this confusion, we started getting into it, but it was over before we knew it. You could see everyone strategizing their turns and trying to maximize the round so they could get the most out of it. Some very NEAT mechanics in this game. Before you start playing, make sure you understand the iconography in the game and everyone understands the tableau in front of them. Once you have those explained, go for it.

Remember “A Good Game is a Good Puzzle”

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
BGG Con 2018 2:20
Railroad Ink 9:56
Just One 11:52
Shadows: Amsterdam 15:37
The Mind 16:12
Time’s Up 16:36
TheEstates 18:27
Cryptid 19:48
Keyforge 21:48
Underwater Cities 28:35
Cerebria 30:50
Warhammer Citadel 34:26
BGG Con in Summary 38:00
The Broken Token 39:26
Brass 40:20
Portal Games 1:00:45
Newton 1:01:50
Stan Lee 1:18:37
Atlantis Rising KS 1:22:17
Survey for RDTN 1:23:55
Outro 1:25:00
Miniature Market 1:27:00

RDTN Episode 158: Arkham Horror, Shadows:Amsterdam, Hail Hydra

The annual BooBQ event at Marty’s happened and we got not only our feedbags on, but we also got some gaming on. We were able to play the new edition of Arkham Horror. If you have never have played Arkham, recommend that you do, but find someone that knows how to play to teach you and doesn’t add house rules. The rules are tough to get through the first time, but worth the reward. The game can be really intense at times, especially when things might hinge on the balance of a dice roll here and there. Overall, a great gaming experience and a must have in the coop collection.

We also got to play Shadows: Amsterdam, which was excited to play after seeing it at Gen Con. I really enjoy Mysterium and Codenames and, in my opinion, this is a smash-up of both games. If you enjoy the real-time mechanic in a board game, then you need to try this game when it comes out. Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates is a light racing game that is currently on Kickstarter and has funded. This will be one game where you can introduce people to the deck building mechanic without it being so in their face and the main focus. Do want to correct something that was said in the podcast because I smashed up the names of their previous games. Forbidden Games has produced Railroad Rivals and Raccoon Tycoon and I completely ran the two together. Sorry about that.

Don’t forget we want your opinion, so please fill out the annual RDTN Survey. It is short and sweet and should take less than one of our 5 Minute Initiative segments to complete.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Queen 1:52
Push Up Challenge 10:43
Lawn Maintenance 13:37
RDTN BooBQ 15:37
Shadows: Amsterdam 16:11
Extraordinary Adventures:Pirates 23:01
Hail Hydra 28:35
Miniature Market 33:28
Arkham Horror: 3rd Edition 34:13
Portal Games 50:20
Outro 52:38
Survey Time 54:23
Bizarro World 56:22
The Broken Token 1:00:05