Sat, 19 May 2012
Preview of Guns,Dice,Butter Episode V:
Conversation with Harry Rowland, designer of Empire in Arms, World in Flames, Days of Decision, among others. Harry discusses EiA, WiF, what's in the ADG pipeline and a number of other topics.
Conversation with the Team Flip Attack (Casey, Bob, Jason and D) which have relentlessly played World in Flames and Empire in Arms for over 20 years.
I expect to post the episode in the next week.
Additionally, please support the Guns,Dice,Butter Kickstarter project to help us expand our voice to the general gaming community and help us grow our hobby:
...and big thank you those of you that have backed our KS project so far!
Category:Episode Preview -- posted at: 9:37am CDT
Sat, 19 May 2012
Just passed the 5,000 mark for the number of Guns, Dice and Butter Podcast downloads.
Very encouraging to see this lark has some legs in the hobby. A BIG THANK YOU to all our guests so far (Herman, Doughan, Wimble, Heinzmann, Mulholland, Bother Paull, Karp and Thompson) for giving us great content.
Would cool to have our Kickstarter project for Guns suceed, so that we can enlist more wargamers for our great hobby. KS link here:
...and a BIG THANK YOU to those of you that have already supported it.
Category:Plumbing -- posted at: 9:29am CDT
Fri, 11 May 2012
0:0 Introduction with Herr Dr: Feedback, review of listener survey on Boardgamegeek.com, announcement of Kickstarter project for Guns, Dice, Butter Season ONE and a preview of this episode
0:17: Intro & conversation with Nick Karp, designer of Victory Games' Vietnam and CFO of Shenandoah Studio, the new gameco that is bringing wargames (among others) to new devices like the iPad. Nick discusses early days at SPI and Victory Games, his design Vietnam, Shenandoah Studio, and their upcoming iPad title Battle of the Bulge.
1:30 Intro & conversation with Nels Thompson, Breakout Normandy shark, who is now off on a lark to conquer the game Vietnam. Nels discusses why this 30 year title has great game play.
2:46 Wrap up by Herr Dr; hobby news, shout-outs and preview of Episode V (late may) which will cover Empire in Arms and World in Flames.
Please support our Kickstarter project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/523543153/guns-dice-butter-season-1
Sat, 5 May 2012
Thank you for the feedback I've been receiving.
I've posted a short survey for listeners to complete regarding Episode III that will help us better tailor content to what you want to hear on Guns, Dice, Butter.
If you have a few minutes, please take time to complete at:
Category:Plumbing -- posted at: 9:33am CDT
Fri, 4 May 2012
In the next episode of Guns,Dice, Butter, Episode IV, we will focus on the epic Victory Games title Vietnam 1965 - 1975 and Shenadoah Studio.
Conversations with Nick Karp, designer of Vietnam, and now CFO of Shenandoah Studio http://www.shenandoah-studio.com/ , the gameco that will be bringing us wargames (among other games) to the iPad, and gamer Nels Thompson, who is on a lark to conquer Vietnam. Nick will also discuss Shenandoah's first game, Battle of the Bulge, which also currently has a Kickstarter project underway.Nick has a story regarding the playtesting of The Campaign for North Africa which alone makes the episode worth the price of admission.
I expect to post the episode by mid May.
Category:Episode Preview -- posted at: 3:51pm CDT
Tue, 24 April 2012
I mentioned a number of items on Episode 3; thought I would provide the links to those items below.
Additionally, I've just posted a listener poll on episode 3; would be great if you could take a few minutes to answer the ten questions to help guide our dialogue with members of the wargamer tribe.
We'll pass 3,500 downloads today; THANK YOU for your support.
Links to items mentioned on the podcast:
Episode 3 listener poll:
Wargamer’s Guide to Wargaming Geeklists:
Jeff Davis as a Strategist thread…outstanding!
