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

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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GE18: Top 5 Kurosawa Westerns

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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GE16: 5 Great Soundtracks

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.


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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GE15: 5 GREAT Graphic Novels

What do you picture when you combine reading and Geeks Explicitly? Graphic novels of course. 5 Great Graphic Novels to be more precise.

Jonathan reveals 5 Great Graphic Novels. They contain no superheroes, are not manga, and steer clear of non-fiction.

  1. Bone by Jeff Smith
  2. FABLES by Bill Willingham
  3. Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai
  4. Sin City by Frank Miller
  5. Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

Jonathan also recommends that you visit No Flying, No Tights. That is a fantastic graphic novel resource run by a Massachusetts librarian as a one-stop shop for librarians, and everyone else, who want all things graphic novels.

Don’t forget to listen to Episode 14: Zombie Dice Review, if you haven’t done so yet.

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