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RDTN Episode 146: History of the World, Dragon Castle, Gorus Maximus

In 1991, Avalon Hill published the game History of the World. Looking back at pictures of this game, you can just imagine what people thought of it. You have this huge sprawling map, little miniature armies, plastic cities and fortifications, and dice. I would have seen this and gone, why would I want to play another type of Risk. But we fast forward to 2018 and Zman Games is re-releasing it. The armies are just normal colored Sorry styled pawns, the board is still incredible, there is a catapult and dice. And once again, I would ask why do I want to play another type of Risk. But I am glad that I did. I am now wishing I had the original from 1991. Instead of those stupid baseball cards, I could have been buying this game and playing at the apartment. Where is that time machine to go back and tell myself to pick this up. Sell that Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck card and buy this.

If I haven’t convinced you to try the game, ask yourself, why would Z-man be re-releasing it in today’s board game world if it wasn’t a solid and enjoyable game. There isn’t that much too it, and it is fairly easy to teach. Actually, I would say you could use this games first round to teach the rules without really handicapping players. One thing that is a given, Marty is not a big fan of dice rolling games at times, but even he smiled with this one. I mention the downtime in the show, but looking back, it wasn’t that bad and I think with ever play, it will go incredible fast. Thank you Z-man for bringing this one back to us since we missed it the first time.

What is so surprising from our next game is how it is a deceptive take that game. Dragon Castle from CMON can be pretty nasty with the wrong type of players. I know in our first game, we were not going after each other, but any other game, the gloves are off. But how can that be in a game where you are simply collecting tiles of the same color and symbols to try to score victory points. It all comes down to the one action of discarding a tile to get a victory point. That action, if planned right, can really mess someone up. But be careful, it can also open the board up for others, so you have to be very strategic. So there is the hidden depth that you may not expected from this game on you look at the box cover and flip it over to look at the contents. Must warn you, if people are just concentrating on their board, then this game could fall flat.

Gorus Maximus should be live on Kickstarter, it was schedule for 6/11/2018. If you are interested in the game, be sure to check out their Kickstarter page as well as Inside Up’s home page.

Thanks for listening and all the support. Marty is at Origins this week, so if you are there, go find him for a ribbon and maybe a Moonpie.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Linking Show Titles Contest 3:57
Miniature Market Discount Code 9:34
Shipping a game – Really? 11:17
Miniature Market 18:44
Dragon Castle 19:45
Solo Movie Thoughts 25:10
Ascension App Update 30:55
Overcooked Video Game 34:05
Gorus Maximus 38:30
Portal Games 44:26
History of the World 46:18
Outro 1:09:07
Podpledge Update 1:12:55
The Broken Token 1:19:17

RDTN Episode 144: Crystal Clans, Rising 5, Raiders of the North Sea, Prowler’s Passage

Episode 144 is a heavy game centric episode. We have gotten in plenty of games and with Episode 143 being about movies, we needed to make sure we talk about the games we played before we forgot what we had played. On top of the games, we also were visited by Bezier Games to demo their newest offerings. We sat down with Matt at our local game store Carolina Tabletop Games and he was patient with us while we did all we could to explore the new treasures he was putting on the table. We got the chance to play the expansion to Whistle Stop, which is still a favorite game of mine, the new social deduction/collection game Werebeast, One Week Ultimate Werewolf, which is on KS right now, and Werewords Deluxe, one of Marty’s favorites. Werebeast caught me off guard because I enjoy the hidden set collection type games and was pleasantly surprised how this game pulled it off. I am never keen on player elimination in a game, but for this game, it worked and after the first player was eliminated, the game soon came to an end, so there wasn’t much downtime and this was with a five player game.

Four games and a tutorial we played over the past month are also part of this episode. There really wasn’t a stinker on the table either. The tutorial was our prep for Hannibal & Hamilcar, which is going to be a beast and a blast to play. Really looking forward to the tactical nature of it, as long as somebody doesn’t have AP during the game. Crystal Clans by Plaid Hat had us with the solo crystal to track how much you spent to summon your army. Then it kept us engaged with the diversity of each clan and the quick play. This will give Shadespire a run for the table time over the year, especially as more clans and potential for deck building comes about. This game has a bunch of potential, hope Plaid Hat doesn’t fumble the ball on this one.

But don’t want to neglect the simplicity of Prowler’s Passage either even though it is light game it still provides thought provoking strategy. It isn’t going to blow you away, but I can see where this two player game will get some plays this year. It reminds me of 7 Wonders Duel and I really enjoy that game, but it is more simpler which is a good thing. Finally, Raiders of the North Sea, I have heard so much about this game that I really looked forward to playing it. The mechanics were there and the choices were tough, but the game got long, which after much reading, can happen. But, with all of us being new to the game, I can see how we might not have recognized this setup and had we, we could have probably made the game progress at a quicker pace. Either way, another game that can get back to the table anytime.

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Segment Time
Intro 0:37
Song Analysis 2:43
Hannibal & Hamilcar 9:07
Restoration Games Celebration 15:38
One Star Review 16:23
Crystal Clans 26:10
Miniature Market 31:10
Rising 5 32:10
Flying Squirrels 37:06
Whistle Stop Expansion & Werebeasts 37:38
One Week Ultimate Werewolf & Werewords Deluxe 39:33
Majesty: For the Realm & Shards of Infinity 41:46
Shadespire Tournament 43:47
Game Night in the Vineyards 45:44
Thanos Rising 47:45
Prowler’s Passage 50:05
The Broken Token 55:25
Raiders of the North Sea 56:30
International Tabletop Day 1:01:37
Rehash 1:04:02
Spoilers – The Dos and Don’ts 1:04:56
Portal Games 1:08:44

RDTN Episode 141: Fireball Island, Flamme Rouge, Middle Earth Quest, Charterstone

We know that Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Daviau are making their rounds to talk about Fireball Island: Curse of who we can’t say until it is funded. And we didn’t want to be left out of the media blitz. Hopefully, our sit down with them will be informative and help you decide on how much money you are willing to drop on this classic. If anything, be sure to check out our questions at the end where Rob’s true personality shows up.

Our games in this episode include the classic Middle Earth Quest (MEQ) by Fantasy Flight and Flamme Rouge by Stronghold Games. Don’t have a lot to say about MEQ other than I am glad I got to experience the game. The length of the game would make it hard to get to the table, but would play it anytime. Flamme Rouge will be a game we get on the table a bunch in the future. So fast and easy to play and teach. The only downside is setting up the track each time, but once that is done, you could easily do a best of 3 racing series in under an hour. Understand that people have been raving about this one for some time and wish we had been right there with them. You will be hearing about this again when we get the expansion to the table.

Segment Time
Intro 01:01
TRU sadness 09:40
Charterstone Thoughts 13:13
Eldritch Horror Excitement 17:54
Funky Chicken/Monster Match 21:05
App Games 23:48
Middle Earth Quest 25:54
Miniature Market 31:11
Flamme Rouge 32:10
Restoration Game 37:20
Trigger Thumb 39:30
Fireball Island 41:00
Game Play 52:45
The Expansions 57:38
See it in Action 1:15:20
Dinosaur Tea Party 1:20:06
Downforce Expansion 1:26:24
History and the Future 1:27:63
White Whale & Ooops 1:28:52
Diet Coke again 1:34:25
Fireball Island Road Tour 1:35:05
Questions from the Audience 1:38:11
This is funny 1:42:22
The Broken Token 1:46:21
Outro 1:47:26
Van Ryder Kickstarter 1:50:36
Portal Games 1:56:15