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 208: Nevada City, Yedo Deluxe, Crypt Hunters, Tournament at Avalon, Mercado de Lisboa, Meeple Towers

00:30 Intro
10:30 Patchwork Americana
14:00 7 Wonders Revamp
19:00 Darkfield Radio
23:48 Meeple Towers
29:00 Tournament at Avalon
35:39 Switch Discussion
42:05 Portal Games
44:58 Nevada City
1:00:30 Miniature Market
1:01:45 Crypt Hunters
1:17:15 Mercado de Lisboa
1:27:10 Yedo Deluxe
1:38:00 Outro
1:42:30 The Broken Token

Another episode of games where we talk about the remake of some great ones and a couple of new ones. It seems that we were on Worker Placement kick. Yedo has been a favorite of mine, so was very happy to get this classic game to the table. The Deluxe version is amazing with the upgraded player boards, meeples, artwork and so forth. The revamp of 7 Wonders lives up to what was shared in the press release. It is easier to explain and help people understand the ability to build for free. 7 Wonders is still a favorite and appreciate the upgrade.

Trick taking games are what Marty and I started playing in college. So when a game with that mechanic hits the table, takes us back. When Marty put Tournament at Avalon on the table and said it is an anti-trick game, had my doubts. Luckily for him, it lived up to the excitement as he taught the rules. Not sure all the special powers, but that is just part of the game.

Nevada City is another worker placement with the theme of building a town in the Old West. The game is different enough that it should not be overlooked if you get a chance to play it. It was one of those games that when done, you ask yourself, how could I have done that different so that I could have had more points. Given the opportunity, I would put this back on the table because it is not a hard game to teach, got some timing tricks that might be hard for people to grasp, but still worth the effort to play.

RDTN Episode 207: Alma Mater, Small World of Warcraft, Detective Season One, Mariposas, Rome & Roll, Truffle Shuffle, Blinks

00:00 Intro
06:45 We are accountable
14:30 Blinks Electronic Game
19:35 Crokinole Discussion
25:32 Detective Season One
30:52 Rome & Roll
40:46 Miniature Market
42:22 Small World of Warcraft
57:46 The Broken Token
59:00 Alma Mater
1:15:50 I Fall to Pieces – The World Puzzle
1:23:50 Truffle Shuffle
1:31:00 Mariposas
1:45:50 Outro
1:47:45 Portal Games

Having been players of Warcraft, Marty and I looked forward to the reskin of Small World with the World of Warcraft theme. Marty was never a big fan of Small World and I could never get people to play because they just didn’t enjoy trying to learn the powers and races and then they would change around the next time we played. So, will Small World of Warcraft be something different or more of the same. One thing was clear after our plays, we enjoyed the reskin for sure. If anything, it took us back to our days of playing the MMORPG and what we experienced. And if a game can create that, than congrats.

Alma Mater is one of those games where you hope the expectations that you have are not dashed against the rocks. It has the pedigree and we enjoy those games before it. The short of it, we will play it anytime. The economy in this game is the big selling point for me. Love how it adjusts and changes and how the players seem to have a lot of control over it. Might be not as much as I imagine, but still, very enjoyable.

Detective Season One is a nice quick version of the award winning game Detective. Here is 90 minutes of a cooperative game that moves quickly and makes sure everyone is involved. Another example of a great way to reskin a game and make it accessible for everyone.

Appreciate the listen and hope you are still safe and healthy

RDTN Episode 206: Tekhenu, Pop-Tarts,Marvel Villainous, Yacht Rock,Last Defense, King & Assassins, Top 5 Card Games, Interview with David Thompson

00:00  Intro
11:36 King & Assassins
18:00 Marvel Villainous
25:35 Tekhenu
35:04 Portal Games
36:11 David Thompson – Sniper Elite
1:00:33 Rank’em
1:16:22 Yacht Rock
1:26:37 Pop-Tarts Game
1:38:38 Last Defense
1:51:50 Miniature Market
1:52:48 Top Five Collectible Card Games
2:22:43 Vampire The Masquerade Rivals
2:27:22 Ashes 1.5
2:31:01 Outro
2:33:54 The Broken Token

Another long episode. Good thing we are not playing a bunch of games or this would be six hours. We get a visit for David Thompson, a Squirrelly Award winner, and he talks about his new game on Kickstarter called Sniper Elite. So, if you are wondering about backing this game, give him a listen and bypass the rest of the show. However, if you thought about picking up the games Yacht Rock, Pop-tarts, or Last Defense, then Vanessa and Marty talk about their likes and dislikes.

Marty and I also talk about other games we played this past week, just hate it wasn’t together. I got to play Marvel Villainous with my wife and while it may not been her game, I really like where Ravensburger went with this series. Time to get some strategy on while keeping the simple core mechanics. Then Marty talks about two games he know I would enjoy, King & Assassins and Tekhenu. Both I hope to get to play very soon.

Heck, I hope to get to play them all in the future.

Finally, we discuss our top 5 collectible card games. Sadly, most our out of print or will be out of print soon. We need something new. Oh wait, that leads to the discussion of Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals and Ashes 1.5

Thanks for listening and be sure to join the RDTN Discord channel if you want to kill some time or share recipes.