The HobbyDesk Podcast S1E6 – Why are you a Wargamer?

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Mar 092016
 

 

New SignIntro: Welcome to the Show!

 

– Belated apologies – Josh talks about the disappearance of the Hobby Desk and grovels before you!

Hobby Desk Update – Over the break Josh has been working hard on his Warhammer Fantasy Collection, plus a few great games of Flames of War.


Patreon! Thats right we are on Patreon!

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News in the Wargaming World: Sources from TGN.

DwarfsMain Discussion this week:

Mental Health and Wargaming

Josh discusses why having a hobby is great for those who suffer depression. For those who suffer depression, check out Beyond Blue

About Joshua Shoobridge

A man born and bred in Australia, brought up to appreciate all things geek. I have been a member of the media for a long time and now during a time in my life where I want to give back to a hobby that has given much to me. I have been a wargamer for sometime, starting in 40k and now being a indulger in many different periods and rule sets. Though I do not support war as an answer to worlds problems, reenacting the battle on the table top is great for the brain!

How to Survive Your FLGS Closing – Wargaming Recon #140

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Jul 202015
 

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Learn how to survive the closing of your friendly local game store (FLGS). Guest Aaron Bostian has tips based on his experience of his FLGS shutting down.

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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 Wargaming Recon 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.

Magazines for Wargamers – Wargaming Recon #139

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Jul 062015
 

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The right magazines can be a huge help to wargamers. We share our picks to make your wargaming life easier. If you’re expecting the traditional wargaming magazines you’ll be in for a surprise.

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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 Wargaming Recon 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.

Feb 022015
 

Naval-TC

Due to illness and scheduling conflicts Aaron Bostian couldn’t do the show. So, NO NEW EPISODE right now. To make up for it we’re sharing this episode from the vault. The classic episode comes to you from the dark ages where the show had a different name. Since this is a CLASSIC episode some of the links, content, giveaways, contests etc may be out of date or ended.

Don’t worry! Next time we’ll be back with a NEW episode of Wargaming Recon.

Host Jonathan J. Reinhart releases a short show discussing some collectible miniatures (War at Sea and World of Warcraft). The highlight of the show is coverage for TotalCon 2008. This marks the first time Jonathan discussed TotalCon on the show.

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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 Wargaming Recon 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.

Paper Terrain – Wargaming Recon #124

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Oct 132014
 

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Paper Terrain

Too often paper terrain is overlooked in favor of buildings made of resin, plastic, MDF, or polystyrene. We explain the pros and cons of paper terrain. Then we recommend a few paper terrain resources.

Pros

  • Affordable or FREE
  • Easy to build a varied collection
  • Quick to obtain

Cons

  • Assembly can be fiddly
  • Requires specific tools
  • Quality varies between manufacturers

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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 Wargaming Recon 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.

GE51: Tristan Tarwater Fantasy Author

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Aug 212014
 

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Tristan J. Tarwater is kickstarting her debut graphic novel illustrated by Adrian Ricker.  Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars is set in the world of Valley of Ten Crescents containing Tristan’s novels Thieves at Heart (FREE eBook from Amazon), Self-Made Scoundrel, and Red Moon Rising found at Back That Elf Up.

Jonathan is proud to be a backer of the Kickstarter project.  The Shamsee: A Fistful of Lunars project is fully funded but needs YOU to reach its important stretch goals:

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You can stay up to date with Tristan on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog.  Don’t forget one new page of Shamsee is released every Wednesday at ShamseeComic from now until all 100+ pages are posted.

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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 Wargaming Recon 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.

Apr 142014
 

Kick The Box

April 14th Edition

Stardate 04-014-2014. I have swam the seas of infinite space searching for new games. Among my discoveries of this last week of adventure, I have crossed the paths of new reprints, and an update to a classic game board. Here is the log of my recent journeys.

 Kickstarter News: Allegiance: A Realm Divided is 70% funded with two weeks still left in their campaign. Creative Clash is over 160% funded with a week left in their campaign. TableTop Season 3 is fully funded and will be coming to a Youtube channel near you!

