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Rahdo Talks Through

A podcast all about boardgames, hosted by Richard "Rahdo" Ham

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RTT Episode 56

Happy New Decade, everybody!  SHOW NOTES:  •••[00:01:37] 75 Games of Interest in 2020►►► The 7th Citadel, Adventure of D (2nd Edition), Agemonia, Almanac: Crystal Peaks, Alpha Quadrant, Boomerang: Australia, Brasil, Canopy, Castle von Loghan, Chai: Tea for 2, Contact, Coraline: Beware the Other Mother, Dead Reckoning, Deckscape: Escape from Alcatraz, Defense of Procyon III, Dice Quest, Excavation Earth, Fairy Trails, Foundations of Rome, Fresco: Card & Dice Game, Frosthaven, The Game: Quick & Easy, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, The Great Wall, Hamlet, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party, Holi: Festival of Colors, Imperial Century, Imperium, In Too Deep, Jodhpur, Kanban EV, Lands of Galzyr, Legend Raiders, Lost Atlantis, Mariposas, Marvel Splendor, Medici: The Dice Game, Menestrels, Metal Gear Solid: the Board Game, Moonflight, The Mountain, Nevada City, Nidavellir, No Dawn, Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile, Oltree, Paper Dungeons, Paris, Plunderous, Rise & Fall, The Rival Networks, Roads to Rome, Rococo: Deluxe Edition, Roll Player Adventures, Ruins of Mars, Running Quest: Soul Raiders, Santa Monica, Seventh Cross, Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria, So You’ve Been Eaten, Solomon Kane, Streets, Tang Garden, Tea for 2, Tharos, Three Sisters, TIME Stories: Cavendish Manor, Traintopia, Transhumanity, Unlikely Heroes, Viscounts of the West Kingdom, Weather Machine, Welcome To… New Las Vegas, Yedo: Deluxe Master Set  •••[02:03:42] 27 Expansions of Interest in 2020►►► Anachrony: Fractures of Time, Anachrony: Future Imperfect, Architects of the West Kingdom: Age of Artisans, Big Book of Madness: The Vth Element, Crusaders: Divine Influence, Dominion: Menagerie, Edge of Darkness: Cliffs of Coldharbor, Endeavor: Age of Expansion, Fresco: Expansion Modules 11-14, Gugong: Panjun, Heroes of Tenefyr: Second Curse, Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North – Roman Banners, The Isle of Cats: Late Arrivals, Madeira: Expansion, Marvel Champions: Wrecking Crew, Marvel Champions: Thor, Museum: The Historians, Mystic Vale: Nemesis, New Frontiers: Starry Rift, Roll Player: Fiends & Familiars, Rune Stones: Enchanters Forest, Sailing Toward Osiris: Pharaoh’s Pyramid, Sleeping Gods: Tides of Ruin, Spirit Island: Jagged Earth, Teotihuacan: Shadow of Xitle, Tiny Towns: Fortune, Zhanguo: Expansion  •••[02:19:15] 22 Kickstarters shipping in 2020►►► Burgle Bros 2: Casino Capers, Dungeon Drop, Etherfields, Goetia: Nine Kings of Solomon, The Grand Carnival, Icaion, Kingdom Rush: Rift in Time, Legacies, Manchukuo, Margraves of Valeria, Merchants Cove, Roland Wright: Dice Game, Rome & Roll, Runika & the Six sided Spellbooks, Search for Planet X, Seize the Bean, Sovereign Skies, Space Race, Tasty Humans, Time of Legends: Destinies, Tungaru, Ugly Christmas Sweaters  •••[02:32:10] Top 25 Games of Interest in 2020►►► Return to Dark Tower, TIME Stories Revolution, Deckscape Duel, The Fox in the Forest Duet, Chrono Corsairs, Followers, Venice, Tekhenu, Floor Plan, Hour of Need, Lions of Lydia, Rocketmen, Artificial Intelligence, Quantified, Inner Compass, School of Sorcery, Cosmic Colonies, Calico, Sleeping Gods, Mercado de Lisboa, Perseverance: Castaway Chronicles, Dice Realms, Troyes Dice, Adventure Ink, My City  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

