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.

ReCast: TotalCon 2008 – Wargaming Recon #34


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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Great Wargamer Destinations – Wargaming Recon #117

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Great Wargamer Destinations

Summer is a time to relax and go on vacation. Why not also gather some inspiration for wargaming to boot?

Jonathan shares a few of his favorite wargamer destinations. If we didn’t cover one of your’s, then please share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or via e-mail at

Scale Military Modeller International
The June 2014 issue is briefly, very briefly, reviewed. It is worth picking up if you can. The cost is 4.25 GBP. Visit Scale Military Modeller International for more information.

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Indie Talks – OSAP Episode 6


In this episode, we encounter a troupe of dancing mystical midgets, acquire their bowl of extraordinary power and find out why mom always said not to play ball in the house. Someone has the audacity to try and ambush us using trees. Our mage comes <—-> that close to joining our once deceased kobold, and then we wander into a city and paint it red.

Lip smacking highlights:

  • The party discover magical, chanting little people
  • And promptly start a small religious war.
  • The party discovers a magical bowl of intense power and meaning.
  • The party discovers why it’s not a good idea to use a magical bowl of intense power and meaning as a shield.
  • Someone drops a tree on the party.
  • Then the party finds a way into a city, and buys all the supplies.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments:, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

Wargaming Recon #108: Con Industry Guests Do’s & Don'ts with Jay Libby

Con Industry Guests Do’s & Don’ts with Jay Libby

Ever attend a con only to have a less than great experience? Maybe the GMs were lacking. Perhaps the Guests of Honor seemed bored. Or maybe the other attendees were rude.

Jay Libby, frequent Guest of Honor at TotalCon, shares his tips for success. With his advice convention Guests of Honor, and attendees alike, are sure to have a fun time at any convention.

Do you have a convention story to share? If so, don’t be shy. We’d love to hear about your experiences, good and bad, with any con you’ve attended.

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Wargaming Recon #108: Con Industry Guests Do’s & Don’ts with Jay Libby

Con Industry Guests Do’s & Don’ts with Jay Libby

Ever attend a con only to have a less than great experience? Maybe the GMs were lacking. Perhaps the Guests of Honor seemed bored. Or maybe the other attendees were rude.

Jay Libby, frequent Guest of Honor at TotalCon, shares his tips for success. With his advice convention Guests of Honor, and attendees alike, are sure to have a fun time at any convention.

Do you have a convention story to share? If so, don’t be shy. We’d love to hear about your experiences, good and bad, with any con you’ve attended.

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Game School: Creating games with kids (in mind)

I consider myself a lucky guy. I’ve got two great daughters and I can brag about all the things that father’s normally brag about. But I’ve got some extra brag here – because both of my girls harbor a love of tabletop games. I feel slightly strange saying this, but it’s like I grew my own gaming group.

First I want to talk a bit about my youngest daughter, Luca. Primarily because, as the youngest child, she most often goes second when it comes to things (other than Gamewright games of course, where she goes first).

Last fall, Luca and I were talking about making games. She knows that I have a podcast, and although I do most of my design work when she’s theoretically in bed, that’s only a theoretical state which she often disproves. So she’s seen me hammering away at the keyboard often enough.

As some kids and many adults are, she was under the impression that I simply came up with a game idea, sketched out a few things, pushed a big red button and BAMF! New game!

We started getting pretty deep into a discussion about what it really takes to make a game – design elements, rules writing, play testing, and the lot. That’s when she announced that she wanted to make her own game. I was overjoyed! But she announced this about 10 minutes before bedtime, so we had to wait for another day.

The game that she designed, called Luca’s Diary is a fairly simple one – but as far as first game designs go, especially games designed by 8 year olds, it’s pretty solid. It’s a bit like Bananagrams (which she’s never played, having only recently become proficient enough with letters to really spell). You have a series of word tiles – “the”, “and”, “sister”, “school” and more. Each player also has a play mat that looks like a blank diary. Players scramble to grab words and make meaningful sentences out of them in their diaries. You can grab only one word at a time. When all of the words have been taken (or there’s only 3 or less left) the game is over. The player gets a score based on the number of sentences, and which words were used.elephant-tile

All in all, it took us about three evenings (post-homework, pre-dinner) to get the basic design down. We play tested with bits of torn paper until she was satisfied, and then the real work began. With me running the controls and her doing art direction, we downloaded GIMP and went to town!

She discovered that much like me, she loved envisioning a game, and even play testing the game, but writing easy to follow rules was a hard task. Even with the game firmly grasped in her fore-brain, putting those concepts on paper so that other kids her age could understand them was an epic task.

Game tiles were designed and everything was uploaded to The Game Crafter. Now she has a much better understanding of what goes into making a game. We still haven’t ordered a copy yet though, because she’s coming to grasp now with the economics of printing a game. At $37 a copy for what she designed (cost+shipping) she’s hesitant to pull the trigger.

This is her first design, but knowing her as I do, I doubt it will be her last.

pathWith my older child, Izzie, game design is taking a different tack. Rather than board games (which she still enjoys) she’s been itching to try out a role playing game. These are a bit more time consuming and harder to pull off for a busy family of four but recently her and I got some alone time. We were able to sit down and she rolled up a male elven wizard named Alfonzo Moonbeam.

She’s currently toying with ‘more elven’ names at the moment though, so Alfonzo may have an identity crisis incoming.

I decided to go the Pathfinder route with Izzie, for several reasons. First, I’m fairly familiar with the system. Second, she likes big, crunchy books with complicated plots (for her age) and lots of neat things crammed inside. Her eyes lit up when I handed her the Pathfinder Core Rulebook. This is exactly the kind of thing she’s looking to sink her teeth into.

She’s decided that she’s the elven equivalent of a 14 year old wizarding student (1st level character) and I’ve managed to drag one of my 42 year old friends into this campaign as well. Now I’m not only designing board games, but I’m also putting together a wizarding school and an adventure that will (hopefully) capture the imagination of my daughter and my friend.

Even though we’re playing a slightly simplified version of Pathfinder, it’s still looking like a chunk of work to put this together! Fortunately it’s the kind of work I wished I was getting paid for and it’s been quite fun starting off.

That’s how I’m kicking off my 2014 – gaming with my kids!

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:

Some Reminders:

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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 in Battleground.

We chat about Warhammer 40k, Apocalypse mega battles, and many other amazing things that Battleground does exceptionally well.

This is the episode that many listeners have been waiting to hear.

Some Reminders:

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