Thu, 5 November 2015
Welcome to episode XXIV of Guns, Dice, Butter
0:00 Intro: Guns Returns!
0:04: Richard Berg and Mark Herman
1st segment: Point of SPI orgin, Tiny Tim, Herman’s career as a roadie for Lover, Berg’s singing career
2nd segment: Design and game components
3rd segment: What makes a good multiplayer wargame? Herman & Berg works in progress.
4th segment: Depth of historical knowledge drives designs: Ancients: battles, operational dynamics, logistics
1:07: GaGa Panel: Marty Sample, Wendell Albright, John Alsen
1st segment: Background on GaGa list (game lust & fanboys): Games discussed: Enemy Action Ardennes, Liberty/Victory Roads, Napoleon’s Triumph, Fire in the Lake, COIN (Falling Sky and Liberty or Death)
2nd segment: Roll playing wargames: Here I Stand/Virgin Queen, Sekigahara, Amateurs to Arms, Kingdom of Heaven, Genesis
3rd segment: Card Driven Wargames and others: No Retreat series, Command & Colors, Empire of the Sun, Pursuit of Glory, Unhappy King Charles, Triumph of Chaos, Carthage: 1st Punic War
4th segment: It’s been a FABULOUS ten year run for wargames
2:38: Wrap up
Guns, Dice, Butter, now with over 70k downloads, is available on iTunes, Boardgamegeek, Consimworld and many other places where gamers hang on the web.
GDB website: http://gunsdicebutter.libsyn.com/
Sun, 1 November 2015
Guns, Dice, Butter returning soon: recorded long session with two designers today :-) Hope to get a panel this week - then I'll have episode 24. It will be a good one: promise.
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm CST
Thu, 20 August 2015
... ... ... Wow... Can NOT believe it has been 6 months since an episode. Been enjoying the break with gaming at the 1st MN Wargame Society and working on two designs: Triumph of Chaos v2: DELUXE! and Triumph of Fascism (Spanish Civil War).
I've got two Guns episodes lined up; just need to get the conversations completed. They'll be good ones. Guaranteed.
Up to 65k+ downloads now; averaging about 4k per episode. Thank you for your continued support!
Category:general -- posted at: 6:51pm CST
Tue, 16 June 2015
Guns, Dice, Butter has been on a break, but, starting to think about getting some episodes out again. Too much gaming and game design (Triumph of Chaos v2 (DELUXE!) the last 4 months: all good, but it has significantly crimped my podcasting efforts. Thanks to those of you that have "politely nudged" me to get going again.
I do finally have an idea for episode XXIV. Will try to get something up by mid summer.
In the meantime, if you are in our hood this week, stop by and play some Vietnam games with us at the 1st MN ( www.firstmn.org ) on June 19, 2015.
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17pm CST
Tue, 10 March 2015
Have a line on episode XXIV. Will be a good one. Hoping up before May Day. In the meantime, if you are in the hood, stop by our Games of the American Revolution War Day, May 8, 2015 for 1st MN at The Source in St.Paul.
Guns now passed the 60k download mark. Related, episode XXII (the epic 4+hr July 4th, 2014 lark) now has 5k downloads; most popular episode yet.
Thank you for your support!
Category:Episode Preview -- posted at: 12:00am CST
Mon, 16 February 2015
Welcome to Episode XXIII of Guns, Dice, Butter: Feb 17 2015, Fat Tuesday Special!
0:00 Intro: It’s Mardi Gras! Spring is near!
0:05 Curtis Baer: WBC stories: Point of Origin, Matt & Joe’s Devil Cauldron, Pitch Car, THE BIG GAME, François’ wild NAP WARs game, Red Neck Life, WBC food, Being the coach of the RANGERS!, the Honorary Fez
0:41 John Butterfield: Point of Origin, Early days at SPI, the playtest room for Campaign in North Africa, John’s great designs: Freedom of the Galaxy, Ambush, Hell’s Highway, RAF, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Enemy Action Ardennes, SPI Strato-matic League, The Beloved 1987 Minnesota Twins
1:40 Bryan Collars: Point of Origin, Greenville Mafia, WBC: The Boardgame (preorder on GMT Games)
2:23 Mark Herman, Wendell Albright, Herr Dr: Logistics & Supply in Wargames: “The Spectrum”, Victory Games’ elegant & unique The Korean War, Dunnigan’s Breakout & Pursuit, 1776, Empire of the Sun, importance of logistics in ancients campaign & the GREAT book on Macedonian logistics, Napoleon in Russia, Victory Games’ The Civil War, For the People, GMT/Simonitch’s upcoming new civil war game, Dunnigan’s ACW game, the famous NAP’s retreat from Russia infographic, Herman’s upcoming Churchill game chatter
3:23 Maymi Hayakawa & Gesine Stanienda: Red Winter, Tonkin, Gameon.con in Seatle, the ASL room (eegads!), entering the hobby from non traditional avenues, Ancients games, Poniske designs (King Phillips War, Maori Wars)
3:59: Wrap up: Overflowing gaming plate; our wargame hobby is pumping.
