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RDTN Episode 192: Atlantis Rising, Stellar, The Shining, Brainwaves, Stampede

Time Segment
00:37 Introduction
01:36 Peter Gabriel vs Phil Collins
06:04 Logical Song
11:00 Talking Toys
15:23 Now we are onto TV Shows
18:23 Time for the Games
19:49 Stampede
21:04 Brainwaves
27:00 Miniature Market
28:00 The Shining
34:00 Atlantis Rising
46:50 The Broken Token
47:50 Stellar
53:21 Conspiracy Continues
55:23 Is there a need for an Expansion?
1:05:15 Outro
1:11:49 Portal Games

Hang in there, we get to the games once we get pass the discussion on music. You know us, we love our music and when we get the opportunity to share something interesting, we jump on it. The first game is Brainwaves that Marty got to play with his family. This is about helping with your memory and at RDTN, this is needed. The other discussions about the games we got to play demonstrates that point

Atlantis Rising was released by Z-Man games in 2012 and has been re-released by Elf Creek Games with enhanced components and rule improvements. When Atlantis Rising was released, the game was said to be incredible hard and may have not gotten a fair shake. However, over the years, people began to enjoy it and it became one of those “grail” type games where it was hard to find. Elf Creek Games has brought it back and it is a good thing. Such a solid cooperative game and one that if you get a chance, worth giving a shot.

Then there is Stellar that just knocked us for a loop. Two player card game that has strategy all over it. Such a solid game that challenges you to not just go through the motions, you have to pay attention to what is happening. You need to watch your opponents strategy. You must play offensively and defensively. Decisions are tight and if not thought through, it will be a major inconvenience.

Next episode the brown carpet is being rolled out for our Annual Squirrelly Awards.

RDTN Episode 191: Egizia, Age of Steam, Lawyer Up

Time        Segment
00:29       Intro
02:14       Home Updated
03:00       Tantrum Con
08:01       Sorcerer City again
09:27       Superbowl Commercials
15:28       Marty likes On Mars
20:15       Tantrum Con Again
24:20       Phase 10
28:08       Gen Con High Hopes
29:56       Instapot
32:55       Lawyer Up Prototype
40:12       The Broken Token
41:44       Egizia Shifting Sands
47:21       Age of Steam Deluxe
1:09:20     Portal Games
1:11:45     What catches your attention for games
1:22:15     Switch News
1:25:21     Miniature Market

We are starting something new here at RDTN, we are going to do train games in 2020. That is right, you will hear us talk about train games throughout the year. And we are starting out with a classic, Age of Steam. While the mechanics are simple, you really need to plan ahead as you play. Hope to get this on the table again before we forget the rules

When the game Francis Drake was played and we talked about it on the show in Episode 30, people said, if you really liked the progression track, you need to give Egizia a try. Well, we got the new Egizia Shifting Sands from Stronghold Games played and the mechanic of progressing with your pawns and not going backwards was very rewarding. It has been over 160 episodes since we played Francis Drake, just not sure which is best. Maybe we can get it played again and compare the two on a later show.

Be sure to check out the Secret Cabal’s 200th episode where our stinger makes sense.

RDTN Episode 187: Paladins of the West Kingdom, Taverns of Tiefenthal, Miyabi

Time Segment
01:23 Intro
02:00 BGG Con
04:47 I broke it
11:45 Back to BGG Con
22:57 Time for the Food
27:48 Return to Dark Tower
30:03 Gloomhaven Playtest
31:02 Sanctum
40:57 Portal Games
42:40 Paladins of the West Kingdom
48:34 Survey Time
52:13 Miniature Market
53:07 The Taverns of Tiefenthal
58:37 Miyabi
01:08:46 Our Apologies
01:17:14 The Broken Token

Marty goes off to BGG Con and plays tons of games. He comes back and you would think he would be all giddy about a game, but if you have been listening to us long enough, that isn’t going to be the case. He is excited about grit balls. You read correctly, fried balls made of grits. Okay, he was excited about the games.

Paladins of the West Kingdom hurt us. Yeah, that is right, this game but the grey matter through a work out and it was a good work out. This is a great next step in the series and one that needs a few plays to really get a grasp of this game.

The Taverns of Tiefenthan is a lighter deck building, dice drafting, engine building game that might be something to introduce newer games too those particular concepts. Very simple mechanics, quick to learn and not too competitive. Looking forward to more plays of this game with the modules that we will need to discover on our own.