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.
The duo express their love for the Boston Trained Bandsgaming club... [click here for more]
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?”
Karwansaray Publishers sought responses from... [click here for more]
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]
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.
Help promote the local wargaming community
Allow wargamers to find each other and... [click here for more]
Building an Affordable Game Table.
How to have a game table is a question many gamers posit. Each has specific needs to fulfill in their attempt to obtain their very own game table. Who wouldn’t like to have a flat space on which to command armies of pewter and plastic toy soldiers?
Game Table PDFs
Game Table Parts List
Game Table Drawing
We also discuss:
100th... [click here for more]
Ever wonder what makes Jonathan tick? Listener Aaron Bostian turns the tables, takes the mic, and serves as host for this special episode.
Jonathan is in the hot seat while Aaron interviews him about his life and gaming. We hope you enjoy this peak behind the curtain.
How did you specifically develop an interest in historical wargaming,... [click here for more]
Wargaming on the Cheap.
Not everyone can afford to buy the latest rulebook, the next expansion, or the newest miniatures. Not everyone wants to do that either. It is not only possible but exciting to wargame on the cheap. In this episode Jonathan shares some great ways that you can wargame on the cheap.
Use your local library for resource material
Free Paper Terrain
Plastic Army Men
Print... [click here for more]