Among The Stars

Project By: MAGE Company

MAGE Company is at it again! This time the fantastic game they are reprinting is the card drafting game (Like 7 Wonders) is called Among The Stars. Among The Stars is such a great game, some even have heralded it as ” The 7 Wonders Killer”. I’m not so sure about that, but am excited to finally be able to get a copy.

In Among The Stars, each player is placed in the role as an alien race after an extremely devastating war. Peace was declared and a treaty was signed by all the major alien races. One of the first decisions of this new Alliance was to build space stations to better promote trade and harmony among all alien races.

Each player will start with six cards in their hand. You will pick a card and play it, and than pass the hand to your neighbor, while receiving a new hand from your other neighbor. This might sound familiar to those who have played 7 Wonders. What separates Among the Stars from 7 Wonders is that not only is it important what you pick and pass to your neighbor, but also where in the space station you place your new location.

Shipping for US, Europe and Canada are included. Add between $10-$20 depending on your pledge level, for all other countries.

Industrial WAVE: Uniquely Designed Cribbage Board

Project By: Roland Benjamin

Industrial WAVE cribbage board

Looking for a new and unique Cribbage Board for your pegging pleasure? Wave Cribbage Boards is where it’s at than. These industrial themed Cribbage Boards add a 21st Century look to a 17th century game. The Wave Board is made out of laser cut acrylic and steel and will be shipped with custom cribbage pins.

The campaign is already fully funded and the only bummer part is that the personalized engraving  pledge level was only available to two backers. I hope more pledges with personalized graving is opened up! I think it would make a perfect gift either to yourself, a friend, or family member.

Shipping is for US only unfortunately, and  scheduled for May 2014

Monster Chef

Project By: Believe In Games

Monster Chef is a 2-4 player, 15-20 minute quick pick up and play game. Perfect game to throw on the table to entertain the early arrivers at your gaming group while waiting for the late comers to show up , to playe with your kids, or for a quick gamer fix in the evening.

Monster Chef pits you against the other players, all trying to complete recipes with the goal in mind to collect the most stars by the end of the game. Players take turns collecting recipes and ingredients. After you have the set required ingredients for a recipe, you then place it in kitchen (the center of the table). It will sit there til your next turn. While it is sitting in the kitchen, other players could possibly throw in rotten ingredients, ruining your dish. When it is your following turn, you can than serve your dish. Other players also can have their dishes served as well.

For a light game, there is still some decisions to be made and lots of fun to be had.

Shipping is included for worldwide deliveries.

Mythic Dragon Playmats

Project By: Jessica Feinberg

Fire & Ice Mat Design

Mythic Dragon Playmats provide a clean surface for any game. The size of the mats are 24’x14′ and are 1/6th’ thick. There are now five amazing designs to choose from(at the time of this writing) and possibilities of more being unlocked through stretch goals.

You can also order mouse pads and t-shirts featuring the same original dragon art created by Jessica that are also available on the playmats.

You can’t go wrong with any of these items if buying for a dragon, art or both, fanatic.

Add between $1-$32, depending on your pledge level, for shipping outside the US. Shipping within the US is included.

Come back next week to see more of my findings in the universe of Kickstarter. Click Subscribe, comment, send hate mail, or all the above for comments and suggestions. Until next week, Keep playin’ to be playin’.

About Jason Hancock

Ever since my early childhood I've had a love for card and board games.I am now married with two children that have moved out of the house and on to their own lives. This new phase of life has rekindled the old passion of tabletop gaming and lucky enough to have a wife who enjoys it also.

Kick The Box March 17th 2014 Edition

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Mar 172014
 

Kick The Box

March 17th Edition

This week we take a look at some great games coming down the pike on Kickstarter. We have a little bit of everything for everyone. Some bluffing, some worker placement styles of games, and another cooperative, horror style miniatures game.  Meet you down at the bottom of the page!

Update: Hoyuk is fully funded and quickly approaching it’s first stretch goal with two weeks left in it’s campaign. Baseball Highlights 2045 is also now fully funded with over two weeks left in their campaign. Character Meeples campaign ended, bringing in an amazing $167,188.

Pirate Den

Project By: Gamesmith LLC

Pirate Den cover (not final art)

Set sail in this casual, bluffing game, Pirates Den, created by one of the producers of the well known series called Tabletop, Boyan Radakovich.

