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RDTN Episode 197: Coldest Night, Musical Chairs, Sagrada iOS, Player Count

00:34      Intro
03:40      BGG Polls
04:57      Marty’s New Studio
07:42      Marty helps Chaz again
11:29      Capstone gets Terra Mystica & Gaia Project
13:37      Bandannas vs Handkerchiefs
15:57      Sagrada iOS app
22:15      Undaunted: Normandy Online
27:00      An Eldritch Dream Games – Pathfinder 2E
29:45      Sandy Peterson GamesCthulhu Mythos
34:33      Portal Games
36:00      Coldest Night
41:20      Musical Chairs
55:13      Miniature Market
56:14      Bicycle Games – The Alpha and Exchange
59:20      Does this player count make sense for this type of game
1:08:32    Outro
1:12:26    Board Together Games
1:14:43    Tabletop Showcase
1:16:27    The Broken Token

While current situations don’t allow us to sit close to the fire to keep from freezing, Coldest Night from Indie Boards & Cards is a light coop game that is brutal and while strategy is needed, luck is part of it because it is a card game. Fast to play and one of those that will tease you in thinking the next time, you will beat this game. Isn’t that what these games are suppose to do? They are to challenge you and make you want to come back and try again. If it is too easy, never come of the shelf again. Will be interesting to see how this plays with more players, but unfortunately, that will be awhile for us.

Vanessa is keeping the show running by coming back again to talk about Musical Chairs and this sounds like another fun game to get to the table. Who would have thought to take a party game and make it a board game. As she and Marty talked about the game, I could only imaging how hectic that game could get with more players and look forward to playing it. Man, all these games that we are playing independently will need a different segment on the show where we see what the other host thinks of them.

And for our discussion topic, we think about what a challenge it is for designers to come up with player counts and how while a game may list a range, there really is best number to play with. We end up also discussing how our selection has changed during this isolation and how some of our favorites do not find the table right now.

RDTN Episode 196: Santa Monica, The Search for Planet X, Ripple Rush, Top Grumpy Games

Time       Segment
01:00      Intro
01:48      Pair of Dice Special Video
07:00      Video Game Guild Wars 2
11:10      Contest #1 – Guild Wars 2 Keys
15:35      Ripple Rush
18:50      Jackbox Games
20:52      RPG Online Night
24:50      BGG Golden Geek Nominations
28:36      Miniature Market
29:52      Santa Monica and Contest #2
44:00      Scurry Report: Grumpy Tony Edition
1:33:07    The Search for Planet X
1:50:30    The Broken Token
1:51:28    Mountain Dew Poll
1:55:43    If it is free, you take it
1:57:30    TV Show Catch-up
2:00:40    Death Note
2:09:57    Portal Games

First, a big thank you to all that helped get RDTN another nomination to the BGG Golden Geek Award. We really do appreciate it and means a lot to us.

Unfortunately, social distance has kept our game night on hold and Marty is able to call in the troops to help him discuss some games. Vanessa sits down at the mic first and they talk about Santa Monica that takes you to the beach for a little sea shell gathering or that is what I would have called it had I been able to play it. But instead, it is all about collecting the victory points.

Adam is next on the mic and he and Marty get down to finding a lost planet by the code name X. The goal is simple, be the first to find planet X and accumulate the most victory points to pull of the win. The game is about using logic and deduction to figure out where the planet is located. Good thing Marty had Adam helping him with this, I might have not found it.

And the Scurry Reporters are back to try and see if they can pick three games each to determine if those games would make me, Tony, grumpy.

Be sure to enter the two contests for your chance at Santa Monica (US Only) or the Guild Wars 2 keys. All entries must be received by 5/3 @ 1700.

Thanks for listening and once again, we sincerely are grateful for the nomination for the BGG Golden Geek and be sure to go vote before May 1, 2020

RDTN: Episode 195 – Wonder Woman, Half Truth, Pathfinder Supplement, Scurry Report Deep Dive

00:44      Intro
08:11      Playing Games Online
11:20      Take Time for yourself
13:30      Playing Games Online again
21:15      Wonder Woman Challenge of the Amazons 
48:40      The Broken Token
29:55      Half Truth
39:10      Scurry Report – Convention Thoughts
54:10      SR: Designer Impacts
59:25      SR: Secondary Impacts
1:07:40    SR: Will it recover?
1:14:10    Portal Games
1:15:45    Pathfinder: Lost Omens – Gods & Magic Supplement 
1:22:24    Outro
1:29:20    Bracket Challenge: Common Person vs BGG
1:37:25    Miniature Market 

How do you do a Board Game podcast when social distance is in play? If you have the answer, we would love to hear it, but we gave it our best with this episode. Marty’s family gets involved with the show because they are very kind and supportive of the show or they are a captive audience during this time. I get to discuss Wonder Woman that Donna and I played and why I think Marty will enjoy it. Vanessa and Adam helps Marty explain the game Half-Truth and what makes it enjoyable and how it can also challenge even the best trivia player.

The Scurry Report is not about a game, but what could the potential impacts be to conventions, game designers, and distribution of the games as it relates to COVID 19. Now, this is all opinion, but there are some nuggets of facts in the discussion. If you have thoughts on this, would love to hear them. Give us feedback while you are sitting at home waiting for this to be all over.

Adam then comes back for a discussion on the Pathfinder Supplement that was just released. See, even while being apart, you can get in some RPG games through technology.

Thank you for listening during these difficult times and we hope your family and loved ones are safe and stay that way.