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RDTN Episode 160: Fireball Island, Victorian Masterminds, Blackstone Fortress

It has been six years since we started this podcast and there is no stopping us now. We are having such a good time, we are having a ball and so we aren’t going to stop now. And to celebrate the 6th year, we are giving stuff away because based on how Marty assembles a leaf bagger for his mower, this could have been it. He survived and shared his exploits in this episode.

Marty’s is joined by his oldest son, Adam, and they discuss the new Warhammer Quest game Blackstone Fortress. I got an early listen and I hope I get a play of this soon. I am sure he will talk some more about it with all three boys at home over the holidays. Fireball Island was on the table and it is what it is. What do I mean by that? It is a very light game that brought out the laughs. We were cheering more for the marbles than anything else in that game. I am sure as it hits the table more, we will discover some strategy and game play that we missed in the initial plays. Finally, CMON’s new game Victorian Masterminds got some plays. This is also, in my opinion, another light game. Simple and fast to play. I think there is more to this game than we are seeing, but I will say it needs to be played with four people.

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Segment Time
Intro 00:55
6 Years Ago 6:27
How not to install a bagger 8:18
Spring has sprung 17:35
Can’t touch that 19:20
And we return to the show 21:40
Miniature Market 22:53
Victorian Masterminds 24:05
Portal Games 47:52
Warhammer Quest:Blackstone Fortress 49:03
Contest Time 1:22:43
Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar 1:33:1
Giving away a copy 1:39:00
Outro 1:40:27
The Broken Token 1:44:25

RDTN Episode 159: Brass, Newton, BGG Con

BGG Con has come and gone and Marty was there and he relives his adventures, including raiding a mini-bar and squatting in an area that was not meant for them. And when they found out they should not be there, what do you think they did? Well, I was surprised by the answer. The list of games played in Dallas included: Cerebria, Keyforge, Just One, Underwater Cities, Cryptid, Railroad Ink, Shadows: Amsterdam, The Estates and Time’s Up! (Eric Lang’s rules). If all the games, that is the one I hate I missed because it sounded like a blast and second, I always enjoy playing Time’s Up.

Brass gets a full blown discussion because it deserves it. For me, Tony, there is a love/hate relationship going on with this game. It is a game that I know I can play better and should play better, but it is eluding me. It is a game that is simple to play that I know I can get others to play, but the subtilties might get loss which could ruin the play . You need to play this game and see how it strikes you. See if this game would be one to replace a network building game like Terra Mystica, Railways of the World, or even Ticket to Ride. Yeah, would this game be a next step game from Ticket to Ride or is it too much?

Newton was the follow up to one of our favorite games, Lorenzo il Magnefico. Cards on the table here, we had a rough start with this one. We confused ourselves with one of the actions which might have tainted our play a bit. Once we got past this confusion, we started getting into it, but it was over before we knew it. You could see everyone strategizing their turns and trying to maximize the round so they could get the most out of it. Some very NEAT mechanics in this game. Before you start playing, make sure you understand the iconography in the game and everyone understands the tableau in front of them. Once you have those explained, go for it.

Remember “A Good Game is a Good Puzzle”

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
BGG Con 2018 2:20
Railroad Ink 9:56
Just One 11:52
Shadows: Amsterdam 15:37
The Mind 16:12
Time’s Up 16:36
TheEstates 18:27
Cryptid 19:48
Keyforge 21:48
Underwater Cities 28:35
Cerebria 30:50
Warhammer Citadel 34:26
BGG Con in Summary 38:00
The Broken Token 39:26
Brass 40:20
Portal Games 1:00:45
Newton 1:01:50
Stan Lee 1:18:37
Atlantis Rising KS 1:22:17
Survey for RDTN 1:23:55
Outro 1:25:00
Miniature Market 1:27:00

RDTN Episode 158: Arkham Horror, Shadows:Amsterdam, Hail Hydra

The annual BooBQ event at Marty’s happened and we got not only our feedbags on, but we also got some gaming on. We were able to play the new edition of Arkham Horror. If you have never have played Arkham, recommend that you do, but find someone that knows how to play to teach you and doesn’t add house rules. The rules are tough to get through the first time, but worth the reward. The game can be really intense at times, especially when things might hinge on the balance of a dice roll here and there. Overall, a great gaming experience and a must have in the coop collection.

We also got to play Shadows: Amsterdam, which was excited to play after seeing it at Gen Con. I really enjoy Mysterium and Codenames and, in my opinion, this is a smash-up of both games. If you enjoy the real-time mechanic in a board game, then you need to try this game when it comes out. Extraordinary Adventures: Pirates is a light racing game that is currently on Kickstarter and has funded. This will be one game where you can introduce people to the deck building mechanic without it being so in their face and the main focus. Do want to correct something that was said in the podcast because I smashed up the names of their previous games. Forbidden Games has produced Railroad Rivals and Raccoon Tycoon and I completely ran the two together. Sorry about that.

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Segment Time
Intro 00:36
Queen 1:52
Push Up Challenge 10:43
Lawn Maintenance 13:37
RDTN BooBQ 15:37
Shadows: Amsterdam 16:11
Extraordinary Adventures:Pirates 23:01
Hail Hydra 28:35
Miniature Market 33:28
Arkham Horror: 3rd Edition 34:13
Portal Games 50:20
Outro 52:38
Survey Time 54:23
Bizarro World 56:22
The Broken Token 1:00:05