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 123: Lignum, Downforce, Indulgence, and The Lost Expedition

Episode 123 is just full of the latest and greatest games to hit your shelves. We spend a lot of time talking about a very deep Euro called Lignum that is being brought to you by Capstone Games. This is one of those games where you might need to take a deep breath before you dive in, but it isn’t that bad to learn and is very straight forward. Where it jumps up and bites you is in the amount of planning you need to do, not just in your current turn, but in future turns. But, please, don’t let the terms heavy, meaty, complex drive you from this game. If you get a chance to play it, walk through the board as in doing a “fake” round and you will be ready to go. So easy to understand with the board face up and in front of you.

Restoration Games is killing it with their re-release/re-skinning/re-branding of the games Indulgence and Downforce. If you like racing games where it doesn’t matter who wins, because you win by guessing the correct winner, then you really need to try Downforce. It is a fun, fast game and has yet to disappoint. But there is a caveat to that statement, player count in this game does matter, so higher is better. Can’t wait to see the final production of Stop Thief so that we can see if Restoration is going to go 3 for 3.

We also have a contest, so be sure and go fill out the form if you want to win a game.

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Segment, Time
Intro, 0:36
Splitter, 2:58
Funagain and Portal Back, 3:55
Apology #1, 5:39
Apology #2, 8:37
Really Again, 10:54
The Chameleon, 13:10
Plan B Announcement, 17:48
It Arrived, 19:53
Downforce, 23:25
The Broken Token, 28:29
Lignum,29:33
Indulgence, 54:18
Portal, 58:47
The Lost Expedition, 59:41
Contest, 1:04:26
Game Toppers, 1:06:56
Gen Con – Strike!, 1:11:25
Fernanda Suárez, 1:14:05
Outro, 1:15:00
Scott King Calendar, 1:17:16
Funagain, 1:20:37
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RDTN Episode 122: Near and Far, Sentient, Lovecraft Letter, and Pit Crew


We are well rested after our recent vacations and back at the mics. Because of the vacations, we have a backlog of games, so we have four for you in this episode. We also revisit our vacations and our experiences. As always, Origins was a blast for Marty and he got to sample the food at the vendor hall, the food at MELT, and of course the food at the North Market. Oh, and he played a few games. If you haven’t checked out the video of him and Chaz as they closed out Origins, you can see it here.

Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation was an incredible adventure for me and my wife. The lodging was great and the hiking was an awesome experience. First, nobody was trampled by a moose, attacked by a bear, or bitten by a squirrel. But there were plenty of pictures with squirrels and moose poop. Oh, and also some good gaming was had during the vacation. Next year is in Park City, Utah and we are trying to decide do we go again or not.

Since there are four games in this episode, not going to go in depth on any of them. Near and Far is another great Red Raven game that if you enjoy Above and Below, you need to give this one a try. Sentient will be one of those games that is going to get mixed thoughts from people, but not from us. Lovecraft Letter is well, Love Letter with a new theme, but at least it is a theme we can enjoy. Pit Crew gets nothing but three F’s, it is Family Fun Filler for sure.

Okay, been hanging out with Chaz to much. Congrats to our winners of the Screening, Streaming, or Steaming contest. And here is the link to the Gen Con Event that Marty mentioned.

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Segment, Table
Intro, 00:39
Instagram Event,2:51
And the winner is, 5:23
And the winner is…again, 9:16
Transformers, 11:33
Back to Business, 13:54
Near and Far, 16:06
Origins, 21:40
Origins: Century, 24:09
Origins: Renegade Booth, 24:47
Origins: Werewords & Rodney Smith, 26:13
Origins: Summit – The Board Game, 32:06
Origins: JVMF Auction Team Vest, 34:17
Origins: The Food, 36:13
Origins: Almost The Final Thoughts, 38:31
Origins: Restoration Games, 40:41
Sentient, 41:18
The Broken Token, 46:19
Lovercraft Letter, 47:08
Pit Crew, 49:27
Rocky Mountain Gaming Vacation, 52:00
Sit down with Sean and Mark, 1:00:25
Portal, 1:12:27
Outro, 1:13:38
Megamoose Con, 1:15:28
Bye-Bye Flip the Table, 1:16:50
Funagain, 1:21:00
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