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RDTN Episode 170: Robinson Crusoe Mystery Tales, Res Arcana, Space Base Expansion, Wacky Races, Superfriends


Hope everyone has recovered from the onslaught of Avengers Endgame and Game of Thrones battles and ready to get back to board gaming. We are and this episode puts five games on the table for discussion and two Kickstarters we want to bring to your attention.

Res Arcana is one of those games that you might pass by, but it is one you should give a try if you enjoyed the mechanics that are in Century Spice Road. The premise is straight forward in that you must collect resources that allow you to purchase cards that let you convert those resources into other resources that you can then eventually get victory points. But unlike Century or other games like this, there are unique mechanics in impacting other players, player powers, and cards that can help adjust your strategy during the game.

Then we played a game that fits with the theme of doom from the aforementioned shows above, Robinson Crusoe: Mystery Tales. Solid planning and cooperation are even more essential to winning than in the base game because you are carrying forward your success and failures from the previous adventures. They don’t use the term legacy with this expansion, but I believe it is. We wish you luck with your adventures and hope your team doesn’t go insane and come back to hunt you.

Wacky Races and Challenge of the Superfriends takes us back to our childhoods and watching Saturday morning cartoons so nostalgia runs rampant during this segment. Bear with us because we do talk about the games eventually.

Finally, Marty is joined by Vanessa and Adam and they discuss an expansion to one of our favorite titles from last year, Space Base and the new expansion. Straight from AEG:

  • The Emergence of Shy Pluto is the first installment of Space Base “Saga Expansions”. This expansion to Space Base is a collection of story-based scenarios that introduce new content to the game via a narrative structure. Not only are new ships added, but new scenarios are included as well. Once the story is completed, it may be replayed or the contents may be added to the Space Base base set.

Spoiler Alert: Vanessa really likes it

Thanks for listening and come back in two weeks where we will tell you about the two player game Nagaraja and Star Wars Outer Rim.

Time Segment
00:42 Intro
08:00 Podpledge Announcement
20:37 Raccoon Tycoon Expansion
26:53 Robinson Crusoe: Mystery Tales
30:39 Portal
32:07 Res Arcana
38:05 Wacky Races
46:00 Cartoon Nostalgia
56:09 Challenge of the Superfriends
58:36 Contest Results
1:02:42 The Broken Token
1:03:51 Space Base Expansion
1:13:00 Vorpal Kickstarter
1:16:10 Homage to Ashes
1:18:19 Play By Forum Update
1:21:52 Miniature Market

RDTN Episode 167: Call to Adventure, Crisis, Roll For The Galaxy:Rivalry, Camel Up, Istanbul App

We are jammed full of game discussions in this episode. We revisit Camel Up Second Edition with a surprise guest. We talk about a new favorite game of Marty’s Crisis. Then we break down a new quick filler called Village Pillage that Nate Bivins brought to the table. But that is the only surprise, Marty has some special guests on to talk about the expansion for Roll for the Galaxy Rivalry. And that is not all. We play the beautiful game Call to Adventure. Want to spend some time talking about this because this game, while simple to play, is about building a story. It is important to get behind the development of the story and understand how this will drive your gameplay. There are some strategic moments in the game that can be overlooked if not careful. Hope you get a chance to get this to the table.

Now that I have a Switch, we thought it would be good to discuss an implementation of a game on the Switch. We picked Istanbul as our first one to give this a try. We have done App discussions before, but this might be the start of a recurring segment on the show. That is if we can come up with a name for the segment.

Finally, thanks to everyone who voted for us over at Boardgamegeek for best Podcast in 2018. Finally voting is going on and regardless if we win or lose, we are honored to just be nominated. Thank you so much

Time Segment
00:35 Intro
1:35 Bookcase Mishap
5:40 GAMA News Review
9:52 Warhammer Chaosbane PC Game
11:10 Nintendo Switch
15:15 Flopping in Basketball
17:57 Village Pillage
22:52 The Broken Token
24:25 Crisis
30:03 Istanbul App
42:55 Camel Up
48:09 Miniature Market
49:27 Roll for the Galaxy: Rivalry
1:05:22 Call to Adventure
1:11:03 RobbCon
1:14:18 Outro
1:16:20 Dinos Not Assembled
1:17:25 Outro 2
1:20:55 Portal Games

RDTN Episode 164: Raccoon Tycoon, Beta Colony, Terror Below

Sorry for the back to back long episodes. However, we have a good reason. First, Sara Erickson from Renegade Game Studios dropped by and wanted to tell us about Mike Elliot’s new game, Terror Below, that is currently on Kickstarter. Don’t worry, it is funded but if you have any doubts on if you are backing or have questions, maybe Sara will have the answers you seek. She also was subjected to a Rank’em, something we haven’t had the opportunity to do in awhile.

Next comes to fairly lengthy discussion about two games that we go to the table. Raccoon Tycoon from Forbidden Games is a very enjoyable commodities game that is fast to teach and play. We also are finding that the various strategies work well so no set winning one and anytime we have an hour to get a game in, it is a good bet we will reach for it. If you want to try out a commodities game, we can’t recommend this enough. Components and art are top notch and the price at Miniature Market makes it tough not to get.

Beta Colony by Rio Grande Games was a different style of game that employed a dice mechanism similar to the one that is used in Lorenzo, but they took it one more step with the “rolldell” in the center of the board. Everyone is using the same dice pool, but how you use it in determining your actions is different between players. There is no competing for spaces,  so the game is more about how well you strategize during your turn.

Finally, Vanessa and Marty discuss Precious Cargo from Winning Moves Games. Maybe Marty will keep her doing these reviews and we can get more reviews to the Podcast.

The next episode is our annual award show and all the votes are in and the presenters are lined up. Hopefully there will be some surprises in 2019.

Time Segment
00:31 Intro
01:10 Bubble Burst
06:30 Spiderman: Into the Multiverse
14:00 Grizzled Armistice
19:35 GMT P500 Battle Line
26:20 Chronicles of Crime
28:45 Precious Cargo
34:40 The Broken Token
36:00 Beta Colony
48:09 Sara Erickson: Terror Below
51:58 Mower Discussion – It isn’t just us
55:00 Terror Below
1:18:22 Rank’em with Sara
1:33:50 Miniature Market
1:35:02 Portal Con Retrospect
1:54:51 Raccoon Tycoon
2:11:00 Outro
2:14:15 Portal Games