3hr 27mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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RTT Episode 59

Warning: buttons will be pushed!  SHOW NOTES:  •••[00:00:28] Games Q&A►►► Making regular games soloable? The future of deckbuilding? Themes Jen doesn't like? How to help Rahdo Run Through? Rahdo requests? Emotionally touching games? Designing new mechanisms? Games about dreams? Branching out? How do I learn games? A day in the life of Rahdo? The three types of carebear? GAMA during corona? Using theme to teach games? Organizing game components? Rahdo promos? Justifying Pandemic thematically? Why don't I rate Orleans higher?n Abyss vs Conspiracy: Abyss? How many goofs before refilming? Why no mathtrades? What hardware & software do I film with? Thoughts on Burgundy 20th Anniversary Ed.? Exploding Kittens love? App automas? Do I value innovation too much? Skipping classics? Super Rahdo auctions? Did I misrepresent Forgotten Circle haters? Superheroes of Renown and other homebrew designs? Rules discovery? Magic vs Keyforge? Rolling Realms?  •••[01:33:13] More games Q&A (with Jen)►►► Explaining RRT popularity? RTT in the Dice Tower network? Most incredible gaming moment? How to get friends past gateways?  •••[01:58:32] Personal Q&A►►► Mutants in the Marvel Comics universe? Avenue 5? The Passage trilogy? Thoughts on The Expanse, The Witcher and Farscape? Picard is portrayed incorrectly? Luke a Mary Sue? Favourite Star Wars droid? Would I really go back to work on a new SyphonFilter? How has Corona affected us? Biden's chances? Thoughts on Yang leaving the race? How much is too much when it comes to SJWness? Examples of how music has advanced? When did we decide not to have kids? How's Jen's monovision working out? Jen's inherent contradiction in how she consumes entertainment media? How does Jen fell about all the Rahdo haters? 23 and me results? Advice about what not to do when moving overseas? Tea recommendations from Jen? Any phone/tablet games we enjoy? West Wing Weekly? Working with Peter Molyneux? Jen's words of wisdom? Picard thoughts now that the season is over?   •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

4hr 21mins

13 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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RTT Episode 58

Umm, surely 6 hours is too long?  SHOW NOTES:  •••[00:00:46] Games Q&A►►► Carcassonne original rule? Etherfield not anticipated? My fave co-op mechanism? How is new TIME stories 2p? What game would I design? Playing with others? Worth it to seek out older games? Ever play oldies? Tubemate recommendation. Boardgame age recommendations? 7 Wonders Armada? Circle the Wagons vs Walking in Provence? Finished Near & Far campaign? Purposeful negativity to boost views? Takenoko? Conspiracy: Abyss? Castles of Tuscany? My City? Handling Lovecraft's racism? Do we Magic the Gathering? How to reach me? Captain is Dead player count? Nights around a table collaboration? Adventure of D reprint? Dreamscape? Boardgame Metacritic? How do I cull my collection? Boardgame reviewer culls in general? Why HATE? Online boardgame implementations? Collection size in Malta vs USA? Boardgame collection update videos? More "what were they thinking" games? Unexplored themes? My tastes changing over the years? Games that get better with more than 2? Big boxes for little games? Shadowrun Crossfire vs Aeon's End Legacy? Embargo preference? Zhanguo revisit by Jen? Best time of day to play games? Snacking while gaming? Game lighting? Gaming music? Gaming room? Game session length? D Day Dice thematically odd? Where are the older episodes of RTT? Gloomhaven wannabes? Becoming a 2p consultant?  •••[02:36:16] More games Q&A (with Jen)►►► Jen's fave co-op mechanism? FOMO? Why aren't we more critical? 10 games 100 times or 100 games 10 times? D&D interest? Playing games we don't like with the right people? Pigeonholing a bad thing? How far to go with diversity in games? Thematic alternative to VP? Asmodee's new parts policy? What's the problem with having unplayed games?  •••[03:51:55] Personal Q&A►►► Moving to Australia? Syphon Filter vs Metal Gear Solid? Works of Fiction or non-fiction that helped make us who we are? Syphon Filter Remake? Videogame recruiters still sniffing around? How was DTW? Indoor skydiving? Fave Survivor? Doctor Who? Why is SJW considered a bad thing by some? What does my MATH shirt mean? Jen's recommendations for young adult fantasy fiction? Malta corruption? Second wedding? What would I say to Trump or Boris Johnson? How did I survive to 13? Factchecking Rahdo related entries on wikipedia? Jen copycats? Who did we vote for in democratic primary? Jen's wisdom of the month? More Picard thoughts (spoilers)? Mandalorian thoughts (spoilers)? Rise of Skywalker Thoughts (spoilers)?  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