Card Driven Wargame (CDW) evolution:
Favorite/Least favorite wargamers’ armies:
Strategic level wargames of the American Revolutionary War:
Mark vR's cool card replacements for the chits for The American Revolution: Decision in North America
The wargame that pulled me into the hobby:
New to wargaming? One wargamers journey:
The company bringing wargames (and other games) to the iPad and other new devices:
...and last, but not least, Jeff Paull's JerkCon! information:
...and an ad for JerkCon!
...and an ad for JerkCon!
Category:Plumbing -- posted at: 11:17pm CDT
Mon, 23 April 2012
Third Episode of Guns, Dice, Butter.
0:0 Introduction with Herr Dr: Feedback, review of listener survey on Boardgamegeek.com, preview of episode
0:31 Conversation with Andrew Mulholland, author of “Keeping the Colonies Royal”, a review of strategic level boardgames on the American Revolutionary War, 2008, ATO, issue 23.
0:50 Panel discussion with Ed Wimble, game designer and owner of Clash of Arms, Mark Herman, game designer extraordinaire and Andrew Mulholland.
2:08 Conversation with renowned gamer and host of Jerkcon, Jeff Paull
2:33 Wrap up with Herr Dr: news, preview of episode 4 and shout outs.
For background information on games of the ARW and links to information provided in the podcast, see www.gunsdicebutter.com
Provide feedback by participating in Episode 3 survey on Boardgamegeek.com (to be posted soon)
Thu, 19 April 2012
I've kept a chart of Card Driven Wargames (CDWs) up to date the last few years. By CDWs, I mean those games that trace lineage to either We the People or Parths of Glory. I updated that chart today. The link to it is at the bottom of this post.
Paths of Glory brought me back into the hobby. Shortly after that, while attending WBC, I stumbled across Mark Herman and his game For the People...and I was firmly hooked on wargaming and WBC again. During WBC 2002, I met a few players that had a similar strong interest in CDWs. Three of us (Rob Hassard, Keith Wixson and myself) lamented over some BBQ and beer that WBC was only held once a year (August) and wondered whether or not we could have a mini-WBC in dead middle of winter just for the play of CDWs and consumption of BBQ (Andy Nelson's, of course).
I then discussed with Stuart Tucker; long time GM of the game Hannibal and board member of WBC at the time (Stuart is blueblood Avalon Hill). Soon, Stuart and I approached Don Greenwood, who tossed his support behind the idea and Winter Activation Meeting (WAM) was born (Jan 2003). Stuart and I also were able to enlist Don's support for the pre-cons at WBC that permitted play of the longer wargame tourneys, begining with Paths of Glory and Hannibal, while allowing wargamers to still get their entire fill of WBC during the week.
So, our bar talk eventually paid off: an expanded venue for the games we love to play within the big tent called WBC: http://www.boardgamers.org/
Since then, we've held 10 WAMs and quite a few pre-cons. Great times, always. Keith Wixson and Teri Coleman now lead that mini-con and tribe. We are all looking forward to WAM XI in Jan 2013. The most recent WAM report is here:
... and there is a WAM discussion board on consimworld.com (in the Conventions folder).
We'll be discussing CDWs often on Guns, Dice, Butter and having Mark Herman on that Episode 1 was a great way to kickoff the podcast.
One other point regarding CDWs: they would be great on the iPad and similar devices. One reason for the Second Golden Age of Wargaming are CDWs; in that they get played A LOT on line using tools like Vassal and Cyberboard (among others) and the online site ACTS and Wargameroom.com
The play of cards on a iPad is a natural and would be a great way to pull in new gamers to the hobby. Think about it: we spend most of our time looking at our "hand of cards" (easily viewed on a iPad). And, the art on the cards helps the immersion experience. I can't think of a better way to expand the hobby; hopefully, someone or some company will get our CDWs (and new ones developed to maximize those devices) on the new devices sooner than later.
