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

Yorktown battlefield sign

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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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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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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Kick The Box September 9th 2013 Edition

Kick The Box

September 9th Edition

I dug up some gems this week for you guys to check out! Some Sci-Fi action, a little tile moving game, and a little card game that has you evading obstacles as you create the perfect heist and some updates on games featured before. Let’s throw some dice and jump into it.

Updates:  With a little over two weeks left, Raiders of R’lyeh has reached a little over half of what they need to fund their RPG.  If an open world Lovecraftian Indiana Jones pulp adventure RPG is what your looking for than be sure to check out their Kickstarter. I’m ecstatic for I have the privilege of receiving a copy of Warlords & Sellswords prototype in the next day or two to test play and preview for you guys. Patrick is getting ready to reboot that campaign in the next week or two.

Deep Space 

Project by: Zak Labs

Zak Labs first Kickstarter attempt is a Sci-Fi themed star ship game for two to four players. Each player takes turns trying to control the most planets on the board.  Choose to attack other players’ battleships or try to capture as many planets as quickly as possible. The choice is yours. You can even self-destruct yourself if it proves useful in foiling an enemies plans! If the artwork that is on the website is any indication of the quality and beauty that that is to be found in the game, than it will be one gorgeous, ruthless space battle in your living room.

Burning Suns

Project by: Sun TzuGames

In the galaxy of The Burning Suns, during thousands of years of peace, over three hundred empires have had room to flourish and grow. Then these empires started to grow hungry for new territories and deceit and war was inevitable.

In Burning Suns, players become the leaders of their empire, volleying for complete domination through any means necessary. Use technology, volatile diplomacy, exploitation and destruction, if necessary, to put the other emperors in their place and stake your dominance over the entire galaxy.

There is a combination of a possible 343 playable empires in the base set and up to 512 playable empires with the included promos! You could possibly play hundreds of games without you or your friends using the same empire twice! The average game time is 40 minutes per player.


Project by: Waning Gibbous Games

This looks to be an interesting filler game with tons of options for game play. The object of the game is to pick your bounty with the “Score cards”, determine what obstacles, anything from drone surveillance, laser grids, alligators to armed guards, that are in your way with ‘The Catch” deck, and then draw from “The Fix” deck to see what tools you have at your disposal to overcome the obstacles that you encountered from “The Catch” deck.

With different game modes, this could be a complete cooperative heist, a one vs. many heist, or a completely competitive heist. There are several game modes already listed on Kickstarter, and the basic game allows for you to be creative and create your own ways to play. Small enough to pack into your pocket, but big enough for some great story telling and laughs.


Project by: Game Salute

Finish this weeks selections with something a little different: Codinca

Codinca is a two to four player tile moving game, wherein each player controls  four wooden tiles bearing their perspective element (Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water).  Everyone secretly draws a card with a pattern on it.Then, during each turn, each person moves and/or flips their double sided wooden tiles trying to navigate their elements tiles to match the secret pattern.  Everyone’s patterns is hidden from each other, so no one knows what the other’s ultimate winning pattern is. A simple game to learn, but one that can never be truly mastered. I can only imagine the chaos that ensues with four players trying to move their tiles into beneficial spots and than having someone the next turn to move it again!

Another week down, and another edition of  ‘Kick The Box’ in the books, (or the netz pages.) This is an exciting time to be in the tabletop hobby. Game designers, first timers and veterans, have found a new way to not only get their ideas off the ground, but to also show other companies that their is an audience consuming every morsel of tabletop delicacy. It excites me to see an increasing amount of fresh new games and ideas take flight and the games I choose every week are games I find to be either different, exciting, gorgeous, or all of above. So, come back next week as I choose another group of games that I can’t wait to get my hands on. And as always . . .

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Kick The Box Sept. 3rd 2013 Edition

Kick The Box

Sept. 3rd Edition

Hope everyone’s Labor Day Weekend was full of games, drinks, and friends, and you were able to get away, at least mentally for a few hours. I know I had a good weekend and now playing catch up, of course, for the next couple of days. But, you’re not here to listen to my excuses, so let’s get on with the show.

Update: Battle Merchants campaign has been relaunched and is already a third of the way of being funded in the first day!


Conquest of Orion

Project by: Escape Velocity Games

The constellation Orion, once a system only thought of as deep space,  is finally being explored and colonized. As the alliances start to populate the solar system, you find yourself battling for control to become the dominant alliance. The goal is to collect as many cards, as a team, as possible and then combine them at the end of  the conflicts. From the cards won, you put together as many systems as possible and then tally those system’s value.  A system consists of a planet card, an industry card, and a colony card. Each card is worth a certain amount of stars, and you add the stars up on each of the cards in a system and you get the value of the system. And of course, the alliance with the most points wins. This game looks like it would be a fun 4 player trick taking card game with two player teams and a strong sci-fi theme to boot.

Legends of the American Frontier

Project by: Game Salute

Legends of American Frontier is a card game that lets you live a life out on the plains as you stake your claim as either a Patriot, Frontiersman, Soldier, Trapper, Settler, Indian, Scout, Statesman, or Explorer. It’s a 3-5 player game which takes place in the 1780’s, shortly after the Revolutionary War, and continues into the early 1800’s. During this time period, the characters gain status, fame, wealth, and happiness tokens that are then spent on rewards that will help define the legend of their characters. The objective of the game is to score the most points through completing the adventures and purchasing said rewards.  At the end of the game each player tells his character’s life story and the points are tallied to see who is the greatest legend as you all ride off into the sunset.


Project by: Robert Westrick

Ever wondered what it would be like to be the vigilante hero in a race to rid the land of evil do-gooders before your friends do? If so, then Slaughterama is what you’ve been looking for! All the players are clerks of their very own medieval stores called bazaars, while at the same time,  you race to see who can kill all ten monsters in their decks first. With basic RPG fighting elements, lots of pop culture references, traps, portals, sniper perches, and the risk of becoming of a zombie makes this for an interesting, easy to learn, fun game. Besides, Robert uses Gwar’s song Slaughterama at the end of his video! That alone is worth two pledges per person in my opinion!

Raiders of R’lyeh

Project by: Quentin Bauer

It is 1910. You and your adventuring friends have wandered into a smoke filled tavern. The taste of nicotine drips off the walls, as you and your comrades quietly make your way to the bar. The bartender looks you over, sneers, and asks, “What do you want?”

Your friend, the archaeologist, answers, ” We are looking for a fellow.”

“A fellow that has asked us to meet him here,” you finish quickly, not wanting to irate the bald, brawly bartender anymore than he already seemed.

“Hmph. Can’t help you.” And walks away.

What will you and your friends do next? Look around the bar? Try to talk to the bartender again? Or have a drink and hope this mysterious person will find you? Or, just leave?

In Raiders of R’lyeh, a scene, just like the one described above, could be your first step into a world of many mysteries and adventures. A sandbox tabletop RPG is waiting for you and your friends to dive into a cross over world of Raiders of the Lost Ark style pulp adventure and Lovecraft mysteries and horror.  What are you waiting for?

There you have it. A day late, but hey it was worth the wait, right?! Be sure to check out each of these astounding Kickstarters and also Ben’s Extra Life Fundraising Event! Leave any comments on likes/dislikes or whatever is on your mind and until next week, Keep On Playing!

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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