5hr 59mins

8 Mar 2020

Rank #3

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C2C Episodes 1-2

Hey everybody! Welcome to a brand new show that I'm putting on YouTube with Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower: Corner to Corner. This is the first two episodes, and if you'd rather watch them than listen to them, the direct links are:  Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqlc6Ekompk Episode 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX2Mw9ti2Gw  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

2hr 4mins

29 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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RTT Episode 57

Ch-ch-ch-changes!  SHOW NOTES:  •••[00:04:52] Games Q&A►►► Rahdo top 100? Reviewer impact? LotR LCG preferences? Weight vs Complexity? Boardgame cafes? Why didn't RRT cover videogames instead of boardgames? 4x recommends? Solo RRT issues? Pandemic Legacy 3 anticipation? Ecos ranking? Space Hulk Death Angel a euro? Top10's and roundups on podcast channel? 2p faves diminished after playing with more? Design a game around our home town? HP Lovecraft's racist history? Games that could benefit from more diversity? Other live shows besides the alaboom? What games to play with family? Stowing sore loser tendencies? Backlash against Project Shrinko? Res Arcana suffered from Rahdo clash? Hopeful improvements in Frosthaven? We don't like Legacy games? Jen's fave Pfister?  •••[02:27:03] Personal Q&A►►► Pronunciation of Teotihuacan? Any games played with parents? Chicken checkin? Gamestorm or Dice Tower west? Rank our homes? Most anticipated TV for 2020? DC or Marvel? Game pubs taking responsibility for counterfeits? USA healthcare progress? Skydiving? Cinema going? Jen's wisdom of the month? Picard thoughts?  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

3hr 52mins

2 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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C2C Episodes 9-10

Hey everybody! Here's this weeks's episodes of Corner to Corner, and here's the youtube links if you'd like to watch instead of listen:  Episode 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR_-B-PV4PY Episode 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4Uax5Oza_A  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

2hr 2mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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C2C Episodes 3-4

Hey everybody! Here's this weeks's episodes of Corner to Corner, and here's the youtube links if you'd like to watch  Episode 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IVGGnDOVKg Episode 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv_VUJRFlBQ  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

1hr 59mins

4 Apr 2020

Rank #7

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RRU March 2020

22 new games discussed for the month of March.  If you'd prefer to watch this in video form, head to  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZuFczvGjfQ :)  Countdown --------------------------- 22. Gloomy Graves 21. Franky: Rock'n Vegas 20. Flyin’ Goblin 19. Lawyer Up 18. Sidekick Saga 17. Dwarf 16. Quest for El Dorado: Golden Temples 15. Excavation Earth 14. Canvas 13. Succulent 12. Steampunk Rally: Fusion 11. Squire for Hire: Mystic Runes 10. Paris 9. Kingdom Builder: Nomads 8. Santa Monica 7. The Crew 6. Planet Unknown 5. Mandala 4. Marvel Champions: Captain America & Thor 3. Agricola Revised Edition 2. Gloomhaven: Forgotten Circles 1. Frosthaven •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

1hr 3mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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C2C Episodes 7-8

Hey everybody! Here's this weeks's episodes of Corner to Corner, and here's the youtube links if you'd like to watch instead of listen:  Episode 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk9C0knuFXA Episode 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9Wh1r0Kn20 •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

2hr 2mins

20 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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C2C Episodes 5-6

Hey everybody! Here's this weeks's episodes of Corner to Corner, and here's the youtube links if you'd like to watch instead of listen:  Episode 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMbYI3JBQkE Episode 6: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wALAtCQXdfs  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

