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RDTN Episode 99: Scythe, Millennium Blades, Piratoons, Simurgh and Megamoosecon

episode99We are on the road again and at our new local convention MegaMooseCon. We finally got to play two games that everyone has talked about or been talking about, Scythe and Millennium Blades. These are not full blown reviews with game discussion, you can find that elsewhere. We discuss the pros and cons of both games and we admit that we will need to get more plays in, especially Scythe.

MegaMooseCon was a great and will only get better. Mark Kale did a fantastic job organizing and providing space for all the games. Yeah, there was concerns being 30 minutes south of Charlotte, NC. Would the crowd show? How was the facility? What about food and drinks? Will there be enough space? 150+ people, very clean facility, food truck and local restaurants, and space for plenty of growth next year, no concerns now. We mention this in the show, but love the fact that the tables and student chairs were very comfortable. Admit that they were set for like 8 people, but that gave us plenty of room to spread out Scythe and not worry about being cramped at the table.

We also talk some more about Simurgh and how it played. Is it just another worker placement game or does it have a little something different? You have to give it a try and determine for yourself. The game has some unique characteristics like the limited amount of resources you can keep and the placement of cards to open up more options for placing of workers. Either way, give it a try if you get a chance.

The next show is our 100th Episode and we hope it goes as planned. We are going to try and do something similar to a game show with podcast celebrities. Who knows if this is going to work. We will also announce another contest as well as the winners from our past two contests. Thanks for listening, we really do appreciate it. Also, we want to remind everyone of Rodney Smith’s Indiegogo campaign that has a month left. He is almost at 100% and hopefully he will reach it shortly.
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Segment, Time
MegaMooseCon, 00:40
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, 04:00
Strike, 10:35
7 Wonders Tournament, 11:40
Piratoons, 13:53
Scythe, 15:50
Simurgh, 26:55
Millennium Blades, 34:00
Gen Con 2016 thoughts, 44:00
Marty’s Rant, 53:30
Outro, 56:40
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RDTN Episode 98: Cry Havoc, The Walking Dead – No Sanctuary, Sadler Brothers and Ignacy


In this episode, we have two interviews with game designers. Our first is with the brother design team, Adam and Brady Sadler. They were on our show in Episode 79 discussing Warhammer Quest and not having learned their lesson, returned again to talk with us about their new project The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary. This project is currently running on Kickstarter until 8/1 and has made it to the lofty goal of a quarter of a million dollars. One of the neat aspects of this KS is that Cryptozoic is offering you two price points to buy this game. One with minis and one without. It would be nice if more publishers would give us that option when buying. It is very hard for some of us to drop $120 on a game with minis and not have any idea if we will like it. By giving us the option to by the standees version and then possibly get the minis later, more might be willing to take a chance on the game. Now, we understand that the Cryptozoic IP games have had some challenges, but with the Sadler team behind this one, there is hope that this will be a big success.

We then drove down to Atlanta to see our good buddy, Ignacy Trzewiczek. He was kind enough to spend over 10 hours with us playing all types of games. More importantly, we got to experience the Cry Havoc game that is coming out at Gen Con. The miniatures are great, the art is outstanding, and the gameplay is solid. And even though it was late, we got to try out First Martians. While the game is some months away, the demo gave us the feel of how it mimics Robinson, but we could see the improvements that will be coming. Oh, and Steve Avery was there as well 🙂

Please be sure to enter our contests for the Scott King Gaming Calendar and the Gale Force Nine Tyrants of the Underdark.

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Segment, Time
Intro, 00:51
Rodney Smith: Strike, 2:28
Brady and Adam Sadler, 4:30
Elevator Pitch, 5:25
Not just killing Walkers, 8:20
Pure Co-op Game, 12:40
How the cards and dice work, 14:50
The Characters, 20:55
The Different Versions, 25:10
Cryptozoic Track Record, 26:25
What is next, 36:30
Broken Token, 41:05
Ignacy is the house, 41:40
Thunderroad, 43:00
Cry Havoc, 45:10
Imperial Settlers Aztecs, 48:40
First Martians, 54:10
Questions for Ignacy, 58:00
Outro, 1:09:30
Bit Box Kickstarter, 1:10:40
Shout Outs, 1:14:10
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RDTN Episode 97: Reviews of Tyrants of the Underdark, Simurgh, Mystic Vale, My Village, Tides of Madness and Others

Episode97bannerBefore we talk about Episode 97, Play the Game Tonight, we want to bring to everyone’s attention, specifically those of us with R.E.D.S.*, Rodney Smith’s, a dear friend of ours, Indeigogo Campaign. This is the first place we go to for help with rules and how to play videos. He is also a great guy, so even if you can donate at the $5 level, it will mean a bunch to him.Rodneyone

We came back from Origins with a bunch of new releases and we need to get them played and share our thoughts with everyone. We are in for a very good 2016 and if Origins is any indicator of what is to come, then Gen Con is going to mind blowing when it gets here. Now, there are a few that were not stars, but the level seems to raise each year, so while these games don’t jump out, they should not be overlooked. Tyrants of the Underdark by Gale Force Nine was the standout in the bunch and because it is so good, we are holding a contest to win yourself a copy. Head over to this Google Form, be sure to fill out all the answers in order to be counted, and we will pick a winner randomly from those entries.

Looking back at the list, there is a game for about everyone’s taste. We have card drafting, deck building, area control, worker placement, set collection, auctioning and games for all ages. But how do they take these mechanics in another direction might be how these games will win you over. Take Piratoons from Stronghold Games for example. Here is a game where you are set collecting, auctioning, and card drafting. With the set collecting, you get points for matches, but if you constantly are going for the set, you might be sacrificing something else and it will hurt your score at the end. To help speed things along in the card drafting, Piratoons puts a timer on the players, but it isn’t a maximum, but a minimum where players can’t call time to stop the drafting until it has run out. Very neat way for the tempo of the game to be maintained and add a strategic element.

One more thing, it is a little early to be planning your calendar selection for next year, but one of our favorite guys, Scott King, is doing his Kickstarter for 2017 Gaming Calendars. He has photos of all board games and I am sure that he has twelve of your favorites. If you are on our site, then you see his pictures in our banners as they scroll by. But that is not all. Scott is also an author, game reviewer, podcaster, etc. Wish I had that energy. Well, he is offering two listeners a chance at win his base calendars, so once again, go fill out this Google Form and we will pull a random name from the entries and award them a calendar. Be sure and fill out all the answers to be eligible.

All contests from this show will be open from the posting on the show on 7/12/2016 to 8/6/2016 at 23:00 EPT.

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Segment, Time
Intro, 00:40
Scott King 2017 Calendar, 3:20
2016 Movie Pick Update, 6:10
Chaz Vlog from Origins, 7:45
Things we played recently, 9:45
Animals on Board, 14:58
Bear Valley, 19:16
Simurgh, 24:17
Piratoons, 29:25
Plums, 34:35
My Village, 38:45
Tides of Madness,49:30
Mystic Vale, 53:05
Tyrants of the Underdark, 58:45
Rodney Smith Indiegogo, 1:11:15
iTune Reviews, 1:14:33
On Board Games 200 Episodes, 1:15:25
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*R.E.D.S. = Rule Explanation Deficiency Syndrome