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RDTN Episode 234: Juicy Fruits, Subastral, Fast Sloths, Power Rangers Deck Builder, Mondrian Blocks

TimeSegment
00:00Game Toppers LLC
01:14Vanessa Intro
01:34Intro
03:10Fast Sloths
08:35Taste Test Time (Mt. Dew & Lemon Moon Pie)
14:26Great British Bakeoff
19:54New Coke Zero Flavor
20:51Earth, Wind & Fire – Our Top 3 Songs
27:25Free Comic Book Day and Manga
34:30Marty’s Vacation
39:37Restoration Games Press Release
41:48Spiel Awards
42:18Distilled KS – Ending Soon
44:12Miniature Market
46:47Power Rangers Deck Builder
53:17Juicy Fruits
65:03Subastral
77:24Portal Games
79:35Mondrian Blocks
83:55Ewin Racing Desk
87:56Switch – Mario Golf Super Rush
91:56Switch – Evolution Climate
95:20Keep Rolling Dice & Taking Names

You wouldn’t know it by the banter length, but yeah, it had been awhile since we talked last. Therefore, we had lots of news to share and our opinions on said news. We did start off with a game to get you hooked, but then did a Taste Test which included two of our favorite things, Mountain Dew and Moon Pies. If you like Pineapple and Lemon, then you might need to find yourself these two items and give them a try.

Some very good games covered in the show. The Power Rangers Deck Builder takes the basic core concept of deck building and adds to it by bringing in attachments and allies to your heroes/villains which helps you cull your deck but also makes for some important strategic decisions while playing. Juicy Fruits has a puzzle element in the game that makes it a strong solo challenge that you will be concentrating on while others take their turns. I think this is what needs to be pointed out, while there is competition to get the buildings on the main board, other players are not going to mess you up and keep you from getting resources. You will do that to yourself if you don’t plan well but also need to keep track of what others are doing.

Finally we get to the hit of the show: Subastral. If you played Stellar and enjoyed it, then this is going to be a no brainer for you. There is something satisfying to me about this game in how it challenges you to decide when to take cards into your hand, when to play them to your board and how to strategize on how to deny others from getting cards. Pinchback and Riddle have really built on this mechanic of playing to a certain area which dictates what you do next. Wonder if they have something else in the works?

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RDTN Episode 232: Brew, City Builder, For What Remains, Ticket To Ride 15th Anniversary, Million Dollar Script

TimeSegment
00:01Game Toppers
02:14Intro
04:32McAllister’s Tea Day
08:43Drink Subscriptions
09;56Name That Bit Contest – $25 Gift Card to Miniature Market
12:44New RDTN T-Shirts Sir Meeple
17:00Mondo Games – RDTN Discount Code
19:58Ticket To Ride – 15th Anniversary Edition
23:40Million Dollar Script – Portal Games
31:03Codenames Duet – CGE
33:10Portal Games
34:50For What Remains – DVG
40:55Brew – Pandasaurus Games
51:45City Builder Ancient World – InsideUp Games
57:47Miniature Market
59:57Nintendo Direct Reaction
1:05:05Roguebook on Steam
1:08:22Blood Bowl III on Steam
1:15:25Outro

We have another contest this release where you get to test how much you remember about the games you played. Our buddy Ben has put together an image of various bits from games and it is your task to see how many you know. Complete the form here for your submission. The person with the most correct answers wins, ties will be resolved by random draw. We wish you luck with the contest.

As far as games we got to the table, Brew is a dice placement game that doesn’t punish for unfortunate rolls, but does require some advance planning to get the most out of the results. But gaining control of the various forests will be the hidden strategy piece to this game that will take time for players to develop. For What Remains in a non-miniature tactical skirmish game where streamlined rules and powers provide an enjoyable experience. The well written rulebooks and mission books add to the enjoyment and easy access for players. City Builder is a tile laying game that made me feel like I never had enough time, but yet, those I was playing against had plenty. Very nice twist to a tile laying game for those that enjoy that mechanic.

Also, be sure and visit Sir Meeple for you new RDTN shirts if you are so inclined.

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

TimeSegment
00:00Game Toppers
02:04Intro
06:54Pepsi Peeps Taste Test
10:55FFG Arkham Horror Expansions
15:41Unfathomable
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
1:02:35Mazescape
1:06:53Bullet
1:10:54Calico
1:15:10Flesh & Blood
1:22:08Mandala Stones
1:28:13Miniature Market
1:29:27Imperium
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.