Category Archives: Convention

RDTN Episode 150: Gen Con 2018 in Review w/ Special Guest Rodney Smith

This is our Gen Con recap show and we have joining us, like he had a choice, is Rodney Smith from Watch It Played. We discuss the shiny things we saw at the show and the adventures we had while there. Marty and I were also lucky enough to sit down with Joe Manganiello and discuss his new line of clothes Death Saves. We even have time to discuss the recently released game Railroad Rivals by Forbidden Games. Love my train games and this is a straight forward pick up and deliver game where you are trying to manipulate the prices of stocks that you are collecting so you have the most money at the end. What makes this game different is the strategy of placing the city tiles in hopes of connecting more than one route which if done, can greatly benefit you in the game.

There were other games we played, but didn’t go into any details. The breakdown of the show is in the table below, so hopefully that will help you navigate to the parts you might want to hear.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Wednesday @ Gen Con 2:07
Portal: Detective 2:55
Maxine’s 7:05
Watch it Pack 8:46
Age of Sigmar: Champions Event 11:05
CMON Event 13:25
A little history of Miniature Market 22:45
Fantasy Flight Report 26:55
Keyforge 32:14
Thursday @ Gen Con 42:37
No Respect 46:25
No Respect continues @ Stronghold 47:25
Meet the Designer 50:15
Interview with Joe Manganiello 54:10
Back to the Games 1:13:00
Portal Games 1:17:30
Friday @ Gen Con 1:19:15
Symphony 9 1:23:00
Squirrely Award Presentations 1:25:35
Kolossal: Mezo 1:27:50
Justin Gray quick discussion 1:31:10
Railroad Rivals Thoughts 1:32:20
Ticket to Ride: New York 1:34:35
Strike Tournament 1:35:35
Dark Tower Announcement 1:41:20
Ravensburg did us right 1:43:15
The Broken Token 1:47:55
Saturday @ Gen Con 1:50:00
Tudor Electric Football 1:54:05
Plaid Hat Games 2:01:10
Just taking it all in 2:04:06
Yellow & Yangtze 2:07:39
More Gen Con Stuff 2:10:10
Miniature Market 2:17:40

RDTN Episode 147: Origins 2018, Age of Sigmar Soul Wars, Lorenzo Expansion

Marty returns with the wonders and not so wondrous sightings from Origins 2018. The Vendor and Game Hall were where the wonders occurred and at the hotel, there was the not so wondrous sightings due to his roommates. One thing about Origins that I always appreciated was the chance not only to play the new games, but to also get in the old games as well. Origins has a nice, relaxed atmosphere about it and if you haven’t attended, maybe someday you can. I know I hope to get back there.

Marty’s middle child Travis takes over the review corner and schools his father on Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Soul Wars. I remember the days when I had that passion for a miniature game kind of like Travis has for Warhammer. He is into the lore and really enjoys what Games Workshop is releasing these days. No wonder it is contagious for Marty. If you are thinking about dipping your toe into this or jumping back in, listening to an “expert” on the subject. So glad Travis took my place on this, I would not have done it the justice he does.

But, I had some passion this show as well for the expansion to my 2017 GoTY, Lorenzo il Magnifico. Houses of Renaissance introduces family powers and a new tower to help you gain ultimate control of the region. I always enjoy when an expansion adds some meat to a game without changing it dramatically and in my opinion, this expansion did just that. So, if you enjoy Lorenzo as much as I do, highly recommend picking this up.

As always, thanks for listening and our next episode will begin to explorer the games from Origins 2016

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Jeopardy Question 3:29
50th Birthday 5:35
Origin Talk Starts Now 7:00
Plan B Games 7:20
Thinking of Tony 8:55
Stories from Origin 10:48
Lorenzo il Magnifico Houses of Renaissance 16:24
Back to Origins 24:08
Plaid Hat Games 28:05
Osprey Games 29:06
Hotness at Origins 32:00
Age of Sigmar Champions Teaser 34:50
The Broken Token 40:40
Android Netrunner Demise 42:25
Age of Sigmar Second Edition 49:35
The Miniature Market 1:17:55
Outro 1:19:55
Origins Awards 1:22:10
Edible Games Cookbook 1:26:15
Stikfas Video Kickstarter 1:27:20
Portal Games 1:31:40

RDTN Episode 132: Bastion, Sidereal Confluence, Necromunda, Fate of the Elder Gods, and Samurai Gardener

After playing Gentes, we thought all the goodness had come and gone for the year. But no, we are here to tell you that once again, we get blindsided by two games: Bastion and Sidereal Confluence. When will the madness end? How are we going to narrow down our selections for the Squirrely Awards? And on top of that, Marty goes to Pax Unplugged and I am sure he has more to add to the pile.

Bastion is a coop game from Z-Man that was out in 2015 and they have made it available for all to consume. We saw this at Gen Con and we were intrigued by this simple tower defense game. What seemed to be a straight forward coop game turned into a strategy game that caught us off guard. It went from go defeat this guy to now, wait, you need to do this, so I can do that and then he can do that because if you don’t then this will happen and then this chain occurs and so forth and so on. Give this one a try if you like coop games.

Then the Excel spreadsheet game hit the table, Sidereal Confluence and man did it have us scratching our head and in the dark, but not in a bad way. It had player interaction, engine building, multiple strategies and depth, so much depth that we can’t wait to get this back on the table again. Will have to say if it wasn’t for the trading, this game would have floundered a bit, but with the trading, it took it up so many levels. In an engine builder, if your plan comes together, even if you don’t win, there is still satisfaction and that is what happened here. For those that enjoy these types of games don’t miss it.

But not everything was rosy on the table and we discuss that as well. And also, special guests come on the show as Marty heads to Pax Unplugged and has a slumber party with some people you may already know. Listen to these familiar voices talk about Necromunda.

Thanks for listening and all the support.

Segment Time
Intro 0:35
Big Box Store Concerns 8:35
Sidereal Confluence 13:55
Samurai Gardener 25:15
Tony Whines 29:00
Cinnamon Bun Apple Pie 30:10
5 Minute Initiative: Bastion 32:30
The Broken Token 37:45
Necromunda 38:37
Necromunda Lore 45:00
Shadow War Vs Necromunda 46:45
Necromunda Underhive Core Set 49:10
Necromunda Rules 54:20
Necromunda Gang War 59:00
Combat Example 1:00:45
Campaign 1:04:00
Bottling Out 1:07:00
Necromunda vs 40k 1:11:00
If Necromunda for you? 1:15:40
Portal Games 1:25:15
5 Minute Initiative: Fate of the Elder Gods 1:26:15
Outro 1:31:10
Funagain 1:41:00