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 52 – Yellow Submarine: Board Gaming Glut w/ Chaz Marler, Grey Fox Games Captain’s Wager, Tiny Epic Galaxies

At the stadalert of this year, Marty and I wondered if 2014 was going to be an adjustment year for the board gaming hobby. Similar signs appeared in other hobbies right before they either went through an adjustment or even collapse. The baseball card hobby had a surge in manufacturers and this lead to a dilution in the product and eventually, many went under. Comic books soon become the hot collectible and everyone jumped into the market only to see the same thing occur that happened in the baseball card world. And what the heck happened to all those beanie babies? Anyway, Chaz Marler recently did a video series for Boardgame Breakfast discussing the same thing that Marty and I have discussed in previous episodes. So, we asked Chaz to join us for this episode to pontificate on what is to come for the hobby. We aren’t being beanie-babiesdoomsayers, but we are curious what will happen and how the board gaming hobby avoids history that other hobbies experienced.

One key difference that I believe is different is that people are not “collecting” and spending big bucks like they did in the other hobbies. Oh wait…

Segment Time
MACE Charlotte Gaming Convention 02:00
Stronghold Diamonds Tournament 03:30
Grey Fox Games – Captains Wager 06:00
Tiny Epic Galaxies 07:00
Board Gaming Glut w/ Chaz  10:30
Rank'em  51:00
Outro  01:06:15

RDTN Episode 51 – Changes: Fantasy Flight LCG Model w/ Hunter Shelburne, Broken Token Inserts, Phoenix Covenant, Warhammer Conquest

Right before we were set to record, Marty called an audible and wanted to talk about the new announcement from Fantasy Flight and how they are going to cycle their Living Card Games and the reboot of A Game of Thrones. He was able to get Hunter Shelburne from Weaponsgrade Tabletop to join in the discussion. I understand the need of FFG to make this move, how do you keep the game alive, continue to make sure new players can join, don’t break the game with new releases and the list can go on and on. But one thing I know for sure, there is plenty of discussion on all these items and there may not be a right or wrong answer because it depends on where you are in the LCG family. Enjoy the show

Subject Time
Podcast on Boardgame 01:30
The Broken Token Inserts 08:00
BGG Virtual Flea Market and Math Trades 11:30
Hope for Unfunded Kickstarters 14:00
Phoenix Covenant 16:00
FFG LCG Announcements w/ Hunter 23:00
Ticket to Ride Cheater 52:30
Rank'em 56:00
Warhammer Conquest 01:06:30
Outro 01:09:00

RDTN Episode 50 – We’ve Only Just Begun: Stephen Buonocore (Stronghold Games), Chit Chat (Suzanne and Rhiannon), Panamax, Kanban

50thThe Big 5 0. That is right, we have made it to Episode 50 and we did not hold back. We introduce a new segment Chit Chat with two very well known contributors in the gaming community, Suzanne and Rhiannon. You recognize Suzanne from her Boardgame Breakfast segments on games for tablets and such. Suzanne was also one of the main organizers of GenCant 2014. Rhiannon of course is from Spooning Meeples and can carry on a gazillion conversations on Twitter. They join Marty, I chime in occasionally, in a discussion about helping your significant other find the joy in the gaming hobby. spooningmeeple

We are then honored to have Stephen Buonocore from Stronghold Games join us and discuss the banner 2014 year that his company has had. We learn how Stronghold got its start and just how much goes into running a small gaming company especially when it isn’t your full-time job. Then Marty and Stephen begin their love feast discussion on Panastrongholdmax and I try and muscle my way in with Diamonds. Seriously, if you love card games and those that you game with do, get this game.

We also want to give a big shout out to Eric Summerer for providing us with our intro to celebrate our 50th show and The Chalk for featuring our logo recently on Boardgaming Breakfast.

Intro 00:00
Chit Chat 02:50
Stronghold Games – The Beginning 42:45
Panamax 1:01:00
Behind the Scenes at Stronghold 01:10:45
Kanban 01:21:10
What's in the Future at Stronghold 01:30:00
Stronghold Lovefest 01:40:00
Rank'em 01:46:30
Outro 02:04:25