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 161: Pandemic-Fall of Rome, Black Orchestra, Scorpius Freighter

Time for a new year and we are trying to get things planned, at least for the first quarter. But to get the New Year started off right, we bring you three game discussions and a discussion about doughnuts.

One game we got to play was the new one from AEG called Scorpius Freighter. What makes this game different is the three action tracks. You have to advance around them to get things done, but each track is a game timer and when one of the tracks meets the requirement for game end, it is done. Very interesting mechanic and one making us wonder how we could have done it different. It is also one of those games that it ends and you just don’t believe you have enough time to get it all done. You must be efficient, or so it seems.

Marty got to play the new Pandemic: Fall of Rome and I got in Black Orchestra. Both coop games and based on our discussion with each other, we both want to get together and play them again. I really did enjoy Black Orchestra and hope to get my wife to try it since she is a big coop game fan. I can easily understand why this is in the top on many people’s lists.

Happy New Year and hope 2019 is starting off in good fashion for you.

Time Segment
00:31 Intro
02:57  Krispy Kreme
07:28 Fitness Challenge
11:25 Sad News
13:33 Spiderman Movie
15:06 Biblios
17:32 Malkyrs
19:07 Nintendo
22:10 Wrap it Up
24:41 The Broken Token
25:50 RDTN Survey
40:00 Miniature Market
40:58 Scorpius Freighter
46:30 Surprise
47:57 Pandemic:Fall of Rome 
Black Orchestra
1:13:52 Tantrum Con
1:17:02 Portal Games

RDTN Episode 160: Fireball Island, Victorian Masterminds, Blackstone Fortress

It has been six years since we started this podcast and there is no stopping us now. We are having such a good time, we are having a ball and so we aren’t going to stop now. And to celebrate the 6th year, we are giving stuff away because based on how Marty assembles a leaf bagger for his mower, this could have been it. He survived and shared his exploits in this episode.

Marty’s is joined by his oldest son, Adam, and they discuss the new Warhammer Quest game Blackstone Fortress. I got an early listen and I hope I get a play of this soon. I am sure he will talk some more about it with all three boys at home over the holidays. Fireball Island was on the table and it is what it is. What do I mean by that? It is a very light game that brought out the laughs. We were cheering more for the marbles than anything else in that game. I am sure as it hits the table more, we will discover some strategy and game play that we missed in the initial plays. Finally, CMON’s new game Victorian Masterminds got some plays. This is also, in my opinion, another light game. Simple and fast to play. I think there is more to this game than we are seeing, but I will say it needs to be played with four people.

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Segment Time
Intro 00:55
6 Years Ago 6:27
How not to install a bagger 8:18
Spring has sprung 17:35
Can’t touch that 19:20
And we return to the show 21:40
Miniature Market 22:53
Victorian Masterminds 24:05
Portal Games 47:52
Warhammer Quest:Blackstone Fortress 49:03
Contest Time 1:22:43
Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar 1:33:1
Giving away a copy 1:39:00
Outro 1:40:27
The Broken Token 1:44:25

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