RDTN Episode 218: Gates of Mara, The King is Dead, Rococo Deluxe, Whistle Mountain, Anniversary Survey

1:29 Intro
7:37 Survey Information
15:19 Birthday Games
18:09 Our Wives put up with this
23:40 Miniature Market
24:56 Gates of Mara
37:50 The King is Dead
49:10 Portal Games
50:31 Rococo
1:01:36 Whistle Mountain
1:08:59 Evolution on Switch Code:RDTNEVO
1:11:42 Outro
1:15:03 The Broken Token

It has been eight years since we started this podcast. Amazing, unreal, really, why are often words we hear when we mention this fact. No matter what the answer is, we are still around and hope to continue for a few more years. But with every anniversary show, we give you, the listener, the opportunity to wins some prizes. So be sure to listen on how you can be a winner. The sure way is to fill out the survey.

Once we get through all the anniversary talk, we have four games to talk about and what is wild is that two of them have area control. But the similarities between games continue. Two games are also remakes of the originals. Funny how that worked out.

Thank you again for taking time to listen to our podcast and hope you are safe and healthy as we go into 2021

Links that were mentioned:

BGG Guild
Discord Channel
Survey Again

RDTN: Episode 217 Cthulhu Wars: Duel

We have a special episode releasing today in order to tell you about an unannounced Petersen Games. Many of you are probably aware of their successful kickstarter from 2013 called Cthulhu Wars. Today, Petersen Games released a two player version called Cthulhu Wars: Duel and we were lucky enough to get a chance to play it before the release. This was a fun, quick miniatures style game where you are racing to be the first person to 30 victory points. However, while it is quick to play, there is strategy and tactics on every turn along with the constant thinking ahead on what to do next. The moves made by your opponent could drastically change your plans and even adjust your overall strategy.

This game includes standees, but that is a plus in my opinion. It keeps the cost down and makes it accessible. You can always upgrade the components later, but what a great way to try this out and decide if it is a game for you.

Big thanks to Petersen Games for letting us have a copy and share our thoughts

RDTN Episode 216: Beyond The Sun, Red Cathedral, New York Zoo, Blood Bowl, Little Red vs Beowulf

00:00 Intro
02:55 Mountain Dew Merry Mashup Taste Test
06:42 Reprimanded by a Mall Cop
12:45 Arkham Horror Live Play on Twitch
13:45 Blood Bowl Second Season First Impressions
24:30 Tony teaches Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth
27:30 Pillars of the Earth is back on the table
29:30 Marty’s family plays Hint
33:10 New York Zoo impressions
40:30 Monopoly Blind Box Tokens?
47:15 The Broken Token
49:20 The Red Cathedral
1:03:00 Portal Games
1:05:05 Beyond The Sun
1:20:15 Online Strike Tournament
1:21:45 Unmatched: Little Red Riding Hood vs Beowulf
1:28:00 Tony modifies the rules for finding episode mistakes
1:30:55 Marty gets a Mesh Network thanks to a listener
1:36:50 Miniature Market

We have been playing a few games from Rio Grande lately and Beyond The Sun was probably we liked the most of the group. It involved a tech tree and that is something we always enjoy in a game. However, it doesn’t center on the tech tree, you have to utilize the explore and colonization of the planet board if you are going to win. There is a balance between how much technology you want to discover versus how much exploration you need to do. It is important that you pick the technologies that can benefit your strategy to win but don’t get bogged down over on that board. And the game is going to offer you replay ability because the tech trees will change every game even though the cards in the deck don’t. The planet board is visually pleasing but the tech board is bland. However the cards are very easy to read and understand, a great plus for the game.

Then out of the blue comes a game that is another real thinker, Red Cathedral. If you enjoy rondel games and ones where you need to plan steps well in advance, then take a look at this game. Unfortunately, the planning must wait on other player’s turns, but you can have a good idea of the strategy you want to deploy on your turn. But you better have a other plans ready in order to get to your final objective. With new players, be sure they understand the scoring at the end because that can be confusing.

There is a special episode that is being released this week, but it is short, we promise because there isn’t a bunch of time to edit.

Then we will release our last episode of the year with special opportunities at prizes and as always, the RDTN Survey will be available for you to tell us what we did wrong and what we might have done right. If you want to get a head start on it, here is a link