RDTN Episode 120: Lorenzo il Magnifico, Emerson Matsuuchi (Century), Honshu, Element

In this jam packed episode we spend time on the new CMON game called Lorenzo il Magnifico. To say it was a unique experience might be putting it somewhat mildly. The game is not hard to learn or play, but there are some really taxing decisions that must be thought through. However, we are not talking analysis paralysis type decisions, but ones where you know what you want to do and you go and do it only to say, “Oh crap, I can’t do that.” We heard that most of the night when playing. What would cause these events? Well, it is the tightness of the resources. This game doesn’t allow for you to squander them away, you really have to be on your toes. Will this game replace any other euro in your collection, we can’t say, but we can say give it a try for sure.

Next on the table was Century: Spice Road. This game is being called Splendor 2.0 because of how it plays so similar to Splendor. We are not saying that here at RDTN. This game should be judged on the merits it has going for it. Century is one of those game where you will find yourself planning 4 or 5 steps ahead and feel like you are in a race constantly with the other players. You will need to always be looking for alternate moves and not count on what you had planned being there. Maybe you do that in Splendor, but that is not the feeling we had when we played Splendor.

Must apologize for the technical difficulties in the show. We had an interview ready to go with Emerson and due to internet issues where he was, we couldn’t pull it off. And by the time he got to a reliable service, Tony was gone on his vacation. So, Marty took the helm and lead the discussion. Sometimes even we get bit due to technical difficulties.

Next episode is our first Tabletop Showcase and Mr. Eric Lang is back to tell us all about his new CMON game, The Godfather: Coreleone’s Empire. Eric is always a treat being on the show and he didn’t disappoint this time.

Thanks for listening and supporting us, we really appreciate it.


Intro, 0:35
Warhammer 40k, 7:32
Street Masters Video, 13:50
Exit, 16:35

Beasts of Balance, 17:40
Train Heist, 20:24

Honshu, 24:27

Element, 30:11
Lorenzo il Magnifico, 32:23

The Broken Token, 42:57

Interview with Emerson, 45:53

Rank Em’, 1:08:20
Portal Games, 1:19:12

Outro, 1:20:05

2 Replies to “RDTN Episode 120: Lorenzo il Magnifico, Emerson Matsuuchi (Century), Honshu, Element”

  1. Tony Faber

    I love the faith track in Lorenzo Il Magnifico because it adds another level of decision making – it’s not like feeding your people in Agricola where you just have to do it or lose. Instead, you have the choice between spending crucial actions to pay the church or decide you can get away with the penalty. Deciding which excommunication penalty to eat is often the key decision in the game.

    • admin

      100% agree and that was a sticking point for me too. I still enjoyed it but that Faith track was a thorn in my side -Marty

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