Anyways, the link to the CDW Evolution chart:
Category:Data -- posted at: 10:53pm CDT
Tue, 17 April 2012
On our next episode of Guns, Dice, Butter, we'll have a panel discussion with Mark Herman, Ed Wimble and Andrew Mulholland regarding strategic level wargames of the American Revolutionary War (ARW). In 2008, Mr.Mulholand wrote an excellent article for ATO vol VI Nr 3 (issue 23: Guerra a Muerte) analyzing these games. We thought it would be productive to discuss the main dynamics of the ARW, how these games model these dynamics and offer some conclusions...and, of course, the call for more titles on the conflict.
In preperation for that episode, we utilized a couple of spreadsheets (building on work Andrew had completed in 2008):
...and here is a related list of the games on BGG (Boardgamegeek.com)
The episode will also contain a discussion with one other friend in wargame tribe and the usual bits and bobs of news and what not. I anticipate posting the episdoe by the end of the month.
Category:Episode Preview -- posted at: 12:48pm CDT
Mon, 9 April 2012
Passed 2,500 downloads of the show this Easter weekend: Thank you for your support.
Have about 50 responses for the survey I placed on BGG this weekend.
Here are some of the results:
100%!: 100% of listeners reported that they plan to listen to future episodes; this feedback was the type of good news needed to lift my spirits after the horrendous 0-3 start the Beloved Minnesota Twins had to kick off the 2012 baseball season.
Episode Quality: Scale: 1=poor, 5=great
Episode 1: Audio 2.2, Interviews 4.1 and Other Content 3.9. Episode 2: Audio 2.9, Interviews 4.1 and Other Content 4.0
Comment: Well, we improved the audio quality of the show after better understanding the Garage Band software. We will continue to strive to improve the audio quality. Very happy that the listeners rated the quality of content high in both episodes.
Time in Hobby: About a 1/3 of listeners have been in the hobby less than 10 years;
Comment: I think that is probably reflective of the hobby in general. Will try work something into each episode for newer members of the hobby.
Scale: Favorite scale for listeners: About 1/3 tactical hex, 1/5 Op/Strategic hex and 1/5 CDWs (Card Driven Wargames)...with the rest falling into other/no favorite.
Comment: I play a mix of CDWs and Op/Strategic hex. Will see if I can round up a tactical hex gamer from time to time.
Purchasing Power: About 1/5 of listeners purchase 1 to 4 wargames a year, 1/2 five to nine and 1/4 more than 10 games.
Podcast impact on play and $: About 2/3 of listeners report that GDB had some or significant impact on what wargames they will play or purchase.
Comment: Will try to always work in a segment of Uncontrollable Urge: those games that must be purchased or played NOW!
Top Content Requests: game reviews, Designer interviews, game strategy/tactics, panels, developer interviews, hobby news and game recommendations.
Where? About 2/3 of listeners heard about Guns, Dice, Butter on BGG; 1/3 on Consim.
Comment: Would be good to expand the audience to reach wargamers that hang out in other online spaces. Drop me a line to identify other online places where wargamers hang.
Favorite period: WWII (1/3), followed by ACW (1/10)
Favorite armies: Top 3: Rome, WWII USA and WWII Germans. Also receiving high mention: WWII Russians, WWII Brits, ACW blue bellies, NAP Brits, the Crusaders, Ancient Greece and Macedon. Least favorite: ZULUs! Followed by NAP Prussians (Blucher is not pleased).
Comment: I did some analysis on this subject on BGG a few years ago – link to it here:
Regular fans of other podcasts: Point2point 2/3, Noise before Defeat ½, Contact with the Enemy – Half Squads (ASL) – Hex Encounter – Dice Tower – Rusted Dice and I’ve Been Diced all listened to by about 1/3 of listeners
Comment: Great to see other podcasts serving the wargaming tribe; three sprouted up in the last month.
Category:Plumbing -- posted at: 9:31am CDT