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RDTN Episode 180: City of the Big Shoulders, Era, Ecos, Blockbuster, Letter Jam, and more

City of the Big Shoulders, Era, Ecos, Blockbuster, Letter Jam, and more 00:50   Intro06:35   Blockbuster11:49   St. Noire19:24   Second Chance22:17   Letter Jam28:57   Squirrel – Just One30:45   WoW Classic36:56   The Broken Token37:45   Ecos: First Continent43:20   City of the Big Shoulders1:09:00 Cartographers1:14:16 Portal Games1:16:16 ERA1:21:57 Meeple People Show1:23:14 Play Like A Pirate1:27:09 Miniature Market Tons of games made it to the table. Marty’s family got to play a bunch of them because it is simple to get people to play games when it is 95 degrees outside and the humidity is in the mid 70s. What else would you do but stay inside an enjoy the A/C. He and I did get in some very good games these past two weeks. City of the Big Shoulders is one that we saw at Gen Con, got excited for when we talked with Raymond Chandler, and kept that enthusiasm going as we played. Ecos got another play and still needs more because there is hidden depth here that must be explored and discovered. T

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RDTN Episode 179: Ragusa, Bargain Quest, Watergate

00:37 Intro 04:36 Pivot 08:57 Shipnaked Game Box 12:27 Funkoverse 14:30 Other Games in the Box 17:51 Bargain Quest 26:00 Portal Games 27:25 Flying Squirrels 27:56 Metal Gear Solid 29:38 Teburu 31:55 Come on vs Sea Mon 34:08 Renegade: Vampire the Masquerade 36:08 5211 – Yedo – Ascension:Skulls and Sails – The Dark Tower 38:44 Switch Games 41:28 The Broken Token 42:41 5 Minute: Watergate 48:31 Ragusa 1:10:14 Boards and Bits Traveler Bag 1:15:38 Traveling Again 1:16:40 Outro 1:20:00 Miniature Market When Ragusa hit the table and we had set up done in under 5 minutes and rules in about the same time, we were impressed. The game play was solid and tight for three of the four players. The other player appreciated the play, but was no competition and that brought out the grumpy. The reason I say this is because people will think I didn’t like the game and that isn’t the case. The game was fine, the player and his play were lacking. It goes to show, that not every game is for everybody. We all have encou

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RDTN Episode 178: Gen Con Live! – With lots of special guests including Stefan Feld!

Time Segment 00:40 Wednesday with Joel Eddy (Drive Thru Reviews) 22:04 Miniature Market 22:45 Thursday with Rodney Smith (Watch it Played) and Dave Finkel (Hollywood Producer) 49:28 Interview with Stefan Field (Designer) 1:06:08 The Broken Token 1:07:00 Saturday with lots of special guests 1:42:42 Portal Games In this episode, we have a bunch of guests drop by to talk Gen Con and all the great games we saw at the show. Plus a very special interview with designer – Stefan Field.

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RDTN Episode 177: Pathfinder 2nd Edition Review (Compared to 1st Edition and DnD 5e)

Time Segment 00:30 Intro to Pathfinder 2nd Edition 02:50 History of Paizo and Pathfinder 10:50 Portal Games 11:30 Compare Pathfinder 2nd Edition to the 1st Edition 40:28 The Broken Token 40:53 Compare Pathfinder 2nd Edition to Dungeons & Dragons 5e 1:00:18 Conclusion 1:18:41 Miniature Market In this special episode of RDTN, Marty is joined by his sons, Adam and Travis, to discuss the brand new 2nd edition of Pathfinder. They’ll talk about the history of Pathfinder, compare the differences between the 1st and 2nd of Pathfinder, compare and contrast the 2nd edition with Dungeons & Dragons 5e. And in conclusion, give recommendations to the audience based on RPG experience.

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RDTN Episode 176: Empires of the North, Warcry, Abomination, Catan Switch version

  This episode includes a Scurry Report on Empires of the North. The Connell gentlemen talk about the new Warcry miniature game. And Marty tries to channel me in a discussion on the Plaid Hat Game Abomination. Time Segment 00:46 Intro 14:10 No Quarter Required: Catan & Silver 25:08 Miniature Market 26:26 Empires of the North 1:02:15 Abomination 1:09:33 Portal Games 1:10:39 Warcry 1:36:45 Capstone Games 1:39:15 iello Little Town 1:42:55 Outro 1:47:04 Monolith Arena: Academics 1:49:50 Trailers at San Diego Comic Con 1:59:10 The Broken Token

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RDTN Episode 175: Brikks, Dark Domains, Point Salad, Mountains, Dragon’s Breath, Curios

