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 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

RDTN Episode 45: Walk like an Egyptian – Kemet, Dead of Winter, Pack O Games KS, and a Contest

Scott King Gaming CalendarThat is right, we got a contest* for you. Scott King has graciously offered our listeners a chance to win a print from one of the images in his 2015 Gaming Calendar Kickstart. To hear more details, got to listen to the show, but you can enter the contest by going to this link.

Marty and I review the promos that we received from Chris Handy and his KS for Pack O Game games. For a big whopping $6 per game, some might be of interest to you, so be sure and check them out. FFG’s announcement of Star Wars Armada and XCOM got our attention and then we try to guess what big surprise will still be announced by FFG at Gen Con. We weren’t exactly right, but we were both sort of close, we thought it would be some type of Decent game and yeah, it was. Great minds think alike. Okay, that was a bit of a stretch. As the title suggests, Kemet was played by Marty and we get to hear that experience. One final item, Marty talks about his new game Dead of Winter by Plaid Hat Games which arrived just in time for Gen Can’t 2014.

For those that were able to take part in the Gen Can’t 2014 Non-convention, hope you had fun and wish you luck if you entered into the contest over there.

Segment Time
Pack O Games KS 10:00
Fantasy Flights New Games 16:00
Big FFG Release – our guess 26:00
MDM Demise in our area 30:00
At the Table 40:00
Recent Games and Stories 52:00
Dead of Winter 1:04:00

*Scott King calendar contest is unfortunately only available to those in the continental United States. Sorry about that, but if we could figure out how to safely get our Owl to fly stuff over the ocean, we would open it up.

RDTN – Gen Can’t 2014 – Report from the Floor


Marty and I took some time out of our busy Gen Can’t schedule to throw together a report to highlight our early experiences so far this year. We give reports on the accommodations and food we had and how the gaming library compares to what we are use to. Be sure to check out other reports and experiences by doing that Twitter thing #GenCant2014. Also, be sure to get into the contest by submitting a picture to twitter of how you are enjoying Gen Can’t and include #GenCantContest.

For all the information, prize list and rules, be sure to head over to the unofficial official website

Thanks again to everyone for making this the best four days of gaming at home!

Segment Time
Accommodations 1:00
Gen Can't 2014 Photo Contest 4:15