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RDTN Episode 156: Igancy, Monolith Arena, Imperial Settlers Amazons

 


Back to the regularly scheduled show…

Ignacy is here! We love having him on. Not only is he a great designer, but he is funny, and he has some incredible stories to share. If you have some time and want to waste it, go back and listen to previous episodes with Ignacy. You can tell how his command of the English language changes and just how much we digress. It is so sad. We get to talk about his hot game Detective and what is in store for it in the future. We explore his new Essen releases Monolith Arena and Imperial Settlers: Amazons. We go to some dark places and we find out that being a famous designer is not always a great thing.

We also got to play an early release of Monolith Arena and it did not disappoint. I really enjoy when a game meets my expectations. I had hopes that this game would give me the satisfaction Neuroshima Hex and with the monolith, add a layer of strategy and depth that I didn’t realize at first was missing. The game did just that. This is another game that is perfect for that time when you have under an hour to play a game. It is quick to setup and fast to play, once you know the icons.

As always, thanks for listening and please let us know your comments or thoughts.

Intro 00:40
Another Delivery 2:05
Ignacy 06:45
Volleyball Games 07:39
Ignacy's Lawnmower 10:56
It gets dark 11:40
It is an Ark 14:35
Detective Talk 15:29
Life of a Designer 24:15
Moving On 27:53
Monolith Arena 28:31
Imperial Settlers: Amazons 42:41
Playmats at Portal 46:24
Back to Amazons 48:17
Fonts again 50:00
More Expansions 51:00
Snakes 52:20
Back to Expansions 53:10
Portal Con 20th Anniversary 57:43
Portal Merchandise 1:02:38
The Broken Token 1:06:32
Monolith Arena First Thoughts 1:07:08
Portal Games 1:27:57
Outro 1:28:19
Miniature Market 1:32:51

RDTN Episode 154: War Chest, Criss Cross, Warhammer:Nightvault, Toy Hall of Fame

Episode 154 has an extended discussion on the new game from AEG called War Chest. We really enjoy abstract games and this one was no exception. The rules are straight forward, the production top notch, and the strategy is where the game really stands out. It is not going to be Chess deep and it might play a bit fast for some players, but for me, it stays on the table the right time. It is a beast to carry around, but it would be the type of game you could play while waiting for others to finish up a game. Better yet, this game really lends itself to tournaments in structure and style of play. This might be a good side project for Marty to do at our local game store.

We mention a few other games that we got to play, but haven’t played together or enough to do a Five Minute Initiative on, so they ended up in the Flying Squirrel segments. Other good chunk of the show was spent talking about the Finalists for The Strong Toy Hall of Fame. Nothing like saying you are old when toys you played with as a kid show up on the list for being inducted into

the Hall of Fame. Then again, you know you are getting older when baseball and football players are getting inducted into their respective Hall of Fames. Tell us who you think should be inducted in our BGG guild, there is a survey running as we speak.

Thanks again for listening and just a heads up, we have back to back episodes in the coming weeks, so don’t think your Podcast software is broke. And also, here is a link if you are interested in helping out the Hurricane Florence victims in the Carolinas.

Segment Time
Intro 00:43
Fast Food Disappointment 2:50
Hurricane Florence 6:57
Instagram Takeover 10:12
Tony’s Trip 12:20
Thanks to David Waybright 16:24
Flying Squirrels 18:18
Asmodee Digital on Nintendo Switch 19:02
Criss Cross by Grail Games 20:49
Warhammer: Nightvault 22:42
Lawnmower Update 24:32
Wizards selling on Amazon 26:58
Trainmaker 28:56
The Broken Token 30:56
War Chest Discussion 32:36
Portal Games 47:15
Toy Hall of Fame 49:12
Outro 1:02:58
Movie Draft Rehash 1:07:55
Miniature Market 1:13:24

RDTN Episode 153: Cryptid, Taj Mahal, and Gizmos with special guest, David Waybright


While on vacation, Marty was able to find someone who obviously had nothing to do and filled in for me. David Waybright, from Man vs Meeple, was kind enough to take on the challenge of being grumpy. He failed, but that is okay. We still really appreciate the effort. David and Marty talk about Tiny Epic Mechs that is on Kickstarter now and has already blown past $300k, no chance of this not funding at $15,000. David and Marty also spend time and no telling how many takes doing a 5 Minute Initiative on Cryptid from Osprey Games. Since I haven’t played it, I am interested in their thoughts on it and whether or not I will be taught by Marty or if this is one I will learn on my own. Those two also decide that they need to explore hype for a board game and how it impacts expectations, sales, and initial plays. Don’t want to “hype” this discussion to much so you will not be let down when you listen to it.

But before I left on vacation, Marty and I did two reviews as well. Gizmos from CMON is a simple engine builder that will be on the table again. Taj Mahal is a reprint by Z-Man Games that we were like, what just happened here. This game made us want to break it out again right away. We are so glad this game is back out.

When we return in two more weeks, hopefully we will have a plan and a show but with the hurricane in the Carolinas, it has put a damper on many plans. We hope that if you were impacted, you are safe and those that you know are as well.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Tiny Epic Mechs 17:45
Gizmos 24:30
Portal Games 29:40
Hype in Board Gaming 32:30
Taj Mahal 1:00:40
Miniature Market 1:05:43
Cryptid 1:08:03
Gearworks 1:13:35
Man vs Meeple happenings 1:17:45
The Broken Token 1:28:57