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Rolling Dice and Taking Names is a podcast where two seasoned tabletop gamers have discussions about board games, RPGs, and miniatures that are entertaining and informative to casual gamers and experienced hobbyists alike. The level of conversation would be similar to friends sitting around the kitchen table playing the latest game, discussing their likes and dislikes of a style of game, or just trying to make sense of the latest gaming news. In addition, special guests add their gaming knowledge to help the hosts sound more credible. Family friendly, informative and always striving to be entertaining.

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Rolling Dice and Taking Names is a podcast where two seasoned tabletop gamers have discussions about board games, RPGs, and miniatures that are entertaining and informative to casual gamers and experienced hobbyists alike. The level of conversation would be similar to friends sitting around the kitchen table playing the latest game, discussing their likes and dislikes of a style of game, or just trying to make sense of the latest gaming news. In addition, special guests add their gaming knowledge to help the hosts sound more credible. Family friendly, informative and always striving to be entertaining.

    RDTN Episode 205 – Glenn Drover, Lizard Wizard, Super Pinball, Vampire the Masquerade

    RDTN Episode 205 – Glenn Drover, Lizard Wizard, Super Pinball, Vampire the Masquerade

    00:00 Intro03:35 Marty tests for COVID-1912:00 Pandemic Legacy 012:35 Unmatched: Buffy13:35 New Version of 7 Wonders17:45 5er Finden20:50 10% Off HABA Games22:03 Super Skill Pinball 4-Cade 28:35 Miniature Market29:30 Glenn Drover Interview31:35 History in board/video games42:45 Lizard Wizard1:05:50 Rank ‘Em1:16:50 The Broken Token1:17:40 Vampire The Masquerade: Rivals Preview1:31:45 Tabletop Game Sales for 20191:39:00 Portal Games







    In this episode we are excited to have the designer of Raccoon Tycoon (and many other games) Glenn Drover to talk about Lizard Wizard.Also we review Super Skill Pinball 4-Cade. A really cool themed roll n write. Also Marty previews Vampire The Masquerade: Rivals.If you are interested, join our Discord Server

    • 1 hr 40 min
    RDTN Episode 204: Warhammer 40k 9th Edition, WarCry Campaigns, Age of Sigmar RPG

    RDTN Episode 204: Warhammer 40k 9th Edition, WarCry Campaigns, Age of Sigmar RPG

    00:00 Intro02:32 Warhammer 40k 9th Edition31:25 Other 40k Media Content37:00 The Broken Token37:45 WarCry42:05 WarCry Campaigns55:00 Age of Sigmar Soulbound RPG59:30 Character Creation1:06:15 Skill Checks1:15:35 Combat1:34:00 Soulfire1:40:10 Final Thoughts1:46:40 Miniature Market1:47:28 Outro1:50:20 Portal Games







    In this special off-week episode of RDTN, Marty looks at various Game Workshop games he’s been playing. To help keep him straight his son, Adam, and Joel Eddy from Drive Thru Games join in on the discussion.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    RDTN Episode 203: Scooby Doo Betrayal at Mystery Mansion, Succulent, HABA Games, Top 5 Portal Games

    RDTN Episode 203: Scooby Doo Betrayal at Mystery Mansion, Succulent, HABA Games, Top 5 Portal Games

    00:35   Intro02:50   Online Surveys03:48   Imperial Settlers: Roll & Write App05:30   Legacy Game Maybe06:18   Back to D&D and Metallic Dice Games09:45   Update Ascension Tactics12:12   AEG Dead Reckoning17:49   Hamilton – RDTN Review27:25   Portal Con38:36   Portal Games39:48   Top 5 Portal Games59:02   Miniature Market1:00:21 Succulent1:12:15 In A Flash Firefighters1:16:45 Cloaked Cats1:23:57 Scooby-Doo – Betrayal at Mystery Mansion1:36:47 Outro1:42:53 RDTN Discord and Twitch1:46:17 The Broken Token







    The virus has once again hurt our opportunity to get together and vacation. It is hard to find a location to sit down and play a game during the week. Most places close early and you hate to take up a seat at a place to eat when they need the business. Some places are even limiting the time so they can turn customers over.