Time Segment 00:40 Intro 06:39 Mr. Smith For the Win 18::04 RDTN Empires  of the North Promo Card 25:24 Portal Games 29:11 Curios & Point Salad 36:39 HABA Games Dragon’s Breath & Mountains 44:43 Dark Domains 54:16 The Broken Token 56:08 Brikks 1:08:17 Donna Rank’em 1:13:38 Outro 1:16:42 Game Designers Movie 1:23:28 Redbubble Strike Attire 1:25:43 Miniature Market Back from vacation and not well rested, but ready to talk about games once again. Marty tells me all about some games he played while I was away on vacation and the great reactions he got when he put them on the table. All them sounded fun, but one stood out that grabbed my attention, Dark Domains. It is a worker placement that provides a twist where you must be careful because the more evil you become, the more the heroes are out to get you. After I got to play, this game is an onion with tons of layers waiting to be discovered. As a special treat, my wife, Donna, joins me to talk about Stronghold’s game Br

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RDTN Episode 174: Origins Recap, Undaunted: Normandy, Corinth, Southern Fried Gaming Expo

Time Segment 00:50 Intro 13:20 Nintendo Switch Obsession 21:25 Corinth 23:35 Discover This 26:50 The Broken Token 28:30 Origins Recap 52:05 Portal Games 53:17 Undaunted: Normandy 58:55 Southern Fried Gaming Expo 1:14:05 Game Toppers 1:18:23 Miniature Market Marty had a great trip to Origins. There are so many good games coming out and he shares a sample of some that stood out to him. It is no secret that we went gaga over War Chest last year. It won a Squirrely last year, that is how gaga we were for it. Well, the same designers have returned and this time, they bring us a theme that I enjoy playing in board games, World War II. Specifically, this game is about the invasion of Normandy and the attempt of the Allies to break the German lines. It comes with a scenario book that helps detail the battles that occurred during that phase of the war. It has a theme that I enjoy and a mechanic, deck building, that I enjoy and has strategy incorporating cover, line of sight, and

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RDTN Episode 173: Top 5 List, Imperial Settlers Roll & Write, Tiny Towns

We are breaking our format a bit in this Episode by doing something we haven’t really done in the past. We list our Top 5 Games that we would not get rid of. However, there is a rule that we have to abide by, it must be on our shelves in order to be in the list. The game can’t be at someone else’s house or we have played and really liked, but never owned a copy. We must have a physical copy of the game in our possession. Some of these are out of print, but some you can easily still get. Vanessa comes back to the mic and she and Marty review the new Imperial Settlers RnW game. She is always a joy to have on the show. After my plays of the game, I will say the mechanic of needing actions and resources something that people may have some challenges with, but after a couple of rolls, they should get it. Enjoy the Episode and in the next one, Marty is going to knock our socks off with his Greatest Hits from Origins. Time Segment 00:40 Intro 10:55 Miniature Market 11:50 Top 5 Games We Will Not Get Rid

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RDTN Episode 172: Hadara, Pandemic Rapid Response, 51st State Allies, Shadowrun 6th Edition

While I enjoy Imperial Settlers from Portal, I will admit that 51st State is my favorite of the two. Don’t get me wrong, not saying that one is better than the other, but as I stated in the show, I know that 51st is the easier to teach to people because you only have one deck which is why it will edge out Imperial. Once those I am teaching get the core concepts down, then I can introduce Imperial to them with the multiple races and asymmetric play that it brings to the table. But back to Allies, the next expansion to 51st State. Does the expansion Allies provide anything new and different to the game? Yes it does. It brings ways to eliminate the need to convert resources to the tokens needed to put buildings and deals into play. Which for me, seems to speed up the game play. I think it would be best if this is the only expansion you use in the game so you can take advantage of the cards and not have them buried along with the other expansions. You know how some expansions seem to migrate into the base game?

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RDTN Episode 171: Star Wars Outer Rim, Nagaraja, and Silver

One of these days, I am going to get us down below one hour again. But it isn’t going to happen for this show. Nope. We have too much to say about the games we got to play recently. First off is Silver from Bezier Games. Sure you have heard it from other groups, but we wanted to give you our take on this simple card game that is very similar to Golf. But what is going to set it apart from Golf are the card actions that you can do and the action of replacing two or more of the same cards with a single card. The simple game of Golf is now full of interaction, strategy, and tension. This is one of those you might need to just keep in your game bag so you have something quick to play while waiting on people or to finish the night with. The problem might be that people will keep asking to play one more time. Very enjoyable. Next is FFG’s Star Wars: Outer Rim. This required us to bring in the Scurry to discuss and dissect this game. While it didn’t jump out the gate at first, it did grow on us. You know how after y

