Oct 212013
 
Wargaming Recon #102: An Academic Study of Wargamers with Ian Cross & Aaron Bostian

An Academic Study of Wargamers with Ian Cross & Aaron Bostian Ever wondered if the stereotypical American wargamer is accurate? Y’know the one I mean. It’s the one where American wargamers are pigeonholed as: male white upper middle-class politically conservative or politically disinterested / apolitical “geeky” or “nerdy” unshowered, smelly, or exhibiting poor personal hygiene Fulbright scholar Ian Cross researched this issue as part of his capstone project to receive his Masters in Public Policy. Recurring guest Aaron Bostian joins the conversation. Together the three [...]

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the CWF Game Cast. He hosts the Wargaming Recon podcast (formerly CWF Game Cast podcast). He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Sep 302013
 
Wargaming Recon #101: Jay Libby and Dilly Green Bean Games

Jay Libby and Dilly Green Bean Games Jay Libby, indie game designer and co-owner of Dilly Green Bean Games, joins us. He discusses indie game design, New England game conventions, and mentions some of the great products released by Dilly Green Bean Games. This episode discussed: iNDiRPG TotalCon R. Talsorian Games Eldritch Enterprises Frank Mentzer, Tim Kask, Mike Pondsmith, James “Dregg” Carpio, Peter “Blix” Bryant, Angelia Parenteau, Steven Parenteau, and Ben Gerber Some Reminders: Episode 100 came out on September 16, 2013! You can Sponsor [...]

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the CWF Game Cast. He hosts the Wargaming Recon podcast (formerly CWF Game Cast podcast). He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Sep 212013
 
The Making of Wargaming Recon's 100th Episode

Wargaming Recon celebrated its 100th episode on September 18, 2013. In some ways the 100th episode has been seven years in the making. Each new episode builds on those preceding. The community surrounding the podcast has grown through the years. The continued growth nurtures the show and the larger wargaming community. Those who podcast know that an episode takes longer to create than the actual playing time. The rule of thumb is to multiply the running time by two. Special episodes can take a lot [...]

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the CWF Game Cast. He hosts the Wargaming Recon podcast (formerly CWF Game Cast podcast). He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Aug 192013
 
Wargaming Recon #98: Battleground Games & Hobbies

Battleground Games & Hobbies Battleground Games & Hobbies is the successful game store in southeastern Massachusetts. It is a model for all game stores. Guests for this special episode are: Derek Lloyd, owner of Battleground Games & Hobbies Chase Laquidara, manager of Battleground’s Plainville store Drew McCarthy, gamer and long-time Battleground customer Battleground’s origin story is told, how the store promotes gaming in southeastern Massachusetts is shared, and listeners will easily be able to tell why Derek & Chase have a highly successful game store [...]

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the CWF Game Cast. He hosts the Wargaming Recon podcast (formerly CWF Game Cast podcast). He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Aug 052013
 
Wargaming Recon #97: How to Run a Successful Convention Game with Angelia Parenteau

How to Run a Successful Convention Game with Angelia Parenteau

Angelia Parenteau is Total Confusion‘s Promotional Director, three-time guest and friend of the show. She teaches us how to run a convention game so that the GM and the players have a fun time. Some Reminders: 100th episode plans You can Sponsor an Episode for $5. Get full details here Some listeners have problems downloaded Wargaming Recon on their Apple mobile devices with the Apple Podcasts App. We suggest using a different app like [...]

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the CWF Game Cast. He hosts the Wargaming Recon podcast (formerly CWF Game Cast podcast). He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Jul 212013
 
The Player's Perspective: Proactive v Reactive Players

Hello there folks, I am back with another viewpoint from the player’s perspective. Today I want to talk about a topic that made me decide to start writing these articles in the first place. When it comes time to sit at the table and play are you proactive or reactive? Let’s start at the beginning, all players fall into one of these two categories. The proactive player takes charge of the situation and takes action. In doing so, they move the plot forward and keep [...]

Jul 112013
 
The Player's Perspective: Negating the Premise

Some years back I was helping some friends of mine run a LARP. It was actually a reasonably large operation; we had around 20 to 30 players if memory serves. When discussing my LARP activities with non-gamers, I found myself describing it as an improvisational acting group. At the time it seemed to make sense and was a lot easier than telling folks that every other weekend I pretended to be a vampire. While I was using this as a ruse to hide my geek [...]

Jun 222013
 
What do we have here?  Another noob.

Hi, my name is Adrian and I’m a historical gamer. If that sounds like the beginning of an introduction at an AA meeting nothing could be further from the truth.  I don’t have a problem and even if I do, I don’t want to quit. My good friend Jon Reinhart of Wargaming Recon and Geeks Explicitly fame asked me the other day if I would be interested in writing an occasional piece for Troll in the Corner about the various aspects of historic wargaming. Up [...]

About Adrian Benson

Grognard: Napoleon referred to the members of his Old Guard regiments as "gronards", meaning grumblers or complainers. So for me, it's an appropriate moniker. At various points in time I've been active in pretty much all aspects of gaming, but historic gaming is definitely where my heart is. My preference runs toward complex, detailed simulations of combat at the tactical and grand tactical levels. Traditionally I've had little patience for sissies who fear a few charts and a little complexity in their games (looking at you Reinhart), but in the interest of being a better person I'm trying to adapt to their needs.