    Therefore, Vanessa is back and she is sitting down with Marty to talk about the games you see in the image. Amazing what people will do when locked away in a cabin in the mountains of NC and want to get out. That is right, Marty was on vacation and had the family playing games. What a bunch of troopers.







    We also rank our favorite Portal games, curious what yours might be. So head over to our BGG guild and let us know. Also, if you want to check out our stupidity, go watch our attempt to host during Portal Con on youTube.

    • 1 hr 45 min
    RDTN Episode 202: Justin Gary, Ascension Tactics, Cosmic Encounter Duels, Rise of the Empire

    RDTN Episode 202: Justin Gary, Ascension Tactics, Cosmic Encounter Duels, Rise of the Empire

    00:00 Intro01:56 Expiration is a suggestion05:12 Switch Talk09:06 Ravensburger – Jungle Cruise13:35 Stick’em22:32 D&D Online25:28 Metallic Dice Games – RDTN 10% Off Code32:45 Justin Gary – Ascension Tactics55:00 Ascension Tactics In Depth1:36:34 Portal Games1:22:06 Rank’em with Justin1:36:34 Portal Games1:37:39 Cosmic Encounter Duel1:53:37 Contest for Cosmic Encounter1:56:45 Unmatched Cobble & Fog2:02:25 Back to the Future: Dice Through Time2:08:32 Dice Masters Avengers2:14:50 Miniature Market2:15:50 Outro2:16:40 Rise of the Empire2:25:00 Portal Con – Online2:29:00 The Broken Token







    This episode is full of stuff. We have a discussion with Justin Gary about his career and the new Kickstarter from Stone Blade Entertainment: Ascension Tactics. Tony is a big old fan boy during this, but rightly so with over 1000+ games of Ascension played. But we learn some very interesting facts about Justin that just floors us. If you have the time, be sure to listen to the full episode because there are nuggets about the elements the lead up to Ascension Tactics. However, the hard cord discussion begins around the 55:00 mark. This episode comes out on the day the Ascension Tactics Kickstarter starts, so if you want to back it, do it in the first 24 hours to get your name in the book.







    We have a ton of games to talk about in this episode as well. We are going to talk about Cosmic Encounter Duel which really caught Marty by surprise. You know of your expectations are kind of down there and you get blown away. That is what this game did to Marty. When it is just the two of us sitting down to play a game, this and Undaunted are going to be fighting for table time.







    Then we have Portal’s new add on for Imperial Settlers, Rise of the Empire. This is only a preview because we need to get Imperial Settlers on the table some more to remember how to play that game well. We had both forgotten strategies, nuisances and the best way to play the factions we picked. If you enjoyed Imperial Settlers before, this add on is something you should consider.







    Ravensburger Jungle Cruise and Back to the Future: Dice Through Time find their way to the table. Jungle Cruise is a very light, family game. It is really nothing more than a roll and move game with set collection. However, Back to the Future is a challenging co-op game that will be a tough one to beat. If you like Elder Sign, you should check this one out if you like the IP that the game is based on.







    And we discuss the new Unmatched release Cobble & Fog which brings to the table some of the best Universal Monsters and the lovable crime fighter Sherlock Holmes. Finally, Dice Masters has campaign boxes and we got to try one out that let us take a trip down memory lane. We hate that they ran into issues when it was released, such a fun, quick game to play.







    Thanks for listening and be sure to enter the contest when you get a chance.

