The HobbyDesk Podcast S1E6 – Why are you a Wargamer?

 

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.


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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

Jonathan’s TotalCon 2016 Schedule

TotalCon begins this TODAY!  If you haven’t pre-registered don’t worry. You can get your ticket on site. There are heaps of games, events, panels, and fun to be had.

This year I will be in attendance with Troll in the Corner owner & Indie Talks host Ben Gerber. Ben, as a Guest of Honor, is running a few events and is also sitting on a slew of panels. Be sure to look at Ben’s Schedule to see what he is doing.

If you are coming to TotalCon this year, I’d love to meet you.  Below you can find my public con schedule.  Just look for the tall guy wearing either a black or gray Wargaming Recon t-shirt. If you like us on Facebook you will be able to see a photo of me during the con to make it easier for you to find me.

Friday February 21

1-3pm Arrival/Stairs of the Immortal: Duke Crestfaul and the Lightess/Small Board and Card Games: Big Fun!

Hoping to arrive for 1pm.  If I make it in time and if there is still space I’m hoping to play either in Guest of Honor Jay Libby’s Stairs of the Immortal RPG or Guest of Honor Ben Gerber’s Small Board and Card Games event.  Don’t play many RPGs so it’d be nice to try something different and although I own a copy of Love Letter I’ve never played it.  No matter what happens it is sure to be fun.

3-5pm Meander

This is a great time to visit the vendor room and then walk around taking photos.  There’ll be a lot of people playing games and fun stuff happening.

5pm Dinner

I’ll be dining in Pike’s Peak with Guest of Honor Ben Gerber. If you see us don’t be shy, feel free to come up and say hi!

6-7pm Perusing the Con

There are numerous events I need to pop by. You can find me visiting:
Guest of Honor Peter “Blix” Bryant’s Blixapalooza in the lobby.

7-11pm Convoy to Malta

Convoy to Malta is a War at Sea event (GMed by Dan Eustace) in the minis room.  Dan has taken the standard War at Sea game as created by Wizards of the Coast and he’s enhanced it with resources, info, and ideas from the excellent Axis & Allies ForuMINI online community.  Dan’s events are always a blast.  If you’re not playing in anything at 7pm you should try to get into the game.

11pm Podcast the Day’s Events

When I return to my hotel room I am recording my thoughts on the day.  With luck I may even be able to edit and release the recordings from the con, for your listening pleasure.  This will most likely be a LIVE recording you can watch on YOUTUBE!  Should warn if you watch the live recording I may be imbibing alcoholic beverages so it will be for mature audiences only.  The actual podcast episode will be safe for all per usual.

Saturday February 22nd

9am Breakfast

A guy has to eat. The hotel serves a good breakfast buffet. This is a good way to meet other gamers and catch up.  Feel free to have breakfast with me if you’d like (everyone pays their own way).

11am Writing for RPGs (Auditorium)

Industry guests discuss the process of writing for a roleplaying game.  The panel is moderated by Jenn Gerber.  Looking forward to learning a lot about the writing process.

Noon-2/3pm Lunch/Family visit

My wife and infant daughter are coming to visit and check out the con.  My wife has never been to TotalCon before and there’s a lot of people who want to meet the baby.

1-5pm Hanghai Hustle

GM Mike Paine is running his Hanghai pulp wargame.  After my family leaves Mike said he’ll make room for me to play even if the game is half over.  Mike is one of the GMs I ALWAYS look for at a gaming convention.  YOU.  NEED.  TO.  PLAY.  THIS.  GAME.

5-7pm Riding the Rocket TSR’s First 5 Years

Guest of Honor Tim Kask discusses the first five years of TSR’s existence covering how they made Dungeons & Dragons and hopefully Chainmail too.

7pm Dinner

Consider this an informal meetup.  Any who wish to can join me for dinner at the hotel restaurant Pike’s Peak.  Everyone pays their own way but we can have a meal and discuss the fun at TotalCon.  If you see me don’t be shy, feel free to come up and say hi!  Please try to connect with me BEFOREHAND so I can be sure everyone is together before going into the restaurant.  Makes it easier on the restaurant staff.

