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 195 – Wonder Woman, Half Truth, Pathfinder Supplement, Scurry Report Deep Dive

00:44      Intro
08:11      Playing Games Online
11:20      Take Time for yourself
13:30      Playing Games Online again
21:15      Wonder Woman Challenge of the Amazons 
48:40      The Broken Token
29:55      Half Truth
39:10      Scurry Report – Convention Thoughts
54:10      SR: Designer Impacts
59:25      SR: Secondary Impacts
1:07:40    SR: Will it recover?
1:14:10    Portal Games
1:15:45    Pathfinder: Lost Omens – Gods & Magic Supplement 
1:22:24    Outro
1:29:20    Bracket Challenge: Common Person vs BGG
1:37:25    Miniature Market 

How do you do a Board Game podcast when social distance is in play? If you have the answer, we would love to hear it, but we gave it our best with this episode. Marty’s family gets involved with the show because they are very kind and supportive of the show or they are a captive audience during this time. I get to discuss Wonder Woman that Donna and I played and why I think Marty will enjoy it. Vanessa and Adam helps Marty explain the game Half-Truth and what makes it enjoyable and how it can also challenge even the best trivia player.

The Scurry Report is not about a game, but what could the potential impacts be to conventions, game designers, and distribution of the games as it relates to COVID 19. Now, this is all opinion, but there are some nuggets of facts in the discussion. If you have thoughts on this, would love to hear them. Give us feedback while you are sitting at home waiting for this to be all over.

Adam then comes back for a discussion on the Pathfinder Supplement that was just released. See, even while being apart, you can get in some RPG games through technology.

Thank you for listening during these difficult times and we hope your family and loved ones are safe and stay that way.

RDTN Episode 192: Atlantis Rising, Stellar, The Shining, Brainwaves, Stampede

Time Segment
00:37 Introduction
01:36 Peter Gabriel vs Phil Collins
06:04 Logical Song
11:00 Talking Toys
15:23 Now we are onto TV Shows
18:23 Time for the Games
19:49 Stampede
21:04 Brainwaves
27:00 Miniature Market
28:00 The Shining
34:00 Atlantis Rising
46:50 The Broken Token
47:50 Stellar
53:21 Conspiracy Continues
55:23 Is there a need for an Expansion?
1:05:15 Outro
1:11:49 Portal Games

Hang in there, we get to the games once we get pass the discussion on music. You know us, we love our music and when we get the opportunity to share something interesting, we jump on it. The first game is Brainwaves that Marty got to play with his family. This is about helping with your memory and at RDTN, this is needed. The other discussions about the games we got to play demonstrates that point

Atlantis Rising was released by Z-Man games in 2012 and has been re-released by Elf Creek Games with enhanced components and rule improvements. When Atlantis Rising was released, the game was said to be incredible hard and may have not gotten a fair shake. However, over the years, people began to enjoy it and it became one of those “grail” type games where it was hard to find. Elf Creek Games has brought it back and it is a good thing. Such a solid cooperative game and one that if you get a chance, worth giving a shot.

Then there is Stellar that just knocked us for a loop. Two player card game that has strategy all over it. Such a solid game that challenges you to not just go through the motions, you have to pay attention to what is happening. You need to watch your opponents strategy. You must play offensively and defensively. Decisions are tight and if not thought through, it will be a major inconvenience.

Next episode the brown carpet is being rolled out for our Annual Squirrelly Awards.

RDTN Episode 190: Sorcerer City, Masters of Renaissance Lorenzo il Magnifico: The Card Game, Fox in the Forest Duet

Time Segment
1:22 Intro
3:37 Mountain Dew Zero
6:57 Revisit of Azul
9:47 Holding Back in a Game
10:58 Miniature Market Changes
13:23 Top 10 Selling Board Games in December
15:08 Marvel LCG – Which Expansion
17:37 Miniature Market Swag 50% off
19:36 Fox in the Forest Duet
27:20 Tire Plugs
30:58 Miniature Market
32:05 Masters of Renaissance: Lorenzo il Magnifico The Card Game
47:42 Survey Response Review
53:52 The Broken Token
55:13 Sorcerer City
1:10:05 Trends in Board Gaming
1:26:47 Portal Games

If you have been listening to the show for some time, and the survey says about 50% of you have been, then you know the admiration we have for the game Lorenzo il Magnifico. When we got Masters of Renaissance Lorenzo il Magnifico: The Card Game, we were concerned that they took the game we loved and over simplified it with cards. We are very happy that we were wrong. This game is simple to play, simple to learn, but lots of fun and full of strategy.

Then came a game called Sorcerer City in our weekly play. Not being a big fan of racing the clock and playing Tetris with tiles, was pleasantly surprised with this game. So surprised, Sorcerer City ended up on the table again the following week. Hope you get the opportunity to play this game, the pressure of the timer makes it fun, but then your decisions after it is over will determine how well you do in the game.