    • 2 hr 30 min
    RDTN Episode 201: Isaac Childres Interview, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    RDTN Episode 201: Isaac Childres Interview, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    00:00 Intro02:36 Background of Gaming06:00 Video Games with Isaac08:40 Then the Board Games13:09 What sparked the interest15:28 Back to Video Games18:00 The Gloomhaven spark27:19 Time to get educated28:41 Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion39:27 Target Story44:38 Why get this51:14 Plushies??? 54:45 Rank’em







    After 200 episodes, you would think that word would get around to designers warning them of coming onto our show. Well, if it did, Isaac Childres ignored it and took his chances with us.







    We have a great time talking video games, board games, and his new creation Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. You can find this game at Target right now, and sometime next month at your local stores or online. If you go to Miniature Market, you can go ahead and pre-order. Click on the this link







    And just when Isaac thought he had escaped, we drop Rank’em on him. If only had listened to the warnings. You would think a guy who writes scenarios would have picked up on those tales of foreboding.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    RDTN Episode 200: Co-host Auditions, Ride the Rails, Gulf, Mobile & Ohio, Undaunted: North Africa, Wingspan

    RDTN Episode 200: Co-host Auditions, Ride the Rails, Gulf, Mobile & Ohio, Undaunted: North Africa, Wingspan

    00:34      Intro07:15      Food and Movies10:18      Wingspan15:08      And maybe we will not be gaming16:57      A new Grumpy thing20:17      Auditions for Co-host50:21      Portal Games51:31      Undaunted North Africa1:04:15    Wingspan with Donna1:17:10    Miniature Market1:18:16    Ride the Rails and Gulf, Mobile, & Ohio1:41:22    Outro1:48:42    The Broken Token







    Physical games were actually played for this episode. That is right, we gathered around a table and played to new train games. Ride the Rails from Capstone Games was first on the table. It was refreshing not to have to bid on stocks in a train game and concentrate on the network. But then, Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio rolled onto the table and we were back to stocks and building the network. Winner is the one with most points in both games. Both games took a little bit to get the fire stocked in the boiler and get the train out of the station. But isn’t that how it is with these games, got to see how the strategy will play out. The concepts are easy to grasp, but how to use them to your advantage just takes some time.







    Tony and Donna talk about the Game of the Year, Wingspan. They finally get to play it and can see why it got the praise that it did. Artwork, table presence, ease of teach, and concepts were just top notch. Even the mother-in-laws enjoy the game and they are not use to these types of games.







    And the love for the Undaunted series continues with the next installment, North Africa. Not sure what it is, but this series continues to be a favorite. It melds in enough strategy and the favorite mechanic of deck building which is why it seems to be hitting the table as often as it is.







    A big thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate the 200th episode of Rolling Dice & Taking Names. We asked a ton of people to send in audition tapes to replace Tony as a way to close out that running gag and we appreciate all that took the time out of the schedule and sent one in.







    Episode 201 is around the corner and we will be visited by Isaac Childres as he talks about his new game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

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208 Ratings

208 Ratings

Tselin ,

Boardgames, squirrels & Moonpies oh my

Two great guys that have known each other for decades talking about the games they love, hate, and everything in between...squirrel!...and Moonpies, and life, lawnmowers, and everything.

mkolb ,

Fun Show, Awesome Hosts

While they don't take themselves too seriously, Tony and Marty are serious about what they like and don't like when it comes to boardgames, and are obviously great friends, to boot. The Five-Minute Initiatives and Flying Squirrels segments are great for getting a quick sense of a game, while the Scurry Report and longer reviews provide for a more detailed look at gameplay and strategies. Diversions about food and lawn mowers notwithstanding, trequent industry guests demonstrate the true reach of this pair within the boardgame community. Their Squirrelly Awards show is an annual reminder of that, as well as a hilarious celebration of their self-deprecating humor.

Baker3md ,

One of The Best

If you’re looking for a Boardgame podcast, look no further than here. Marty and Tony are great fun to listen to. They discuss all kinds of board games ( and occasional food, lawnmowers snd music). Once, when I asked my daughter what Boardgame podcast she wanted to listen to on the way to school, she said “The one about the diapers”. Seriously, I look forward to every episode.

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