11pm Private Event

I can’t speak about this but please know it has the opportunity to open quite a few doors for Wargaming Recon.

Sunday February 23rd

11am Open Gaming

I’ll be around to game for a bit. Got a game you’d like to play? I’m also bringing some board/card games to play. Maybe I’ll pack X-wing minis too

Noon Adios

Homeward bound.

The Extra Life 2015 Campaign Kicks Off! Let’s raise some money for children’s hospitals and play a ton of games!

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It’s that time of year again! I’m officially kicking off my Extra Life 2015 campaign! I’ve got until November 7th for Team Troll and I to raise as much as we can for children’s hospitals around the country.

I’m going to attempt to raise $2500 this year – which is a lot! So if you have a buck or maybe 2,500 bucks to spare, please consider donating! 100% of the proceeds raised goes directly to the hospitals.

This will be my 4th year raising money for Boston Children’s Hospital – and as always I do this not just for ‘the kids’ but for my kid. My youngest daughter was born with a unilateral cleft lip. When we brought her home from China at two and a half years old, she faced a number of lengthy and involved surgeries.

Now at nearly 10 years old, she is not only thriving but is a beautiful, wonderful (board game loving) child! We owe an awful lot to the doctors, nurses and staff at Boston Children’s. They literally changed our daughter’s life for the better.

She’s not done yet though, with at least one more major surgery in her future, we’ll continue to support Boston Children’s by playing games and taking names!

In my first three Extra Life events I’ve raised $6,541.00 total. Each year we host a tiny, miniature convention at our home and enlist a few select team members for Team Troll to do the same. This year will be no different! A select group of amazing publishers have donated to our cause over the years for prize and game support.

http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=widgets.200x420thermo&participantID=140823

 

The Beard Challenge

Every year I also do a BEARD CHALLENGE! If and only if I can make my goal of $2500 or more, I will shave off the lovely beard I’ve been spending the last few months growing. There’s only one time a year you’ll ever find me clean shaven, and that’s the morning after an Extra Life event!

Beard Challenge Accepted!
Beard Challenge Accepted!

Publisher Support

The following publishers have lent their support to the Team Troll Extra Life efforts! A huge thanks goes out to them!

Alderac Entertainment Group 

Greater Than Games

Calliope Games

Indie Boards and Cards

Privateer Press

Thanks so much!

PLAY GAMES - HEAL KIDS!
PLAY GAMES – HEAL KIDS!

The Hobby Desk Season 1 Episode 4

Podcast # S1E4

Episode Topic:

Queen’s Birthday Worst and 6mm

Hosts: Joshua Shoobridge

 

hobby-desk-logoHobby Update

NEW STUDIO SPACE! Shed and all ready to rock and roll! Hence why I have been so quiet of late. Painting with an airbrush a bunch of 6mm!

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Queens Birthday Worst!

We write our worst army lists and put them to the test in a 4 player round robin to celebrate out monarchs fake birthday!

Links to the lists are here!

 

6mm Wargaming! Why do I love it?!

You can find where I get my 6mm minis here, GHQ Miniatures

The Grinding of the Gears of War – New Segment! You need to hear it to experience it!fow

Upcoming on the Hobby Desk

Next Episode on Being a Wargamer and a Father – Special Podcast Edition

The Hobby Desk Season 1 Episode 1

The Hobby Desk Season 1 Episode 1:

Our First Wargaming Show! Learn about the hobby that is usually a secret indulgence for most of us and make it part of your regular hobby fix!

Merimbula War-game Society:

Learn about the club I started from a chance meeting of a now very good friend.

 

 Wargaming Recon:

This is the podcast that inspired me to take the plunge into podcasting myself.

Wargame Soldiers and Strategy:

A review of one of my favourite magazines.

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