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RDTN Episode 168: Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth, Evolution, Oceans, Castle of Burgundy Dice Game

Marty survived Robb Con and comes back with a report on his play of Wingspan and Tsukuyumi. He also escaped the cabin long enough to get in some disc golf, still a favorite recreational sport at RDTN. Man, hope to throw some plastic now that spring is here.

Then we got to play a very good implementation of the classic game Castles of Burgundy as a roll and write. Plays fast and has some very good challenging decisions to make as you mark the roll on your sheet. Definitely a keeper in our collection of roll and writes.

It must also be a throwback episode because Marty got to play Evolution for the first time, which is one of my favorite games. But the reason we got it to the table was because we were able to try out the Evolution app that was release recently on Steam and then, I got to try Oceans, the next evolution of games by North Star Games. Oceans is completely funded on Kickstarter and while similar to Evolution, it stands on its own with some of the changes in the feeding process of your species. Plus, there is a Kraken.

Finally, there is a really long Scurry Report happening in this episode because we got to play the new Fantasy Flight Games Journeys in Middle-Earth. This game will have an app associated with it. This game has mechanics you are familiar with. This game has some very nice miniatures, better than Mansions of Madness. This game will cost you a pretty penny. But if you like the Lord of the Rings, it is going to be one you will need to try. If you have a steady group of players that also like LOTR, this one is one you will strongly need to consider to add to the collection.

Time Segment
00:30 Intro
01:00 Robb Con Report Out
3:53 Disc Golf
5:35 Wingspan
8:23 Call to Adventure
9:45 Crokinhole
11:25 Tsukuyumi
17:10 More Banter
19:43 Castles of Burgundy The Dice Game
27:44 Doublesix Dice
29:07 Play By Forum: D&D
32:30 The Broken Token
33:09 Evolution & Evolution App & Oceans
46:00 Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth
1:32:28 Portal Games
1:34:55 Outro
1:39:32 Miniature Market

RDTN Episode 167: Call to Adventure, Crisis, Roll For The Galaxy:Rivalry, Camel Up, Istanbul App

We are jammed full of game discussions in this episode. We revisit Camel Up Second Edition with a surprise guest. We talk about a new favorite game of Marty’s Crisis. Then we break down a new quick filler called Village Pillage that Nate Bivins brought to the table. But that is the only surprise, Marty has some special guests on to talk about the expansion for Roll for the Galaxy Rivalry. And that is not all. We play the beautiful game Call to Adventure. Want to spend some time talking about this because this game, while simple to play, is about building a story. It is important to get behind the development of the story and understand how this will drive your gameplay. There are some strategic moments in the game that can be overlooked if not careful. Hope you get a chance to get this to the table.

Now that I have a Switch, we thought it would be good to discuss an implementation of a game on the Switch. We picked Istanbul as our first one to give this a try. We have done App discussions before, but this might be the start of a recurring segment on the show. That is if we can come up with a name for the segment.

Finally, thanks to everyone who voted for us over at Boardgamegeek for best Podcast in 2018. Finally voting is going on and regardless if we win or lose, we are honored to just be nominated. Thank you so much

Time Segment
00:35 Intro
1:35 Bookcase Mishap
5:40 GAMA News Review
9:52 Warhammer Chaosbane PC Game
11:10 Nintendo Switch
15:15 Flopping in Basketball
17:57 Village Pillage
22:52 The Broken Token
24:25 Crisis
30:03 Istanbul App
42:55 Camel Up
48:09 Miniature Market
49:27 Roll for the Galaxy: Rivalry
1:05:22 Call to Adventure
1:11:03 RobbCon
1:14:18 Outro
1:16:20 Dinos Not Assembled
1:17:25 Outro 2
1:20:55 Portal Games

RDTN Episode 164: Raccoon Tycoon, Beta Colony, Terror Below

Sorry for the back to back long episodes. However, we have a good reason. First, Sara Erickson from Renegade Game Studios dropped by and wanted to tell us about Mike Elliot’s new game, Terror Below, that is currently on Kickstarter. Don’t worry, it is funded but if you have any doubts on if you are backing or have questions, maybe Sara will have the answers you seek. She also was subjected to a Rank’em, something we haven’t had the opportunity to do in awhile.

Next comes to fairly lengthy discussion about two games that we go to the table. Raccoon Tycoon from Forbidden Games is a very enjoyable commodities game that is fast to teach and play. We also are finding that the various strategies work well so no set winning one and anytime we have an hour to get a game in, it is a good bet we will reach for it. If you want to try out a commodities game, we can’t recommend this enough. Components and art are top notch and the price at Miniature Market makes it tough not to get.

Beta Colony by Rio Grande Games was a different style of game that employed a dice mechanism similar to the one that is used in Lorenzo, but they took it one more step with the “rolldell” in the center of the board. Everyone is using the same dice pool, but how you use it in determining your actions is different between players. There is no competing for spaces,  so the game is more about how well you strategize during your turn.

Finally, Vanessa and Marty discuss Precious Cargo from Winning Moves Games. Maybe Marty will keep her doing these reviews and we can get more reviews to the Podcast.

The next episode is our annual award show and all the votes are in and the presenters are lined up. Hopefully there will be some surprises in 2019.

Time Segment
00:31 Intro
01:10 Bubble Burst
06:30 Spiderman: Into the Multiverse
14:00 Grizzled Armistice
19:35 GMT P500 Battle Line
26:20 Chronicles of Crime
28:45 Precious Cargo
34:40 The Broken Token
36:00 Beta Colony
48:09 Sara Erickson: Terror Below
51:58 Mower Discussion – It isn’t just us
55:00 Terror Below
1:18:22 Rank’em with Sara
1:33:50 Miniature Market
1:35:02 Portal Con Retrospect
1:54:51 Raccoon Tycoon
2:11:00 Outro
2:14:15 Portal Games