2hr

11 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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Top 10 Influential Games of the Decade

Hey everybody, welcome to the 2nd episode of the audio-only version of my monthly top 10 videos. If you'd prefer to watch this in video form, head to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B3Yaj-Ytto :) And now... the spoilers!!!  Tom's List ------------------------------ 2010  Alien Frontiers 2011  Risk: Legacy 2012  Lords of Waterdeep 2012  Love Letter 2012  X-Wing 2012  Machi Koro 2015  Codenames 2015  TIME Stories 2017  Gloomhaven 2019  Wingspan  Rahdo's List ----------------------------- 2010  7 Wonders 2012  Zombicide 2013  Hanabi 2013  Qwixx 2014  Viticulture: Tuscany 2015  TIME Stories 2016  Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition 2016  Oh My Goods: Longsdale in Revolt 2017  Gloomhaven 2019  Wingspan •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

1hr 37mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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RRU February 2020

24 new games discussed for the month of February. If you'd prefer to watch this in video form, head to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufPoou2T7Cs  :)  DTC Games --------------------------- Cubitos The Crew Mandala Marvel Champions expansions Queen of Hansa Silver and Gold Ludocherry shirts  Countdown --------------------------- 18 Oceans 17 Chrono Corsairs 16 Dawn of Mankind 15 Space Base: Shy Pluto 14 Mind MGMT 13 Matchbox Collection 12 Public Market 11 Lift Off 10 Deadly Doodles 9 Enchanters: East Quest 8 Stellar 7 Masters of Charms 6 Mechanica 5 Rush MD 4 Teotihuacan: Late Preclassic Period 3 Tumble Town 2 Tiny Towns: Fortune 1 Castles of Burgundy Anniversary Edition  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

57mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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Top 10 Games of the Decade

Hey everybody, welcome to the first episode of the audio-only version of my monthly top 10 videos. If you'd prefer to watch this in video form, head to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiAeWM1Jxuw  :)  Countdown ------------------- 10. Roll for the Galaxy (2014) 09. Dungeon Petz (2011) 08. 7 Wonders (2010) 07. Keyflower (2012) 06. Nations (2013) 05. Castles of Burgundy (2011) 04. Troyes (2010) 03. Gloomhaven (2017) 02. Shadowrun: Crossfire (2014) 01. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 (2015)  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

47mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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RRU January 2020

Hey everybody, welcome to the first episode of the audio-only version of my monthly gaming Rahdo Round Up, where I talk about the games Jen and I have played over the preceding 4 weeks. If you'd prefer to watch this in video form, head to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q8wornJR-o :)  Countdown: 22. World Without End 21. Captain is Dead: Lockdown 20. Parks 19. Legendary Forests 18. Fox in the Forest Duet 17. Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet 16. Florenza Dice Game 15. Trickerion 14. Dungeon Alliance Adventures 13. Ishtar 12. Quirky Circuits 11. TIME Stories: Experience 10. TIME Stories: Hadal Project 9. Rocketmen 8. Inner Compass 7. Aftermath 6. Micro City 5. Solar draft 4. Suburbia Collector’s Edition 3. Circle the Wagons 2. Aeon’s End: Outcasts 1. The Networks: Executives  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

1hr 25mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #14

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C2C Episode 13

Hey everybody! Here's this weeks's episode of Corner to Corner, and here's the youtube link if you'd like to watch instead of listen:  Episode 13: https://youtube.com/watch?v=aGmFwiqzy6Y  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

