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RDTN Episode 75 – Feel Like a Number: Codenames, The Grizzled, Mafia de Cuba, New Salem, and Chit Chat

The ladies are back for another episode of Chit Chat. We continue our relationship discussions about games, but this time, it is all about your worse experience with a blind suzcroppeddate. You know, your friends set you up to play this great game only to have one of your worse experiences in gaming. Either the chemistry wasn’t right or it wasn’t something you would enjoy. The ladies will also share with you a couple of games that they played recently that might deserve your attention.

We also talked about some quick filler games we played. Everyone is talking about Codenames and The Grizzled and we share our opinions of the game. One that you might not heard about is Mafia de Cuba and there are some differing opinions about the game between Marty and I. Nothing earth shattering, but it just shows our difference in opinion of these type of deduction games. Marty also talked about New Salem that I didn’t get to play and after listening to him talk about, kind of glad I missed that one.

If you are so inclined, be sure to check out Rodney Smith’s fundraiser.

Segment Time
CSI Contest 1:15
The Grizzled 5:00
New Salem 11:30
Codenames 15:30
Mafia de Cuba 20:45
Chit Chat 26:15
Rhi's take on The Grizzled 28:00
Suz's talks Trickster 33:30
The Blind Date Board Game 39:15
Outro 1:03:00
Side Quest 01:04:00
Future Shows 01:06:00

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