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RDTN Episode 113: Mare Nostrum, Conflict of Heroes – Guadalcanal, Kingsport Festival – The Card Game, 50 Hours of Gaming


We have been trying for weeks to get Mare Nostrum Empires by Academy Games by Academy Games to the table and it is a shame that it took so long, but https://www.c9bets.com/ have helped us crack it at last. Yeah, it is a good game, but you will need to listen to just what it was that impressed us so much about it. Will say it is one of those games when you are done, you sit back, contemplate the play, and, for us, we need to do it again because you know you could have done better.

Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal was a game that also needed to get to the table. We have been wanting to try a chit based wargame just to see how we like it. It isn’t like there are a few waiting to be played, but we really wanted to give this a try for it seemed easy to get into and should build up as we play more missions. It was very surprising how easy it was to read the small chits and all the data was right there in front of us. There was also some very handy guides that came with the game. Great, we now have two games fighting for time on the table.

Kingsport Festival: The Card Game from Passport Games was a different experience. It wasn’t a bad game, but we experienced a bunch of downtime. Now it could be that we were all reading the cards over and over and thus slowed down the game. Then again it could be that the game just didn’t have much interaction at all. But, the cards could have been possible done without text thus speeding up the play or after multiple plays, you will know the cards. What is really funny is that they are calling this a card game, but it also requires the use of dice on every turn. Either way, want to get a chance at playing this again.

A lot of work and time are put into turning a game into a fully funded reality and through the help of Kickstarter, some actually make it to the market. We talked about Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire by Steve Finn, the designer behind Biblios. This game is a two player dice implementation of Cosmic Run that came out last year. One of our favorite games from 2015, Champions of Midgard, has an expansion KS going on now that adds a fifth player which is just a small part of the expansion. Then there is one that ended already, but you can still order from from the developers site called Dungeon Dealer. This is nothing more than a deck of cards that let you set up a dungeon pretty quickly for your RPG. Maybe this will get the Lord of the Rings RPG to the table. But wait, there is more, be sure to check out Zen Bins, because we know you have gotten into Star Wars Destiny like we have. These bins will help organize your decks for your tournaments and making carrying there easier.

Thanks for listening and as always, appreciate any feedback you can give us.

RDTN Episode 110: Heroes of Land, Air, & Sea, Raise Your Goblets, Survey and 2017 Predictions

Gamelyn Games has been killing it with all their Tiny Epic series, but they are expanding into the next realm with their newest Kickstarter Heroes of Land, Air and Sea. This is a 4x game without the hours of play that are often associated with these types of games. We were able to get this game on the table, learned and played in under 2 hours. Even with the few questions on the rules, the game was very easy to grasp and understand. Best of all, the downtime in this game was limited with only the start of each round being the speed bump as everyone thought through their next series of actions to perform in the coming round. But once the round got started, we were off and running. Before long, the game was over. Will admit, it might have taken longer had we been more aggressive with the other each other thus slowing down resource production, but still we made good time.

There is also a 5 Minute Initiative in this episode on the very light filler from CMON, Raise Your Goblets. Now, some of you may know this as another name, Toast!. It was a Kickstarter that did not get funded, but made its way into a game. So, there is always hope for games, even if they don’t get funded. I would drag this game out to get the evening going with people before I break out the meaty games. CMON has had some solid hits with their lighter games lately, Potion Explosion, Ta-Da!, and now Raise Your Goblets.

It is time for the 2017 Squirrelys, our annual award celebrating games from 2016. But there is one category we need your help with and that is the All Y’all Award. This is the award for what the RDTN listeners believe should have been the top game of 2016. You can enter three choices in the survey and the winner will be whoever gets the most points. Isn’t that the way all winners are determined by whoever gets the most victory points? You may enter your picks as many times as you want, but only one entry per email address will be accepted in the drawing. This drawing is for your choice of a $25 Broken Token eGift Card or Funagain Games. All entries must be received by 1/31/2017 at midnight.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Take 2 3:16
The Squirrelys 4:05
Stop Thief! Restoration Games 5:08
First Martian 6:54
The Rest of the Show 7:45
Dice Tower Indiegogo 10:10
Snow in the Carolinas 11:27
RDTN 2016 Survey 12:43
Squirrel: RickRoll 13:41
RDTN 2016 Survey cont 14:50
Winners are… 30:15
Heroes of Land Sea & Air 32:00
Portal Games 51:05
2017 Predictions 52:07
5 Minute Initiative: Raise Your Goblets 1:10:50
The Broken Token 1:15:53
Outro 1:16:40
2017 All Y'all Award 1:17:34
Another Contest #RDTNToast 1:18:55
Analog Gamer Shirts and a Bad Joke 1:21:40
Funagain 1:25:18

RDTN Episode 109: Jorvik, Adrenaline, Oracle of Delphi, Clank! and the Sadlers

episode109We enter a new year by starting off pretty strong. We have four 5 Minute Initiatives and we interview the Sadler brothers about a new game they designed for Megacon Games. The game the Sadlers designed is based on the Myth Universe, but aside from having roots in the universe, it is a standalone game, so you will not need Myth to play. You can use the miniatures from Myth if you want as an added bonus, but they are not necessary. The game is a coop game and should be released mid to late summer. If you are interested, be sure to check out the Kickstarter that starts the first week in January.

One thing that I, Tony, would like to point out in the blog that might not have come through in the show or might give the wrong impression is about the game Oracle of Delphi, Marty and I are not saying it is a bad game just that it is one that out of all the Feld games, is not one we would play first. There were many items that just rubbed us wrong in this game and the fact that we played Jorvik soon after, made the conclussion even more prevalent. The game has things I really like in games. It has a modular map for adding replay ability. It has dice, it has simple objectives, and it has multiple options to help you throughout the game. The downtown or A.P. wasn’t strong with this game either. But the fact that Marty has had run away leaders and the frustration I felt while playing was large, it just left us with a bad aftertaste. But like the Geico Raccoon commercial, you really need to try this game for yourself.

As far as deck builders go, Clank! is a good one for sure, but I think I liked Tyrants of the Underdark more. However, Clank! is so easy to teach and I can see where the board, sweet bag, unique endgame, and push your luck aspect can really draw people into that game. Jorvik is a great mid to light euro that anyone will be able to catch on and be able to play. But recommend that you go through the cards with everyone before playing so they know what to expect each season and can somewhat have a strategy. Adrenaline is just fun to play and the whole aspect of dwindling points when people get killed ensures that there is no gang up on anyone. There is no meanness to this game because people just need to understand that their character is nothing more than a way for people to score victory points. And with there being no downtime or punishment for getting killed, people are never out of the game. Be sure and check it out if you get a chance.

Oh, and we pulled a Legendary Darth Vader in our Star Wars Destiny booster packs. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.

Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Flying Squirrels 3:50
TTR:Switzerland 4:31
FFG: Arkham Horror Investigator Book 6:15
R&R Games: Times Up 8:13
NES Classic 10:42
The Good the Bad the Ugly 12:40
Star Wars Destiny 14:47
Oracle of Delphi 17:25
Portal Games 23:07
Jorvik 24:05
The Sadlers: Myth Dark Frontiers 29:30
Clank! 45:57
The Broken Token 51:29
Adrenaline 52:06
Outro 56:57
Funagain 1:02:51