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RDTN Episode 153: Cryptid, Taj Mahal, and Gizmos with special guest, David Waybright


While on vacation, Marty was able to find someone who obviously had nothing to do and filled in for me. David Waybright, from Man vs Meeple, was kind enough to take on the challenge of being grumpy. He failed, but that is okay. We still really appreciate the effort. David and Marty talk about Tiny Epic Mechs that is on Kickstarter now and has already blown past $300k, no chance of this not funding at $15,000. David and Marty also spend time and no telling how many takes doing a 5 Minute Initiative on Cryptid from Osprey Games. Since I haven’t played it, I am interested in their thoughts on it and whether or not I will be taught by Marty or if this is one I will learn on my own. Those two also decide that they need to explore hype for a board game and how it impacts expectations, sales, and initial plays. Don’t want to “hype” this discussion to much so you will not be let down when you listen to it.

But before I left on vacation, Marty and I did two reviews as well. Gizmos from CMON is a simple engine builder that will be on the table again. Taj Mahal is a reprint by Z-Man Games that we were like, what just happened here. This game made us want to break it out again right away. We are so glad this game is back out.

When we return in two more weeks, hopefully we will have a plan and a show but with the hurricane in the Carolinas, it has put a damper on many plans. We hope that if you were impacted, you are safe and those that you know are as well.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Tiny Epic Mechs 17:45
Gizmos 24:30
Portal Games 29:40
Hype in Board Gaming 32:30
Taj Mahal 1:00:40
Miniature Market 1:05:43
Cryptid 1:08:03
Gearworks 1:13:35
Man vs Meeple happenings 1:17:45
The Broken Token 1:28:57

RDTN Episode 150: Gen Con 2018 in Review w/ Special Guest Rodney Smith

This is our Gen Con recap show and we have joining us, like he had a choice, is Rodney Smith from Watch It Played. We discuss the shiny things we saw at the show and the adventures we had while there. Marty and I were also lucky enough to sit down with Joe Manganiello and discuss his new line of clothes Death Saves. We even have time to discuss the recently released game Railroad Rivals by Forbidden Games. Love my train games and this is a straight forward pick up and deliver game where you are trying to manipulate the prices of stocks that you are collecting so you have the most money at the end. What makes this game different is the strategy of placing the city tiles in hopes of connecting more than one route which if done, can greatly benefit you in the game.

There were other games we played, but didn’t go into any details. The breakdown of the show is in the table below, so hopefully that will help you navigate to the parts you might want to hear.

Segment Time
Intro 00:37
Wednesday @ Gen Con 2:07
Portal: Detective 2:55
Maxine’s 7:05
Watch it Pack 8:46
Age of Sigmar: Champions Event 11:05
CMON Event 13:25
A little history of Miniature Market 22:45
Fantasy Flight Report 26:55
Keyforge 32:14
Thursday @ Gen Con 42:37
No Respect 46:25
No Respect continues @ Stronghold 47:25
Meet the Designer 50:15
Interview with Joe Manganiello 54:10
Back to the Games 1:13:00
Portal Games 1:17:30
Friday @ Gen Con 1:19:15
Symphony 9 1:23:00
Squirrely Award Presentations 1:25:35
Kolossal: Mezo 1:27:50
Justin Gray quick discussion 1:31:10
Railroad Rivals Thoughts 1:32:20
Ticket to Ride: New York 1:34:35
Strike Tournament 1:35:35
Dark Tower Announcement 1:41:20
Ravensburg did us right 1:43:15
The Broken Token 1:47:55
Saturday @ Gen Con 1:50:00
Tudor Electric Football 1:54:05
Plaid Hat Games 2:01:10
Just taking it all in 2:04:06
Yellow & Yangtze 2:07:39
More Gen Con Stuff 2:10:10
Miniature Market 2:17:40

RDTN Episode 149: Detective, Carthago, Istanbul the Dice Game, Warhammer AoS Champions & Kill Team

Episode 149 is a long episode. Sorry, but that is what you get when we cram a bunch of game content into an episode. We have a guest joining us, nobody special, just Chaz. We invited him to come on so he and Marty could tell you all about the new game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game. It is getting some incredible praises right now, so the hype engine is working hard. I have yet to play it, but looking forward to it based on what Chaz and Marty were saying. And from watching videos, there is just something appealing about how the game works that I will not be scared to break it out with the lighter gamer crowd.

Need to warn you now, we really don’t have a lot of grumpiness to report in this episode. In the two five minute segments, enjoyed both of those games and look forward to playing them again. Play Fusion/Games Workshop is knocking it out of the park and really scared with Champions. Scared in that it might take me back down a path of buying into a trading card game again. If you don’t want to have anything to do with a TCG, then the discussion around this game is worth just skipping. If you do though, you will miss out on probably two really nice mechanics that they have built into this game.

Istanbul the Dice Game will be a game I would even try and get my wife to play because of the speed of play, the light strategy, and the teaching ease of this game. Simple actions for people to follow and once again, doesn’t grow stale on the table. One ding that I failed to mention was the setup, took a little while, but that can be decreased with individual bags and maybe someone not putting out all the gems and just one to track the progress on each area.

Segment Time
Intro 1:00
Games at Dice Tower Con 14:40
Clank in Space Expansion 22:15
The Parkers come to town 26:45
Pioneer Days 31:40
Miniature Market 36:25
Istanbul the Dice Game 37:40
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game 42:50
The Broken Token 1:05:15
Esport Convention 1:06:30
Carthago: Merchants & Guilds 1:15:05
Warhammer 40k: Kill Team 1:21:17
Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions TCG 1:35:40
Chaz Returns 2:05:32
Portal Games 2:16:20