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RDTN Episode 170: Robinson Crusoe Mystery Tales, Res Arcana, Space Base Expansion, Wacky Races, Superfriends


Hope everyone has recovered from the onslaught of Avengers Endgame and Game of Thrones battles and ready to get back to board gaming. We are and this episode puts five games on the table for discussion and two Kickstarters we want to bring to your attention.

Res Arcana is one of those games that you might pass by, but it is one you should give a try if you enjoyed the mechanics that are in Century Spice Road. The premise is straight forward in that you must collect resources that allow you to purchase cards that let you convert those resources into other resources that you can then eventually get victory points. But unlike Century or other games like this, there are unique mechanics in impacting other players, player powers, and cards that can help adjust your strategy during the game.

Then we played a game that fits with the theme of doom from the aforementioned shows above, Robinson Crusoe: Mystery Tales. Solid planning and cooperation are even more essential to winning than in the base game because you are carrying forward your success and failures from the previous adventures. They don’t use the term legacy with this expansion, but I believe it is. We wish you luck with your adventures and hope your team doesn’t go insane and come back to hunt you.

Wacky Races and Challenge of the Superfriends takes us back to our childhoods and watching Saturday morning cartoons so nostalgia runs rampant during this segment. Bear with us because we do talk about the games eventually.

Finally, Marty is joined by Vanessa and Adam and they discuss an expansion to one of our favorite titles from last year, Space Base and the new expansion. Straight from AEG:

  • The Emergence of Shy Pluto is the first installment of Space Base “Saga Expansions”. This expansion to Space Base is a collection of story-based scenarios that introduce new content to the game via a narrative structure. Not only are new ships added, but new scenarios are included as well. Once the story is completed, it may be replayed or the contents may be added to the Space Base base set.

Spoiler Alert: Vanessa really likes it

Thanks for listening and come back in two weeks where we will tell you about the two player game Nagaraja and Star Wars Outer Rim.

Time Segment
00:42 Intro
08:00 Podpledge Announcement
20:37 Raccoon Tycoon Expansion
26:53 Robinson Crusoe: Mystery Tales
30:39 Portal
32:07 Res Arcana
38:05 Wacky Races
46:00 Cartoon Nostalgia
56:09 Challenge of the Superfriends
58:36 Contest Results
1:02:42 The Broken Token
1:03:51 Space Base Expansion
1:13:00 Vorpal Kickstarter
1:16:10 Homage to Ashes
1:18:19 Play By Forum Update
1:21:52 Miniature Market

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