5 Tips to Turn OFF a Potential Wargamer – Wargaming Recon #114

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May 132014
 

5 Tips to Turn OFF a Potential Wargamer

It isn’t easy to run a good demo game, participation game, or event at a gaming convention. This episode shares 5 tips to AVOID…unless you want to turn off a would be wargamer. Just kidding!

When listening to this episode keep in mind the tips to turn off a would be wargamer are presented facetiously. Use this episode as things to avoid.

Listener Andrew and prior guest Aaron Bostian are both skilled at growing the hobby. Inspired by their hard work we’re taking a turn to share advice on ways to grow the hobby in your area.

5 Tips to Turn OFF a Would Be Wargamer

  • Be Unwelcoming
  • Make the game as complex as possible
  • Turn the would be wargamer into an OBSERVER
  • Use ugly models/terrain
  • Show up unprepared

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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.

GE34: 5 Fun iOS Games

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Mar 212013
 

Anyone who owns a mobile device has favorite apps.  We are no different and are sharing 5 fun games that you can play on any Apple device (iPhone, iPad, etc) you own.

Some are free, some cost money, but all are a lot of fun to play.

 

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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.

GE32: 5 Regrets from TotalCon 2013

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Mar 072013
 

Episode 31 covered 5 Highlights from TotalCon 2012.  This time Jonathan tackles his 5 regrets from the con.

 

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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.

GE31: 5 Highlights from TotalCon 2013

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Feb 282013
 

TotalCon is New England’s largest game convention.  2013 marks Jonathan’s 3rd year in attendance.  He recounts his top 5 highlights from the con.

 

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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 072013
 

TotalCon is New England’s largest gaming convention.  We highlight 5 reasons why you must make TotalCon your first con.  If you’ve gone to many cons or even been to TotalCon before, you’ll learn something new by listening to this episode.

 

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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.

GE28: 5 Amazing Video Game Albums

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Jan 172013
 

Who doesn’t play video games?  While you’re rescuing princess, flinging birds, and shooting bad guys how much attention do you pay to the music in the game?

We highlight 5 amazing video game albums that you must get.

 

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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.

GE18: Top 5 Kurosawa Westerns

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Sep 272012
 

Akira Kurosawa defined the American western film and he did so with his Sengoku-jidai samurai films. This episode pays him homage.

Jonathan reveals the Top 5 Kurosawa Westerns. These are cinematic masterpieces.

  • 5-Throne of Blood
  • Kagemusha
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • Yojimbo
  • Seven Samurai

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Don’t forget to listen to Episode 16: 5 Great Soundtracks, if you haven’t done so yet.

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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.

Sep 132012
 

Not everyone movie has a great soundtracks. Bad movies can have amazing soundtracks and amazing movies can have sucky soundtracks. Stay tuned til the end for the Mailbag segment.

Jonathan reveals 5 Great Soundtracks. These soundtracks should appeal to various types of geeks.

  1. Star Wars
  2. Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  3. Juno
  4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  5. Clerks.

Mailbag

Many thanks to Paul, Mike W. and Mike P. for their thoughts about other great graphic novels to read. They suggested:

  • Maus
  • Sin City
  • Transmetropolitan
  • Earth X
  • Criminal (by Ed Brubaker)
  • Richard Stark’s Parker (by Darwyn Cooke)
  • Beasts of Burden (by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson)
  • Nexus
  • Jimmy Corrigan
  • Tales to Thrizzle
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Thanks also to Jared for his feedback expressing how much he likes the top 5 list episodes, the Cube of Death episode and his desire that Geeks Explicitly had a longer running time.

Don’t forget to listen to Episode 15: 5 GREAT Graphic Novels, if you haven’t done so yet.

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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.