Pirates Den is set during the golden Age of Sail. Each player represents one of the well known pirates of that era. The goal to become the richest pirate with the most buried treasure by the end of the game.

There are three different colors of 120 stones in a bag. Each color represents one of the trading companies, British East Indies Company, the Dutch East Indies Company, and the Spanish-Portuguese Empire. You grab a handful of random stones from the bag and separate them out by color. These represent the goods of the fleets that are ripe for the picking. Each player chooses a card from their action deck that not only has some fabulous artwork on it, but also has your initiative number and what color of goods you can plunder. Everyone places their chosen card face down in front of them and than simultaneously reveals them.

The player with the card that has the lowest initiative goes first. The card will also show what color(s) of stones and from who, whether other pirates are the targeted fleet,  they are able to plunder. Also, one of the action cards is called Buried. With this card, you don’t plunder any loot that turn, but you are able to ‘bury’ your loot and turn it into buried treasure. This gives the game a push your luck element to an already simple, strategic game of greed. Set sail among the seas, plundering and hiding your loot to victory!

Shipping within US is included. Add $14 to most of the pledge levels for shipping outside the US.

Epic Resort

Project By: Ben Harkins

Every great hero and heroine  that has just finished clearing a dungeon and dispatching big old meanie monsters and evil no-gooders need a place for some R&R. That is your job!

In Epic Resort, you and your competition are trying to build the most prestigious resort to attract the tired heroes/heroines and other tourists to your little paradise.  But, unfortunately the heroes come with a price. What you aren’t aware of is that some of the heroes have had some pissed off monsters following them to exact revenge upon their lost goods, and unfortunately your resort might be in the wake of their vengeance. Will the heroes help when they are suppose to be relaxing, losing valuable hit points? Or, will they just let parts of your resort be destroyed and tourists eaten?

During each round, you are able to partake one action. This action can be one of many choices, including building your deck of workers for your resort, placing these workers upon your resort, upgrading your resort, or attracting heroes, which can be used to either defend your resort and tourists, or  count towards your Victory Point total depending on their hit points, or attracting tourists from the Dock for gold.

Epic Resort is a 2-4 player game with many attributes and decisions to be made to help propel your resort to Epic Resort status.

Different pledge levels for different shipping availability.

Pay Dirt

Project By: Crash Games

In Pay Dirt, designed byTory Niemann, creator of Alien Frontiers, you and your hotshot dirt diggers head up to Alaska to try to strike it rich before the weather gets too cold, stopping all work and ending the game.

Pay Dirt is a two – four player auction and worker placement game.He/she with the most gold at the end of the game wins. The catch, is you have to spend your precious gold to acquire dirt, upgrade your equipment and personnel, during the auction phase. Do you spend all of your gold early upgrading all that you can? Or, do you just play it safe and use the crappy equipment and personnel you have and just buy the scrap leftovers of pay dirt, and try the quantity over quality method? Or, can you strike a balance somewhere in between? The choices are all yours.

The campaign offers different pledge levels for different shipping.

Fireteam Zero

Project By: Emergent Games

Fireteam Zero pits competent soldiers against deadly monsters in this 2-4 player cooperative survival horror game. Lead your squad of mercenaries into a battle of epic proportions to defend mankind against the spawning hordes of evil and destroy the artifacts that are causing the spawn of the monsters.

As you progress through the scenarios you are able to upgrade your skills, gear, and abilities that will help you save humankind from these parasitical evil beings.

Grab just the core box, or add on expansions that you want, or pledge at the War Chest level and receive the whole bloody enchilada. The choice is yours.

Shipping within US is included. Add between $20-$35 to your pledge, depending on your pledge level, to ship outside the US.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and catch up on the happenings of Kickstarter. Feel free to leave any comments and suggestions and come back next week to see what surprises we have in store for you.

About Jason Hancock

Ever since my early childhood I've had a love for card and board games.I am now married with two children that have moved out of the house and on to their own lives. This new phase of life has rekindled the old passion of tabletop gaming and lucky enough to have a wife who enjoys it also.