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 182: Pret-a-Porter, Cloudspire, Foothills, Final Hour, Switch Games

Time              Segment
00:00:32          Intro
00:01:56          Episode 181 Cleanup
00:05:10          It is that time again
00:09:10          Diamonds Second Edition
00:10:03          City of the Big Shoulders again
00:12:56          Short Term Memory stinks
00:14:33          Fall movie drought
00:17:40          Portal Games
00:19:29          Pret-a-Porter
00:40:27          The Broken Token
00:41:57          Foothills
00:46:37          No Quarter Required: Raiders of North Sea & Pandemic
00:56:39          Cloudspire
01:09:34          Final Hour with Vanessa
01:23:34          Tiny Epic Dinosaurs
01:28:02          Outro
01:33:08          Miniature Market

Cloudspire hit the table and about broke it. This game from Chip Theory Games did not disappoint us but it isn’t for the weak when it comes to understanding the nuisances. The core mechanics are easy, but the individual factions are what shine. These individual factions will need practice and patience in order to get good at this game and players will need to be on equal footing. It is one of these games that players that have a constant group will experience the biggest joy because it becomes a chess moves between players. Lot to explore in this game and if you are looking for a new lifestyle game, this might be the one for you.

Pret-a-Porter surprised us for it was not the game we thought it was going to be. We thought it was going to be a crunchy euro that comes down to who managed their enterprise the best. But this game brought out the cutthroat in us and we were doing our best to ensure the other player’s plans were messed up each round. Maybe we made too much out of the backstabbing that was going on, but every round, we heard someone complain about how their whole turn just got messed up.

The card mechanic in Foothills is one of our favorite mechanics and so glad we got this to the table as well. Hard decisions needed to be made and resource management was tight at times. Really enjoy two player games that are quick on the table and Foothills did not disappoint.

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RDTN Episode 181: Marvel Champions, Pax Pamir, Eternal, Sorcerer, War Chest Expansion

Time       Segment

00:00:41   Intro
00:06:50   Glad They told Us which way was up
00:12:51   Game On Coin Sets
00:16:27   War Chest Nobility
00:24:24   Warhammer Underworlds Expansion
00:31:00   Miniature Market
00:32:26   Pax Pamir
00:38:53   Marvel Champions The Card Game
01:08:07   Portal Games
01:09:32   Sorcerer
01:16:33   Eternal Chronicles of the Throne
01:23:46   The Quick and the Undead
01:31:17   Outro
01:37:15   The Broken Token

Lots of card games were covered in this episode and that includes one of the biggest that will be coming out in the fourth quarter, Marvel Champions from Fantasy Flight Games. Marvel Champions is a coop living card game that pits players against a single villian who has a scheme that will create havoc for the hereos, or just simply rob a bank. A villian has to eat. If you enjoy Living Card Games, get your preorder in. One thing we state on the podcast that needs to be written is that the core set has everything you need to get you playing, unlike the previous LCGs where you had to buy additional copies of the core box to get additional copies of certain cards. Thank you Fantasy Flight for coming to your senses and including all we need in the core set.

War Chest Nobility expansion got an early play. Why is that game so enjoyable to play? Maybe it is the speed of play, the depth of strategy, or the constant battle of the hard decisions that you have to make. If War Chest is making it to the table, then go ahead and plan on this expansion because it gives you more decision points during your play.

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Thanks for listening

RDTN Episode 180: City of the Big Shoulders, Era, Ecos, Blockbuster, Letter Jam, and more

City of the Big Shoulders, Era, Ecos, Blockbuster, Letter Jam, and more

00:50   Intro
06:35   Blockbuster
11:49   St. Noire
19:24   Second Chance
22:17   Letter Jam
28:57   Squirrel – Just One
30:45   WoW Classic
36:56   The Broken Token
37:45   Ecos: First Continent
43:20   City of the Big Shoulders
1:09:00 Cartographers
1:14:16 Portal Games
1:16:16 ERA
1:21:57 Meeple People Show
1:23:14 Play Like A Pirate
1:27:09 Miniature Market

Tons of games made it to the table. Marty’s family got to play a bunch of them because it is simple to get people to play games when it is 95 degrees outside and the humidity is in the mid 70s. What else would you do but stay inside an enjoy the A/C.

He and I did get in some very good games these past two weeks. City of the Big Shoulders is one that we saw at Gen Con, got excited for when we talked with Raymond Chandler, and kept that enthusiasm going as we played. Ecos got another play and still needs more because there is hidden depth here that must be explored and discovered. Then Era was on the table with all of its bits and pieces. And we finished off the week with Cartographers which was  a breath of fresh air in the mark on a piece of paper games that have been coming out.