Sat, 15 June 2013
Will pass the 25,000 download mark today; 444 days since starting Guns, Dice, Butter.
32 GREAT guests on the show so far.
38 Hours of programming.
Thanks to Mr. LaDue and Mr. Sample for pushing me into this lark.
And, the incredible technical skill of the Applenista.
Been a blast.
Category:general -- posted at: 1:11pm CDT
Sat, 15 June 2013
Summary stats from various GDB listener surveys on Boardgamegeek (BGG). Some very interesting stats:
> The percentage of listeners that have been in the wargame hobby less than 5 years is now 43% - vs about 20% that we had in 2012. I wonder if GDB is just attracting a higher percentage of rookies within in the hobby, or, if the hobby is actually beginning to add significant new users.
> The average GDB listener buys about 1 game a month...$838/yr...33% indicating that they are purchasing more games in 2013 (vs 2012), 51% staying about the same and only 17% cutting back on game purchases; so, on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 indicating more purchases in 2013 and a 1 indicating less) the net is 3.2 - moderate growth in 2013.
> 53% of listeners have more than 5 preorders currently and 70% have utilized Kickstarter to purchase games
> 97% of listeneers indicate they plan to continue to listen to GDB...with 46% describing themselves as nutcase fans ... and over 2/3rds have listened to all GDB episodes :-)
> 50% indicate they've purchased games after hearing them discussed on GDB, while another 35% indicating GDB has had an impact on their game purchases
> Number one choice for the next panel discussion is one focussing on wargames to be published in 2013. Episode VI July 2012 - we did a panel on games published in 2011 and 2012. Episode VIII Sept 2012 we did a panel on "games in the pipeline". So, maybe after the summer con's, that would be a good subject to tackle. So far in 2013, a list of wargames that have caught my eye include: Iron and Oak (ACW naval), Rebel Raiders on the High Seas (ACW naval), Guns of Gettysburg, War of the Suns, In Country: Vietnam 1965-75 S&T), Norway 1940 (World at War zine) and Democracy Under Siege (DTP)
> Second choice? American Civil War panel (we've been planning that one for awhile - hope to have sooner than later).
THANK YOU for the great feedback!
Category:Data -- posted at: 12:44pm CDT
Fri, 14 June 2013
Welcome to Episode XV: June 14, 2013 of Guns, Dice, Butter: a series of conversations with members of the wargaming tribe
O:00 Intro; overview of the episode
0:07 Al Nofi discusses SPI and S&T, researching games with Dunnigan & gang, wargaming connection to sci-fi, John Boardman, Issac Assinov, Sprague de Camp..Friday nite follies, bouncing checks to an Israeli general, West Point and a pretty face at SPI.
0:45 Al Nofi discusses his design Imperium Romanum and seven centuries of associated Roman history.
1:11 John Alsen reviews Consimworld Expo (Monster Con) 2013, It Never Snows, Racier’s new design Dark Valley, Herman’s Churchill, War of the Suns, new designs in the pipe from Decision Games (a 3rd world war beast, a BIG ACW game...and, hold on to your hats, an update of Campaign for North Africa), The War from Compass Games
1: 53 John Alsen taunts me and all with his brand new game, War of the Suns; discusses what’s in the HUGE box.
2:17 Wrap up…a gift from Chris Bailey, playing Carthage, a new listener poll, Swampcon, upcoming WBC
Thu, 13 June 2013
Category:Plumbing -- posted at: 2:23pm CDT
Fri, 7 June 2013
Welcome to Episode XIV of Guns, Dice, Butter: (Season 2: #4)
0:00 Intro: Back podcasting after 5 months of real life, work and gaming.
0:10 Shenandoah Studio: Eric Lee Smith, CEO and Brad Cummings, Marketing Director. Eric and Brad give us an update of what's in the pipe at Shenandoah, following on the tremendous success of their iPad game, Battle of the Bulge. Additionally, Eric shares with us his plan to create a guild - a creative studio in Philly - to bring us high quality games.
0.45 Survey of WW2 Tactical Wargames: Dan Dolan Sr, J R Tracy. JR and Dan take us thru a whirlwind tour of WW2 Tactical (and the beloved Grand Tactical scale) wargames. Some great stories and insight regarding these games. Also see website for link to analysis of 43 WW2 Tactical Wargames.
1:54 Wrap up & Shout Outs