A few of the items mentioned on the show:
Tonkin "how to play" video: Tonkin - Cao Bang 001
Last Days in Vietnam
Gettysburg: The Last Invasion – Guelzo
Alexander the Great and the Logistics of the Macedonian Army - Engels
The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. - Coover
A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam - Sheehan
Charles Joseph Minard’s : Carte figurative des pertes successives en hommes de l'Armée Française dans la campagne de Russie 1812-1813
Breakout & Pursuit SPI Dunnigan
Ambush, Freedom in the Galaxy, Hell's Highway, RAF, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Enemy Action: Ardennes - Butterfield
The Civll War - Smith, For the People - Herman, The Korean War - Balkoski
Tonkin - Kanger
Red Winter - Mokszycki
Guns, Dice, Butter, now with over 50k downloads, is available on iTunes, Boardgamegeek and many other places where gamers hang on the web.
GDB website: http://gunsdicebutter.libsyn.com/
Mon, 2 February 2015
Finally have a bead on episode XXIII, after a 6 month break for playing games and dealing with real life. Hope to have posted by end of the month.
Also, looking forward to COIN DAY at our gaming club, the 1st MN (BGG guild 875) on Feb 20.
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm CST
Thu, 13 November 2014
Been busy with life, gaming (Empires in Arms, The Korean War, La Grande Guerre and now The Third World War) and designing (Triumph of Chaos v2) the last few months.
Hope have an episode posted before the holidays.
Episode XXII (the epic July 4th lark) has been downloaded nearly 4k times; GDB now at 55k downloads in total.
Thank you for your support!
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28am CST
Sat, 26 July 2014
Just passed 50,000+ Downloads now for Guns, Dice, Butter.
THANK YOU for your support!
Hope to see some of you at World Board Gaming Championships in a few days.
Hope to have a episode after WBC in August sometime.
Category:Plumbing -- posted at: 6:42pm CST
Thu, 3 July 2014
Welcome to Episode XXII of Guns, Dice, Butter; a series of conversations (238+ minutes in this case, given, our 238th Fourth of July) with members of the wargaming tribe.
O:05 Joe Balkoski: intro to gaming, SPI stories, Minuteman, War in the Ice, City Fight & Wacht Am Rhein, Operation Typhoon
0:33 Joe: Cover art to Patton’s Third Army, Redmon Simonsen, SPI Peak, Transition to Avalon Hill Classic, end day at SPI,
0:54 Joe: AH days, Victory Games, The Korean War
1:09 Joe: Great Campaigns of the American Civil War, Computer Gaming, post gaming, 29th Division, returning to the tribe
1:40 Nick Karp, Discussion of Desert Fox, games in the pipeline for Shenandoah Studio
2: 00 Mark Herman, Enrico Viglino, Marty Sample: “Perspective” overview, the game the Bermuda Triangle (and a discussion about the ability to control weather in the true spirit of what Richard Berg calls “playing a game from the god perspective”), Sim City, Integrated Poly/Mil Leadership, WiF/DoD, Kevin Zucker’s Napoleonic series of games, Berg’s Carthage & Rise of Roman Republic, Karp’s Vietnam
2: 20 Mark, Enrico, Marty: Enrico’s Scale & Scope rant, D&D, La Grand Guerre, Mark’s great story about John Glenn (yes, THAT John Glenn), Churchill’s bunker and mind, Unconditional Surrender, Supreme Commander, Days of Dis
2:42 Mark’s Churchill design goes to the Peloponnesian War, Lace Wars/Red Sash, games that give you orders: Musket & Pike, Hastings 1066, Men of Iron, Flowers or the Forest, playing Angicourt at SPI
3:03: Items that distract from “perspective”, tactical WWII games, disturbing swimsuit attire, Mark’s Rommel story (yes, THAT Rommel), Patton, reprint of Pacific War, new WBC location discussion
3:25 Salvatore Vasta: Discussion of his new design Unconditional Surrender
4:00 Guns, Dice, Butter wrap: gaming plate, shout outs
4:07 Remembering some of our dear gaming mates that have passed
Guns, Dice, Butter, now with approximately 50,000 downloads, is available on iTunes, Boardgame Geek, Consimworld, elsewhere and the GDB website: http://gunsdicebutter.libsyn.com/
Items mentioned on the podcast:
La Grande Guerre session report:
The Korean War session report:
Liberty Roads session report:
Empires in Arms session report:
1st MN Historical Wargaming Society:
Wargamers paying it forward: