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 5 Minute Initiative: Star Realms

Our first attempt at doing a 5 Minute Initiative on video. We took on the killer deck builder Star Realms. This game is hot and worth all the hype in my opinion. How good is it, it has my wife’s seal of approval. She loves enjoy’s playing it and quickly caught onto the mechanics of the game. If anything, check out the free app of the game to help you decide if you want to pick this one up, but you are going to have to wait because it is sold out and the 4th, that is right, the 4th printing should hit near the end of the year.

Thanks for watching

RDTN Episode 47: Nowhere Man – Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise, Introverts & Board Gaming, and Stuff

pairofdiceOur show is graced by another awesome guest, Chaz Marler from Pair of Dice Paradise. Chaz is known for his YouTube videos on Thrift Store Games, Game Reviews, and most recently helpful insights on what it means to have an introvert personality and still be a board gamer. We discuss his webseries, his Indiegogo campaign, and games we have played recently. Near the end, I get to mention a new game that should be on Kickstarter soon called Knee Jerk and we all weigh in on how this game is not for old people like myself but might be for you.

And on a very important topic, Marty puts out a request for someone to send him a Scooter Pie because he wants to compare it to a Moon Pie. In all accounts, they are the same, but he wants to see for himself.

Segment Time
Intro 2:00
Indiegogo Campaign  15:00
Being an Introvert Gamer 34:00
Chaz's Favorite Games  47:00
Knee Jerk Game  1:06:00
Scooter Pies  1:10:00

RDTN Episode 46: Days of Wonder – Teaching Games, Merger and The Undead Viking

In this episode, we have two special guest stars on our show, Lance Myxter and Lee Undead VikingShelton. Some of you know Lance from his youTube channel Undead Viking Videos and Lee you have heard us mention his name many times on our show as our resident go to guy for Netrunner and teaching games. Both gentlemen were kind enough to talk to us about the recent news with the merger between Asmodee and Days of Wonder and then share their thoughts on how to teach games. Then of course, we had to hear about their Gen Con experience as much as it pained us, okay, me. Lance talks about Five Tribes, Panamax, and Shinobi Clans and Lee tells us about Tragedy Looper, Subdivision, and Red.

I wanted to document the discussion about teaching games because it will be easier to reference here then go back and listen to the show again and I am sure I will need to pull it up time and time again. So our guest recommend the following tips on teaching

  1. Have one teacher at the table. We have heard this many times before, but it deserves repeating.
  2. Make sure that your players put their phones away and you have their attention.
  3. Don’t be afraid to let them ask questions during the instruction because that is how we all learn is by asking questions. In other words, don’t just blurt out rules and then see if there are questions at the end.
  4. Teaching a game is easier if you are not an active participant. Yeah, that doesn’t sound like fun, but sometimes that is what you need to do.
  5. Keep the rules simple at the start and let the game get started if possible. We learn more when we have examples.Know your
  6. Get to know the players if you can. Are they familiar with the style of game? Have they played similar games? What games do they like? All this can help you know at what level you need to teach the game.
Segment Time
The Merger 1:30
Magic Core Set Cycle Change 19:20
Lance's thoughts on teaching games 21:30
Lance's daughter says Hi 22:30
Back to teaching games 23:00
Lee's thoughts on teaching games 25:30
Some more Gen Con 2014 experiences 51:00
Lee talks Doomtown 1:00:00
Outro 1:07:00