RDTN Episode 231: Mandala Stones, Imperium, Mazescape, Unfathomable, Flesh & Blood

00:00Game Toppers
06:54Pepsi Peeps Taste Test
10:55FFG Arkham Horror Expansions
21:57After the Empire 4 Hour Event
25:48Vienna Connection
31:08Folded Space Empires of the North Insert
35:20Model Trains and TCR
39:11Southern Fried Gaming Expo
42:56Your Despicable
48:00Portal Games
49:14Clever Cubed
52:22Doodle Dungeon
1:15:10Flesh & Blood
1:22:08Mandala Stones
1:28:13Miniature Market
1:41:08Dad Jokes
1:51:20Ewin Racing Desks

Lots of game talk believe it or not. Imperium is a classic style of deck building with a strong engine building mechanic. In the games played, there was strong interaction and then there was solitary play. It all depends on the factions that are on the table. Mandala Stones is going to be a favorite light game for the table. However, there are some strategic moments in the game that you will need to consider to come out on top. Mazescape is a simple game that will be a hit or miss if you like the solo style games. At first, you might dismiss it, but if you like clever puzzle games, then it might be one to try. If you like games where you have to write on a pad of paper, definitely check out Doodle Dungeon. Lots of interaction and just a simple pleasure to get on the table.

Thanks for listening and all the Dad Jokes that were submitted. See you in two weeks.

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.

Thanks for listening we do appreciate it

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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