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RDTN Episode 157: Calimala, Architects of the West World, Ascension Delirium

Episode 157 does not have a guest, but all is not lost. We actually get down to some board games. That is right, what an idea for a board gaming podcast. First, we have the a game picked up for publishing in the USA by Stronghold called Calimala. It is not to be confused with the word that means squid in Italian as some kept saying noat the game table. This was released in 2017 and was a big hit at Essen, so we heard cause we weren’t there. The game is designed by Fabio Lopiano, which was his first game, and who also designed Ragusa that will be out next year. If you are interested in how Fabio came up with design, be sure and check out his Designer Diary on the BGG site or click on this link.

Moving away from raiding Vikings to warring kingdoms trying to build civilizations in the 800s, Renegade has released Architects of the West Kingdom. That is about much as I am going to give you as it comes to theme. If you want to try and force more theme then this game is supposed to be during the time of the Carolingian Empire where you probably remember the name Charlemagne from your history books. Develop the best civilization which will help you get more Victory Points and if you have the most, you are a winner. As we state in the episode, this game’s engagement might have been challenged had it not been for the ability to capture other player’s workers. And when I first heard about capturing workers, I was very skeptical, but it works and does it very well. I was concerned that it would be a game of backstabbing and diplomacy, but it wasn’t. Plain and simple fun worker placement game. Give it a try.

Last but not least was Ascension: Delirium. One of my favorite expansions in the Ascension line is Dreamscapes. Not really sure why other than I enjoy the additional “currency” of Insight that must be obtained and allows you to spend to really help boost your deck. So when Justin Gary was talking with us at Gen Con about Delirium and mentioned Insight was back and there was a die, I got excited for this expansion. While the randomness that a dice brought to the game doesn’t sit well with everyone, some might enjoy it because it brings a bit of gambling in hopes that the dice will roll what you need to help you during your turn. While I was okay with that part of the game, I really liked the introduction of the new keyword Fate that adds an auction mechanic to the game. I am looking forward to combining Delirium with Dreamscape because I believe it will make players have some very interesting choices during the game.

Enjoy the episode and return back in two weeks where we talk about the Third Edition of Arkham Horror.

Segment Time
Music Discussion 00:37
Marty’s Music Video Experience 6:48
Top Ten Selling Games 10:29
2nd Annual BooBQ Event 12:50
Pandemic Cthulhu 15:19
Arkham Horror LCG 16:35
English lessons from Ignacy 20:28
Kickstarter Discussion 22:40
Processing: A Game of Serving Humanity 23:35
XCase 2.0 26:19
Miniature Market 30:00
Calimala 31:25
FFG Unique Game System 36:45
Architects of the West Kingdom 49:07
The Broken Token 54:18
Ascension: Delirium 55:40
Outro 1:00:32
Monolith Arena 1:03:35
Cake 1:05:15
Portal 1:07:45

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