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 57 – Gimmie Some Slack: Chit Chat, AquaSphere, Defenders of the Realm, and SCARAB Convention

In this episode, Marty tells us about the new Feld game AquaSphere that he just received from TMG which he backed via Kickstarter. I compare Defenders of the Realm which I traded Robinson Crusoe for at BGG Con to Pandemic and determine if it was a good trade or not. Suzanne Sheldon and Rhiannon Ochs join us again for another Chit Chat session where we just catch up since we haven’t talked in a bit and discuss what is going on in their Internet life. Matter of fact, Rhi drops a sort of bomb on us on the changes happening over at Spooning Meeples. We explore the new RDTN grading scale for gamRO Scalees, inspired by Rhi thus named accordingly as the RO Scale. It is real simple because that is all Marty and I can handle:

  • It’s a Game
  • It’s a Good Game
  • It’s a Great Game
  • It’s a Game I’ll Buy

Don’t forget to check out the newest addition to the board game table builders at BoardGameTables. One last thing, the Draco Magi Contest prizes were stated incorrectly in the show, but this is actually an upgrade. We are giving away a copy of the game, a mat, and 2 posters. To participate, go to the this page.
Segment, Time
Start it off, 00:40
Tony Rant, 2:10
What are the wife’s up to, 5:00
SCARAB Convention Gaming, 8:30
AquaSphere, 10:00
Defenders of the Realm, 20:00
Chit Chat, 25:00
RO Scale, 35:00
Bunch of generic game talk, 48:00
Suz’s new possible segment, 1:04:00
Outro, 1:10:00
Kickstarter Plugs – Stronghold & AEG, 1:12:00
Two Contests this month, 1:22:00

RDTN Episode 56 – Reminiscing: Tiny Epic Galaxies, 2014 Look Back, Game of Thrones, and Camel Up

Not sure how many of you use BGG to record your plays, but at the start of the year, we decided to try and record our game plays as best we could for 2014. It just surprises me that even after feeling like I played a bunch of games this year, my stats are not as high as I thought they would be. I also didn’t realize just how many are the same ones we play again and again. It goes to show you, you play only what your group is comfortable playing.

Marty and I then ask what is a good gateway game that came out in 2014 to handle the issue above and we couldn’t come up with one. Can you think of a gateway game of 2014? Let us know via BGG, Twitter, Facebook, or here. Love to hear your opinion.pic2349732

Marty then sits down for a one on one interview with me about the new Kickstarter from Gamelyn Games – Tiny Epic Galaxies. It is funded, blowing past goals, and Marty likes it. I think he has funded all the Gamelyn Games and this is no exception. Enjoy the show.

Segment, Time
Intro into the show, 1:00
Game of Thrones Board Game, 7:45
Camel Up, 15:25
2014 Highlights, 21:50
What was a good gateway game of 2014?, 35:20
Tiny Epic Galaxies, 45:50
Outro, 1:04:45

Our stats for 2014
Game Plays in Month,Marty,Tony

RDTN Episode 55 – The Mob Rules: Imperial Settlers and Survey Results

cutmypicFor our last podcast of the year, Marty and I discuss Imperial Settlers at length. We talk about our likes and dislikes and Marty gives you a quick run-through of the game. Okay, maybe not so quick, but sometimes it is hard not to go into some detail as you discuss the likes and dislikes.

We also go over our survey results for 2014 and want to thank you so much for participating. If you were a winner, you will receive an email from us requesting your mailing address and permission to release your name. We will see you 2015!





Segment, Time
Intro, 00:00
Imperial Settlers, 15:35
Survey Results, 34:35
Outro, 59:50

Survey Results:
“We try and keep the show under 1:30 hours, is this time”,Too Short,8.13%
,About Right,77.50%
,Too Long,14.38%
Did you participate in a contest that we hosted this year?,Yes,19.38%
,There where contests…,15.00%
“We try and limit the number of guests to three a quarter, is that:”,Too few,15.63%
,About Right,79.38%
,Too many,5.00%
How do you find out that we released a new show?,Twitter,27.50%
,RSS Subscription,21.88%
,BoardGameGeek Forums,20.00%
,Visiting the RDTN website,15.00%
Have you ever watched our youTube videos?,Yes,39.38%
,Seen a few,28.75%
What is the most important aspect of a review of a board game?,How it is played,48.13%
,What is liked about the game,73.75%
,What is disliked about the game,60.00%
,Quality of the components,16.25%
,That it is not a demo copy,3.75%
Do you play PC/Console/Tablet board games?,Yes,81.25%
,Not yet but thinking about it,5.63%
,I did but stopped,5.00%
What system do you play games on?,PC,51.88%
,Xbox System,31.88%
,Nintendo Console,19.38%
,Nintendo DS,16.88%
,Don’t play video games,26.25%