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RDTN Episode 156: Igancy, Monolith Arena, Imperial Settlers Amazons

 


Back to the regularly scheduled show…

Ignacy is here! We love having him on. Not only is he a great designer, but he is funny, and he has some incredible stories to share. If you have some time and want to waste it, go back and listen to previous episodes with Ignacy. You can tell how his command of the English language changes and just how much we digress. It is so sad. We get to talk about his hot game Detective and what is in store for it in the future. We explore his new Essen releases Monolith Arena and Imperial Settlers: Amazons. We go to some dark places and we find out that being a famous designer is not always a great thing.

We also got to play an early release of Monolith Arena and it did not disappoint. I really enjoy when a game meets my expectations. I had hopes that this game would give me the satisfaction Neuroshima Hex and with the monolith, add a layer of strategy and depth that I didn’t realize at first was missing. The game did just that. This is another game that is perfect for that time when you have under an hour to play a game. It is quick to setup and fast to play, once you know the icons.

As always, thanks for listening and please let us know your comments or thoughts.

Intro 00:40
Another Delivery 2:05
Ignacy 06:45
Volleyball Games 07:39
Ignacy's Lawnmower 10:56
It gets dark 11:40
It is an Ark 14:35
Detective Talk 15:29
Life of a Designer 24:15
Moving On 27:53
Monolith Arena 28:31
Imperial Settlers: Amazons 42:41
Playmats at Portal 46:24
Back to Amazons 48:17
Fonts again 50:00
More Expansions 51:00
Snakes 52:20
Back to Expansions 53:10
Portal Con 20th Anniversary 57:43
Portal Merchandise 1:02:38
The Broken Token 1:06:32
Monolith Arena First Thoughts 1:07:08
Portal Games 1:27:57
Outro 1:28:19
Miniature Market 1:32:51

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