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 179: Ragusa, Bargain Quest, Watergate

00:37 Intro
04:36 Pivot
08:57 Shipnaked Game Box
12:27 Funkoverse
14:30 Other Games in the Box
17:51 Bargain Quest
26:00 Portal Games
27:25 Flying Squirrels
27:56 Metal Gear Solid
29:38 Teburu
31:55 Come on vs Sea Mon
34:08 Renegade: Vampire the Masquerade
36:08 5211 – Yedo – Ascension:Skulls and Sails – The Dark Tower
38:44 Switch Games
41:28 The Broken Token
42:41 5 Minute: Watergate
48:31 Ragusa
1:10:14 Boards and Bits Traveler Bag
1:15:38 Traveling Again
1:16:40 Outro
1:20:00 Miniature Market

When Ragusa hit the table and we had set up done in under 5 minutes and rules in about the same time, we were impressed. The game play was solid and tight for three of the four players. The other player appreciated the play, but was no competition and that brought out the grumpy. The reason I say this is because people will think I didn’t like the game and that isn’t the case. The game was fine, the player and his play were lacking. It goes to show, that not every game is for everybody. We all have encountered it in the games we have played. So, if you get an chance, play this game. You might discover another classic to add to your collection.

RDTN Episode 178: Gen Con Live! – With lots of special guests including Stefan Feld!

Time Segment
00:40 Wednesday with Joel Eddy (Drive Thru Reviews)
22:04 Miniature Market
22:45 Thursday with Rodney Smith (Watch it Played) and Dave Finkel (Hollywood Producer)
49:28 Interview with Stefan Field (Designer)
1:06:08 The Broken Token
1:07:00 Saturday with lots of special guests
1:42:42 Portal Games

In this episode, we have a bunch of guests drop by to talk Gen Con and all the great games we saw at the show. Plus a very special interview with designer – Stefan Field.

RDTN Episode 175: Brikks, Dark Domains, Point Salad, Mountains, Dragon’s Breath, Curios

Time Segment
00:40 Intro
06:39 Mr. Smith For the Win
18::04 RDTN Empires of the North Promo Card
25:24 Portal Games
29:11 Curios & Point Salad
36:39 HABA Games Dragon’s Breath & Mountains
44:43 Dark Domains
54:16 The Broken Token
56:08 Brikks
1:08:17 Donna Rank’em
1:13:38 Outro
1:16:42 Game Designers Movie
1:23:28 Redbubble Strike Attire
1:25:43 Miniature Market

Back from vacation and not well rested, but ready to talk about games once again. Marty tells me all about some games he played while I was away on vacation and the great reactions he got when he put them on the table. All them sounded fun, but one stood out that grabbed my attention, Dark Domains. It is a worker placement that provides a twist where you must be careful because the more evil you become, the more the heroes are out to get you. After I got to play, this game is an onion with tons of layers waiting to be discovered.

As a special treat, my wife, Donna, joins me to talk about Stronghold’s game Brikks. We played this a bunch while on vacation. You can tell we are a bit sleep deprived because we go on and on during this segment. But as a bonus, Donna ranks her favorite Roll and Writes that are in the house. Hope you appreciate this and let us know so I can have her come back on for a future review.

Finally, the episode has information on how to get our first ever Promo card. This is being provided by our buddy Ignacy. He has designed a card that you can use in Portal’s upcoming game Empires of the North. We are honored that he did this and we really do appreciate it.

Enjoy the episode and hope to see some of you at Gen Con.