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RDTN Episode 74 – Do You Believe in Magic: Review of Ashes -Rise of the Phoenixborn, Vs. System 2PCG, Mage Wars Academy, and Fields of Arle

IMG_20150808_111043[1]As we have said many times, pre-constructed deck games or hand management games* are what pulled us into this hobby and it is what we get all excited about when a new pre-constructed constructed deck game comes out. So, needless to say, we were really looking forward to doing this episode because it is in our wheelhouse. We take a look at Vs. System 2PCG by Upper Deck and Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn by Plaid Hat Games. Even though Vs is based on the older 2004 system, it has been brought up to 2009 standards, but not 2015 IMG_20150808_095553[1]standards. Meanwhile, Ashes is going to set the constructed card game community on fire with its game play, mechanics, and art. Hopefully as they expand it, they don’t break it.

Marty and I also throw in a quick overview of Mage Wars Academy since all three of these card games are coming out this year. There will be a more indepth review of this
game in a later episode. Enjoy the show and hope you got your entries in for the Dice Tower Contest which closes on 8/25/2016.

Segment Time
Fields of Arle 6:00
Stilchen 8:00
Mysterium 10:10
Tony Rant 12:15
Vs. System 2PCG 14:45
Portal Games Announcement 36:31
Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn 37:30
Mage Wars Academy 01:03:00

*Hand management games are games with cards in them that reward players for playing the cards in certain sequences or groups. The optimal sequence/grouping may vary, depending on board position, cards held and cards played by opponents. Managing your hand means gaining the most value out of available cards under given circumstances. Cards often have multiple uses in the game, further obfuscating an “optimal” sequence. (Source: BGG)

RDTN Episode 73 – Top of the World: Gen Con Overview with Marty and Vanessa, Forbidden Stars Review, and A Contest

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Forbidden Stars in action

Gen Con is over and the Connell family made it back alive and full of stories. To keep it from being the Marty Gen Con review, his wife Vanessa, the wonderful voice that introduces what is in the show, joins us for a special Flying Squirrel segment. Once all that is said, Marty and I go into a deeper dive on Forbidden Stars. We compare it to our first love in board gaming, Starcraft. We all know that Corey Konieczka was part of the design team for these wonderful games and love how the placing of the orders/actions on the board was carried forward from Starcraft to Forbidden Stars.

And then comes the big announcement for a special Dice Tower Network contest that runs in August. Please listen closely to all the ways to enter the contest and good luck. Google Form Link for contest

Segment Time
Neuroshima Hex Battle 1:00
Flying Squirrels 4:30
The Cupcake Incident 23:20
Portal Game Releases 34:45
Forbidden Stars Review 35:45
The Dice Tower Network Contest 1:05:20

RDTN Episode 71 – Still the One: Stockpile Review, Forbidden Stars Impression, Chit Chat: Game to Settle Down With

iheartboardgames Suzanne and Rhiannon are back and we discuss a topic suggested by a BGG RDTN Guild member on what game we think is our soulmate. That is right, is there a board game out there that would be one that you could settle down with and thus live out your life just playing that game. Now in real life we know that there will never just be one game for us to play, but it was a fun debate among the four of us.

Marty and I review a game he got at Origins called Stockpile. I must say that I was very surprised by this game and was initially concerned that it might be a tad boring because economic games are that to me. But what a breath of fresh air and iheartgamesone game I will pick up for myself instead of trying to borrow Marty’s copy all the time.

We also give our initial impression of Fantasy Flight’s Forbidden Stars that we have been chomping at the bit to play. This one is going to take another few plays to get a full feel for the game, but initial impression is it worth the time investment to discover if you might like it or not.

We also want to thank our newest sponsor Portal Games and for those heading to Gen Con, be sure to visit their Store and place your order for delivery at the show.

Segment Time
Intro 00:30
Tony who? 4:30
Forbidden Stars 6:00
Stockpile 14:00
Chit Chat 27:15
Dice Tower Con 28:30
Geekway to the West 32:30
General Con Thoughts 37:30
The Gauntlet is thrown: Neuroshima Hex 44:00
The Game You would Marry 48:30
Battle of the Board Game Networks 1:10:00
Gen Cant 2015 01:15:00
Portal Announcement 1:25:45
Marty's Gen Con Events 1:27:15
The Broken Token Special Offer @ Gen Con 1:29:15
Outro 1:32:15

And here is the Battle of the Board Game Networks Video.