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RDTN Episode 166: Unmatched, Restoration Games Interview, Tudor, Kapow, Combo Fighter, Kickstarters

I told Marty that we should occasionally change the secret word to the Green Room. By keeping the same code, past people could show up and request to come back on the show. Luckily that has not happen yet, but we were lucky to have Justin Jacobson and Rob Daviau make another guest appearance on the show. The last time they were on, Fireball Island was launched on Kickstarter and we all know how that turned out for them. This time, they tell us about the new Unmatched Battle of Legends. Also, it seems “moonpie”, “squirrel”, and “lawnmower” aren’t very strong codes.

We rez from the dead the segment In a Nutshell and talk about a couple of games that we got to the table. We had a dice chucker called Kapow. This was one that is a filler and ramps up very quickly. Hidden strategy on building and constructing your dice to combat your opponent. Combo Fighter is a card battle game that rewards those that can card count. Tudor has a unique method of changing the base actions through the collection of rings and their position on a cardboard hand. What makes this difficult is the only way to get the rings is by moving up to the top in the throne room. And if someone displaces you, then they can take your ring. Interesting mechanic in the game.

We also played many Kickstarters and give our opinions on them. They are either already active or will soon be active. One of these was designed by a Nate Bivins who has been on the show before and is part of the Scurry Report. This seems to be Kickstarter season, so lots of competition for your dollar. I know I have passed up some incredible ones, but the temptation is too great on some of the ones we talk about in this episode.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
03:10 Tantrum Con – Table Flip
06:05 Portal has a new URL
10:15 Kapow
14:32 Combo Fighter
18:08 Tudor
23:35 Miniature Market
24:22 Restoration Games in the House
29:00 Breaking Bread
30:50 Kitchen Makeover
32:20 Fireball Island
35:00 Dark Tower
37:12 Unmatched – Restoration of Epic Duels
1:08:13 Fireball Expansion – Spider Springs
1:14:00 Conspiracy
1:21:15 Downforce – Wild Ride
1:25:50 Sports Ball Talk
1:31:16 Portal Games
1:32:32 Kickstarter Previews
1:33:20 Roland Wright
1:34:32 Graphic Novel Adventures
1:37:21 Silver River
1:48:12 Summit Expansion
1:49:40 Glen More II Chronicles
1:54:58 Outro
1:57:07 The Broken Token

RDTN Episode 153: Cryptid, Taj Mahal, and Gizmos with special guest, David Waybright


While on vacation, Marty was able to find someone who obviously had nothing to do and filled in for me. David Waybright, from Man vs Meeple, was kind enough to take on the challenge of being grumpy. He failed, but that is okay. We still really appreciate the effort. David and Marty talk about Tiny Epic Mechs that is on Kickstarter now and has already blown past $300k, no chance of this not funding at $15,000. David and Marty also spend time and no telling how many takes doing a 5 Minute Initiative on Cryptid from Osprey Games. Since I haven’t played it, I am interested in their thoughts on it and whether or not I will be taught by Marty or if this is one I will learn on my own. Those two also decide that they need to explore hype for a board game and how it impacts expectations, sales, and initial plays. Don’t want to “hype” this discussion to much so you will not be let down when you listen to it.

But before I left on vacation, Marty and I did two reviews as well. Gizmos from CMON is a simple engine builder that will be on the table again. Taj Mahal is a reprint by Z-Man Games that we were like, what just happened here. This game made us want to break it out again right away. We are so glad this game is back out.

When we return in two more weeks, hopefully we will have a plan and a show but with the hurricane in the Carolinas, it has put a damper on many plans. We hope that if you were impacted, you are safe and those that you know are as well.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Tiny Epic Mechs 17:45
Gizmos 24:30
Portal Games 29:40
Hype in Board Gaming 32:30
Taj Mahal 1:00:40
Miniature Market 1:05:43
Cryptid 1:08:03
Gearworks 1:13:35
Man vs Meeple happenings 1:17:45
The Broken Token 1:28:57

RDTN Episode 115: VAST, Imperial Settlers-Aztecs, Balloon Pop, and Interview with Justin Jacobson


It is no secret that we like games that have some type of asymmetrical component to it and VAST: The Crystal Caverns has this. The fact that each individual has their own “powers” and play style is what brings us to the table for this game. But, the individuality doesn’t keep the interaction down because everyone must help one another at times in hopes that they are able to score their winning condition when the time is right. One thing that would scare us for sure in designing this game is how to balance this game with all this individuality. But thank goodness they did achieve it. And due to the individuality, you will spend time getting good at one, then realize you got four more to go, so the replays will be in this game. There has been some negative comments out in the community, but you do owe yourself at least one play of this game.

We also got to try the Aztec expansion for Imperial Settlers which we were lucky enough to demo back in July of 2016. We enjoy Imperial Settlers and this expansion will hopefully get the game to the table more. The Pray mechanic and Blessing resource are truly a new and innovative approach for this type of game. Instead of a dry get resource, use resource repetitive play, you know have the randomness that these games are lacking at times. Also, there was an error on a card that delayed this game coming out until Portal was able to reprint this one card and stick in each expansion. That goes a long way in showing the type of company you are dealing with because they could have just pushed the expansion out and had people contact them for a replacement. Well done Ignacy, well done.

It is exciting that Stop Thief got funded, but wait till you listen to Justin tell us about the plans for Restoration Games. They are already working on more games and will be making announcements at Gen Con. We tried, man did we try to get him to Spill the Beans, but he was tight lipped. He did promise to come back and we will surely have him back on the show and hopefully Rob Daviau will join us.

Segment Time
Intro 00:45
GAMA News 2:45
Castle Dukes 6:30
Cooking with Dice 7:55
Evolution Climate 9:58
Balloon Pop 11:43
Karuba 15:10
First play of Star Wars Rebellion 16:43
Imperial Settlers: Aztecs 19:23
Portal Games 24:25
VAST: The Crystal Caverns 24:56
The Broken Token 46:58
Justin Jacobson 47:25
Outro 1:04:20
Funagain 1:10:05