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 Since this is a CLASSIC episode some of the links, content, giveaways, contests etc may be out of date or ended.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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Age of Empires 2 HD – Wargaming Recon #116

Age of Empires 2 HD

Almost 20 years ago Microsoft released one of the most incredible real time strategy (RTS) computer games ever. More recently they updated and optimized the classic Age of Empires (AoE) 2 to work on modern computers. Age of Empires 2 HD is quite a game.

For a limited time you can purchase it for $2.49 (regularly $9.99) via Steam. If you do, be sure to look us up on Steam. Our username is WargamingRecon. We’d love to game with you and relive the days of hearing “Monk…I need a monk” and “Long time no siege” while playing Age of Empires.

We apologize that our scheduled guest, Steven MacLauchlan, does not appear in this episode. He needed to cancel for personal reasons. We’re working to reschedule him to come on an episode sometime in September 2014.

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Wargaming Recon #103: 25hr Game-a-thon for Children’s Hospital

25 Hour Game-a-thon for Children’s Hospital

Can gaming help those in need? The answer is a resounding YES! Each year the Extra Life organization puts on a game-a-thon where gamers, like you and me, play games for 24 hours to raise money for their local children’s hospital. All of the proceeds from the event go directly to the designated hospital.

The funds are used to provide medical care for kids whose families otherwise could not afford the help.

Listen to this episode to learn more about this great cause, discover some cool new games, and maybe you will be empowered to participate next year!

This episode discussed:

Upcoming Episodes:

  • The 2013 Holiday Gift Guide special releases November 25 with special guest Ben Gerber
  • The final episode of 2013 is Wargames Holiday Centre with special guests Jon & Diane Sutherland

Some Reminders:

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Kick The Box: Interview with Dreaming Spires Creator, Jeremy Hogan

Kick The Box

Interview With Dreaming Spires Creator, Jeremy Hogan

Dreaming Spires Box

This week I was privileged to exchange a barrage of emails from none other, than the creator of Dreaming Spires, Jeremy Hogan. I hope you enjoy the end result of our bantering as much as I did being a part of it.

Kick The Box: I read in a previous interview that you are a video game designer. What are some of your favorite video games?

Jeremy Hogan: Yes I’m the Senior Designer at a small indie studio in London called Beatnik Games, it’s a great company, we have a game coming out early next year. My favourite genre is strategy but I try to play games in all genres. Some of my favourites are Civilization, FTL, Skyrim, XCOM and recently, Hearthstone, which I think is going to be huge!

KTB: Did you see the game Stonehearth on Kickstarter? You can find their website here. Something that might be up your alley.

JH: That looks great, I missed that one, I’ll look forward to that next year. I’ve also been following Banished which looks really nice. I’m a big fan of building/management games, Tropico is fun and funny as well!2

Yes, I agree. Tropico is a blast! As well as video games, what are some of your favorite tabletop games?

JH: I have been playing a lot of historical wargames recently. I really enjoyed Britannia and can’t wait to give that another try. I play a lot of the Command and Colour series as well and a lot of card-driven strategy games like Twilight Struggle. I also play euros, I think Tigris and Euphrates is very clever, I’m looking forward to trying Terra Mystica. And talking of what is coming up, I can’t wait to try Two Rooms and a Boom, it’s such a smart idea and the different cards all sound great.

KTB: That is a list of great games! Terra Mystica is definitely on my short list also. What tabletop game would you say you’ve played the most in your lifetime?

JH: Number of games would be Chess but for a strategy board game and not Dreaming Spires, which would win by a mile, it would be Catan as I have introduced a lot of people to the hobby with that. If it was done on time spent, I think it might be Magic: The Gathering as I used to spend hours fiddling with decks when I was younger. I am keen to try Android: Netrunner but Hearthstone is scratching that CCG itch for now!3

KTB: I loved the original Netrunner CCG. I haven’t had a chance to play the new LCG version yet either. When you play Catan now, do you play Vanilla Catan or is their “must have” expansions you play with?

I’ve played Cities and Knights, which is great but usually it’s with new players so we just play vanilla. When we have experienced players, we’re usually playing the latest thing someone has bought – someone clearly has to pick up Seafarers!4

KTB: What games (video or tabletop) are the main inspirations for creating such an unique and beautiful game like Dreaming Spires?

