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 165: Fourth Annual Squirrelly Awards

It is time for the 4th Annual Squirrelly Awards. These are our picks from 2018 that stood out during the year for us. Just like the previous three years, our friends were gracious enough to stop by and do the presentations and we were lucky to even have some designers and publishers in the audience to accept the awards. We want to thank everyone that was involved in this project and hope you appreciate it.

We return in two weeks to our regularly scheduled program.

Time Presenter Award
00:45 Intro
05:16 Matt Evans Okay that is neat
08:50 Dan & Chris Let’s get this party started
12:34 Ella Gimme More!
16:11 Tantrum House It's in the Cards
18:45 Mandi & Suz Need a #2 Pencil
23:50 Cadril Edgarwolf You gonna paint those
26:35 Board Game Blitz It is New to Us
30:43 Man vs Meeple Pass the Advil
34:21 Christian Kang Go Do My Bidding
40:31 Blue Peg Pink Peg This Game has Bling
44:00 Commercial Break The Broken Token Portal Games Miniature Market
45:30 Danny & Derek Just the two of us
50:00 Chaz Marler We’re Tired of Waiting Award
56:10 Rob & Tina If I can’t play Strike
1:00:20 Rodney Smith Necro Game
1:05:23 Dan King All Y’all Award
1:09:37 Jamie Keagy Game of the Year – Tony
1:15:05 Shut Up & Sit Down Game of the Year – Marty
1:19:00 Outro

RDTN Episode 164: Raccoon Tycoon, Beta Colony, Terror Below

Sorry for the back to back long episodes. However, we have a good reason. First, Sara Erickson from Renegade Game Studios dropped by and wanted to tell us about Mike Elliot’s new game, Terror Below, that is currently on Kickstarter. Don’t worry, it is funded but if you have any doubts on if you are backing or have questions, maybe Sara will have the answers you seek. She also was subjected to a Rank’em, something we haven’t had the opportunity to do in awhile.

Next comes to fairly lengthy discussion about two games that we go to the table. Raccoon Tycoon from Forbidden Games is a very enjoyable commodities game that is fast to teach and play. We also are finding that the various strategies work well so no set winning one and anytime we have an hour to get a game in, it is a good bet we will reach for it. If you want to try out a commodities game, we can’t recommend this enough. Components and art are top notch and the price at Miniature Market makes it tough not to get.

Beta Colony by Rio Grande Games was a different style of game that employed a dice mechanism similar to the one that is used in Lorenzo, but they took it one more step with the “rolldell” in the center of the board. Everyone is using the same dice pool, but how you use it in determining your actions is different between players. There is no competing for spaces,  so the game is more about how well you strategize during your turn.

Finally, Vanessa and Marty discuss Precious Cargo from Winning Moves Games. Maybe Marty will keep her doing these reviews and we can get more reviews to the Podcast.

The next episode is our annual award show and all the votes are in and the presenters are lined up. Hopefully there will be some surprises in 2019.

Time Segment
00:31 Intro
01:10 Bubble Burst
06:30 Spiderman: Into the Multiverse
14:00 Grizzled Armistice
19:35 GMT P500 Battle Line
26:20 Chronicles of Crime
28:45 Precious Cargo
34:40 The Broken Token
36:00 Beta Colony
48:09 Sara Erickson: Terror Below
51:58 Mower Discussion – It isn’t just us
55:00 Terror Below
1:18:22 Rank’em with Sara
1:33:50 Miniature Market
1:35:02 Portal Con Retrospect
1:54:51 Raccoon Tycoon
2:11:00 Outro
2:14:15 Portal Games

RDTN Episode 163: Everdell, Stephen Buonocore, Tantrum House

We have guests on for this show and we get chatty with one guest. He is such a great friend to the show and it is hard keeping it short. Stephen Buonocore does a deep dive with us on what it takes for a game to get noticed in today’s market and have staying power. Think about it. How many times do we all hear about this great game that is out and within a month, crickets. We ask Stephen what does it take to make it last or how can Stronghold renew interest in games that have received the Squirrel treatment by game players. Stephen even talks about Stronghold’s catalog and how things in hindsight were a sure thing, were not that way at the start. And it would not be a visit without Stephen doing some pitching on the upcoming games, but we try and challenge him to tell us how is he going to keep the spotlight on them.

Marty and I also have been discussing the upcoming convention Tantrum Con in Spartanburg, SC. Well, why should we try and guess at what is happening when we can bring Tantrum House on to tell us about it. Sarah and Melissa join us and in RDTN fashion, we end up talking about more than just Tantrum Con. We are really looking forward to the convention except for the early morning drive.

And we would not be a board gaming podcast if we didn’t talk about a game. We got in the hot game from Gen Con called Everdell. This is a great worker placement, engine builder that has a unique twist where there are not defined rounds where everyone advances at the same time. But it goes back to our discussion with Stephen, do you still hear about this game, well you should. Very assessible game for people to get into.

Thanks for listening and we are about a month away from our annual award show The Squirrely’s. If you haven’t voted in the All Y’all Award, be sure to visit this link and cast your vote. Nominations will be closing soon.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
02:32 Rob Daviau in Town
03:35 Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr
08:35 Behind the Scenes: Font Sizes
13:20 Rulebook writing
14:52 Tony-proof the Internet
17:24 Expanding Musical Tastes
19:02 Snakes & Lattes in CLT
22:15 Miniature Market
24:30 Stephen Buonocore – Deep Dive Discussion
26:45 Stephen’s Mower of Choice
30:05 How does a game get noticed
37:08 Can you have Evergreen titles now?
42:40 We don’t constrain supply
45:00 Two Week shelf life?
51:40 Lightning in a Bottle
57:32 Stephen’s in Trouble
1:00:35 The Pitch
1:07:10 Drawring?!?!?
1:08:10 The Kickstarters that are coming
1:16:00 No Chocolate Bombs at Gen Con
1:18:25 Portal Games
1:20:00 Everdell
1:24:25 Tantrum Con
1:44:18 Outro
1:48:32 The Broken Token