RDTN Episode 230: EOTN – Egyptian Kings, 300 Earth & Water, Board Game News

00:05Game Toppers LLC
01:36Vanessa’s Intro
02:09Banter Stuff
21:14A New Contest
23:30Miniature Market
24:57Falling like flies at Gen Con
31:00Spiel Des Jahres nominees
34:21Villainous – Mischief & Malice
36:33Reign in Hell from Uncle Atom
40:05 Getting Crazy out there
45:53300: Earth & Water
52:07Portal Games
54:11Empires of the North: Egyptian

Love getting the Empires of the North to the table and when a new expansion comes out, get very excited. Egyptians is the newest expansion and it feels different from all the rest. I also enjoy it when an expansion just flows and both these factions seemed to be easy to play to us. The engine you needed to build was right there and easy to grasp. If you enjoy Empires of the North, then this might be a must add

Two players games that involve strategic war battles are always something I enjoy, but the time to set up and play is sometimes a roadblock to getting a game to the table. But 300: Earth & Water is small footprint game that is fast to play and easy to understand. Based on the battle that most of us know from the movie 300, this game is around can the Greeks hold off the advance of the Persians over five rounds. If they do, they win. If the Persians can beat down the defenses, then they win.

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RDTN Episode 229: Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals and Vendetta, Mosaic

00:00Game Toppers LLC
07:00Vampire Kickstarter Delivered
12:50 YouTube #Shorts
16:10 Nubs on Soap
19:00 BGG Golden Geek Winners
26:15 Warhammer Fest
28:00Marty’s Obsession Cuba Libre
30:20Play Until You Drop
34:20Portal Games
38:10Mosaic: A Story of Civilization
46:00Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals
1:09:20Vampire: The Masquerade – Vendetta
1:17:10Elysium: Weekend of Darkness
1:18:30Miniature Market

We are back into a card game with Vampire: The Masquerade Rivals. Save us now. So much to explore and the joy of deck building is just beginning. There will be more to come in the coming episodes.

If you need a fast area control game around a vampire theme, then Vendetta is worth playing. There was tension and moments of “you got to be kidding me”. Very nice game to end the evening on.

Mosaic is funded and even though we got the preview copy, we enjoyed seeing how this Glenn Drover game would work. It has simple mechanics at its core with fast action playing. It isn’t going to be one of the Civ games that last for hours. If you like Raccoon Tycoon, then go check on the Kickstarter.

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RDTN Episode 228: Cryo, Hadrian’s Wall, Rocketmen, The Game Face to Face, Gentle Rain, Bohnanza, Taste Test

00:00Game Toppers LLC
06:51Dr. Pepper Zero Sugar
10:51Reading Comics and Marty rants
18:21Fantasy Realms Cursed Hordes
26:41Gentle Rain
42:12FFG LOTR CCG 10 Years old
44:13Thanks for BGG Votes
46:09Miniature Market
48:38Hadrian’s Wall
1:03:23The Game Face to Face
1:32:00Portal Games
1:34:00Outro –
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Sometime there is just no need to complicate things. Why should you try and true mechanics work. And that is what we have with the games in this episode

Cryo is a very easy to follow worker placement, engine building game that doesn’t try and makes the most of the concept of trying to save your crew before they perish when the sun goes down. It is a fast playing worker placement game

Hadrian’s Wall is not going to be a game where there is going to be interaction between players. You will be doing your thing and it is hard to keep track of what other players are doing. It might be tough to figure out who is ahead until the final round. But there is a feeling of accomplishment when you are able to combo move after move knowing that you have your engine working.

Vanessa is back on to help Marty explain The Game Face to Face, so just like you, can’t wait to hear this discussion. I will admit that I never got into The Game the first time, but very intrigue about a two player version.

Thanks for listening and all that voted for us in the BGG Golden Geeks this year, we really do appreciate the support.