JH: Thanks for that, the artists have done an awesome job. The inspiration for Dreaming Spires is a tough one, it doesn’t fit into a genre very easily, it borrows from different genres I suppose. It’s a building game using tiles so perhaps owes a little to Carcassone and then the cards add layers on top. The Scholars are a bit like MTG cards and the Event cards are similar to a historical CDG. The general idea is to have relatively simple systems with a lot of variety from cards all rooted in a very strong theme.

KTB: Even though we have almost a weekly group of friends together for games, my wife and I spend a few evenings during the week getting in a card or tabletop game. Your campaign page claims 3-5 people, is it possible to play with only two? or with more, such as 6?

JH: The game can be played with 2 players but we wanted to describe it as 3-5 players because the scoring system really shines when there are multiple rounds as it’s interesting to see how scoring boxes are reassigned – readers can check out the rulebook if they want to understand how this works, it’s downloadable from our campaign page here.

JH: Rahdo (an excellent video reviewer) has suggested a 2 player system similar to Belfort, where we could add a dummy player. This would require a fair number of extra cards and a lot of playtesting so we wanted to focus on the 3-5 player version for now but we would definitely do a 2 player and indeed a 6 player version as part of an expansion if the game was successful. We’ve also played when 2 people team up to play together so that is one solution for now!

KTB: I’ve noticed that you have only 6 event cards per time period. Is that few going to have a negative effect on replayability?

Well actually that has positive effect on replayability up to a point! You only use 2 event cards per era as standard. Certain scholar have an ability to trigger another one but the player who has them may choose to use them to improve their reputation in one of that scholar’s subjects instead or that scholar may not get chosen at all. We wanted to include extra event cards so that you would still be encountering the new ones after a few plays. We are also about to add our 2nd extra event card as part of our stretch goals!5

KTB: That is awesome! Not only what buildings you choose to place in your Oxford College, but how you place them gives your college benefits. How does the placement of the tiles representing your buildings affect the benefits your college receives?

 Some building tiles have whole benefit icons on but a lot of tiles just have partial icons on, these can be half or quarter icons, or have these as well as a whole one. Placing buildings so that you create whole icons out of adjacent partial ones is key – planning how you can best do this with what is available is a big part of building a good college!

KTB: Great Idea!  I can’t wait to play it!

I had a blast putting this interview together. Thanks Jeremy for taking the time to answer my questions! Be sure to check out their Kickstarter campaign out (here or click on the game box on the top of the page) as they enter their last week of funding!


GE39: 5 Reasons to Play Prison Architect

Prison Architect is a fun and challenging game.  It is currently in Alpha but is a stable and enjoyable game for Windows and Mac OSX.

Jonathan apologizes in this episode for confusion he caused last time.  The Ray Harryhausen episode was mistakenly referred to as Episode 39.  It is actually episode 38.  This Prison Architect episode is #39.  Please accept our apologies.


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Let's Kick Some Pigs – Geeks Explicitly Show Schedule

On Geeks Explicitly we try to avoid the rigidity of plans, schedules, and deadlines. Drew and I usually don’t choose what to talk about until five minutes before we record an episode. That free-flowing, laid-back, casual style hopefully enhances our charm. This time we’re breaking free from convention and telling you what the topics are for some upcoming shows. Please note that they are liable to change if needed.

June 14 – No show because of technical difficulties
June 21 – What Jonathan Geeks (I’ll talk what I geek out about)
July 5 – The Hot Dog I Ate – Commemorating the 4th of July with Mike of The Hot Dog I Ate to talk about hot dogs, beer, and gaming
July 12 – Game Night Guys Interview – Brian and Curtis join us to talk about games and have some laughs

Geeks Explicitly – Entering Ear Canals Soon

Do you remember me asking if you would listen to a Troll in the Corner podcast? No, I didn’t think so. I did, though. Pinky swear.

That post was my not so secretive way of telling all of you that Troll in the Corner is taking podcasting more seriously. We’re drilling into your ears with shows on a myriad of topics that you simply must listen.

The first of these new shows is Geeks Explicitly. Geeks Explicitly, oh yes I did just use the podcast’s name to both end one and start another sentence, is a 15-20 minute long show co-hosted by my buddy Drew McCarthy and myself. We chat about geek life in general. Anything from movies, gaming, TV, music, comics, toys, our jobs, our lives and MORE exists under the umbrella of Geeks Explicitly.

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