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RDTN Episode 163: Everdell, Stephen Buonocore, Tantrum House

We have guests on for this show and we get chatty with one guest. He is such a great friend to the show and it is hard keeping it short. Stephen Buonocore does a deep dive with us on what it takes for a game to get noticed in today’s market and have staying power. Think about it. How many times do we all hear about this great game that is out and within a month, crickets. We ask Stephen what does it take to make it last or how can Stronghold renew interest in games that have received the Squirrel treatment by game players. Stephen even talks about Stronghold’s catalog and how things in hindsight were a sure thing, were not that way at the start. And it would not be a visit without Stephen doing some pitching on the upcoming games, but we try and challenge him to tell us how is he going to keep the spotlight on them.

Marty and I also have been discussing the upcoming convention Tantrum Con in Spartanburg, SC. Well, why should we try and guess at what is happening when we can bring Tantrum House on to tell us about it. Sarah and Melissa join us and in RDTN fashion, we end up talking about more than just Tantrum Con. We are really looking forward to the convention except for the early morning drive.

And we would not be a board gaming podcast if we didn’t talk about a game. We got in the hot game from Gen Con called Everdell. This is a great worker placement, engine builder that has a unique twist where there are not defined rounds where everyone advances at the same time. But it goes back to our discussion with Stephen, do you still hear about this game, well you should. Very assessible game for people to get into.

Thanks for listening and we are about a month away from our annual award show The Squirrely’s. If you haven’t voted in the All Y’all Award, be sure to visit this link and cast your vote. Nominations will be closing soon.

Time Segment
00:33 Intro
02:32 Rob Daviau in Town
03:35 Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr
08:35 Behind the Scenes: Font Sizes
13:20 Rulebook writing
14:52 Tony-proof the Internet
17:24 Expanding Musical Tastes
19:02 Snakes & Lattes in CLT
22:15 Miniature Market
24:30 Stephen Buonocore – Deep Dive Discussion
26:45 Stephen’s Mower of Choice
30:05 How does a game get noticed
37:08 Can you have Evergreen titles now?
42:40 We don’t constrain supply
45:00 Two Week shelf life?
51:40 Lightning in a Bottle
57:32 Stephen’s in Trouble
1:00:35 The Pitch
1:07:10 Drawring?!?!?
1:08:10 The Kickstarters that are coming
1:16:00 No Chocolate Bombs at Gen Con
1:18:25 Portal Games
1:20:00 Everdell
1:24:25 Tantrum Con
1:44:18 Outro
1:48:32 The Broken Token

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