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RDTN Episode 106: Great Western Trail, A Feast for Odin, and a conversation with FunAgain about Essen

episode106Episode 106 was a Beast of Burden for us, but it was a labor of love. We have played two of the newest games that are out now, A Feast for Odin from Z-man Games and Great Western Trail from Stronghold Games. We do not go into a full review of both the games, but we use our 5 minute initiative format wear we touch on each game at a high level and discuss our Pros and Cons. In the outro, we do go back and revisit, but it is a discussion on which we liked better and why that was the case. Don’t get us wrong, both games are really good, solid games and aside from what we think, you need to do yourself a favor and try both.

The local con MACE was held in Charlotte, NC over the weekend of 11/11 to 11/13 and we had a very good time. Happy to see all that could attend. The organizers have done a great job in giving people a place to play as well as have some tables for open gaming. One thing that always happens is that while we are there for 18 hours, it is never enough time.

One of the big things done at MACE, which is probably why time was gone before we knew it was demoing the game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle for the Envoy Team. If you are interested in joining the team, head over to their website and read through what it takes as far as time commitment. One of the neat aspects of being on the Envoy Team is doing the splashes where one weekend, a game is demonstrated across the USA. Check it out if you think you might have the time for this.

One final thing in this episode is a visit from Nick Medinger who is the COO at Funagain Games. We all love playing games and the joy we get when we see a package on our doorstep knowing what goodness is inside. But it is amazing what it takes to get the games to us or our local game stores and Nick shares some of that knowledge. More importantly, we wanted to know what was going on at Essen this year and hoped he would share with us some of the hotness from that con.

Segment Time
Intro 00:50
MACE Adventures 1:35
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle 5:05
A Feast for Odin 10:55
The Broken Token 16:10
Great Western Trail 17:10
Interview with Nick from Funagain 22:50
Essen Games to the USA 24:45
How accessible is Essen 28:30
How do you pick 29:50
What was the big Pre-order @ Essen 34:00
Why do prices fluctuate 37:50
Essen vs Other Conventions 41:15
Essen Misc 44:05
BGG Con Plans 45:50
Why Puzzles & Funko 47:40
The Business side 49:45
What is up with release dates 53:00
Portal 57:00
Outro 57:48

RDTN Episode 103: Empires: Galactic Rebellion, Guild Ball, Warmachine, & Tanks

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This might be unprecedented with four “reviews” in one show and the length is just barely over an hour. So, it is possible to compress goodness into a small package. Plus we got some squirrels to let out and discuss with everyone. We know that miniature games like Warmachine, Guild Ball and Tanks is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you have been thinking about trying out a miniature game, hopefully, we gave you enough insight to help you start digging into something.

Those of you that got the Kickstarter copy of Empires, you will not be disappointed with your purchase. We are concerned that the final battle might put some people off, but we did enjoy it. It is kind of like the game rising up to play equalizer at the end and remove the Victory Points of the planets at the end of the game. This element of chance does bring excitement to the final end game for scoring. The fact that the guy who is controlling the planet could be wiped out and you are lucky enough to get control with a lucky draw, some will not like it, but it is a nice twist. We can not emphasis enough the importance of the cubes and getting more of them during the game. We also failed to battle during the game as much as we should have, but after the initials plays, this will change over time.

Here is the survey for your ideas on the Pint Glasses and we are serious, if it isn’t necessary or a good idea, tell us. In no way or fashion are we married to doing this. But hey, might as well ask.

Intro 00:37
Broken Token 06:00
Empires: Galactic Rebellion 7:00
Flying Squirrels 12:45
Fantahzee 13:28
Take That but not that 15:28
Arcane Academy 17:20
Ascension Ipad Dreamscape 19:15
Toy Hall of Fame 21:25
Really it is worth that 23:30
Firefly Legendary 25:20
Strike Project 27:45
The Rebuttal 29:20
Fall TV Thoughts 31:35
Portal Games 33:50
Miniature Games 34:40
Tanks by GF9 36:05
Guild Ball 40:16
Warmachine 44:55
Outro 57:00

RDTN – 5 Minute Initiative – Star Realms [Audio Version]


In this 5 Minute Initiative we look at the deck builder, Star Realms. This is game hot on the table and on digital devices. Easy to learn, plays fast and lots of replayability. And with expansions announced, this game is going to have some legs.