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RDTN Episode 108: Star Wars Destiny, Paris Connection in the 4th Anniversary Show

episode108aHard to believe that this is our 4th Year Anniversary show. It doesn’t seem that we started doing this that long ago. However, if you were to ask our families, they can’t believe that it has only been four years. What is nice is that the excuse “for the show”, now actually has some weight with them. They understand that this is something we love creating. Also, we couldn’t have done the show for four years without their support and the support of this incredible community. Hopefully this wave of incredibleness will never end and if it begins to fade, we will still be around until it comes again.

Star Wars Destiny from Fantasy Flight is going to be one of those games that could easily suck you in. The CCG model is one where you need to decide if you are going to be in it for fun or to crush your opponents. Crushing your opponents will probably come at a cost and one where you may have to wait for the market to stabilize. However, if you take a look at the going rate for the Super Rare Green Goblin “Gobby”, it hasn’t come down in well over a year. And if you think that Lord Vader is going to drop in price so you can get that other dice you need, you can probably not count on that happening anytime soon. The one thing we would suggest, find someone to go in with you to buy a booster box, have a draft party and hope for the best. We have been doing this since our first CCG love and will probably do it again product is easier to get.martyburn

Thanks to Jamie Keagy from the Secret Cabal for this incredible GIF!

Paris Connection is a fun gateway game that is showing up on many tables, not because it is a new game, but because it is a good game that suddenly became very affordable due to deep discounts. There is no denying that it is a good gateway game for you to try, but maybe not one to put in the collection unless you need something that can hide as a stock market game behind the clever train theme.

Finally, here is the link to the annual survey we are asking you to complete by January 1st @ 00:00 EST. You will have a chance at a $25 gift card from either FunAgain Games or The Broken Token, your choice. Three people will be chosen at random and each will receive one. Good Luck!

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Segment, Time
Intro, 0:54
My Little Pony RPG, 4:23
ABCs of RPGs, 7:50
Isometric Paper Rolls, 14:07
Nintendo, 15:03
iOS Games (Red 7 & Colt Express), 19:25
Noch Mal!, 22:07
Star Wars Destiny, 23:46
The Broken Token, 28:53
BGG Questions, 29:34
Paris Connection, 59:25
Portal Games, 1:04:14
Facebook Questions, 1:04:57
Survey Time, 1:21:35
Outro, 1:23:38
Flag Dash, 1:24:30
Funagain, 1:28:35
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RDTN Episode 107: The Fog of War interview with Geoff Engelstein and BGG Con Recap

episode107We had the opportunity to sit down with Geoff Engelstein to talk about his new game The Fog of War, published by Stronghold Games. We are all aware of Geoff’s Space Cadet series and his recent release of The Dragon and Flagon. However, Fog of War is a departure from Geoff’s normal type of game. We ask him why the change and specifically going into the World War II era where there are many games that already exist with this theme. One item about his game that you might want to be sure you understand is that there are no “dudes on the map”. It is a card game where you are trying to bluff your opponent so that you cansunnyday gain control of areas. Supply lines must be considered and various operational phases come into play that can impact outcomes. The game is long, people reporting over 90 minutes of play and this is a two player only game.

Marty also talks about the various demos he got to play at BGG Con and the shenanigans that he was part of. If you got to attend BGG Con this year, hope you enjoyed it and had as much fun as he did. More importantly, Marty was shown something that just takes our breath away. Once again, Ignacy is the freakin’ man. Thank you

Thanks for listening and always happy to hear your comments. Our annual survey comes out soon, so hope you will take the time to fill it out. Yes, we will probably bribe you somehow to get you to do it.

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Section, Time
Intro, 00:35
BGG Con, 2:00
Strike Again, 4:45
Lovecraftian Games, 6:48
Munchkin CCG, 8:30
Viral, 10:35
Alien Artifacts, 12:06
Gamelyn Games, 13:57
BGG Con Panels, 16:13
Final Thoughts at BGG Con, 19:15
JVMF Auction, 23:38
The Broken Token, 25:08
Geoff Engelstein, 26:02
Charcuterie, 27:21
Working with Stronghold, 30:45
Fog of War, 33:23
Details of the Game, 36:18
Demo Feedback, 41:14
Operations Wheel, 42:55
Intel & Supplies, 46:10
Expansions and other games, 49:23
Questions from the Guild, 53:00
Rank’em, 1:02:30
Portal Games, 1:14:02
Outro, 1:14:50
Toy Hall of Fame, 1:16:07
Sunny Day at the Beach!!!, 1:18:00
Funagain, 1:23:35
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RDTN Episode 106: Great Western Trail, A Feast for Odin, and a conversation with FunAgain about Essen

episode106Episode 106 was a Beast of Burden for us, but it was a labor of love. We have played two of the newest games that are out now, A Feast for Odin from Z-man Games and Great Western Trail from Stronghold Games. We do not go into a full review of both the games, but we use our 5 minute initiative format wear we touch on each game at a high level and discuss our Pros and Cons. In the outro, we do go back and revisit, but it is a discussion on which we liked better and why that was the case. Don’t get us wrong, both games are really good, solid games and aside from what we think, you need to do yourself a favor and try both.

The local con MACE was held in Charlotte, NC over the weekend of 11/11 to 11/13 and we had a very good time. Happy to see all that could attend. The organizers have done a great job in giving people a place to play as well as have some tables for open gaming. One thing that always happens is that while we are there for 18 hours, it is never enough time.

One of the big things done at MACE, which is probably why time was gone before we knew it was demoing the game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle for the Envoy Team. If you are interested in joining the team, head over to their website and read through what it takes as far as time commitment. One of the neat aspects of being on the Envoy Team is doing the splashes where one weekend, a game is demonstrated across the USA. Check it out if you think you might have the time for this.

One final thing in this episode is a visit from Nick Medinger who is the COO at Funagain Games. We all love playing games and the joy we get when we see a package on our doorstep knowing what goodness is inside. But it is amazing what it takes to get the games to us or our local game stores and Nick shares some of that knowledge. More importantly, we wanted to know what was going on at Essen this year and hoped he would share with us some of the hotness from that con.

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Segment, Time
Intro, 00:50
MACE Adventures, 1:35
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, 5:05
A Feast for Odin, 10:55
The Broken Token, 16:10
Great Western Trail, 17:10
Interview with Nick from Funagain, 22:50
Essen Games to the USA, 24:45
How accessible is Essen, 28:30
How do you pick, 29:50
What was the big Pre-order @ Essen, 34:00
Why do prices fluctuate, 37:50
Essen vs Other Conventions, 41:15
Essen Misc, 44:05
BGG Con Plans, 45:50
Why Puzzles & Funko, 47:40
The Business side, 49:45
What is up with release dates, 53:00
Portal, 57:00
Outro, 57:48
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