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RDTN Episode 176: Empires of the North, Warcry, Abomination, Catan Switch version


This episode includes a Scurry Report on Empires of the North. The Connell gentlemen talk about the new Warcry miniature game. And Marty tries to channel me in a discussion on the Plaid Hat Game Abomination.

Time Segment
00:46 Intro
14:10 No Quarter Required: Catan & Silver
25:08 Miniature Market
26:26 Empires of the North
1:02:15 Abomination
1:09:33 Portal Games
1:10:39 Warcry
1:36:45 Capstone Games
1:39:15 iello Little Town
1:42:55 Outro
1:47:04 Monolith Arena: Academics
1:49:50 Trailers at San Diego Comic Con
1:59:10 The Broken Token

RDTN Episode 174: Origins Recap, Undaunted: Normandy, Corinth, Southern Fried Gaming Expo

Time Segment
00:50 Intro
13:20 Nintendo Switch Obsession
21:25 Corinth
23:35 Discover This
26:50 The Broken Token
28:30 Origins Recap
52:05 Portal Games
53:17 Undaunted: Normandy
58:55 Southern Fried Gaming Expo
1:14:05 Game Toppers
1:18:23 Miniature Market

Marty had a great trip to Origins. There are so many good games coming out and he shares a sample of some that stood out to him.

It is no secret that we went gaga over War Chest last year. It won a Squirrely last year, that is how gaga we were for it. Well, the same designers have returned and this time, they bring us a theme that I enjoy playing in board games, World War II. Specifically, this game is about the invasion of Normandy and the attempt of the Allies to break the German lines. It comes with a scenario book that helps detail the battles that occurred during that phase of the war. It has a theme that I enjoy and a mechanic, deck building, that I enjoy and has strategy incorporating cover, line of sight, and variability with dice. Very excited for this game and look forward to more plays of it in the coming months. Also checking online, preorders are being taking at Miniature Market, so if you are interested, might want to place that preorder.

We played another roll and write, which is now officially known as RnW. It is Corinth from Days of Wonder. This is a simpler RnW but there is a mechanic that haven’t seen in these types of game. If you don’t have a play or you don’t want to use what is given to you during your turn, you can move a traveling merchant and where he stops, you get the bonus at that spot. However, he can’t cross his path again. So, you have to plan accordingly as you plot your path. If you are enjoying the flurry of RnWs, give this one a chance.

With a name like Southern Fried Gaming Expo, we just have to find out more. Marty talks to one of the organizers about the event and what he can expect when he attends as a special guest.

Thanks for listening to the show and we will be back in two weeks.


RDTN Episode 173: Top 5 List, Imperial Settlers Roll & Write, Tiny Towns

We are breaking our format a bit in this Episode by doing something we haven’t really done in the past. We list our Top 5 Games that we would not get rid of. However, there is a rule that we have to abide by, it must be on our shelves in order to be in the list. The game can’t be at someone else’s house or we have played and really liked, but never owned a copy. We must have a physical copy of the game in our possession. Some of these are out of print, but some you can easily still get.

Vanessa comes back to the mic and she and Marty review the new Imperial Settlers RnW game. She is always a joy to have on the show. After my plays of the game, I will say the mechanic of needing actions and resources something that people may have some challenges with, but after a couple of rolls, they should get it.

Enjoy the Episode and in the next one, Marty is going to knock our socks off with his Greatest Hits from Origins.

Time Segment
00:40 Intro
10:55 Miniature Market
11:50 Top 5 Games We Will Not Get Rid Of
30:50 Imperial Settlers Roll and Write
38:15 Portal Games
39:30 Tiny Towns
44:55 Game Designers Documentary
49:30 Outburst Game Table
54:25 The Broken Token