Have you ever wanted to go to a gaming convention but didn’t know what to play? This episode shares 5 tips to help you choose the right games for you to play.
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What time is the game?
Who is the GM?
What rules are used/Have you played this before?
How many people can play/Who else is playing?
How involved do you need to be to play?
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Are Painted Minis Essential to Miniatures Wargaming?
Inspired by Sam Mustafa’s column in Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy issue 71 (Buy the PDF) Jonathan editorializes on the the necessity, or lack thereof, of painted miniatures. As a current non-painter Jonathan approaches the question of “What exactly is our hobby?”
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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... [click here for more]
With the growing popularity of mega cons are smaller game conventions dying out? Jonathan addresses the question with his thoughts. Be sure to listen to the entire episode to hear an important announcement about the birth of Jonathan’s first child.
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Mega Convention Pros
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Facebook groups can be an incredible resource for wargamers. Discover 5 great Facebook groups for wargamers by listening to this episode.
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Wargames Directory (now Tabletop Wargames Network)
Wargames @ BattleShades
Wargames Calendar Events + Shows
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Special guest Dean Emmerson is a member of the Maine Historical Wargamers Association, which organizesHuzzahCon in Portland, Maine. He joins the episode to share why you need to attend HuzzahCon 2014. Some of the highlights are shared. Dean and Jonathan discuss great places to eat in Portland, Maine.
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Wargaming With Kids
Jonathan shares tips for adults hoping to get kids into wargaming. These are also useful for wargaming parents looking to find a wargaming event at which their child can play.
Simplify the rules
Fun is the goal
Durability is important
BONUS: Whenever you see the name Mike Paine as a GM at a game day or a convention you NEED to sign up to play... [click here for more]
Hobby Bunker Game Day 2014
Boston Trained Bands hosts a successful annual game day at the Hobby Bunker in Malden. Jonathan attended their fifth annual game day in 2014. Listen to this episode to learn what games were played, what games wowed the gamers, and 5 reasons why game days are important.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2014 with Aaron Bostian
The Holiday Gift Guide 2014 aims to make it easier to shop for the special wargamers in our lives. In general shopping can be stressful and doubly so for wargamers.
Special guest Aaron Bostian returns to the show to join Jonathan in creating this year’s list. If you’re unfamiliar with the Holiday Gift Guide we hope you will... [click here for more]