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RDTN Episode 170: Robinson Crusoe Mystery Tales, Res Arcana, Space Base Expansion, Wacky Races, Superfriends

Hope everyone has recovered from the onslaught of Avengers Endgame and Game of Thrones battles and ready to get back to board gaming. We are and this episode puts five games on the table for discussion and two Kickstarters we want to bring to your attention. Res Arcana is one of those games that you might pass by, but it is one you should give a try if you enjoyed the mechanics that are in Century Spice Road. The premise is straight forward in that you must collect resources that allow you to purchase cards that let you convert those resources into other resources that you can then eventually get victory points. But unlike Century or other games like this, there are unique mechanics in impacting other players, player powers, and cards that can help adjust your strategy during the game. Then we played a game that fits with the theme of doom from the aforementioned shows above, Robinson Crusoe: Mystery Tales. Solid planning and cooperation are even more essential to winning than in the base game because you ar

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RDTN Episode 169: Fifth Annual Screening, Streaming, or Steaming Summer Movie Preview

The 5th Annual Movie Show with our good buddies Dan Patriss and Chris Kirkman. This is going to be a big summer of movies and we wish we had enough time to cover all the summer releases, but that would be a six hour show. Instead, we only looked at those movies that were nationwide releases, not limited releases. Then we had to take that list and shorten it up even more by voting on them so we could get it down to a manageable amount. There are so many good releases early in the summer that many of the releases in August just didn’t make the cut. Will give a spoiler here, we didn’t have that many steaming picks this year like in previous years. Hope you enjoy the episode and we will return in our next episode with more gaming discussions. Time Segment 00:00 Intro 10:30 Time for the Movies 49:20 Miniature Market 50:08 Back to the Movies 1:31:20 Portal Games 1:32:15 Fantasy Movie Draft 1:51:00 The Broken Token

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RDTN Episode 168: Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth, Evolution, Oceans, Castle of Burgundy Dice Game

Marty survived Robb Con and comes back with a report on his play of Wingspan and Tsukuyumi. He also escaped the cabin long enough to get in some disc golf, still a favorite recreational sport at RDTN. Man, hope to throw some plastic now that spring is here. Then we got to play a very good implementation of the classic game Castles of Burgundy as a roll and write. Plays fast and has some very good challenging decisions to make as you mark the roll on your sheet. Definitely a keeper in our collection of roll and writes. It must also be a throwback episode because Marty got to play Evolution for the first time, which is one of my favorite games. But the reason we got it to the table was because we were able to try out the Evolution app that was release recently on Steam and then, I got to try Oceans, the next evolution of games by North Star Games. Oceans is completely funded on Kickstarter and while similar to Evolution, it stands on its own with some of the changes in the feeding process of your species. Plus,

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RDTN Episode 167: Call to Adventure, Crisis, Roll For The Galaxy:Rivalry, Camel Up, Istanbul App

We are jammed full of game discussions in this episode. We revisit Camel Up Second Edition with a surprise guest. We talk about a new favorite game of Marty’s Crisis. Then we break down a new quick filler called Village Pillage that Nate Bivins brought to the table. But that is the only surprise, Marty has some special guests on to talk about the expansion for Roll for the Galaxy Rivalry. And that is not all. We play the beautiful game Call to Adventure. Want to spend some time talking about this because this game, while simple to play, is about building a story. It is important to get behind the development of the story and understand how this will drive your gameplay. There are some strategic moments in the game that can be overlooked if not careful. Hope you get a chance to get this to the table. Now that I have a Switch, we thought it would be good to discuss an implementation of a game on the Switch. We picked Istanbul as our first one to give this a try. We have done App discussions before, but this mig

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RDTN Episode 166: Unmatched, Restoration Games Interview, Tudor, Kapow, Combo Fighter, Kickstarters

I told Marty that we should occasionally change the secret word to the Green Room. By keeping the same code, past people could show up and request to come back on the show. Luckily that has not happen yet, but we were lucky to have Justin Jacobson and Rob Daviau make another guest appearance on the show. The last time they were on, Fireball Island was launched on Kickstarter and we all know how that turned out for them. This time, they tell us about the new Unmatched Battle of Legends. Also, it seems “moonpie”, “squirrel”, and “lawnmower” aren’t very strong codes. We rez from the dead the segment In a Nutshell and talk about a couple of games that we got to the table. We had a dice chucker called Kapow. This was one that is a filler and ramps up very quickly. Hidden strategy on building and constructing your dice to combat your opponent. Combo Fighter is a card battle game that rewards those that can card count. Tudor has a unique method of changing the base actions t

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