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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

RDTN Episode 166: Unmatched, Restoration Games Interview, Tudor, Kapow, Combo Fighter, Kickstarters

I told Marty that we should occasionally change the secret word to the Green Room. By keeping the same code, past people could show up and request to come back on the show. Luckily that has not happen yet, but we were lucky to have Justin Jacobson and Rob Daviau make another guest appearance on the show. The last time they were on, Fireball Island was launched on Kickstarter and we all know how that turned out for them. This time, they tell us about the new Unmatched Battle of Legends. Also, it seems “moonpie”, “squirrel”, and “lawnmower” aren’t very strong codes.

We rez from the dead the segment In a Nutshell and talk about a couple of games that we got to the table. We had a dice chucker called Kapow. This was one that is a filler and ramps up very quickly. Hidden strategy on building and constructing your dice to combat your opponent. Combo Fighter is a card battle game that rewards those that can card count. Tudor has a unique method of changing the base actions through the collection of rings and their position on a cardboard hand. What makes this difficult is the only way to get the rings is by moving up to the top in the throne room. And if someone displaces you, then they can take your ring. Interesting mechanic in the game.

We also played many Kickstarters and give our opinions on them. They are either already active or will soon be active. One of these was designed by a Nate Bivins who has been on the show before and is part of the Scurry Report. This seems to be Kickstarter season, so lots of competition for your dollar. I know I have passed up some incredible ones, but the temptation is too great on some of the ones we talk about in this episode.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
03:10 Tantrum Con – Table Flip
06:05 Portal has a new URL
10:15 Kapow
14:32 Combo Fighter
18:08 Tudor
23:35 Miniature Market
24:22 Restoration Games in the House
29:00 Breaking Bread
30:50 Kitchen Makeover
32:20 Fireball Island
35:00 Dark Tower
37:12 Unmatched – Restoration of Epic Duels
1:08:13 Fireball Expansion – Spider Springs
1:14:00 Conspiracy
1:21:15 Downforce – Wild Ride
1:25:50 Sports Ball Talk
1:31:16 Portal Games
1:32:32 Kickstarter Previews
1:33:20 Roland Wright
1:34:32 Graphic Novel Adventures
1:37:21 Silver River
1:48:12 Summit Expansion
1:49:40 Glen More II Chronicles
1:54:58 Outro
1:57:07 The Broken Token