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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 151: Villainous, Keyforge and Age of Sigmar Champions Discussion

One of the hot games coming out of Gen Con was Villainous by Wonder Forge. Demo table was always full, showed out all copies, which would make you think that this would be a hard game to get. Nope, you can pick it up at Target along with many other titles that Target is carrying exclusively. But wait, I say it should be easy to get, but all the stores around me have it sold out, not sure in your neck of the woods. If you are in the same situation, according to the Target website, the game can be shipped to your local store within four to seven days for free pickup. There you go, you can still get the game, just have to wait a bit. Don’t be expecting deep gameplay here, but this game might surprise you.

We also discuss the pros and cons of Keyforge and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Champions and why one is beating out the other for us. We also bring the Flying Squirrel segment back to the show and discuss a topic that will need some input from the audience, what comics should we be reading right now?

Thanks for listening and be sure to join our BGG guild if you haven’t already.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Sweet Spot Discussion 4:05
The Song and Magic the Gathering 12:00
Flying Squirrels 17:38
Hobby Game Sales 18:35
Doc’s Basement Comics 20:27
Changing of the Guard 22:38
Draft Mechanic Meetup 24:27
Discover Lands Unknown 26:38
Not worth what you think 28:45
Target the next Game Store 30:30
5 Min: Villainous 32:34
Miniature Market 37:55
Keyforge vs Age of Sigmar Champions 39:04
Portal Games 1:03:10
Outro 1:03:55
The Broken Token 1:05:45

RDTN Episode 149: Detective, Carthago, Istanbul the Dice Game, Warhammer AoS Champions & Kill Team

Episode 149 is a long episode. Sorry, but that is what you get when we cram a bunch of game content into an episode. We have a guest joining us, nobody special, just Chaz. We invited him to come on so he and Marty could tell you all about the new game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game. It is getting some incredible praises right now, so the hype engine is working hard. I have yet to play it, but looking forward to it based on what Chaz and Marty were saying. And from watching videos, there is just something appealing about how the game works that I will not be scared to break it out with the lighter gamer crowd.

Need to warn you now, we really don’t have a lot of grumpiness to report in this episode. In the two five minute segments, enjoyed both of those games and look forward to playing them again. Play Fusion/Games Workshop is knocking it out of the park and really scared with Champions. Scared in that it might take me back down a path of buying into a trading card game again. If you don’t want to have anything to do with a TCG, then the discussion around this game is worth just skipping. If you do though, you will miss out on probably two really nice mechanics that they have built into this game.

Istanbul the Dice Game will be a game I would even try and get my wife to play because of the speed of play, the light strategy, and the teaching ease of this game. Simple actions for people to follow and once again, doesn’t grow stale on the table. One ding that I failed to mention was the setup, took a little while, but that can be decreased with individual bags and maybe someone not putting out all the gems and just one to track the progress on each area.

Segment Time
Intro 1:00
Games at Dice Tower Con 14:40
Clank in Space Expansion 22:15
The Parkers come to town 26:45
Pioneer Days 31:40
Miniature Market 36:25
Istanbul the Dice Game 37:40
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game 42:50
The Broken Token 1:05:15
Esport Convention 1:06:30
Carthago: Merchants & Guilds 1:15:05
Warhammer 40k: Kill Team 1:21:17
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions TCG 1:35:40
Chaz Returns 2:05:32
Portal Games 2:16:20