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RDTN Episode 163: Everdell, Stephen Buonocore, Tantrum House

We have guests on for this show and we get chatty with one guest. He is such a great friend to the show and it is hard keeping it short. Stephen Buonocore does a deep dive with us on what it takes for a game to get noticed in today’s market and have staying power. Think about it. How many times do we all hear about this great game that is out and within a month, crickets. We ask Stephen what does it take to make it last or how can Stronghold renew interest in games that have received the Squirrel treatment by game players. Stephen even talks about Stronghold’s catalog and how things in hindsight were a sure thing, were not that way at the start. And it would not be a visit without Stephen doing some pitching on the upcoming games, but we try and challenge him to tell us how is he going to keep the spotlight on them.

Marty and I also have been discussing the upcoming convention Tantrum Con in Spartanburg, SC. Well, why should we try and guess at what is happening when we can bring Tantrum House on to tell us about it. Sarah and Melissa join us and in RDTN fashion, we end up talking about more than just Tantrum Con. We are really looking forward to the convention except for the early morning drive.

And we would not be a board gaming podcast if we didn’t talk about a game. We got in the hot game from Gen Con called Everdell. This is a great worker placement, engine builder that has a unique twist where there are not defined rounds where everyone advances at the same time. But it goes back to our discussion with Stephen, do you still hear about this game, well you should. Very assessible game for people to get into.

Thanks for listening and we are about a month away from our annual award show The Squirrely’s. If you haven’t voted in the All Y’all Award, be sure to visit this link and cast your vote. Nominations will be closing soon.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
02:32 Rob Daviau in Town
03:35 Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr
08:35 Behind the Scenes: Font Sizes
13:20 Rulebook writing
14:52 Tony-proof the Internet
17:24 Expanding Musical Tastes
19:02 Snakes & Lattes in CLT
22:15 Miniature Market
24:30 Stephen Buonocore – Deep Dive Discussion
26:45 Stephen’s Mower of Choice
30:05 How does a game get noticed
37:08 Can you have Evergreen titles now?
42:40 We don’t constrain supply
45:00 Two Week shelf life?
51:40 Lightning in a Bottle
57:32 Stephen’s in Trouble
1:00:35 The Pitch
1:07:10 Drawring?!?!?
1:08:10 The Kickstarters that are coming
1:16:00 No Chocolate Bombs at Gen Con
1:18:25 Portal Games
1:20:00 Everdell
1:24:25 Tantrum Con
1:44:18 Outro
1:48:32 The Broken Token

RDTN Episode 162: Too Many Bones-Undertow, Master of Wills, Kitchen Rush, GoT Expansion, Quiver

We are back from our break and ready to tackle another year of board gaming podcasting. Or as a listener pointed out to us, making background noise. We love comments like this because they truly keep us grounded and never take offense to them.

Anyway, in this episode we discuss our events over the holidays, do a Flying Squirrel segment, and give impressions of two games that made it to the table. Master of Wills by Stormcrest Games is a deck building card game that has a twist on winning the game. Your score is determined at the end of the eighth round based on the number of citizens you have on your side of the board. When you pick a Citizen card at the start of your turn, they will have abilities on them that will impact the game by allowing you to play special cards from your faction deck that you built prior to the start. There are different factions in the game allowing for increased replayability. This one is straight forward, but very tactical and made for fun games.

Too Many Bones: Undertow was the next beast on the table and it needs to come back. We had some false starts but once we got up and running, things went really well and enjoyable. I keep visiting Chip Theory’s website and keep reminding myself to hold off and maybe get a bundle at Gen Con. I want the additional characters and I look forward to getting this game on the table again. One thing we didn’t mention in the show that impressed me was how well written the encounter cards were, in my opinion. I said I wanted the flavor text to be read and I think that is the reason why. It is a costly game, but for what you get, I can understand the price point.

We also announce our winners for the celebration of our 6th anniversary. Thank you again for taking time to listen to the podcast and we are excited to bring you another year of background noise.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
04:42 Game of Thrones Expansion
10:15 Kitchen Rush
14:40 On the Road Again
17:35 Doughnut Shade
20:07 The Quiver
26:45 Thank You Pete
28:33 Vanessa’s Poem Reading
33:40 Portal Games
35:33 Flying Squirrels
36:15 App Games taking over
38:13 War of the Worlds Kickstarter
40:25 Tony’s Games at Christmas
42:29 Gama Drama
44:32 Railways of Portugal
46:33 Golden Globes
48:38 The Broken Token: Keyforge Tokens
50:14 Master of Wills
54:58 Too Many Bones:Undertow
01:08:25 The Winners
01:15:20 Outro
1:17:18 Miniature Market: The Drop

RDTN Episode 161: Pandemic-Fall of Rome, Black Orchestra, Scorpius Freighter

Time for a new year and we are trying to get things planned, at least for the first quarter. But to get the New Year started off right, we bring you three game discussions and a discussion about doughnuts.

One game we got to play was the new one from AEG called Scorpius Freighter. What makes this game different is the three action tracks. You have to advance around them to get things done, but each track is a game timer and when one of the tracks meets the requirement for game end, it is done. Very interesting mechanic and one making us wonder how we could have done it different. It is also one of those games that it ends and you just don’t believe you have enough time to get it all done. You must be efficient, or so it seems.

Marty got to play the new Pandemic: Fall of Rome and I got in Black Orchestra. Both coop games and based on our discussion with each other, we both want to get together and play them again. I really did enjoy Black Orchestra and hope to get my wife to try it since she is a big coop game fan. I can easily understand why this is in the top on many people’s lists.

Happy New Year and hope 2019 is starting off in good fashion for you.

Time Segment
00:31 Intro
02:57  Krispy Kreme
07:28 Fitness Challenge
11:25 Sad News
13:33 Spiderman Movie
15:06 Biblios
17:32 Malkyrs
19:07 Nintendo
22:10 Wrap it Up
24:41 The Broken Token
25:50 RDTN Survey
40:00 Miniature Market
40:58 Scorpius Freighter
46:30 Surprise
47:57 Pandemic:Fall of Rome 
Black Orchestra
1:13:52 Tantrum Con
1:17:02 Portal Games