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 200: Co-host Auditions, Ride the Rails, Gulf, Mobile & Ohio, Undaunted: North Africa, Wingspan

00:34      Intro
07:15      Food and Movies
10:18      Wingspan
15:08      And maybe we will not be gaming
16:57      A new Grumpy thing
20:17      Auditions for Co-host
50:21      Portal Games
51:31      Undaunted North Africa
1:04:15    Wingspan with Donna
1:17:10    Miniature Market
1:18:16    Ride the Rails and Gulf, Mobile, & Ohio
1:41:22    Outro
1:48:42    The Broken Token

Physical games were actually played for this episode. That is right, we gathered around a table and played to new train games. Ride the Rails from Capstone Games was first on the table. It was refreshing not to have to bid on stocks in a train game and concentrate on the network. But then, Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio rolled onto the table and we were back to stocks and building the network. Winner is the one with most points in both games. Both games took a little bit to get the fire stocked in the boiler and get the train out of the station. But isn’t that how it is with these games, got to see how the strategy will play out. The concepts are easy to grasp, but how to use them to your advantage just takes some time.

Tony and Donna talk about the Game of the Year, Wingspan. They finally get to play it and can see why it got the praise that it did. Artwork, table presence, ease of teach, and concepts were just top notch. Even the mother-in-laws enjoy the game and they are not use to these types of games.

And the love for the Undaunted series continues with the next installment, North Africa. Not sure what it is, but this series continues to be a favorite. It melds in enough strategy and the favorite mechanic of deck building which is why it seems to be hitting the table as often as it is.

A big thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate the 200th episode of Rolling Dice & Taking Names. We asked a ton of people to send in audition tapes to replace Tony as a way to close out that running gag and we appreciate all that took the time out of the schedule and sent one in.

Episode 201 is around the corner and we will be visited by Isaac Childres as he talks about his new game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

RDTN Episode 199: Arkham Horror Dead of Night, City Builder, TTR Japan, Crossed Words, The Alpha


Time       Segment
1:33       Intro
4:43       The Daughter’s Boyfriend Visit
13:50      Lorenzo Victory Snatched
17:55      CMON Virtual Con – Guilds of Cadwallon
21:43      Time to Organize
25:55      Crossed Words
30:13      More Undaunted Normandy
31:06      Blood Rage Digital
40:04      Video Game Update
45:15      Miniature Market
46:48      City Builder: Ancient World
1:02:54    Ticket To Ride Japan
1:11:14    The Broken Token
1:12:45    Arkham Horror Dead of Night
1:41:32    Ewin Racing Chairs Promo Code: RDTN
1:45:15    The Alpha
1:55:10    Gen Con cancelled impacts
2:08:45    Origins Online with Marty and Jamie
2:11:39    Portal Games

Episode is full of family. Donna and Rebecca join Tony to discuss two games that they played while Rebecca was home for a little bit. Ticket to Ride is always a family favorite and it was good to try out the new Japan map. The Bullet Train and only 20 trains help speed up the game considerably and bring the Destination Ticket strategy to the forefront as Rebecca points out. The Alpha by Bicycle Games is what it advertises to be, a very light strategy and while the theme may seem not so family oriented with wolves hunting their prey, it really boils down to a an area control game with luck based on the results of the die.

Marty, Vanessa and her younger brother, Bob talk about the new expansion for Arkham Horror Dead of Night. Now when you get to Arkham lovers talking about one of their favorite games, they could go on and on and you can sense the enjoyment they had playing the latest expansion even though it was through Zoom. And a big thanks to Vanessa for not spoiling the adventure but once you play, sure she would love to talk to you about it.

On June 2, Inside Up is releasing a new Kickstarter for the game City Builder: Ancient World.  We got to play this on Tabletopia and were very impressed with it. Please be sure to check it out and even play online if you are not sure. So good

RDTN Episode 198: Nova Luna, King’s Dilemma, Undaunted: Normandy, Feed the Kraken

Time       Segment
01:07      Intro
05:07      Marty’s Studio continues to Morph
07:27      Flashback – Pokemon
09:58      Everdell Crochet
13:13      TV during 2020
17:15      TV shows we both enjoy
20:43      The King’s Dilemma
29:03      Virtual Undaunted: Normandy
33:12      Arkham Horror via Webcam
35:10      Feed the Kraken
42:15      Electric Weed eater discussion
46:45      The Broken Token
48:00      Nova Luna
59:05      Discuss the BGG Awards
1:17:34    Portal Games
1:18:16    Outro
1:19:42    Solo Gaming Discussion
1:28:06    BGG Store Affiliate
1:30:43    Ewin Gaming Chairs
1:32:18    Bezier Wolfpack Membership
1:35:45    Miniature Market

We tried some virtual gaming in the past two weeks. One is shared out on our YouTube site and you can watch us try and teach Undaunted: Normandy. Thank goodness the designer Dave Thompson joined and help correct our mistakes. What a great experience we had. Also, Marty got in the second scenario and Dave took my place. This game is currently out of stock, but we were informed that it should be back in stores and online in June.

Donna makes an appearance in this show, it has been awhile, probably since we talked about Dizzle. She helps me talk about a new game from Stronghold, Nova Luna. Spoiler, she and I both really enjoyed it and look forward to playing it again.

Marty and I sat down “virtually” with the Scurry Reporters and we tried King’s Dilemma. While nothing against the game, it just wasn’t the same and probably missed some of the experience. Games like this tend to feed off of being in the same room. We look forward to trying it again, problem is it is a legacy game.

Sorry again for the audio issues, hopefully that will not happen again. Also, for the Ewin Chairs that Marty mentions, they have the chairs with a 20% off value now, sure that it is normal price, but the RDTN code works on top of that as well.