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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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

“Without rules, we might as well all be up in a tree, flinging our crap at each other.” — Red Forman

As a father with two kids who made it to age 20 and 22 with no jail time let me tell you:  Red Forman from “That 70’s Show” had the parenting thing nailed.

That doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re talking about today, but rules do.

 

How the hell do I build an army, where are the lists? With a few exceptions, they’re aren’t any ‘army lists’ or ‘authorized builds’ in historic gaming. Feel like recreating the fight at Rorke’s Drift? Get thee to the library or Google and do some research.  See what forces fought there and assemble your armies accordingly. “But the sides aren’t fair!” Damn straight they’re not. That’s true in quite a few historic battles.

Army lists and point systems are designed with two goals in mind: 1) to enable quick pick up games without a lot of prep work and 2) to ‘ensure’ a fair fight.  Objective 2 supposedly ensures that two forces assembled using the same point value are equal in strength and capability and so, theoretically, only player skill (and dice, always the dice) will determine the outcome. Games with these systems in place tend to be geared toward tournament or competitive play. The notable example of this in the historic arena is Flames of War, sometimes called 40K with WW2 equipment. We will speak no more of such games here.

 

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 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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