1hr 1min

15 May 2020

Rank #15

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RRU April 2020

24 new games discussed for the month of April.  If you'd prefer to watch this in video form, head to  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1g00ACXwOw :)  (0:00) Intro (3:41) 24. Fallout Shelter (5:46) 23. Yggdrasil Chronicles (9:50) 22. Kanagawa (12:24) 21. Bunny Kingdom (15:48) 20. Clank! In! Space! Cyber Station 11 (22:14) 19. Liberation of Rietburg (25:10) 18. Telepathic (28:44) 17. Yinzi (31:49) 16. Manitoba (40:04) 15. Curators (42:45) 14. Traintopia (44:29) 13. Small Islands (47:01) 12. Steamfall: Genesis (50:26) 11. Fairy Trails (54:20) 10. Destination Neptune 2nd ed (57:21) 09. Ankh’or (59:47) 08. Rolled West (1:03:15) 07. Ausonia (1:05:31) 06. Trails of Tucana (1:06:48) 05. The Phantom (1:11:06) 04. Homesteaders: New Beginnings (1:14:41) 03. Barenpark: Bad News Bears (1:17:40) 02. Robin of Locksley (1:20:08) 01. Walking in Provence  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

1hr 25mins

7 May 2020

Rank #16

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C2C Episode 12

Hey everybody! Here's this weeks's episode of Corner to Corner, and here's the youtube link if you'd like to watch instead of listen:  Episode 12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BCwPuW5e1g  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

1hr 1min

6 May 2020

Rank #17

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RTT Episode 60

5 years, and i'm still not preparing properly!  SHOW NOTES:  •••[00:01:50] Games Q&A►►► Most innovative mechanism? What game to retheme? Keeping non-2p games? Accepting game deliveries these days? Area control for 2p? Best Marvel Champions characters? Rise of the Red Skull? Best heroes vs boss game? Race for the Galaxy vs Roll vs Jump Drive vs New Frontiers? Caper, Yinzi & 1987? Railroad Revolution expansion? Other Azul games? Roundup recordings? Which of my videogames would make the best boardgame? Thoughts about KS's gone wrong? Lazy gameplay mechanisms? What happened to Transatlantic? Forum Trajanum compared to other Felds? Upcoming Felds? Dreams of Tomorrow? Incomplete prototypes? Shea plans? Atmosfear the first digital boardgame? Last Will vs Prodigal's Club? Simple solos? Covid19's affect on the industry? Boardgame boxes facing out on shelves? Handling multiple modules? Talking to Tom Vasel about Le Havre? My City really legacy?  •••[01:36:22] Personal Q&A►►► How is bengal spice so sweet? Introducing a new dog? Did Jen play any of my games? Spelling of Jen's name? How do we relax? Pub food? No breakfast? Most important videogames in my life? Jen's fave West Wing character? Letterkenny? Preferred news sources? Avoiding confirmation bias? What podcasts do we listen to? PNW travel? Best president? Ideal spot to live in US? UBI vs M4A? Bernie supporters misunderstood? Bethesda story? Really plenty of games out there? Oculus Quest games? Game play counselor? Safari experience? Beat Saber expertise? Egg sizes? Preparedness for Covid19? Fave song on the radio these days? Impostor syndrome? Rise of Skywalker observations?   •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

3hr 42mins

3 May 2020

Rank #18

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Top 10 of 2019, revisited

Hey everybody, this month's top10 was a revisit of my top10 of 2019, and extend the countdown to the top30.  If you'd prefer to watch this in video form, head to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aghbDb_P0bQ :)  And now... the spoilers!!!  30. Aerion 29. Circadians: First Light 28. Edge of Darkness 27. Trails of Tucana 26. Bruxelles 1897 25. The Crew 24. Rush MD 23. Ticket to Ride: London 22. The Magnificent 21. Fantastic Factories 20. Bloom Town 19. On Tour 18. Paris: New Eden 17. Solar Draft 16. It's a Wonderful World 15. Aquatica 14. Cooper Island 13. Coloma 12. Cities: Skylines 11. Glen More II 10. Mandala 09. Walking in Provence 08. The Isle of Cats 07. Wingspan 06. Miyabi 05. Tapestry 04. Tiny Towns 03. Black Angel 02. Marvel Champions 01. Maracaibo  •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

50mins

29 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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C2C Episode 11

Hey everybody! Here's this weeks's episode of Corner to Corner, and here's the youtube link if you'd like to watch instead of listen:  Episode 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgj9a45ZCF8 •••Help Rahdo run @ https://patreon.com/rahdo •••Send your questions to questions@rahdo.com

1hr 1min

29 Apr 2020

Rank #20