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RDTN: Episode 194 – Great Western Trail Vs Maracaibo, Ettin, Europe Divided, War of the Ring

Time      Segment
00:37      Intro
20:04      War of the Ring
30:09      Europe Divided
34:15      Nintendo Switch Bubble Bobble
42:14      Unlocking Insanity
45:56      Empires of the North Roman Expansion
48:49      Ettin
51:50      Dr Pepper Cream Soda
53:01      The Sami
55:10      LudoCherry Kickstarter
58:48      Portal Games
1:00:07    Maracaibo
1:26:58    Miniature Market
1:28:26    Outro
1:38:24    The Broken Token

After the Squirrely Awards, we need to catch up, plus I had a little vacation, therefore we ramble in this episode. While I was gone, Marty finally was able to get War of the Ring to the table. Based on what he told me in this episode, I am really looking forward to giving it a shot. Just hope the rules haven’t faded by the time we get it to the table. Vanessa, his wife, was also subject to gaming while I was gone and they sat down to play a few games that sound like I missed some good ones. We talk about the Switch and an upcoming release called Bubble Bobble, which we played together almost 30 years ago. So, once again, what is old is new.

Then we finally talk about a game we got to play together, Maracaibo from Capstone Games. We don’t just talk about it, but we discuss how it compares to Great Western Trail which is a game that we thought couldn’t be topped. But did the same designer of both games top his previous design, need to listen to find out.

Thanks for listening and we hope you and your family are safe during these unprecedented times. Often times while we focus on our physical health, we forget our mental health so be sure to take a moment and take care of all aspects of your wellbeing.

RDTN Episode 192: Atlantis Rising, Stellar, The Shining, Brainwaves, Stampede

Time Segment
00:37 Introduction
01:36 Peter Gabriel vs Phil Collins
06:04 Logical Song
11:00 Talking Toys
15:23 Now we are onto TV Shows
18:23 Time for the Games
19:49 Stampede
21:04 Brainwaves
27:00 Miniature Market
28:00 The Shining
34:00 Atlantis Rising
46:50 The Broken Token
47:50 Stellar
53:21 Conspiracy Continues
55:23 Is there a need for an Expansion?
1:05:15 Outro
1:11:49 Portal Games

Hang in there, we get to the games once we get pass the discussion on music. You know us, we love our music and when we get the opportunity to share something interesting, we jump on it. The first game is Brainwaves that Marty got to play with his family. This is about helping with your memory and at RDTN, this is needed. The other discussions about the games we got to play demonstrates that point

Atlantis Rising was released by Z-Man games in 2012 and has been re-released by Elf Creek Games with enhanced components and rule improvements. When Atlantis Rising was released, the game was said to be incredible hard and may have not gotten a fair shake. However, over the years, people began to enjoy it and it became one of those “grail” type games where it was hard to find. Elf Creek Games has brought it back and it is a good thing. Such a solid cooperative game and one that if you get a chance, worth giving a shot.

Then there is Stellar that just knocked us for a loop. Two player card game that has strategy all over it. Such a solid game that challenges you to not just go through the motions, you have to pay attention to what is happening. You need to watch your opponents strategy. You must play offensively and defensively. Decisions are tight and if not thought through, it will be a major inconvenience.

Next episode the brown carpet is being rolled out for our Annual Squirrelly Awards.

RDTN Episode 190: Sorcerer City, Masters of Renaissance Lorenzo il Magnifico: The Card Game, Fox in the Forest Duet

Time Segment
1:22 Intro
3:37 Mountain Dew Zero
6:57 Revisit of Azul
9:47 Holding Back in a Game
10:58 Miniature Market Changes
13:23 Top 10 Selling Board Games in December
15:08 Marvel LCG – Which Expansion
17:37 Miniature Market Swag 50% off
19:36 Fox in the Forest Duet
27:20 Tire Plugs
30:58 Miniature Market
32:05 Masters of Renaissance: Lorenzo il Magnifico The Card Game
47:42 Survey Response Review
53:52 The Broken Token
55:13 Sorcerer City
1:10:05 Trends in Board Gaming
1:26:47 Portal Games

If you have been listening to the show for some time, and the survey says about 50% of you have been, then you know the admiration we have for the game Lorenzo il Magnifico. When we got Masters of Renaissance Lorenzo il Magnifico: The Card Game, we were concerned that they took the game we loved and over simplified it with cards. We are very happy that we were wrong. This game is simple to play, simple to learn, but lots of fun and full of strategy.

Then came a game called Sorcerer City in our weekly play. Not being a big fan of racing the clock and playing Tetris with tiles, was pleasantly surprised with this game. So surprised, Sorcerer City ended up on the table again the following week. Hope you get the opportunity to play this game, the pressure of the timer makes it fun, but then your decisions after it is over will determine how well you do in the game.