Category Archives: Convention

RDTN Episode 81 – Come Together: BGG Con Review – Suzanne Sheldon, Matt Evans, Chaz Marler, and Joel Eddy


This one is recorded live at BGG Con and we share some of our highlights and low-lights that occurred over those five days. We went last year, had a blast, and decided to return. Once again, time well spent and a great time was had by all, but it wasn’t always perfect as you will hear.
Someone got a little testy during one game, but we will not mention names in this blog, only in the show. We got to see plenty of friends and fellow members of the guild and moonpies were flowing when available. It still amazes me how many gamers there were, the number of vendors that showed up, and the abundant library that had about anything you wanted to play. Even with the reduction in the number of tickets sold, it still was packed to the gills during the weekend so table space was at a premium. However, people were very cordial to on another and while finding space to play was daunting, it could be found.

But a place full of gamers was not enough for us. Oh no, we had to go and try our wits in an motleycrewEscape Room. The question is, the picture you see in the post, is that before or after the room? You just have to listen and find out. Regardless, it was a great experience and I recommend it for anyone who might want to try their luck and smarts.

Somethings barely mentioned in the show because we think the name dropping would have gotten out of hand were some great demos we got to sample by known designers Eric Lang, Mike Fitzgerald, Emerson Matsuuchi, and Rob Daviau. We hope to see these new games in 2016, but one thing we know is that what we tried was either being signed or very close to getting a commitment for a printing. So, the momentum continues in this hobby with little signs of slowing down.

Intro of Guests 1:00
Eggs of Ostrich 5:10
Shipping of the Stuff 9:45
Flying Squirrels 12:00
Tony – Diversity @ BGG Con 12:30
Chaz – Hotel Floor @ Convention 14:30
Matt – Uber Experience 16:30
Suzanne – Hard 8 Vegetarian Experience 18:30
Marty – Ashes @ Plaid Hat 20:45
Joel – Chronicles Origins from Artana 23:15
Portal Games – Ignacy 25:50
Escape Room Event 27:00
BoardGameGeek Con Impressions 38:30
And we can find you where? 56:30
Outro 1:00:30

RDTN Episode 73 – Top of the World: Gen Con Overview with Marty and Vanessa, Forbidden Stars Review, and A Contest

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Forbidden Stars in action

Gen Con is over and the Connell family made it back alive and full of stories. To keep it from being the Marty Gen Con review, his wife Vanessa, the wonderful voice that introduces what is in the show, joins us for a special Flying Squirrel segment. Once all that is said, Marty and I go into a deeper dive on Forbidden Stars. We compare it to our first love in board gaming, Starcraft. We all know that Corey Konieczka was part of the design team for these wonderful games and love how the placing of the orders/actions on the board was carried forward from Starcraft to Forbidden Stars.

And then comes the big announcement for a special Dice Tower Network contest that runs in August. Please listen closely to all the ways to enter the contest and good luck. Google Form Link for contest

Segment Time
Neuroshima Hex Battle 1:00
Flying Squirrels 4:30
The Cupcake Incident 23:20
Portal Game Releases 34:45
Forbidden Stars Review 35:45
The Dice Tower Network Contest 1:05:20

RDTN Episode 72 – I Just Can’t Wait to Be King: The Gameboy Geek Dan King joins us for our Gen Con Episode

gbgeekimageOne of the most prolific reviewers on the Dice Tower, Dan King the Gameboy Geek, joins us for this episode to discuss what games we are looking forward to at Gen Con. Since Marty is the only one of us going to the convention, Dan and I are kind of making a list of things we want him to check out and report back on with his opinions. Hopefully some of the games we mention are on your list as well. Then we drag Dan into a round of Rank ’em that in itself was a very unique experience. We obviously needed to play test those questions before we presented them to Dan, but live and learn.

Fdankingor all those going to Gen Con, be sure to find Marty to get your Moon Pie and 1st Player Squirrel token, both are limited in supply. If you have time, be sure and pick up tickets for the Grudge Match going on Friday night. Also drop by our sponsors, The Broken Token and Portal Games and if anything let them know you heard about them on our Podcast, it is much appreciated. For those like me that are not attending, be sure to participate in the @Gencant activities and check out the website here. We are offering up a prize along with tons of contributors, publishers and just really nice people. What a great time to be part of the hobby.

Segment Time
Dan King is here 2:00
Gen Con Preview 15:30
Nevermore 17:15
Codenames 20:00
Vs. System 2PCG 23:00
Dice City 26:15
Discoveries 28:30
Wrath of Dragons 31:15
Star Trek: Five Year Mission 34:00
Mysterium USA Version 35:30
Steam Works 39:00
The King's Armory 41:00
New Salem 43:00
Code of Nine 47:15
Central City: Heroes 49:45
Warehouse 51 51:30
The Undercity 53:30
And a just quick hitters 56:30
Rank 'em 01:08:30
Wrap up with Dan 01:23:00
Portal at Gencon 01:27:45
Outro 01:28:45